Team AWOL Party at the Poler Store in Portland This Friday
AWOLxPOLER_wide2

Hey Portland, I’d be honored to have you come out to this opening party with AWOL and Poler. I’ll bring the bourbon!

Read the full press-release below.

Team AWOL teams up with the Portland based outdoor company POLeR (@Polerstuff) for the AWOL x POLeR collaboration as part of the limited Specialized LABprogram. Bikes will be available to the public on September 6th.

Long story short to give You an idea of what this is.

Team AWOL didn’t know it at the time, but our (r)adventure bike was designed to shred across the entire state of Oregon. AWOL and Oregon is the perfect match, just like AWOL and POLeR. We both love Oregon and have the likes for rad stuff. A friendship was destined to happen.

The AWOL is a #campvibes enabling shred sled. AWOL x POLeR, we just had to make a bike together. A phone call, about 12 Old Fashioned’s and a weekend in Portland later and we had something good cooking on our camp stoves. Team AWOL went back to their California basecamp and smoke signaled our common friend John Watson / The Radavist and dared him to do a (r)adventure with us.

And so it happened. Erik Nohlin and John Watson as Team AWOL on the AWOL x POLeR, un-supported, across the Oregon Outback. Klammath Falls in the South to Columbia River on the Washington border. 3 days and 368 miles. Team AWOL finished the 2014 Oregon Outback race and this is our story.

Enjoy.

Oregon Outback Day1

Oregon Outback Day2

Oregon Outback Day3

Post on The Radavist HERE.

John Watson’s photography from the ride will be exhibited at the POLeR flagship store as well as in a AWOL x POLeR fanzine being launched together with the bike on Friday, September 5th, at the POLeR flagship store 5pm – 9pm 413 SW 10th Ave in Portland – WELCOME!

Inspirational platform and home of the Specialized AWOL (r)adventure bike HERE

The AWOL x POLeR bike is available in a limited number through Specialized dealers, contact Your local Specialized dealer for more info to get a bike. Bikes are displayed but not sold at POLeR Flagship stores and key dealers. Follow @polerstuff in Instagram for information and inspiration.

Sep 2, 2014 2 comments
Shaun Palmer Coming Home

When Shaun Palmer lost the ’96 World Championships by a 1/15th of a second, sending his life into disarray. This introspective piece barely scratches the surface at the inner struggles pro athletes deal with each time they race. As Shaun finds, sometimes, the ride is more important than the win and now he’s returning to ride for Intense.

Sep 2, 2014 5 comments
Swift Industries for Ocean Air Cycles: Docena Demi-Porteur Bag
9.1_Docena_camo_shop-1_1024x1024

One of my favorite small online shop owners that I’ve never met is Rob from Ocean Air Cycles. Recently, they collaborated with Swift Industries on a demi-porteur bag called the Docena. What is a demi-porteur bag? Read all about it at Ocean Air’s blog.

Done reading? Ok, to test the waters for full-on production, Ocean Air is running a pre-order on these bags. Personally, if I didn’t already have a kickin’ Swift bag, I’d be scooping one of these up. The details are incredibly well thought out and that multicam fabric is a no-brainer.

Head over to Ocean Air to check out the Docena Demi-Porteur Bag pre-order!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
Chrome Japan Crew

Here’s a video from Japan – man I miss riding there – featuring Chrome’s new team. There are a few familiar faces in this one!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
The Radavist 2014 Calendar: September
RAD_SEPT2014_800

This is the nineth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “Ascension”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Pacific Coast is a cycling Utopia. Minus the RVs and tourists who are unable to operate their rental cars. Still, in one of the heaviest traveled scenic highways in the US, solitude can be found, even amongst looming giants like the Redwoods.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Sep 1, 2014 2 comments
So… How Was Your Weekend?
Recent-Roll-West_Coast-Mamiya-140

We’ll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates as usual. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want summer to go anywhere.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
Made in the USA 40th Anniversary Specialized Allez to be Auctioned for WBR on September 8th
Specialized_Allez-made-in-the-usa

This looks so good. Here’s the scoop:

“Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR).”

