Just finished 'winter weight loss' project

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by curby, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. curby

    curby New Member

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    after 10 weeks (thru Dec. 31st) lost 9+kg/20lbs, must have lost some muscle mass in there as well but hoping to gain that back since I overshot my target of 5kg... So how to get back my cycling muscles? I have been cycling throughout the 10 weeks, more long distance, less intervals/power/sprints but seems my quads are smaller. Still feel pretty strong on the bike, although the last week of the diet I had bonked (no power) on the way home from 2hr out LSD ride. Took several extra minutes (20?) to get home and was starving and weak upon arrival, doh! So it seemed like a good indicator that I was underfed or weakening...

    I was doing deep knee bends (heard that one this century?) in an effort to keep my quads strong and running up 13 flights of stairs to introduce some off season weight bearing/impact activity throughout my 10 week experiment. Hate to abandon those but maybe its time to work the muscles on the bike... ?

    whattya think? I am very excited to start climbing again at my new weight... I will have to update ya'll to see how my speeds/times compare to last summer...

    thanks
     
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    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    Nice... So how did you weigh before?

    I just finished my winter weight gain project. I only managed to put on 32lbs.
     
  3. curby

    curby New Member

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    hehe 32lbs is considerable since in the northern hemisphere winter isnt halfway through... if you dont eat until spring tho it should be no problem! ;-)

    I was 76kg on Oct. 15... wanted to get down to 70, but wasn't paying close attention, just set a date and a diet to stick to...
     
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    If you cycled throughout the 10 weeks, your quads (or more accurately legs) are probably leaner, not smaller. Don't expect any perceptible leg muscle growth from cycling either. Lean legs are good. Less weight to carry uphill.
     
  5. curby

    curby New Member

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    thanks for the input, i was assuming i lost mostly fat, but 10kg is unlikely... but i hope you are right and my legs are just as strong, i've got 2 weeks of suffering coming on to prepare for a TT test at the end of the month so i'll soon find out.

    all's'miles

    curby
     
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