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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/6/08 6:31 A

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Point well taken. I am usually pretty good about not eating when I am a little hungry, but if I am absolutely starving, starting to get a headeache etc., then I will grab a snack. I can also tell by my energy level if I need to eat. Perhaps I should have been a little clearer.

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2/3/08 2:01 P

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The other really helpful thing to use is a heart rate monitor along with your personalized zones - knowing recovery, endurance, sub-threshold and threshold heart rate zones. If I do a 2 hour ride in my endurance zone (for me a relatively low 120-138 bpm) I know that I burned about 500-600 cal/hour. The next zone up is 650-750 cal per hour but really hard to maintain for a full hour unless I'm racing. Also that zone is usually an interval workout so you have to knock off some of the calories.
I agree that you have to listen to your body as well but remember you won't lose weight if you are never hungry.
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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/3/08 6:12 A

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I also find it difficult to trust the calories burned on any of the carido equipment that I use or the calorie calculators. I always get different numbers. To a degree I listen to my body. If I just went to the gym and had a really good workout, I will track that and calculate the calories. However, somtimes I find that I am really starving, so I eat. I figure if my body is asking for food, then feed it. I will have some yogurt, nuts, or fruit. I will also drink more fluids. I only do this after a workout though, otherwise, I try to go by the SParkpeople recommendations in terms of how many calories, carbs, protein, etc. I need for the day. Before a big workout I will have some whole grain pasta, put a can of tuna in it for protein, and throw some veggies in. I will put a little bit of fat free italian dressing in it for taste and moisture, and that really seems to fuel me and I have a good workout.

My suggestion, pay attention to the calorie counters, but also pay attention to what your body is telling you.

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2/2/08 10:48 P

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A couple comments:

If you lose more than a pound you are dehydrated and need to up the fluids. The other thing is that for rides more than an hour you must eat solid food. The problem is you can't eat enough to replace everything you burn when you ride hard but plan on eating about 250-350 calories of carbs per hour on the bike starting about a half an hour in. This is the only time I allow myself to eat or drink sugar so it turns into a reward for training. Finally I train a lot in the evening and have seen a remarkable increase in energy and endurance by making sure I eat most of my evening calories about an hour before I start out. GW

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12/10/07 7:13 P

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EMY--that's your best bet, to get a professional to help you out!

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12/10/07 10:15 A

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I dont really care on the amount of calories that I may have burned, however I do concern myself with the possible dehydration factor during a 2 , 3 or 4 hour ride. What I do is weigh myself before I go out on my ride and weigh in after the ride. That way I know the amount of fluids/food intake. On a hot day it is nothing to loose 4 to 6 lbs in a training session.

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12/9/07 12:48 A

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awesome, thanks for the suggestions guys! I try to take calories burned with a grain of salt because it always seems to overestimate for me. I ended up finalizing my number with caloriesperhour, but still think of it as overestimating. And when January comes along I'm probably going to make an appt with my nutritionist (she works with a lot of atheletes as well), to make sure I'm eating appropriately for my level of training.

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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
12/8/07 7:37 P

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Also, try www.caloriesperhour.com

Anothe rsuggestion is to underestimate your speed--think about how fast you'd be going if you weren't drafting, and use that speed in the measurements.

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12/7/07 10:59 A

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I think that you cannot get accurate calories burned while cycling using the tools on the web. They are all just estimates. But what are they basing the estimates on? An overweight 40-year-old male or a healthy 20-year-old female? Or what? I think of them as guidance.


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12/7/07 9:36 A

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If you want a second opinion, go to
www.weightlossresource.com and use their calculator. This calculator seem's to be more on the conservative side. Have fun training!!!!!!!!

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12/6/07 8:37 P

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I'm starting to train with my collegiate cycling team (racing season starts in February), and I'm curious about the calories burned during rides. Starting out, I'm normally drafting on the other guys in the rides.

When I put my workout into the sparkpeople calculator (for cycling between 14 and 16 miles per hour for 2 hours), it says I've burned 1680 calories. But yet, while I did get a good workout, I doubt I burned near that many (and my speed is probably even on the low end). Any suggestions until I get my heart rate monitor and can keep more accurate track?


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