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Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?(37 posts)

Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?DougSloan
Dec 27, 2002 6:43 AM
I've gained 18 pounds since October, then hurt my knees pushing big gears up hills, then layed off to heal. I just realized, I'm Jan Ullrich!

I've never done this before -- out of shape, over weight, and hurting. Anyone do this every winter; if so, what the heck to you do now?

Hmm. Maybe if I ride the Giro I'll lose weight in time for the Tour.

Doug
Since October ...OldEdScott
Dec 27, 2002 6:54 AM
Mileage down 60%, weight up 8 pounds.

It's easy to see why so many ex-racers (even TdF winners) are overweight. You get used to wolfing it down and burning it up. When you don't burn it up, you tend to still wolf it down.

Happens every winter. I've learned not to sweat it, but it does make for some uncomfortable pants.
I'm in that boat tooColorado Ron
Dec 27, 2002 6:55 AM
I'm suffering from severe patella tendonitis. I think it's due to way too much climbing with too large of gears.
The Dr has placed my leg in a full length brace and I cannot bend my knee at all. I've got to wear this thing 24 hours a day till Feb 3. I've put on ten pounds already. It's getting harder and harder to loose the weight now that I'm older.
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?Akirasho
Dec 27, 2002 6:56 AM
... I'm sitting here with training books spread out on the floor... Joe Freil's among them... planning my comeback!

Yepper, I've done this sooo much, I've got a Velo Gear "Old Guys Who Get Fat Over Winter" kit... and mean it!

OTOH, I do recognize, and am endeavouring to turn yet another corner (the other books spread over the floor).

http://psycle-therapy.great-ride.com/karate_do.htm

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Yep.Len J
Dec 27, 2002 6:58 AM
Rode this past weekend for the first time since Late Sept. Put on about 7 lbs and totally lost my aerobic conditioning. My wife (the nurse) keeps reminding me to be patient & not expect to be able to go out & do what I could do... good advice but hard.

I am concentrating on 2 hour, aerobic workouts with high spin until I get my body back into some condition before I start any strength or interval work.

Len
thanks! i feel 100% better now...._rt_
Dec 27, 2002 7:11 AM
that i know i am not alone in discovering that my jeans/pants have all shrunk. last year was the first year i experienced the post-season weight gain (7 lbs) and i swore that i would not let it happen again. i now officially call bullsh*t on myself and will try to accept my wintertime fate. cycling time down 50+%, laziness up 110%!

rt - pass the bonbons please
PLEASE STOP BRINGING ME CHOCOLATE...now pass me those cookies.Kristin
Dec 27, 2002 7:26 AM
My evil co-workers continue to bring in all of their leftover goodies. They must think I want it. Could it be because I keep obediantly snacking. There must be a 12 step program for this somewhere. Yep, I'm back up 7 lbs too. And my riding is down 95%. Despite every effort, I am faced once again with the stark reality that I passionately hate freezing weather.
mmmmm.....cookies!_rt_
Dec 27, 2002 7:56 AM
i've been pretty good so far this winter & have probably only gained 3-4 lbs (which is 3-4% of my body weight!!). i don't have a scale so i'm just guessing based on how my clothes fit. it's just a complete reduction in ride time that is killing me. i know as soon as i increase my ride time my weight will drop down and my fitness will jump back up. however, in the mean time, i'd like to wear only sweats for the next 2-3 months.

rt - who makes dress sweats for the office?
Yeah same here.....TREKY
Dec 27, 2002 12:34 PM
...haven't gained weight but the miles are down and the time on the trainer is very low.The treats have come more often.I hate the Chicago winters too.
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?Fez
Dec 27, 2002 7:16 AM
About 8 lbs for me since Sept. Cold, wet, windy weather has reduced the number of rides per week. I had to start crosstraining when the roads were fouled up with snow and ice.

And I tend to cut it short; most rides now are less than 1 hr 45 min, compared to my 3 hour rides in the summer.

The holidays and my wife's cake baking isn't helping either.

If I want to put a positive spin to this winter, I would say that at least I get aerobic exercise 3 times a week.
re: Not every winter, but this one and many others!dzrider
Dec 27, 2002 7:26 AM
A few observations from past experiences with this struggle.

The sooner I take it off the easier it is to get rid of it. My body seems to acclimate to a higher weight if I maintain it a while.

I can't ride or run it off. Losing weight, for me at least, depends on eating less. Oh, how I wish the opposite were true.

I hit my fastest speeds for short distances near the end of the weight loss process. It's kind of like pushing my fat butt up hill is a form of resistance training that strengthens my legs.

Setting short and long term goals makes eating less a little bit easier.

