Author: Peter

Personal trainer specializing in functional strength and weight loss, serving northern NJ. Husband, father, cross-country ski racer, trail runner, road rider, writer, gardener.

The Big Bonk

Fifty-three miles, 4300 feet of vertical gain, 3500 calories burned, one big bonk.  Holy number cruncher, Batman. Last Sunday started out well, as I rode a now-familiar route to Jockey Hollow.  Zigging and zagging to bag a couple of favorite…

Strength Training for Cross Country Skiing

It’s nearly summer.  Whether you’re running, riding, or getting ready for next winter, you’re hitting the gym, right?  If your strength training routine is getting stale, check out some of the moves in these videos.  Some of them are familiar;…

Thoughts on Euflexxa

“Don’t watch.”  Dr. Rosenberg sprayed something on my knee.  This was after I’d smeared prescription lidocaine all over it.  Next to him was a little metal tray with needles and potions. Eyes shut, every muscle tensed up, I waited for…

Brave New Knee

Better living through chemistry, that’s what I call it.  Through the magic of modern medicine, I just might have a brave new knee.  How hard I’ll be able to beat on it remains to be seen. After the crushing news…

Torn Meniscus: End of the Line?

“You might not be running long distances any more,” my sports medicine doctor said. What do you say when you hear something like that?  Gee thanks?  Can I get another opinion?  Driving down to see my doctor – and hyperventilating…

Lactic Acid Test

There are switchbacks on New Jersey roads, if you know where to find them. Lactic acid accumulation has always been an issue for me on the bike.  Skiing or running, my body clears lactate easily.  But cycling, I’ve always accumulated…

Kris Freeman Cut from U.S. Team: The Wrong Decision

On his blog, Kris Freeman wrote that he had been cut from the U.S. cross-country ski team for next year.  Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising.  At 50th in the 2012-13 FIS standings for distance skiers, he falls outside USSA’s objective criteria.…

2013 Paris-Roubaix

OK, so I didn’t watch the 2013 Paris-Roubaix.  I was out on my own ride, my own adventure.  Fabian Cancellara won.  Maybe his pre-race moment was a karma bank deposit towards victory. The second half of the race, from Eurosport: What…