Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twisted Trails 2: Release Date Revealed!


After a year of writing and editing, I am proud to announce the release date for Twisted Trails 2. This highly anticipated sequel has embraced the style of the first book but also expands the Twisted Universe with more unique storylines. That's right, some of your favorite characters will be returning to join a cast of new characters on all new adventures.

Twisted Trails 2 will be available in both Print and E-book editions.
Check back to this blog for continuing updates.

Twisted Trails 2 will be available:
Saturday, October 1st

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Twisted Trails 2 Update: Coordinated Scribbles!


It is not easy to give updates about a book without giving away parts of the plot. What I can say is that Twisted Trails 2 has reached its final phase of development. Heather, my amazing Editor is currently scrutinizing Chapter 2 while Terri, my Proofreader/wife is helping me on the wording of the Introduction/book blurb.

What I can tell you is that the book will be similar in style to the first Twisted Trails. It will have nine chapters, each with a somewhat self contained story that shares characters with other chapters. Most important to my local readers is that the first chapter will take place in Florida. It is a location that many mountain bikers know and love. Also, if you are part of the Florida cycling community you might very well have inspired a character.

That's enough for now. Stay tuned for updates - Alex H

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Driving a Shuttle to the Top


Twisted Trails 2 Update: The new book is right on schedule! The first chapter made its way to the Editor so we will likely be on time for a Fall release.

Also, as some of you might know I have a new job driving an airport shuttle for Florida Sunshine Express. This job has allowed me to spread the word about my writing. At the beginning of June my Author Rank on Amazon peaked at 4,400! There are hundreds of thousands of authors on Amazon so this is a huge boost in popularity. Thank you all for the support, we are racing up that ladder.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Confessions of a Recovering Egomaniac



Today is my 43rd birthday and I'm still chasing my dreams, sort of. There are some who envy my dedication. Others are quite aware that I'm full of shit. The truth is that we all do what comes easiest. The only difference is that my imagination has been running wild for years and I only just now grabbed the reigns.

My long list of achievements includes quitting or getting fired from 70 jobs. Of the 700+ articles I have written a mere 7 made it to print (Only one was paid). I have been turned down by every publisher and agent I have queried in the last 20 years. The only mountain bikes races I won were the ones with no competition in my class. I never needed to lie about any of these things. When you compete, people assume that you are an amazing athlete. When you get published once, people assume that you get published often. That's right I'm blaming you audience!

Why am I kicking this trash down the hallway? Because I'm over it. Granted it took a long time. I know I'm never going to be some incredible athlete. There is no Olympic medal in my future. My face will never be on a Wheaties box. Probably not going to host Saturday Night Live. Probably not going to be a guest on The Daily Show.

Don't get me wrong I'm still exercising but I'm done posting event stories where I happen to score a colored ribbon. I might take a few pictures here and there but I'm done spending countless hours splicing internet videos. If all of this sounds a bit depressing, it should. I put years of hard work into these side projects only to discover that there was no way to sustain them. Many people don't set their goals high enough, I set mine too high. I'm tired of being crushed under the weight of my own expectations.

So, what happens next? Now I get to focus on creating something meaningful without distractions. Twisted Trails has been the most successful product I have ever produced. That is something worthy to be built upon. I currently have a working copy of Twisted Trails 2 and I'm deep into the rewrites. From this time forward this blog will be dedicated to all things Twisted. If I can harness all of my energy into one project maybe my expectations will not seem so far fetched.

Stick with me folks, there are still great things to come. Alex H


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Body Transformation Update: 70 Days


Challenges come in all shapes and intensities. It has been 70 days since I started to build the body I always wanted and the gains are becoming visible. You can see from the picture above I am the biggest I have ever been in my life. Here are the results so far.

Bodyweight increase +7 = 189.2pds

Arms increase +.50 = 15.25"

Chest increase + 1.00 = 42"

Thighs increase +.50 = 23.50"

Calves +.50 = 14.50"

The rest of my physical measurements stayed roughly the same.

I had started by focusing on volume training using Arnold's Blueprint Program on Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace community. While this gave me some huge numbers, the long workouts took too much energy to complete and affected my consistency. I was having trouble getting in 4 workouts a week and I was coming up short on body parts.

After shopping around a little I found James Grage's Rewired program. These workouts are shorter but more intense with lots of supersets. They target a single bodypart per day which keeps the rest fresh and ready to rock. The biggest challenge now is getting in enough cardio to keep my bodyfat down. I'm thinking of adding a mini Crossfit WOD at the end of each workout. One step at a time.




Proper nutrition is still a challenge, I spend a lot more time in the kitchen and a little more money on food. It is worth the effort. As for supplements I got hooked up at my local GNC. The manager knows that I don't have much money so she always points me towards the latest discounted items. Thanks to her attentiveness I have tried some top notch products for rock bottom prices.

