I am 5'9"...I was 153lbs in race time, now I gain back to 157lbs... without the training... no matter what I do it just refuse to drop back...^^
The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to lose weight in the phase that will not hurt you the most. Losing performance in prep and early base periods because your dieting will not be big deal. Losing performance during build will make your whole season suffer.EpicriderGMAC said:Okay--this seems to be a constant question in my mind.
At 6'1'' tall, my race weight is 74-75 Kg (163-165lbs) in June of the past summer. I am a Expert level mtb'er and Cat 3 on the road. I find that, like everyone else, my weight increses once I slow down the training in the fall. Once I go into the transition phase, my weight usually gets up to around 175lbs by Thanksgiving time.
Now, ever since Thanksgiving dinner I've been watching what I eat and I've started my "preparation" phase for my 06 training schedule (cross training and weight lifting 11hrs/week). I'm currently standing at 78.3 Kg (173lbs) fully hydrated.
Should I start to try and loose that 8 lbs to get to race weight now, and then maintain that weight loss and maybe loose a few more lbs than last year? Or should I wait until later in the base season?
I always seem to put off the weight loss thing a little bit too late in the year (March), and because of that I'm lagging in my early season races.
So what about you--how much weight do you gain in the transition phase, and when and how do you loose it for the next training season?