In preparation for the Xterra World Championship in Maui, I had to get down to a competitive racing weight. In the book Racing Weight, by Matt Fitzgerald, the author gives you the motivational statistic that a 160 pound runner expends 6.5% more energy than a 150 pound runner at the same pace. You don’t have to be a mathematician to know that any extra weight slows you down and causes you to expend more energy.
The plan I followed was Coach Jim Vance’s 16-week Xterra training plan on Training Peaks. I also did a little Tapout XT, but most of my results were the result of endurance training and just choosing better quality foods. Even the little things make a big difference. For example, I eat at Subway almost every day for lunch and switched from the “meal” additions of potato chips and a soft drink to an apple and water. I’m leaving for Maui early tomorrow morning and I’ve never felt so strong and so good. See the smile!