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Computer Crashed but I'm Sparkin' Again!

Friday, June 24, 2011

My computer crashed a week and half ago, first a virus and then a major hard drive malfunction. I had to buy a new unit and all of that took a lot of time and energy so I had to let go of sparking for a week or so, but I'm but and glad to be at it again. Hope you have a great day.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/26/2011 6:13AM

    So glad you are back! Technology can be just great when it works right, but so frustrating when it doesn't. Best luck for a long and productive life for your current system. -Marsha

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One more week before the second test

Monday, June 06, 2011

My annual Tour de France, The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM), takes place in eight weeks from now. It's a 300-mile, 5-day ride that benefits MS research. This year's route is very hilly but my goal is to come in at an average speed of 18.0 mph or higher. So this year I decided to schedule three weeks prior to the TRAM in which I'd ride for five days in a row at race pace. The schedule looks like this:

1. 20+ mile rides at race pace (finished at 18.4 mph)
2. Recovery and cross-training (last week, went fairly well)
3. Recovery and cross-training (this week)
4. 30+ mile rides at race pace
5. Recovery and cross-training
6. Recovery and cross-training
7. 40+ mile rides at race pace
8. Recovery and cross-training
9. Recovery and cross-training
10. TRAM

Last week went pretty well except that I over-trained and I'm quite tired. So this week I'm going to focus on rest and recovery, riding only about 50 miles or so. Then next week I hope to be well rested, strong, and ride like the wind!

Hope you have a great day!

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/13/2011 4:52AM

    emoticon sounds like a great ride you are training for. Don't overdo it!

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LLLAWSON 6/6/2011 6:09PM

    Wow. That's alot of riding. I'm planning on a 25 mile fun run in a couple of weeks and can't wait.

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Cycling: Speed Endurance Workout Today

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I did a workout today designed to improve aerobic endurance and the anaerobic threshold today, it's called "The Matchbook Maker," though I can't remember why. Here's how it goes:

Find a stretch of road where you can do a handful of uninterrupted 3-5 minute efforts. Push the pace until itís uncomfortable and hang on for 3 minutes. Recover for 2 minutes and then repeat 2 times. Repeat this exercise until you can complete 5 such efforts and then do 3 efforts of 4 minutes, working up to 5 efforts, and then do 3 efforts of 5 minutes, working up to 5 efforts.

Today I did five efforts of five minutes over 17.5 miles and came in at an average speed of 19.2 mph. I felt very good on the bike today and therefore wish this week was a bigger cycling week for me, but unfortunately I'm still focusing on cross-training and recovery. But next week...I can let loose and ride, ride, ride! I'll explain what I mean tomorrow.

For now, hope you have a great evening!

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/6/2011 4:05AM

    Sounds like great interval training. Have a good week!

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Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"--What a Blessing!

Friday, June 03, 2011

I'm embarrassed to admit this but it's true. A couple of week's ago we sang Matt Redman's song "You Never Let Go" in church and I thought to myself, "I don't like this song," mostly because I found the verses hard to sing. But a few days later I noticed that I couldn't get the chorus out of my mind and given what I was going through that week, it really ministered to me.

Then as the Lord would have it we sang the song in church again last Sunday and this time I still found the verses hard to sing but I really fell in love with the bridge and the chorus. I can't get this song out of my head and now I'm writing to encourage you to give it a chance, too. (I put it this way because someone else admitted to me that they didn't like the song either time we sang it!)

Like Redman's "Blessed be the Name," I think this one will remind a lot of people that God is hanging on to them amidst the storms of life and in this way it will give them hope. I know it's doing that for me right now and I'm grateful to Matt and much more to the God who inspired him.

Thanks, Lord, for your sustaining mercy in our lives. May you use this song as one tool to keep us hanging on to You who loved us from before the foundation of the world.

Here's a link to the song:


Was it the Speed or the Spandex?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I was going to do hill repeats yesterday but when I saw that there was a 15-25 mph west-northwest wind I changed my mind. Not because I didn't want to ride in wind like that but because there's a particular ride I love to take when the wind is blowing in that direction. Reason being I go out for eleven miles straight into it, stop for a drink at Caribou Coffee, and then turn around and fly home--which I did! Oh how I love riding with the wind.

At one point I came upon a tractor putzing along the side of the road, so I went down into the drops and pushed the pace as hard as I could. When I flew around him I looked down at my speedometer and saw that I was doing 35 mph! And I heard the man say, "Wow!" That was fun, although I'm not sure why he was surprised--perhaps it was the blazing speed but perhaps it was the fact that he's never seen such a large man in spandex!

One way or the other it was sure fun, so I'll do those hill repeats another day. Hope you have a great day!

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TAMIK1964 6/5/2011 10:04PM

    I'm just starting to cycle and the direction of the wind always determines the path I take. I always start going into the wind. The whole time I'm struggling I just keep thinking about the ride home and how much fun it will be :)

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/3/2011 7:59AM

    I love cycling with the wind behind me - it is so much better to adapt the exercise we plan for the condtions. makes for more fun. Those hills are not going anywhere!

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    I'm voting for the speed.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/2/2011 8:53PM

    Great blog! Your love of the ride, the wind, the speed.... just wonderful! -Marsha

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