LATEST BLOG ENTRIESTough workouts; Vacation announcement; AtLarge Nutrition sale.
The past couple of TrainerRoad workouts in the cycling training plan I’m currently following (Intermediate Build I) have been pretty tough. I just completed Week #2 (workouts 4, 5, and 6), and the past couple of workouts have been challenging over/under efforts. “Over/Under” training involves intervals that have the athlete riding just under his or her Functional Threshold Power (FTP) level part of the time, and just over FTP part of the time. The goal… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by John Stone
New saddle: thanks for your suggestions, here’s the plan.
In yesterday’s blog I talked about the problem of soreness and numbness on my road bike, and that it was time for a new saddle. Between the replies to my blog, the posts on Facebook, tweets and emails I received nearly two dozen suggestions for nearly two dozen different saddles. There’s no question that saddles are about the most personal and important choices one can make, so I can’t say I’m surprised by the diversity… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by John Stone
I’m getting a new road bike saddle: perineum compression causing numbness.
I’ve been using the on both my mountain bike and my road bike and, overall, I’ve been pretty happy with it. I think as a mountain bike saddle the Devo is perfect for me, but now that I’m doing long road rides pretty regularly, I’ve found the Devo to be unconformable as the rides wear on. Also–and this is a major concern–when I do trainer rides I’ve noticed that my junk goes numb. This is… [Read more]
Added Monday, June 17, 2013 by John Stone
2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #23
Week #23 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 172.8 pounds. That’s a 1.2 pound loss since last week’s weight of 174 pounds, and a 1.6 pound loss from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.4%. That’s a -0.3% body fat change since… [Read more]
Added Sunday, June 16, 2013 by John Stone
Hit the weights yesterday; Completed major project this week (geek talk).
Yesterday I was thinking about doing a light recovery ride, but I was really in the mood to lift. I decided to give the bike a rest and hit the weights. My legs were not sore at all from Thursday’s 100 kilometer ride, but they did feel a little fatigued. I decided to torture my wheels with a few sets of breathing squats, followed immediately by a couple sets of burnout DB lunges. Ouch. When… [Read more]
Added Saturday, June 15, 2013 by John Stone
Metric century with Harv Carpenter: post-ride report.
Yesterday morning I met up with Harv Carpenter for our first meeting and ride together–a little over a metric century (100 kilometers) in the heat and humidity. If you missed Wednesday’s blog, go give it a quick gander–towards the end I talked about how Strava made this ride practically inevitable. Mike Simmons was supposed to come, but unfortunately he got blindsided with some work and had to bail. We rolled out at 7:30 AM sharp…. [Read more]
Added Friday, June 14, 2013 by John Stone
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