I couldn’t find anything on this on TR, and since this might be relevant with the season (if you could even call it that) being over in most of the northern hemisphere, and winter approaching rapidly.
This is my second year as a (recreational) cyclist and has been my full first year of focused, progressive, structured training. The gains were great and the results are satisfying.
Now that my next event is (at least) 6 months away, I am wondering about the topic of bulking.
Before cycling I did fitness. First focused on aesthetics, later focused on power lifting. In both, I’d bulk up 10-15 pounds during the winter, and cut for the summer (or for events with weight classes). This is recommended by many coaches, to build strength and muscle mass over the off season, and then get in shape or Prime your body for competition.
Since cycling season is over, I have been training harder than ever, but also gained a few pounds. While I firstly felt like being overweight and cutting carbs for the next 8 years (a bit of an exaggeration, but still felt bad), I gave it a second thought.
Winter is used as a base phase by most of us. I like the saying „build the engine as large as possible over the winter, and then Prime the gears for each specific event during the season“.
Since you recover faster and get stronger when consuming more food, I was wondering if a (!) controlled (!) bulk of 5 to 10 pounds over the winter is even something positive, and that benefits the rider over the following season.
I couldn’t really find specific articles on that matter,
So I was wondering if TR users could share their experience or their ways of going about it.
I am really good a losing weight, so I don’t fear getting out of shape and never get there again. But being super lean all season round can’t be right, can it?
Thanks in advance.