I can't wait to drop some weight! I can only imagine what it will be like to be 40 pounds lighter and do the same activities (running, cycling, spinning, hiking). I can follow most of my friends that weights at least 50-80 pounds less than me. I think our bodies will thank us.
That 10 pounds you just dropped is like riding with a potato bag attached to your bike, I think it can make a huge difference!
Sounds like losing the 10 lbs did you some good...!! Congratulations...!!
But odds are that the next 10 lb loss won't get you the same time reduction unless 191 was quite a lot heavier than you should be. Most folks experience declining returns on their effort as they approach higher fitness/lower body fat levels.
I think that ordinary folks with ordinary resources should approach higher levels of performance with some caution. It's not easy to maintain an appropriate workout routine and an appropriate diet to lose weight and maximize fitness while dealing with the demands of having a life, a job, a family, etc. It's very easy to overdo... I know quite a few cyclists and runners who have over-trained and had to take significant time off to recover. A few have trained down to near-zero body fat and then continued to lose weight - losing muscle tissue instead of fat - especially when have lost weight quickly.
The most important thing folks like Lance Armstrong or Michael Phelps do is to pick the right parents. This gives them the perfect potential body structure, etc. for their sport. Then, they have the added advantage of professional coaching, professional equipment, professional dieticians, etc. to maximize achievement of their very high potential.
Just be careful as you continue toward excellence.
Do you know how loosing 10 lbs will affect your cycling? I started with Spark 3 weeks ago. Since that time I've lost 10 lbs. Periodically I conduct a Time Trial for myself which covers a hilly route of 31 miles. 3 weeks ago I timed 2:06:14 when weighing 191lbs. Today I covered the course in 1:59:46, weighing in at 181. That's about a 61/2 minute improvement. I'm really looking forward for the next 10lb loss. Have you tried that yet? For me, it's great motivation to quickly drop the weight and see how much closer I am to brother Lance (Just kidding).
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