To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR.

Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since.

For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. “Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame” said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, “Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.”

To sell the frame set, we have also partnered with Ebay’s Giving Works. This division of Ebay has one of the largest global reaches of any charitable organization and works with the trusted on-line payment solution, Paypal. Through the use of these tools, we will be able to ensure all proceeds go directly to supporting the fantastic work of WBR.

This is not a commercial product and once the 74 frames have been sold we will not ever produce them again. Once a rider completes payment for the frame, it will be shipped in its presentation box to the Specialized Dealer of their choice and not opened until it reaches the owner’s hands.

Auction starts September 8th on eBay.

Sep 1, 2014 6 comments
Avery County Cycles: 1×11 Disc Cross Bike
2014-08-28_LEHL_ACCDrewBike0078


Photos by Dave Lehl

Josh Culbertson from Avery County Cycles recently completed a gorgeous 1×11 disc cross bike for a customer. Like a lot of Josh’s bikes, there’s a story behind this one. The client’s grandparents worked for and collected Viking Snowmobiles in northwestern Minnesota, so you’ll catch insignia from Viking on the bike, as well as a Viking-inspired paint job.

Made from True Temper with internal routing and painted by Jordan Low, this lightweight steel bike has a mean stance and will stop just fine in whatever conditions you throw at it. For wheels, King R45D to carbon hoops were spec’d and built by Magnetic Wheel Co.

See more below.

Sep 1, 2014 7 comments
Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp
Specialized-Flux-Lamp

A couple of people asked about the lamp that’s on Erik’s AWOL x Poler tourer. Earlier this year, when we rode the Outback, it was his sole light source for when the sun set over eastern Oregon. It’s best described as a “super-wide and super-bright beam.”

The Flux uses a Cree LED with a patented reflector for bright and wide light, much like you’d find in the automotive industry.

Powering the Flux are internal rechargeable 5200mAhr Lithium Ion batteries and there are three nighttime modes with power resulting between 1,200 and 400 lumens. You’ll get 1.75 hours at 1,200 and 6 at 400 lumens and it’ll recharge from zero to full in just four hours.

The Flux will hit shelves at your local Specialized dealer shortly.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
My Thoughts on Cycling and Weight Loss
Rouge_Roubaix-FOOD-1

Over the past few years – since moving to Austin in 2010 – I’ve been struggling with weight loss. Look, we’re all cyclists. We probably all ride with skinny, fit dudes and as a bigger guy, it’s frustrating. Even now, at the peak of my fitness, I still get dropped by “climbers”. What I found was to take these experiences and use them as part of my motivation. There was one defining moment however. A majority of it came from a ride I did in Australia a few years back…


Granted, this ride was really tough. Two, 100-120 mile days with over 15,000′ elevation a day in the Australian summer. I didn’t bonk, but it took me forever to climb, then I laid down and rested for 3-5 minutes. No big deal. It did however lend itself as an opportunity for Andy to make some sort of comment along the lines of “you’ve got big lungs and long legs, if you got in shape, you’d be a strong rider.”

From there, something burned inside me and I’m not talking about a hot pizza slice. I wanted to be able to enjoy tough rides and be fit enough to carry camera gear with me, or sprint up ahead to set up a photo. I wanted to up my game.

I began thinking about what I was eating. Instead of getting BBQ after a ride, I ate lean protein and salads. Instead of drinking beer, I switched solely to bourbon and instead of riding at a comfortable pace solo, I began pushing myself.

It took over two years before people began to see a noticeable difference in my fitness.

Here I am in 2012, racing cross. I probably weighed around 215 here, down from 225.

2013, around 210.

2013, opening weekend of cross season, right at 190lbs.

Now, in 2014 I fluctuate between 175 and 185, depending on what I’m riding, how often and hydration levels. “Race weight” is 175, sitting on my ass driving a pickup truck down the PCH and traveling to see family for a month weight is 185.

