Why do I ride better when I fatten up?

#1
Just curious. My power stays relatively consistent on a slight incline through the season but my weight seems to go down and then up. I always seem to be in the “meat” of the powerband when I am 195-197 vs 187 which I was a month ago. I ate better then, I eat like shit at the moment. What’s the logic here?
 

xc62701

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#2
Just curious. My power stays relatively consistent on a slight incline through the season but my weight seems to go down and then up. I always seem to be in the “meat” of the powerband when I am 195-197 vs 187 which I was a month ago. I ate better then, I eat like shit at the moment. What’s the logic here?
Your body hates you when you punish it :)
 

arangov3

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#6
I have maybe winded myself twice this season. I started at 245 my pre baby weight was 190. I still have stamina for days but I can't seem to push my body to the point where I'm winded. Maybe endurance is something you retain longer then fitness...???

Yeah no that's all bs lol
 

pearl

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#9
This happens to me as cross season developed two years ago. Never was the weight at the beginning of the year. Never felt slower.
 

Dingo

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#11
Post up your test results when your 59, and we can compare notes.

I know for sure less is better. Depends on a lot of chit, water retention due to health issues or just crappy eating with too much salt.

For me 185# skinny as a post was the best. Now 215 and it sucks. Sucks that I cannot get back to 185.
 

1speed

Incredibly profound yet fantastically flawed
#12
Aside form recovery, another thing to consider is how you ride. If you're naturally a gear masher instead of a spinner when you ride (and to some extent you probably are just by virtue of how many miles you've ridden on a SS historically) then the extra weight may help you go faster where it matters on hilly courses. Either way, though, I wouldn't get myself too wrapped around it if I were you. This shit isn't your job, so don't overthink it - if you feel good on the bike at a given weight that allows you to have a normal non-monkish life, stick with that. It's not all about the weight. You're already a strong rider and unless you stop altogether and just spend all your free time eating donuts instead, you're going to stay a strong rider even if it's at a slightly higher weight.