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New distance and elevation PRs for April; Chain replacement. Distance cycled by month: April 2013 - April 2014

Last month I set new single-month cycling personal records for both distance (1,810.19 kilometers/1,124.8 miles) and elevation (31,188 feet). April has been another big riding month for me, and with one day left in the month I’ve put myself in perfect position to break both of those records, having ridden 1,743.24 kilometers/1,083.2 miles with 30,623 feet of elevation thus far. Here’s my distance chart from the past year (click to enlarge):   This morning I’ll… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by

Hot and windy ride kicked my butt yesterday! Burn fat, burn!

For yesterday’s ride I decided to head over to the Van Fleet trail for an uninterrupted 100 kilometers. My plan was to spend the first half of the ride warming up at about an 18 MPH pace, and then do the second half at a 23+ MPH average pace. When I arrived to the trailhead I was not happy when I discovered that I’d somehow forgotten my MP3 player () and my earbuds (). Music… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by

In depth: Strava’s “Best Efforts Power Curve” feature. My Watts/KG power curve: last 5 weeks vs. 2013 best efforts.

Some of you may recall an article I wrote late last year, “Don’t care about Strava segments? There is more to Strava than you think“. In that article I discussed some of the many useful, yet underutilized, training features that can be found on Strava. If you’d like to dig a little deeper than Strava’s most obvious feature–segments–it’s worth a read. For future reference, that article, along with many more, can always be found in… [Read more]

Added Monday, April 28, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #6 Myotape

Week #6 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. For more information on my nine-week 2014 cutting program (which I used leading into this maintenance phase), please check out this blog. My end-of-cut blog and stats can be found here. Tools of the trade This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week   RAW DATA My scale weight this morning (as measured… [Read more]

Added Sunday, April 27, 2014 by

Vacation announcement; JSF BodyShop™ closure reminder.

I don’t have much time to write this morning, so here are a couple quick announcements… I’ve not taken any vacation time since late December/early January, and so I’ve decided to take a couple of weeks off in early June. My vacation will start Saturday, May 31st and run through Sunday, June 15th. There will be no updates to this blog while I’m on holiday. My usual daily blog will return on Monday, June 16th…. [Read more]

Added Saturday, April 26, 2014 by

Kids these days… Things sure have changed since I was a kid.

My work week began as a whisper, but then rapidly crescendoed into a cacophony of emails, ringing phones, conference calls and text messages. As Baby Snooks would say, “Pianissimo, please!” If you got that reference you’re really old. Like me. Actually Baby Snooks was before my time, but when I was a kid my parents introduced me to some of their favorite classic radio and television personalities, and I really enjoyed many of them. I… [Read more]

Added Friday, April 25, 2014 by

Excellent hill training ride yesterday. Actual elevation profile from yesterday's hill training ride in Clermont, Florida. No real flat sections to be found here!

Monday’s 116 kilometer/72 mile ride was fast-paced–especially the first ~30 miles, which I rode solo at a 23.1 MPH pace–but there was no climbing or elevation involved in that ride. My friend Tracy Draper wanted to do some hill training yesterday and, after Monday’s flat-as-a-pancake ride, pointing my front tire a little more skyward sounded great to me. Well, sort of… my legs were still recovering from Monday’s effort. Tracy put together a nice little… [Read more]

Added Thursday, April 24, 2014 by

Must-have book for power meter owners. My copy of "Training and Racing with a Power Meter", 2nd Edition. This book is a must-have for all power meter owners.

With power meters coming down in price, more and more cyclists are taking the plunge and diving into the power pool. I picked up my Stages Cycling power meter one month ago, and so far I’m completely thrilled with its performance, functionality and reliability. Over the past month I’ve penned quite a few articles discussing my experiences with the Stages Cycling power meter. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a power meter, these articles may… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by

Intense 29.2 mile time trial on yesterday’s 72 mile ride. At the end of yesterday's 72 mile ride. Nice dirt pants for a road ride!

My work schedule was packed last week, and I wasn’t able to get away for any rides longer than 36 miles. This past Sunday evening I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Monday morning plate was still nearly empty. So, after a week of short (but punchy!) rides, including a reevaluation of my FTP, a long Monday morning ride sounded good. Also–and this was likely a reaction to the dietary indulgences I enjoyed over… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by

Indulgent weekend. Fajitas!

We had family staying with us this past weekend, and I went a wee bit overboard with the dietary indulgences… We kicked things off with a trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant on Saturday. I ordered the steak fajitas, and I ate every last bite along with approximately 340 pounds of chips. I washed it all down with a margarita. The next day we all went up to the theater to watch a movie, which… [Read more]

Added Monday, April 21, 2014 by