Started in January at 76kg and 7 months of continual and gradual weight loss seems to have slowed and I have one more week of base work. The last 3 weeks have been pretty steady hovering between 66kg and 65.5kg and aerobic condtioning is all but complete with 95g of carbs fueling 160kms and still feeling good so I am riding more efficiently resulting in a slower rate of weight loss. Intensity begins to ramp up a little over the next few weeks so I expect wight loss to track down further, however I have already dropped much lower than I expected was possible. I may go into K2 at around 63kg, which was the top of my weight range when competing XC MTB in the 90s. I really didn't expect to get below 68kg at my age so anything else is a bonus from here.
And four days later.... weight loss seems to have returned with a vengence, went from 65.5 wed, 65.1 thurs, 64.1 fri, and 63.8 this morning! And I'm not sure why other than we need to do some shopping lol!
Jeepers! you must be getting very lean at that weight? How tall are you? and you must have maintained great discipline over the last few months, nice work.
Maybe you are the only one losing weight... or maybe the rest of us are like me and nothing really to report (i.e. weight staying stable). I'm sitting around 71kgs and my target by K2 is 70kg, so not far off..
Hi Tony, I'm 5'7.7" or 172.2cm tall. I really have not been disciplined at all, just cut out most processed foods but I'm not even fanatical about that, for instance on Sundays I come home from my ride and have an apple doughnut, or two peices of chocolate slice my wife bought home on Sat, really don't feel like I'm missing out on anything or going hungry, but what I realised very early on is that processed food keeps you hungry, the food companys make these foods with ingrediants that make you desire to eat more, but I'm happy with what I'm eating daily.
I certainly don't feel lean, I feel I could loose a lot more, saying that I remember back in the 90's when I was racing MTB and between 59kg and 63kg I felt the same, then I would see a picture of myself and I would see that I was lean and people would describe me as wirey back then, like I said I don't feel like that at all so I can really see how some women go anerexic because what you see in the mirror or feel is sometimes not the reality.
So after years of not dropping below 72kg (in fact it was a struggle to get below 75kg or maintain weight under 75kg for years) I seem to have come across the formula that works for me right now and I'm not actively trying to loose weight from quite awhile ago, it is just happening.
So there is hope for people that can't loose weight, just need to find what works for you without it being a struggle.
Maybe I should just do what everyone that looses weight does and right a book haha!
Sitting on 68-69 kg ,, 172 cm as well .. obviously weight loss is not a priority atm ,, At 65.9 kg a while back I had a body scan done Greg .. was 800 grams high side /muscle ,,just under 9% b/fat and she advised ne to put on a little weight ,, I did notice even at that weight endurance suffered ,,climbing improved and I was forever getting colds ,, Got totally fed up being told I looked too thin .. The irony is the fastest solo ride ,, Waitoki 7 sisters Loop 118 km 33.1 average and just under 72 kg .. No races coming up so I tend to binge only week days and between Friday and Monday ;-)
I'm increasing training at a steady rate with a mixture of weekend rides and controlled VBike sessions during the week aimed at increasing FTP. I'm not necessarily focussed on weight, in fact I'm not at all, I'm more concerned about building endurance and strength. However, weighed myself this morning for the first time in a few weeks and discovered I've put on 2 KGs! So be it.....
That is what happened to me last year Gary put on 4 kg training for K2, tweaked things this year, hope to be faster.
Last time I had a cold was after my neices engagement party this time last year and being exposed at close quarters with people that were struggling through winter, none this year and coping with training much easier than last year.
Week 4 of speed work, 61.3kg and first speed workout today that I have struggled to complete, a few days off now (which were planned for this week anyway but been making the most of the good weather with the poor forecast going forward) and time to start fueling up during selected rides. Treated myself to 5x snakes left over from C2K after the ride.
Just been looking at the posts on Fat boy slim. Thinking at first with some consternation about weight loss with certain individuals but then thought some more after seeing what height some of you are and the type of exercise done. My weight has not changed much since I was 20years young at 75kg and 174cm. I have always been active both through my work and sport. Played senior hockey till age 39. Cycled from age 40 till about 45 but only as work commute. Took up Judo for a few years, during which time weight crept up to close 80kg. Stopped Judo and joined gym for several years, weight stayed around around 78-80 kg. Played touch, weight came back to 75kg. Restarted riding about 3-4 years ago, now weigh about 72 kg which at first seems light but when I look at the sports and activities I have done is probably ok. The body adapts to the physical requirement placed on it so long as the fuel you use is not over done. Upper body strength is not a priority for cycling so upper body mass may be reduced and fat is burnt off as part of endurance training, hence lower overall body mass than some one playing a sport with a more strenth oriented requirement. I have always been a big eater, only regulated the type of food I eat due to colesterol becoming some what elevated. I dont think too much about what I eat other than don't eat much junk, so cant be going too far off course. I'm not as old as Tex but do have my Winstone card. I wont ever do the K2 (I think) and probably wont get much under 4hrs for 100km event allthough reducing 100km time it is a goal. Cant be doing to bad on the diet front. I ride and tramp for the enjoyment, (not much tramping lately) and try to improve my cycling results where ever I can. Not sure if this sounds like a rant or skiting as I seem to have lost the thread of where I was going, maybe the Blenheimers kicking in, (One to many Savs after dinner) I think I'll put it down as a skite and call it a day. Here endeth my history lesson.
