I'm looking to just generally improve my health. I'm pretty healthy right now, but a little weak all around (for what I would like to do). Basically I'm a little soft and would like to increase my aerobic capacity. I'm in college at CSU, I'm looking to be on the Rams Cycling team this spring (road racing). I've done some racing before, but since last winter (hockey season) like I said I've gotten a little "soft". I'm not fat, I'm like 6'1" - 6'2" and weigh about 185, although I don't weigh myself everyday (at all....). I'm looking to find a good diet plan to be combined with a good cycling training program. What kinds of food should I eat? I've never actually tried to eat healthy before. I can basically eat whatever I want and I'm active enough to stay at this weight or below, but I'd like to lose the gut because I don't want to drag it up the mountains on a bike. (Whats the point of having a super light bike if YOU have extra weight). I figure if I lost ten pounds off of me, that a CRAP load more than I could ever get a bike to lose. So what I'm basically looking for is a diet and some kind of training plan to get me in shape for spring. The diet will start as soon as I establish from you guys what would be good and the training will start next week. I'd like to be able to be presentable for the start of team rides, etc. I'm obviously not going to nationals or going to be at the front of the back, but I'd like to be able to keep up to the point of not looking like a total slob. By the way, I don't actually have my road bike out hear yet, but I just bought cheap road bars / shifters / brake levers for my Giant Rincon Moutain Bike. It has 1.5in Slick tires. Its no Ferrari, but the geometry is pretty close to being similiar to my road bike, maybe more aero, as the frame is bigger than I would buy for a road bike... Someone help me? I'll answer any questions or do anything if it will make it easier to help me.
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I'm a big believer in base miles. It'll eat up some of that gut, too.
Lots of miles at an easy pace. Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
And talk to your coach. He can see you, and will have a much better idea than we would about what you need to be doing for training.