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Not Every day is a Good Day

Not every day is a good day. Go out tomorrow and make it better than today. Do it.

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Stretching Builds Confidence

I can’t describe the number of times I’ve learned the lesson that new and different things which are just outside my kids’ reach build their confidence.

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Consistency is Everything

I can’t expect my FTP to improve when I only put in enough TSS a week to maintain. FTP increase and TSS increase are correlated over time.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Cheddar Frittata

Some of the family were skeptical but this frittata was nutritious and delicious. Peel, seed and cut half a butternut squash. Cut into about 3/4in cubes. Cover the pumpkin in olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook in a 425F oven for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven to 400F. In the meantime, dice and cook a[…]

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Diversity of PE-OTUS Trump’s Cabinet Nominees

Updated based on data from New York Times tabulation. November 16th. These visualizations represent PE-OTUS Trumps current Cabinet Nominee diversity breakout. If a person was nominated in two cabinet posts, they were counted twice (a nomination). Data considering Ben Carson were removed as he has publicly stated he will not be considered for the cabinet.

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Donate to Planned Parenthood in Honor of Someone Else

I wish this was my idea but it came from the twitterverse. You should take action by putting your money where your mouth is – donate to organizations that will be vigilant around issues that are important – but this one was even better. You can donate to Planned Parenthood in honor of someone else.[…]

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Hints For Getting Your Congressman To Listen To You

These suggestions are curated from Emily Ellsworth’s twitter feed. I thought they were good, experience based practical suggestions so I’m sharing them. I worked for Congress for 6 years, and here’s what I learned about how they listen to constituents. First, tweeting or writing on Facebook is largely ineffective. I never looked at those comments[…]

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Noah says “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE are the three ‘R’s for helping the planet. This BLOG post is an example of REDUCE as it would have been a great way not to use poster board and paper. Here are some examples of each from my own life! Examples of Reduce Shorter Showers Buy in Bulk Turn Off[…]

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Toughness is Built, Not Inherited

I think Chris Carmichael wrote the seminal commentary on this. Essentially, you can always find a reason not to go on a ride or a run – too hot, too cold, too dark, raining, too tired etc. Its only through the choice of enduring these things is toughness built. For me, with chronic obstructive asthma, every[…]

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Strava is Great when you’re Traveling

I learned this in riding in Austin, TX for the first time. A lot of traffic and intimidating roads. Okay, where do you go for 50 miles of cycling? Pull out Strava, do a local search for local athletes and start there. Or take a short ride, look at the flyby’s and see what those[…]

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FTP Is not a Badge

Its just a measurement. It can and will change over time and while its a good relative indicator of how well you can perform over time, its not a goal itself. FTP is a process measure, not an outcome measure. It should be used as a means to tell you your training is working, and[…]

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Situational Awareness Matters

Key Lesson: Be aware for anything. Pop Quiz: Heading down a narrow causeway at 20MPH and a hawk, carrying a still writhing snake heads straight at your helmet. What do you do? What do you do? Brake. Swerve and Curse. Worked for me. Be ready for anything – note the car coming in the oncoming[…]

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Heat and Hydration Matter

Key Lesson: Hydrate well for 24hrs before a hot ride This week I had three sets of tempo intervals to complete and then two endurance-miles sessions to complete. Friday afternoon when I went out, I was not well hydrated and the heat (of the air, not from the road) was 95F. I finished the intervals[…]

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Distracted Driving – Please think of Cyclists

Things you just don’t want to see from your CycliqIQ Fly 6 rear facing light/HD camera. When you pause and zoom in the video you can see the phone in the drivers hand.

