I've been lifting in the gym since early November. I continue to ride, averaging 150-200 miles weekly during this mild winter. I always gain weight in the off season, and this year is no different. I went from a low of 162lbs or so in October to 170-172 lbs now (5'11"). Those weight numbers are fairly close to those of L. Armstrong. I have a medium to large frame (my racing weight of 160-165 is much heavier than some 5'11" pros who can be as light as 140 or so). But I doubt I could ever ride competitively below 160. When I was younger whenever I tried to get below 165 I actually seemed to get slower.
Over the past month or so I've been focusing on eating less and trying to lose those pounds. But while I appear to be trimmer and fitter, my body weight has plateaued pretty hard @ 170 or so. A fair bit of this does appear to be muscle gain. I'm not working my upper body much (pushups and some curls) - and hitting the legs as hard as I dare with my chronic low back pelvic issues.
I'm sure once the weather warms up and my riding hits that 200-300 miles per week level the 5-8lbs I want to shed will slowly melt away. Has anyone else experienced this apparent increase in body weight from muscle build up during off season gym sessions? I'm actually climbing BETTER @ 170 now than I was @ 162 in October - same hills, bigger gears. Feeling pretty good too. Which makes me hopeful that once I get down to fighting weight (hopefully under 165) I'll be good to go.