Hi Robert, thanks for sharing, I think your story is fairly typical in my experience anyway. All I will add is that I've always been involved in sports of one form or the other and tend to get a little obssesed/serious with what ever I take on. These days a bit more chilled about it all realising I'm never going to the Olympics or anything at my age. Pleasantly supprised that I was ever able to see my weight drop below the 70's after years of doing other things where the extra weight didn't really affect the sport I was doing. Still not as light as I was back in the mid to late 90's when I was MTB racing rather seriously, however MTB riders tend to carry a bit more muscle than road riders, so I may get leaner yet, but if it happens it happens, pretty much happy with how things are now. And after K2 more MTB will be done so that might quite possibly tone me up some more although the energy demands to keep riding a MTB on the trails through the day are much greater.
One thing I have noticed since cycling again and weight has reduced is that I do feel the cold more if I'm not doing anything. I live in shorts most of the year through my work and the last couple of years I have reached for a pair of overalls in the winter instead of a dust coat. Or could just be an age thing.
Personally found that below 66 kg I lost wattage and endurance ,, 171cm ,, Fastest solo ride was at 72 kg ,, Not sure what I am now ,,approx 68-69 but happy with how I feel and the numbers ..Priority is "Stoker" on the tandem so its wattage over weight ,, Upper body muscle ,,stuck with it but good for wrenching on the bars of the single speed :-) ,, Probably no K2 ,, Taupo is on but riding in a set group ,, Main Event is W/Auckland on the tandem ,, Trainiing will get serious closer to the event ,, Just enjoying myself atm :-)
That is a shame about K2 Mike, you have done some big rides through winter, but the main thing is always enjoy yourself.
I can see riding a SS requiring a bit more weight as you have be able to produce wattage in the one gear at whatever rpm that gear and terain dictates, gears give other options for producing wattage, not that I use a power meter but its just physics and commonsence. Perhaps your loss of endurance co-incided with a dietry change, hence the weight loss at the time and a loss of energy? At my reduced weight my endurance and energy levels feel good. Going to miss you at K2 a long that flat section.
I cost of entry fee could go towards more worthy causes ,, Both spin trainers are faulty ,one leaking oil ,, another loosing resistance when hot ,,so top gear and unable to stand properly ,, but yes you summed it up well ;-),, I planned on riding with Gary ,, Might change ,,Just depends on the cost of getting a decent trainer ;-) Murray and I both like to drive big gears on the tandem 56/11 ,, at about 85-88 rpm ..
Well its been about 7 months since my last post, still 62kg this morning, eating more chocolate than 7 months ago, dark chocolate with coffee and I drink a lot of coffee (weak black) seems my body has settled in well with this lighter weight. Thown away most of my undies which kept falling down, even my new Levis I bought last year are having to be continually hitched up, just checking and they don't make the 503's below a 30 waist! So going to have to do some shopping soon. My medium NZ Cycle shorts are too big for me and I have to wear sports undies underneath to stop flopping around in them. Several sets of cycling gear that I bought in past years that were too small for me now are being used. Can get away with eating pretty much anything without putting any weight on. Need to shop for some new clothes since I'm not living in shorts and jandals any longer with the cooler weather arriving. Most my T shirts are too big and my singlets are huge and embarrasing to wear.
Next week or two decides wether or not I'm hooking into off season before begining build up for K2. Would rather keep going for another 5-6 weeks before having a break but managing a tendon at the rear of my left knee that has flared up the past week which may necessitate reduced loading to overcome.
Going to be interesting to see what happens during my build up for K2 this year. I can see me dropping below 60kg at some point.
Well that's my ramble for now, good luck to anyone still following this thread and looking to loose weight. I'm not, but I think its going to happen naturally before K2 this year.
Greg, recommend a couple of pies at 10am, chocolate with coffee, your living the dream there, and also apple cream turnovers for afternoon tea greg, but you have to get in earlier to the bakery or those pesky schoolboys will leave you nix..finish off with a beer every night and we will soon fixie the undies problem..
Now, more seriously, well done on the weight loss and holding it at a weight that you once would have only dreamed of. Can i suggest the "pin tin" in milford for those levis, she will take them in for maybe $30-40, and tailored to your new svelte trim waist line..look at it this way, you can't wear them now, so it's like a cheap pair of levis!
thats impressive Greg, its funny reading the posts as I started cycling a few years back for fitness and weight loss, mainly for fitness and didnt really think about the weight, started out at 89kg in 2014 and as I drink and eat too much it stayed the same for much of the next few years but mid 2016 decided the hills killed me too much and as gravity wasnt my friend needed a focused goal to lose weight and had a 3 month blast, now 9 months later currently sitting at 79kgs this morning ideally want to get between 70 - 75kg (if I am ever going to complete K2 needs to be towards the 70kg mark lol) most of my weekends are a mix of booze and food so the loss in the week is met with a gain at the weekend, but steadily falling and enjoying the riding more and more, its oddily comforting to know others are continuing the struggle against the flab, helps the mind stay strong