Saturday, June 23, 2012

Race Weight

It's just a number, and as a metric to performance means very little in my opinion*.  If you mess around over at Analytic Cycling you'll see a couple pounds this way or that isn't going to make that much difference.  If I were really hung up on weight I'd probably sacrifice ride quality and ride a different frame.

But there is a psychological boost.  Ego epo.

Historically when I weigh 135-137 pounds I race well.
Usually I'll be in that range from Mid May to December (I don't always race well from May-Dec).  Then the holidays come, and the opportunities to ride become scarcer and I'll put on my Winter weight.  Around April I'll start freaking out that I'm still a few pounds over race weight, but not enough to limit the calories I'm shoving down my pie hole.

So this morning on the eve of a race with some climbing, being on the lower end of the race weight range is a happy thing.

Ironically as I began to type this there was a story about women in their 50s with eating disorders.

*Within reason, I'm talking about a pound or few, not a stone's weight.

1 comment:

the original big ring said...

I almost weigh as much as two of you.