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Staying in shape over the winter months.(10 posts)

Staying in shape over the winter months.Icefrk13
Mar 26, 2002 8:41 AM
I thought I had a good regiment for staying in shope over the winter in in UT. It was wake up go to work come home, do the couch to fridge dash for a few homebrews (good beer), play computer game's go to bed. It kept me in shape all right, just the wrong one. I think that is the Pear shape. Going to ride like hell to get rid of that shape.
Mar 26, 2002 9:06 AM
If you look at Lance in the Amstel Gold and the TDF, he is visibly fatter in the former.
You can't avoid gaining weight in the winter...Velocipedio
Mar 26, 2002 9:13 AM
If there's a layoff from cycling. I worked out at the gym, skied, ran and rode the trainer about 9-10 hours per week all winter. I did spinning classes and, since the weather was mild, I even got out on the road a few times. And I still put on some weight [a little less than 1.5 kg, but still...].

The thing is that, no matter what you do, you're not going to burn fat the same way you can on a 5-hour bike ride. Imagine running for 5-hours, or riding your trainer!

I'm giving myself three months to get down to my climbing weight, but that's going to involve a whole lot of mileage, including some early-season centuries.
You can't avoid gaining weight in the winter...elviento
Mar 26, 2002 9:56 AM
Here is one advantage of being fat -- you don't have to exercise like crazy for 3 months to lose 1.5kg;-) I actually lost 2lbs in a week just from sensible eating and 4-5 rides. You know about 1000 calories deficit daily. Cut 400 off your diet and do 1 hour of riding. Not too hard to do, is it?
You can't avoid gaining weight in the winter...Velocipedio
Mar 26, 2002 3:01 PM
Well... to be honest, I'm up 1.5 kg on October, but I'm up a little less than 3 kg since August. I want to lose those three and one more for good measure. :)
Velocipedo! not easy at this time eh?tempeteKerouak
Mar 26, 2002 10:22 AM
Mmm. This winter was hard for me.

Because of the lack of good snow in the city preventing my ski regimen, I had to run more, which led to a trochanter bursitis... Still not gone and so I had to adapt.

I cannot stay on the trainer more than an hour. Geez, there's life out there... must crawl back up to civilisation after 30 to 40 k's...

And the gym is ever so boring.

After the last time we discussed this, I went on my run (Christophe Colomb street to Gouin blvd to Ile Bizarre, around and back.) 65 k at 5 degrees Celcius plus wind factor, all alone... You also said the mountain circuit was ok and it was. Except I am not ready to climb yet... Still managed a good 3/400 km during those days of the last weeks.

Let's invoque Anquetil, Jack Rabbit Johansson and Hemingway to get together and give us a nice easter outing. Just a half-day will do!

See ya around: off the shelves yellow Giant and ugliest clothes one can mix-match. ; )
Velocipedo! not easy at this time eh?Velocipedio
Mar 26, 2002 2:59 PM
I hear you, moan ami.

When I looked out at today's snow, I felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. I REALLY don't feel like running and, having had SOME cycling in the last few weeks, the trainer holds no appeal. I'm hoping this snow will be IT, once and for all. I'll go to the gym on Wednesday but, DAMN, I want to be back on the road on Thursday [I have the morning off].

I'll be the guy in grey and black, riding the yellow Kona cyclocross bike.
re: Staying in shape over the winter months.mackgoo
Mar 26, 2002 10:28 PM
Built up a cyclo cross play bike, I've actually lost a pound or two, and, I'm having a blast.
The real beny, I get to eat my Ben and Jerys every night.
Tried that program last winter with the same result.Len J
Mar 27, 2002 4:54 AM
So this year I decided to ride through the winter. Did nothing but base miles, 2 nights a week for an hour on the trainer, long ride outside 2-3 hours on Sat & 1-2 hours on sunday. Ended up losing about 4 pounds. Never felt stronger at this time of year.

Try the Schwinn Airdyne, especially for TTsScummer
Mar 28, 2002 10:41 AM
I'm a big, big fan of the Schwin Airdyne. You can get these on the cheap at garage sales. They are rugged as can be, and in fact still produced. You can get a heck of a workout on them, legs and upper body too. They are, however, loud, and you turn some slow RPMs at high resistence, but if you are a Time Trialist, it is a consideration.

I have one sitting in my basement and ride it religiously. I can burn around 1,100 calories in only 45 mins (if you believe the readouts). It's also good for interval work because you can use your arms and get that heartrate up fast.

I actually drop lbs. in the winter.