I managed to get out on the water yesterday for a short 2 miles in the very windy and cold weather. I figured some miles on the water are better than no miles and my total for January is 17+ miles which doesn’t typically happen in January.
Last night and today, however, the temperatures plunged to what I consider dangerous levels so I confined my training to the gym (a massive workout) and I might be paddling indoors on my kayak ergometer for the remainder of the week because it is so cold.
So cold, in fact, that the water on the deck of my kayak froze yesterday before I had a chance to wipe it down.
As my heavy, “bulking” training winds down for the winter, I will be transitioning to a very strict no sugars, no grains (NSNG) way of eating starting in February and going much lighter in the gym.
Not only does my body need a chance to recover from some very high volume training over the past few months, but I need to shed a few pounds of fat, as I’ve been eating at an increased calorie intake to support my training. I’m not looking for any particular number on the scale, but I’d like to get my body fat % under 13%.
As long as my muscle mass has improved and my body fat decreases, I don’t really care how much I weigh.
And now that I’ve had a chance to jump on the smart scale, I guess I’m not as bad off as I thought. For some reason I felt like I’d put on more weight in the past few months than I actually have. I’ve added muscle and my body fat % has not gone up all that much.
So I’m not at a bad starting point going into this strict eating “cut” period.
My stats as I begin to lighten up a little bit for racing season and shed some fat