I hate 15. My favorite number is 12, but even though it’s only 3 away, 15 is an evil number; and more so lately. 15 is the current body fat percentage that I am at. 15 is the current percentage of muscle I need to gain. 15 is the number of pounds I need to lose (well that might be overkill but you get the point).
On the positive side I am making gains towards that end. I am down about a pound after 4 days of food monitoring and my experience tells me that it will accelerate a bit over the next couple of weeks before slowing again, so getting to about 160 by the new year shouldn’t be that big of a problem. I had a moment of weakness last night and brought my calories flush to my BMR for the day (about 1800), with a bowl of cereal.
I found a place that may be a good resource for me later down the road in terms of biometrics and training. It is a relatively new place in Seattle called Herriott Sports. They seem to handle everything from VO2 max testing to a bike fit. They currently support a number of professional teams and will be hosting the RAAM seminar in November. Based on the web information they don’t have the “bike-snob” feel that so many other shops and trainers have, yet they obviously know what they are doing. Hmm…future sponser?
Oh I managed to finally get my hands on a used copy of Bicycle Dreams, and hope to watch that soon. I am basically in sponge mode, trying to get as much information as possible right now so that I can churn it around and get a more detailed plan in motion. This movie should be great for showing the emotional drain that comes with this type of racing.
Another 15 I hate. I will develop a whole body training schedule within the next 15 days. 12 is such a great number (just because I said so).