I am new too and also an Endurance athlete. I've been racing bicycles for ~10 years am 43 yo and keep fit year round. However, I have started to incur injuries, inflammation and general imbalance of my fitness (precisely as Mark would expect). Last year I did the P90X program start to finish and that really awakened me to a new way of being fit. (See link below for my blog on that experience)
However, even P90X is quite time intensive and also very structured. I really like how PBF is not so strict and regimented and allows you to enjoy simple things in life a bit more. I do that regimented stuff enough during the competitive season.
My goal with PBF is the following:
I'll Follow the primal diet and lowered exercise volume all winter. If Mark is right I will get even more lean as my body re-programs to burn fat more efficiently. And come spring I won't have the usual winter weight to lose.
Then in Late March or so....I will start Chris Carmichaels "Time crunched Training program" to get into endurance shape for the ~ 4 month competetive cycling season. It will be an experiment in bumping my carb intake "just enough" to accommodate the increased glycogen burning from the cycling workouts. I'll be looking to these posts for advice on that one. In the end I think being more efficient at fat burning should help our performance as endurance athletes as well.