Keep the "good" fat, lose the bike fat
There's plenty of benefits to having several teammates: group training rides, support at races, easy access to spare parts...
I've been tapping into the team's collective knowledge base about the various trade offs between strength and weight for race setups. Manny and George have two of the lightest bikes around and they've tried numerous combinations to see what works and what is just too light to hold up in races. I left the carbon s-works hardtail with Manny and Terry to brainstorm different options for shaving off another pound or two. A few days later Manny called me with a two-phased plan for losing a little ugly bike fat; it'll take two rounds because of the $$$ involved.
Phase one of the bike lipo is done and the feel is completely different, much better. I couldn't believe it was the same bike. Thanks to Manny I don't have to worry about forking over extra cash to get this book since the weight lost on the bike almost cancels the weight I've put on since my last race. I loath 21 day plans! =)