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3 Dolphins

We’re 5 days in to our 7 day stay at 3 Dolphins Villa on Anguilla. Its only the four of us here and its fair to say that its been the most relaxing, enjoyable vacation we’ve had. It is not the intent of this post to provide a review of the Villa. You can get[…]

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Mushroom, Leek, Creme Fraiche and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

The question for a lazy Friday night after a long week of work, exercise and kids is “what comfort food would make life awesome?” Given my beautiful wife’s love of potatoes, nothing is better than mashed potatoes to satisfy. Here is a wonderful version. Ingredients 3 Medium Russet Potatoes, peeled Salt 1 Cup Cremini mushrooms,[…]

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Beth’s Shop

These photos were taken Monday 22 Feb. Unfortunately the workshop was overcrowded as we’d placed outdoor furniture in it from the snowstorm. The workshop was built in 2013 as an accessory building to the house. It was fully permitted for structure, electrical, insulation etc. The workshop interior is 26’x28′. All permits are current and available.[…]

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3 Things this Weekend that Made Me Love Life

Number 1 – Star Wars The Force Awakens in 3D I admit it. I’m the generation (that’s X) which saw the original Star Wars (Number 4) in the movie theatre. This was the second time I’d seen number 7 and the first time in 3D. I loved that it wasn’t gimmicky 3D and I love[…]

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3 Things This Weekend That Made Me Love Life

Number One – Family Day at an NJ Devils Game We decided this year we’re going to do things. Not just ‘fix the house’ or ‘run errands’ or ‘do chores’. Our first attempt at that this year was an NJ Devils NHL Hockey Game. None of us follow the NHL but we had a blast.[…]

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3 Things This Weekend That Made Me Love Life

This one’s a little late – however, better late than never. Number One – Reverse Date Night We do pretty well at organizing date nights, however they usually involve a babysitter coming to our house and us leaving it for a random restaurant or bar. We managed to sneak in a two hour date night[…]

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Egg Muffin Breakfast or Cycling Portable

These have become my favorite breakfast and a very useful portable for cycling wrapped in Skratch Labs Paper and shoved in your Jersey pocket. For Breakfast I gulp down one of these and put another one on a whole wheat English Muffin! Quick, easy, nutritious and filling. You can refrigerate them in a container for[…]

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3 Things this weekend that Made me Love Life

Number 1 – Snowtorious B.I.G I’m not generally a fan of snow however having a record snow storm on a Saturday once every now and again is kind of cool – especially when someone else comes and ploughs your driveway. A nice 30″ in Central NJ!                  […]

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My Favorite Cycling Gear

I’m still a new cyclist. I’m also a cyclist (like many) with enough disposable income to waste on gadgets and gear. Stuff that won’t make me go one bit faster or longer but that I can’t live without anyway. Like most newbies, I’ve spent plenty of time (and money) finding that right piece of gear[…]

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3 Things this weekend That Made Me Love Life

Number 1 – Time at my Bike Store Strangely enough a failure turned into an opportunity. One of our cars which we don’t drive often had its battery fail last week in front of my bike store! I ended up having to call AAA to jump start it so I could bring it home (it’s being[…]

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Behind the Scenes of Beauty – Family

Over the weekend I was cleaning out my Time Capsule (security camera clips, photos etc). That inadvertently led to a review of my Photos library which led me to this post. (Which is essentially a celebration of my family). The short version is that we took our annual Thanksgiving trip to Sedona, AZ this year[…]

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3 Things this Weekend That Made Me Love Life

Number 1, Kids and Lollypops I take my kids to get haircuts at Ma Coupe in Skillman, NJ. Ben does a nice job there and they get to use their French language fluency with him as he’s native Algerian. The best part for them is that they always get to have a Lollypop at the[…]

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Focus Bikes Izalco Max Disc First Ride

I’ve been looking for a road bike. My friend J. at Halters Cycles has been great at making sure I wait to get what I want. His strong recommendation to me was the 2016 Focus Bikes Izalco Max Disc. It comes in a Shimano Mechanical, a Dura Ace or an SRAM Red 22 version. He[…]

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Gran Fondo NY 2016

The most important fitness goal I have right now is to finish the 2016 Gran Fondo NY in under 5.5hrs moving time and under 6.5hrs total time. The 2016 Event is 161km (100mi) in length. That means I have to be able to keep an average speed of 29.3kmh (18mi/h) and keep rest stops to 10[…]

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Isolated Leg Training, Left Only Power Meters and Trainerroad

So I learned something yesterday. In my workout calendar for the week I had 45 minutes of Cadence Spinups and Isolated Leg Training. As a beginning cyclist I’m working on the muscle memory and muscle recruitment to make the most efficient pedal stroke I can. Its dark and cold most of the times I’m able[…]

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