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Commuting on the Bike

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My 16 year old daughter recently got her license and so lately it's been easiest to just have her take the car and have me ride my bike to work and around town. I live about 3.5 miles from my office and the town in which I work is small so it's not hard to get around. This has been a great way to get my miles in each week, and a great way to connect with my town a little better. What I mean is that on a bike you can smell and feel a place a little better than in a car and as a Pastor this has really been helping me connect with life in this area and pray.

The down sides are that I can't carry much with me, I can't always dress the way I need to, and the weather creates problems at times. But these things are easy to get around with a little forethought, planning, and teamwork so it's working out okay.

Hope you have a great day!

  
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WINDY_LEE 10/12/2010 10:21AM

    I can relate with you on this, I live 3 miles from my office and have been without my truck for over a month now so I have to ride to work,. Before I always drove my truck to work then bike road early in the mornings. When I finally get a vehicle again, I will still ride my bike to work when weather is agreeing with it.
I do enjoy the fresh air, the fields in bloom, you can see so much more and praise God for the ability to ride and enjoy His wonderful presence in my life.

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Cadence Interval Workout Today

Monday, October 11, 2010

Today I'm scheduled to work on cadence, so here's the workout I plan to do:

Cadence Intervals: within and aerobic ride, and after a good warm-up, hold your cadence for 1 minute at 100+ and 1 then minute at 90+; 2 minutes at 100+ and 2 minutes at 90+; 3 minutes at 100+ and 3 minutes at 90+; 4 minutes at 100+ and 4 minutes at 90+; and 5 minutes at 100+ and 5 minutes at 90+. Cool down for at least 5 minutes. Option: go into the drops each time you ramp up the cadence.

I hope to average 18+ mph during this workout but we'll see how it goes, my riding's been a little off lately. Hope you have a great day!

  


Back to Serious Training This Week

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Because my rear wheel cracked and I got undisciplined with my diet, I got a little lax with my training in the last month. I've still ridden a fair amount but I haven't been very intentional with each ride adn I'm starting to notice the difference in my riding. But this week I'm going to get back on track and, Lord willing, complete each of the following workouts this week:

Monday: 20 mile cadence workout
Tuesday: 10-20 mile recovery ride
Wednesday: 20 mile strength ride on wich I'll focus on climbing
Thursday: 10-20 mile recovery ride
Friday: 20 mile speed-endurance ride
Saturday: off
Sunday: 10 mile recovery ride.

I'm really looking forward to getting back on track with my training!

  
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STLPICILLO 10/10/2010 9:03PM

    I pray you are able to complete all your goals this week!

God Bless and have a great week!!!
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THEWEIGHINN 10/10/2010 8:48PM

    I don't suppose you're talking about motorcycle riding, are you? that I could do.
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Better Nutrition = Higher Average Speeds

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Well, it's only been a couple of days, but I've gotten very disciplined again about my diet and what do you know, the average speeds have gone right back up again. Did about 20 miles at 18 mph average which is good for me, so I'm happy and all the more dedicated to pay closer attention to my diet.

  


Bad Nutrition = Slow Average Speeds

Friday, October 08, 2010

To be honest, I haven't been eating well lately. We've had someone living with us and though we love her very much her presence has disrupted our normal routines. Part of what that means is that my eating patterns have been much harder to control and unfortunately I've regained a taste for foods I should be avoiding. It hasn't been tragic, but it hasn't been good.

One implication of this reality, though, is that I've really been dogging on my bike. I don't have adequate glycogen stores and other things my body needs to preform well and it's showing. So starting yesterday I decided to get dead serious again about the nutrition part of my training and I hope to see tangible results in the near future.

By the way, the five aspects of my cycling training are these:

Nutrition
Cycling Skills
Mental Strength
Recovery (post-ride routines)
Rest

It turns out that each of these aspects is vitally important! Hopefully, with God's help, I'll be able to turn things around now.

  


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