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    • My adherence to the intermittent fasting program is working well for me. Mondays are always a rest day, and I'm usually in front of the computer all day anyway as well, trying to catch up on weekend emails. I've lost about 4 pounds since starting the plan and, though hard to articulate; I feel more cognitively aware and clear of mind. A feeling of clarity to my mind usually comes on about mid-afternoon on my fast day and, though odd, it's welcomed.

      I raced #9 of my regional XC series yesterday and placed 2nd on a semi-flat rear tire. Still leading in points for the singlespeed category over the 10 race series. Last race is in two weeks.

    • Awesome, Ridge. I forgot to mention when I spoke of Meb Keflezighi, he had a training theory that you should be a little bit depleted on long workouts to simulate race day when you have to burn fat at the end of a long race. Get the body used to it. When he says long, he means 2 hours 10 minutes. For some cyclists and ultra runners, that can mean short.

    • I have a friend who was very interested in this diet and he has a background as an extremely competitive science. He got me very curious about it and my quick study of it suggested to me that there was no serious scientific evidence to support the notion that ketonic diet worked for a competitive endurance athlete. That's not to say that at some point there may be some evidence to show that it can indeed work for some people. At this point I think it would hinder an athlete's performance by not giving them the calories or fuel they need to perform the arduous training required to compete at a high level in these sports. Anyone interested in this diet needs to remind themselves or rather keep asking themselves "What evidence would it take to convince me that ketonic diet is NOT effective?". This way the person won't fall into the trap of convincing themselves it is true or will work. This could happen because they may start reading lots of articles, research or anecdotal stuff by people who are convinced that it works or should work when in fact the science isn't currently showing that is is effective. Time will tell.