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The cure for boring indoor cardio: Sufferfest. Sufferfest: "I Will Beat My Ass Today To Kick Yours Tomorrow."

So the other day my friend and JSF member Andrew Ward and I were messaging back and forth on Facebook, mostly talking about road bikes. Andrew is a mountain biker and road cyclist, but he mentioned that he hated indoor cardio so much that he simply refuses to do it. Indoor cardio can definitely be boring, but let’s face it: if you’re serious about your training, sometimes indoor cardio is the only choice–and I’m not… [Read more]

Added Monday, September 10, 2012 by

2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #25 Myotape

Week #25 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 174.0 pounds. That’s a -1.2 pound change since last week’s weight of 175.2 pounds, and a 2.4 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 7.2%. That’s a -0.2% body fat change since… [Read more]

Added Sunday, September 9, 2012 by

Black Bear Rampage; Beat the PR I set the other day again; New KOM. The 2013 Black Bear Rampage!

My friends Jim Beyer and Mike Simmons (along with a few other Central Florida-area riders) are in Tennessee for tomorrow’s 40 mile Black Bear Rampage mountain bike race. I saw on Strava that they’ve been hitting a couple of the trails in that area, and some of those trails included rated climbs. You don’t see many of those kinds of climbs when mountain biking in Florida, that’s for sure! Guys–best of luck tomorrow! Have fun… [Read more]

Added Saturday, September 8, 2012 by

Medium-high intensity cardio workout; Casually checking out road bikes. Motobecane Immortal Pro Carbon Fiber Road Bike

Yesterday morning I didn’t have time to train because I had to take Loki to the vet for an early appointment (nothing is wrong–it was just time for his monthly Percorten-V shot). I decided to do a mid-afternoon cardio workout that I’ve not done in quite some time: 45 minutes of medium-high intensity cardio on the recumbent bike. For this workout I try to average about 85% of my maximum heart rate (my max is… [Read more]

Added Friday, September 7, 2012 by

Incredible cardio boost; New PR smashes old best; Santos Epic group rides?

In yesterday’s blog I discussed an interesting observation about my heart rate during fasted LISS cardio. In short, my heart rate while exercising on Tuesday was significantly lower (roughly 10%) than it usually is when using the same resistance/cadence. It seems clear to me that the 42 mile mountain biking ride I did on Sunday is responsible for the change. After riding for more than 4 hours with my heart rate averaging 85% of my… [Read more]

Added Thursday, September 6, 2012 by

Interesting heart rate anomaly; Joint support; Poison ivy.

I had an interesting indoor cardio session yesterday. I kept the same cadence/RPM as I usually do when I do fasted LISS cardio, but my heart rate was much lower than normal. On August 29, 2012 I did 14 miles in 46:31, and my average heart rate on that ride was 136 BPM. That’s a pretty normal LISS cardio session for me. Yesterday I did 14 miles in 46:43, but my average heart rate was… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by

No more coasting; Race Across the Sky. Race Across The Sky 2010

After Sunday’s awesome 42 mile mountain bike ride, I found myself feeling pretty beat down yesterday. I had some soreness and pain in my knees, my lower back and even my ankles. I was also very saddle sore. Most of my mountain bike rides these days have been in the 10 mile range, and I believe my longest ride since I started using Strava was around 20 miles (until this past Sunday, of course). The… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by

Post-ride report: 42 mile IMBA/OMBA “Epic” at Santos. Mike Simmons with his carbon Ibis Mojo and me with my modified Trek Fuel EX 8 after completing the 42 mile ride.

I had been looking forward to yesterday’s 42 mile IMBA/OMBA”Epic” ride at Santos all week long, and it did not disappoint! I rode yesterday with Mike Simmons and Jim Beyer. As most of you know, Mike and I have been riding together at Mt. Dora a few times, and we have some friendly competition going on Strava. Mike’s a great guy, and I want to thank him for inviting me along yesterday. I’d never ridden… [Read more]

Added Monday, September 3, 2012 by

2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #24 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #24 of my 2012 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that I was off last Sunday, and so these stats will be compared to Week #22. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 175.2 pounds. That’s a +0.2 pound change since Week #22’s weight of 175.0 pounds, and a 3.6 pound gain to my 2012 end-of-cut weight of 171.6 pounds. My 7-point body… [Read more]

Added Sunday, September 2, 2012 by

Yesterday’s ride report: first ride in Lycra, first ride with new tires. 2012 Michelin Wild Grip'r Advanced Tires (26x2.25, 560g)

Yesterday I did a short ride with Mike Simmons at Mt. Dora. We didn’t loaf, but we didn’t drop the hammer, either. I just wanted to get another fairly hard, but short, ride in before our 42-mile ride at Santos tomorrow. My legs and cardio are still not back to 100%, but I think I’m up to tomorrow’s challenge. I wore my Lycra for the first time ever on yesterday’s ride. As many of you… [Read more]

Added Saturday, September 1, 2012 by