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Cyclists: how much cycling per week and how many calories?


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Shamelessly copying runningwoman41's new thread, 'cause I like the idea, but I'm a cyclist, not a runner! 

I bike approximately 150 km/week (25 km commute 5 days/week + various errands), up to 200+ if I do a long ride on the weekend. Since I started this routine at the beginning of the semester I've maintained at 111-115 lbs (BMI ~21.5) on wildly fluctuating calories which, according to CC, average out to ~2100 cals/day. I don't count calories so much as monitor them. I eat intuitively and keep a food journal, plugging my eats into CC all at once when I find the time - sometimes a few days or even weeks after the fact. On days when I'm super busy or just not that hungry my count may be as low as 1600; other days, when I'm treating myself or just feeling particularly hungry, it may be double that. I'm using the logs to get a better sense of how my metabolism and hunger signals work, and I'm keeping an eye on macronutrient ratios to figure out what I feel best on. My calories are gradually trending up as I figure out what I'm actually burning and work on optimizing my metabolism.

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Hey fellow cyclist,

I'm a cyclist too but this winter months my miles are dwindling down although I'm doing some on my trainer twice a week. Well today was cloudy in SoCal but was able to log in 42 miles, my hr says I burned 1912 cals. Feels good!

Winters is coming and my cycling is being forced to move indoors except weekends.  This means fewer hours (6 to 8) on the bike and fewer calories a week.  Dec to Feb, I need to try to keep the calories down between 2000 and 2500 a day.

In season I will average 200 miles (about 12 hours) a week and 3000 calories a day to maintain my weight.

I am a part time cyclist (triathlete) and have been averaging 4-6 hrs per week and around 80-100 miles per week for the past 6 weeks in prep for a century ride.  It equates to 50% of my training.  I eat a consistent 2800-3000 calories per day.  I stick to a 90% healthy diet, with a few powerbars/ice cream/pretzel binges.  I am strict about 40+ g of fiber per day.  I am generally not looking to loose any weight, so when I get hungry, I eat.

Well hello there! 

I'm an amateur cyclist, for past few months I was stuck with about 80 miles per week, simply because of mine schedule. My city has one, or maybe two appropriate bicycle paths and I got really bored.

Because it's getting colder outside, this Friday I got sedentary bike, so I would like to hear what do you people think of them. I actually drive it a bit more then regular bicycle because I can study while I'm on it, so this weekend I was at 70miles which is almost what I used to drive during whole week.

And about calories... I eat more then I used to, but I was trying to lose weight when I was starting, and right now, I think I'm at about 2000cal. I'll probably increase it.

Original Post by dyar:

Well hello there! 

I'm an amateur cyclist, for past few months I was stuck with about 80 miles per week, simply because of mine schedule. My city has one, or maybe two appropriate bicycle paths and I got really bored.

Because it's getting colder outside, this Friday I got sedentary bike, so I would like to hear what do you people think of them. I actually drive it a bit more then regular bicycle because I can study while I'm on it, so this weekend I was at 70miles which is almost what I used to drive during whole week.

And about calories... I eat more then I used to, but I was trying to lose weight when I was starting, and right now, I think I'm at about 2000cal. I'll probably increase it.

We are getting off topic here but I, and most cyclists I know, rely heavily on stationary bikes during the winter months.  I wouldn't put too much emphasis on miles.  Judge your efforts based on time and intensity.

Huh, sorry about getting of topic. Thanks for advice, I'll keep that in mind.

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