Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Welcome, guest user!

Garmin Virb has arrived; On vacation. Right side view of the Garmin Virb mounted on my Trek Madone 5.9 Di2. I mounted the Virb with my K-Edge GoPro handlebar mount. Also shown, Garmin Edge 810, which uses the K-Edge Garmin computer mount.

My new action camera arrived yesterday! Amazon is still selling these excellent (but recently discontinued) cameras for with free 2-day Prime shipping. This is a phenomenal deal on a very good and very well-reviewed camera, so jump on it before they are all gone. This is a Christmas present from Lisa, so right now all I can do is admire the camera as it languishes inert and useless in its pretty box:   If I… [Read more]

Added Friday, December 12, 2014 by

Want to get ripped? Here’s how. Well-defined abs are achieved by lowering your body fat. My body fat is about 6% in this photo, and my abs are showing nicely.

I hope some of you have enjoyed, and found useful, my recent series of articles discussing the important work that goes into preparing for a fat loss diet. So far there have been four articles in that series, and I’ll be publishing a fifth article when I return from my vacation later this month. Here are the first four articles: How I prepare for a cut, step 1: Goals and start date How I prepare… [Read more]

Added Thursday, December 11, 2014 by

How I prepare for a cut, step 4: Meal planning and progress tracking. A day of meals logged on MyFitnessPal. This was towards the end of my 2014 cut.

This is the fourth article in my new “How I prepare for a cut” series. Previous articles can be found here: – How I prepare for a cut, step 1: Goals and start date. – How I prepare for a cut, step 2: Diet and supplements. – How I prepare for a cut, step 3: Training. There are still more than three weeks to go before my cut starts, but I’ve already committed to my… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by

How I prepare for a cut, step 3: Training. My dumbbell rack

This is the third article in my new “How I prepare for a cut” series. Previous articles can be found here: – How I prepare for a cut, step 1: Goals and start date. – How I prepare for a cut, step 2: Diet and supplements. My cut doesn’t start for another month, but I’ve already set my goals, set the start date, roughed out my diet and locked in my supplement intake. I can’t… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by

How I prepare for a cut, step 2: Diet and supplements. 2008 bulk proteins

Last week I discussed the very first step I take when I decide that I’m going to cut body fat: setting a goal (or goals) and committing to a start date. If you’re planning to start a cutting diet in January and have not performed this step, now is the time. So, what’s next? No cutting program can be successful without a proper diet, so that is where I focus my attention after setting a… [Read more]

Added Monday, December 8, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #38 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #38 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, December 7, 2014 by

First of my 2014 cycling goals may be reached today. 2012, 2013 and 2014 elevation YTD totals.

It looks like the first of my major 2014 cycling goals may fall today: my elevation goal! My elevation goal for 2014 is 360,000 feet of vertical, which is about three times as much elevation than I’ve ever ascended before in a single year (I had a little over 121,000 feet of elevation in 2013). As of yesterday my elevation total for 2014 is 357,441 feet, so I’m very close. Today’s ~73 mile/117 kilometer group… [Read more]

Added Saturday, December 6, 2014 by

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

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]

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