That’s over four years of steady, slow weight loss. Any doctor I’ve talked to has told me that is the key. Weight loss should come from a lifestyle change, from diet, to physical exercise and it should happen over time. If you rush it, you’ll do your body more harm than good.

That said, here are the main changes I made with my lifestyle. Granted, you shouldn’t try to go all in here. Just make small changes. Cutting yourself off from your favorite foods sucks. Instead, treat them as a reward. Really love burgers? Reward yourself after a tough ride with a burger. Just don’t keep eating burgers every single day!

Here we go. Healthy helps. These are my normal meals:

Breakfast: a 1/2 – 1 cup of oatmeal with blueberries, toasted almonds, cinnamon and water. Simple. Or quinoa with a fried egg. Yolk and all.

Lunch: I have two lunches, the post-ride lunch and busy day lunch.
-Post-ride: fish tacos (grilled) or a salad with fish on top.
-Busy day, no ride: Fresh soup and tortilla chips. Even canned soup is good, just watch the sodium.

Dinner: I love the shit out of greens. Bok Choy, kale, chard spinach. Sauteed, steamed, whatever. I eat a good portion of greens every day. That’s a given. Fresh fish from the market, cooked on a skillet. Sweet potatoes, squash, brown rice, quinoa. Whatever. If you like Whole Foods, look into the “Health Starts Here” food items. Hell, try to go vegetarian.


Photo by Margus Riga

Ride a lot, often. The shorter, sweeter rides are better than always doing 60+ rides. I’ll go out on the road bike in the morning for 20 miles and then the mountain bike at night sometimes for the same. Mix your riding up. Mountain bikes rule because they wipe out your entire body. Give yourself time to recover. If your legs are sore, do a recovery spin. Don’t go out hammering away.

Don’t overdo it. You can literally ride yourself into trouble.

That said, big rides help in weight loss for sure. I still do one or two big rides a month. Eat on the bike, but avoid mass-produced bars. Instead, go for foods like avocado, almonds, mangos, almond butter, etc. Sweets are ok on the bike, so relish them! Just remember, if you eat foods high in cholesterol, you’re not helping your body.

Drinking.

Fuck beer. Seriously. It’s the worst. If you’re trying to lose weight, stop drinking beer! It’s tough, but that stuff is like drinking dead calories. You might as well be eating pizza every night.

Bourbon has the least amount of calories than any other liquor. It has no additives, no flavoring, it’s a mash in a charred oak barrel and that’s where it gets its flavoring. Vodka is also good. Drink it on the rocks, or neat. Mixing with ginger ale or ginger beer is horrible for you. Look at how much sugar is in ginger ale!

If you’re going to drink beer, drink shitty, “light” beer.

Snacking. Buy almonds, salted is fine. They’re great for you. Just don’t eat an entire bag. I usually snack on a handful if I’m hungry. Or eat a banana. If I am craving something sweet, I literally drink a thing of Skratch.

Finally, recovery! I used to do nothing for recovery, aside from trying to eat in 30 minutes of finishing a ride. Now, when I finish a ride, I take a plant-based protein mix. Doing so has really helped me build lean, healthy muscle.

Normal protein has so much added shit in it, makes you feel bloated, swells your muscles and it always made me gassy. This stuff is amazing. Vanilla is my favorite.


Photo by Kyle Kelley

I know that didn’t read much as a guide book to losing weight, it’s more of an explanation as to how I lost weight. Look, it’s not easy, don’t be fooled. There’s a lot of times that I want to gorge on pizza, or eat nonstop. You will be hungry, a lot. It’s tough, but you’ve really just got to ‘shrink your stomach’ and your appetite.

Like training on the bike, you’ve got to train yourself to eat well, in order to be well. Yes, I still eat breakfast tacos, or pizza, or burgers, but a lot less than I did. Remember, it’s about a happy medium.

