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!
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).
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!
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,
Friday, June 08, 2012
For several years I've used Bontrager's Kevlar tires for my road bike (700 x 23) and usually only flat about once every 2500 miles or so per tire. Yesterday was that once. I had a rear flat, so I stopped, removed the tire and looked for the piece of glass or whatever, and saw something I had never seen before.
Apparently I ran over a pair of heavy-duty 1/4" staples and did such a good job of it that they punctured the tire as though someone had shot them in with a nail gun! There were no bends in the staples or whatever. So I had a good laugh by the side of the road, swapped out the tube, and injected some air with my handy-dandy CO2 cartridge, which I love.
At that point, I had about six or seven miles left to get home and I pretty much giggled all the way--and prayed that I wouldn't flat again as I didn't have another tube with me, and I hate using patch kits. God was gracious, I made it home, and got a good story out of the deal!
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