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Zwifting It Through The Winter

So it’s in the single digits outside with negative wind chills. So clearly I’m not going out to ride.
But I need to exercise. I tried the fitness videos. Man I’m not coordinated off my bike. So I decided to try Zwift.

It’s a computer program that you use in conjunction with a bike trainer. It is a virtual world where people from all over the World ride together.

The companion app on my Google Pixel makes it even more imersive.
It ties in nicely with Strava a social network for cyclists (and runners).

Give it a try free for 7 days. After that it’s $14.99/mo. Which is totally worth it.

Do you Zwift? What do you think of it?

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First Time I’ve Watched Le Tour Straight Through

Image Credit: Image captured from the live stream broadcast.

What a race. The Tour de France has been an annual tour since 1903. Plagued in the past with doping the tour is one helluva cycling event. Not an excuse for cheating, via doping, but I can see why some racers feel they need the edge (cough… Lance Armstrong).

This year I’ve watched the tour straight through and loved every moment.

This year’s race was exciting. There were controversy and unfortunately lots of crashes.

First off, the Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish saga plagued the whole tour. Did Sagan intentionally elbow Cavendish? Or was it innocent? Regardless, both Sagan and Cavendish went home early. Sagan disqualified and Cavendish with a broken collar bone.

Second, the yellow jersey didn’t stay with Chris Froome the whole race and that made for some exciting battles. Though, Froome still won the tour/yellow jersey overall; he didn’t win even one stage! That doesn’t happen often.

Third, some great new riders emerged on the Tour this year.

Taylor Phinney, from the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team, added lots of humor to the race with his video blogging and press interviews.

With Peter Sagan out, two sprinters came into their own. Marcel Kittel seemed like a shoe-in for the overall green jersey and winning five stages, but with a fall late in the tour in the mountains, Kittel had to abandon, and a new star was born in the form of Michael Matthews from Team Sunweb. The Aussie ended up in Green in Paris.

Overall, the tour was great to watch. I was finally able to find a sport that I enjoy watching and participating. I didn’t know it was possible, but I even picked up some pointers from watching the pros. The Tour also put my riding into perspective. That riding can get a lot more gruelling than what I do on a regular basis. Seeing this has helped me power through and become a better cyclist.

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Back On The Bike – Health, Exercise, Fun

So I’m back on the bike. It’s been 2 years since I’ve seriously rode. I have to admit it wasn’t for any particular reason other than being lazy and life getting busy. What got me back in the cycling game was a talk with my primary doctor about my Type 2 Diabetes. My A1C isn’t where it needs to be and I’m about 30 lbs over weight. My doctor wants to see 5-8 lbs off in 3 months. So It’s time to eat better, exercise on the bike and with my personal trainer and get my health in order. No more excuses.

So far it’s going pretty well. Been out 3 times since starting. Only doing 15 mins for now, it’s what I can fit in. But, I hope to work my way up to a hour.

I’m probably not going to blog all the time about my cycling, but with WordPress 4.8 there is a new audio widget that I’m using to record quick audio notes almost every day. So check back often.

More to come!

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Tour de Cure Philadelphia 2016 – Fighting For A Cure To Diabetes – Recap

Tour de Cure - American Diabetes Association 2016 Ride Philadelphia - recap

Saturday I was honored to be able to participate in the 25th Annual Tour de Cure, Philly edition. The event took place at Temple University’s Ambler campus and the turnout was fantastic.

Originally I was aiming to do the longer 35 mile ride, which would go from Ambler to Doylestown and back. But since I didn’t get any training in this year, I opted for the 12 mile ride. And though I finished 2nd, after a rider bolted around me at the last minute, it was a challenging course (the rider and I had a fun little competition going). The 12 mile ride took us around Ambler and it definitely wasn’t flat.

12mile

Toward the end I felt like I was in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, because the route kept zigzagging Susquehanna Road.

There were three other options for rides. A full century (100 miles), a metric century (63 miles), the 35 mile ride, the 12 mile ride that I did, and a 3 mile family ride.

