Monday, September 15, 2014 - Welcome, guest user!

Signing off for a couple weeks… Out of office

This will be my final blog for a couple weeks. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, I’m being pulled in about a dozen directions right now, and I need to do everything I can to prioritize my limited resources and focus on the critical stuff. My usual daily blog will resume on Monday, September 29, 2014. Over the next couple weeks I’ll still be around on the JSF Forums and Facebook, and of course I’ll… [Read more]

Added Friday, September 12, 2014 by

Time off announcement. Time out break

I’m feeling stretched extremely thin, and over the next three weeks things are going to get even worse. I need to minimize my commitments and simplify my schedule as much as possible right now, and so I’ve decided to take a couple weeks off from blogging. Tomorrow’s blog will be my last for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately this will not be a vacation. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to take some time… [Read more]

Added Thursday, September 11, 2014 by

Excellent ride yesterday, couple new PRs. One of my favorite stretches of road: Highway 19 north of Altoona.

For yesterday’s ride I decided to go solo, and I rode north on Highway 19 into the Ocala National Forest. Highway 19 is one of my favorite stretches of road: the road surface is generally very good, the traffic is fairly light, there is a nice wide shoulder and it’s quite scenic–especially as you get into the forest. Also, once you get past Altoona/Highway 42, there are no traffic lights or stop signs for many,… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by

Working on several JSF projects and changes… CareerChangeChoice-1

Between work, training and normal day-to-day duties, my free time has been fairly limited lately. Over this past weekend I was able to carve out a little time to resume progress on a few JSF projects I’ve got in the works. Here are some of the things you can expect to see in the coming weeks: Software updates to the main JSF site (this site). None of these changes will be revolutionary, but there will… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by

Fun weekend of riding! This is while we were waiting for the rider who had the mechanical. I'm second from the left, pecking away at my phone. Image Credit: Marion Kusters

What a great weekend of riding! All told I rode 244 kilometers (151.8 miles): 163.3 kilometers (101.5 miles) on Saturday, and 81 kilometers (50.3 miles) on Sunday. Even though I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday morning, I decided to do the planned 162 kilometer (100 mile) group ride. Making the choice between doing the ride or staying home and going short was a tough call. I decided that I was feeling well enough to ride… [Read more]

Added Monday, September 8, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #25 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #25 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 161.2 pounds. That’s a +0.6 pound change since last week’s weight of 160.6 pounds, and a +2.8 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

Added Sunday, September 7, 2014 by

I’m sick, but doing today’s century anyway. gonna be dumb gotta be tough

When Lisa was sick a couple weeks ago, I was able to fight it off before it really took hold. Well, yesterday morning my luck ran out: I woke up feeling terrible. I had a sore throat, my whole body was achy and sore, and the lymph node under my left arm was swollen and quite painful! The last time I experienced a swollen lymph node was, I believe, when I was a teenager and… [Read more]

Added Saturday, September 6, 2014 by

Central Florida Cyclists and Mountain Bikers – New Private Forum. locals only!

As a result of a discussion on Strava with some local friends, I’ve set up a new private forum exclusively for Central Florida cyclists and mountain bikers. The main impetus behind the new forum is to provide a place for locals to set up group rides, but it will also serve as a place to organize meet-ups and other cycling-related social gatherings (should involve beer), trade post-ride war stories, post pictures or just hang out… [Read more]

Added Friday, September 5, 2014 by

Bright House follow-up, more venting (I’m done now). bright house

Following up on yesterday’s blog, in which I went nuclear on my Internet Service Provider, I’m happy to report that my Internet connection finally seems stable. All it took was three weeks of about a dozen customers calling Bright House multiple times, and many pointless service visits to each of our homes. I saw a tech working on the node yesterday morning, and whaddya know? Problem solved. It’s amazing how much time and money was… [Read more]

Added Thursday, September 4, 2014 by

Hey Bright House, you suck (RANT MODE: ON) RANT++

My Internet connection here at home, which I rely on to do my work, has been experiencing constant outages for almost two weeks now (television service, too). The outages are becoming more frequent, and lasting longer. This issue is not affecting my entire neighborhood, but it is affecting my street and another street–both of which feed off the same node. Many of my neighbors have confirmed the exact same issues. Clearly the problem is with… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by