Amenorrhea is so rife in the amateur peloton that a lot of riders – and even coaches – think it’s ‘normal’. There’s also a tendency to believe that ‘unhealthy’ habits are evident in obviously low weight. Not true.
After about a decade of switching between no periods and hormonal contraceptives, I decided to address the issue. When I stopped restricting carbs and started fuelling my sessions, my cycle came back – and I didn’t even put on any weight.
I knew I wasn’t alone in my experience, so I launched a large scale survey to understand how male and female cyclists were being affected by attempts to reduce weight – and spoke to experts about how we can overcome misconceptions to become healthier (and faster). Read it here.