Our expert says:
There is so much that can go wrong, actually, that it's sometimes a real achievement when things go right! The difficult part of training is that you have to find a balance between training just the right amount and training too much or too hard. This becomes a problem for anyone except pro athletes, because most of us have regular activities to do - we can't just take an afternoon off and sleep off the training that we did a few hours earlier. So I suspect that your dad was probably overtrained. Most likely, what has happened here is that he knew the race was coming up, he increased his training, perhaps too soon, and then rode either too hard during these rides, or else just rode too often not allowing the body time to recover. As a result, his body fought and fought to keep him going, but eventually, it just gave up and he ran out of energy. The cost of training hard is really high, I don't think we realise, physically and mentally, what it involves, and so when you train hard, it's vital to rest well in between, to take a week of easy riding for every 2 weeks of hard riding, and of course, to eat well on top of this. If you don't do this, you get overtrained and performance suffers.
I don't believe that creatine will help at all, it will only cause problems and other supplements are also not needed provided he is eating OK. But it's the training that's the key, I believe.
Lastly, I hope that you get this - I'm not sure about the radio idea, I wish I was able to speak on the radio and take questions, but at the moment it is just the internet!
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