As I mentioned previously BodySpace is a community network for weightlifters so if you want to join in feel free to friend me. Members encourage each other and share information. My wife Terri has signed up and is working on a 12 week beginners program. Come join us!



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Body Transformation Update: 50 Days


That's right I'm still pounding away at the weights. It has been 50 days since I started to build the body I always wanted and the gains have come slow but steady. As you can see from the picture above I am the biggest I have ever been in my life and it feels great. For those who don't know, I have an eating disorder and spent most my years far below an ideal bodyweight. Despite being physically active, this nutritional deficiency caused all kinds of pain and problems.

Fast forward to Dec 6th, 2015 I decided to build the body I always dreamed about. Now I'm roughly 50 days in and here are the results so far.

Bodyweight increase +5 = 187.2pds

Arms increase +.25 = 15"

Thighs increase +.50 = 23.50"

Calves +.50 = 14.50"

The rest of my physical measurements stayed the same.

Now let's get to the personal records. I did not attempt to go after any individual records but rather focused on volume training using Arnold's Blueprint Program on Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace community. When I first started my typical total pounds lifted in a workout was around 5,000. In the past two weeks using Arnold's system with proper nutrition and supplementation I have climbed the ladder.

January 12th = 7,316pds

January 15th = 13,272pds

January 21st = 15,042pds 

BodySpace sends members a weekly e-mail that recaps their training from the previous week. This way you learn your strengths and weaknesses. Here are a couple motivational quotes from that first e-mail.


SHOULDERS
"You put in another solid shoulder effort, doing six exercises for a total of 50 sets. They were only a small piece of your weekly regimen, making up 36% of your workouts. Your top shoulder lift this week was front dumbbell raise."

"Through the week, you lifted a total of 300 lbs. with your calves. Sweet!"

"You may not be in the mood for a melody, but you've got to feel all right. In the past week, your total weight lifted per workout is near in mass to that of a grand piano."


BodySpace is a community network for weightlifters so if you want to join in feel free to friend me. Members encourage each other and share information. In fact, my wife Terri has signed up and completed her first 7 day beginners program. Did I mention that it's free?



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Splashdown at Piggy's Revenge 2016



It was a day for the bold and daring as 240 mountain bikers took to the trails of the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida for the annual Piggy's Revenge Off Road Challenge. The park had received two inches of rain in the three days preceding the event turning otherwise pristine singletrack into mud rutted splash zones. Outsiders to the sport might watch the music video and think to themselves: Why would any one want to do that? Part of the reward of mountain biking is the journey through suffering. That is why we call it an Off Road Challenge, it's not for couch potatoes. You've got to have grit. This was truly a Pigtacular Mudfest!





Let's see what the riders had to say.

"Another Piggy's Revenge in the books! This course was about as mean as a junk yard dog. I don't think I have ever ridden in so much water! Glad I survived to talk about it but it's going to be a while before I remember it fondly." - Scott Pfaff, 60 Miler

"40 muddy miles of oinking "fun." - Sierra Stafford, 40 Miler

"Should have used the mountain bike. Way too wet for CX." - Jesse Rutherford, 60 Miler

"First mountain bike ride ever, and oh what fun. 20 miles of mostly mud. Thanks to my fab friends for showing me how to do it without too much pain." - Tina Sujana, 20 Miler

"This was one of the toughest 20 mile bike rides I ever done. My bike, shoes and socks were caked in mud, I went to a car wash to clean them. Will I do it again next year? Most likely yes!" - Randy Cobb, 20 Miler




Aside from the crazy terrain and suffering, mountain biking is really all about friends. The hoots and hollers of riders with the biggest smiles often came from groups who did their best to stay together on the trail. Even if they did separate there was always the mid-race round-up known as the SAG stop. Run by Tom, Jeff and Walter this year's oasis was the social pub where the tired and weary became fueled and blurry. Their delightful cantina served as a reminder that this is "fun" race, not meant to be taken too seriously.

If you were one of the few who found themselves overwhelmed by the terrain there were convenient bailout routes on the way back. These shortcuts returned the riders to home base where Fat Point Beer, Bratwurst, homemade pasta and cookies filled their bellies. This year's event had seventeen sponsors who showered the crowd with raffle prizes and random gifts for goofy categories like who can hold the longest handstand. Then finally the coveted Pig trophies were given to the victors.



Winner, Winner, Piggy Dinner!

Who were the winners? Everyone who signed up and toughed it out was a winner. This year's race was a genuine experience that none will soon forget. However if you want to know where you placed we have that too (Mostly). Check out the links below.

The 20 Mile Race (Top 40)

The 40 Mile Race (Top 40)

The 60 Mile Race (Top 10)

There were 400+ photos taken of the event. All of them can be found by scrolling through the
SCORR Riders Facebook page.
Be sure to 'Like' the page and stay in touch to find out about upcoming events.