Friday, March 6, 2015 - Welcome, guest user!

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

My cycling month in review: February 2015 Flying through a chicane on an absolutely stunning Central Florida day. I love riding in Lake County!

A new month is upon us and, as I always do at the beginning of a new month, this morning I’m going to review some of my cycling highlights, personal records and totals from the previous month. My 2015 cut is nearing its end and, despite eating under maintenance for more than eight weeks now and dropping more than 20 pounds (so far), my power on the bike seems to be fine. In fact, I… [Read more]

Added Monday, March 2, 2015 by

2015 cut progress report: week #8 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #8 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, March 1, 2015 by

2015 Cross-Florida training rides begin today. The 270 kilometer / 167 mile Cross-Florida route.

Some of you may recall that last April I did the 33rd annual Cross-Florida (XFL) ride. At 270 kilometers (167 miles), it was truly an epic day in the saddle (the ride can be split over two day, if desired, but I did it as a single ride). You can check out my 2014 XFL ride reports here: Part I and Part II.   The ride itself was amazing and quite memorable, but I also… [Read more]

Added Saturday, February 28, 2015 by

I’ve been up since 2:25 AM. COFFEE! My trusty Keurig has been working pretty much non-stop this morning.

Up until last night I’d not had any real difficulties getting a good night of sleep so far on this cut. I usually wake up a couple times per night to use the bathroom, but almost always fall right back asleep. This morning, though, I woke up shortly before 2:30 AM to urinate and just could not fall back asleep! I remained in bed for about 45 minutes, tossing and turning. At about 3:15 AM… [Read more]

Added Friday, February 27, 2015 by

Sticky Pod update: improved design! The new Sticky Pods, Large (10" x 5" x 1") and Small (6" x 4.75" x 1").

Some of you may recall the article I wrote last June, “What I carry on road rides“. When I published that blog I was storing most of my emergency repair gear in an under-the-saddle bag (the excellent ). About a month after I wrote that article, I ditched the saddle bag in favor of another product called the , which is designed to be carried in a jersey pocket. Shortly after making that change, I… [Read more]

Added Thursday, February 26, 2015 by

When will I end the cut? what's the plan

My scale weight has not moved so far this week. This is not a real concern, as fat loss is rarely linear. In fact, there have already been a couple weeks on this cut during which I lost no weight right up until a day or so before my weekly Sunday progress report. So while I’m not about to cry “Plateau!” just yet, I do need to consider that possibility. With only about a week… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by