Losing weight before a race - a good idea or should I wait until after the race?
I think I am too heavy (70 kg now up from 67 kg in August, 26 M 174 cm tall) and want to lose a few kg before March by controlling my calorie intake. I was really eating too much before, sometimes even more than 4500 calories a day so I want to cut it back.
However I have a race "cold half" (15 km rough ocean race, 18°C expected) coming in 2.5 weeks which I'm starting my taper soon after past 2 weeks of my training peak. I've found out a thread on a running forum talking about losing weight before running a marathon.
Is the advice given there applicable to marathon swimming as well? Should I immediately lose weight by cutting back calories a lot before the race as an attempt to make me swim faster, or should I better wait until after the race?