I have a Century coming up in August. I am 62 years old and I quit smoking exactly one year ago. I feel better than ever and my training is going well. My entire life, from age 14 until one year ago, I was 6' and 195and always involved in sports. Since I stopped smoking, I have gained 15 pounds, even though I am riding more than ever!
I'm eating more pasta, etc. to facilitate my training, but I can't seem to lose the weight. If I cut down on the food, won't that be counter-productive to the training? I am riding 20-30 miles 5 days a week and 40-50 on either Sat or Sun.
Is there any way to ensure I eat enough to rebuild my muscles, etc, but not more? I live at sea level and the Century is at 5400 feet. last year (while still smoking), it took everything just to finish. This year, I am remakably better ( I mean no comparrison) on hills but the training is being "outweighed", so to speak!