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Mt. Dora urban nets 2 new KOMs; Mt. Dora MTB two years ago; Weekend plans. The birth of the Mt. Dora trail system: Mark Pettengill, Mike Simmons and Rich Dybdahl!

With all the rain we had on Tuesday, yesterday morning the humidity was so bad you could almost see the water in the air. You sure could feel the hot moisture in your lungs! The Mt. Dora trails sort of sit down in a hole; that, combined with the heavy tree canopy, really traps the hot, humid air down there. Mike and I decided for yesterday’s ride to do another urban assault ride, which would… [Read more]

Added Thursday, September 20, 2012 by

Rained out; Ramping up my bike training time; 100 mile MTB race? Yesterday's Mt. Dora group ride rained out. :(

Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us for yesterday’s planned group ride at Mt. Dora. The rain came down in sheets all morning long and through most of the afternoon, and the ride had to be cancelled. I’m sure it will be rescheduled, but I was really looking forward to the ride and was disappointed that it had to be called off. After the ride was cancelled, it was still raining and I needed to… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by

Group ride: The big dogs are running tonight at Mt. Dora. Mmmmm, singletrack.

Last night on Facebook Mike Simmons shared his latest Strava ride at Mt. Dora, and that sparked an interesting discussion. Mike rode the Gravity Destroyer up/down and Florida Flow Loop segment with a solid time of 8m31, beating my time of 8m36s and taking the KOM back from me. Great ride, Mike! Local racing badass Donnie Harries commented on Mike’s ride, and eventually the conversation turned to wondering when Donnie was going to come down… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by

Muddy 17 miles with Jim Beyer yesterday; Fat Tire and Red Hoptober beer. Me with my Fuel after 17 muddy miles at Wekiwa State Park.

Jim Beyer, who I rode with earlier this month along with Mike Simmons when we all did the Santos 42-mile “Epic” ride, shot me an email on Saturday asking if I wanted to do a 20 mile training ride on Sunday afternoon at a trail called Paisley Woods. I’d never been to Paisley, but I knew of the place. From what I understood the terrain at Paisley is similar to Wekiwa, but more rolling and… [Read more]

Added Monday, September 17, 2012 by

2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #26 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #26 of my 2012 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 172.6 pounds. That’s a -1.4 pound change since last week’s weight of 174.0 pounds, and a 1.0 pound gain to my 2012 end-of-cut weight of 171.6 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.6%. That’s a -0.6% body fat change since… [Read more]

Added Sunday, September 16, 2012 by

Riding more, body fat dropping; Next level; Love the shorter handlebars! Not even halfway through the month and I've already mountain biked more miles in September than I have in any other month since I started using Strava in April. Not reflected in the chart above, I've also put in 57.61 miles on the indoor trainer so far this month.

This month I’ve been mountain biking, weight training or riding the indoor trainer every single day. So far this month I’ve put in 102 miles on the mountain bike, and another 57.61 miles on the indoor trainer. That’s more miles in 14 days than I’ve ridden in any complete month since before April. I’ve been making an effort to get out and mountain bike more frequently, and I’ve also been trying to ride more miles… [Read more]

Added Saturday, September 15, 2012 by

Cut down my carbon fiber bars & took some excess seatpost off (how-to guide). Truvativ T40 Noir Carbon bars in the guide and ready for cutting.

In Tuesday’s blog I mentioned that my 700mm carbon handlebars were a little too wide for my liking, and so yesterday I decided to do a little surgery on them. Cutting down carbon bike parts is not a difficult task, but it does require attention to detail and care to do the job right. Also, while I was at it, I decided to trim off a couple inches of excess seatpost for a bit of… [Read more]

Added Friday, September 14, 2012 by

Something different: Downtown Mt. Dora Urban Assult ride. Yesterday's route.

Yesterday’s blog was extremely lengthy, and I was writing until I was up against my self-imposed 9:00 AM deadline. After I posted my blog and ate breakfast it was already 9:30. I was in the mood to ride, but I had a lot of work to do. I was still trying to find an excuse to break away for a ride, but once it started raining I decided that I was going to do an… [Read more]

Added Thursday, September 13, 2012 by

Several stories: Google maps, a new KOM, an apology and a hard crash. The Truvative T40 Noir Handlebars on my Fuel.

Interesting ride at Mt. Dora yesterday… First of all, Google Maps sleuthed out a new route to the Mt. Dora trailhead for me, and I can now get from my driveway to the trails in 15 minutes flat. It used to take me almost 30 minutes using my old route, so this is very cool. I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned this about me in my blog, but I have the absolute worst sense of… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by

I will be selling my Trek 4300 Disc soon. 2010 Trek 4300 Disc Mountain Bike.

Since purchasing my Fuel EX 8 mountain bike last summer, my 2010 Trek 4300 Disc mountain bike has sat idle in my garage. Actually, that’s not entirely true: I’ve been wrenching on the bike quite a bit over the past year (more on that below) in my home bike shop. It was very nice having a bike on which I could hone my bike mechanic chops without running the risk of not being able to… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by