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weight fluctuationshayaku
Apr 22, 2003 8:44 PM
I know it's natural and normal to have weight fluctuations from day to day, but how do you stop them from happening and having an adverse effect on race day.

I want to make sure that I'm at my lowest healthy weight on race day, being in tip top condition (not dehydrated or anything) Are there any methods for controling acute weight gain?

Thanks
re: weight fluctuationsJon Billheimer
Apr 23, 2003 9:02 AM
Most of your day to day weight change has to do with hydration/dehydration. Your lowest healthy weight is not a day to day thing, but a week to week or a month to month phenomenon based on diet vs. energy expenditure. I'd rather be up two pounds from adequate pre-race hydration rather than the other way around.
What do you mean by fluctuation?shirt
Apr 23, 2003 3:03 PM
When I get back from a long, hard ride I generally weigh 169 lbs, even if I've tried to stay hydrated. Twenty four hours later I generally weigh 172. I think a 2-4 lb fluctuation should be considered normal, and I wouldn't try to hit your light weight before a race. I would actually shoot for your heavy weight since you know you're fed and hydrated. This will do much more for you in a race (even if it has tons of climbing) than a lost 2-4 lbs.