When should I get back into racing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I race mountain bikes, and I took time off because I wasn't getting anywhere, I was gaining weight (somehow) and I wasn't enjoying it. I'm 14 and I felt like an old woman.

So I've been off the bike for 3 weeks now. It's not a long time at all, but my parents seem to think it is! They keep badgering me to get back on, saying "you'll lose weight faster if you go on rides!" even though I'm starting running and I've changed my diet.

I don't know whether I've lost weight or not. I feel better. But I've been kind of cheating for 4 days now so I feel a little bloated. So the cheating will have to stop.

What I'm eating on a daily basis is: 3 eggs scrambled in butter and 2 slices of bacon for breakfast, some sort of meat + nuts +avocado salad for lunch, meat and veg in a teaspoon of coconut oil for dinner. Gradually increasing my running to like 5 times a week.

How long shall I give this? Also, is it acceptable to cheat once a week? We normally go to the movies so I like to get Ben and Jerrys. But I could live without it. It just makes it seem more restrictive if I tell myself I "can't have this" and I go on a binge.

Also, cycling involves a lot of training (some would call it chronic cardio...) so how do I properly fuel for it, paleo style? I have to say I don't miss relying on carbs, but I'm going to have to if I'm going to get back into cycling 7+ hours a week.

I guess I'm just confused at the minute, and wanting an eating/exercise plan that I know will definitely work. If I know for sure that it'll work then I'll stick to it.

I'm 14, 5'3 and 150 pounds (which I have been told is not a nice weight for a girl) incase you wanted some stats. Grab-able belly fat and fat on legs and hips.

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:14 AM

If mountain biking has begun to bore you but you're beginning to enjoy running try trail running. As far as the fueling goes do lots of base work (low HR training) that will make your body more adapt at burning fat for fuel. If its not fun you're working too hard, if you don't feel good you're eating the wrong stuff. Your body is your own experiment, different things until you are happy.


on March 27, 2013
at 07:18 PM

If you are eating healthy and exercising, don't worry about gaining weight at 14! You are supposed to gain weight at this age!! It's called puberty. Learn to love your body and don't restrict your eating of healthy foods, because trust me if you get an eating disorder now, your weight problems will be 10X worse in the future!!!!

If you enjoy mountain biking do it. If you don't, then don't do it. Do what makes you happy.



on February 27, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Add some sweet potato for a nutritious carb and change any "teaspoon of coconut oil" to "tablespoon of coconut oil". These should both give you some good energy to help you find what you ENJOY doing...

...you are 14. Life should be more fun than worries. If you don't enjoy doing something, switch it up! Maybe you will come to miss the bike, or find a good balance of running AND biking. Recently I've mixed up my workouts a lot by adding volleyball and basketball at least once a week (a nice blend with running and the gym).



on January 30, 2013
at 01:02 PM

If you are serious about any kind of athletic activity (other than super-endurance running), you're going to need some carbs. Robb Wolf abs Anthony Colpo have both written excellent explanations of the whys and hows, so give it a search if you're curious about the specifics.

It's totally possible to enjoy all the paleo benefits, eat carbs, lose weight, and train simultaneously. And as far as cheats go, it's much better to eat something non-optimal every now and then than go all-out once you can't stand it any more.



on November 21, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Personally, it sounds like you are a bit burned out on the biking. If you are not enjoying it then it won't be good for you regardless of what else is going on.

If you want to race, then you should race. If you are just considering it because your parents want to, that is not such a good idea.

Also, you are 14, some 14 year olds have yet to grow into their bodies -- I know not what you want to hear -- but true.

If you go to the movies, why not bring along a nice piece of dark chocolate rather than the ben and jerrys?

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