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Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance Paperback – December 1, 2009
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“I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don't need to lose any excess poundage. You'll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food.” — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible and The Cyclist's Training Bible
“Even if you are already a lean machine, you'll likely still learn something from Racing Weight. From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel—it's all in this book.” — BikeRadar
“The mysteries of weight and its relationship to performance are unlocked in Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight. If you've got a basic handle on both training and nutrition, this book offers the means to improve both your diet and athletic performance.” — DailyPeloton.com
“Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner's lifestyle.” — Letsrun.com
“It’s not too hard to convince cyclists that they can improve their performance if they drop their weight to an optimum level. However, that’s generally as useful as a physician telling a client they need to lose weight and then sending them out the office door. There are endless diet or nutrition books out there, but very few specifically catering to the endurance athlete. Into this void comes Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald.” — Pezcyclingnews.com
“Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it.” — Triathlete magazine
“Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon
“Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” — Letsrun.com
“Racing Weight offers endurance athletes a simple approach to dietary quality. The Diet Quality Score system is worth the price of the book alone. It’s easy to follow and makes sense. Amateur to professional athletes can optimize their potential with this book.” — BikeWorldNews.com
“Every now and then someone writes the giant-killer text, the volume that becomes the bible of a subject. Ten years from now most of us will be wondering how we managed before Racing Weight came along.” — RedKitePrayer.com
“Fitzgerald is a fountain of information on current research studies and findings from the sciences of healthy nutrition and exercise performance.” — Ultrarunning magazine
From the Back Cover
A 5-step plan to optimal body composition and better performance.
If you're like most endurance athletes, you're concerned about your weight. You know that every extra pound you carry costs time, wastes energy, stresses your joints, and hurts your performance.
Racing Weight is the first book to explain how endurance athletesrunners, cyclists, triathletes, cross-country skiers, rowers, or swimmersshould lose weight. Using sound scientific principles gleaned from the latest sports research, Matt Fitzgerald lays out 5 easy steps to get lean for races and events. His guidelines will help you hit your target numbers for weight, body composition, and performance, while maintaining your strength and conditioning.
Fitzgerald makes good nutrition simple with 21 great recipes from pro triathlete and dietician Pip Taylor, and a look at the diets of 14 elite professional athletes. He explains how to avoid the most common mistakes in training and embark on a strength-training program that works.
The Racing Weight plan will help you close in on your performance goals while feelingand lookinggreat.
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of eleven published and forthcoming books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. A contributor to Bicycling, Runner's World, and Senior Editor of Triathlete magazine, he is also a featured coach for TrainingPeaks.com and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains in San Diego.
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I think it's worth noting that this is a fairly pleasant book to read. Which is good because a lot of little gems are tucked away in the middle of nowhere so you really need to read it like a novel. I skimmed over some parts for now like what he pros eat and the weight training stuff as I am happy with my weight training. Also I found myself occasionally disagreeing with what the author was saying until I read the follow up paragraph or two. Anyways at a high level of training and performance every percent counts and if you can get those percent increases simply by reading a book and making a few adjustments then all the better.
Racing Weight addresses the fact that most amateur racers have a few extra pounds and these few extra pounds prevent them from maximizing their results in competition. This book outlines a system for figuring out how much energy is coming in via food and how much is going out via activity and how you can translate that into fat loss. It's simple and the author backs his system up well with lots of peer-reviewed research on diet and exercise physiology. It's a diet and lifestyle book, not a training book.
The most important thing I did after reading was start a food journal. It's amazing how easy it is to pass on that late-night snack if you know you have to write it down. It's also really easy to use the web to figure out how many calories you are taking in throughout the day.
It's tempting to share data on what 3 weeks following the Racing Weight system has done for me but that's not the point of my review. The point is if you are serious about improving your cycling, running, or triathalon performance and you don't currently have sub-10% body fat, this book will help you get there. Even if you simply want to improve your overall health this book is filled with tons of information on smart diet choices and the recipes rock. My wife is a professional chef and she loved all the recipes.
So before you drop $5,000 on a superlight bike, buy this book and take a few pounds off the "engine."