LATEST BLOG ENTRIES“8 Days In California”: Stage 2 recap
Yesterday I completed the second stage of the “8 Days in California” challenge, and it was even more difficult than the first stage. Stage description: Stage 2 of 8DC includes 2 major climbs. The first is long and mid-race with a long, but steady descent afterward while the second is short but steep and concludes the race; this is where we are likely to see a challenge for the GC. Stage strategy: Our plan is… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by John Stone
“8 Days in California” has begun: overview, and Stage 1 recap
Yesterday was the first stage of TrainerRoad’s “8 Days in California” challenge. As most of you know, I’m participating in this 8-stage race simulation, and so over the next week my blogs will be focused on this event as I work my way through each of the difficult stages. The opening stage was a monster workout. Before I get into that, though, I want to talk a little about the race itself, and the cool… [Read more]
Added Monday, May 13, 2013 by John Stone
2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #18
Week #18 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 172.4 pounds. That’s a 0.6 pound gain since last week’s weight of 171.8 pounds, and a 2.0 pound loss from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.1%. That’s a +0.1% body fat change since… [Read more]
Added Sunday, May 12, 2013 by John Stone
Short, but intense, 27 mile ride yesterday; Few new PRs.
I really should have taken yesterday off from riding. On Wednesday I was already feeling like I was right on the edge of over-training, but I did a pretty tough Sufferfest workout anyway. Yesterday morning, everything from my legs to my energy level was saying “REST!” I was really in the mood to ride, however, so I decided that I’d compromise and do a short ~30 mile road ride. When I left the house I… [Read more]
Added Saturday, May 11, 2013 by John Stone
New “Favorite Things” Item: K-Edge Cycling Computer Mount
When I posted some pictures of my Madone’s newly slammed stem (see yesterday’s blog: “Flip it and slam it: discussion and how-to guide“), JSF member and fellow cyclist Devery Andrews noticed that I was still using the stock mount. Devery asked me if I’d ever considered one of the several aftermarket Garmin mounts that are available, and mentioned a few by name: the , the and the . I always thought the stock Garmin mount… [Read more]
Added Friday, May 10, 2013 by John Stone
Flip it and slam it: discussion and how-to guide.
Hopefully the title of today’s blog has you excited! You’ll have to pardon the double entendre, the obnoxious teenager that still lives within me couldn’t resist. Besides, your first thought came from you, not me. So, to the disappointment of at least some of you (and the relief of others), my blog will remain G-rated. Today we’re going to look at the practice of “slamming the stem”. “Slamming the stem” is, simply put, lowering a… [Read more]
Added Thursday, May 9, 2013 by John Stone
Did another 100 KM ride yesterday; Major fitness improvements.
The weather was so beautiful yesterday morning that I could not resist taking the day off. I have some unused personal days, which I save precisely for days like yesterday. I notified work that I was taking a sanity day (“You’d have to be insane to not go outside on a day like this!“), grabbed my Madone and headed out… I was in the mood for a long ride, and so I decided that I… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by John Stone
Lisa cooked for us! New recipe: Apple Butter & Chipotle Chicken.
My goodness, it’s another amazing morning here in Central Florida! I was starting to think we skipped spring and went right to summer, but these past couple of days have brought us a nice–but certainly brief–taste of a season we generally don’t see much of here in the subtropics. Speaking of taste, this morning I’ve got a new recipe for you all! Lisa made this dish for me about a month or so ago, and… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by John Stone
Excellent week last week: numerous PRs for distance, speed, time and more.
My plan yesterday was to do an indoor training session, and I was 99% sure it was going to be the relatively lengthy “Local Hero” Sufferfest workout. Once I got my first glimpse of the weather, however, my plans changed in an instant. After a week of pretty much non-stop rain (which we desperately needed), yesterday’s incredible weather made it virtually impossible to stay indoors. It was clear, cool, sunny and very windy. I’ve been… [Read more]
Added Monday, May 6, 2013 by John Stone
2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #17
Week #17 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 171.8 pounds. That’s a 0.2 pound loss since last week’s weight of 172.0 pounds, and a 2.6 pound loss from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the is 6.0%. That’s a 0.0% body fat change since… [Read more]