At the Rev3 Summit in January, I was reunited with team members. This is always an inspirational time as there is so much knowledge and talent within the group, I am bound to learn something new.
I am going to give a shout-out to Tara Martine, a rediculously fast (vegan turned fruitarian) triathlete, teamie, who is also a nutritionist by trade. Since we found out my wife is allergic to dairy, Tara has been the source for so much information to us, I cannot say thank you enough! She recently started her own company W1Nutrition to help athletes reach their nutrition and performance goals. One reason I have a tremendous amount of respect for her is despite her choices, she can and will listen to other approaches people are taking without being judgemental.
We had some great conversations last year at Knoxville regarding vegan eatting (mostly the dairy free portion) which was the main focus at the time. When we were in Colorado, I listened with open ears about her fruitarian “experiment” (read more about it on her blog.) When I returned home, I decided to do my own research… come on… what engineer would not go do their own investigation? Some people will look at it and immediately criticize, but there is compelling evidence to back it up. (Note I am also not saying this is the miracle answer for everyone.) After a few drinks I told Tara that if I was down to my goal (160-165) by August, I would consider trying it partially to help slim down before Cedar Point and see how lean I could get.
Would you guess that as I started to research… I couldn’t wait to try it? Why wait, when I could potentially see even better gains for doing it for a longer period of time? When I got home, I started changing how I ate slowly. I started by switching over breakfast and snacks to come from fruits. At this point I started to track my nutrition using MyFitnessPal to ensure I was getting enough calories to nourish my body as training loads increased. As I got used to this change (a little over a week later) I decided to switch lunch over as well. This has been my direction for the past 3 months, and the results speak volumes. (Mind you I am human, and have my share of “oops” days where I eat other things, but in general, I stick with it.)
I have gone from the high end of 180 (never hit 190) in January, to being in the low 160s already this season. Two years ago, I was determined to be in prime shape for racing both from fitness and physique. I started the season in the low 160s and had trouble maintaining it, feeling fatigued all the time made workouts tough. I planned my season well enough early on that I was able to recoup some energy before the races, and had great performances (sub 20 5k, sub 2:20 at Rev3 Knoxville Olympic) at those weights. Then I went and crashed, ending my racing season.
I tipped the scales at 164 this morning, and my energy has been through the roof lately. My harder workouts feel easier, long workouts seem less damaging, and overall I feel 100% better already. Despite the crappy conditions for my first race this weekend, I am excited to see where my effort levels come in when pushed at a race. While I am approaching the lowest weight I have been, I am probably as lean as ever(post college). This tells me I am doing things properly. Mind you, I still have a ways to go to be under 10% body fat(I dont even know what my % is, but by a pinch test there is plenty,) and rather than seeing that as a bad thing, I am seeing opportunity. Opportunity to continue this and see how much healthier I can make myself. As I have said before, my goals are late in the season.
It would appear my decision to start this early in the year may pay dividens later in the season. Thanks again for all the support Tara and Team Rev3 Race Weight Group!