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** Stopped drinking - perfromance now degraded **(4 posts)

** Stopped drinking - perfromance now degraded **grettm
Dec 1, 2003 4:48 PM
I am not a racer or even much of a serious cyclist. However, I enjoy staying fit and cycling is one of the most fun ways of staying fit! I usually ride about 1500-1800 miles a year.

Anyway - on to my issue. I keep a ride log and track my average speed. I have a particular circuit that I do for my work out. In mid-July I stopped drinking beer (used to pound 2 - 3 per day ) to prepare for climbing Mount Rainier. I successfully climbed the mountain but didn't start drinking again because my weight was much better and generally, I felt better. having said that, my performance on the bike and in the gym has been TERRIBLE. I mean I went from averaging 18 mph during this 22 mile circuit to a measly 15.8. The numbers start dropping in late july and work their way down to steadily. What gives? It can't be the beer? Or can it???? So should I believe the Guiness Posters "Guiness for Health?" "Have a Guiness when you are tired"?

If I have to live with the crappy performance I will...but there has to be a better explanation
Doctors says...A Guiness a day for health and wealthhudsonite
Dec 1, 2003 5:30 PM
Guiness is good for you. Lots of iron and ... beer.

I doubt it is the beer, but you might want to be checked out. If you told me your speed dropped in the fall months and you live in a Northern climate I could understand. My speed (and my buddies) drops off about 2km/hr on our loop during the colder months.

So... You might want to have your blood worked up on your next physical. Something might be off. The Rx could very well be ... a pint of Guiness a day...
After a couple of Newcastle Brown Ale's...PEDDLFOOT
Dec 1, 2003 6:02 PM won't worry about it. :-)
Dec 1, 2003 8:04 PM
A logical explanation (if you are set on convincing yourself that beer is good for you) is that beer is high in carbohydrates. If, for instance, you drank a couple the night before riding, you would increase your glucose reserves and use them when cycling the next day. If, on the other hand, you have replaced that carbo source with another, and your time is still dropping, it is unlikely due to the beer. You might want to get some blood work done and see if you are hypoglycemic and prone to earlier fatigue due to the exhaustion of your glucose stores while cycling. There could be other explanations. You may have become diabetic and prone to low blood sugar, as opposed to higher blood sugars with exercise. Losing weight generally will increase your ability to cycle longer and faster if you were overweight in the first place.