Picked up a new book, “Racing Weight”; Saturday’s 100 mile ride.
The other day in the comments section of one of my blogs, my friend Craig Manning mentioned he’d just picked up a book called Racing Weight, by Matt Fitzgerald. I checked out the reviews and a few pages of the book (using Amazon’s cool “Look Inside” feature) and decided to pick it up.
Losing fat is obviously not a problem for me: after nearly a decade of cutting and bulking, dropping body fat when I want to is almost as effortless as breathing. What intrigues me about this book is that it’s focused on dropping weight with performance and racing as the ultimate goals.
I have no idea if I’ll learn anything new from the book, but it does look interesting and the reviews are good. If I can decrease my body weight without losing power (or, even better, gaining power), that’s obviously going to make me a faster and more efficient rider. I put a lot of training effort into becoming a stronger cyclist, so working the body weight/dietary side of the performance equation seems logical.
I’ll probably dive into the book this weekend.
I decided not to ride yesterday, as I felt I needed a day off. I’ve got to ride about 81 kilometers by the end of Friday to hit my 1,000 KM goal for May. The 100 mile ride is Saturday, and I want to take Friday off from riding (or just do a light spin) so I’m fresh for Saturday.
Saturday’s forecast is calling for heat and a 50% chance of thunderstorms, so it looks like my first century might be a hot, humid and wet affair. Rain, shine or all of the above, I’m doing it. 🙂