"I get embarrassed when I see how slim I was." - Eddy Merckx
In search of a light weight bike, some folks may spend $2000, $3000, $4000 or even $5000. If you got the cash and can buy a nice SEVEN or IF, God bless you.
But if you are like me, "baby needs new shoes" and you can't depart with 5 bills from your wallet.
No problem, I got you covered man.
It all comes down to basic math, or New math, depending on when you went to Grade school.
The equation is:
Total weight = wt. of bike + wt. of rider
The weight of the bike is a constant; the weight of the rider is the variable.
So no need to buy that new S-Works, just lose some weight.
This year I made a big effort to drop some pounds. I went from 165 lbs to 152 lbs.
Did my performance improved? Heck, yeah!
I was able to climb hills like I was wearing the polka dot jersey (not really) and run thru the woods like a deer being chased by my dog (not really). But I was faster for sure and felt better, too.
Look at Lance.
Pre-cancer: ~ 170 lbs and some change
Post-cancer: ~ 158 lbs or so
Enough said there.
How did I do it?
Well, I had a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch... (just pulling your leg).
This was (and still is) the plan:
1) I drank lots of water to feel full.
2) I cut back on my weekly intake of Pop Tarts.
3) I eased up on my beloved dark beer.
4) I ate only 1 P&J instead of 2 P&J's for lunch.
5) I swim lots of laps in the pool and rode Gelato (my Pista) most weekends.
You know the story: burn more calories than what you eat.
Output > Input
However, there is one downside to being mean & lean. Since I have yet to buy a wetsuit, I usually exit the swim leg of a tri shaking like Little Richard. But that's OK. I usually catch up to the wetsuit people somewhere on the hills.
Ease up on the ice cream this winter and you'll be 1 step of the pack come Spring time.