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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