I’m happier when I’m healthy and hydrated. It’s like, there’s a science to fitness or something…

Questions? Comments? Queue them up in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Aug 31, 2014 116 comments
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Team AWOL Party at the Poler Store in Portland This Friday
AWOLxPOLER_wide2

Hey Portland, I’d be honored to have you come out to this opening party with AWOL and Poler. I’ll bring the bourbon!

Read the full press-release below.

Team AWOL teams up with the Portland based outdoor company POLeR (@Polerstuff) for the AWOL x POLeR collaboration as part of the limited Specialized LABprogram. Bikes will be available to the public on September 6th.

Long story short to give You an idea of what this is.

Team AWOL didn’t know it at the time, but our (r)adventure bike was designed to shred across the entire state of Oregon. AWOL and Oregon is the perfect match, just like AWOL and POLeR. We both love Oregon and have the likes for rad stuff. A friendship was destined to happen.

The AWOL is a #campvibes enabling shred sled. AWOL x POLeR, we just had to make a bike together. A phone call, about 12 Old Fashioned’s and a weekend in Portland later and we had something good cooking on our camp stoves. Team AWOL went back to their California basecamp and smoke signaled our common friend John Watson / The Radavist and dared him to do a (r)adventure with us.

And so it happened. Erik Nohlin and John Watson as Team AWOL on the AWOL x POLeR, un-supported, across the Oregon Outback. Klammath Falls in the South to Columbia River on the Washington border. 3 days and 368 miles. Team AWOL finished the 2014 Oregon Outback race and this is our story.

Enjoy.

Oregon Outback Day1

Oregon Outback Day2

Oregon Outback Day3

Post on The Radavist HERE.

John Watson’s photography from the ride will be exhibited at the POLeR flagship store as well as in a AWOL x POLeR fanzine being launched together with the bike on Friday, September 5th, at the POLeR flagship store 5pm – 9pm 413 SW 10th Ave in Portland – WELCOME!

Inspirational platform and home of the Specialized AWOL (r)adventure bike HERE

The AWOL x POLeR bike is available in a limited number through Specialized dealers, contact Your local Specialized dealer for more info to get a bike. Bikes are displayed but not sold at POLeR Flagship stores and key dealers. Follow @polerstuff in Instagram for information and inspiration.

Sep 2, 2014 2 comments
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Shaun Palmer Coming Home

When Shaun Palmer lost the ’96 World Championships by a 1/15th of a second, sending his life into disarray. This introspective piece barely scratches the surface at the inner struggles pro athletes deal with each time they race. As Shaun finds, sometimes, the ride is more important than the win and now he’s returning to ride for Intense.

Sep 2, 2014 5 comments
Swift Industries for Ocean Air Cycles: Docena Demi-Porteur Bag
9.1_Docena_camo_shop-1_1024x1024

One of my favorite small online shop owners that I’ve never met is Rob from Ocean Air Cycles. Recently, they collaborated with Swift Industries on a demi-porteur bag called the Docena. What is a demi-porteur bag? Read all about it at Ocean Air’s blog.

Done reading? Ok, to test the waters for full-on production, Ocean Air is running a pre-order on these bags. Personally, if I didn’t already have a kickin’ Swift bag, I’d be scooping one of these up. The details are incredibly well thought out and that multicam fabric is a no-brainer.

Head over to Ocean Air to check out the Docena Demi-Porteur Bag pre-order!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
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Chrome Japan Crew

Here’s a video from Japan – man I miss riding there – featuring Chrome’s new team. There are a few familiar faces in this one!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
The Radavist 2014 Calendar: September
RAD_SEPT2014_800

This is the nineth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “Ascension”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Pacific Coast is a cycling Utopia. Minus the RVs and tourists who are unable to operate their rental cars. Still, in one of the heaviest traveled scenic highways in the US, solitude can be found, even amongst looming giants like the Redwoods.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Sep 1, 2014 2 comments
So… How Was Your Weekend?
Recent-Roll-West_Coast-Mamiya-140

We’ll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates as usual. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want summer to go anywhere.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
Made in the USA 40th Anniversary Specialized Allez to be Auctioned for WBR on September 8th
Specialized_Allez-made-in-the-usa

This looks so good. Here’s the scoop:

“Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR).”

