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Heart rate issues with Garmin Edge 810 finally solved! After less than 1 mile of very easy pedaling both computers indicated that my heart rate shot up to 185 BPM.

This morning I’d like to follow up on my January 10, 2015 blog, “Garmin Firmware v3.40 issues…“. In that blog I discussed some of the problems I experienced after upgrading my cycling computer from firmware version 3.20 to version 3.40. I’m happy to report that all but one of the issues I described in that blog have not reoccurred, and the Edge 810 has performed flawlessly since the initial “settling in”. The only remaining problem… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by

Excellent hill training ride yesterday! Hector down on the top tube as we near the bottom of one of the speedy descents.

In yesterday’s weekly progress report I spoke of a hill training ride I was going to be doing later in the morning. While I set a number of new power PRs over the past week, all of those hard power efforts were fairly short in length. Because I’ve been eating under maintenance for three weeks (and definitely feeling a little on the weak side of things), I was concerned that I might struggle in the… [Read more]

Added Monday, January 26, 2015 by

2015 cut progress report: week #3 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #3 of my 2015 cut 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 of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, January 25, 2015 by

Rain and wind; Good luck to my friends racing today; Sonny! Sonny playing_IMG_3784-Edit

I can handle riding in the rain, and I can handle riding in the wind–hell, some days I’ll saddle up and deal with both of those things at the same time. This morning is not going to be one of those times. We had heavy overnight rain (the storm actually woke me up twice), and as I type this there is a light rain still falling. The streets are super slick, and it’s very, very… [Read more]

Added Saturday, January 24, 2015 by

Recipes on MyFitnessPal Preparing the Ultimate Recovery Smoothie!

Unfortunately when you add a recipe to your food log on MyFitnessPal, there’s no way for someone else to click on that recipe and see what’s in it. So, for example, if I add the recipe “Chicken Ranch Salad” (which is what I ate last night for Meal #5), the only thing that shows to everyone else is the recipe name and the macro breakdown for the entire recipe. There’s no way that I am… [Read more]

Added Friday, January 23, 2015 by

The dangers of cycling; Roger Sutton involved in a serious MTB accident. Illegal pass by a huge 18-wheeler.

Yesterday I did a solo 73 kilometer/45 mile training ride. The ride went well, and was uneventful–at least up until the last 10 miles… Over those final 10 miles there were four separate incidents with motorists. I was buzzed (passed extremely closely) by an eighteen wheeler and, a short time later, by a car. Then, on a road with a bike lane, a distracted driver whizzed around me and then drifted into the bike lane,… [Read more]

Added Thursday, January 22, 2015 by

Cleat swaps made easy! This simple step makes installing new cleats a breeze.

After my little slip the other day, I decided to go ahead and swap out my . The old cleats still had a little life left in them, but they were worn enough that I believe they contributed to my fall on the slick tile. When installing cleats on a new pair of cycling shoes, the alignment takes a little trial and error to get dialed in. Once you’ve got the cleat alignment perfected you’re… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by

Cutting diet adjustments; Why my meal plans are dull. Yesterday's meals.

I’m a couple weeks into my 2015 cutting diet, and it is time to trim things up a tad. Starting yesterday I made a couple small adjustments to my diet, for a net daily caloric difference of approximately 260 calories. Meals 1, 2 and 3 remain the same; for Meal 4 I halved my serving of almonds from two ounces to one ounce (-170 calories, mostly fat), and for Meal 5 I trimmed my serving… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by

5 new power PRs set yesterday; Strava’s Power Curve vs Golden Cheetah My critical power curve as represented by Golden Cheetah

The other day I was lamenting the (supposedly) inevitable drop in power now that I’m eating under maintenance to cut weight. I’m not the type of person who just lays back and says, “Oh well.” In fact, I’m pretty much the opposite of that personality. That drop in performance was really eating at me, and the other day I went out with renewed determination and I managed to set a new 45s power PR. I… [Read more]

Added Monday, January 19, 2015 by

2015 cut progress report: week #2 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #2 of my 2015 cut 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 of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, January 18, 2015 by