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

The dog days of my 2015 cut are upon me. Hector sent me this on Sunday while I was eating chicken and rice. My text message media gallery is brimming with pictures like this one. He's just jealous because I'm lighter than he is now.

I just love finishing my breakfast and feeling more hungry than I was before I started eating. 😐 I’m deep into my cut, and within a few pounds of my 2014 cut end weight (and my lowest JSF-era weight) of 158.4 pounds. Over the past week I’ve noticed markedly increased hunger, serious cravings for junk food, reduced power on the bike and decreased stamina when training. While all of those things are normal (and temporary),… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by

All calories are not created equal; First progress photo of 2015. Legs 2015. Calipers say 6.3% body fat, but probably somewhere between 7% and 8%. Even in February I've got a prominent Cyclist Tan.

In yesterday’s blog (“Good rides over the weekend; Actually felt full after dinner last night!”) I wrote a bit about how I was feeling especially ravenous and depleted after this past weekend’s training rides. One of my mantras is “Listen to your body!”, and my body was telling me that I needed more carbohydrates! I didn’t feel as if I needed a full-on refeed day, but I upped my carbohydrate intake on Sunday. I’m extremely… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by

Good rides over the weekend; Actually felt full after dinner last night! My Garmin Virb camera captured William, left, and me at our only SAG stop on Saturday's chilly ride..

Over the weekend I did a couple of pretty good rides, totaling 112 miles with almost 5,000 feet of elevation. Saturday’s ride was supposed to be a group ride, but the freezing temperatures scared just about everyone off. With the temperature sitting at 32°F (my Garmin actually recorded a low of 30°F on that ride), my friend William and I set off on our bikes at 7:00 AM to meet the group at 8:00. Just… [Read more]

Added Monday, February 16, 2015 by

2015 cut progress report: week #6 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #6 of my 2015 cut 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 of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, February 15, 2015 by

Chilly Central Florida morning, but come on guys… Anyone complaining about riding in the cold here in Central Florida needs to meditate on this image until they come to their senses.

It’s a cold morning for Central Florida: as I type this we’re a single degree above freezing, and the “Feels Like” temperature will be below freezing when I’m on my bike (especially with the fairly strong winds out of the north). Work has restricted my daily rides to about an hour all week long, and I’m desperately in need of some real miles this morning. The cold weather is not going to keep me off… [Read more]

Added Saturday, February 14, 2015 by

Possible fat loss plateau, here’s the plan. Noooooooooooooo!

It looks like I may have encountered my first stall of this cut. I’m actually up a little bit from last Sunday’s weight. It’s important to note that this past Sunday I was depleted from the hard training ride I’d done the day prior, but my weight today is the same as it was after I’d fully recovered from Saturday’s ride. It’s interesting because last week was a spectacular week of progress (down 4.0 pounds),… [Read more]

Added Friday, February 13, 2015 by

My Garmin Edge 810 screen configurations. Garmin Edge 810: Page 1

I’ve had my cycling computer for an entire year now (purchased February 2014). While the Edge 810 is not perfect (what is?), overall I’m extremely pleased with this very feature-rich and capable bike computer. As someone who is perpetually lost, the 810’s turn-by-turn guidance feature has been a godsend. The innovative “Live Track” feature is fantastic, as it allows my friends, family and other interested parties to watch my rides on a map in real… [Read more]

Added Thursday, February 12, 2015 by

Body fat percentage talk; Abs, vascularity and hunger. LAY OFF ME, I'M STARVING!

Right now, according to my body fat caliper, I am right at 7.0% body fat. Before I get to the actual point of today’s blog, it’s worth noting once again that the body fat percentage reported by the caliper is not as important as consistency when performing the pinch tests (I recommend a 7-site or 9-site pinch test) and the relative accuracy of the readings from one test to the next. Body fat calipers are… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by

Recovered from Saturday’s ride; Scale weight predictions spot-on. I keep this next to my scale.

In this past Sunday’s weekly progress report, I indicated that my scale weight loss for the week (4 pounds) was probably a bit of a red herring. On Sunday morning I was still depleted from Saturday’s extremely difficult 106 mile training ride, and I reasoned that about a pound of my scale weight loss for the week would be put back on as I replenished. Sure enough, yesterday morning my scale weight was up 1.2… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by

Extremely tough 106 mile training ride with Dave Viney. Dave Viney, setting a blistering pace on Saturday's ride.

This past Saturday’s WMBC group ride was the 170 kilometer/106 mile Salt Springs route, which is one of my favorite WMBC (We Must Be Crazy) rides. The route is very scenic, and has some nice rolling hills along the way, giving us about 3,400 feet of elevation in total. I’ve ridden this route this many times, most recently in mid-December with a small group of strong friends: Hector, Jose, Alberto and William. The five of… [Read more]

Added Monday, February 9, 2015 by