Most helpful are planning meals and writing down everything I eat. At times planning and journaling feel worse than being fat, but they definitely work to impose limits and force me to be honest with myself about how much I eat.

Thanks for posing the question. Writing about it may do me some good.
no (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Dec 27, 2002 7:26 AM
Nope, Pantanied.Sintesi
Dec 27, 2002 7:32 AM
Been out of shape all season. : )
Thankfully not me...biknben
Dec 27, 2002 7:35 AM
Joe Friel is gonna keep me skinny this winter. I'm currently in his Base 2 period. 13 hours of exercise this week will keep the pounds off.

As far as "what do you now?" Starve!!!
Halloween to Easter is the "Calorie Season".MB1
Dec 27, 2002 7:43 AM
Another good reason to ride year round.

In answer to your question-no, I have gained no weight nor lost much fitness. We are no longer riding much longer than 100 miles on Saturday and Sunday so our average ride is getting a bit shorter, still.....

It seems to me that riding in the winter requires you to eat even more-works out well that way what with all the cookies and assorted other goodies Miss M has been making.
you are highly unusualDougSloan
Dec 27, 2002 7:47 AM
You are extreme. I don't think you could gain weight if you wanted to. Heck, merely stepping outside in that cold has to burn some calories just to keep warm. Ride a century in freezing temps, and I'd bet you burn several thousand in the furnace, let alone the riding.

I continue to be envious.

Doug
Thanks, there are a lot worse things you could call me that mean about the same thing. ;-) nm.MB1
Dec 27, 2002 7:57 AM
Hey MB1.Len J
Dec 27, 2002 7:48 AM
Is your e-mail down or overloaded?

Tried to send you & Miss M Holiday wishes e-mail & it was rejected. Please pass on my best Holiday cheer .
e-mail me with your new e-mail if it has changed.

Len
The hibernation syndromeJon Billheimer
Dec 27, 2002 7:52 AM
Doug,

I used to put on 8 to 10 lbs every winter. It comes with a)riding less, b)eating almost the same amount of food, c)fooling myself that I'm staying in shape by downhill skiing and drinking beer :)- As just about everyone else has noted the older you get the harder it gets to melt the winter blubber back off. So the past two winters I starting using Friel's program. Up here that means lots of hours on my rollers and/or trainer for five months in the basement. However, it's worked. So far this winter I've only put on 4 lbs over my race weight.

For yourself, hard as this may seem, you'd better get out on the flats and do some base work. The hills are going to kill your knees and you may end up spending time rehabing your injuries. The upshot of all this? Life is hard, then you get old, fat, and die:)-
I like Ullrich, but...schimanski
Dec 27, 2002 7:45 AM
I'm not fanatical enough to follow his example in everything. ;)

