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Excellent month of cycling progress–goals reached, many new PRs. A rainy and windy 31 miles yesterday.

What an incredible month of cycling progress it has been! I decided to dedicate May to fitness and cycling training (I didn’t ride my mountain bike a single time in May), with a focus on saddle time and difficult trainer workouts. I am very pleased with what I accomplished: I set dozens of new personal records, and have improved my cardio and overall level of fitness substantially. Here are a few of the highlights… This… [Read more]

Added Friday, May 31, 2013 by

Details on this weekend’s 100 mile group ride. This weekend's 101 mile route.

I’m really excited about doing my first century (100 mile) group ride this Saturday! This ride is not just your average group ride: it’s extremely well-organized and very well-supported. We’ll have the benefit of a fully-stocked support bus, four SAG stops (plus a stop for lunch) and a sweeper. The sweeper will make sure no rider is left behind, and the support bus will remain at each SAG stop until every rider has passed through…. [Read more]

Added Thursday, May 30, 2013 by

Picked up a new book, “Racing Weight”; Saturday’s 100 mile ride. "Racing Weight" by Matt Fitzgerald

The other day in the comments section of one of my blogs, my friend Craig Manning mentioned he’d just picked up a book called , by Matt Fitzgerald. I checked out the reviews and a few pages of the book (using Amazon’s cool “Look Inside” feature) and decided to pick it up. Losing fat is obviously not a problem for me: after nearly a decade of cutting and bulking, dropping body fat when I want… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by

Fun 65 mile ride yesterday with Mike. From yesterday's 65 miler. Beautiful country in Clermont, Florida.

Yesterday my friend Mike and I decided to do a fun 65 mile Memorial Day ride. We were just looking for saddle time on a fairly long, but low stress, ride. The route we choose was the entire West Orange Trail from Apopka to Killarney Station (~21 miles), then directly on to the end of the connecting South Lake Trail/Lake Minneola Scenic Trail (~9 miles). We then turned around and rode the same route back,… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by

Memorial day; Doing a road ride with Mike. Happy Independence Day!

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and most of us have the day off. While having an extra day off from work is always nice, I sincerely hope my fellow Americans will join me in giving thanks to all the brave men and women who serve, and who have served, in our armed forces. While I wish we lived in a world where no one had to put his or her life on… [Read more]

Added Monday, May 27, 2013 by

2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #20 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #20 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that there was no report for week #19, as I was covering my participation in the “8 Days in California” (8DC) event. Any reference to “last week” is actually week #18 (two weeks ago). My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 173.2 pounds. That’s a 0.8 pound gain since last week’s weight of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, May 26, 2013 by

Picked up a couple pair of fingerless gloves for road cycling Giro Bravo Glove (palm)

It’s starting to get really hot and humid here in Florida, and anything I can do to help stay as cool as possible is a plus. When I’m mountain biking I prefer the added protection of a full-fingered glove, and I’ve always just used my MTB gloves (currently ) when road cycling. Last week when I was out riding I realized how uncomfortably hot my hands felt in the full-fingered gloves. I also don’t like… [Read more]

Added Saturday, May 25, 2013 by

New FTP established; On track for new mileage PR; AtLarge 35% off! New FTP of 294 established yesterday.

I’m starting my new cycling training program (see yesterday’s blog for details), and so yesterday it was time to re-test my Functional Threshold Power (FTP). What is Functional Threshold Power? FTP is simply the maximum power (measured in watts) that a cyclist can maintain for one solid hour. FTP is the best single marker for fitness in cycling: the higher your FTP is, the stronger rider you are. There are a couple of well-established tests… [Read more]

Added Friday, May 24, 2013 by

Couple new PRs on yesterday’s ride; Starting a new training program. Intermediate Build I: here comes the pain!

Yesterday I talked about some of the exciting fitness improvements I’m seeing since completing TrainerRoad’s “8 Days In California” challenge, and on yesterday’s ride I saw some more encouraging results. Yesterday I rode a little over 23 miles at a moderate pace: my average speed was 19 MPH and my average heart rate was 156 BPM. I did a similar ride back in March (same basic route), and on that ride I did 18 miles:… [Read more]

Added Thursday, May 23, 2013 by

Fitness benefits of the 8DC already showing; Doing a century group ride. From Monday's ride. Had to stop and get a picture of these Texas Longhorns!

TrainerRoad’s “8 Days In California” event concluded on Sunday (here’s my 8DC wrap-up blog), and after eight straight days of tough workouts you’d think I’d be more than ready for a day off from riding. My plan, in fact, was to rest on Monday, but when I woke up that morning all I could think about was getting outside and riding. I guess eight days of indoor trainer workouts had me feeling a little stir… [Read more]

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