As most of you know, I really enjoy gardening. Taking care of the extensive landscaping around my home and pond is a lot of work, but it’s a true labor of love. This past spring I decided to plant a several fruit trees (along with lots of herbs, peppers and other edibles). This decision turned out to be a very wise choice! The initial costs were low, and all spring and summer long we’ve been… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by John Stone
Rode Soldiers Creek yesterday, trails are in bad shape.
About three weeks ago I rode what was once one of the best local trails around, Soldiers Creek. The trail was not in very good shape, but I still had fun. Over the past three weeks we’ve experienced some extremely heavy rains, and I was worried that all that rain would further deteriorate the trails at Soldiers. Still, yesterday morning I was in the mood to ride there, so I thought I’d go check things… [Read more]
Added Monday, October 17, 2011 by John Stone
2011 maintenance weekly progress report: week #27
Week #27 of my 2011 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My goal is to complete 2011 without ever rising above 10% body fat. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 181.4 pounds. That’s a 0.8 pound gain since last week’s weight of 180.6 pounds, and a 7.8 pound gain from my end-of-cut weight of 173.6 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning is… [Read more]
Added Sunday, October 16, 2011 by John Stone
Apparently not all runners are wild about me; AtLarge weekend deal.
It was a little on the warm side yesterday, but the humidity was low enough that my mountain biking session, for the most part, was very enjoyable. I set out to do at least 30 miles, and I wound up doing just shy of 32 miles. Unfortunately something happened early in the ride that sort of tarnished the rest of the trip… I should start off by mentioning that I’ve been riding the trails at… [Read more]
Added Saturday, October 15, 2011 by John Stone
Felt uncharacteristically lazy yesterday, making up for it this morning.
Ever have those days when you can’t get motivated to do anything? That was my day yesterday–and I’m not just talking about physical activity. I was planning to ride yesterday morning, but I just didn’t feel like it and blew it off. Then I had to force myself to get my work done, and the only way I could do it was to keep reminding myself that if I didn’t buckle down I’d have to… [Read more]
Added Friday, October 14, 2011 by John Stone
Fun ride yesterday, but cut short due to work; Wildflowers.
Yesterday I was planning to mountain bike 25-30 miles, but I was only able to do little over 13 miles. I have a lot of flexibility with my work hours, but about 10 miles into my ride I received an email notifying me of a network problem that I had to deal with. I have my smartphone set up so I can handle most types of network issues/emergencies right on the trail (I love being… [Read more]
Added Thursday, October 13, 2011 by John Stone
Weights yesterday, ride today; Skills practice going well.
I’d planned to ride yesterday morning, but I was running behind and then got slammed with work. I decided to take the morning off from training, and then in the afternoon I did my chest/delts/triceps workout. Now that I’m not doing much isolation work, this workout goes much faster than it once did. The chest/delts/triceps workout I’ve been doing for the past month or so involves bench press, incline bench press, weighted chest dips and… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by John Stone
Apologize for eating healthy? What is wrong with this picture?
Yesterday a Facebook friend of mine posted the following: “190 lbs today. Goal set for 165 lbs (where I was 2 years ago). I Need to lose weight bad. I feel like crap anymore. Sorry to all the people close to me who are going to have to suffer through my healthy eating habits, but I can’t stand to look at myself anymore.” First off, good for the author for deciding to get his body… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by John Stone
60 year-old rainfall record broken, I rode in it (video); A week of PRs.
Last week was simply an incredible week for me! For starters, I broke my 4.5 mile XC mountain biking timed run record–twice. On October 5, 2011 I had an amazing ride, shaving yet another 30 seconds off my previous best time. My new record is now 24:07, and my average heart rate was just 179 BPM (down from 182 BPM from my previous record ride). Just two months ago (using the same bike and pedals)… [Read more]
Added Monday, October 10, 2011 by John Stone
2011 maintenance weekly progress report: week #26; New video.
Week #26 of my 2011 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My goal is to complete 2011 without ever rising above 10% body fat. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 180.6 pounds. That’s a 0.8 pound loss since last week’s weight of 181.4 pounds, and a 7.0 pound gain from my end-of-cut weight of 173.6 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning is… [Read more]