LATEST BLOG ENTRIESMust-have book for power meter owners.
With power meters coming down in price, more and more cyclists are taking the plunge and diving into the power pool. I picked up my Stages Cycling power meter one month ago, and so far I’m completely thrilled with its performance, functionality and reliability. Over the past month I’ve penned quite a few articles discussing my experiences with the Stages Cycling power meter. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a power meter, these articles may… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by John Stone
Intense 29.2 mile time trial on yesterday’s 72 mile ride.
My work schedule was packed last week, and I wasn’t able to get away for any rides longer than 36 miles. This past Sunday evening I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Monday morning plate was still nearly empty. So, after a week of short (but punchy!) rides, including a reevaluation of my FTP, a long Monday morning ride sounded good. Also–and this was likely a reaction to the dietary indulgences I enjoyed over… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by John Stone
We had family staying with us this past weekend, and I went a wee bit overboard with the dietary indulgences… We kicked things off with a trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant on Saturday. I ordered the steak fajitas, and I ate every last bite along with approximately 340 pounds of chips. I washed it all down with a margarita. The next day we all went up to the theater to watch a movie, which… [Read more]
Added Monday, April 21, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #5
Week #5 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. For more information on my nine-week 2014 cutting program (which I used leading into this maintenance phase), please check out this blog. My end-of-cut blog and stats can be found here. 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… [Read more]
Added Sunday, April 20, 2014 by John Stone
A look at my maintenance nutrition.
A lot of you have inquired about my maintenance nutrition, but I couldn’t really address that question right away because my diet was ever-changing as I gradually transitioned from my cutting diet to my maintenance diet. Now that I’ve sort of settled into a maintenance caloric “sweet spot”, I thought it would be a good time to enter a typical maintenance day into MyFitnessPal and see what my calories and macros looked like. I need… [Read more]
Added Saturday, April 19, 2014 by John Stone
Alcohol consumption and quality of sleep.
I’ve been getting up very early lately–generally between 4:00 and 4:30 AM–but a couple of times this week I’ve found myself standing in front of the coffee pot as early as 3:30 in the morning. Given my current trajectory, I expect that by mid-summer I’ll be up and at ‘em shortly before midnight. I’m not going to bed any earlier than usual, either. I’m almost always in bed somewhere between 9:00 and 9:30 PM, and… [Read more]
Added Friday, April 18, 2014 by John Stone
Done with Pro4 Service Course tires; Good Samaritan helps me get home.
Back in February I’d put more than 5,000 100% trouble-free kilometers (3,124 miles) on my tires, and it was time to replace them. I was extremely pleased with the GP 4000S tires, but wanted to give the tires a shake, as I’d heard very good things about them. Life with the Pro4 tires started out very well: I loved the ride quality, the low rolling resistance, the way they handled/cornered and their simple, understated look…. [Read more]
Added Thursday, April 17, 2014 by John Stone
New FTP established, in-depth analysis; A word about my size.
I’m not even going to try and pretend that I’m not excited about this morning’s blog! Yesterday I re-tested my FTP using the Stages Cycling power meter, and this morning I am going to put on my nerd hat and crunch that data. Strap in, dear readers, this is going to get insane. Of course by “insane” I mean that there’s a slight chance you may not doze off. Go brew a pot of strong… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by John Stone
Next training program begins, FTP test today with Stages power meter.
I’ve got a busy work day ahead and very limited free time available to ride (1 hour, max). Also, it looks like we’re going to see some heavy rainfall as a front pushes through the region later today. Put another way, the stars have finally aligned, and I’m out of excuses: today I’ll enter the pain cave and kick off the next six-week cycling training program I’ll be doing, TrainerRoad’s “Intermediate Base II”. This new… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by John Stone
Part of Saturday’s ride analyzed in great depth.
Fair warning: I’m going to geek out a bit this morning. Specifically, I want to analyze part of a ride I did on Saturday, so I’ll be bringing up stuff like power, watts, Functional Threshold Power (FTP), watts/kg, 8-minute test, VirtualPower, power meters and so on. For information on all of those terms and a basic primer on training with power, please see my article “Coggan’s Power Based Training“. You can also check out my… [Read more]