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I rode 100 miles on the indoor trainer yesterday. It was not fun. A little over halfway. Reaching level 7 in Zwift unlocks the Zipp 404 carbon wheels, which I was happy to add to my bike since those are the wheels I ride in real life.

One of the downsides of my job is that I’m on call 24/7. Yeah, that’s even during my vacations. While never truly being “off” is not always ideal, it’s a tradeoff I willingly make: I enjoy some flexibility with my schedule, and I get to work from home. Anyway, during my recent two week vacation I had to do a few hours of work nearly every day and, as such, I amassed some comp time…. [Read more]

Added Thursday, March 26, 2015 by

Bike racing : various musings. My friends Hector Cabrera (leading) and Kyle Markel (owner of Kyle's Bike Shop) at the 2015 Chain Of Lakes Crit. Photo credit: Hawkdancer Photography.

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into bike racing lately, specifically road racing. A big part of me wants to put on a number and line up, but every time I start to get excited about it I’m treated to a video of fresh carnage. I’m not talking about random bike crash videos from around the world, I’m talking about local races–the races that my friends are doing, and the ones I would be… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by

Overview of maintenance diet, plans to post complete logs. man_maintenance

Now that my cut is over, I’ve received some requests to post a week or two of my maintenance diet on MyFitnessPal. I think that’s a good idea, and I’m planning to do that. This week I’m eating extra clean, and I’m even reducing my calories a bit. I’ll still be eating right around maintenance level, but a little less than my usual maintenance caloric intake. So I don’t think this is a good representative… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by

Post-vacation report: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Still unavailable for comment.

Greetings! I’m back from my 2-week holiday break and, as I always do after a vacation, this morning I’m going to break down the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good. I had an absolutely fantastic holiday! I really enjoyed my time off, especially with my mom here (along with many other family and friends, some with fur). After nine weeks of very strict dieting, being able to relax my diet and enjoy some… [Read more]

Added Monday, March 23, 2015 by

2015 cut progress report: week #9 (FINISHED!) 2015 cut: End weight.

Week #9 of my 2015 cut is complete, and this wraps up my 2015 cut! Here’s my final 2015 cutting 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… [Read more]

Added Sunday, March 8, 2015 by

Final day of 2015 cut; On vacation! Out of office

Whew. This has been a toughie. The past nine weeks have been a mixed bag for me. I always enjoy the process of being strict while I cut, and this year was no different in that respect, but this cut seemed tougher than most. I’ve been extremely hungry pretty much non-stop, I’ve experienced quite a few days (especially these past couple of weeks) during which my energy levels have been sub-par, and I’ve been cranky… [Read more]

Added Saturday, March 7, 2015 by

Preparing gym for Zwift Island! Zwift's beautiful graphics and a massive multiplayer engine promises to make indoor training fun and entertaining.

If you’re a cyclist, you’re probably well aware of the new indoor training software Zwift. Zwift is currently in beta, and you must request an invite if you want to participate in the beta program. I received my invitation late last year, but I have been doing all my riding outdoors lately, and never bothered to try it out–until yesterday. First, if you’re not familiar with Zwift, here’s the gist: Zwift is an online community… [Read more]

Added Friday, March 6, 2015 by

Just 3 more days of cutting to go, and I’m glad. Looks can be deceiving.

There no doubt in my mind that I’m ending this cut at the right time. In fact, a strong argument could be made that I should have ended it this past Sunday. There’s simply not much fat left to lose. If I were a bodybuilder preparing for a contest there would still be work ahead, but I’m not dieting for aesthetics, I’m dieting for athletic performance. A lot of people people don’t realize that all… [Read more]

Added Thursday, March 5, 2015 by

Inversion board for lower back pain. Sonny had no idea what was going on. He started barking at me, and then came in for a closer look...

Some of you may recall that back when I was doing very heavy squatting and deadlifting I suffered from lower back pain. This pain was usually a dull ache that never really went away, but occasionally something would “pop” while I was lifting and I’d be totally out of commission for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The nearly constant lower back ache was super annoying, but I learned to live with it…. [Read more]

Added Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by

New progress photo; Final week of cut–the plan. March 2, 2015. Final week of 2015 cut, mid-6% BF range. Vascularity is really popping now.

With my 2015 cut almost behind me, I can almost taste the movie theater popcorn I’ll be enjoying while on my vacation! I won’t be going completely insane while I’m on holiday, but I will definitely enjoy a few treats. My mom and her friend are coming from Texas to stay with us, and there’s no doubt that in addition to popcorn I’ll be digging in to some of my mom’s amazing cooking. We’ll probably… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by