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Racing Weight

Racing Weight

Paperback

By (author) Matt Fitzgerald

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 17mm | 404g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030511
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030516
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: b&w photos plus diagrams
  • Sales rank: 14,275

Product description

In this title, sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald offers the first comprehensive and science-based approach to weight management for runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, rowers, and cross-country skiers. For endurance athletes, the power-to-weight ratio is critical. After all, an extra 10 pounds demands more than 6 per cent more energy at a given pace. "Racing Weight" explores weight management as a means to better performance. Losing those last few pounds can seem impossible, but "Racing Weight" will help you hit your fastest numbers. Endurance sports coach and certified sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald offers a safe and healthy 5-step plan to help you get leaner and lighter for competition. By improving the quality of your diet, managing your appetite, and timing important nutrients, you can perform better - and look and feel great. After finding your ideal off-season and racing weights, you will learn how to improve diet quality; balance your intake of carbohydrate, protein, and fat; time meals and snacks; manage appetite; and train for lean body composition. Fitzgerald grounds his approach with practical examples of good nutrition, featuring personal food journals from elite athletes competing in six different sports and a selection of 21 recipes from professional triathlete and dietician Pip Taylor. "Racing Weight" is an essential guide to help endurance athletes make the subtle but important changes they need to start their next race at their optimal weight.

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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. He has been a contributor to Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women's Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on Training Peaks 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, California.

Review quote

"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 a

Back cover copy

"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 athletes--runners, cyclists, triathletes, cross-country skiers, rowers, or swimmers--should 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 feeling--and looking--great. 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.