Weight is a cyclists nemesis.
Too heavy, and climbing is hard. Too thin, and there isn’t enough muscle to keep up.
We spend a small fortune on the newest, lightest, and most aerodynamic equipment and kits to save a few ounces and watts. We are better advised to work on the engine.
Build a stronger, leaner body and you will be able to keep up with the best, regardless of the equipment.
I learned this lesson late. In the past 2 years I have lost 25+ pounds, and at the same time strengthened my legs, core, and upper body. I climb faster and more easily. I keep pace with cyclists half my age. I have never felt as confident, and competent on the bike.
But not everyone agrees. Those who knew me before, think I’m too thin. They are mostly overweight. I keep reassuring them I am fine, and that this is a natural, healthy weight for me. I don’t need belly fat to be healthy.
I lost this weight by managing my diet and training schedule –
- 2 years ago, I started an intermittent fasting schedule – 18 hours fasting, and a 6 hour eating window.
- I started training in a fasted state, in the morning before breaking the fast.
- My first meal after the workout is always oatmeal with a banana, berries, and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
This regimen took the weight off, particularly around the waist. I went from a 34″ to 28″ waist in less than a year. If I veer off this schedule, I begin putting weight back on.
I don’t think it would matter what I ate, but I’m vegetarian, largely vegan, preferring simple, homemade meals. This helps but isn’t necessary.
So, if you take cycling seriously, loose some weight, don’t get caught up in purchasing the newest and lightest components.
Upgrade yourself, not your bike.