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For Me?
09-06-2016, 11:55 AM
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For Me?
Hi all - I wanted to see if anyone had any input on this for me? I am not sure this is for me and have tried searching the forums for someone else with my questions and did not, so hopefully this is not a repeat.

About me - until about 2 months ago I had been pretty happy with my weight. I am a distance cyclist and do 5-8 hours of cardio and 2-3 hours of lower work a week generally. In early July I participated in a cycling event that seems to have led to a downward spiral. It was an 11 hour event, I did ALOT of cardio and also ate to fuel myself. I did not think this would be an issue as I often (5-6 times a year) do 100 mile rides, generally lose a few pounds and then bounce back in a few days.

Well after this event I gained 10 pounds! I had hoped it was water weight but here it is, 2 month later and its still with me. I have not gained anything else food or exercise wise in my routine.

Yesterday I did a scheduled 100 mile ride and gained 3 pounds instead of loosing.

I have no idea what is happening.

I am thinking of adding of strength training to my routine but really dont want to cut down on my cardio.

Could this random, sudden gain be caused by under eating?
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09-06-2016, 01:06 PM
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First of all, welcome! And, yes, this is for you! In fact, it's for everyone..... I am at work now, but wanted to give you these two links to read and see if they seem to hit the nail on the head:

https://www.t-nation.com/training/final-...dio-coffin

https://www.t-nation.com/training/death-...ate-cardio

I think you will notice a lot of similarities... Take a peek and let us know your thoughts.

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09-06-2016, 01:32 PM
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(09-06-2016 01:06 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  First of all, welcome! And, yes, this is for you! In fact, it's for everyone..... I am at work now, but wanted to give you these two links to read and see if they seem to hit the nail on the head:

https://www.t-nation.com/training/final-...dio-coffin

https://www.t-nation.com/training/death-...ate-cardio

I think you will notice a lot of similarities... Take a peek and let us know your thoughts.

Wow! That actually does speak volumes to me. When I ride for cardio I tend to do mostly HITT work so my cardiovascular fitness is great. And for the rest of the exercise I do I walk 2-3 hours a week (I have MS and cannot run, yay) I would say biking I spend most of my time in the Hard/Maximum Zones and walking in the Moderate/Light zones. When I am doing the 100 mile + rides or long training rides I tend to keep it at moderate with some dips into hard.

However, now I am thinking that my HITT training involves too long of a time in the anaerobic zone.

I would never have though to be looking at and reading things meant for people training for an iron man or tri though I can see a lot of similarities.

Its kind of sad though - I love riding my bike and my HITT work outs. I wonder if I can keep most of them and add something to mix things up?

Also - thank you for the welcome!
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09-06-2016, 03:02 PM
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I think adding weights will definitely be beneficial! Muscle will help with your cycling as well. Not every cyclist or triathlete is very thin. My husband has a favorite triathele who is very muscular.

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

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09-06-2016, 03:11 PM
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(09-06-2016 03:02 PM)Jc_wt Wrote:  I think adding weights will definitely be beneficial! Muscle will help with your cycling as well. Not every cyclist or triathlete is very thin. My husband has a favorite triathele who is very muscular.

Thanks for that happy I am not very thin personally. I have a large bone structure and am fine with having a bit of extra padding. But adding on 13 pounds in 2 months has freaked me out!
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09-06-2016, 03:47 PM
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Definitely strength training will be beneficial. Obviously, do what you like, but do it because you *like* it, not because you feel as thought you *need* it. Personally, I would opt for 2 - 3 days full body strength training and then your cardio. But, like you said try to concentrate on some HIIT work, and if you like those long steady-state cardio rides, make sure you are truly doing it because you enjoy it.

Remember, with cardio (actually any form of exercise) the body will adapt, so what is hard for you today will become easier over time. With strength training, that is not an issue because you can continually increase your weights. With cardio you will either need to increase the duration or intensity (or both) to reap the same benefits. At some point that becomes a near impossible task...

Glad you found those articles to be helpful ... I found them to be very enlightening.

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09-06-2016, 06:50 PM
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(09-06-2016 03:47 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Definitely strength training will be beneficial. Obviously, do what you like, but do it because you *like* it, not because you feel as thought you *need* it. Personally, I would opt for 2 - 3 days full body strength training and then your cardio. But, like you said try to concentrate on some HIIT work, and if you like those long steady-state cardio rides, make sure you are truly doing it because you enjoy it.

Remember, with cardio (actually any form of exercise) the body will adapt, so what is hard for you today will become easier over time. With strength training, that is not an issue because you can continually increase your weights. With cardio you will either need to increase the duration or intensity (or both) to reap the same benefits. At some point that becomes a near impossible task...

Glad you found those articles to be helpful ... I found them to be very enlightening.

I think I will add strength training to my routine, I currently do none at all so it could not hurt! I could try doing a few sprints on these longer rides as well, maybe that will help when I am not doing a HITT work out.

I very much appreciate you sharing those thinks, it does help to explain some things.
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