It’s been a tough year for weight maintenance over here.

I’ve gained back a fair amount of the weight I lost two years ago, and it’s a bummer. Mostly because my pants don’t fit anymore, and I like the pants I have.

racing-weight-cyclist-triathlon-training-diet-bookI’m not ready to dive back into race training – partly because I’m enjoying the time off from racing, but also because I just don’t feel like I’m in the kind of shape I need to be in for serious training.

Enter Racing Weight, a program that tackles just the problem I’m having. I just ordered the book for my Kindle after using the Pear Sports plan for about a week and a half (full disclosure: I own none of their gear and am using the mobile app on my iPhone.)

The app is really neat – it creates a plan based on the book and you can reschedule workouts as needed. I haven’t had a great week yet (as in, hitting all the workouts) but as I play with the app more, I’m seeing how flexible it can be.

There are a few cons:

  1. You have to pay for each plan, which isn’t a deal breaker for me, because you get coaching as you go through the workouts.
  2. Figuring out how to reschedule all the workouts as needed and get the long run on the day I wanted took a bit of fiddling
  3. If the app crashes in the middle of (or at the end of) a workout, you can’t fast forward through the part you’ve already done and have to start at the beginning. This has only happened once, so I can’t complain too much but I could see it being more annoying if it happens more.
  4. The company really wants you to buy a Bluetooth-compatible heart rate monitor, so the app keeps asking you if you are OK with not getting coaching that is targeted for your heart rate. As I have a heart rate monitor (though it doesn’t use Bluetooth), I just ignore it. And I don’t really use my heart rate monitor in general.

But so far, I really like it as a way to keep me accountable. The app tells you when you miss workouts and asks you to drop or reschedule them, which is handy. You can do two workouts in one day (the workouts, at least in the early part of the program, are 20-30 minutes) and the second workout drops off your calendar.

So this space is going to be used to talk about the book, the plan, the app – whatever – and my efforts to get back into racing shape.

Here are some photos of the app itself: