Road to Manchester – Sitrep May 1, 2015

Robert Warren Hess practicing with the start gate at Velo Sports Center Los Angeles The Road to Manchester by Robert Warren Hess I’m convinced that bicycling is playing a key role in preventing my prostate cancer recurrence. I’ve talked about before in this blog that there is a growing connection between exercise, good eating habits, and cancer of all types. Cycling became a key part of my cancer battle plan 12 years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since 2003, I’ve ridden more than the distance around the world, and I weight within 6 pounds (150) of my ideal weight. My trip to Manchester this October is to honor all of the men who have died from prostate cancer and the millions around the world currently living with the disease. The World Master’s Track Champions is part of my personal cancer survivorship journey and my goal is ending prostate cancer through awareness and early detection. Whew! That’s a mouthful. So, here’s my sitrep (situation report) for this week … It was a busy work week and so pretty tough to get much training in. That said, I live just 20 minutes from the world-class indoor velodrome in Carson – the Velo Sports Center in Carson, CA. If you remember, my event in […] read more

Road to Manchester – Sitrep April 26, 2015

Road to Manchester – Sitrep April 26, 2015 The Road to Manchester by Robert Warren Hess It’s just over 5 months to Manchester and I’m trying to get a training routine set for my event. Today was my weekend road ride, with a focus on preparation for riding Stage 7 of this year’s Amgen Tour of California, which ends at the ski lift parking lot on Mt. Baldy. The final 1/2 mile is 17%! The image on the right is from my Garmin computer: 41.1 miles and just over 3,7oo’ of vertical climb. It was a good ride. I’ve being playing around with fasted riding to train my body to use fat for fuel. So, I started this morning with a breakfast of coffee and 1 1/3 ounces of plain turkey.  I also had two waters bottles, each with one small scoop of Osmo sports concentrate.  The result was that I was officially “bonked” at 3 hours and 11 minutes into the ride, just 15 minutes from home.  I’ll check the scale tomorrow morning and see if I actually lost any weight, or if I just ate myself silly when I got home and replaced everything I lost. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day and a very fun […] read more

Inspirational Video About Prostate Cancer Survivor Steve Cooper

We recently shared this extremely inspiring video on our Facebook page about Steve “Radioactive Ironman” Cooper, a board member of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. It’s too good not to share again on our blog. The video was originally posted by ZERO. Steve Cooper was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2012 with a PSA score of 50 and a Gleason 4/4 at all 12 biopsy sites. Steve was only given six months to live. His case was ruled inoperable by the VA. This bleak diagnosis prompted him to seek out other options in the private sector. He had a radical prostatectomy in January of 2013.  Steve rode 118 miles on his bicycle to Tucson only 88 days after surgery.  Just a few weeks later, he ran a marathon in his army uniform. Steve’s “never quit” attitude can be linked back to his lengthy career in the U.S. Army. Today, he is the CEO of Today’s Campus media company.  He has also started a program called This program helps veterans secure careers at no cost to them. We salute Steve Cooper for his never quit attitude! You can find out more about Steve by visiting his Facebook […] read more

Road to Manchester – Sitrep 4/19/2019

Manchester | Sitrep 4/19/2015 } Recovery Day – Sunday by Robert Warren Hess Yesterday was my recovery ride from my training at the velodrome. Here are the Stats … 40.2 miles (just over 122 miles for the week) 3,420 feet of vertical clim Strava “Suffer Score” of 98 – I’ve had one over 300 before:-) Points in the Red – 18 People often ask me about the Around the World Cycling Challenge we created at PCAP. [You can read the details on our website at http://bitly.AroundtheWorldCyclingChallenge. We created the challenge because there is compelling research that consistent exercise reduces the risk of getting cancer and it’s recurrence after treatment. It took me 10 years to finish my around the world trip. But that was 10 years of consistent exercise, health benefits, adventure, and just plain fun. So, check out our website and join me on my second lap around the earth. Allez! Question of the Day. What’s your reason? read more

Road to Manchester – Sitrep 4/16/2015

Road to Manchester – Sitrep 4/16/2015 Just Like Carnegie Hall, the Way to Manchester is all About Practice! by Robert Warren Hess My travel schedule has dropped significantly, so I’ve been able to ride at the track twice this week and I hope to be able to keep that schedule up. Today’s session was really fun – I rode a total of 55.2 miles in 2 hours and 39 minutes rolling.  Here are today’s stats … 50 minute training session prior to Roger’s session.  15 minute warm up, then 3 x standing RAs (rolling accelerations) with 3 min between each RA. Max speed was 28.6 mph on 170mm cranks and 90.6 gear inch, which is about 101 cadence.  At the end of Roger’s session, a total of 55.2 miles for the afternoon, I managed to reach 31.35 in the same gear sitting – which is only about 111 cadence. Great session. I actually feel pretty good. Just slow:-) My New Manchester Bicycle Worlds at Manchester is Bucket List trip for me so I’m pulling out all of the stops in getting ready for this. I’m replacing my trust Fuji Track Pro that I’ve been riding for the past 11 years with a custom made Serenity track […] read more

