Rando Richard Welcome to my endurance outdoor blog. This site is about my RANDOnneuring (ultra-distance cycling) and RANDOnnée skiing pursuits, plus some stuff on SUP too (stand-up paddleboarding) and mountaineering.

My pact: Push hard. Endure. Be safe. Be successful. Be exhilarated.

01 February 2013 ~ 4 Comments

Bicycle Tail Light Review

Over the years I have used many LED tail lights since I do more than my share of night riding on brevets or double-century rides. Below is quick review of many of the popular brands. I have seen many lights that are have less than 1/2-watt output. Typically, these lights have three or more weak […]

31 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Improving Swimming Flip Turns

This post is for those struggling with swimming flip turns. During the 2012–2013 winter season (the winter is when I do most of my swimming) I have found that open turns are faster for me, but nearly every source indicates that a flip turn is the only way to go when swimming freestyle. Hmmm, read […]

11 November 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Aren’t Carbon Fiber Bikes Just Fancy Plastic?

Ever since I started riding with other randonneurs, the mantra has been among many of them that “steel is real,” dismissing carbon fiber as inadequate for long distance cycling. Many of them prefer a steel or titanium frame because of the ride quality and most importantly, the durability. They claim that carbon fiber (and many […]

28 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Garmin Fenix & Garmin 310XT Wristwatch GPS Review

I want to mention five things about these two devices: 1. Faulty Heart Rate Straps In May of 2012 I purchased the Garmin 310XT wristwatch style “triathlon,” multi-sport GPS. I got it primarily for use with SUP, but also starting using it for cycling (and uploading my rides to Strava). It was supplied with their […]

21 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

2012 LoToJa—Finally, a New PR for Me! (200 under 12)

Ever since I started road cycling in 2007 I have had the goal of doing a double century (200 mile) ride in under 12 hours. On Desperado Dual (central Utah ride) I have come close…12:20, 12:35, but with the winds and sparse drafting opportunities I never achieved my goal. This spring I went to Calif. […]

14 October 2012 ~ 8 Comments

SUP Great Salt Lake Crossing

On October 9th, 2012 I did a crossing of the width of the Great Salt Lake on a stand-up paddle board. It was my understanding that this was the first-ever crossing of the lake via SUP, but I have been told since then, that other groups have done it previously (although I have not seen […]

24 September 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Admundson 14’0″ SUP Board Review

  Amundson Design 14’0″ TR-X Carbon (distributed by Aquaglide, shaped by John Amundson of Hawaii) After purchasing a 12′ 6″ board, I knew that for any long distance stand-up I would need a fourteen footer. In August I rode several models at the Outdoor Retailer show and decided that the 27-inch wide boards were just […]

23 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Nebo Mania

Earlier this spring, I made the acquaintance of a local roadie, Brian Whipple. He and I are the same age and we ride very close to the same speed and intensity. He has complained about getting “out climbed” by many of his cycling partners, so this season he was making a concerted effort to work […]

12 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

New Shimano 11-speed Drive Train

This month, Shimano announced a new 9000-series, eleven speed drive train for road bikes. At this point, it is only available in Dura-Ace, and not for their Di2 electronic shifting. The grouppo includes a new STI shifter set, cassette, crankarm (in both compact & regular), bottom bracket, chain and a front and rear derailleur. For […]

17 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

14′ SUP Boards at the OR Show

Since I live close to Salt Lake City, I try to attend the indoor exhibitions at the Outdoor Retailer show, which occurs twice a year (Jan and Aug). This year, I also went to the so-called “open air demo” on a local reservoir (Jordanelle) to try out boards. My primary purpose was to try out […]

10 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

CygoLite Turbo 740 Xtra Bike Light Review

Introduction As a relative newbie to the long distance cycling scene, I had the unbiased choice of which lighting system to use: battery operated or the venerable hub generate type system. The battery operated systems are less costly, and put no load or drag on your bicycle system. (A hub requires a custom-made wheel which […]

18 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

What Camera to Buy?

As a professional photographer I frequently get asked about recommendations for cameras. Below is a summary of my thoughts. The links are subject to immediate change…so they may not be relevant a month from now! Factors Is the size of the camera an issue? There are three styles: – The smallest are “point & shoots” […]

07 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

2012 Colorado High Country 1200km Grand Randonnée

Only 700 miles to go… Above are the photos for my “long ride of the 2012 season.” It was the Colorado High Country Grand Randonnée (1200km or 750 miles in 3-1/2 days). I was little apprehensive as my carbon fiber bike has developed some hairline fractures which I was worried about. It held together fine […]

11 June 2012 ~ 4 Comments

New Shimano “Climbing” Gear

I have been waiting for Shimano to introduce an Ultegra-level compact double “climbing” cassette and derailleur. They finally came out with a matched set. Just this week, my latest wholesale catalog lists the following 10-speed parts: Ultegra CS-6700 12-30t Cassette Ultegra RD-6700A 30 tooth (40 wrap) Derailleur Yahoo. I’m just in the process of building […]

