Friday, January 15, 2010

New Training Book: Racing Weight

Has anyone seen or purchased a new book on the market called, "Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance" by Triathlete magazine senior editor Matt Fitzgerald?

The description of the book is:

Endurance athletes are weight-conscious and given the miles and hours spent training, there’s a lot at stake. Weighing in just five or ten pounds over the ideal weight can dramatically impact race results. Author Matt Fitzgerald shows athletes how to identify their optimal weight and body composition to realize their goals. This 5-step plan to get lean is the key to faster racing and better health. With tools to improve diet, manage appetite, and time important nutrients, Racing Weight will inspire and equip athletes to make the subtle changes they need to start their next race at their optimal weight.

From what I can tell about reading comments on-line is basically the book helps you create a step by step process to analyze your current weight and to determine where you want to be and how to get there.

I do have 10-12 lbs to shed.....but I'm uncertain if this is the book for me? Is it perhaps geared more to the elite endurance athlete? For example, it has been quite some time since this now almost 49-year old body was in the single digits for body fat. So, is this book going to be realistic for me? Take a gander at one page (thanks to Amazon):

It can be a little offish to a age grouper to see that David Zabriskie stands 6 feet and weighs 147 lbs while I am 5' 8" and sitting at 150 lbs. Yeah, I should be sitting at 142 lbs or lower "but".....and that's just where I'm going. I see these types of numbers and I immediately go in excuse-making mode. Full-time job, no time for proper meal planning,etc. Which means I would put the book down in frustration and never pick it up again.

So, back to the original question,"Has anyone actually held this little book in their hands and if so, what did you think?" Are you doing anythings special this off-season to drop some weight? Leave a comment! And happy dieting!


Steven Aesoph said...

Don't waste your money. I'm not saying that because I've read it, but because there are a million free resources for nutrition on the web and this book isn't going to tell you anything that isn't already out there. Keep in mind, though, that this is coming from a guy that bought three books about triathlon training and training plans before buying running shoes.

cdnhollywood said...

I've been using DailyBurn - online and with my iPod - to track what I'm eating in the day. Coupled with my HRM, it has been helping me identify where changes could be made. Don't know if the book is right for you, but DailyBurn is free so it's at least worth a shot.

Good luck, and if you do get the book, let me know what you think. I've got a good 20lbs to shed (at least).

bwheat said...

I just purchased the book yesterday. It looked interesting and I'm always looking for new info on weight and nutrition. I'll let you know if it's worth while.