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There Will Be Spreadsheets

I did the climb up Westlake Blvd. to Mulholland last week. I thought I was quick, but I was way off the PR I set more than a year ago. The statistics for the two rides are striking: in the spring of last year, I was faster for virtually identical maximum and average heart rates.

Time to fix that.

Workouts have been devised, spreadsheets created, weights selected. The last weight training cycle I did made me slower, but stronger. I've built a program that I hope corrects early omissions and mistakes, and will set me up for a fast winter.

My goal is simple: new PRs on Rock Store, Bulldog, Deer Creek, and Johnson Fire Rd. this fall. I've given myself until the first weekend in December.

Westlake Climb

Turkish Get-Ups

Had a long weekend off. Read Pavel Tsatsouline on the plane. Arrived home resolved to make the Turkish Get-up part of my workout.

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Stupid Diet Trick: Procrastination

Stupid Diet Trick: Procrastination

I gained some weight over the last year or so. Some of it's muscle, and I'm keeping that. But some of it's fat, and that's got to go.

My #1 trick for avoiding junk food: procrastination.

The picture above is of the M&Ms that I poured out for myself the other night, and then forgot to eat.

I was craving sweets, and the M&Ms were calling to me. So I made a deal with myself: I would have a healthy snack (whole grain cereal, unsweetened almond milk, boiled egg, black decafeinated coffee), and then if I still wanted the M&Ms, I could have them.

By the time I finished my snack, I completely forgot about the M&Ms. (I put them in a zip-lock back and saved them for later. I still keep forgetting they're there.)

Best Hydration System Ever

Best Hydration System Ever

I'm really just posting this for myself, in case I need something to refer to later. I hate it when I find myself thinking, "I used to have a super-simple solution to this, but I can't remember..."

The nutshell: Fill two bottls with ice water. Add drink mix to one of them. For long rides, take extra mix.

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Quick Spin up Potrero

Quick Spin up Potrero

Great ride tonight. Felt really good for having done a big ride on Sunday. Or maybe I just have to grin at a ride with just ten minutes of climbing. Even if it is steep.

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