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Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Welcome, guest user!

Long day yesterday, looking forward to a long ride today! William and I marking the Assault on Sugarloaf route yesterday. This is about the halfway point, right before the left turn onto Sugarloaf Mountain Road.

Yesterday started a little before 4:00 AM and, apart from my morning ride, I worked until my head hit the pillow shortly after 8:00 PM. After finishing my blog and eating, I set off on my morning ride. I really enjoy riding in the dark, but yesterday morning the fog was so heavy that I was having a lot of trouble seeing the road. Have you ever hit your high beams in the fog? The… [Read more]

Added Saturday, October 11, 2014 by

Busy day: ride, route marking, work; Mount Dora Bike Festival is here! Mount Dora Bike Festival route marking supplies.

I woke up a little before 4:00 AM, and my mind was instantly racing with all the things I have to accomplish today. It’s going to be tough to squeeze everything in, but I’ll manage. In addition to all of the below stuff, I’ve got about 7-8 hours of work I need to get done before I go to bed. After I finish writing this blog and eat breakfast, I’m going to break out my… [Read more]

Added Friday, October 10, 2014 by

Great ride yesterday inspired by some killer music.

Despite my broken toe, I’m feeling really good this week. My energy level is up, my legs feel good (it took them a couple days to fully recover from Sunday’s hilly 103 mile ride) and I’m feeling decently strong on the bike. Yesterday I only had a little over an hour to ride, so I decided to see how many miles I could ride in 01:15:00. I wound up getting in 28.3 miles (45.54 kilometers),… [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 9, 2014 by

What hurts worse than breaking a toe? It's been two weeks and it still hurts like hell to walk...

… stubbing an already broken toe, that’s what. It’s been two weeks since I broke my toe, but the damn thing hurts just about as much as it did the day after the accident. At this point all of the bruising is gone, but the toe and my foot are still very swollen. I’ve had my fair share of broken toes, so I can’t say I’m surprised that the toe is still a little swollen,… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by

How many miles will a road bike’s chain and cassette last? I'd like to run an 11-28 10-speed cassette on my 11-speed Plasma. Possible?

“How many miles will my road bike’s chain and cassette last?” That is an excellent question, but it’s also a question without a universal answer. The lifespan of those two wearable drivetrain components will vary drastically based on a number of factors, such as: Riding environment. Rain, sweat, snow, dust, dirt, mud… these contaminants are all hard on drivetrain components. If your bike is frequently exposed to some, or all, of these conditions, you can… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by

Awesome 250 kilometers of riding over the weekend! Here's William ascending the "Skyline Climb". This This is a short 1/4 mile hill with an average grade of 10%, and a few section as steep as 16%. It's tucked away in a subdivision, but the locals all know where it is.

This is the time of the year when most cyclists are preparing their indoor trainers and cold weather gear for the long winter just on the horizon. Here in Central Florida, however, the next few months will provide a welcome respite from the stifling heat and humidity that we deal with most of the year. This past weekend was our first real taste of fall, and an absolutely fantastic preview of “century season” here in… [Read more]

Added Monday, October 6, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #29 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #29 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. NOTE: I took a couple weeks off from blogging in September, so my last Sunday report was on September 7, 2014. When you see “last week” below, that refers to September 7th. 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… [Read more]

Added Sunday, October 5, 2014 by

Century Season is here!

Florida is in for a very nice treat this weekend: after a brutally long, hot and humid summer, tomorrow some of the finest weather of the year will finally arrive! Sunday’s forecast is calling for a low of 54°F, a high of 76°F, crystal clear sunny skies and a zero percent chance of rain. If you love being outside as much as I do, Sunday is going to be perfect! I’ll be doing my usual… [Read more]

Added Saturday, October 4, 2014 by

1 week countdown to the 2014 Mount Dora Bike Festival!

Exactly one week from today the annual Mount Dora Bike Festival kicks off! This year’s festival will be held over three days: Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th. This will be the 40th annual Mount Dora Bike Festival, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet! Here’s the skinny: The 40th Anniversary of the Mount Dora Bicycle Festival promises to be the best one in AGES! Having undergone an extreme make over… [Read more]

Added Friday, October 3, 2014 by

Coconut Lime Black Beans. This super easy black beans recipe served as the base for last night's dinner. (Image credit Food Network)

Last night I’d planned to make my favorite Asian stir fry (using chicken breast) for dinner, which is a meal I make at least once per week. Lisa, who was off from work yesterday, decided to make a big pot of black beans using an easy recipe she found on Food Network’s web site: Coconut Lime Black Beans. When the beans were ready, we both tried them and thought they were extremely tasty–especially considering how… [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 2, 2014 by