That Blueberry Muffin Isn’t Helping You Lose Weight

I haven’t ridden in a week now due to a couple of things. First, I was out of town last weekend with the family. Second, my wife has been out of town all this week and I’ve had to play Mr. Mom. That left me with no real opportunity to ride and still feel comfortable that the kids were getting off to school OK and all that stuff. Plus I’ve been riding pretty solid for two months now and thought some time off the bike wouldn’t be too bad. Taking the time off has forced me to do some thinking about losing weight, getting fit, and lifestyle in general. Back in August I wrote an article titled Do You Have A Training Mindset? In it I talked about the word ‘training’ and how it can not only apply to elite athletes training for sporting events but also to those of us trying to lose weight and get in better shape. To summarize, I said it takes a 24/7 commitment and training mindset in order to achieve the weight loss and fitness goals we’re after. This week I had some time to think back to that article and see how well I’ve done in making a 24/7 commitment to training. I won’t say that I’ve failed but I can certainly improve. I would imagine that most of us have room for improvement. Identifying Areas of Improvement My areas of improvement need to be in diet (which I’ve make good improvement in already), more exercise, and sleep. I consciously know I need to continue improving in those three areas but I...

A Rant On The Local Bike Shop

I like the idea of being able to get what I need at the Local Bike Shop (LBS). I know I can get better prices online but it’s nice to be able to walk into a LBS, get what I need, and use it the same or next day if I want to. Plus it supports the little guy and the local economy. Since I’ve moved back to Florida, though, I’ve gotten more and more upset with the LBS’ here. Here’s why. [Rant] A couple of months ago I was in need of an external crank arm fixing bolt. I went to the only LBS in town that sold Specialized bikes and they sold me the wrong kind. I went to another shop looking for a new headlight around the same time. They had just one in stock that would fit my bars. I only bought it because he offered me a 20% discount. Not long ago I was looking for a cycling cap to wear under my helmet. I visited no less than four LBS’ (and one out of town) and not one had a cycling cap in stock. How can a cycling store not stock a cycling cap? I had similar problems when I was looking for a new seat post not long ago. This past week I was in the hunt for a new saddle. Before I dropped $100-$150 on a saddle (that may not even work because saddles are so personal) I thought I would try a WTB Speed V Comp because they got good reviews and because Bike Noob put in a good word...

Original Road ID Sport Review

Let me start out this review with a story I told my newsletter subscribers earlier in the week: When I first started riding I gradually built up my mileage but was rarely gone from home more than an 1 to 1.5 hours. One Saturday morning I decided to do a long ride and was gone for over 2 hours. When I returned home I was greeted by a frantic wife who had been worried because I hadn’t returned home after my normal riding time. She was scared that I had been in an accident and was lying hurt somewhere on the side of the road. She had even been out driving around looking for me! I felt so bad that I had put her through that. After that incident I kept her informed of my expected route and time but also started carrying an ID (driver’s license) and emergency contact information (written on a piece of paper) with me. I kept these two items in a plastic bag in my jersey pocket. Last week, after some prodding from my wife, I finally broke down and bought a Road ID. Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. I think I was just lazy. Regardless, I ordered one last week, have worn it a few times, and this is my review. What Road ID Has To Say From the Road ID website: “If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just a person who doesn’t sit on the couch all day, Road ID is for you. This awesome piece of gear not only looks good but...

Mother Nature Is My Gym

Today, while reading a post over at 265andFalling about how he joined a gym, I made the following comment: Mother nature is my gym because that’s where I do my cycling. The ‘Mother Nature Is My Gym’ part really stood out so I sent that out via Twitter. It was nice to see several re-tweets of it and how a few folks liked it. After seeing that, and thinking about it some more, I liked it even more. Why Mother Nature is My Gym The fact that I don’t like being trapped inside a gym is what drove me to say that. I’m not self-conscious about working out in front of people (although I may be self-conscious about riding with them) but working out in a place with four walls, a roof, nasty bathrooms, a lingering stench, preening weight lifting behemoths, and scantily clad chicks isn’t my thing. Alright, scantily clad chicks would be OK. So, why is mother nature my gym? I like the smell of fresh air. I like the crispness of a cool morning. I like to hear the birds singing. I like to see the city come to life as I ride. I like to listen to my tires as they roll over the asphalt. I like to feel the sun on my body. I like to see things in their natural state. I like seeing animals as I ride. I like to see new things. I like to look at beautifully manicured lawns. I like cycling with the moon and stars overhead. I like the surprises a ride in mother nature can give. Mother...

How Far Will You Drive To Ride?

A couple of weeks ago I posted a group ride report that I did on Labor day. I wouldn’t have normally been able to participate in that ride due to work but with the holiday I took the opportunity to do it. What was really awesome was that the start point was only about 1.5 miles from my house so I could ride to/from the group ride. @331miles mentioned that it was great that I could “ride to the ride.” I agree but finding rides that are close enough to ride our bike to isn’t easy and I began to think about why people drive to their rides and wondered just how far people would drive to ride. Driving to ride our bike kinda seems backwards but I know lots of people do it for a number of reasons. They do it to participate in fund raising events, races, and even local group rides. Or maybe they drive to ride a particularly nice stretch of road or to get some training time in the mountains. Regardless of the reason, lots of folks drive to ride. Even if you want to participate in local group rides, chances are you probably won’t be able to ride your bike to the start/finish unless you’re lucky. When I was in Dallas I belonged to a group that really took the cake when it came to driving to the ride. They would setup Saturday rides that would routinely require a 50-75 mile drive (one-way) to the start/finish point. I liked the group, and the people in it, but I think that’s just crazy and...
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