Thursday, May 06, 2010

To Short For My Weight

Joe Friel the author of The Triathlete's Training Bible has a great post regarding Power and Weight. Here is a linky if you are interested. Here is an interesting quote:

The typical, high-performance, male triathlete is in the range of 2.1 to 2.3 pounds per inch (0.38-0.41 kg/cm) with high-performance female triathletes generally being 1.9 to 2.1 pounds per inch (0.34-0.38 kg/cm).

So does this mean that I'm to short for my weight? My docs want me to lose weight - 20 lbs now but this means I need to lose 40 lbs. Wow!


Derek said...

I guess you could hold out for a growth spurt!

Oldman said...

to late for that Derek!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Thanks for the info. I am currently 1 lb away from the high end of the range, but 15 lbs away from the low end. Yikes! Not sure I could maintain that.

Sherry said...

Wow! I'm actually a few pounds under the range for female athletes according to that formula, but I don't believe it. I have met quite a few elite female athletes who would fall way under that 1.9 lb/inch mark.

My husband is 15 pounds away from the higher end for male athletes... and he is SUPER fit! I think he could squeeze off 5-8 pounds if he practically starved himself. He's 6' tall and currently anywhere between 178-180. The skinniest (and he was S-K-I-N-N-Y) he has ever been was 169 and that was at the end of military basic training (and 15 years ago)!!!!

I normally like Joe Friel, but I'm not liking his formula at all. I still need to clink on the link, but did he give ranges for the average (not high performance) athlete?