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What's Motivating You Today?

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Today's a new day on this journey of pursuing health and wellness, so what's motivating you today? Not yesterday or the day before, but today? For me...

1. The grace of Jesus that has taken me so far and yet bids me on farther still.

2. The joy of eating well and caring for my body to the glory of God.

3. The sustained energy that's mine when I eat well and exercise--I'm a busy man and I need lots of energy!

4. The joy of using that energy to bless and serve others.

5. My first half marathon on May 12--only ten days away!!!

So how about you?

  
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VISUALLYRICS 5/2/2012 11:39AM

    Me too....I have energy for myself & a host of others! Love it that I crave fitness & healthy nutrition....that the Lord has walked with me through it all...as He helped me develop strong habits - so blessed to have a healthy lifestyle!

Excellent music motivates me today...as I listen to my children each practicing a different instrument, it is "music" to my ears...they are developing strong disciplined habits....will in turn bring much pleasure to them & others as they play!

I cannot out give God....His Grace and Mercy pursue me..so thankful to be loved this much.


emoticon on your upcoming race!! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 5/2/2012 10:51AM

    LOVE IT!
Good luck with your half! You'll do great, I'm sure!!

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MARLIMOO 5/2/2012 10:38AM

    Wowee- go get em at the half!

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Sticking to the Training Plan

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I'm still getting over the cold I've had for the last couple of days. It caused me to miss my last scheduled training jog of 12.1 miles on Sunday because I was dizzy and weak and had a very sore throat. It was the right decision. But since then I've been wondering if I should squeeze that long run in today or tomorrow or just stick with everything else that I had scheduled, and my friend LILPAT pushed me over the edge--I'm just going to stick to the plan and not worry about that last long jog. I'm ready for the half marathon even now, so i don't really need the workout anyhow.

Well, I'm off for a 5K jog followed by a 5-miler and a 2-miler later in the week. It's seriously windy outside in the Minneapolis area today which will make my jog interesting!

  
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BECKYANNE1 5/1/2012 6:23PM

    It's windy down here in SE MN too. I've been dealing with a sinus infection or something this week also and although I'm running, etc., I'm not doing my best. As long as I do something I'm ok with it and I hope I get over it soon. I hope you feel better soon also and way to go on the jogging!

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Caught a Cold, Change of Plans

Monday, April 30, 2012

Yesterday I was supposed to take my final training jog/walk for the half marathon that's coming up on May 12, but I caught a pretty bad cold and didn't feel up to it. Foregoing the workout was the right thing to do, but now I'm wondering how to proceed from here. Should I squeeze in the 12 miler early this week or just stick to the plan as it's laid out from this point forward? Not sure what I'm going to do, but I'd love any advice you might have to give.

Have a great day!

  
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MNCYCLIST 5/1/2012 11:57AM

    Thanks LILPAT, I was leaning toward that anyhow and you pushed me over the edge! Hope you have a great day!

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LILPAT3 5/1/2012 10:56AM

    Stick to the original plan. If you have been training, your body will do just fine. No sense stressing the body more than the cold already is. Lots of fluid and stretching and you will sail through the half with ease.

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Discovered a Simple Key to Faster Sprints

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out. For years I've assumed that in order to sprint fast you had to work up speed at a normal to high cadence (100-120), kick it up a few gears, and then hammer as hard as possible. But a couple of days ago it hit me: what's good for the goose is good for the gander (whatever the heck that means!). If high cadence pedaling works best for endurance and climbing, it should also work best for sprinting.

So I tried it yesterday--and it worked! I have a triple chain ring so on the front I have a 52-42-30 and on the back I have a 28-11. In looking at my gear-cadence charts, I realized that if I spin a 52-16--my fourth hardest gear--at 120 rpm, I'll produce an approximate speed of 31.3 mph and if I spin a 52-14 at that same cadence I'll hit 35.8 mph.

So again, I did a quick test of this philosophy yesterday and discovered that it will become my preferred sprinting strategy. I've got to work out some kinks and articulate some principles yet, so I'll wait until later to say more about this, but for now I'm SO excited! I see a relatively easy way to hit my desired sprinting speed for the year much sooner in the year than I planned (during testing yesterday I can within 4 mph of my stated goal for the year). I may in fact increase that sprinting goal to 38 or something like that but one thing at a time!

For now, yeah! I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control and I think I like it! (How did the Pointer Sisters get into my blog?!)

Have a great day!

  
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KA_JUN 4/26/2012 4:29PM

    Good way to work it out in your head, always like to read about others thought processes when trying to figure out a solution to a problem!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/26/2012 1:55PM

    Great hypothesis...and rewarding experiment!!! emoticon

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Ooppss, Ended up Riding for 35 miles Today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I really didn't mean to do it. I went for a short walk this morning, about 30 minutes, and then did a few things after which I rode my bike along the route for the 12.1 mile jog/walk I plan to take this Sunday. Sometime after that, I decided to take this and that little ride--I'm without a car today--and next thing you know I racked up 35 miles! Wow, amazing how the miles add up when you're "lifestyle" cycling. Great day for it too--70 degrees and clear with little wind here in the Twin Cities!

Thank you, Lord!

  
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BECKYANNE1 4/26/2012 7:29PM

    Very impressive! I love surprises when it comes to exercise.

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KA_JUN 4/25/2012 5:23PM

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