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A Month to Go:
Guessing the numbers.
One month out. Physically I have worked my way into pretty good shape. Not my best shape ever but pretty damn good.
My resting heart rate is around 48. At my age I think its almost optimum. I had it down to 40* once at 30 and 44 at 35, so I will consider 48 to be fine.
My body fat is around 9%. This isnt particularly low for me but I dont want to go much lower**. I figure I will need some extra. If I got it to 6%, which is where I am to climb well, then I will have to eat perfectly on the monster days or bonkand realistically, I dont think that will happen. Too much time away from any support. I also cant count on support everywhere I would like it because its all volunteer and my friendsfor the most parthave jobs. The stage I am worried about enough to pack on an extra 2% is the peaks. It looks as though I will have no support for the last third, which is also the toughest. But to have support would require my team to drive for two hours and then run 3.6 miles to Icehouse Saddle, so Im thinking that this will all be about what I can carry.
My weight is 180 or just a little below. This is 20lbs higher than my best climbing weight but my legs have gotten bigger again with all the running and cycling. To get to 160 (to climb betterweight is all-important) I once went on a 1,200-calorie a day diet where I cycled a ton to try and catabolize the muscle in my legs. In 8 weeks I lost two inches in my thighs and 15 pounds. I was able to stay around this weight for about 7 years while I was climbing hard. As soon as I started eating normal and doing leg sports again I shot right back up.
I will try and start eating for the challenge and shed any fat or weight that I dont deem necessary. I hope to be at 177 and 8-9% on my start date of Oct 13. Then if I drop 2% during the Yosemite and peak day I will be lighter for the hard climbingthe only day where a pound or two might matter. I will then eat like crazy to maintain. This planned fluctuation may be crazy but I have no example of this type of training to work from since no one has done anything like this before. Stage cycle races are similar but they have team doctors and nutritionists to make sure they are getting the proper nutrients. Man, that would seem like cheating, and would cut my prep timeand anxietyin half!
EatingJesus! Have I mentioned how important this is going to be? I know a bit about nutrition but just hope I can keep organized and clear-headed enough to eat right, otherwise I havent a chance.
Santa Barbara, CA
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