Hello, everyone. I started riding about a year ago, and rode for 3 months before getting clipped from behind by a pickup truck. I am still dealing with shoulder problems, but I really want to get back into cycling.
At the time of the accident, I was riding about 90-120 miles a week at an average of 15 mph (2 hour rides). I started out at 210 lbs and was about 172-174 lbs when I was hit (I went from an extra-large jersey to a small). I got my trainer stand back then, but I got bored easy with it, and it never seemed to be as effective as riding on the road, so I shelved it. Now, due to my school schedule and the fact that I still need a new helmet (), I will be riding primarily indoors until the summer break.
Currently, I am 20 pounds heavier than before the accident, and I want to get back into shape. I have done about 7 hours on the trainer this week, at 15 mph average (theoretically equivalent to 110 "miles"). I used to eat a ton of food last year after my 30 mile rides (healthy food, not pizza or burgers/fries, etc.) and still lost weight. This time around, I am trying to eat enough food to keep my energy level up for repeated trainer rides. If I don't eat a lot of food, I feel light-headed, but I'm afraid that if I eat as much as I did before, that I will cancel out anything I'm burning off.
My question is this: if I ride the same length of time at the same average speed (minus the wind I had to fight all the time out here), should I still eat a similar amount of food? Am I burning as many calories as I did on the road, given that I am riding at a higher sustained cadence without stopping, coasting, or gearing down to go through wind? Thanks.