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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-04-11, 09:30 PM   #1
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Falling off the wagon, er bike...

So, 3.5 weeks ago was my last big real ride -- 55 miles and 6000 vertical feet. I was fairly tired for 2-3 days after that, and have been so busy I've only ridden about 6 times, 5-20 miles each ride. And I increased my fast food intake (99c Big Mac special at a new McD, FTW!). And I started drinking -- 1.5 cases of beer this month. Felt like I was getting to be a fat bastard. Yesterday I did my usual climbing routine and pushed harder and faster and longer than I've ever done, my legs felt fully rested, and today I'm 1/2 lb lighter than a month ago. WTF.

I do think I needed a break though. I've done so much riding this summer I was getting to be constantly a bit tired and my legs always somewhat sore. Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??

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Old 10-05-11, 05:37 AM   #2
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Could hit the gym, go for walks, a swim perhaps. Other things other then cycling you know. Too much riding and you get tired of it, trust me.... i am going through it now

For leg recovery, if you message your quads from the top of the knee upwards, it feels great. Also a walk or something on recovery days work for me. If I just sit around watching TV, my legs (quads) will start to hurt and feel heavy. So now I take a walk.
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Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??
LOL. No, it only qualifies as that if you're getting up in the night to raid the refrigerator.
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Old 10-05-11, 06:58 AM   #4
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So, 3.5 weeks ago was my last big real ride -- 55 miles and 6000 vertical feet. I was fairly tired for 2-3 days after that, and have been so busy I've only ridden about 6 times, 5-20 miles each ride. And I increased my fast food intake (99c Big Mac special at a new McD, FTW!). And I started drinking -- 1.5 cases of beer this month. Felt like I was getting to be a fat bastard. Yesterday I did my usual climbing routine and pushed harder and faster and longer than I've ever done, my legs felt fully rested, and today I'm 1/2 lb lighter than a month ago. WTF.

I do think I needed a break though. I've done so much riding this summer I was getting to be constantly a bit tired and my legs always somewhat sore. Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??
just be careful, fast food and beer can sneak up on you and throw a wrench in your clock work.

do you weigh yourself every time under similar conditions?
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Old 10-05-11, 07:04 AM   #5
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Could hit the gym, go for walks, a swim perhaps. Other things other then cycling you know. Too much riding and you get tired of it, trust me.... i am going through it now

For leg recovery, if you message your quads from the top of the knee upwards, it feels great. Also a walk or something on recovery days work for me. If I just sit around watching TV, my legs (quads) will start to hurt and feel heavy. So now I take a walk.
this a good idea in my opinion.

also, if you're wearing yourself out biking, scale back your rides for a little while.
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