To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR.

Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since.

For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. “Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame” said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, “Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.”

To sell the frame set, we have also partnered with Ebay’s Giving Works. This division of Ebay has one of the largest global reaches of any charitable organization and works with the trusted on-line payment solution, Paypal. Through the use of these tools, we will be able to ensure all proceeds go directly to supporting the fantastic work of WBR.

This is not a commercial product and once the 74 frames have been sold we will not ever produce them again. Once a rider completes payment for the frame, it will be shipped in its presentation box to the Specialized Dealer of their choice and not opened until it reaches the owner’s hands.

Auction starts September 8th on eBay.

Sep 1, 2014 6 comments
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Avery County Cycles: 1×11 Disc Cross Bike
2014-08-28_LEHL_ACCDrewBike0078


Photos by Dave Lehl

Josh Culbertson from Avery County Cycles recently completed a gorgeous 1×11 disc cross bike for a customer. Like a lot of Josh’s bikes, there’s a story behind this one. The client’s grandparents worked for and collected Viking Snowmobiles in northwestern Minnesota, so you’ll catch insignia from Viking on the bike, as well as a Viking-inspired paint job.

Made from True Temper with internal routing and painted by Jordan Low, this lightweight steel bike has a mean stance and will stop just fine in whatever conditions you throw at it. For wheels, King R45D to carbon hoops were spec’d and built by Magnetic Wheel Co.

See more below.

Sep 1, 2014 7 comments
Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp
Specialized-Flux-Lamp

A couple of people asked about the lamp that’s on Erik’s AWOL x Poler tourer. Earlier this year, when we rode the Outback, it was his sole light source for when the sun set over eastern Oregon. It’s best described as a “super-wide and super-bright beam.”

The Flux uses a Cree LED with a patented reflector for bright and wide light, much like you’d find in the automotive industry.

Powering the Flux are internal rechargeable 5200mAhr Lithium Ion batteries and there are three nighttime modes with power resulting between 1,200 and 400 lumens. You’ll get 1.75 hours at 1,200 and 6 at 400 lumens and it’ll recharge from zero to full in just four hours.

The Flux will hit shelves at your local Specialized dealer shortly.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
My Thoughts on Cycling and Weight Loss
Rouge_Roubaix-FOOD-1

Over the past few years – since moving to Austin in 2010 – I’ve been struggling with weight loss. Look, we’re all cyclists. We probably all ride with skinny, fit dudes and as a bigger guy, it’s frustrating. Even now, at the peak of my fitness, I still get dropped by “climbers”. What I found was to take these experiences and use them as part of my motivation. There was one defining moment however. A majority of it came from a ride I did in Australia a few years back…


Granted, this ride was really tough. Two, 100-120 mile days with over 15,000′ elevation a day in the Australian summer. I didn’t bonk, but it took me forever to climb, then I laid down and rested for 3-5 minutes. No big deal. It did however lend itself as an opportunity for Andy to make some sort of comment along the lines of “you’ve got big lungs and long legs, if you got in shape, you’d be a strong rider.”

From there, something burned inside me and I’m not talking about a hot pizza slice. I wanted to be able to enjoy tough rides and be fit enough to carry camera gear with me, or sprint up ahead to set up a photo. I wanted to up my game.

I began thinking about what I was eating. Instead of getting BBQ after a ride, I ate lean protein and salads. Instead of drinking beer, I switched solely to bourbon and instead of riding at a comfortable pace solo, I began pushing myself.

It took over two years before people began to see a noticeable difference in my fitness.

Here I am in 2012, racing cross. I probably weighed around 215 here, down from 225.

2013, around 210.

2013, opening weekend of cross season, right at 190lbs.

Now, in 2014 I fluctuate between 175 and 185, depending on what I’m riding, how often and hydration levels. “Race weight” is 175, sitting on my ass driving a pickup truck down the PCH and traveling to see family for a month weight is 185.

