Good morning, faithful followers of the beard. November is coming to a close, and this morning I’m presenting the last in my series of Novembeard photographs. Aesthetically speaking I would say that my beard peaked last week, around day 21. At some point over the last week my beard went a little past its “Use By” date, and is looking decidedly rough. The nice thing, though, is the darn thing no longer itches! If you’re… [Read more]
Added Friday, November 28, 2014 by John Stone
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a very special day for me, and it’s probably my favorite holiday of the year. We celebrate Thanksgiving pretty much the same way every year, and that’s just how I like it. Nothing brings me more joy than getting together with my Florida family (and I sure miss my Texas family!), cooking, laughing, telling stories and sharing a great meal. This day always serves as a reminder of what’s really important… [Read more]
Added Thursday, November 27, 2014 by John Stone
I’ve been doing my fair share of rain rides…
We sure have had a lot of rain over the past few days… When Hector, William and I rolled out at 7:00 AM for Saturday’s 105 kilometer/65 mile ride the wind-driven rain was pelting us. Getting caught in the rain is one thing, but actually starting a fairly long ride in those conditions requires a little extra fortitude. I snapped this picture about a mile into the ride. You can’t tell from the crappy picture,… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by John Stone
Tough hill ride yesterday; Weighted Average vs Normalized Power.
Yesterday morning I heard the hills calling. I decided to head over to Sugarloaf and do a couple grueling loops using a slightly revised version of a hill training loop that I love to hate. This revised loop is 20.8 miles (33.47 kilometers) in length, and it contains right at 1,650 feet of elevation. You must admit, for Central Florida that’s a decent amount of vertical packed into a 21 mile loop! This training loop… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by John Stone
New product: Nitrean Natural; Permanent JSF discount code!
Many of you have been asking long-time JSF Sponsor AtLarge Nutrition for an all-natural protein powder. This morning I’m pleased to announce AtLarge’s latest product offering, Nitrean Natural! Nitrean Natural is a new and improved version of AtLarge’s proprietary protein matrix consisting of three forms of grass fed, rBGH free, drug free whey (concentrate, isolate, and hydrolyzed), micellar casein, and whole egg proteins. Artificial sweetener free, all natural stevia based flavoring systems. Before I post… [Read more]
Added Monday, November 24, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #36
Week #36 of my 2014 maintenance program 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… [Read more]
Added Sunday, November 23, 2014 by John Stone
Missing my Titan, hope the X9 will be here soon.
Yesterday morning I hit the weights, and then went for a light 21 mile/34 kilometer recovery ride. Because I sold my Titan earlier this year in anticipation of receiving the new X9 Evolution Home Gym, I’ve been restricted mostly to dumbbells since then (I still have my barbells, too). While I can still get a great workout in using the stuff I have on-hand, I definitely miss having a full-featured home gym. After having so… [Read more]
Added Saturday, November 22, 2014 by John Stone
Novembeard: Day 21.
It’s Friday, and not just any old run-of-the-mill, relaxed-dress-code, cut-out-early-from-the-office Friday. No, this Friday is ridiculously noteworthy because it’s the third Friday in November, and each Friday this November I am taking a progress picture… of my facial hair. We like to get a little crazy around here at the holidays. Try to contain yourselves. November, of course, is the month during which manly men don’t shave in order to avoid cancer. I may have… [Read more]
Added Friday, November 21, 2014 by John Stone
Power PRs vs KOMs: all that glitters is not gold; New FTP established.
I have been a Strava user for a few years now, and I think it’s a great service. The interesting thing about that, though, is how drastically my reasons for liking Strava have changed since I first started using it in 2012. Like most competitive people–and I am most definitely that–I was first drawn to Strava for its timed segment “virtual competition” features. In those early days it was all about chasing down as many… [Read more]
Added Thursday, November 20, 2014 by John Stone
My pre/intra/post-ride nutrition for a typical 100 mile ride.
I received an email asking about my pre-ride, intra-ride and post-ride nutrition/supplements for a 100 mile ride like the Horrible Hundred, which I did this past Sunday (see “Ride report: 2014 Horrible Hundred“). I thought I’d answer that excellent question in this morning’s blog. I need to point out that my intra-ride nutrition will vary quite a lot depending on the conditions (course difficulty, pace, temperature and so on), but my pre-ride and post-ride routine… [Read more]