When I was younger I road a bike for transportation (I was poor, not rich yet but doing better) but not for exercise. Now I have been driving long-haul truck for 4 years and tacked on 70lbs to my already overweight body. Now I am sitting at 348lbs (6'1"). I don't know how I'm doing it but I'm not diabetic and am still in the 'normal' blood pressure range (by just a couple points). I have decided that I have had enough of this. I am going to be looking for a local job where I am home every night so I can get back into shape (210lbs out of high school almost 30 years old now). Here are a couple questions I have, keep in mind I am looking to loose weight most of all:
How do you judge when you have had a good workout? With most exercises you can push until your muscles 'fail' but with cycling its not that easy. When do you stop? I pushed up a slight hill 40 minutes the other day (on a MTB), by the end I was an out of energy mess with jello for legs. Is that over kill, or is there such a thing?
I find after a good ride I get very hungry about an hour later, but I like to ride in the evening so that means I would be eating right before I go to sleep (I know this is bad), is there something I can do to stop these feelings because it can only hurt me in the end.
Whats better, a long easy ride, or a shorter hard ride where you push yourself to the limit as soon as you can?