15 May 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Lactate or Anaerobic Threshold

Recently I posted a question on a cycling forum. It was “how high should one’s heart rate be on a long extended climb?” Then general consensus was “try to keep it below your lactate threshold” or “don’t go into the red.” (Lactate threshold is also called anaerobic threshold or maximal steady heart rate.) I know […]

14 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Liquid Oxygen & Giardia

A few years ago, a nephew of mine, who works at an outdoor wilderness program, indicated that this product called Areobic 07, (there are other similar products under other brands) was effective in treating water in the outdoor environment. They supposedly drank out of cow troughs, out of creeks, lakes, yet in several years of […]

10 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Post Workout Smoothie Recipe

For the past year I have concluded nearly workout (both cardio and strength-training) with a protein fruit smoothie. I got the original recipe from Boys Life, the BSA magazine for youth. It was a simple recipe, which I have since modified slightly. Here it is: 1 to 1.5 fresh bananas 3/4s of a fresh orange […]

05 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Salt Lake Randos site move

The Salt Lake Randomneurs (long distance cycling) information used to be on this blog, but I have finally moved it to it’s own site at this link. Regretfully all the comments didn’t make the move, but are archived if. > Richard, RBA (Regional Brevet Adminstrator)

05 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Sinking Legs while Swimming

Here it is February and I have been consistently swimming since November of last year (2 – 3x a week). On my last post I reported problems with bi-laterial breathing. I have finally settling into breathing on one side, every other stroke (instead of every third stroke as with bi-lateral), BUT I switch sides every […]

26 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Isle San Diego Racing/Touring SUP Board Review

In September I purchased my first stan- up paddleboard. I found a deal on a used Wave Storm 10′ 6″ board. These were recently sold at Costco. I found one online review and it was pretty favorable, especially considering the price, which was about $800 for a new board. After purchasing it, I did more […]

17 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Swimming & Breathing

This fall, because it is too cold to cycle comfortably, and since there is not enough snow to ski, I have decided to try swimming for part of my cardio workout (I also visit the weight room). I have been going to the local college pool where I have been receiving lessons from a student […]

13 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Utahans Completing 1200Ks

This past season (2011), three of us finished 1200k’s Grand Randonnées: They include myself (Richard Stum), completing Colorado High Country in July with a time of 83:52. Robert Owen, from Saint George finished Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in August with a time of 89:02. Conor Carroll, originally from Houston, but now lives in Kaysville, also completed PBP, […]

10 November 2011 ~ 5 Comments

The Whiter the Bread, the Sooner You’re Dead

When I was growing up, my mother and many of her sisters (she came from a family of 15 siblings), espoused a good diet to increase one’s health and/or to increase your lifespan (several of them published books on this topic). They had a slogan, which I’ll never forget, which is “The Whiter the Bread, […]

06 November 2011 ~ 17 Comments

Breaking in a Leather Saddle (quickly)

During the spring of 2011 I made the decision to try out a tensioned, unpadded leather saddle again. My previous experience with a 100% leather saddle was using the Selle-Anatomica, which doesn’t require any break in. But that saddle was heavy (no titanium model available) and the slit down the middle was not terribly comfortable […]

02 October 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Bird Island (my first SUP adventure)

In an effort to get a more balanced (upper) body, I purchased a used stand up paddleboard in August (SUP, also called stand up paddle surfing). After a half a dozen training trips at some local reservoirs and lakes, I decided to paddle out to a small landmark in Utah Lake, called Bird Island on […]

02 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

2011 Moab Brevet

On September the 24th I hosted the first brevet in the Moab area, called the Moab Double Whammy. It is also a 200K Permanent route that was featured in a 2011 issue of The American Randonneur magazine. The day started at 8:00 a.m. with six riders. Two of them had commitments later in the day, […]

21 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Green River Float Trip

08 July 2011 ~ 7 Comments

2011 Colorado High Country 1200K

Sane or Insane? On day three, myself and three others left the motel in Steamboat Springs at 4:45 a.m. to begin another day in the saddle. The night before it had rained for several hours and the affects storm were still there — there was a dense, misty fog. I could barely see as a […]

26 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

How to Pick a Chamois Short

This past week I got in a pair of Origin 8 TechSport cycling shorts to review. This is the in-house brand of J&B Importers, one of my main cycling suppliers. First I did a 2-hour training ride, then a 3+ training ride, and finally on June the 25th, I did an 8-hour 200K ride (125 […]

19 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Skiing the west face of Mount Timpanogos

On my bucket list has always been to ski the west face of Mount Timpanogos in Utah. On May the 5th, 2011, a few guys from a local club were hiking (booting) and skiing to the top of the true summit (11,749 ft.) via Everest Ridge or the west face, as I call it. My […]