Monday, August 25, 2008

Time Passes

I realize it's been a while since I updated my blog. I've been in a rather anti-social mood lately and have withdrawn into my shell a bit.

For anyone that doesn't know, I ended up DNFing (Did Not Finish) the only paid bicycling event I will attend this year, the Triple Bypass. I'm not exactly certain what happened other than I feel that my wonderful "training plan" was inadequate, particularly after my wife made me cut back my training hours in the spring. Even at that, we had another argument just after the event was over in which she voiced displeasure at how much training time I take. At this moment I have no idea if I will attempt Triple Bypass again next year or not. After this last argument I can honestly say I have little desire to ride and after a visit to BlueEyedBikinBabe-land in September, I plan on hanging my bike for the fall and winter to concentrate on bodybuilding and swimming.

Fear not, though, I have not been idle in all this free time. I have been studying nutrition and physiology even more deeply than before. Most of my information comes from the brilliant Lyle McDonald at If anyone wants some extremely good information on fat loss or muscle building, BR is the place to go. Here is a short list of articles I've been reading from Lyle:

"What is Bodyfat?"
"Fat loss for Athletes" Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
"How Detail Oriented Do You Need To Be?"
"Metabolic Rate: Overview"
"Is A Calorie A Calorie?"

Extremely interesting stuff. I would encourage everyone to go have a look.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Some Uses for Twitter

As you can see by my sidebar I sporadically send Twitter updates ("tweets"). When I'm trying to tell the Twit-less about Twitter they always ask "But what is it good for?" The good folks at Twitter have now given me some help:

How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

Personally, not many of my F2F friends are Twits so I tend to use it mainly for posting quick thoughts, pictures from my cell phone and things I'm reading which think is worth sharing to the public at large. I've made some new virtual friends this way and let's face it, who can't use a few more friends?

I use 2 applications to access Twitter:

  • Twhirl - An Adobe Air based desktop client.
  • TwitterFox - A FireFox browser plugin I just found today (courtesy of my buddy Mark McManus of MuscleHack).
Both have their strong and weak points. I tend to spend a lot of time in a browser at home so a FireFox solution makes the most sense. At work I use multiple desktops more heavily and need something I can "stick" to all of them so Twhirl works better.

Feel free to "follow" me (follow zenlc). I may say something interesting :).

Friday, August 08, 2008

Morning in Maui

We are on the way to go snorkling at Molokini.