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Racing Weight

Racing weight
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!

Peter Prestley is an attorney living in the Northern Mariana Islands. In his spare time, he kitesurfs and competes in triathlons throughout the Pacific region, including the CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines. You can read his blog at TheTriGuy.com
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