PainCave Cycling Videos Review

What they say about riding on an indoor trainer is true. It can really suck. It can suck even more if you don’t have something to take your mind off of staring at the walls while spinning circles to nowhere. Thankfully, there are options out that can help and today’s post will be a review of one of them. Fighting Boredom on the Trainer I’ve had my trainer for about two years now and ride it a lot more than I thought I would. Knowing that I needed something to occupy my mind, I started by listening to some custom play lists on my Ipod. That was great to start with but you can only listen to the same music over and over again so much before you start going stir crazy. This winter I decided to do something different and began looking at other options to help alleviate the boredom before I resorted more extreme measurers. Fire or grizzly bears were considered at some point. As luck would have it, or maybe it was fate, I was contacted by Jacob Mueller of PainCave. They were looking for someone to review their product and in exchange would let me use it for a year. I jumped at the opportunity. What is PainCave? In a nutshell, PainCave is a video subscription service that allows riders to follow alongside professional cyclists while they are racing some of the toughest stages of the Tour of California and US Pro Challenge. In race commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin are also included. It’s like you’re watching it live. It’s not just you...

Recapping January 2015

We’re now a month into the new year so I thought it might be a good time to upate you with my progress so far this year. If you remember, I mentioned that I would be in a weight loss challenge with another rider from our Saturday group rides. Weight Loss Challenge That challenge is going OK but I haven’t see the gaines (losses) I had hoped for. Perhaps I was further out of shape than I thought. Part of my problem last month was that I didn’t ride enough. In my opinion. For the month of January 2015 I rode 212 miles. That’s OK but I only averaged 2.5 rides per week with Saturday’s being my longer rides of about 25 miles. My eating was so-so for the month as I know I didn’t drink enough water or stick to my eating plan as well as I should have. A new month means a fresh start though. 30 Days of Exercise One thing that I am happy about for the month of January is that I did some form of exercise every single day! I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before in my life. I don’t want to embellish this as some days only consisted of pushups and/or planks. But I did something every day. You gotta start somewhere. Looking to February For the month of February I want to continue where I left off and strive to get better with my eating and riding. February will mark month two of the weight loss challenge so I really want to hit it hard and be consistent...

Closing out 2014 and Moving onto 2015

Another year has come and gone. Ups and downs. You know the drill. The year wasn’t all bad and wasn’t all good. That’s life I guess. Those of you who follow this blog probably thought I might have died due to the infrequent blog updates. The same could have been said last year. I’ll try to explain a little of that, and more, as I close out 2014. This will not be a resolutions post though. Posting Frequency Over the last couple of years the number of posts I’ve written has been pretty small. Only five in 2014 (including this one) and five in 2013. For all intensive purposes I haven’t been writing at all. Even without the posting the site traffic has been better than ever due to the content I published over the first five years of the blog.. I have lots of reasons but they boil down to two: No time. My 9-5 has been taking up a significant portion of my time (re-organizations, doing more with less people, etc.) and has left me with no desire to do anything else except spend what time I have with my family and riding my bike. The only time I take for myself is the Saturday morning group rides (more on that later). I even gave away my Xbox and games to help a family at Christmas because I just didn’t have the time to play it anymore. Unfortunately, this blog has fallen victim to the “no time” excuse as well. I set the bar too high. I’d like to blog about a number of things related to...

Building Sam Pilgrim’s Ridley Noah for Road Bike Party 3

A couple of days before Christmas, Road Bike Party 3 was released to much anticipation throughout the Interwebs. Sam Pilgrim has replaced Martyn Ashton as the rider this time around with about 90% of the film shot in San Diego. I’m always amazed at what these guys can do on a road bike. The video featured here is one I hadn’t seen until today as it has shows the guys from Global Cycling Network building the Ridley Noah that Sam rides during the video. An awesome looking bike to go with an awesome video. The first Road Bike Party video was ridden by Martyn Ashton. Martyn suffered a severe spinal injury during a trials demo on September 1, 2013 that resulted in Martyn losing all feeling below the T9 and T10 vertebrae. Road Bike Party 2 was in development at the time of the accident and was finished with help from Danny McCaskill and Chris Akrigg. That’s Martyn in the wheelchair at the start of the video. And here’s Road Bike Party 3 for those who haven’t seen...

Black Friday Deals – Cycling Edition

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which is a great time to be with family, have some great food and enjoy a long weekend. The day that follows is one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday. Personally, I’m not a Black Friday shopper but prefer instead to do my shopping online vice having to fight for parking and deal with the crowds. The last few years has seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday start to meld together with the week of Thanksgiving and the following weekend packed with all kinds of deals both in the stores and online. We as cyclists need a good deal every once in a while as well and this weekend has tons of great offers being proffered by some great cycling retailers. Below are a few that caught my eye that you might want to check out. www.RoadID.com – RoadID has a sale going on right now that can see you save 15-60% on apparel, Road IDs and Supernova lights. Free shipping if you spend $50. – up to 60% off at Competitive Cyclist Check out this super deal: Save $170 on Garmin Edge 500 Bundle! Black Friday Cycling Deals at Amazon There are some awesome deals up there so get’em while they’re...

