I have been struggling to get back into shape. My fitness level is probably thge worst it has been in ten years....with the addition of becoming diabetic. I am working on getting into good enough shape to do the Tour de Cure in March in Central Florida. Long term the goal is to knock off at least 50 pounds and cycle to keep my diabetes in control. The doctor has told me if I lose 20 pounds I will drop my A1C level by two full points. This would be hugely good for me.
I have been trying to get in a number of 10 mile rides during the week, and one of at least 20 to 25 on the weekend. Seems like I am lucky to get 3 ten-liers a week with the longer weekend ride. My problem is becoming very exhausted and not recovering well. I also don't have enough strength/ stamina in my legs to get into a long distance of spinning while I ride. I find myself spinning for about a minute and coasting for a number of yeards- then my mind wakes up and I start pedaling again. I have been getting protein into my system just after the rides, and streching to an extent also.
I am wondering if I should be doing two, lower energy rides of about 8 miles a day, instead of trying to push for one longer 10 mile a day? What about this shorter ride doen each day at an easier pace, without days off to recover? Anybody know if this would help ramp up my fitness level sooner? Currently 5' 8", 248 pounds. 51 years old.