I am currently training for my very first race season (road cycling). I'm currently around 146lbs (I'm female and 5'5") and would like to lose about 10 lbs.
Currently I am losing about 1 pound a week, which seems like a good rate. I track my food intake and activity and try to have a 500 calorie deficit each day to result in the 1lb per week weight loss.
My concern is that, as the race season draws closer, this daily caloric deficit may keep me from training at my best. Should I be concerned about this? Is there a specific time it's not as bad to skimp on the calories? It seems like it's important to have enough before I ride but then also afterwards for recovery, so that leaves me wondering when I can take it easy on the food.