What’s going to make a bigger difference to your fitness on the bike – losing a few hundred grams from a new carbon crank… or losing 3kg from your beer belly?
This post last year went crazy. Some people (who didn’t follow me) thought I was fat shaming. I understand why and I assure you I wasn’t. I want to help people… not embarrass or insult them. But I am prepared to say what needs to be said, even if it is seen as offensive to a few.
People spend hundreds, thousands, of pounds on making their bikes lighter (myself included). But they don’t consider that they could drop a few KG’s of bodyweight for FREE with a little effort.
I was in a shop the other day and noticed the front cover of a road cycling magazine. The leading story was ‘get leaner to get faster’. You would NEVER see that in an MTB magazine. Roadies are very focused on bodyweight, nutrition, training and marginal gains. Us mountain bikers are much more laid back. It’s a good thing and one of the reasons that I love mountain biking that we are laid back, but it’s also to a lot of mountain bikers detriment too.
Roadies will take their bodyweight very seriously and work to lose weight if they need to. They’ll consider their nutrition. They’ll have a black americano or espresso after a ride instead of a pint. They’ll pay to read about getting leaner to get faster on the bike.
Us mountain bikers could take a leaf out of their book. I’m not saying we should all fit power meters to our mountain bikes and only ride with heart rate monitors. I’m not saying you should ban beer after a ride. And I’m not saying you need to go on a super strict diet.
What I am saying is that if you ate a little better, drunk a little less and trained a little harder you could lose those few (or many) KG’s you need to lose and THAT will have a massive effect on your performance and fitness on the bike. If you have weight to lose, I’d rank it in the top 1 or 2 things you can do to dramatically improve your fitness on the bike.
It’s so worth it and isn’t as hard as you might think…