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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 04-02-14, 12:56 PM   #1
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A word of advice: Don't eat like you're riding 150 miles a week when you're not.

Big time failure over Winter. It was too cold to ride, but instead of doing something else... I did nothing.

Sigh.

You'd think I would have learned by now. #!@%@$^&!%!#@!##!@%!@!#%$@^^$@
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Old 04-02-14, 01:31 PM   #2
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I hear you. Don't beat yourself up too much. Just get on your bike and ride.
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Old 04-02-14, 02:31 PM   #3
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Sounds about right. I've gained and lost the same 25 pounds between winter and summer for the last couple of years. Anyone else think that a trainer is the solution? That, or getting out to snowbike more.
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Old 04-02-14, 02:33 PM   #4
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I'm sure we've all been there before, I know I have been! I even tried my hand at commuting last month, made it for the most part but I didn't really like riding in the cold and probably won't do it again. Thankfully I had a car to fall back on and a indoor exercise bike to try to keep my weight down, somehow I still gained 5 pounds since last November though.

Anyway, the weather's starting to show a sign of spring so listen to MRT2 and just get on the bike and ride!
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It is worthwhile IMHO to reflect on the past but only to learn from it. This last winter for the first time since I can't remember when I came out of winter stronger and in better shape than I went in and gained less than 10 pounds all of which I lost by the second week of March. It was hard. Tracking calories has lately been my carrot, knowing that if i want to eat i must exercise and be honest about it. So far it works. For you that did not do so well just get back on the bike for the enjoyment. Enjoy the better health as a benefit of riding. You've done it before, I'm thinking you will be able to do it again. Next winter remember the pain, however this last winter was a tough one for many.
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Big time failure over Winter. It was too cold to ride, but instead of doing something else... I did nothing.

Sigh.

You'd think I would have learned by now. #!@%@$^&!%!#@!##!@%!@!#%$@^^$@
OUCH!! But like MRT2 sez, don't beat yourself up about it - count it as a lesson learned, adjust, get on your bike!
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Old 04-02-14, 03:33 PM   #7
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A word of advice: Don't eat like you're riding 150 miles a week when you're not.
Good advice. Maybe next winter I'll heed it.

Injuries and just being disinterested kept me off the bike all winter, but I sure didn't adjust my eating accordingly.
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Yeah, I gained 25# over winter, while working hard(I thought)........ Put me back in Clyde status, but I'm working it back off ----- sure wish it would go faster.

And that Airdyne sucks.................... wish it was looking out the window..........
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I'm in the same boat. Last spring/summer had the most successful time of my adult life losing weight. Dropping nearly 100lbs by cycling, soccer and logging in what I eat on a daily basis. This Winter lost all concentration and put on 30lbs. I have the motivation and determination to succeed this spring and summer, But I must learn from my mistake when it becomes winter again.
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In my experience the trainer just slows the winter weight gain. I ride about an hour a day 6 days per week on the trainer. When I get out in Spring, if I haven't ridden in Winter, it takes a while to regain my pre-Winter form. But then the trainer is better than nothing!! When I do ride I generally ride 25 miles, aboout 1 hr 40 min or so, weekdays with longer rides on the weekend. Maybe it's the extra 40 minutes that do it

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Me too. The 15lbs it took me 6 months to lose came back in 8 weeks off the bike. Oh well, back to the starting line.
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I'll sign in to the "Me too" group on this.

Once commuting season ended for me I didn't adjust accordingly, and at the time I didn't care.

Started riding indoors and lifting at the gym in early February.

Two months in and 10 pounds gone. Funny how much longer it takes to lose it than to gain it.
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I'll sign in to the "Me too" group on this.

Once commuting season ended for me I didn't adjust accordingly, and at the time I didn't care.

Started riding indoors and lifting at the gym in early February.

Two months in and 10 pounds gone. Funny how much longer it takes to lose it than to gain it.
and how much more painful. Riding season is just around the corner in the Midwest. Now if it can just stay above 40 degrees for more than a day.
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and how much more painful. Riding season is just around the corner in the Midwest. Now if it can just stay above 40 degrees for more than a day.
+1 on the pain.

