Are you at your optimum racing weight? How do you know? Just because you felt good and did well in your last event? How do you know you couldn't do BETTER if you shaved off a couple extra pounds? Rather than tell you the answers, I recommend you go out and buy Matt Fitzgerald's "Racing Weight". You'll learn what you should be eating, when you should be eating and how often you should be eating, to get lean, and perform at your best.
You'll find out that the Weight Loss/Gain equation is a little bit more complex than:
More importantly, you'll see that when you start drastically reducing your caloric intake (calories in) your metabolic rate actually slows down thus preserving your current weight. That's why it's recommended that if you're going to lose weight...you do it sloooooooooowly. BTW, did you know that body fat percentage is 64% inherited? Yup, so you can thank your parents for that fat a$$- if you got one- like me.
Anyway, pick-up Matt's book..I think you'll learn something...like how to optimize your race weight. Power ON! Coach Rob
Welcome to my Coaching Blog. I'm a USA Cycling Level 2 Power Based Coach. I was the first USA Cycling Power Based Cycling Coach in the State of Pennsylvania. To become a Power Based Coach you have to pass a pretty comprehensive exam by USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/ on the use of Power Meters for Cycling Coaching. I also think you must become a Level 2 Coach before you're able to take the exam. I've been training and coaching with Power for over 10 yrs. now.
Although I don't actively coach right now, I do give FREE advice to athletes looking to set up a training program for the first time or to seasoned athletes looking to 'break-through' to a higher level of racing/training. I've coached just about every type of athlete in the past, from young world class triathletes in their 20s, competitive cyclists in their 30s and 40s to older athletes in their 50s (like me) looking to just get back in shape. I've even coached older cyclists in their 60s looking to get stronger on their group rides with friends. So, feel free to email me any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Power ON! Coach Rob
Coach Rob- Triple ByPass Ride, Evergreen CO, Yes, that's snow in the mountains in July.