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Specialized Power Pro: 600 mile report. It’s a win. The Specialized Power Pro Saddle mounted on my Madone.

I’ve had my Specialized Power Pro saddle for 2 weeks now, and have put 600 miles on it. I think it’s time for a follow-up to my initial report. The saddle sores I developed when I was demoing the ISM Breakway saddle started going away within a few days of switching to the Power Pro; they are now 100% gone. On my previous saddle (Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow), after a metric century ride… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by

Excellent weekend of riding; Need to re-test my FTP. From a fast and windy ride with my friend Hector. In this shot we're crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting mean crossing headwind.

I was planning to ride around 200 miles from Friday through Sunday; unfortunately, though, the road debris incident on Friday, which resulted in a broken spoke, forced us to shorten our planned century to a metric century (full story is here). I also had a lot to do yesterday, and only had about 1.5 hours to ride. Despite those things I still got nearly 150 miles in, and they were productive miles from a training… [Read more]

Added Monday, August 10, 2015 by

2015 maintenance progress report: Week #18 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #18 of my 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODS AND MINUTIA: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements 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… [Read more]

Added Sunday, August 9, 2015 by

An extremely eventful ride yesterday! After breaking a spoke, my buddy Chris took several hours out of his day to bring me a spare wheel so the ride could continue. In this photo we'd just got back on the road after a few hours of standing on the roadside being eaten my mosquitoes. Here Sebastian is giving an enthusiastic Thumbs up as we were motopaced by Chris. This was a much-needed lighthearted moment after a pretty crappy couple of hours.

Yesterday morning I, along with four friends (Christopher, William, Sebastian and Justin), were planning to do a century ride which took us north through the Ocala National Forest. This is a great route, and one I’ve done many times before. I’d been looking forward to the ride all week long. We decided to roll out at 6:00 AM, as most of us needed to be back by 11:00 or so. Unfortunately Christopher accidentally overslept, and… [Read more]

Added Saturday, August 8, 2015 by

Seminole Cyclefest 2015: details and information 2015 Seminole Cyclefest. This was the "A" group before things really started heating up. I'm at the front at far left.

As a cyclist who puts in more than 12,000 miles each year on Florida’s roads, I can say with no hesitation that the two main things that detract from my enjoyment of the ride are dangerous motorists and stopping for traffic controls. Even cyclists who ride on closed bike trails have to deal with pedestrian-traffic and cross streets. How cool would it be to do a major group ride on public roads without having to… [Read more]

Added Friday, August 7, 2015 by

Stages battery covers are weak, can cause malfunction (UPDATED) Stages battery cover. One tab is completely broken off, and another one is about to break.

I’ve owned my Stages Cycling power meter for about 1.5 years now, and I absolutely love it! In my opinion, a power meter is the single best upgrade one can make if he or she wants to get faster on the bike (provided it’s utilized in training correctly, of course). My Stages has performed flawlessly since the day I started using it. I simply swap out the battery every two months, and zero it out… [Read more]

Added Thursday, August 6, 2015 by

New saddle: Specialized Power Pro

In yesterday’s blog I briefly wrote about the ISM Breakaway saddle, which replaced my old Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow saddle. I installed the Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow on my 2013 Madone right after getting the bike in August 2013. I put 20,227 miles/32,552 kilometers on that saddle, and finally retired it June 2015 after it began to literally fall apart. The Selle Italia saddle was never a great match for me,… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by

I may have finally found the right saddle; AtLarge stack sale AtLarge Nutrition

As many of you know, saddle discomfort is something I’ve been dealing with for many years. Not too long before I took a few weeks off from blogging last month, I replaced the saddle I’d been using for about 20,000 miles with a new ISM Breakaway model. I’d heard many good things about ISM saddles, which are of a very non-traditional design. I had high hopes… Well, after just a week I’d developed a painful… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by

Killer deal on Clif Bars. Clif Bar "White Chocolate Macadamia Nut" is my current favorite flavor.

In general I don’t require much in the way of solid food on my rides. I seem to perform better when my intra-ride nutritional intake consists of energy gels (GU Chocolate Outrage has been my preferred choice for a few years now), Gatorade on long/hot rides and additional electrolytes from inexpensive and very effective Salt Stick capsules. If I’m doing a medium to long ride (65-100+ miles), I always take a Clif bar with me… [Read more]

Added Monday, August 3, 2015 by

2015 maintenance progress report: Week #17 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #17 of my 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. NOTE: I was on hiatus weeks 13-16, so when you see “last week” that actually refers to June 28th. METHODS AND MINUTIA: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking)…. [Read more]

Added Sunday, August 2, 2015 by