Week #4 of my late 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: 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 the… [Read more]
Added Sunday, November 29, 2015 by John Stone
Sick, just in time for today’s JHOP 100
Well, this should be interesting. I’ve been feeling a cold or something coming on the past couple of days, and this morning I’m feeling really crappy. Weak, lungs on fire, achy. Of all the days… Lisa said, “Maybe you shouldn’t go?” Hah! Fat chance. I’ve been looking forward to the JHOP 100 for months. I’m going. I’m not sure if I have a 4-hour century in me today, but I’m damn sure going to try…. [Read more]
Added Saturday, November 28, 2015 by John Stone
Fun Thanksgiving day; I’m well fueled for JHOP
Thanksgiving was a lot of fun! All the food turned out great, and everyone had a really good time. I didn’t over-eat, but I was definitely full when I went to bed. In fact, even a couple hours after dinner we were all still too full for dessert. I settled for a couple of delicious Ferrero dark chocolates, which are damn amazing: Here are Lisa’s parents enjoying the dogs: I’m well-fueled for JHOP… [Read more]
Added Friday, November 27, 2015 by John Stone
Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday. Getting together with family, cooking for everyone and just hanging out enjoying all the great stories–both old and new–is always a blast. Sometimes during the year I find myself grumbling and groaning about some extremely banal, trite stuff. I hate that I do that, I really do. First world problems, to be sure. Thanksgiving is a day when I step back and remind myself that over the next year… [Read more]
Added Thursday, November 26, 2015 by John Stone
The JHOP 100 Century Ride & Race is this Saturday!
This Saturday is the 4th annual JHOP (Junkins House Of Pain) 100 Century Ride & Race! Of all the century rides I’ve done this season, this is the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. This is the ride on which I will be making my first serious attempt to complete 100 miles in 4 hours or less (25+ MPH average). It’s going to be tough, but I’ve been feeling very good this week…. [Read more]
Added Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by John Stone
New recipe: Asian Salmon
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new recipe, and this morning I’ve got a really good one. I found a version of this recipe online a couple months back and, while very good, I thought it needed a little tweaking. Each time I’ve prepared this dish I’ve made some small changes, additions and tweaks. A couple nights ago Lisa and I each took a bite, looked at each other and smiled. I knew… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by John Stone
Incredible riding weather this morning!
We’re nearing the end of November, and a true Central Florida fall day is finally here! Man, it sure took long enough. As I type this (7:30 AM) it’s a wonderfully crisp 42°, and the sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. Today’s high will only reach 68°, and stiff winds from the north will help keep things feeling even cooler. This, my friends, is what I call perfect riding weather! I’ve cleared… [Read more]
Added Monday, November 23, 2015 by John Stone
Late 2015 maintenance progress report: Week #3
Week #3 of my late 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: 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 the… [Read more]
Added Sunday, November 22, 2015 by John Stone
It’s oatmeal appreciation day!
Well, I don’t know if there is actually an oatmeal appreciation day, but there should be. November 21st is as good a day as any. Lisa and I made another big Costco run a few weeks ago–October 31st, to be precise. We purchased all the usual stuff: chicken breasts, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, various household items, spices and so on… Oh, and oatmeal. Lots and lots of oatmeal: 60 pounds of oats may seem… [Read more]
Added Saturday, November 21, 2015 by John Stone
How many calories are burned cycling?
My late 2015 cut ended nearly one month ago (on October 22, 2015), and I’ve been slowly raising my caloric intake over the past four weeks. I’ve been very cautious to not raise my calories too quickly, and, because of that, I’ve continued to lose weight over the past month. When my cut ended my scale weight was 162.4 pounds, and over the following three weeks I lost nearly 3 more pounds (my scale weight… [Read more]