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    Winter..does it efffect your body?

    This year in the warmer months I could sustain a goodish pace for 50 miles without blowing up...or feeling hungry

    2 weeks ago me and a mate did the Nov gran findo...by mile 31 my legs went...and my pace went down by half.

    today Richmond park....first 30 miles I was buzzing, it was cold and fresh, the sun was shining.. perfect weather ...I was loving it.....then the legs started to go, I was feeling starved too..making the rest of the ride a nightmare.
    so my quesh is

    does the winter affect your body...does it need more food ?
    ok due to work I'm getting a bit knackered to go on RGT twice a week...but I do managed at least once...but only for the last month

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    I eat more in Winter,not just on the bike either.
    I take flapjack out with me on the bike and always have a sarnie at the cafe stop instead of/as well as cake!I think this is because I feel the cold more than I did 10 years ago....Lord knows what Iíll be like when I hit 60
    The food might just be psychological on the bike but it feels like it gives me a boost!

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    You will find that you drink less - but need to keep the drink coming. As your not so hot you dont drink and you can become dehydrated and have a loss of form.

    Also you need to eat to keep going as the body is colder and will be using reserves to keep the core warmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxhilljunkie View Post
    This year in the warmer months I could sustain a goodish pace for 50 miles without blowing up...or feeling hungry

    2 weeks ago me and a mate did the Nov gran findo...by mile 31 my legs went...and my pace went down by half.

    today Richmond park....first 30 miles I was buzzing, it was cold and fresh, the sun was shining.. perfect weather ...I was loving it.....then the legs started to go, I was feeling starved too..making the rest of the ride a nightmare.
    so my quesh is

    does the winter affect your body...does it need more food ?
    ok due to work I'm getting a bit knackered to go on RGT twice a week...but I do managed at least once...but only for the last month

    No, as you use more energy in Summer when you body is trying to cool down.

    Some factors to consider:

    - in Winter months we train less (at least some of us) so you're not as fit as in summer.
    - in Winter you don't feel like drinking much during rides (and you should). This may mean that you're dehydrated and you don't know it. This obviously will impact your performance.

    I don't know but I agree with you. It feels harder in Winter. Also, for me if it's dark/rainy, for some reason, I'm less motivated and put less effort. The moment the the sun appears on the sky, I seem to get a fresh dose of energy.

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    Ahh that's it tho Ports....it was loverly and sunny today...!!

    maybe Vamps is right...I ain't never been skiing....also, but got kicked off for being naughty at school ,as it was a school trip/holiday .
    but I wrapped up just right today....and anyway I pretty much work outside so I'm use to the cold...maybe it's a old age thing...as I'm coming close to retirement now......


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    In winter my Inuit heritage has kept me in good stead. Often I will stop and chomp on stuff like mosses, lichens, and ting.

    All seriousness mate nothing hurts like a freezing headwind. Legs get all sinew like. Reactions changing gear braking etc all seem slower.

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    No; it always just pissing down with rain, or a huge headwind, or it's freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avoid paris View Post
    in winter my inuit heritage has kept me in good stead. Often i will stop and chomp on stuff like mosses, lichens, and ting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avoid Paris View Post
    In winter my Inuit heritage has kept me in good stead. Often I will stop and chomp on stuff like mosses, lichens, and ting.
    I thought he was French.
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