20 minutes in to a 60+ minute ride last night and I'm thinking, "Boy, my legs are tired today."


I will say, however, that my legs have responded quite nicely the last two months, and I'm feeling pretty good as outdoor riding season approaches
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I have had a trainer for 6 or 7 years, it is still almost new. This year I used it a little more than before, but still only a couple of 1/2 hour rides. I even bought a second one this year so I could invite someone over to do some trainer time, and I did it once, and since haven't had the house clean enough to have visitors.
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Sounds about right. I've gained and lost the same 25 pounds between winter and summer for the last couple of years. Anyone else think that a trainer is the solution? That, or getting out to snowbike more.
Trainer has been marvelous!
I had one a LONG time ago, but couldn't stand the grinding boredom. This year got a new one and did intervals to help prepare for the season. I didn't want to take a couple months to get back to where I was last season.

Lessons:
Start them as soon as weather starts interrupting rides
Intervals are HARD.
Intervals are NOT boring
Intervals are Addictive.
Take others advice on frequency. Boy, did I miss them when I had a forced week of rest.
They build a different strength, very complimentary to my usual approach of more and more seat time.
Heart rate monitor really focused me on HEALTH...

Results:
I started about 8 weeks late.
I'm stronger in my weak points then the end of season. I'm not as strong in my strong points as I was, but only by a little.

Big fan of intervals on trainer!
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I'll sign in to the "Me too" group on this.

Once commuting season ended for me I didn't adjust accordingly, and at the time I didn't care.

Started riding indoors and lifting at the gym in early February.

Two months in and 10 pounds gone. Funny how much longer it takes to lose it than to gain it.
lol this is what I need to be doing... last time I went for real weight loss I went pretty heavy on bodyforlife... strict calorie counting and working out 6 days a week... for cardio I just did intervals for about 20-30 min around my neighborhood... I only lost about 10 lbs like you... but the next time I got to the trail (mtbing) I was amazed at how fast I was and how easy the climbs where.

sadly that didn't happen this year...
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lol this is what I need to be doing... last time I went for real weight loss I went pretty heavy on bodyforlife... strict calorie counting and working out 6 days a week... for cardio I just did intervals for about 20-30 min around my neighborhood... I only lost about 10 lbs like you... but the next time I got to the trail (mtbing) I was amazed at how fast I was and how easy the climbs where.

sadly that didn't happen this year...
Pretty much what I'm doing ... using MFP to track everything I eat, though I'm less judicious on the weekends. M-F I eat at or under my goal, and on days I lift/ride (typically M/W/F) I eat back a portion of what I burn.

Weight loss has been slow, however, my goal is a long-term one, I have a number I'd like to hit by Thanksgiving of this year and that translates to about 1.5 to 2 pounds of loss per week. So, at least for now, I'm on track in terms of that number. I have, however, seen quite a change in my body composition. Portions of me are quite leaner, and I've felt the change in inches or the way my clothes fit. I'm interested to see how I feel once I'm riding outdoors again.
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If you can find a gym that has spinning instructors who actually ride and compete outdoors, those classes can be very good at maintaining or even increasing your ride fitness over the winter. If the gym has aerobics instructors who decided to learn to teach spinning, the quality of the classes seems to go way down and I can see why people would think they weren't getting much out of them. A well planned 60 minute strength or intervals profile 2-3 times a week will do wonders for how you feel when you start riding outdoors again in the spring.
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If you can find a gym that has spinning instructors who actually ride and compete outdoors, those classes can be very good at maintaining or even increasing your ride fitness over the winter. If the gym has aerobics instructors who decided to learn to teach spinning, the quality of the classes seems to go way down and I can see why people would think they weren't getting much out of them. A well planned 60 minute strength or intervals profile 2-3 times a week will do wonders for how you feel when you start riding outdoors again in the spring.
I agree, but again, important to find someone with a cycling background.
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