Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Welcome, guest user!

Decision made: late year cut starts on Tuesday With two weeks left to go on my 2015 cut, my waist measurement is just a hair over 29".

In mid-August I mentioned that I was considering a late year cut (see that blog for more information). I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and I’ve decided that I’m going to do it. I’ve set my start date: Tuesday (Monday is a holiday), September 8, 2015. I discussed some of the reasons that I’m in this position back in May (see “2015 cut and beyond: mistakes were made…)”, and I will be taking… [Read more]

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My cycling month in review: August 2015 From a fast and windy ride with my friend Hector. In this shot we're crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting mean crossing headwind.

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. After a record-breaking July (PRs for distance, time, elevation) I eased off a bit in August. Despite slightly less saddle time than usual, August was still an eventful month: a mechanical far from home, a weird cold, a… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by

Product Review: Jaybird Freedom Sprint wireless sport earbuds Jaybird Freedom Sprint wireless earbuds package.

Last week I did something I’ve never had to do before: I removed an item from my Favorite Things list. The item I removed was the MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Memory Wire due to multiple speaker failures when exposed to sweat. If you’re going to market your product specifically towards athletes, it better be able to handle sweat. For the full story, check out this blog. A few weeks ago a… [Read more]

Added Monday, August 31, 2015 by

2015 maintenance progress report: Week #21 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #21 of my 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODS AND MINUTIA: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements 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… [Read more]

Added Sunday, August 30, 2015 by

Loving these new earbuds, review Monday Music

The new earbuds I’ve been using are awesome! These things are a huge improvement over the MEElectronic Sport-Fi M6 earbuds in every respect (see “This is a first: I’m removing an item from my Favorite Things list“). I was going to review the new earbuds this morning, but I want to get a couple more days of hard riding in and perform a few more tests before I give my thoughts. Look for the review… [Read more]

Added Saturday, August 29, 2015 by

Overslept (alarm fail), feeling a little better You had one job.

My alarm failed to sound this morning, and I slept until 5:30 AM. I’m not sure why my phone’s alarm didn’t go off, as it was set properly. I hope it’s a one-off, as I need to be able to rely on the alarm. The funny thing is I was actually dreaming that my alarm didn’t go off! In my dream I slept until 11:00 AM, and I felt like I’d wasted the entire day…. [Read more]

Added Friday, August 28, 2015 by

I am feeling a little under the weather… virus

Not too long after Tuesday’s aggressive ride with a couple of friends I started feeling a little tired and weak. I went to bed extra early that night, but all day yesterday that tired/weak feeling persisted, and I noticed a touch of chest congestion as well. There’s been some stuff going around, and it looks like I may have picked up cold or whatever. I went fairly easy on yesterday’s short 20 mile ride, with… [Read more]

Added Thursday, August 27, 2015 by

A positive cyclist/motorist story! Kudos to Butterfly Landscaping for being safe and responsible members of the community!

I had a fantastic ride yesterday morning with my friends Sebastian and Christopher. I can always count on a fast, fun and challenging ride when I get to roll with those two crazy dudes. School started back up on Monday, and the traffic, for most of the ride, was extremely heavy. We definitely experienced some close passes, a horn or two and the usual sense that we were not welcome on the roads. One notable… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

This is a first: I’m removing an item from my “Favorite Things” list Not resistant enough.

Relatively speaking, I don’t add much stuff to my Favorite Things page. I’ve been maintaining that list for almost a decade, and there are only a couple of dozen items on it. The reason it’s a short list is simple: I only add products that A) I think are awesome, and B) I think JSF members and visitors will find useful. Because the products I add to my Favorite Things page are well-vetted before they… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by

Is it fall yet? I'm so ready for fall.

When I stepped outside for my rides early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, my Sunglasses fogged up instantly and I felt as if I’d just walked into a sauna. The heat and humidity this summer have been off the charts here in Central Florida. Those who have lived here for at least a few years are accustomed to steaming hot summers, but this year has been about the worst I can recall since I moved… [Read more]

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