Saturday, January 21, 2012

Race Weight

202 Days Until LT100

I made the decision after much research that my race weight for the LT100 should be 155.  If you think about it, this is a very big factor for race day as you only have so much power in your legs and every extra pound takes some of that power away.  I raced last years Silver Rush 50 in Leadville at 162 and made that weight pretty easy just cutting out sweets and eating "healthy"

Todd and I
However, 155 will be a bigger challenge.  At the beginning of the year, my buddy Todd (PRiDE Fitness) and I started on the Caveman (Paleo) diet.  This diet consists of what a Caveman could eat: nuts, eggs, meat, fruits and veges.  The obvious hard part is lack of grains (carbs) and processed foods are out.  On the long ride days (over two hours) I do take on carbs that Cavemen would not have had but Cavemen also didn't ride a bike for 6 hours at a time.  I have to keep fuel in the tank to keep pedaling.

Since the beginning of the year I am down 9 pounds.  I started at 174 and am at 165.  I occasionally get light headed when I get up from sitting for a while but that is all I have really noticed, other than carb cravings which is just part of changing your lifestyle.  I do have a cheat day over the weekend where ice cream is in order.....come on, I'm not completely crazy.

Today, my coach Andy Gibbs (AG Coaching) is coming over to my house to make sure my computrainer is set up correctly for my power tests today and tomorrow.  He will also stay through today's test to make sure my effort is where it should be.  These tests will then help set my training for the next period of training.

On a personal note, my son and I are going to the Murray State vs SIUE basketball game tonight.  My wife has her Masters from Murray and undergrad from SIUE.  Furthermore, Murray State is undefeated this year and ranked number 14 in the nation or so.....Should be a blowout but fun for us.  ps. my dad is an usher at the stadium, he will be "in charge"

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