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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review-Racing Weight

Book Review- Racing Weight, How to Get Lean for Peak Performance- 6-Step Plan for Endurance Athletes
By Matt FitzGerald

This book is worth the price for anyone that needs nutrition. There are lots of great tools in this book including:

  • A table to calculate your optimum body weight target
  • How to score your diet quality
  • A table of high quality carbohydrate foods
  • A guide to daily carbohydrate intake based on workout volume
  • Strength training for a leaner body.

The book had good advice on super foods to eat to boost diet quality.
It was really nice to be able to figure out how much I should weight for optimum performance.  The good news I was in the right range already, so this book was a good tool to affirm I’ve been doing the right things.  So Part III of the book told me how to fine tune my diet.

If you are at more of the starting level part II will give you 6 Steps to Peak Performance including:
  • Managing Appetite
  • Diet Quality
  • Balancing Energy Sources
  • Monitoring
  • Nutrient Timing
  • Training for Racing Weight.

This book is a great addition to any serious athlete. Working out is not enough to achieve your best performance. This book will help you push even farther by managing your nutrition. I found this a great resource and well worth keeping on your reference shelf.

Nutrition has been the last frontier in my training life.  This book does not list any food as bad. It take the approach to be the best athlete, you need to eat nutrient dense foods. To get high quality performance from your body, you need to plan what you are going to put into your body.

The author is an endurance sportswriter. He is a certified sports nutritionist that has consulted for a number of companies. He has conducted peer reviews for the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition.  He has coached runners and triathletes, in addition to being an endurance athlete for 30 years.

His other titles include:

The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition
Brain Training for Runners
Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week by Week Training Guide

Iron War

Chris Wodke at Aquathon National Championship El Reno, Ok 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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