I have long been a recreational MTBer. Recently for work i moved away from my local rideing area and into a intense job as a executive manager in an office. I got to 220lbs from around 195-200lb, was never small to begin with, whatever. It was a result of not riding.
In January, 2011 I saw a picture from an Xmas party and it inspired me too lose the spare non bike tire and the double chin. Today i have basically lost it all(down near 200) by starting in spin classes in the winter 3x a week. Suddenly i am not a newbie anymore. I think i may be turning into a cyclist???? I lie awake thinking of rides and gear ratios, measuring seat heights and top bar lengths after work when i cant ride.
I am converting to road biking and bought a trek 7.7 hybrid. I am in love with my bike and now am riding 60-80 minutes 3x a week. My body is starting to thin out even more and i feel, amazing. I get numerous comments on my new apprearance!
But i have some lingering not able to solve issues. Can you guys help?
If you answer any of the following it would be great.
1. I am getting sore hip flexors. It is an aching pain that is keeping me from riding more. WTF?
2. On rides of 80 minutes or so i find that if i eat two 100 calorie gels and drink 2 half liter bottles i ride so much better. Do you guys suggest a small carb hit before riding and is this the right amount? Since i am trying to lose weight i cant seem to understand if this is okay for me, alot of info i see says avoid gels if you are trying to lose weight,, but if i dont eat these i have a hard time doing the ride as well? What do you guys think?
I leave it at those two key issues. Hips and the contridiction of nutrition during a ride versus losing weight .... thanks..!