Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Welcome, guest user!


Why most roadies opt for bottles over wearable hydration units. My collection of Camelbak Big Chill water bottles. Hundreds of uses, daily washes in the dishwasher and all still going strong. a

Yesterday’s blog sparked an interesting discussion about roadie hydration: specifically, wearable hydration units, such as the . I wrote that I would probably carry a third bottle of water in my jersey pocket on this weekend’s century ride so I would not have to make a SAG stop (I ran out of water with 20 miles to go on a recent century ride, and suffered for it). In response, JSF member “DFS” asked: “I guess… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by

Century Season continues: Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday! Horse Farm Hundred

The Horse Farm Hundred is this Sunday, and I’m all registered and ready to ride: “A tour through the picturesque horse farms of northern Marion county. The century will start at 8:30 am at the Loften High School at 3000 East University Avenue. The Gainesville Police Department will lead out the pace vehicle, followed by hundreds of charging cyclists. Expect cohesive packs for the first 20 miles before the first of the hills take their… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by

What an incredible weekend! Sugar_Buzz++;

After picking up a cold late last week, I thought the entire weekend was going to be a bust. Thankfully I beat the snot (wheeeee, a pun for your Monday morning–no charge) out of that cold, and had a FANTASTIC weekend! I felt terrible on Friday morning, but I decided to go ahead with a planned social ride with my friend Mike. That was the right call, as I felt really good after the ride…. [Read more]

Added Monday, October 20, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #31 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #31 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. 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 by the ) is 164.0 pounds. That’s a -0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 164.0 pounds, and a +5.6 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

Added Sunday, October 19, 2014 by

Rode with Mike yesterday (health update); Riding this morning. Sunrise on a cool morning.

As I wrote yesterday’s blog I felt absolutely horrible–tired, achy and very stuffy sinuses. After I posted the blog, I reluctantly messaged my friend Mike and cancelled the ride we had planned. I told him I was just going to pedal around until I had my 10 miles, and call it a day. I ate breakfast and took some , and that helped a little bit. I still felt extremely weak and achy, and I… [Read more]

Added Saturday, October 18, 2014 by

I can’t believe I’m sick… From yesterday's easy recovery ride.

Well folks, I’m definitely sick. Yesterday morning I was not feeling well, and by the time I went to bed I was in pretty bad shape. I’m so congested that I can not breathe through my nose, my throat is sore and I’m feeling weak and achy. Because I can’t breathe I didn’t sleep very well last night–and I even took some over the counter meds and wore a nasal strip. The real bummer is… [Read more]

Added Friday, October 17, 2014 by

Felt off yesterday, this morning; Recovery is important. Recovery

I was pressed for time yesterday, so I did a short 20 mile/32 kilometer mid-Tempo (Zone 3) solo ride: weighted average power of 239 watts, average speed of 21.5 MPH. This level of effort requires focus and is moderately difficult, but it’s not exactly killing it, either. I felt way off my game during yesterday’s ride, and I actually felt the same way on Tuesday’s fairly laid-back 54 mile/87 kilometer ride. This morning when I… [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 16, 2014 by

Keep your cycling kits smelling fresh with these tips. Some of my jerseys and bibs hang drying in the laundry room.

Cycling jerseys and bib shorts absorb a tremendous amount of sweat over their lifetimes, and even with regular laundering all that sweat can eventually lead to an unpleasant odor that remains in the fabric. Keeping your cycling clothing looking and smelling great isn’t difficult, but it does require a little more effort than simply emptying the contents of your smelly clothes hamper into the washer once per week. I’ve picked up a few tips and… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by

Another rant: City of Apopka litter. Gatorskin tires, widely considered to be "bullet-proof", are no match for the trash and glass found all over Apopka's roads. This is my third Gatorskin flat in less than a couple months. Every single flat has been in Apopka.

After a couple days of very hard riding at the Mount Dora Bike Festival (my complete post-event article can be found here: “The 40th Annual Mount Dora Bike Festival was a huge success!“), yesterday I decided to give my legs a little recovery time. Surprisingly I didn’t feel like going super easy, but I kept the power output nice and mellow, settling in at around 200 watts (Zone 2/Endurance) with an average speed of around… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by

The 40th Annual Mount Dora Bike Festival was a huge success! 2014 Mount Dora Bike Festival 100 mile ride about to roll out. I believe there were around 500 cyclists on this particular ride.

Friends, this past weekend was an absolutely incredible three days of fun and riding at the 40th annual Mount Dora Bike Festival (MDBF)! It was wonderful to see so many of you there enjoying the various fully-supported rides (with distances from 8 to 100 miles), the festivities, the contests, the food and our beautiful Florida weather. The festival attracted thousands of people from all over the state and beyond, and everyone seemed to be having… [Read more]

Added Monday, October 13, 2014 by