Yesterday I ventured down South (well, to Southern, CT) to have a face-to-face meeting with Coach E-Rock
The plan was to talk training - where I'm at, where I'm going and have my body fat tested. The goal is to get the body fat tested every 6-8 weeks from now on to determine my progress. After tea and lunch, I noticed Eric fidgeting with the body fat calipers - moment of truth baby! How fat have I gotten since my last Ironman?!
Eric did a multiple-point test, factored in body weight, age, etc. and while driving home, I got the results of my test. 13 % body fat. My response to Eric, "So what does that say about me right now and what is a safe percentage to aim for?". In 2007 after Ironman Lake Placid I had my body fat tested and it was 10.7 % funny thing is, I think I'm a bit leaner now, despite just starting my training again (and some extreme holiday excess - what can I say, I love wine!).
In any case, Eric said that most fit women are between 19-25% body fat. My 13% puts me in the 90th percentile. My goal body fat is right around 11% and not much lower (otherwise you risk a loss in bone density, amenorrhea (loss of your period) and other lovely female problems). My body weight right now is a whopping 115 - lord, how did that happen?! That's a good 15 + pounds more than I was in Hawaii.
In other words, I just came up with a new goal - lower my body fat, lower my body weight and stay healthy doing it.