Week #4 of my Fall 2015 cut 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, October 4, 2015 by John Stone
Prediction: 2 more weeks
My scale weight this morning dipped down to 168.8 pounds, and that means less than 6 pounds stand between me and my goal of 163.x pounds. My progress on this cut is tracking virtually identically to my January 2015 cut; because of that, it’s not unreasonable to predict that I’m going to wrap this cut up in two weeks (I was 162.4 six weeks into my January cut, same starting weight). I hope that prediction… [Read more]
Added Saturday, October 3, 2015 by John Stone
Back in the 160s, vascularity returning; Friday dog video
After my short ride yesterday I weighed in at 168.4 pounds. That post-ride weight was a little lower than my current fasted morning weight, but I’m definitely going to be 169.x, or lower, for my “official” weekly weigh-in on Sunday. It feels great to be back down into the 160s on the scale. My body fat calipers should indicate something in the low 8% range by Sunday (last Sunday I was at 8.8%). I can’t… [Read more]
Added Friday, October 2, 2015 by John Stone
My cycling month in review: September 2015
A new month is upon us and, as I always do at the beginning of a new month, this morning I’m going to review some of my cycling highlights, personal records and totals from the previous month. While September was not Earth-shattering from a PR standpoint, I trained hard and had some extremely fun, but tough, rides with my friends. I hit some new roads, battled the heat, humidity, fog and rain, and I also… [Read more]
Added Thursday, October 1, 2015 by John Stone
Dogs have bonded; Rain ride while sick; AtLarge 20% off–ONE DAY SALE.
I think Sonny and Buckley read yesterday’s blog. Last night, for no apparent reason whatsoever, Buckley elected to sleep in his crate instead of the bed. Feeling bad for him, I coaxed him out of the crate and onto our bed. He seemed delighted, but then jumped down after a few seconds and returned to his cave. Added to that, Sonny decided to press up against Lisa on her side of the bed! I was… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by John Stone
Feeling a little under the weather; Sleeping on the edge of the bed.
I was feeling a little off last night, so I went to bed extra early, and turned my alarm off. I slept an extra 1.5 hours (until 6:00 AM!), and I think I needed it. This morning I’m feeling a little under the weather for some reason. Nothing too serious, just a little bit weak and stuffy. I did a recovery ride yesterday, and this morning I think I’m going to go easy again just… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by John Stone
Two cut data comparison: now this is just getting weird!
Starting my current cut at the exact same weight as my January 2015 cut was an interesting coincidence. My starting body fat percentages were slightly different, however: 11.5% in January vs 11.0% in September. The lean mass difference could be water weight, muscle or just margin of error on the calipers. Regardless, it’s less than a pound of lean mass, and barely worth mentioning. Also unusual, after the first week of each cut I was… [Read more]
Added Monday, September 28, 2015 by John Stone
Fall 2015 cut progress report: Week #3
Week #3 of my Fall 2015 cut 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, September 27, 2015 by John Stone
Solid ride yesterday; Good luck Six Gap riders; More dog video.
Yesterday I did a 50 mile ride, and my friend Sebastian joined me for about half the ride. Sebastian is always a blast to ride with–fast, positive and basically just an all-around good dude. I was feeling pretty strong on the bike yesterday and, as much fun as I had, I found myself lamenting the fact that I was not in Georgia for Six Gap (it’s tomorrow). I don’t feel like I’m peaking right now,… [Read more]
Added Saturday, September 26, 2015 by John Stone
Scale weight over the past week; Video of the dogs playing
Even though my diet has been 100% clean and to plan, my weight has slowly rebounded over the past few days from my abnormally low Sunday weight. You may recall that I was very depleted on Sunday from Saturday’s tough ride, and my scale weight reflected that. On Monday I was only up 0.4 pounds from Sunday’s weight, which I thought was a little unusual (I was expecting at least a full pound as I… [Read more]