There are so many very strong positives in the first four paragraphs that I won't even re-type them all. And as for always missing race weight, you seem to be doing fine in your racing so maybe you shouldn't deprive yourself too much on things that you like. Instead, let them be rewards for the good training you are accomplishing (great running, great strength, working the variety on the other activities and having it still work great with your racing).
Looks good to me!
Thanks, it's the first time I've failed to reach a weight loss target so that was disappointing. Some of it was flimsy will power but I have a stupid efficient metabolism that's getting more efficient every year! :( The fact that I've had to set weight loss targets several times over the past decade shows that I haven't been successful in keeping the weight off permanently. Although I use "race weight" as motivation, my real reason is improved health, e.g. cholesterol. So a similar goal will be on this year's list although I am not giving up chocolate or other rewards for good training! :)
Maybe you should set cholesterol level targets, blood pressure thresholds or...??
You're much more knowledgeable about these things than I am, but I see weight as an easy to track yet relatively arbitrary measure of anything other than how you clothes will fit. (other than quick, unexplained, dramatic changes signaling a bigger issue)
I guess what I'm saying is watching the weight is a good way to keep you between the ditches, but don't beat yourself up about a precise/specific number, especially when your as healthy/fit as you are. :-)
did that sound preachy??
wasn't meant to ;-)
Oh no, and you're right about the limitations of measuring weight and body fat %. It's just an easy measurement to take regularly at home. Increased weight and/or fat stores are correlated with a variety of health problems ranging from cardiac to cancer, so keeping weight down is good insurance (no crazy goals - just aiming to get back to the range I've been in for most of the past 8 years). Blood pressure would be a good thing to add to the list occasionally. It's quite variable even within the same day and it's not linked to all the health problems correlated with weight. Unless I become less healthy, the doc will only ask for a cholesterol test every 2 years so it's too infrequent to follow. I wish I could do that at home because it's useful info. So weight and fat % are just surrogate measures that are easy to do.
Aside from that, I really do feel the difference when I run! I need to get rid of 8 lb - or carry less food and water in races. ;)
Or have someone carry more of it for you ;)
Interesting what you say about BP variability.
My BP use to be rock steady (according to those shoppers drug mart type machines) 119-121 over 78-82 ... all the time, never changed
Now (according to the same machines) it's all over the map and can change significantly over and amazingly short period of time (30 mins). Still not in horrible ranges, but it's gone from something I never thought about to something I think about (too much?)
In our store, the machine has a graphic showing the possibility of normal BP varying by a huge percentage in a day - like 40% for the systolic (higher number). When I first got a home BP cuff, I experimented and learned that I could lower my BP by 10 points by taking a shower or using the washroom! Sitting quietly in the morning before coffee was usually the lowest number although perhaps not the most representative of my day. I was commuting to Toronto back then and noticed that driving in rush hour sent my BP up. Other times, there would be no obvious reason for it to be lower or higher. (I'm usually around 120/80 but have a family history.)
Edit: You got me curious and in looking for some science, it looks like 40% is way too much variability to be normal. I'll bet the store displays a graph that doesn't start at zero so it looks like more variation than it is. I've never looked at the numbers.
For you, a BP without coffee is completely unrepresentative! ;)
Here's an older article talking about BP fluctuation. It's just the LA Times but the quotes come from a cardiologist and seem reasonable.
For those of us who like visuals, here are some 24-hr graphs from a company that makes ambulatory blood pressure monitors. They're in Singapore so Canadian MDs may use slightly different standards for normal, borderline and high.