Category Archives: Exercise

THE GIRO’S RACE OF SURVIVAL CONTINUES BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS HAVE EVEN ARRIVED

Illness, crashes, bad weather – there’s a lot more than just rivals to battle against at the Giro right now

Flooding rain and COVID have made the Giro de Italia a bicycle race from Hell. Now snow is expected in high mountain stages.

www.rouleur.cc/blogs/the-rouleur-journal/the-giros-race-of-survival-continues-before-the-mountains-have-even-arrived

#1 Bicycle Racer in the World Still on Track for Tour de France Race After Crash

April 28, 2023

Tadej Pogačar’s six-week program of recovery from his Liège-Bastogne-Liége crash and injury may still include a spell of altitude training from mid-May to early June, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

After a busy and highly-successful first part of the season, the Slovenian star had always planned to use the next two months as his build-up for the 2023 Tour de France, with a repeat of just one stage race, the low-key Tour of Slovenia, on his program prior to July.

There had been fears that the scaphoid fracture (wrist) caused by his crash in Liège-Bastogne-Liège could have seriously affected that process.

But according to the Belgian newspaper report, citing team sports manager Joxean Fernandez Matxín, Pogačar could yet be training as planned at an altitude camp by mid-May.

On his way to another Tour de France win even with this setback?

See More [CyclingNews]

Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Misses Cut to Leave 3-Decade Career in Limbo

Kelly Slater, File Photo: Creative Commons

Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater missed the World Surf League tour’s mid-season cut Saturday in a blow that could spell the end of his more than three-decade career.

The 51-year-old American, widely regarded as the greatest professional surfer of all time, was eliminated in the round of 32 at the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia.

It meant he finished outside the top 22 halfway through the season to miss the cut, a contentious new concept introduced in 2022 to slim down the field.

He can no longer compete on the top level championship tour unless he is offered a wild card for the back half of the year. Alternatively, he could surf the second-tier challenger series, or retire.

“It is what it is. Let’s see how things turn out,” the Florida-born Slater said on the WSL website after his elimination, adding that he was not sure about his plans.

See More [France24]

Surfing Webcam Page Updated

Live beach cams are up on the Brownie Bytes website. Live cameras on the East coast of Florida have a hard time staying up. Weather is usually the culprit. Hurricanes, lightening strikes, and lack of attention/maintenance of some of them render them out of service pretty often.

18 Live East Coast Webcams on BrownieBytes.net

As of today, we have 18 live ad-free cameras on our Surfing Webcams in Florida webpage.

Sample Live Webcam in St. Augustine – 18 Up and Running on Brownie Bytes Surfing Webcams in Florida Webpage

This is primarily a surf-check webpage for surfers. I review the cameras almost every day and update the page frequently to try and keep the webpage up-to-date so click below to see the page:

Surfing Webcams in Florida

The live cams are organized on the page north to south from St. Augustine Pier to Boca Raton Inlet.

There are lots of surfing webcams in Florida but these are my favorites because they stay up (most of the time) and show a wide range of views and information for surfers and don’t have ad interruptions.

Why this page? I just do it as a community service for surfers. To provide a single-source to be able to see all the cameras on one page rather than checking 18 different sites to get daily surf updates.

R. Michael Brown, Marketing Consultant, Multimedia Producer, and Freelance Writer and Editor

2023 Road Cycling Season Starts Here!

The GCN Racing News Show

Road racing is back with a bang as the Australian National Championships start the season in style & Zonohoven cements itself as one of the most exciting cyclocross races on the calendar! Dan is here to round up the last week of action and look ahead to more exciting racing in the weeks ahead!

Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Racing brings you the best of the world’s bike races to your screens, wherever you are: the finest live race commentary, in-depth analysis and behind the scenes access from your favourite events are all here. So get involved, join us, and get ready to be in the thick of the action.

Juno Beach camera at Jupiter Reef Club

Updates to the Surf Webcams Page

Weather is changing as a cold front passed. Getting colder in S. Florida. Will there be #surf?

Check out my live #SurfReport webpage for the E coast of #Florida. All free, no ads #surfing webcams all in one place.

