2015 Cut starts in two days; Changes?
I’m stoked about my 2015 cut, which starts on Monday! I’m doing a couple of rides this weekend, but I’m going to keep the intensity fairly low. This weekend is my last chance to relax and indulge before I resume hard training and a strict diet.
For the past month my diet has been sloppy, and I’ve been consuming far more alcohol than my usual 1-2 times per week. In addition to the weight I’ve put on, the difference in how I feel, both on and off the bike, is extreme–and not in a good way. I don’t like it one bit.
I almost always relax my diet and training as we close out the year, and then I spend the first couple months of the new year cutting back to “racing weight”. This pattern established itself back in my bodybuilding days (although back then I was cutting away fat gained during my winter bulks, some of which were really sloppy). None of this has ever been a problem for me, as cutting weight is simply a matter of solid planning and then executing the plan with discipline. Hell, part of me really enjoys cutting weight.
But, as I sit here this morning, I am reconsidering the wisdom of my established norm. I really don’t like feeling less than 100%, and I don’t like performing at less than my althletic potential.
I’m about to cut to 155 pounds–a new low for me–and I’m strongly considering a new goal. That goal would be to close out 2015 close enough to that weight that a cut in 2016 will not be required. I’m going to give this some thought as my cut proceeds.
Anyway, these are just a few thoughts rattling around in my head this morning, and I thought I’d put them out there.
Tomorrow I’m going to post the final article in my “How I Prepare for a Cut” series, and on Monday morning I’ll post my starting stats and recap all the details of how I’m going about my cut. Let’s get shredded!