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    Weight while touring!

    Well a bit about me first, im 21 and am going on tour with my boyfriend for two months this summer, i have two concerns at the minute, i know that with cycling all day i will need to eat a lot to have the energy but i am afraid of eating to much and starting to put on weight, if anything i would like to lose a bit any advice about calorie intake ect, my current plan is to eat what i think i need and if i notice myself gaining weight cut back a bit??

    My other concern is more of a girlie one to be honest but what sort of effect with cycling have on my thighs, will they get much bigger or just get more toned up?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang
    Well a bit about me first, im 21 and am going on tour with my boyfriend for two months this summer, i have two concerns at the minute, i know that with cycling all day i will need to eat a lot to have the energy but i am afraid of eating to much and starting to put on weight, if anything i would like to lose a bit any advice about calorie intake ect, my current plan is to eat what i think i need and if i notice myself gaining weight cut back a bit??

    My other concern is more of a girlie one to be honest but what sort of effect with cycling have on my thighs, will they get much bigger or just get more toned up?

    thanks
    Monitor your food intake, keep to healthy food and you should be good.

    As for the thighs... Make sure you're spinning at a high cadence and not mashing your gears and overworking your leg muscles. When you overwork them mashing, it's like doing power lifting. You really break down the leg muscles and not only will it take you longer to recover, but yeah you're muscles will get bigger as they rebuild themselves.

    If you keep a high cadence with less pedal pressure, it's putting the work on your aerobic system, so your legs won't break down as much, and they should get nice and toned.

    Try to keep the cadence over 90 as much as you can.

    Have fun, touring is a blast!
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    thanks for the advice i will keep that in mind!

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    Also, since you're a woman, you're not going to get huge muscles very easily. Your body is not predisposed for that.

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    you're most likely going to lose weight.
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    Your legs aren't going to get huge riding on a tour. If anything, you'll tone them up, take off some fat, and end up with more aesthetically pleasing legs.

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    Never saw a female long distance rider who had thighs I didn't like. Your bf is probably the same. Don't worry about it. Also don't worry about gaining weight. You'll work it off. I don't know how fast you ride, but a starting point might be a burn of 600 cal./hour in the saddle. Just don't pig out at dinner or drink a lot of beer. Be prepared to want something to eat in the middle of the night, which is fine, a good thing. As long as you have a saddle that suits you and good shorts, you'll have a blast.

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    I've crewed for a couple of women doing the transcontinental Race Across America. Slightly heavier legs then the average lady at their body weight but not a lot. At 100+ miles a week my male hormones give me much heavier legs then they got training at 400-500 miles a week. Most RAAM riders eat all they can keep down and still lose 10-15 pounds in ~3,000 miles. Please take before and after pics of your legs and post them here .
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    Ok, please stop using the word tone. A muscle gets bigger or it doesn't. You may lose fat and so see a more defined muscle, but you can't "tone" anything.

    To the OP - EAT! Just make sure you get enough good food and not try to subsist on sugar. Your thighs will become pure hotness as the small muscles grow from extended use and the fat madd decreases.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone, not use about loading the pics of my legs tho! lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    Your legs aren't going to get huge riding on a tour. If anything, you'll tone them up, take off some fat, and end up with more aesthetically pleasing legs.
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    When I was young I had a roadie girlfriend. I just loved her thighs ! If your boyfriend is a cyclist as well he'll admire yours too. I do not know how I would manage to eat enough to gain weight on a bicycle tour, I have a hard time not loosing to much weight.

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    The best thing that can happen to a person, in terms of body composition, is to lose fat and gain muscle. Let's assume you are able to lose 5 lbs of fat and gain 2 lbs of muscle. If all that occured in your thighs, you would have smaller thighs. You would still have lost 5 lbs of fat bulk, and since muscle is denser than fat, the addition of 2 lbs of muscle to your thighs would be much less than the fat that was removed.

    Now, chances are that from cycling, you will lose fat from various parts of your body, and gain muscle in your legs. Still, considering fat's bulkiness and muscle's density, you should still end up with smaller thighs. If in doubt, take weekly thigh measurements. Measure the largest circumference on your thigh each week and see where it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang
    Well a bit about me first, im 21 and am going on tour with my boyfriend for two months this summer, i have two concerns at the minute, i know that with cycling all day i will need to eat a lot to have the energy but i am afraid of eating to much and starting to put on weight, if anything i would like to lose a bit any advice about calorie intake ect, my current plan is to eat what i think i need and if i notice myself gaining weight cut back a bit??

    My other concern is more of a girlie one to be honest but what sort of effect with cycling have on my thighs, will they get much bigger or just get more toned up?

    thanks
    First, have fun. I do hope you are both pretty close in riding abilities. It's no fun to tour with someone who is contantly 1/4 mi ahead of you.

    Anyway, if you're on a bike all day, the chances of you GAINING weight are slim (pun intended).
    Someone above stated you could use as much as 600 calories/hour on the bike are pretty dern accurate.
    So, if you are on the bike for 4 hours, you would use 2400 calories! Just don't stop at all the McDs on the route. You can eat that many calories in one Big Mac meal with an ice cream sunday for dessert.

    As for the thighs, any fat on or IN the muscle will be used for fuel and you should see your thighs slim down without getting bulky. But it does depend on what they look like to begin with. If you are really thin already, you will see them get bigger. They won't ever become monsterous, we women aren't blessed with testosterone, but they will beomce noticeably bigger IF you are already really slim.
    I'm not. I'm seeing a nice thinning of my thunder thighs as I'm riding.

    Good luck, have fun!
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    Nice to ear a girls point of view on things, im not big but i wouldnt consider myself really small either so i will just have to wait to see how things go but im not worrying anymore! thanks!

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    Well, maybe you'll gain weight, but lose inches. Muscle weighs more than fat. I'm slimmer, but weigh more than less year. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang
    Well a bit about me first, im 21 and am going on tour with my boyfriend for two months this summer, i have two concerns at the minute, i know that with cycling all day i will need to eat a lot to have the energy but i am afraid of eating to much and starting to put on weight, if anything i would like to lose a bit any advice about calorie intake ect, my current plan is to eat what i think i need and if i notice myself gaining weight cut back a bit??

    My other concern is more of a girlie one to be honest but what sort of effect with cycling have on my thighs, will they get much bigger or just get more toned up?

    thanks
    My advice is along the lines of others - try to eat well, and don't worry about how much you eat - your body will do a good job of telling you how much to eat. I would not be surprised if you lost a bit of weight (or size) as cycling can burn a lot of calories and long-duration exercise tends to depress the appetite a bit.

    Don't be afraid to have sugar during the ride - that's what you're body is burning - and it's also okay right after the ride. If you do that (lots of people like chocolate milk as a recovery drink), you will not be as hungry.

    And have fun.
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