(Cover photo credit: Danny Munsun, CyclingIllustrated.com)
Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Rachel Langdon. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, feel free to email us your suggestions.
I was born and raised in a town called Northallerton in Northern England. Athletics have always played a massive role in my life. As a child I played almost every sport I could get my hands on: field hockey, soccer (football), track & field, cross country and raced kayaks. Throughout high school I focused mostly on field hockey and soccer. At the age of 17, I decided that I wanted to leave the UK and come to America to play soccer in college. Murray State offered me a soccer scholarship, and that brought me to Kentucky. We had a couple of great seasons, winning two conference championships.
After college, I wanted to stay active but also be involved in the community, so I began racing triathlons with Team in Training, raising over $5,000 to help fight Leukemia & Lymphoma. However, I quickly fell in love with the bike. In 2015, I started racing cyclocross. This year, I raced a full road season – traveling across the Midwest and beyond with the First Internet Bank Cycling team. FirstIB partners with the Heroes Foundation, which raises money for the cancer community, cancer research, and to raise awareness, which has allowed me to continue to give back while participating in a sport I love.
When I am not pedaling bikes, I am a social media manager for several large commercial brands and work part time at Ken Combs Running Store. When I am not on the bike or working, I love to enjoy Kentucky’s finest horse racing and bourbon! Derby time has become my favorite time of the year.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
I train 15 hours or so a week. During season I usually take Mondays as an easy/recovery day. Tuesday and Thursday, there is a fast group ride that starts at 5am. Sometimes on those days I will double up and add an afternoon ride or a speed workout in. Fridays, I ride easy with a couple of small efforts to prep for the weekend of racing.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I wouldn’t be able to function without a morning coffee!
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
Through the summers I love some kind of fruit smoothie. In the winter, something a little more warming – like oatmeal.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
My meal plan is that I am hungry ALL THE TIME! I try to get all my fruits and veggies in the day. Instead of 3 large meals, I have 6 smaller meals or snack through the day.
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
Go-to is usually something like almonds, fruit or yogurt.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
To always keep things fun. I love to be on the bike, so training is never a chore.