For quite some time I’ve been using the very cool Raceshape tool, which allows athletes to make very detailed comparisons of their segment efforts with other athlete’s efforts. This tool is helpful because it allows riders to see precisely where they lost (or won) any given segment. Strava has recently acquired Raceshape’s technology, and Raceshape will be closing down at the beginning of October. The mastermind behind Raceshape, Paul Mach, is now working for Strava,… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by John Stone
My cycling month in review: August 2014
A new month is upon us and, as I always do on the first day of the month, this morning I’m going to review some of my cycling highlights, personal records and totals from the previous month. August was hot as blazes, but that didn’t stop me from riding: it was my biggest month on the bike in just about every measurable way! Before I get into the numbers, here’s my Cycling Photo of the… [Read more]
Added Monday, September 1, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #24
Week #24 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. 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 measured by the ) is 160.6 pounds. That’s a -1.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 161.6 pounds, and a +2.2 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]
Added Sunday, August 31, 2014 by John Stone
Six Gap conflict; New distance and elevation PRs; Saddle sore.
With the three day weekend about to kick off (yay!) and a bunch of end-of-month duties to perform, yesterday was an extremely busy day at the office. Unfortunately I also received a bit of potentially very bad news: there’s a strong likelihood that a work conflict may prevent me from attending Six Gap this year. After all the training I’ve done and the months of anticipation, I’m obviously not happy about this development. There’s still… [Read more]
Added Saturday, August 30, 2014 by John Stone
Wednesday’s ride beat the crap out of me!
I woke up yesterday morning feeling as if my legs had been filled with concrete, and my whole body felt tired and run-down. Most of the time I have to force myself to do recovery rides; yesterday was definitely not one of those times. Wednesday’s ride–during which my average heart rate was 170 BPM for nearly 3 straight hours (209 “Extreme” Suffer Score)–really hurt me. In addition to my high sustained heart rate, the heat… [Read more]
Added Friday, August 29, 2014 by John Stone
Mini-cut goal reached; FTP/kg 4.00; Tough ride yesterday.
My scale weight this morning was 160.2 pounds (72.67 kg), which was my post-vacation mini-cut goal. While I certainly would not mind dropping down to just under 70 kilograms (about 154 pounds), I’m not specifically pursuing that goal, at least for right now. What I’d like to do now is continue to train hard with cycling power output improvement as the primary goal. If my weight happens to drop a little more, then great–I’ll take… [Read more]
Added Thursday, August 28, 2014 by John Stone
Got my Zipp back; Rear brake problem is warranty item.
I’m happy to report that I was able to pick up my re-laced Zipp 404 yesterday (see “Broken spoke on Saturday“). Steve, the wheel builder who did the work, seems to have done a fantastic job. Also, because the wheel now has brass spoke nipples, hopefully I won’t have any more issues with galvanic corrosion. Even if I do (and my front wheel does still have aluminum nipples), at least now I know the correct… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by John Stone
My minimum standards for the 2014 “ride every day” challenge.
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” – Eddy Merckx That’s a fantastic quote from one of the true legends of cycling. In fact, when I decided to make riding every single day in 2014 a goal of mine, that quote was in the back of my mind. Perhaps that’s why I never laid out any specific ground rules as to… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by John Stone
On track for 2,000 km month; A century per day for a month?
I mentioned earlier this month that I was looking to break my single-month cycling distance personal record (currently 1,838 km/1,142.1 miles, set last month) and to also break the 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) mark for the first time. I’m ahead of pace to accomplish both of those goals, having ridden a total of 1,600 kilometers/994 miles so far in August. With seven days of riding remaining in the month, I’ll only need to average 57.14… [Read more]
Added Monday, August 25, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #23
Week #23 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. 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 measured by the ) is 161.6 pounds. That’s a -0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 161.6 pounds, and a +3.2 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]