Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
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I'm perplexed re:training & eating--need advice!
I just turned 60 in June and am trying to become a cyclist again. I rode for abut 15 yrs. and was a decent recreational rider. Then, at age 54 I basically stopped. Last year I decided to get back on track and did about 1100 miles locally. By Oct. I was capable of 17 mph averages in eastern CT where it tends to be rather hilly but not mountainous. This year I've got about 1,000 mi. in and it's mid-July. This is all local riding. Here are some of my "issues": Because of humidity I've been riding early in the morning (out at 8 am back at 10-10:30 am). I usually consume a bottle of water and one or two GU gels during a ride. When I get home I drink something like club soda, milk, or juice. Then, I have no apetite until late in the afternoon. Then the eating begins and doesn't stop until just before bed. I've lost 5-7 lbs since May but seem to have plateaued both in weight loss and average speed on the bike. At 185 lbs. my nemesis is hills. I want to understand my nutritional needs and how to improve on the bike. Sorry this is so long, but I am truly perplexed as to what to do. I could use some advice. TIA.