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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - Welcome, guest user!

How I prepare for a cut, step 1: Goals and start date.

Over the past 11 years I’ve done numerous “cuts” (diet and training are geared specifically to lose fat), and those cuts have almost always taken place at the beginning of the year. For me cutting up at the beginning of the year makes the most sense, as the holidays are behind us and spring/summer are just around the corner. Back in my bodybuilding days, my cuts were done at the end of “bulks” (muscle gaining… [Read more]

Added Friday, December 5, 2014 by

Cycling clothing cheers and jeers; Garmin Virb on the cheap. The zipper on my Hammer jersey broke off and couldn't be repaired. Hammer sent me a new jersey at no charge!

It’s interesting to note the big differences between companies when it comes to the quality of their products, and how they stand behind them. In general I like Pearl Izumi, but over the last couple of years I have noticed an increasing trend towards shoddy workmanship. I had two pair of gloves (both were the ) that had poor stitching and came apart after a few weeks to a couple months of use. A little… [Read more]

Added Thursday, December 4, 2014 by

JSF Running Club. That is not a misprint. I'd like to thank JSF Member Phil "Phillydude" Anderson for sending me this shirt, and making me an honorary member of the JSF Running Club. I will wear the shirt ironically.

Unless I’m being chased by a bear or something, you’re never going to see me moving quicker than a brisk walk when I’m off my bike. Running lies somewhere between live disembowelment and a Justin Bieber concert (there’s a very narrow gap there) on my “fun factor” chart. Aside from that, I have an old knee injury (ed: insert the Skyrim joke here–people love that one) that prevents me from running more than a mile… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by

Keeping a trimmed up version of the Novembeard… I grabbed this crappy selfie right after I trimmed the beard up.

Yesterday morning I was standing in front of the mirror, razor in hand, lamenting the end of Novembeard. I’d sort of decided that I was going to keep a “nicer” version of my beard, but as I stood there I felt an unexpected urge to do a clean shave. I think that compulsion was rooted in how itchy and uncomfortable that damn thing made me for pretty much an entire month. Towards the end of… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by

My cycling month in review: November 2014 Another ride ride. Lake Apopka.

My cycling month in review: November 2014

Added Monday, December 1, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #37 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #37 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. PLEASE NOTE: A few words about my methodologies and body fat percentage My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed. A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most accurate “at-home” method… [Read more]

Added Sunday, November 30, 2014 by

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Making a roux for the gravy, and a mess.

I hope my fellow Americans had a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday! My family and I had great time, and yesterday when everyone left it felt like it was over way too soon. I’m already looking forward to having everyone back for Christmas. All the food came out perfectly! Everything from the turkey to the stuffing to the cranberries was delicious, and because it was so good none of us could stop eating until we… [Read more]

Added Saturday, November 29, 2014 by

Novembeard: Day 28. Novembeard - Day 28.

Good morning, faithful followers of the beard. November is coming to a close, and this morning I’m presenting the last in my series of Novembeard photographs. Aesthetically speaking I would say that my beard peaked last week, around day 21. At some point over the last week my beard went a little past its “Use By” date, and is looking decidedly rough. The nice thing, though, is the darn thing no longer itches! If you’re… [Read more]

Added Friday, November 28, 2014 by

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a very special day for me, and it’s probably my favorite holiday of the year. We celebrate Thanksgiving pretty much the same way every year, and that’s just how I like it. 🙂 Nothing brings me more joy than getting together with my Florida family (and I sure miss my Texas family!), cooking, laughing, telling stories and sharing a great meal. This day always serves as a reminder of what’s really… [Read more]

Added Thursday, November 27, 2014 by

I’ve been doing my fair share of rain rides… Taking a picture while riding no-hands in the rain with strong winds and 58mm wheels is a little sketchy.

We sure have had a lot of rain over the past few days… When Hector, William and I rolled out at 7:00 AM for Saturday’s 105 kilometer/65 mile ride the wind-driven rain was pelting us. Getting caught in the rain is one thing, but actually starting a fairly long ride in those conditions requires a little extra fortitude. I snapped this picture about a mile into the ride. You can’t tell from the crappy picture,… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by