5 Steps To Setting Up Your Trainer For Success

After a couple of years of putting it off myself (I am a procrastinator), my wife bought me a bicycle trainer for Christmas from the local bike shop. I have always put off getting one myself because trainers are meant for people who either live in colder climates or are afraid of being abducted by a Yeti while riding outside during the winter. I haven’t heard of anyone getting abducted by a Yeti but it could happen. I know they like spicy buffalo wheat thins so they may like cyclists too. Food is scarce in the winter you know. Seriously, I live in Florida. What do I need a bicycle trainer for? It doesn’t get that cold in the winter and getting rained out every once in a while isn’t so bad. Right? After receiving my trainer, and having put over 200 miles on it so far, I can’t believe I’ve gone without one for so long. Luckily my wife was looking out for me. She had help from the local shop owner, who knew me, in picking it out. She bought me the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer and I couldn’t be happier with its performance so far. She also got me a block for the front wheel to go along with it. This post won’t get into the whole debate of wind vs magnetic vs fluid vs interactive trainers. Each has their pros and cons and your situation will determine what you go with in the end. The shop owner knew me well enough to make a great recommendation to my wife. It took me a week...

Is a Matching Kit Cool or Not?

I’ve got a semi-serious question for you folks. Anyone whose been around road cycling knows that there are some written and unwritten rules out there. I’m talking about stuff like not wearing a pro team jersey (unless you actually raced on the team), wearing a world champ jersey (unless you actually won said world championship) or no attacking on the last stage of the Tour de France. The written rules you can find here. I totally get the whole pro team jersey and world champ jersey rules. My question considers matching bibs and jerseys though. I’m not talking a matching pro team kit. Or even a full kit to include jersey, bibs, socks, arm warmers, etc. I’m just talking about a matching jersey and bibs from one of the popular cycling clothing manufacturers like Pearl Izumi or Louis Garneau. I would say Castelli but I’ll never be able to fit into euro-size kit. On my typical Saturday group ride I see mostly black bibs with some kind of jersey. No pro team or world championship jerseys. Those that are in full kit are either wearing the bike shops kit or a kit that was developed for an old business team. I did see a chick in a Honey Stinger kit once that looked amazing but I don’t think a guy could pull off that look. Especially not this guy. I’m talking about something like this: I think the kit above isn’t too over the top as far as design goes. Call it minimal. Some of the Pearl Izumi designs can a little more outrageous but not out of the...

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving Day here in the US marks a day of food, football, and giving of thanks. It also marks the start of the holiday season. Or the crazy season as I sometimes like to call it because everyone seems to go nuts about stuff – mainly shopping. But I digress from today’s topic. Today’s topic is about Thanksgiving and reflecting back on what we’re thankful for in our lives. Here’s a list of what I’m thankful for: My family. I couldn’t have asked for a better one, and just like my job, things aren’t always perfect but that’s life. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife who supports me and kids that are great. My job. Too many people are still out of work and I feel fortunate to be employed full-time and in the same town as my family. Things aren’t perfect where I work, but when looking at the bigger picture, they could certainly be far worse. My health. Mine isn’t perfect, and I’m still struggling with my weight, but I know folks who are much worse off than I am in this department. That’s a short list but I think it’s to the point. Everything else is just icing on the cake in my opinion. What are you thankful for this year? P.S. – I’m going to try and not eat too much today but no...

To Yolk or Not To Yolk – That is the Question

I love eggs. And I like to think they love me. They’ve been a staple of my diet ever since I was a kid and it’s still true today. In fact, I had two hard boiled eggs for breakfast this morning. Over the years eggs (particularly the yolk) has gotten a bad rap for not being good for you. That’s old school logic. Just the other day my wife and I were debating the nutritional value of eating the yolk and whether or not it was good for you. She was of the mindset that they’re bad for you. I tried to tell her that current thinking is that it isn’t as bad as you think. Today I came across a great article that talks about the yolk and whether or not it’s OK. Here’s a quote from Kelly Plowe, R.D.: If I were to create a top 10-superfood list, eggs would hands-down make this list every single time. There is irony in this because for so long the egg was one of the most misunderstood foods (believed at one point to contribute to heart disease), which research has now cleared up. “Eggs, specifically egg whites, have become a mainstay in many diets thanks to their lean, satiating protein. Many are still surprised to learn however, that the yolk itself has about 3g of protein, almost half of the protein found in an entire egg. The yolk is also where all of the cholesterol (about 185mg) is found. The American Heart Association recommends keeping cholesterols intake to less than 300mg a day, which makes including an egg everyday, as...

The Wake Up Call – Time To Get Serious

Today I had a regularly scheduled followup appointment with my doctor after having blood drawn last week. You see, I was due to have some of my perscriptions refilled and he wanted to update my lab results before sending the refill order in. I can understand that. It makes perfect sense. It just didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I’ve never been a fan of going to the doctor either when I’m sick or when I feel fine. And I do feel fine – other than knowing I look like a Walrus that has pulled itself up onto the beach. You’ve all seen the Animal Planet show and know what I’m talking about. Those guys always reminded me of Jabba the Hut. As I said earlier, the visit didn’t go well at all. Not only was my blood pressure up but so was my weight and several other key indicators (cholesterol and glucose). The doc (who is a great guy) and I had a long talk about my exercise and eating habits. It’s the same talk we had about six months ago. I must not have listened. In short, I’m at the point where he recommended two things: More meds. or Exercise and better eating. He was clear that he’s a fan of the latter. So was I. I asked him to give me some time to fix the problem and he agreed – for one month. I have one month to start making progress on some of my issues before he looks at starting me on more/different meds. As I left there I knew I had...
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