New progress photo; Final week of cut–the plan.
With my 2015 cut almost behind me, I can almost taste the movie theater popcorn I’ll be enjoying while on my vacation!
I won’t be going completely insane while I’m on holiday, but I will definitely enjoy a few treats. My mom and her friend are coming from Texas to stay with us, and there’s no doubt that in addition to popcorn I’ll be digging in to some of my mom’s amazing cooking. We’ll probably also go out to eat at least once or twice (I’ve been craving fajitas and pizza). I’ve not had any alcohol in more than two months, so I’ll be enjoying a beer or two, as well.
I’m especially excited about enjoying a cold beer–specifically New Belgium’s “1554” black lager. I first tried 1554 at the Black Bear Rampage MTB race up in Tennessee, and I thought it was amazing. At the time New Belgium wasn’t even selling their delicious beers in Florida. Even after New Belgium graced our fair state with their brews, for some reason they were not selling 1554 here. Well, it looks like they’ve finally come to their senses. A few weeks ago my friend Hector found 1554 here in Florida!
Of course Hector, whose favorite pastime seems to be torturing me while I’m cutting (he sent me a ANOTHER video of him cracking open a fresh beer last night), shot this photograph over to me before the beer was even resting in his shopping cart:
It was part of a sampler 12 pack, and it was in cans instead of bottles (which I prefer to cans), but at least I can finally enjoy 1554 here in the Sunshine State.
Anyway, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. My cut is nearly over, but I’ve still got a few more days to go.
My vascularity has become extremely pronounced as I’ve dropped into the mid single digit body fat range. My calipers indicated 4.9% body fat on Sunday, but that’s almost certainly low. I estimate I’m actually in the mid 6% range right now:
So the plan for this week is to keep my diet tight and strict, but I’ll be going pretty easy on the bike. I’ve been dieting for more than two months straight now, and training hard. It’s been tough, and I’m feeling it. I think a lighter training week at this point is smart. I will be doing a century ride on Saturday, but it’s a WMBC ride so it won’t be fast or difficult. Just some good base miles to close out my cut.
On Sunday morning I’ll take my final measurements, and then I’ll start my vacation!