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What I carry on road rides. Topeak Pro Pack Micro

Preface: I’ve written, on occasion, about the stuff I carry with me on my training and club road rides, but I’ve never actually taken the time put it all together a single cohesive article. I receive a fair number of questions on this subject, so I decided it would be worthwhile to go into a decent amount of detail, with plenty of pictures. I’m going to kick this article off by addressing a controversial subject:… [Read more]

Added Monday, June 30, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #15 Myotape

Week #15 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that during my vacation ending June 15th I put on a little unwanted weight, so starting on June 16th I began a “mini-cut”. You can read more about all of this in my blog, “Post-vacation report: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“. This mini-cut will continue until I get back down to my desired weight of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, June 29, 2014 by

Local road extension provides safe access to West Orange Trail. The new extension connecting Vick Road with Rock Springs Road provides a very large residential area easy and safe access to the West Orange Trail.

Florida has the dubious distinction of being one of the least bike-friendly states in the Union, so it’s always nice to see improvements in that area. Recently Florida Governor Scott approved funding to connect many of the trails already in existence here in Florida, creating a “super trail” that will stretch across the entire state. This was a huge step forward. On a more local level, yesterday I was very happy to see that a… [Read more]

Added Saturday, June 28, 2014 by

Bonked during a hard effort yesterday; Upcoming article preview. I love GU Energy Gels! Just one of these staved off a hard bonk and saved my ride yesterday.

I’ve been in a caloric deficit for nearly two weeks now, and things have been going quite well (my weekly report will be on Sunday, as always). On yesterday morning’s ride, however, I bonked a bit. Nothing too serious, but there’s no question that it was a fuel issue. I was putting in a strong, supra-threshold (Zone 5: VO2 MAX) effort over some rolling terrain when the bonk hit me. The stretch of road I… [Read more]

Added Friday, June 27, 2014 by

Automatic exercise logging on MyFitnessPal using Strava. Linking Strava with MFP: Mobile

If you use MyFitnessPal to log your diet and training, and you also use Strava, there is finally a way to link those two accounts. When you link your Strava account to your MFP account, any Strava activities are automatically synced and logged to your MFP account. This excellent time-saving tip was brought to my attention a couple days ago by my Facebook friend, Neil. Thanks, Neil! If you record your Strava activities using a… [Read more]

Added Thursday, June 26, 2014 by

Played in the dirt yesterday. Felt good to wear my dirt pants again!

When Lisa arrived home from work Monday afternoon we shared a laugh while I briefly recounted my dead battery story as I shuffled past her into the garage. I grabbed a set of jumper cables, popped the hoods on our vehicles and returned my truck to the land of the living. Just as I did on Monday, yesterday morning I excitedly loaded the truck with all my mountain biking gear along with a cooler filled… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by

Rear Di2 derailleur is finally done for; Yesterday’s “MTB” ride. Even two hard crashes couldn't take my Ultegra Di2 rear derailleur out. Despite the wrecks, I still enjoyed 12,500 kilometers of reliable service from the derailleur before she cried "Uncle!" If you think the derailleur looks bad, you should have seen my skin.

Before yesterday morning’s ride I put my Madone in the stand in an effort to diagnose the shifting issues that I was experiencing after Sunday morning’s mechanical. I’m glad that I took the time to do this, as it became clear that the Ultegra Di2 rear derailleur was in dire straits: the bike was clearly not safe to ride. After about an hour of messing with the derailleur, I came to the conclusion that it… [Read more]

Added Monday, June 23, 2014 by

Saturday’s ride; Odd mechanical on yesterday’s recovery ride. Saturday's ride was long, hot and fast, so yesterday I did a light and scenic recovery ride. This was just before my mechanical.

Saturday’s ride was hot, fast and fun! The scheduled group ride was about 74 kilometers (46 miles), and I tacked on some extra solo miles before and after the group ride to bring my total up to 115 kilometers (72.5 miles). The heat, wind and humidity were significant factors, particularly the last couple hours of the ride. We had a fantastic group, and we pushed the pace particularly hard in several places. The 14 kilometer/~9… [Read more]

Added Monday, June 23, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #14 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #14 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Please note that I was on vacation from May 31 – June 15, and so weekly stats were not taken on June 1, June 8 and June 15. So, when you see “last week” below that actually refers to four weeks ago (May 25th). Also note that during my vacation I put on a little unwanted weight, so… [Read more]

Added Sunday, June 22, 2014 by

Zen and the art of the Recovery Ride. Taking a moment to stop and enjoy the sights on yesterday's light recovery ride.

I’ve always struggled with recovery rides. I enjoy a lot of things about road cycling, but what attracts me to the sport the most is the adrenaline rush that comes from riding fast. I love pushing myself as hard as I can, and the satisfaction of setting new personal bests (wattage/speed/distance/elevation/whatever) is like crack. So, for me, slowing things down on purpose requires more than a fair amount of self-discipline. Generally I’ll set off on… [Read more]

Added Saturday, June 21, 2014 by