More often than not, the avid bicyclists I counsel express concern about the power to weight ratio. As one cyclist, Hal, explained to me. Nancy, biking is all about the power to weight ratio. Ill be more powerful on my bike if Im lighter. I really want to lose about 20 pounds so Ill be able to bike faster. I asked this lean man what his wife thought about this idea. He responded, She thinks Im crazy. I silently agreed with her; Hal didnt have 20 pounds of excess fat to lose.
I reviewed Hals eating patterns and made some suggestions to help him ride faster by being better fueled. In his efforts to lose weight, he currently was actively restricting his breakfast and lunch. No wonder he lagged on energy during his late-afternoon bike rides. He thought he was slow because he was weighed too much. I think he was slow because he was underfueled.
Ill see him for a follow-up consultation in a month. If hes like other cyclists, hell happily report, I havent lost any weight, but by eating better, Im much faster and Ive been setting PRs.