All-in-all, it was a great experience. I raised more than $600 for the American Diabetes Association’s quest to cure diabetes. Thank you all who donated. I plan on participating again next year. I’d like to form a team again, this time with more than just me. If your interested hit me up. For more information about the Tour de Cure check out the website. It’s a great cause and a lot of fun.

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The Season Might Be Over, But There Is More Cycling To Do

Follow The Path - Photo by Seth Goldstein

Many people call this time the off season for cycling. It’s starting to get cold and cyclists are moving indoors onto their trainers. But in fact, this is the prefect time to be riding outside.

The leaves are changing, the air is brisk, the riding is good when you’re not over heating with the heat of summer. Now, in my opinion is prime time for cycling.

What do you think? What’s your favorite time to cycle? When do you throw in the towel and go indoors on a trainer?

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Nice Cool Ride In October

ride-10-5-2015

Today’s ride was a solid one. 12.9 miles good riding and a nice bite in the air. I definitely feel that all my cycling is making me stronger and healthier, which I need since I tend to eat quite a bit on the weekends. Especially at birthday parties.

I’m still testing the Garmin Edge 520 for a review I’m going to write on Geekbeat.tv. So stay tuned for that.

Here are today’s stats:

Stats from ride 10-5-15

And here are some pics from the ride:

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Look What Came In The Mail Today!

Garmin Edge 520 Cycling Computer

I’m lucky enough that companies send me stuff to test out and review. The latest goody that I got to test and try out is the Garmin Edge 520 cycling computer and GPS.

I just got it today and hooked it up. I took it out for a quick spin and so far it’s great. I’ll post more as I use it more.

That’s all for now.

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Started A Team For The Tour de Cure and Went For A Ride While Weezing

Donate to my Tour de Cure bike team

Hey all, I’ve created a team for the Tour de Cure. The Bipedal Diabetes Killers. The American Diabetes Association ride to find a cure to Diabetes. You can donate and/or join,  we’d love your support and to have you on our team.

On a completely, but somewhat related, topic. I’m still suffering from these damn allergies. They came out of nowhere and now it’s making everything harder. I still managed to get out for an 8 mile ride today, but it was tough. It was helpful that my bike was just tuned up by John over at Cycle Sports and she’s running like a dream.

Do you go out when your allergies are flaring up? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Learning To Ride In The Drops

ride 9-11-15

So today was an amazing day for a ride. I decided to push myself and headed north of town up the ridge. I did some great hills and had some great downhills.

I’m trying to get used to riding on the drop handle bars and not staying up on the hoods. It’s challenging as I know it’s good for me to be down on the drops, but I’m still unsteady on them. I talked to my biking friend Joe and he said I should aim to ride at least 15% of the ride in the drops. I’m getting there.

All for now.

Do you use the drops on your handlebars? How did you get used to using them?

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Cycling Isn’t Golf, But It’s Definitely Expensive

Cycling can get expensive

Golf is known for being a very expensive sport to take on. Classes, clubs, membership fees, etc. Hence one of the reasons I haven’t taken up golf (not to mention, I suck at mini-golf, so why would I do “real golf?”).

I’m starting to realize that cycling, especially road cycling can get close to golf prices if you’re not careful. Since getting back in the saddle, I’ve spent quite a bit of dough on getting my bike maintained, as well as getting the gear necessary to stay safe on the road.

In my opinion it’s all worth it. I bike almost everyday, I love it, and I’ve lost weight doing it along with eating well (thanks Britney for the latter). But still it’s expensive.

My wife has started begging me to give the credit card a rest, and I’m going to oblige, I need to start pinching pennies when it comes to this sport or it’ll get out of hand (if not already there). Does this mean I’m completely done spending money on the sport? No. I’m going to need fall/winter gear, if I want to ride in the colder months. But I can give the plastic a break for now though.

How do you budget for your cycling habit? Do you know of any good places where you can get inexpensive gear for cycling? Share your tips and thoughts in the comments below.