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before 4.5 hour ride 144 lbs after-137lbs(9 posts)

before 4.5 hour ride 144 lbs after-137lbsishmael
Jul 21, 2002 6:00 PM
It takes me half a year and a lifestyle change to do what I did in four and a half hours. I drank 5 water bottles, I couldve drank a lot more. Any similar experiences
I dropped a few today....jagiger
Jul 21, 2002 6:48 PM
I definitely don't think that I drank enough...if it was real hot for your ride, you probably should have drank more too. Luckily, I don't feel bad, but I know it's not good to get dehydrated.
It's called dehydrationNessism
Jul 21, 2002 6:48 PM
Sounds like you should have drank 10 bottles! Seriously, there is no way to loose that much real weight during a 4.5 hr. ride. I've found that it's real difficult to understand what "true" weight is while riding a lot in the summer. It seems like half the time my body is recovering and/or dehydrated. Daily weight fluctuations is more than 4 lbs. some days. Report back in a couple of days after things have setteled down.

An interesting weight loss storyempacher6seat
Jul 21, 2002 7:27 PM
Which has nothing to do with cycling, but interesting none the less.

It was a friday, and I was leaving Victoria soon to go to Vancouver for a rowing regatta. I was 170lbs when I left on saturday at 6 am. I needed to shed 10lbs to make the lightweight I was entered in for my races. I didn't really do anything special.. I had a small dinner saturday night, that's about it. Sunday morning, I strip down to my shorts at the regatta, go to the weigh in center and the scale hits 160 on the button. I had no idea how, I thought for sure I'd be over. I raced my races, enjoyed the rest of the day, and when I got back to Victoria that evening I checked a different scale and came up 170 again. I guess the lightweight gods were with me on that one, and didn't want to watch me run on a tread mill while wearing 4 sweaters, a touque and 3 pairs of pants in order to sweat down to weight!
re: before 4.5 hour ride 144 lbs after-137lbsUselessBum
Jul 21, 2002 7:42 PM
Although it sounds cool to drop weight like that, you might want to read this story I found on the web. The title is interesting enough. . .Here's the link:

The most interesting part is towards the end. So if your in a hurry, skip to the last 10 or so lines.

If you do the math, 1 litre is roughly 1/4 gallon. And 1 gallon of water is roughly 8.25 lbs. The guy in the story was over 10 lbs lighter. You were close.
re: Have experienced the flip side.dzrider
Jul 22, 2002 4:06 AM
After an 80 mile ride touring up the east coast I stopped at a sea food buffet. I weighed myself on a penny scale going in and was 163 fully dressed. I had the waitress leave a 2 quart pitcher at my table because I knew I was a little dehydrated. I drank most of it, had a few beers, and lots to eat. I weighed 171, a much more typical weight at the time, on the way out.
be careful out theregrandemamou
Jul 22, 2002 7:13 AM
You lost almost 5% of your body weight. This is not a good thing. Last year at Hotter than Hell I ended up with dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance. This is not something you want to fool around with. I ended up with severe nausea and vomiting, uncontrolable shakes, heart palpatations. I felt like I was going to die. I probably would have without a trip to the ER.

I have been riding since 84, was used to the heat and had monster miles in up to that point. It was my 4th century of the year. Sometimes SHi7 happens don't push your luck.
re: before 4.5 hour ride 144 lbs after-137lbsDrPete
Jul 22, 2002 3:52 PM
To lose 7 pounds of fat on a 4.5 hour ride, you'd need to burn 5444 calories an hour, or roughly twice the hourly energy expenditure of Lance riding in the Pyrenees. What you're experiencing is, like others have said, fluid loss.

The math: HARD (>20mph, no draft) riding burns about 1500cal/hour. 1 lb of fat=3500 calories. So, 7lb x 3500cal/lb / 4.5hours= 5444 calories/hour. Not likely. Not even for the best cyclists in the world.

Your weight loss has a lot to do with dehydration and maybe a little to do with muscle breakdown.

If you're just getting started cycling, ease into it. 4.5 hours as a first ride just isn't good for you.

Good luck with the riding!
its only water, yea but it's quite a shocker to meishmael
Jul 22, 2002 6:04 PM
Im used to riding up to 3 and a half hours.