That’s over four years of steady, slow weight loss. Any doctor I’ve talked to has told me that is the key. Weight loss should come from a lifestyle change, from diet, to physical exercise and it should happen over time. If you rush it, you’ll do your body more harm than good.

That said, here are the main changes I made with my lifestyle. Granted, you shouldn’t try to go all in here. Just make small changes. Cutting yourself off from your favorite foods sucks. Instead, treat them as a reward. Really love burgers? Reward yourself after a tough ride with a burger. Just don’t keep eating burgers every single day!

Here we go. Healthy helps. These are my normal meals:

Breakfast: a 1/2 – 1 cup of oatmeal with blueberries, toasted almonds, cinnamon and water. Simple. Or quinoa with a fried egg. Yolk and all.

Lunch: I have two lunches, the post-ride lunch and busy day lunch.
-Post-ride: fish tacos (grilled) or a salad with fish on top.
-Busy day, no ride: Fresh soup and tortilla chips. Even canned soup is good, just watch the sodium.

Dinner: I love the shit out of greens. Bok Choy, kale, chard spinach. Sauteed, steamed, whatever. I eat a good portion of greens every day. That’s a given. Fresh fish from the market, cooked on a skillet. Sweet potatoes, squash, brown rice, quinoa. Whatever. If you like Whole Foods, look into the “Health Starts Here” food items. Hell, try to go vegetarian.


Photo by Margus Riga

Ride a lot, often. The shorter, sweeter rides are better than always doing 60+ rides. I’ll go out on the road bike in the morning for 20 miles and then the mountain bike at night sometimes for the same. Mix your riding up. Mountain bikes rule because they wipe out your entire body. Give yourself time to recover. If your legs are sore, do a recovery spin. Don’t go out hammering away.

Don’t overdo it. You can literally ride yourself into trouble.

That said, big rides help in weight loss for sure. I still do one or two big rides a month. Eat on the bike, but avoid mass-produced bars. Instead, go for foods like avocado, almonds, mangos, almond butter, etc. Sweets are ok on the bike, so relish them! Just remember, if you eat foods high in cholesterol, you’re not helping your body.

Drinking.

Fuck beer. Seriously. It’s the worst. If you’re trying to lose weight, stop drinking beer! It’s tough, but that stuff is like drinking dead calories. You might as well be eating pizza every night.

Bourbon has the least amount of calories than any other liquor. It has no additives, no flavoring, it’s a mash in a charred oak barrel and that’s where it gets its flavoring. Vodka is also good. Drink it on the rocks, or neat. Mixing with ginger ale or ginger beer is horrible for you. Look at how much sugar is in ginger ale!

If you’re going to drink beer, drink shitty, “light” beer.

Snacking. Buy almonds, salted is fine. They’re great for you. Just don’t eat an entire bag. I usually snack on a handful if I’m hungry. Or eat a banana. If I am craving something sweet, I literally drink a thing of Skratch.

Finally, recovery! I used to do nothing for recovery, aside from trying to eat in 30 minutes of finishing a ride. Now, when I finish a ride, I take a plant-based protein mix. Doing so has really helped me build lean, healthy muscle.

Normal protein has so much added shit in it, makes you feel bloated, swells your muscles and it always made me gassy. This stuff is amazing. Vanilla is my favorite.


Photo by Kyle Kelley

I know that didn’t read much as a guide book to losing weight, it’s more of an explanation as to how I lost weight. Look, it’s not easy, don’t be fooled. There’s a lot of times that I want to gorge on pizza, or eat nonstop. You will be hungry, a lot. It’s tough, but you’ve really just got to ‘shrink your stomach’ and your appetite.

Like training on the bike, you’ve got to train yourself to eat well, in order to be well. Yes, I still eat breakfast tacos, or pizza, or burgers, but a lot less than I did. Remember, it’s about a happy medium.

I’m happier when I’m healthy and hydrated. It’s like, there’s a science to fitness or something…

Questions? Comments? Queue them up in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Aug 31, 2014 116 comments
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