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From yesterday's recovery ride. Nice, almost cool, morning. Wednesday’s ride beat the crap out of me!

I woke up yesterday morning feeling as if my legs had been filled with concrete, and my whole body felt tired and run-down. Most of the time I have to force myself to do recovery rides; yesterday was definitely not one of those times. Wednesday’s ride–during which my average heart rate was 170 BPM for nearly 3 straight hours (209 “Extreme” Suffer Score)–really hurt me. In addition to my high sustained heart rate, the heat… [Read more]

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At the halfway point of yesterday's 100 kilometer ride. Mini-cut goal reached; FTP/kg 4.00; Tough ride yesterday.

My scale weight this morning was 160.2 pounds (72.67 kg), which was my post-vacation mini-cut goal. While I certainly would not mind dropping down to just under 70 kilograms (about 154 pounds), I’m not specifically pursuing that goal, at least for right now. What I’d like to do now is continue to train hard with cycling power output improvement as the primary goal. If my weight happens to drop a little more, then great–I’ll take… [Read more]

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Picking my Zipp 404 Firecrest up at the shop yesterday. All new spokes and spoke nipples. Got my Zipp back; Rear brake problem is warranty item.

I’m happy to report that I was able to pick up my re-laced Zipp 404 yesterday (see “Broken spoke on Saturday“). Steve, the wheel builder who did the work, seems to have done a fantastic job. Also, because the wheel now has brass spoke nipples, hopefully I won’t have any more issues with galvanic corrosion. Even if I do (and my front wheel does still have aluminum nipples), at least now I know the correct… [Read more]

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Eddy Merckx, 1972, Paris-Roubaix My minimum standards for the 2014 “ride every day” challenge.

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”         – Eddy Merckx That’s a fantastic quote from one of the true legends of cycling. In fact, when I decided to make riding every single day in 2014 a goal of mine, that quote was in the back of my mind. Perhaps that’s why I never laid out any specific ground rules as to… [Read more]

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Goals On track for 2,000 km month; A century per day for a month?

I mentioned earlier this month that I was looking to break my single-month cycling distance personal record (currently 1,838 km/1,142.1 miles, set last month) and to also break the 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) mark for the first time. I’m ahead of pace to accomplish both of those goals, having ridden a total of 1,600 kilometers/994 miles so far in August. With seven days of riding remaining in the month, I’ll only need to average 57.14… [Read more]

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The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper 2014 maintenance progress report: week #23

Week #23 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Tools of the trade This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week   RAW DATA My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 161.6 pounds. That’s a -0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 161.6 pounds, and a +3.2 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

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Today's forecast: 99°F, Heat Index of 106°F. Hey, let's ride 170 kilometers (106 miles)! 106 miles on hottest day of the year; My Madone’s 10,000 mile birthday.

The name of the club I ride with on most Saturdays is “We Must Be Crazy”, and today we’re going to earn our name. It’s looking like the hottest day of the year is in store: we’re facing a high temperature of 99°F (32.7°C) and a Heat Index of 115° (46.1°C). Today’s scheduled ride is 170 kilometers (106 miles), and it’s going to be a pretty tough day in the saddle with this severe heat… [Read more]

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