Mulling over a formal late year cut…
My 2015 maintenance program has been, frankly, a failure. After my highly successful 2015 cut, which I completed at 157 pounds and 4.3% body fat, I went a little nuts. I talked about some of the errors I made in a previous blog (see “2015 cut and beyond: mistakes were made…“), and I’ve yet to recover from them.
It’s mid-August, a time when I’m typically maintaining racing weight, and I’m 16 pounds over my end-of-cut weight of 157 pounds (172.8 pounds as of this morning).
I definitely think my cut was way too aggressive for the amount of training I was doing. I also think 157 pounds @ 4.3% body fat was going too far. Why cut that far down when maintaining that level is unrealistic? I think my mindset at the time was to provide a cushion, but all I really did was create a situation that set me up for a hard bounce.
Back in my bodybuilding days I had this stuff dialed! Bulk, cut, maintain. I knew exactly what I needed to do during each phase, it became almost unconscious. Hell, maybe that’s part of the reason I got bored with it?
The kind of cycling training I’ve been doing over the past couple of years has presented all new challenges, and I’m still learning. I think the “all or nothing” cutting approach actually hurt me, and I think cutting deeper than I could possibly hope to maintain hurt me. At least I learned something from these errors.
I need to get back to racing weight. There are several reasons for this, and I’ll be talking about those things in upcoming blogs. For now, I’ll mention one of the reasons: I’m simply uncomfortable at 173 pounds. I think the low 160s is where I feel and perform the best, and I need to get back there.
I’ve been sort of meandering along for a few months now, not really taking the fat loss bull by the horns. My training? Excellent–no problem there. My diet? Not horrible, but far from ideal.
Like most people, I do best when I have clearly defined goals and a firm plan of attack. I’ve never cut late into the year, and through the holidays. It would be a challenge, but I think I may do it. I’m going to continue giving the idea some thought this week.