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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Not sure if I got bored with it, too busy to handle everything or what, but whatever the reason, I took a break from SP for a while. I'm back now, and glad to be back!

Since I last blogged, (1) I finished my training regimen for The Ride Across Minnesota [TRAM] with some modifications because I was too busy to ride as much as I had hoped, (2) I finished the TRAM with an average speed of 16.55 mph [250 mile ride], and (3) commenced "gym season" which I'll blog about later.

For now, a few things about TRAM. First, it was a great route this year in the Central Lakes region of Minnesota. We went from Bemidji to Walker to Park Rapids to Wadena to Fergus Falls to Alexandria. Second, the weather was perfect, for which I'm VERY grateful. Third, the company was awesome. I really enjoyed riding and hanging with the team this year, especially my three or four amigos (depending on the day) with whom I rode the entire route. Here's a pic of us in the middle of day 4, I believe.



Finally, about the average speed, I had hoped to ride at a faster pace but the bottom line is that I was enjoying the time with my friends and decided to prefer that over average speed. I'm so glad I made that choice, and will likely make it again in future years. I'll save speed goals and such for other events, but TRAM is for vacation, friends, site-seeing, etc.

Anyhow, great to be back, hope you have a good rest of the day!

God bless,
Charlie

  
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MPLSKEN 8/23/2012 2:29PM

    Welcome back and
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GRANDMAPATTYV 8/22/2012 10:44PM

    Glad you're back!! The TRAM sounds like alot of fun! emoticon emoticon

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GREENGENES 8/22/2012 8:06PM

    Sounds like a great adventure.

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BILL60 8/22/2012 7:22PM

    Well done, my friend.

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MELISSAD71 8/22/2012 3:31PM

    Welcome back!!

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TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 3

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I could tell as soon as I got up today that I didn't have it in me to ride well. I have been insanely busy over the last few weeks and haven't been able to train, eat well, and rest as I have desired, and today it showed. In addition to that, I went cold-turkey off caffeine starting Sunday and after weeks of being on it my body is definitely feeling the effects. It's a good move, as I really should avoid caffeine everyday for the rest of my life, but sometimes I look to things other that the Lord to help me do what I have to do. I should know better by now.

Be that as it may, I went off and have been riding as well as I can. Had to do a recovery day today, especially given the amount of climbing on this route. So I only came in at an average speed of 16.0 mph but I'm okay with that--I got the miles in and I really enjoyed the day!

Tomorrow it's a 31 mile route that's a little easier--a lot easier--and I'm hoping to feel better. One way or the other, I'll put the miles in and enjoy the day again!

Hope you have a good one today!

  
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MARLIMOO 7/3/2012 6:46AM

    I just did my furthest ride- 24.35 miles- average speed 15.4. Training for my Olympic Triathlon next month. We swam first 1.5 miles- then onto the bike... I did my other race- 17.4 speed so improving. Hope you are doing well.

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BECKYANNE1 6/19/2012 2:35PM

    That was my run yesterday. A little into it, I knew it wasn't going to be a good one. Good luck on your ride! Hope it's a good one!

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MNNICE 6/19/2012 1:35PM

    Was disappointed that the TRAM won't be coming thru Ortonville this year. I checked out the route and doesn't look like "the ride ACROSS Mn" really goes "across" MN, although it should be a beautiful ride with all the lakes along the way! Best of luck on your training (and especially giving up caffeine!)

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SUGIRL06 6/19/2012 1:10PM

    That is how i felt about my run this morning. That "this isn't going to be a good one" feeling. But its done now! Take a nice easy day tomorrow (for me that means running a nice slow short run!)
~Ang

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TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 2

Monday, June 18, 2012

Good ride today, 36 miles of rolling hills. It was hot and humid so that slowed me down a bit, as did the wet conditions on the bike path I took for about 14 miles, but all in all it still went well and I came in at 17.5 mph. Last year I hit 18.5 on this route but my Achilles has been a bit tender and I don't want to re-injure it so it was best to take it easy.

Tomorrow, a 28 mile course with seven longer climbs. Not too long, about 1.0-1.5 miles each, but it's the best I can do in this area! I came in at 17.4 on this route last year so 17.0 would be perfectly acceptable to me. We'll see how I feel, and how the Achilles is doing, and then take it from there.

For now, I'm off to work for the glory of God! "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

  


TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 1

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Today I began a second week of more intense training for my annual bike ride, The Ride Across Minnesota or TRAM for short. The idea this week is to take all the pieces I've been working on and put them together in five consecutive 30+ mile rides.

So today I went out for 30.4 miles on a basically rectangular route, with 15-20 mph SE winds. The first 8 miles were into the wind, the next 16 miles were with cross-tail winds or tails winds, and the final 5.5 miles were back into the wind.

I came in at an average speed of 18.0 mph which is pretty good given the way my training has gone this year, and I'm happy! Last year I came in at 17.8 mph on this same route so I'm pleased to have beat my time, but we'll see how I feel tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a 36 mile ride on a very hilly course, rollers, and given the fact that I've been having some issues with my Achilles again I'm not going to go full out and hope to come in at an average of about 17.5. Last year I came in at 18.6 and I won't touch that, but I do hope to hit my goal. We shall see!

Hope you had a good one today!

  
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MINIDRIVER63 6/18/2012 10:05AM

    So inspiring!

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BILL60 6/18/2012 8:18AM

    Sounds great!!

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Good Combo Workout Today

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Completed a great new workout today, a combination of cadence, strength, aerobic endurance and sprinting intervals. Here's how it went:

10 min warm up @ comfortable cadence
10 min @ 105-10+ rpm, low torque
5 min recovery
10 min strength interval @ 80 rpm, high torque
5 min recovery
10 min @ 95, mid torque
5 min recovery
10 power jumps (stand and sprint for 10 full revolutions, recover for 1 min and repeat)
5 min recovery

I really enjoyed this workout, and even more so the beautiful day. It's in the low 70s with clear blue skies and a WNW wind of about 10 mph today--can't beat that! So praise God for a good work out and a great day!

Thanks for reading and God bless,
Charlie

  
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BILL60 6/13/2012 8:53AM

    Way to go!! You're gonna be a real bike Stud. Keep it up.

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