I've been puzzled by my weight gain/loss issues for the past year or so. I'm 5'11", and my weight generally varies between 165 and 175lbs. I've been training fairly hard for some time now, lifting weights in the gym, etc. I ride lots of miles (over 10K annually) and I don't really stop in the winter. When I look in the mirror right now I look very trim, but still my weight is a rather substantial 174lbs. Not bad for January, but odd considering how trim I look. I have an uphill TT in early May. I'd like to be 165 by then. I'm starting to wonder if that's even possible. A few questions:
• I do lift weights in the winter, but minimal with my upper body. I'm wondering if I should knock that upper body weight lifting (light benching, curls) all together and increase the core work (abs).
• I hit the lower body weights as hard as I can (bad lower back, right knee).
• A little over a year ago I bottomed out @ about 163lbs, but since then I've never been able to get back to that lower body weight.
Is it possible that the hard riding/weight lifting in the winter has added some muscle mass that I've permanently added 3-5 lbs? That's what I'm thinking. I'm actually climbing better at the heavier weight, so go figure. I look so trim @ 174lbs that it makes me think I'm built more like a football cornerback than a climbing cyclist. It wouldn't be hard for me to get up to 185-190 lbs if I hit the upper body weights hard, and I wouldn't be fat at all. But my goal is to be <165lbs and to stay strong.
I also wonder how much of this has to do with advancing towards 50 years old? I do think your body holds onto weight harder as you age. I hadn't weighed myself in a few months (it's getting too depressing). Besides, I still ride as hard as I can and watch what I eat regardless, so it's not like it's going to change much knowing I'm 5 lbs. heavier than I'd like to be.
The good news is that if I look this trim @ 174 if can really get down to 165lbs and stay strong I should be climbing better than I ever have. We'll find out I suppose. Has anyone else had this experience where they felt stronger and looked/felt fit but couldn't get down to the lighter body weight they had achieved in the past?