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Old 03-31-06, 04:08 PM   #1
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Long rides equal weight gain

It seems I lose more weight on my 15-20 mile rides as opposed to my 50-100 mile rides. I find I am eating to keep from bonking and what I eat and drink has more calories than what I am burning by slow touring type riding. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 03-31-06, 05:04 PM   #2
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It seems I lose more weight on my 15-20 mile rides as opposed to my 50-100 mile rides. I find I am eating to keep from bonking and what I eat and drink has more calories than what I am burning by slow touring type riding. Any thoughts on this?
Up your pace! Actually, calculate your calorie burn vs your intake and balance them a little better. Remember though, not all weight gain is bad! Muscle masses 7X what fat does in the same volume and Bone masses 15X. When you do any load bearing exercise: Cycling/Running/weight lifting, you increase muscle and calcium mass due to the increased activity and exercise. I know what of I speak, here, by the way, as I am currently an overaged college student working towards my Masters Degree in Nursing!

Here's a good tool for caloric burn calculation for cycling activity: http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm

This site takes into account wind, slope, Bike geometry, wheel and tire size and body weight. Use it in good health! I've found it to be a great training aid!
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Old 03-31-06, 06:05 PM   #3
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The real clincher is when you take a long tour - a month or more - and get back to the rat-race routine. Your body is screaming for all those calories, but you just ain't burning them no more, no more. I have fought weight gain after every summer tour.
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if you're regularly riding 50-100 miles, you probably don't need to worry about your weight so much.
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Old 03-31-06, 06:26 PM   #5
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when i just went on my 5 day 400 mile tour I was astonished to see that I gained 5 pounds!!!!! for whatever reason though, once my body had a chance to rest for a few days and get back to normal, my weight immediately dropped back down... probably has to do with the major increase in fluids and foods consumed during the long trips...

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I lost a ton of weight in just 2 weeks. I didn't starve myself, but felt like eating much healthier food, and not really all that much. I totally agree with the idea one should not try to diet on a trip, too much physicality, but when camping often there isn't much food around. If you are doing credit card tour with restaurants and all that jazz, then I can see how one would blow up.
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over the last 3 weeks I've been turning myself into not a hill wuss. I've dropped 8 lbs(I weigh 142 normally) due to not eating all that well, ie wake up: coffee get on bike at 7 am. ride hard in the hills till dusk(7pm) then go eat and drink.

Graham's no food lots of beer lots of exercise diet, it works I swear!
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