A few more thoughts about the cut I’ve been pondering…
In yesterday’s blog I wrote about the possibility of doing a very uncharacteristic (for me) late year cut.
I’m not really worried about the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas); if I do this cut, I will allow for a weekly splurge meal. As I wrote yesterday, I believe that my usual ultra-strict cutting style, while effective, is not ideal for someone like me who trains for several hours every day. This is especially true considering the intensity of my training rides. So I won’t be sitting those traditional family gatherings out, or eating a chicken breast and broccoli while everyone else indulges.
A weekly splurge meal helps keep some dieters from going insane, but they actually make cutting more difficult for me. As most of you know, I’m extremely “all or nothing”, and those weekly splurges bleed speed away from my momentum. I hate that. Despite that, I don’t think I’m going to have much choice, as I can’t train the way I need to when I’m constantly depleted.
Of course the option to do a clean re-feed once per week instead of a full-on cheat meal is there, and that is something I may opt to do. Then again, part of me is looking forward to shaking things up and seeing if I can be successful with that weekly cheat.
Another potential issue is that century season is coming up. The cooler months are finally around the corner, and some of my favorite rides of the year are happening during the last few months of 2015. I want to have the fuel I need to perform well on those rides.
That said, I want to be at my prime by late January. This week I officially joined a bike racing team, and the season starts in late January. I need to be at race weight, rested and well fueled when race season begins.
So, while century season is fun and I really enjoy those rides, my performance on those rides is secondary to being ready to rock for the team come January.
I’ll be talking more about the team and the sort of racing I’ll be doing in upcoming blogs.