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6 days, 426 miles, and gained 8 pounds!(17 posts)

6 days, 426 miles, and gained 8 pounds!tarwheel
Jul 2, 2002 4:37 AM
My brother and I rode in a 6-day, 426-mile tour of Wisconsin last week and I actually gained 8 pounds! Can you believe it? All that beer, bratz and cheese goes right to your gut. I'm gonna have to go back on my diet now, but it was fun while it lasted. It's hard to believe that you can average 70 miles a day and manage to gain more than a pound a day. My problem was that I'm not used to putting in that kind of mileage so I was afraid I would bonk if I didn't keep eating -- so I never passed up an opportunity. The funny thing is that I was at my lowest weight in years when we left on the trip, and I thought I would drop a few more pounds!
Interesting effect, no?McAndrus
Jul 2, 2002 5:26 AM
I routinely ride a 4-day 400 mile ride in Michigan called DALMAC. One year I weighed myself before and after and I'd gained 4 pounds. From then on I watched what I ate. I have to be careful because a cycling tour like that turns me into a stomach on wheels.
Jul 2, 2002 5:46 AM
I've yet to find a better way to gain weight. After trying to gain weight for years (and being stuck at the same weight with NO change whatsoever), I did a 10 day, 1000 mile ride. Finally gained about 10 lbs. Mostly in my quads actually, and all of it was muscle. No extra fat that I could tell. Unfortunately, I stopped riding for a while after that and lost the precious pounds. Actually, the last couple of days I kept myself going with the thought of a reward at the end of the ride. That reward was a 1 lb box of Whoppers (malted milk balls). I ate the whole thing in one sitting and ended up sick in bed for two weeks! Ugh! Lesson learned: don't eat that much candy at once!!! (The ride may have had something to do with it as well, but I felt great during the ride).
Awesome nonsenseKerry Irons
Jul 2, 2002 5:59 PM
There is no way you can gain that much weight in either fat or muscle in that amount of time. That's an XS calorie intake of 3500 calories per day. You're gaining water due to the increased amount of exercise. Most of it will shed off in the next few days and then you'll see if you really gained anything. Your claim to have gained 10 lbs of muscle in 10 days of riding is absolute nonsense - physiologically impossilbe.
I hope you're righttarwheel
Jul 3, 2002 4:27 AM
At the rate I normally lose weight, it would take me 4 months to lose 8 pounds. All I know, is that I weighed 178 on my bathroom scales before I left, and I weigh 186 now!
Wisconsin has that effect on peopleMel Erickson
Jul 2, 2002 6:38 AM
Unfortunately we have just about the most obese population in the US. All that fat in our diet and the winters tend to turn many into couch potatoes. I bet some, if not all, of your weight gain was muscle rather than fat. Are you a Wisconsin resident?
I would like to think ...tarwheel
Jul 2, 2002 6:47 AM
That it was all muscle gain, but I seriously doubt it. Nope, I think it was mostly fat. I was eating stuff I don't normally eat -- bacon, french fries, brats, pies, ice cream, waffles and pancakes. I never passed up an opportunity to eat, and I drank a lot more beer than usual. I live in North Carolina, but my brother lives outside Chicago.
How'd you enjoy the scenery?Mel Erickson
Jul 2, 2002 9:08 AM
And you ate like a true Wisconsonite!
Hmm ... lots of cows and barns!tarwheel
Jul 2, 2002 9:48 AM
I really enjoyed the scenery because it was different than home. But it was pretty much nonstop dairy farms -- spotted cows, red barns, silos, and fields of wheat and alfalfa. It was nice riding on flatter terrain than NC, although we did have one hilly day riding across Kettle Moraine. ... I did my best to follow the dictum, "When in Wisconsin, do as the cheeseheads do." So, I drank a lot of beer and ate lots of brats, chips, pancakes, ice cream and cheese. If I ate like that all the time, I would look like a blimp in no time.

A couple of things stood out as different riding in Wisconsin vs. other places I've ridden. One, there was virtually no traffic on the backroads we followed. In many places, we rode for hours without being passed by any cars or trucks. The grid system of roads was also new to me. In NC and other Southeastern states, most of the roads follow the contour of the land on old game or Indian trails. The same road might go for many miles and head west, north and east at times. In Wisconsin, almost all the roads are parallel or at right angles -- either heading north/south or east/west. So you might follow a road north for 3 miles, turn east for 1 mile, turn north again for 6 miles, etc. The wind is also more of a factor in WI than in the Southeast. Fortunately, we had predominantly tail or side winds on 5 of the 6 days we rode, but I imagine it could be a real killer riding into a headwind for days at a time under less favorable conditions. Finally, the pavement generally wasn't as smooth in WI as in NC. Some of the roads had joints that you hit every 20 feet or so that would gradually pound you silly, although fellow tour participants said Wisconsin roads were far superior to Illinois and Michigan in that regard.
The reason the roads aren't as smooth isMel Erickson
Jul 3, 2002 6:04 AM
we have real winter. The freeze/thaw cycle in spring really plays havoc with the roads. I also agree ours are probably better than Illinois or Michigan, but we pay for it! The grid system of roads is predominant. This is because of the surveyors in the 1800's. The land was surveyed and divided into square mile sections. On the east coast, which developed before widescale surveying, the roads followed the path of least resistance, Indian and game trails, rivers, etc. Interesting you mention the wind. I wasn't aware we were a windy state. Might have been a windy week. Not sure what route you took but there are other areas of the state besides the Kettle Moraine area that are much hillier. Try the southwest unglaciated area. They're not mountains but they'll give you a test.
Oh no!! I just moved to WIsalmonwheel
Jul 2, 2002 9:37 AM
I just moved to Wisconsin, and my neighbor who moved here ten years ago said Wisconsin put 50 pounds on him. I think Wisconsin restaurants have to have their own china suppliers because their portions are so large they need to have especially large plates (and what's up with putting butter on cheeseburgers). It works for me though, since the only thing I'm above average in is appetite. I better keep bicycle commuting, I guess, and probably look into cross country skiing instead of ice fishing for the winter.
muscle is heavier than fatSpirito
Jul 2, 2002 7:23 AM
if you weren't fat to begin with and you took in food to sustain its likely that you would have built up muscle. especially if you did far more miles than usual. go by the tape measure no the scale.

thats my theory

Can muscle really build up that fast?TomS
Jul 2, 2002 8:30 AM
I don't know much about this stuff, but it seems like 6 days is pretty quick to build a significant amount of muscle... especially since you'd probably lose some fat weight from riding so much. If not though, that's pretty cool!
Not to be contrary...Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 2, 2002 9:48 AM
but there is no way in hell that you can add 8 pounds of muscle in a week. It's fat or water.

I can assure you from looking at my waist ...tarwheel
Jul 2, 2002 9:50 AM
It's mostly fat!
I had the same thing happen in Alaska.Len J
Jul 2, 2002 9:55 AM
I chalked it up to too many rest stops with too much eating coupled with a larger than normal breakfast and a large dinner. I ended up eating way more per 100 miles than I ever do at home.

It comes off pretty quick if you keep training (especially in this heat).

Eat less than you use = weight Loss - It's tough but SimpleMaartin
Jul 3, 2002 5:21 AM