Originally Posted by jarude
Can anyone comment on cycling interacting with lifting?
Primary goals are to lose fat and not be DYEL, get strength back, etc. But I've picked up a road bike recently and am really enjoying it.
I vary depending on the week and the weather, but I'll generally do a few commutes to work, 40min each way per week at a moderate intensity. If not that, I'll do one 1.5hour ride midweek at a moderate intensity. Weekends I'll do a ~2hour cruise, lower intensity but longer duration.
Is it as simple as just taking in some extra protein/calories pre-and-post bike, or are the long-duration rides eating up enough LBM that I should consider sticking with shorter/more intense rides?
Big for cycling is like 160lbs and 5'10. If you want to be like 180 or so, you're going to just have to treat it like cardio... which means it's good to do but you're going to have to keep up dedicated lifting so you don't lose mass in your arms/chest/back etc.
Don't overthink it tbh. If you ride in the morning and lift at night, for instance, you'll be fine. If you're keeping up with protein after long rides you'll be fine. A slow 40min ride is nothing that requires any crazy nutrition. Just eat breakfast before and maybe a granola bar with some protein if you really feel like it after.