Seriously though... I don't gain weight during winter. I ride MTB unless it hits -15 degrees Celsius, which isn't that often around here. Cold I can deal with, frozen body parts I can't.
Yah, now pass der bier unt wurst! (nm)AFred
Dec 27, 2002 8:07 AM
Nope. Not me.Ken of Fresno
Dec 27, 2002 9:05 AM
Well, sort of. I've lost 15lbs since October but gianed 5 of it back since Thanksgiving. My milage dropped off big time after summer. I just ate much less (until Thanksgiving came along). Now that I've got more time to ride, I'll be back on the bike. Eat more, ride less; oops. I mean ride more eat less, ride more eat less.
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?4bykn
Dec 27, 2002 9:15 AM
Heck, Doug, that's an annual event in areas that have true winters. I look out the window and see ice on the streets, time to leisurely do some maintenance on the bike. Only two months to get it done! Seriously, though, I do pack on a few pounds(10 or so), but your 18 may be a bit much. For the next couple months it's time to hit the gym for some lifting and some time on the stairmaster. It's always fun to amaze the "body-builder" types when I'm doing reps with the max weight on the quad extension machines. They do kick my ass in the upper body, but when they see a middle-aged, overweight, seemingly fitness-impaired guy beating them on leg stuff, they do a double-take.
re: wait to you get olderbrurider
Dec 27, 2002 9:17 AM
A 49 yr old, ex-middle of the pack runner here. I've been riding the roads about 5 years now. Once I hit my late 30's and early 40's I realized that you gotta keep after yourself in the offseason, because to me, the lungs are the first to go. Come spring, it just got harder and harder to get back into what little bit of shape I was in end at the end of the running season. Thank heaven for a friend who got me into riding and gave me a good deal on some used Kreitler rollers.
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?4bykn
Dec 27, 2002 9:41 AM
Heck, Doug, that's an annual event in areas that have true winters. I look out the window and see ice on the streets, time to leisurely do some maintenance on the bike. Only two months to get it done! Seriously, though, I do pack on a few pounds(10 or so), but your 18 may be a bit much. For the next couple months it's time to hit the gym for some lifting and some time on the stairmaster. It's always fun to amaze the "body-builder" types when I'm doing reps with the max weight on the quad extension machines. They do kick my ass in the upper body, but when they see a middle-aged, overweight, seemingly fitness-impaired guy beating them on leg stuff, they do a double-take.
yep, packing the insulation on..dotkaye
Dec 27, 2002 9:55 AM
plenty of nice insulating fat between me and that winter cold.. heh. Up about 7lbs from race weight, and gaining steadily. Beginning of this year I had 15lbs to lose, I'm hoping to stay under 10 this time. What happened here is that as soon as the kids went back to school, assorted infections started coming home with them, so I've missed a lot of workouts due to sickness. Oh well. What comes now is www.fitday.com to count calories and limit the damage: and the solace of knowing as soon as I can actually get out and run/ride/swim, that unsightly blubber will start to go away again. At least, that's the way it's worked for the last decade or two..
Not this timemanicoti
Dec 27, 2002 10:43 AM
I gain wieght every winter, but tis year I got serious about riding and have spent 8-10 hrs a week on the trainer with lifting and swimming to boot. Finally got under 200 (was 170 in college) and I'm sure I've gained muscle. I'm sure once the holidays are truly over, more woight will drop. I've only been doing this for 5 weeks, and so far it rocks, best shape ever. Just stay patient and don't let enthusiasm make me do more than my body wants.
Not this timemanicoti
Dec 27, 2002 10:44 AM
I gain weight every winter, but this year I got serious about riding and have spent 8-10 hrs a week on the trainer with lifting and swimming to boot. Finally got under 200 (was 170 in college) and I'm sure I've gained muscle. I'm sure once the holidays are truly over, more weight will drop. I've only been doing this for 5 weeks, and so far it rocks, best shape ever. Just stay patient and don't let enthusiasm make me do more than my body needs.
Nope, been ridingTig
Dec 27, 2002 11:05 AM
I know I can gain weight since I lost about 4 pounds this year. That means I gained enough in the past to have something to lose! I have been riding consistantly enough the last few months to keep in good shape and the weight off. My highest mileage week this year was in November. That's the nice thing about mild Texas "winters". Lance likes 'em too!
God bless Southern California!!!serbski
Dec 27, 2002 11:22 AM
Not many places where one can run in shorts and short-sleeves or ride in summer kit w/only knee and arm warmers added on *Christmas Day*! There may be cities with more culture and history but very few with better climate.
Oh, and you can keep a tan year-round too!!! (nm)serbski
Dec 27, 2002 11:24 AM
Now, just start doing recreational drugs and...Bonked
Dec 27, 2002 11:15 AM
you will be on the path to a great Tour performance!
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?BikeViking
Dec 27, 2002 12:01 PM
Luckily I have only gained 5 pounds at most, but last year I gained about 15 pounds and that was the pits. I am swimming inthe jeans I wore last winter because I bout them to fit my expanding waistline.

Hoping to keep the weight RELATIVELY stable this winter (I am riding in the cold too, which should help.)

Scott
Depends... did your fat ass win the Tour?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 27, 2002 3:15 PM
Don't make fun of a guy who can't handle the pressure of being one of the top cyclists in the world.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Thank Heavens Im Past that...but I feel for you!BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 28, 2002 6:13 PM
If it makes you feel better I tore a muscle in my back and ended my season way back in august and didnt ride till about 8 weeks ago. I put on 30 pounds topping the scales at 265 but since then Im coming back to form and lost about 20 of those pounds....The season start is only 8 weeks away and its crunch time...get the miles in and shed the pounds. Blah
I've kept it below 10 lbs this year.look271
Dec 28, 2002 6:29 PM
So far. That's good for me. I hope to ride tomorrow and I've set jan 1 as the starting point to launch an all-out assault on the bulge. The time between Christmas and New Years is just too busy with the kids that I just can't get motivated to ride, although I'v been weight training and riding the trainer a little. Besides, the winter thus far has had a decent amount of snow, so I've been hitting the slopes. Not much in terms of conditioning but I love zipping across the snow!
re: Anyone else "Ullriched" yet?peter1
Dec 30, 2002 11:53 AM
Yep, about 8 lbs, and I'm negotiating with CSC-Tiscali!

I usually stop riding at the end of Oct. and will pick it up again (except for occasional fun rides on balmy mid-winter days and spinning classes) in March. I get psyched to train hard for racing again by then because I feel fat and lazy.

I was feeling pretty skinny by this fall at 5'11" and 153 lbs, so I hit the weights and started eating more. Seems to have worked.