I’ve added a Jupiter (Juno Beach) camera and a Daytona and Ormond Beach camera.

See them on BrownieBytes:

#surfer #waves

Many of these cameras go up and down all the time. I try and keep up with it but clients come first!

The Ponce Inlet cams in south Daytona, across the inlet from north New Smyrna, took a beating and are still down after Hurricane Ian from two months ago. The beaches in that area are still blasted and heavy construction is ongoing to the north.

Sebastian Inlet cam is up but the north jetty is still hammered.

The Cocoa Beach Pier webcam has been down for a couple of weeks. I check it everyday to see if it’s back up.

If you know of other helpful live or daily updated camera shots on the east coast of Florida, let me know at Mike@rmichaelbrown.com.

The Manufacturing Process For How Balls Are Made Is Eye-Opening | Digg

Science Channel’s How It’s Made went behind the scenes of a ball factory to demonstrate what goes into making the spherical balls we take for granted.

— Read on digg.com/video/the-manufacturing-process-for-how-balls-are-made-is-eye-opening

CyclingDiet Product Review

By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer [Follow on Facebook: @RMichaelBrownLLC]
📸: Let Ideas Compete is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

After joining a bunch of Facebook cycling groups I started to receive ads for CyclingDiet. You may be getting them too because you are part of the Facebook groups or post about cycling.

As a former US Olympic Cycling Coach and professional freelance writer, I thought I would take a look at their plan and write a review to be helpful to other cyclists.

The bottom line, BUYER BEWARE!

According to their Facebook ads and their Facebook page [@cyclingdietforweightloss] they say, “Fun, easy, and safe way to lose weight! Find what will work for you with 60-sec quiz approved by cycling coaches and experts and get your personalized plan & diet!”

So I purchased the program to check it out and it cost $66… not including the international charges because the company is based in Lithuania (Didn’t know that when I registered).

In addition I paid an extra, $4.99, to get the “rush” evaluation on the quiz I took. They say the personal evaluation is done by cycling coaches and experts.

I signed up as a beginner to see what they were teaching new cyclists. When I received my plan it included some generic daily workouts for before and after stretching, calisthenics, and bicycle training. You could easily come up with these on your own via the web for free.

But when I got to the diet part, and you are led to believe with a name like CyclingDiet this is the robust part of their offering, all it had was a Cycling Recipe book in a PDF showing calorie amounts for the few dozen recipes they provided. No daily plan, no meals to sync with the daily cycling and off-day workouts, no technology to track your calories… Just two mentions above the recipe “book” that showed total daily calories you should stay within to maintain weight and total calories you should target to lose weight.

Honestly, you could buy a paperback weight loss cookbook for under $10 and get more information.

What they sent me is what their “cycling coaches and experts” came up with?

After working with Olympic cycling sports nutritionists and many nutritionists over the years on my own diet and my daughter’s because she has Type 1 Diabetes, the CyclingDiet isn’t a diet or diet plan by any stretch of the imagination.

The whole plan is basically – stay under 1,500 calories a day and you add it up on your own. Oh, and exercise a lot. Not worth $5 let alone $66.

If you’re used to MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, WeightWatchers, or the many other online programs, CyclingDiet looks like a bad joke.

Plus, when I attempted to get a refund after telling them the deficiencies in their product, they gave me some back and forth customer support static and said they would refund only half ($33) and it may take 2 weeks to process.

So just to check on them by doing a Google search, turns out the company for CyclingDiet, UAB Kilo Grupė, in the first few Google results, are about “unauthorized charges” and scam alerts.

Now I’m going to have to watch my PayPal and bank accounts to see what happens.

They buy a lot of online ads. They’re everywhere. I blocked them.

As you can imagine, I won’t recommend this product. Far from it.

In fact this is the best $33, hopefully, I’ve ever spent if it helps you not fall for this waste of your time and money.

If you need a diet, talk to your medical doctor or a licensed nutritionist. They work with you and legitimate online programs for you to evaluate, plan, and track your diet. That’s the safest and will get you the best results.

Happy cycling!

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