It’s Minority Health Month: Men Get Tested for Prostate Cancer

National Minority Health Month April is National Minority Health Month presented by the Office of Minority Health.  This year they celebrate 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity. This office addresses disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services and barriers to health care for racial and ethnic minorities. This month we would like to bring more awareness to African American men and prostate cancer.  1 out of 6 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.  For African American men, it is 1 in every 4. More than 230,000 men are diagnosed with this disease and more than 29,000 will die as a result. Prostate cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer after melanoma. African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men. They are also almost 2.5 times as likely to die from this cancer. Scientists cannot explain why prostate cancer occurrence and death rates are higher among African American men. Although, it is widely believed that a combination of genetic differences, lifestyle and nutrition habits, and medical care are factors. Below are some ways to help decrease your chance of getting prostate cancer. Exercise Maintain a healthy diet Know […] read more

Does Fasted Training Make Sense?

Does Fasted Training Make Sense? Restructuring Muscle to Burn Fat by Robert Warren Hess There is an active discussion within the cycling community about training while fasting to train the body to use more fat as fuel. The result would be a leaner body [fat does do much more than go along for the ride] and a greater power to weight ratio. I’m very interested in this because at 5′ 10″ and 153 pounds, I’m still at 21% body fat according to my latest Body-spec scan.  That’s an astounding 30 pounds of me that isn’t doing anything? Well, not really true. I think we need about 9-10% body fat for normal body operation, so I’ve really got just about 10 pounds to lose to get to my optimal weight of 140 [which was my weight when I graduated from college]. Pez Cycling just published a great article on this subject. The bottom line: “More research is still required to establish a robust causal relationship between the metabolic mechanisms that are being stimulated and improved performance on the road. However, restricting or depleting carbohydrate before low-intensity sessions may be a potent stimulus to enhance fat metabolism.” Read the full article here: “Remodellng Muscle to Burn Fat.” […] read more

Follow Up Ultra Sounds Can Help in Breast Cancer Detection

Connecticut was the first state to enact groundbreaking legislation mandating that patients undergoing mammography be educated about their breast density with the option to have a follow-up ultrasound. Jean M. Weigert, head of breast imaging for the Hospital of Central Connecticut, performed a chart review to see how well this process worked in detecting cancers in women with dense breasts during the first four years of its implementation. Jean provided a report to the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium regarding her study. She found that this supplemental ultrasound screening of dense breasts did in fact detect a noteworthy number of breast cancers undiscovered by a mammogram. Since the initial legislation in 2009 breast density reporting laws have become in effect in 21 states with several other bills being introduced this year. The “Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2015” is still pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate. You can read more details of the study in this recent article. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have an annual mammogram beginning at age 40, and a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) every three years for women in their 20′s and 30′s, and annual beginning at 40. […] read more

Road to Manchester – Sitrep 4/8/2015

Road to Manchester – Sitrep 4/8/2015 180 Days and Counting by Robert Warren Hess I’ve got just 180 days to get myself in shape for the world master track cycling championships in the fantastic velodrome in Manchester, England.  I’ve visited and vacationed in England, but I’ve never raced there. So, needless to say, I’m excited. I may not have mentioned my event, which is the 500 meter time trial. It’s a super simple event. You begin at a standstill (in a starting gate) and the timer counts down from 10. When he gets to 1, the buzzer sounds, the gate releases, and you accelerate at fast as you can for the next 500 meters, which is twice around the oval at the Manchester velodrome. The winning time in my age group last year was just under 39 second. My best time ever to date is 42 seconds, so I’ve got a lot of work to do! So, It’s Just a Drag Race. Right? Yup. That’s pretty much it. It’s all about power to weight, pedaling efficiency, wind resistance, and fitness. The seat height needs to be right so that you can generate the maximum amount of power and leg speed. Your handle bar height needs to […] read more

We the People Say Yes to GMO Labeling

Countries with GMO labeling vs without Do you want to know what you are actually eating? Do you care if your food has been genetically modified? Well, you are not alone. According to a recent article, 91% of Americans support GMO labeling.  Unlike America and Canada, sixty four other countries have labeling requirements. A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. A high percentage of food crops, such as corn and soybeans, are genetically modified.* GMOs have been around for a while. The first product that was granted a license for human consumption was a tomato that was designed to resist softening in 1994. Unfortunately, anti-GMO labeling campaigns have not had the funding to cause any drastic changes yet. Check out this informative article at *reference from read more