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...

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...

Do You Need Accountability?

This time every year most people have come up few resolutions and/or goals to try and change something about themselves during the upcoming year. Creating New Year Resolutions or goals have almost become trivial as almost everyone makes them and almost everyone fails to achieve them. If you’re like me you want to ride more and weigh less. Period. Why is it that so many of us fail to do just that? Like I said, most of us want to ride more and weigh less by the end of the year. Millions of people, literally, make the resolution or goal to lose weight during the year and most of them fail. Is it because they don’t know what to do? Maybe, but I bet that’s not it. Most of us, including myself, know what we need to do to lose weight. Eat Better Exercise More That’s really simplified but you know what I mean – cut out the sweets and alcohol; eat lean proteins; eat your veggies; move your body; etc. If it’s that easy, why do we fail? Accountability I think is this one of the big reasons we fail and it was the subject of a phone conversation yesterday between me and my good friend Victor over at Bicycle Lab. If you’re like me, your trying to accomplish the goals you set out to do by yourself. You probably don’t have a support group (other than perhaps a spouse – who are sometimes good at sabotaging our good intentions) that’s going to hold you accountable to do what’s necessary to meet your goals. You may not have...

Goodbye 2012; And Good Riddance

2012 had both ups and down. Well, probably more downs than ups (kinda like the stock market). Goals were missed, miles weren’t ridden, and weight wasn’t lost. I’m really starting to sound like a broken record aren’t I? I had a pretty decent year in 2011 and that lead me to create some pretty big goals for 2012. You can read about my 2012 goals here. I can say that I was 100% successful at not meeting any of those goals. Maybe that should count for something. Or maybe not. My mileage goal is the only one I made any real progress towards at 1457 miles. Ouch. Enough of wallowing in failed goals and missed opportunities. I’m here to say goodbye to 2012. Tomorrow starts a new year with new goals and new opportunities for better health. I’ll talk more about goals and such in another post. I’d like to hear how your 2012 went and what you’re planning for 2013. And, perhaps more importantly, who is riding tomorrow? I am. I’ll see you on the other...

Four Years Old and Counting…

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Biking to Live. It’s hard for me to believe that this blog actually made it this far before I pulled the plug. Lots of frustration and writer’s block have made me wonder about the merits of keeping this thing going. Every year the domain registration comes due at the beginning of April and I wonder if I should just let it expire. Every year I end up renewing it. Just like this year. Why do I renew it? A couple of reasons actually. First, Biking to Live has become a resource to people out there looking to start road cycling or use it to lose weight. While content the last two years has been lacking, the first two years of the blog saw quite a few articles written that are still read every day by visitors. Second, it’s my personal log to help hold me accountable as I try and lose these extra 100 pounds I’m carrying around. After four years I’m still trying to lose this weight but I think without the support I’ve received from you I would have given up a long time ago. Biking to Live continues to draw more visitors each year. The first year there were about 6000 of you. The second about 15000. The third around 26000 and this past year over 50000 visitors. Almost doubling the traffic each year which is awesome. The first three months of 2012 has seen a big increase in traffic with over 18000 visitors. I find those numbers hard to believe considering how infrequently I’ve posted lately. Here’s a snapshot...
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