I love trying new physical adventures. Over the years, I’ve played a wide variety of sports, both team and individual. Each one presented different physical and mental skills which helped me grow as a person. Each one was a unique puzzle that challenged me in a new way. I’ve been looking for a new challenge since the allure of running ultras waned. Shelly and I have been training at an mma gym, which includes Brazilian jiu jitsu. There’s a tournament coming up in October. It seems like a new, interesting challenge.
Like most combat sports, jiu jitsu tournaments are divided by weight class. The goal between now and October is to lose enough weight to get down to the “lightweight” class in the master’s division (dudes over 30.) Yeah, I know. It IS shocking, but I am older than 30.
Lightweight is 160 and below. I currently weigh 179. The goal is to get down to around 168-170. Since the weigh-in can be done the day before the event, there will be an opportunity to cut weight. An eight to ten pound cut is pretty easy.
I also need to boost my strength and cardio at the same time. High-intensity interval training, a little heavy lifting, some tempo runs, and an occasional long mountain run should do the trick. I’ll be picking the brain of Pete Kemme for more details.
So how can I lose weight and still maintain energy levels for training and recovery?
The plan is to clean up my diet by eliminating most sweets and bread products along with eating more calorie-sparse foods (fruits, vegges, etc.) The goal is to create a slight calorie deficit sustained over several months. A 250 calorie deficit per day will result in a ten pound weight loss after about two to three months, which should be perfect timing. This should give me four to six weeks of training without a calorie deficit before the event.
This weight loss experiment is fun because I’ll be able to apply many of the diet lessons I learned via ultrarunning, but in an entirely different application.
Any suggestions from my readers?