Today on the training ride one of my friends rode behind me on one of the climbs toward Highville and asked "So how much weight do you think you've gained since you got back?" I said about 10 pounds. It was more like five, but my weight can vary by five pounds in a weekend depending on how much I eat and if I dehydrate myself.
Competitive men in spandex are a rough crowd in matters of weight. In the Army, weight is a little less obvious in the ACU uniform because the shirt is not tucked into the pants. In fact, the Army refers to it as a jacket, even though we wear just a t-shirt underneath it.
I am sure to gain more weight next week. I in a bike race on May 1 and the Tough Mudder on May 2. Both events will exhaust me. I will eat a lot and my weight won't go back to 190 for a week--let alone 182-186 where it stayed in Iraq. Every pound makes a difference on a bike going up a hill!