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Six Gap diet and training plans…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

May
21
2015

I love training “just because”, but when I’m working towards a goal my passion ratchets up to an entirely new level. Now that I’ve committed to doing Six Gap at the end of September (see Six Gap Century 2015!), every workout and meal becomes an important component of how I will perform in that event.

I’ve nailed down travel and lodging, and I’ve roughed out my training plan. As you might expect, my training between now and Six Gap will involve a hell of a lot of elevation.

My elevation total for 2015 so far is right at 170,000 feet, and that’s considerably more than what I had last year at this point (113,000 feet). I finished 2014 with a little over 383,000 feet of elevation (a PR), and this year I would not be surprised if I topped half-million feet of vertical. That would be a nice accomplishment, especially considering that I live in Florida.

Me and my buddy Mike doing Sugarloaf repeats on a rainy morning last year. I'll be seeing a lot of this hill and her sisters in the coming months...

Me and my buddy Mike doing Sugarloaf repeats on a rainy morning last year. I’ll be seeing a lot of this hill and her sisters in the coming months…

 

I’ll be riding in hilly Clermont and the surrounding areas quite a lot over the next few months. Hit me up if you’re looking for some hard and hilly training rides and we’ll roll!

Training is important, but so is diet. My diet this week has been super strict, and that will continue right up until Six Gap. I will allow myself a splurge meal (with alcohol) once per week, but apart from that I’m sticking to a very clean diet and no alcohol whatsoever.

After a very successful 2015 cut, I allowed my weight to creep up well past the level I wanted to maintain. I have no one but myself to blame for that. Rather than gloss over my errors, I’m going to devote a blog this week to the subject. Hopefully by shining a light on my mistakes we can all learn a thing or two.

I will not be “officially” cutting over the next four months, however I am looking to slowly drop back down into the low 160s before Six Gap. Ideally this weight loss will happen over the next two months, and I’ll go back to maintenance for the two months leading into the event.

More to come…

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