Richard Rafoth MD
I am a gastroenterologist (specialist in diseases of the digestive tract)
practicing in Everett, Washington. While training for the Seattle to Portland
Bicycle Classic, an annual double century ride, in 1986 I was fascinated by
the variety of training programs used by those I rode with, including what
I considered unrealistic expectations of nutrition's ability to improve
their performance. After looking for a book or article on the subject,
and finding none, I wrote the first edition of Bicycling
Fuel in 1988. Unfortunately, after 4 editions, it is now out of print.
As I often got requests for it, I decided to move the information over to
a website, thus the initial CPTIPS homepage in the mid 1990s.
Although I initially focused on nutrition, my interests have widened to all
aspects of training related to improving personal athletic performance. Over
the last few years, I have personally focused on multiday trips, particularly in unusual
areas or conditions. As an example, a 200 mile, high
altitude ride (above 10000 feet) in Peru from Lake Titticaca to Macchu Pichu, and
a ride across Bhutan in 10 days.
Although this website is focused on cycling, it is applicable to all
aerobic sports. Understanding the wide variability in personal styles and
successful training programs, I welcome feedback, questions, and
suggestions for improving this website at CPTIPS.
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