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My Home Bike Repair Shop: 1.5 years later and still growing. New video? My friend Craig shamed me into getting this retractable air hose reel last week (my hose was loose on the floor prior to that), and I took the time to mount it to the ceiling. Working with the air hose is so much easier and more convenient now. Thanks for the great suggestion, Craig!

When I completed the initial build of my home Bike Repair Shop in August 2011 I had a pretty decent collection of bike repair tools and a fairly well-rounded home shop set up. I had the tools I required to perform all general maintenance tasks, as well as pretty much any Level I or Level II repair (and some Level III repairs). Back in August 2011 I had already amassed some amount of experience working… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

2010, 2011 and 2013 diet and body composition comparison. Diet & Nutrition

Last year around this time I wrote a blog talking about some of the dietary differences between 2010 and 2011. I thought it would be interesting to compare some of the same stats now that 2012 is almost behind us. At the end of 2010 my weight was 203.2 pounds @ 15.9% body fat; at the end of 2011 my weight was 193.6 pounds @ 12.0% body fat; my current stats are 168.8 pounds @… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

Saturday’s 75 mile/120.7 Kilometer group ride (new distance PR). My Madone, ready to roll out on a foggy morning.

On Saturday morning thick fog was blanketing the entire area, and there was some doubt as to whether or not the planned group ride was going to happen. I was really hoping the ride would go forward, as I had been excited about it all week long (I was not able to attend last weekend’s group ride). The group decided to meet at our usual start location and make the call at the last minute…. [Read more]

Added Monday, December 10, 2012 by

2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #38 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #38 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 168.8 pounds. That’s a 0.6 pound gain since last week’s weight of 168.2 pounds, and a 2.8 pound loss from my 2012 end-of-cut weight of 171.6 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 5.2%. That’s a 0.0% body fat change since… [Read more]

Added Sunday, December 9, 2012 by

Foggy morning may cancel group ride; New reviews coming; Promotions. Fog blanketing the land across the street from my house.

I am supposed to do a ~60 mile ride with the Crazies this morning, but there’s heavy fog in the area. The club may be forced to call off the ride for safety reasons. I hope the fog clears before our start time, as I am really looking forward to the ride. I’ve got my bike loaded up and everything ready to go, I just need a little cooperation from mother nature now! Yesterday’s weight… [Read more]

Added Saturday, December 8, 2012 by

High intensity weight training this morning; Maximize your training effort. I'll be weight training this morning: going with moderate weights, very high intensity.

I’m in the mood to lift this morning, and I’m also in the mood for something more intense than the very heavy/low volume workout I did on Monday. This morning I’ll be doing a very fast-paced, high intensity workout. One of the intensity techniques that I utilize in the weight room is to avoid “regular” sets and stick with supersets, drop sets, giant sets, “down the rack” sets and so on. That style of training–especially… [Read more]

Added Friday, December 7, 2012 by

Next training program; New Functional Threshold Power (FTP) established. Yesterday's "8-minute" FTP test. New FTP of 288 established.

Yesterday I kicked off the second six-week cycling training program I’ll be following on TrainerRoad: Intermediate Base II. This training program is described as follows: “Upon completion of a solid foundation phase (Intermediate Base I), this training plan begins with a fitness reassessment to account for any early season improvement. It then allows riders to focus more intently on growing their sustainable power through consistent use of near-threshold efforts. The intensity grows somewhat sharply as… [Read more]

Added Thursday, December 6, 2012 by

Review: Sufferfest’s “The Wretched”.

The twisted minds at The Sufferfest have just unleashed their latest diabolical creation, “The Wretched“. This morning’s blog was supposed to be a review of The Wretched, but it reads more like a warning. Note: If you’re not familiar with The Sufferfest, my review is here. “The Wretched” is a race simulation, and you begin your race with an interesting and compelling backstory. From the video description: “Perhaps one of the most difficult Sufferfests ever… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by

Heavy weight training yesterday; Reviewing Sufferfest’s “The Wretched” today. My cycling workouts November/early December 2012

Looking at my training calender yesterday morning I realized that I’d not had a day off from riding in more than a week, and so I decided to give my legs a little break and do an upper body weight training workout. I’ve been neglecting my weight training the past couple of weeks, and so a hard workout under the iron sounded good. I decided to go with a very heavy, low volume (3 sets… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by

Good ride yesterday; New Advanced (Red) trails at Mt. Dora! Results of my latest check-up.

I’ve been in a mountain biking mood lately and, apart from my indoor training sessions, all my riding over the past week was on the dirt. Yesterday I woke up in the mood to do some more mountain biking, and I went over to the Mt. Dora trails with Mike to do some laps. We also ran into Steve and Rich (a couple of the “Crazies”) out there doing some Cyclocross practice in a nearby… [Read more]

Added Monday, December 3, 2012 by