Two Ball Park Angus all beef dogs (on a footlong bun – WOOHOO!), a bit of mac-n-cheese, a Vlasic pickle spear and sweet corn on the cob (picked about 24 hours ago, from a local farm – thank God for sweet corn season!).
Over the next two weeks I decided to lose five pounds for DALMAC. Doing so will save me about fifteen bucks a week. Put into perspective, dropping a pound from my bike would cost another $4,000. Dropping five pounds from my bike simply couldn’t be done, at any price, without buying a new bike (call it $15,000 for a new Trek Emonda). I decided to embark on this little dietary journey after riding Mountain Mayhem. Those mountains were tough. After 290 miles in 3 days they’re gonna suck. If I drop five pounds they’ll suck a bit less, it’s that simple.
So as of this morning it will be smaller portions, no more sodas, no more deserts or fast food for a couple of weeks.
I’ve discussed this with my wife and received her blessing (with the caveat that if I take it too far and get too skinny, she gets to say something, though I have no idea why that would be a bad thing).
Interesting, folks, is that meal in the photograph… That’s a fairly big meal for me (when you add in the bacon ranch noodle salad, call it two full tablespoons). That’s a meal designed to maintain my weight in the midst of a 200-250 mile a week cycling lifestyle. My question is this: Does that really look like all that much?
Those legs need their proper fuel but there are some simple places to cut enough calories to let my long rides over the next few weeks work their magic. I am fortunate in that I’m a calories in/calories burned kind of guy. I don’t have to bother with carbs this and gluten that, I don’t have to resort to a beans, lettuce and twigs diet. As long as I’m sensible about how much I eat, I can lose or maintain my weight pretty easily (though I’m told those days are numbered – specifically about 1,795).
There are a few things that I do have to consider while I embark on this little task though. First, I don’t want to cut too much from my diet lest the weight that I do lose be in the form of muscle mass as that would defeat the purpose. Second, I can’t really cut carbs too much because I use them. Finally, timing is everything. When I choose to eat is just as important as how much. I want to eat right after a workout, especially a hard one like my Tuesday night ride. Doing this improves how I recoup after the effort.
Thankfully, other than that it’s not rocket science. Eat smart, ride hard, lose weight, climb faster… Now all I have to do is put some batteries in that scale of ours. Wait, I have to find the scale first…