I cycle to work, and since it’s a good 5 hours on the bike a week, I have to eat a bit more everyday to make sure I’m still in a caloric surplus - I’ve only been on the bike for about 2Â½ months now.
I try keeping the resistance and intensity medium to high, and vary to pace on the road to avoid getting too much of a steady-state ride and burning up muscle (as well as having some carbs+protein before and after cycling).
My question is, hypothetically, would someone who has been cycling for 10hours a week, moderate-high intensity for 2 years, be more resistant to the effects of 30 minutes of cardio than the average trainee? That is, in regards to calories burned and muscle burning.
Since the more cardio you do, the easier it gets, but is a trained individual going to burn less calories - and possibly spare more muscle - doing the same amount of work as someone who is new to cardio?
I’m thinking yes, but just wondering if there are any factors I’m overlooking - and perhaps a bit more insight if anyone can offer some.