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Back from India

Monday, February 01, 2010

It's been a while since I've blogged, or had anything to do with SP actually. That's because I was busy getting ready to travel to India for a couple of weeks which I did. My time there was very fruitful and I'm grateful to God for it, and now I'm getting back into the swing of things here in the States.

And I'm glad to be back among my SP friends!

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WINDY_LEE 2/1/2010 10:17AM

    Welcome Back

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I Love Spinach

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Don't know what it is about spinach but I wake up craving it most days. Right now my mouth is watering just at the thought of a spinach, egg, and cheese breakfast burrito so I'm off to fulfill my desire!

Have a great day!

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KEENTINA 1/5/2010 3:19PM

    I don't even need the tortilla shell to get into that dish! As long as I can buy fresh spinach, I can put it in LOTS of dishes.

I like it better than lettuce for salads.

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MOTOMOMOF2 1/5/2010 9:10AM

    Enjoy, when my son was little he loved it, but he waned to look like popey the sailor man.

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Preparing for a 1-Day, 200-Mile Bike Ride

Monday, January 04, 2010

I've completed sereral "centuries" now, that is, a 1-day, 100-mile bike ride, and I'm ready to go to the next level. In MN where I live there's an event called the Paul Bunyan Double Century, a 200-mile ride that leaves from Anoka High School, goes around Lake Mil Lacs, and returns to the school. It's mostly flat but the winds can get nasty and one way or the other 200 miles is a long way to ride a bike in one day. But I'm up for trying. The ride takes place on the last Saturday in June so here's my training plan for the next six months:

1. Cross-train in January-February, spending some time on the bike but mostly on xc skis and in the gym. The goal here is to increase overall fitness and endurance, especially on the skis.

2. Increase time on the bike in March-April working on speed, strength, and endurance. The goal here is to strengthen my core cycling skills and to begin working on the mental toughness that will be necessary for completing the ride in a good time.

3. Begin focusing on endurance riding in May-June, bringing my training to a peak one week before the ride. I'll then allow my body to heal and strengthen the week before the ride so that I'll be ready to give my all on the big day.

4. Increase my knowledge and discipline with regard to diet so that I give my body everything it needs to thrive on the bike.

5. Increase my knowledge and practice of key mental skills that will help me both relax and endure over the course of the ride.

I'm simultaneously excited and intimidated by this goal but mostly excited! Having specific and challenging goals is such an important part of advancing in the pursuit of health and I hope that this one will help me.

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KEENTINA 1/5/2010 3:21PM

    That sounds like fun but I have never been much of a biker. Often wish I was. Have fun and be sure to report on your progress in June!

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First Spin of the Year

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I like to take a couple of months off from biking each year so that I don't burn out on my favorite sport. I find this time away reinvigorates my passion for going far and fast! But alas my time away is over and yesterday I took my first spin of 12.6 miles. Not a very big dent in my planned 2500 miles for this year but I'm still mostly cross-training (xc skiing and the gym).

The ride went fairly well although I was tired from xc skiing for about 4 hours over the previous two days and I could feel it. All in all, though, it felt really good to be back on the bike again!


New Year, Fresh Goals

Friday, January 01, 2010

Here are my major goals for 2010 as far as health and fitness are concerned:

1. Continue building healthy eating habits one good decision at a time.

2. Go from 213 to 190-95 by July 31.

3. Complete a 5k jog/walk on Feb 13 (at an event in Mpls)

4. Complete the Paul Bunyan Double Century (200 mile, 1 day bike ride) at an average speed of 16.5 mph or higher.

5. Complete The Ride Across Minnesota (300 mile, 5 day bike ride for MS) at an average speed of 18.5 mph or higher.

6. Complete the Jesse James Century (100 mile, 1 day bike ride) at an average speed of 19.0 mph or higher.

7. In all things, put love for and obedience to Jesus Christ first for he has taught us that the first and most important thing in all of life is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength," and then also to "love your neighbor as yourself."

I feel excited and a bit intimidated by my goals for this year, but mostly excited! Thanks for reading this.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/1/2010 10:21AM

    Wow! These are challenging goals, but they sound like fun. Good luck in the New Year.

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