Man, I'd wanted to get two posts out today, have them half-drafted in the machine, half in the head. Things just didn't come together, since 6am, starting with the dog walk and nothing has slowed down since.

But I've got to roll. We're out to a local place (Mt. Madonna, Hecker Pass) only an hour away to break in the new little retro camping trailer I picked up this week.


It's the T@DA, by Dutchman. We've got the XTL floorplan. Only 2,000 pounds or so, about a thousand pounds lighter than the pop-up trailer I'm selling. And, it fits in our parking garage (clearance under 8', unheard of for travel trailers these days). If you see the grid toward the front, that's the A/C unit, specifically to keep the overhead clearance low. The quality is fantastic in terms of cabinetry and such. All around great craftsmanship, like Airstream.

I don't think the campground has WIFI, but I might get down to Starbuck's or something to upload a post or two. If not, see ya Sunday.

And if you haven't seen fit to take the survey, I'd really appreciate it.

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  1. Athanasios on September 12, 2008 at 16:34

    I have a question and I would appreciate if anyone could help: When I keep my carbohydrates below the 8-10% level of my total daily calories consumed, it seems that I start loosing motivation for training and my performance might suffer a little bit. If I go above that level (mainly by consuming fruits -berries and apples) I start feeling better but water retention and body weight increase follow as well. Could it be an overall calorie issue or is it just a matter of finding the right percentages for my activity/lifestyle?

  2. Norman on September 13, 2008 at 04:41

    Hi, it appears I don't understand power-law training. If you do a short high intensity workout then that's okay. Why is it not okay to do a long slow jogging ? Not that I like them….but I just don't get it.

    Thanks for your blog !

  3. Richard Nikoley on September 15, 2008 at 14:13


    Based on my own experience, it seemed at odds with our evolutionary past to lose motivation for work (like hunting) in a carb or even calorie deprived state. So, I began fasting about 24 hours before me two weekly workouts (intense, 30 minutes only). With rare exception, that's now my preferred way to work out, i.e., not only no carbs, but no food.

    Most ironically, most of my muscle and strength gains have come since I began doing this, to the utter astonishment of my personal trainer (and other trainers too).

    Like I say: most advice is just wrong, and all one need do is think about it logically. Meat-hunting animals do their most intense work when hungry. It ought to be no different for us.


    Art de Vany is the power-law expert. But essentially, it's the idea that intensity and endurance are inversely related. The more intense, the less endurance. The reason high intensity is preferred is because of the hormonal effects, i.e., hGH release, which promotes lean preservation and fat burning.

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