3 out of 5 stars
Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
Velo Press, 2012
296 pp; $18.95
I was at a controle in the 2011 Boston Brevets 200 km Brevet. People were getting gatorade and chips and various century ride fare. The discussion turned to gear of course - because that's what cyclists talk about.
Fortunately the typical Randonneur is not the typical century rider. So, when somebody said, "For more speed at Paris-Brest-Paris I'm looking into getting a lighter bike..." one guy cut him off with: "When I need speed, I just drop some pounds right here" [patting his gut] "it's a lot cheaper and I keep the bike I like."
Obviously he was right - and funny. But, for many of us this can actually be a problem. I've been running and cycling consistently since I left for Greece in 2009. And although there has been a transformation of my body, there has not been great weight loss and now I've been stuck at a certain weight.
How do I get unstuck?
The simple answer is eat less/train more. But if I still eat crap, this isn't successful.
Fitzgerald develops a 6 step program:
- Improve Your Diet Quality
- Manage Your Appetite
- Balance Your Energy Stores
- Monitor Your Weight and Performance
- Time Your Nutrition
- Train Right
Some of these are pretty obvious and reminiscent of those free VHS tapes you'd get with a Weider magazine subscription. (Some jacked 25-30 year old guy would spent 20 minutes telling you basically "Eat" "Lift" "Rest" and another 20 minutes selling you Weider supliments that I'm sure did nothing). However his writing in 3 and 5 is useful if you don't know. Meanwhile reading well reasoned 1, 2, 4 & 6 creates a sense of sati. Unlike the ridiculous Weider mouthpiece, Fitzgerald makes you think of what and how.
Regardless if I follow his plan specifics, the sati I gain from it will have me think of my food choices like I do my training choices. And, hopefully, I won't have to buy lighter bike.