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Getting lean as a masters rider

Old 03-28-19, 01:40 PM
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Getting lean as a masters rider

I need some suggestions from other masters level cyclists.

I'm 48. I'm sure many of you have battled the "weight creep" over the years. As my early 40s were spent chasing toddlers and small kids around and getting fat (I had kids late) I have literally found that the last 20 pounds just won't come off now that I've started getting serious about cycling again. And I'm a big dude; 6 feet and 180 - 185 at my leanest racing weight as an adult when I was a Cat. 3 in the 1990s. I'm still at 210 and am racing my first criterium in 10 years coming up in two weeks. All the old tricks don't work anymore: fasted 3 hour zone 2 rides, 200 mile weeks, and even intermittent fasting. I mean, the weight literally will not come off. I realize that if I just resign myself to being 210 that I'll never realize my potential as a masters cyclist--but I'm a very goal oriented person and this has been frustrating as hell.

Just wondered what other have done.

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Old 03-29-19, 12:18 PM
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Ah, the everlasting conversation on how to lose weight. Weight has been my middle-to-old-age windmill.

What is the duration of your fast?

I used to fast in my late teens to early 20s to try to improve my ability to burn fat (based on reading about training studies of Scandinavian Nordic skiers from the 1970s). My fasts lasted 24-72 hours, though generally 36-48 hours. At that time, I probably weighed about 125 lbs. I won't ever see 125 lbs again, but I'd like to get down to 140 lbs or so. A month or so ago I tried a 36 hour fast, 9:30p on a Sunday through 9:30a on a Tuesday. I rode 30 flat, easy miles on Monday and Tuesday morning and the result was a little dizziness on Tuesday's ride and a loss of about 3 lbs.

Gained back a pound this week.

Might try another 36 hour fast in May in preparation for the National Senior Games in June.
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