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Network issues killing me this week.

So far this has been the work week from hell. I’ve been dealing with a major network problem, and it’s still not resolved. I wanted to get a trainer ride in yesterday, but I didn’t even have time to break away from my desk for an hour. I literally worked from the first thing in the morning until my fried brain hit the pillow last night… At least I slept well! Good, I really needed… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by

Chamois cream round-up. Bag Balm

If you spend any serious time in the saddle and want to avoid chaffing and/or saddle sores, you pretty much have to use some sort of chamois cream. Last October I developed two saddle sores/ingrown hairs where the saddle rubs the top of my inner thigh, and those little sores were incredibly painful. They took months to finally heal. I never want to go through that again, and now I use chamois cream on every… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by

Are your HIIT workouts as effective as they could be?; AtLarge 1-day Sale! AtLarge Nutrition

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! I can’t say mine was much fun, but it was extremely productive! I was pretty much tied to the house all weekend, and so I used that as an opportunity to do a bunch of cleaning and projects around the house. I got the entire house cleaned, the carpets steam cleaned, did a bunch of pond maintenance and a tackled a few other miscellaneous things that needed to… [Read more]

Added Monday, July 29, 2013 by

2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #29 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #29 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 173.6 pounds. That’s a 0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 173.6 pounds, and a -0.8 pound change from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.7%. That’s a +0.00% body fat change since… [Read more]

Added Sunday, July 28, 2013 by

AtLarge Nutrition takes personal service to a new level. "It took me like three hours to finish the shading on its upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done."

Yesterday JSF member Sam Taylor shared something on Facebook with me that I thought was pretty cool… When Sam placed a recent order with long-time JSF sponsor AtLarge Nutrition, in the “Customer Comments” section he typed in the following: “Can you draw a sweet Unicorn on the Packaging?” When Sam’s order arrived, this is what he found (click to enlarge):   The budding artist who packed Sam’s order even took the time to use multiple… [Read more]

Added Saturday, July 27, 2013 by

Detailed look at yesterday’s workout: Sugarloaf Mountain repeats. Me and my buddy Mike doing Sugarloaf repeats on a rainy morning last year. I'll be seeing a lot of this hill and her sisters in the coming months...

Sugarloaf Mountain (yes, this is about as close to a real mountain as we get here in Florida) is a relatively short, but tough, climb. At 312 feet above sea level, the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in peninsular Florida. The actual climb is about .42 miles, with an average gradient of around 8.5% and a maximum gradient of around 17%. For some reason Sugarloaf Mountain is not a rated climb (at… [Read more]

Added Friday, July 26, 2013 by

Madone caught in rain yesterday; Tough training ride this morning. Madone tuned and ready to roll. She's in for a tough morning...

On yesterday’s ride I got caught in a downpour, and the wind was not exactly kind, either. It was supposed to be a fairly light ride (I’ve had a couple tough workouts so far this week, and I’ve got a grueling training ride happening this morning), but I was feeling good and so I battled against the wind as hard as I could. My average speed was 20 MPH, but with wind fighting nearly every… [Read more]

Added Thursday, July 25, 2013 by

Another excellent workout yesterday; Something different for tomorrow. Torture Chamber after yesterday's workout. I think I have the new saddle dialed in now, felt very comfortable.

Yesterday I decided to do the next TrainerRoad workout in my current training plan, Intermediate Build I. For the second day in a row, I felt great on the bike! I not only enjoyed the two days I took off from training this past weekend, that bit of rest made all the difference. Sometimes it’s hard to take a day or two off because it feels like a step backwards, but if your body is… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by

Ever feel guilty for taking a couple days off from training? My workout graph: "Joe Devel".

It’s interesting how just a couple of days off from exercise while eating a sloppy diet can mess with the mind. Yesterday when I loaded up my TrainerRoad workout and saddled up I felt sluggish, and was visibly bloated from my piss-poor weekend diet. As I looked at the difficult workout displayed on the computer screen my first thought was, “I’m never going to make it through this, I feel totally out of shape!” I… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by

Very lazy weekend, back to training today. This was me this yesterday.

This past weekend was fun, but extraordinarily lazy. Lisa’s birthday was on Saturday, and so her parents came to stay the weekend with us. We all went out to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and ate way too much food. When we got back home we hung out, drank some red wine and reminisced a bit (it’s still hard to believe that Lisa and I met almost 25 years ago!) Later that night we… [Read more]

Added Monday, July 22, 2013 by