LATEST BLOG ENTRIESFollow-up to yesterday’s blog: JSF Forum changes are coming.
I want to thank the JSF members and guests who took the time to give me their thoughts, comments and suggestions yesterday (see New forums to be added? Suggestions and feedback encouraged!). It’s interesting to note that if I’d asked for these suggestions 10 years ago, almost all of the comments would have been posted to a dedicated thread on the forum (like the thread I started yesterday). These days the way we move information… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by John Stone
New forums to be added? Suggestions and feedback encouraged!
I think it’s well past time to breathe a little life back into the JSF Forums. The JSF forums were once a thriving community (we have nearly 30,000 members and close to 1,000,000 posts), but over the past few years new posts have died down considerably. Most of the activity these days is found in the two journal sections (the public journals and private VIP journals), and I’d like to work on changing that. I… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by John Stone
Fun group ride despite mechanicals, heat, humidity, headwinds, wasps…
I woke up on Saturday morning READY TO RIDE! My bike was sparkling clean and fully tuned, I had a great night of sleep and felt well-rested, I’d done a light ride on Friday and so my legs were feeling fresh, and the route we had planned is one of my favorites. I practically flew out of my bed at 4:30 AM. For the Saturday morning group rides I almost always meet up with my… [Read more]
Added Monday, July 21, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #18
Week #18 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that during my vacation ending June 15th I put on a little unwanted weight, so starting on June 16th I began a “mini-cut”. You can read more about all of this in my blog, “Post-vacation report: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“. This mini-cut will continue until I get back down to my desired weight of… [Read more]
Added Sunday, July 20, 2014 by John Stone
Today’s group ride; Record-breaking month?; Six Gap training.
My favorite day of the week has finally arrived! This past work week was especially stressful, and so today I’m excited to do a long group ride with friends, enjoy my weekly splurge meal and spend some time with my awesome wife. July is shaping up to be another record-breaking cycling month for me in several respects. I’m right on pace to have my first 2,000 kilometer (1,243 miles) month (current PR, set last month,… [Read more]
Added Saturday, July 19, 2014 by John Stone
Email from Dr. Coggan, analysis of my power data using WKO+ 4.
I had a fairly rough Monday this week. Although my hard 85 kilometer morning ride definitely helped improve my mood, by early afternoon I was buried in work and, for at least the hundredth time this month, wondering why I ever decided on IT as a career. The phone was ringing off the hook, and I had numerous calls to return. Automated text messages announcing various network problems screamed for attention. And the email… the… [Read more]
Added Friday, July 18, 2014 by John Stone
Plateau busted; Avoiding scale weight mind-games.
In yesterday’s blog I discussed a few strategies for dealing with fat loss plateaus. In that blog I mentioned that I have been stalled for a little over a week at 75.02 kilograms (165.4 pounds) and about 7.4% body fat. Over the past 11 years I’ve done enough cuts to know my body extremely well, and so I know that if I happen to stall for a week or so (particularly when I’m below 8%… [Read more]
Added Thursday, July 17, 2014 by John Stone
Dealing with fat loss plateaus.
Looks like I’ve encountered a bit of a stall on my mini-cut. I’ve been holding steady at 165.4 pounds (75.02 kg) for a little over a week now. I’m going to give it until Sunday before I make any changes to my diet or training, but this morning I’d like to address the important topic of fat loss plateaus while it’s on my mind. First, know that plateaus are an unfortunate part of the fat… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by John Stone
Using negativity to bring about positive change.
Something I strongly believe, and have written about many times, is that properly channeled negative emotions can bring about positive results. The most obvious personal example I can provide is my initial transformation. In the About Me section of this site, I cited anger as one of the primary motivators behind the drastic life changes I decided to make back in 2003. There’s no question that the anger I was feeling about the condition I’d… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by John Stone
I didn’t sleep particularly well last night, and I woke up this morning feeling groggy and a little down in the dumps. Four cups of strong black coffee and I still can’t seem to shake the cobwebs off. I’m not in the greatest of moods, either. I’m not even in the mood to ride, but I know it will make me feel better when I do. I’ve got a full workload today, so I’m going… [Read more]