Just 3 more days of cutting to go, and I’m glad.
There no doubt in my mind that I’m ending this cut at the right time. In fact, a strong argument could be made that I should have ended it this past Sunday. There’s simply not much fat left to lose.
If I were a bodybuilder preparing for a contest there would still be work ahead, but I’m not dieting for aesthetics, I’m dieting for athletic performance. A lot of people people don’t realize that all of those shredded-to-the-bone bodybuilders smiling on the contest stage are putting up an impressive front. Those guys are severely depleted, extremely weak and often struggling to not pass out as they perform their demanding posing routines. While those things are a necessary part of what competitive bodybuilders do, it is the last thing other types of athletes want. I am at that threshold, perhaps a little past it…
Even though I’ve been training super easy this week, I’ve been feeling weak, constantly hungry and tired. My cut has been fairly aggressive this year–especially considering my activity level. I am very pleased with my results, though, and I know from experience that my strength and energy will quickly return after a couple weeks of maintenance-level calories. Once I’m back at full strength, my power-to-weight ratio should be higher than it’s ever been in my life.
I got a taste of these improvements on last weekend’s 80 mile XFL training ride in the hills. We hit some pretty good hills on that ride, for a total of about 4,000 feet of vertical. Despite being eight weeks into a cut, I was flying up the hills and feeling surprisingly good doing so. I set numerous personal records for time, and while I was going fairly hard on the climbs, I did not go all out on any of them.
Once I’m fully recovered from the cut (probably 3-4 weeks or so), I’m going to re-test my FTP and see where I stand. At that point my training is going to kick into high gear. I can’t wait.