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post #31 of 35

Re: How important is weight

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Originally Posted by mikesbytes
My weight seems to of stabilised in the 80 - 82kg range. Bodyfat is around 13% so I could cut a little weight there. There are other areas to focus on, before worrying about weight. I read sometwhere that 4.5kg is approximately a 1.8% performance hit.
At 13% you can lose a good bit in that area, but like I said, it is easier in the off season, since you are not worried about power as much at that time. I myself and going on longer rides during that time with little intensity, and I can tell at the end that I am about to starve. A good trick is to do the old Merckx diet, eat less, ride more. Simple if you can do it. You can do this with a good hearrate monitor that does calories burned, or if you are running a powermeter. You take the calories burned and only take back in over the course of the rest of the day about 3/4 of what you burned, leaving a 1/4 defficit.

That is one way.

Like I said, during the season when I am peaking for an event, my body fat is in the 3-4% range, very lean. THe only way I am going to be able to really drop considerable weight during the off-season is to lose more muscle mass, and I have some to lose in the upper body.....I do not want to mess with the legs, but if you are riding your legs will keep the muscle, that is your bodies way of taking care of the muscles that are working and pulling from those that are not.

HUMP
post #32 of 35
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Re: How important is weight

Hey Hump,

Amazing Body Fat % you have got, congratulations.

Here in Sydney we don't have an off season, in winter we ride and winge about the cold and in summer we winge about the heat. Compared with other places in the world we have nothing to winge about.

I was discussing weight with out clubs #1 track sprinter and we are the same weight.
post #33 of 35

Re: How important is weight

How are you guys measuring body fat? My physician told me that calipers are not accurace, water displacement is much more reliable.

Not that I really want to know at this point, I have gone from 244 pounds January 15 to 209 pounds this morning. I am 6' tall and would like to make it to 185 pounds by December.

I love time trialing and train almost every day now.

Funny, one weight/height chart I recently read tells me I am obese at 209. When I told that to my wife she told me I am becoming compulsive and asked if I would be shaving my legs next. I told her that I would let her do it for me, but I wanted a body fat measuring device for my birthday.
post #34 of 35

Re: How important is weight

Well, the only way I have close by and affordable is the caliper test which is still more accurate than some.

You may be the body type for sprinting which lends itself to bigger guys.

I will be working on getting lower over the winter, right now I have to work on the will power to keep from eating chocalote chips. That is my vise, and when I have rest days it is hard for me about the eating.

It all takes commitment.

HUMP
post #35 of 35
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Re: How important is weight

The problem with fat calcuators is that they make assumption as to how much muscle you have and sporty's have more muscle, so the calculator over estimates the fat.

This calculator is a bit better because it takes in your waist measurement, but you need to be accurate with measuring the waist. Having said that no calculator is 100% accurate.

Am I a sprinter? Perhaps, with some more experience I'll know.
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