I’ve been pigging out this week!
I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but all week long I’ve been ravenous. My training miles/time/intensity have all been about average, and so I’m not really sure what’s going on.
All I really know is that I’ve not been at all strict, and I have been eating well above maintenance. My diet has been clean (er… mostly), but I’m still up a couple of pounds this week. My scale weight this morning is perilously close to 170 pounds. Not good–especially since I need to drop back down to the lower 160s.
Or do I? That’s a tough question to answer in black and white.
I want to be back to the lower 160s–no question about it–but at the same time I’m feeling extremely strong on the bike right now. At Monday’s TT race I set new 30, 45 and 60 minute power PRs, and then the very next day I set a new 6 minute power PR–on tired legs. My energy level has been fantastic, and I feel quite good.
On the other hand, I hate how I look at this weight. It’s amazing how much visual difference just 6 or 7 “extra” pounds make at my weight and body fat percentage: my vascularity is significantly diminished, my face looks noticeably fuller (that’s my genetics), my cycling kits are a little tighter and my abs are blurry.
Of course everything I listed in the paragraph immediately above is pretty much pure vanity. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, at least I don’t think there is.
I need to get back to eating under maintenance for a few weeks. I really don’t want to start a formal cut, but for some reason that always helps me flip the switch and get serious. I’m going to give the laid back approach one more try. If I screw it up again I’m going to have to go with what has always worked for me, and formalize a brief cut. Like I said, I really don’t want to do that, so that’s my motivation to stop being so undisciplined.