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Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet
"I hate trying to loose weight when I am training for strength and speed, I figured I'd spend the next 6 months getting my weight down to the good climbing range (2.5 lbs/in). Am I expecting too much?"
No, as stated dengdawg, by put a GU flask or a couple GU packs in you pocket and ride on. You can always work on extending your Z3 riding over the winter. Failure is what makes one's body stronger.
Usually do carry a flask of Hammer gel & one or two Kashi bars, this "little" ride was too short to worry about it when it started - but alas, a change in plans. As far as stashing a bar in the saddle bag - would not have done any good here - this was a non-stop ride, no breaks, no regrouping.
Actually I checked my math - my current weight is slightly less than 2.5lbs/in where as my goal is 2.2lbs/in. The climbers weight of 2lbs/in is not sustainable for me and I would look like a cancer patient with a tan.
I am training for the Whiteface race in 2011, I want to shave 15 minutes (15%) off my time from this year. Slowly taking off 1lb/week for the next 4 months while spinning and weight training and then hit the road training hard in March. With the help of my PT I should be able to maintain lean muscle and improve my % body fat. I should be ready by late June when the race is held.
As you know AJ - climbing is addictive, once you start to get good at it you really want to get better and tonnage is your enemy.