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Excellent 104 kilometer ride yesterday; On Vacation. Taking a break at the halfway point of yesterday's 65 mile ride.

Because of my schedule and Lisa’s schedule, it’s been impossible for me to get away for a ride longer than an hour on recent Saturdays. That situation should be changing in July, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to long Saturday group rides with the Crazies, as well as Saturday morning trips to Santos with my friends. In the meantime, Thursday mornings sort have become my go-to day for fairly long morning rides…. [Read more]

Added Friday, June 21, 2013 by

7 in 10 Americans are on prescription meds. Here’s my take. I feel so much better now.

This morning I was catching up on the news when I came across an article that I found disturbing, but–sadly–not at all shocking. The article focused on a new Mayo Clinic study that found 70% of Americans are taking prescription drugs. One in five Americans are on at least FIVE prescription medications. That’s ridiculous. Topping the list of prescribed medications are antibiotics, antidepressants and opioids (painkillers). As I said in the opening sentence, I am… [Read more]

Added Thursday, June 20, 2013 by

Tough workouts; Vacation announcement; AtLarge Nutrition sale. AtLarge Nutrition

The past couple of TrainerRoad workouts in the cycling training plan I’m currently following (Intermediate Build I) have been pretty tough. I just completed Week #2 (workouts 4, 5, and 6), and the past couple of workouts have been challenging over/under efforts. “Over/Under” training involves intervals that have the athlete riding just under his or her Functional Threshold Power (FTP) level part of the time, and just over FTP part of the time. The goal… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by

New saddle: thanks for your suggestions, here’s the plan. Selle Italia SLR Flow

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the problem of soreness and numbness on my road bike, and that it was time for a new saddle. Between the replies to my blog, the posts on Facebook, tweets and emails I received nearly two dozen suggestions for nearly two dozen different saddles. 😀 There’s no question that saddles are about the most personal and important choices one can make, so I can’t say I’m surprised by the… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by

I’m getting a new road bike saddle: perineum compression causing numbness. Forté Pro XFR Saddle

I’ve been using the on both my mountain bike and my road bike and, overall, I’ve been pretty happy with it. I think as a mountain bike saddle the Devo is perfect for me, but now that I’m doing long road rides pretty regularly, I’ve found the Devo to be unconformable as the rides wear on. Also–and this is a major concern–when I do trainer rides I’ve noticed that my junk goes numb. This is… [Read more]

Added Monday, June 17, 2013 by

2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #23 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #23 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 172.8 pounds. That’s a 1.2 pound loss since last week’s weight of 174 pounds, and a 1.6 pound loss from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.4%. That’s a -0.3% body fat change since… [Read more]

Added Sunday, June 16, 2013 by

Hit the weights yesterday; Completed major project this week (geek talk). Squat area of my gym.

Yesterday I was thinking about doing a light recovery ride, but I was really in the mood to lift. I decided to give the bike a rest and hit the weights. My legs were not sore at all from Thursday’s 100 kilometer ride, but they did feel a little fatigued. I decided to torture my wheels with a few sets of breathing squats, followed immediately by a couple sets of burnout DB lunges. Ouch. When… [Read more]

Added Saturday, June 15, 2013 by

Metric century with Harv Carpenter: post-ride report. From yesterday's metric century with Harv Carpenter. It was the ride of the Madones! This is at Lake Minneola, about the halfway point.

Yesterday morning I met up with Harv Carpenter for our first meeting and ride together–a little over a metric century (100 kilometers) in the heat and humidity. If you missed Wednesday’s blog, go give it a quick gander–towards the end I talked about how Strava made this ride practically inevitable. Mike Simmons was supposed to come, but unfortunately he got blindsided with some work and had to bail. 🙁 We rolled out at 7:30 AM… [Read more]

Added Friday, June 14, 2013 by

Heat is on; Heading out early for a small group metric centry ride. Summer is here.

We’ve had a lot of rain recently (and we need it!), and it’s also been really hot. Yesterday I did a fast 1 hour/20 mile ride first thing in the morning, and when I finished up I was completely drenched in sweat. The humidity is so bad right now that it’s actually difficult to breathe when I’m really exerting myself. I’d better get used to the heat, summer has just begun. This morning I’m heading… [Read more]

Added Thursday, June 13, 2013 by

Going for another cycling distance PR; Upcoming events/training. This is "Sugarloaf Mountain". Average grade is about 8.5%, maximum grade is around 17%.

Last month I set a new single month cycling distance personal record of 1,006 kilometers (625 miles), and I also set several other cycling-related personal bests. My plan this month was to get back to mountain biking and lay off the road riding a bit, but it really hasn’t worked out that way…. I kicked off June with a 100 mile ride, and that was such a nice early mileage boost that the competitive side… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by