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I have a training dilemma that I'm trying to work out. Maybe you all have some advice.
In Colorado, we only have a 4-5 month track racing season.
Just keep that in mind. But let's talk about weight.
Currently I'm a "pretty lean" 198 pounder. I have lost almost 20 lbs since nationals in 2012. I was fat and it killed me. But I was strong.
So now that I have lost a good bit of weight, I managed to keep my power about the same level during my weight loss... until now. Now that I think I'm probably about 12% body fat, my weight loss efforts are showing in my power, which is on a decline. Makes me want to cry a little bit.
I really want to lose 10 more lbs. Man, I think it would be awesome to be so fit and lean. I'd probably be less than 10% body fat. Admittedly, I want to lose that weight for vanity reasons. You know, we all would love to be ripped to a certain degree. And I feel that even with the lost power and as hard as it to see my numbers go down, maybe still my power-to-weight ratio would be an advantage over where I am now.
On the other end of the spectrum, I could start eating more, and I'd surly see my numbers go back up. But then so does my weight. Less attractive option.
Or maybe I should just feel good about where I'm at, which I do, but how do you train? I don't want to get weaker, and I don't want to get heavier. So what's the best approach? Suggestions?