I’ve discovered a piece of new cycling training software, and after spending a couple of days with it I am extremely impressed. The software is called TrainerRoad, and I believe it’s going to help take my cycling, cardio and overall athleticism to entirely new levels. To use the TrainerRoad software you’ll need a bike, a compatible indoor trainer (most are supported, but I highly recommend the –my review on the Kinetic Road Machine is here),… [Read more]
Added Monday, October 15, 2012 by John stone
2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #30
Week #30 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 169.8 pounds. That’s a -0.2 pound change since last week’s weight of 170.0 pounds, and a 1.8 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 5.6%. That’s a -0.1% body fat change since… [Read more]
Added Sunday, October 14, 2012 by John stone
Out with the old, in with the new: setting up my high-tech cardio torture chamber.
My two Trek 4300 mountain bikes and my Schwinn 231 indoor recumbent exercise bike have all sold at my asking prices. The items sold very quickly, and both transactions went smoothly. I delivered the Schwinn exercise bike to a nice lady out in Deltona. I set up the bike for her, adjusted it so she was comfortable and then walked her through some of the bike’s features. She was very excited about exercising again, and… [Read more]
Added Saturday, October 13, 2012 by John stone
First ride on my new Madone: a few thoughts, and a few questions.
Yesterday morning I took my new Trek Madone 5.9 out for her first real ride. Today I’ve got some thoughts on the ride and the bike, as well as a few questions for you roadies out there. I decided to go to the Seminole-Wekiva trail for my first ride. Even though this trail crosses a lot of busy intersections and driveways leading to shopping centers and the like, the trail itself does not allow motorized… [Read more]
Added Friday, October 12, 2012 by John stone
I bought my new road bike yesterday: details and photos!
My hunt for a road bike is finally over! As a mountain biker who has not been on a road bike in more than 20 years, I had a lot of ground to cover before deciding on my bike of choice. This project has been enjoyable, but also sometimes difficult and confusing. The advice I received from people whose opinions I respect a great deal was, quite often, completely at odds! At first I found… [Read more]
Added Thursday, October 11, 2012 by John stone
Banana plants are fruiting!; Road bike update–change of heart.
As regular readers of my blog know, last year Lisa and I planted quite a few fruit trees in our back yard (lemons, oranges, bananas, key limes, papaya…) Most of the fruit has done well, but last year our entire banana fruit crop was destroyed by a January hard freeze. That really sucked, because I’d worked hard for many months to care for the plants, and the fruit was very close to harvest. I covered… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by John stone
My 2010 Trek 4300 Disc mountain bike is for sale (loads of extras).
I’m selling my Trek 4300 Disc mountain bike (UPDATE: bike has been SOLD). The bike is in excellent condition, with only a few minor cosmetic blemishes. Practically every wearable part has been replaced with brand new parts. I purchased the bike new, and am the only owner. The bike has always been kept indoors and has been meticulously maintained. All the details along with plenty of photographs are below. I’m including lots of extras with… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by John stone
The 2012 “Ride of the Living Dead” is coming up!
This month my goal is to ride at least 400 miles, with most of those miles coming from mountain biking. Last week I put in a total of 101.4 miles, so I’m ahead of pace. I’ll be getting a nice boost to my monthly millage total near the end of the month…. On Saturday, October 27th the 2012 Ride of the Living Dead at Santos will be happening, and I’m definitely taking part in that…. [Read more]
Added Monday, October 8, 2012 by John stone
2012 maintenance weekly progress report: week #29
Week #29 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 170.0 pounds. That’s a -0.2 pound change since last week’s weight of 170.2 pounds, and a 1.6 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 5.7%. That’s a -0.1% body fat change since… [Read more]
Added Sunday, October 7, 2012 by John stone
On pace to hit 400 miles this month; Getting close on road bike choice.
Last month I rode 346 miles, and my October goal is to better that by biking at least 400 miles. So far I’m ahead of pace, and have put in five rides in five days for a total of 86.84 miles. Yesterday I did another pretty tough workout: 10 laps on the Florida Flo loop at Mt. Dora with no rest breaks. That’s the second time I’ve done that workout this week, and it’s a… [Read more]