I’ve got a busy work day ahead and very limited free time available to ride (1 hour, max). Also, it looks like we’re going to see some heavy rainfall as a front pushes through the region later today. Put another way, the stars have finally aligned, and I’m out of excuses: today I’ll enter the pain cave and kick off the next six-week cycling training program I’ll be doing, TrainerRoad’s “Intermediate Base II”. This new… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by John Stone
Part of Saturday’s ride analyzed in great depth.
Fair warning: I’m going to geek out a bit this morning. Specifically, I want to analyze part of a ride I did on Saturday, so I’ll be bringing up stuff like power, watts, Functional Threshold Power (FTP), watts/kg, 8-minute test, VirtualPower, power meters and so on. For information on all of those terms and a basic primer on training with power, please see my article “Coggan’s Power Based Training“. You can also check out my… [Read more]
Added Monday, April 14, 2014 by John Stone
2014 maintenance progress report: week #4
Week #4 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that I was out of town last Sunday for the Cross-Florida ride, so last week’s report was done on Saturday–a day earlier than usual. This week’s report will cover that extra day. For more information on my nine-week 2014 cutting program (which I used leading into this maintenance phase), please check out this blog. My end-of-cut blog… [Read more]
Added Sunday, April 13, 2014 by John Stone
I’ve got an early morning group ride I need to get to, so I thought I’d post a couple of brief blurbs on some JSF changes and updates that will be rolling out in the near future… As I announced late last year, JSF BodyShop™ will be closing down in the very near future. Based on traffic and the number of logins, I can see that the vast majority of you have already abandoned the… [Read more]
Added Saturday, April 12, 2014 by John Stone
Super fun day of bikes, gardening, nature, pizza and craft beer!
The long, hot Florida summer is fast approaching. When I did the Cross-Florida ride this past Sunday (my post-ride reports can be found here: Part I and Part II), the heat was definitely a factor. It was a pleasant ~64° F when we rolled out at 7:00 AM, but by midday my was recording temperatures of over 90° F when riding in the direct sunlight, and a peak temperature of 98.6°. Here’s the temperature chart… [Read more]
Added Friday, April 11, 2014 by John Stone
Time to re-test my FTP and start next TrainerRoad program.
At the end of February I completed the six-week cycling training program I was following on TrainerRoad. The program I was following, Intermediate Base I, is a Base/Foundation building plan, and an excellent place to start after taking some time off or at the beginning of the season. I’ve completed Intermediate Base I three times now, and after an admittedly lazy December I knew that it was precisely what I needed to get me on… [Read more]
Added Thursday, April 10, 2014 by John Stone
Garmin Edge 810: my thoughts after 6 weeks/2,600 km and the XFL ride.
Now that I have quite a few miles on one of my newest cycling-related gizmos–the Computer–I wanted to post some of my thoughts and impressions. As many of you know, the had a rocky start in life. Garmin released this unit in early 2013 before it was truly ready for prime time, and countless scathing reviews quickly followed. The Edge 810 is not an inexpensive bit of kit, and angry early adopters were very upset–and… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by John Stone
2014 Cross-Florida (170 mile/270 kilometer): post-ride report (Part II)
I suppose distilling an epic 170-mile cross-state cycling adventure into a single blog of reasonable length is nigh impossible. Despite the long odds, I made an effort to do just that with yesterday’s article, “2014 Cross-Florida (170 mile/270 kilometer): post-ride report (Part I)“. It was a valiant attempt, however I inadvertently left a whole mess of stuff out of my recounting. I also received a number of questions by email/PM, and would like to answer… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by John Stone
2014 Cross-Florida (170 mile/270 kilometer): post-ride report (Part I)
The 33rd Annual Florida Spacecoast Freewheelers ~170 mile/270 kilometer Cross-Florida Ride was held over the weekend, and it was an amazing day of fun, food, friends and cycling! Hundreds (perhaps more than 1,000?) cyclists attended this epic ride. Some chose to split the long ride over the two day weekend, but the group of 30-ish cyclists I rode with all did the big ride in a single day. On Saturday afternoon a group of us… [Read more]
Added Monday, April 7, 2014 by John Stone
Big day in the saddle ahead: Cross-Florida 2014!
I’m on the east coast of Florida right now–just south of Cape Canaveral to be exact–and soon I’ll be rolling out on my longest single bike ride yet! Today’s 274 kilometer/170 mile ride from the east coast of Florida over to the west coast is an event for which I’ve been training very hard. The long distance is just one of several factors that will make this a challenging adventure. The high temperature today is… [Read more]