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Warming Up is Good!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009      0 comments

On Sunday my cycling plan called for me to complete a "test" ride, that is a ride on which I was to push as hard as I could to see how far my training has progressed. These rides are very intense and I only do them once in a while. Well, I... Read more
Day off Today
Monday, August 17, 2009      2 comments

Had a good ride yesterday though fell short of my goal--but I still had a great time! Today's a day of rest which I welcome but I'm looking forward to tomorrow's medium-intensity ride of about 20 miles.... Read more
Time Trial Day Today
Sunday, August 16, 2009      2 comments

My cycling plan calls for me to have a "test day" every once in a while where I ride a course as fast as I possibly can and compare my time to previous times. This gives one an idea of where he or she is compared to earlier in the season. ... Read more
Finally a High-Intensity Day!
Friday, August 14, 2009      1 comments

After my really long bike ride a couple of weeks ago, my plan called for a couple weeks of recovery--so despite my longing to ride hard I obeyed the plan! This week it's time to ramp it back up a bit but I've had to wait until today for a high-i... Read more
Cross-Training Day
Wednesday, August 12, 2009      1 comments

Cycling is my main sport and some time back I developed an annual training plan based on the advice of Joe Friel in his book "The Cyclist's Training Bible" (by the way, the word "bible" in Greek simply means "book" so there's nothing sacrilegiou... Read more
Eating on the Road
Tuesday, August 11, 2009      0 comments

I'm at a camping site this week trying to finish up a book I've been working on for the last few years: it was supposed to be to the publisher last summer but the process has been harder than expected! Anyhow, it's been so joy-producing fo... Read more
Lost Another Pound
Monday, August 10, 2009      4 comments

Well I continued the slow creep downward this morning--I finally went below 214 to 213! Small progress I know but progress nonetheless. My focus with SP is health not weight loss but I must admit that I really enjoy dropping pounds!... Read more
The Wonder of the Body & the Existence of God
Sunday, August 09, 2009      2 comments

I visited The Science Museum of Minnesota yesterday with my family and one of the displays they had was about the cardio-pulminary system. It's a bit much to explain it all here but I must say that after reading several summaries of how this sys... Read more
Anxiety or Prayer?
Saturday, August 08, 2009      1 comments

My wife was laid off this year and since our insurance comes through her work we are now three weeks away from having no insurance. The reason this is a big deal for us is because my wife has MS and needs meds that cost about $5k per month. COBR... Read more
Reasons for Plateaus and How to Break Them
Friday, August 07, 2009      3 comments

After losing 28 pounds in about 7 months, I have hit a genuine weight loss plateau. I have been between 214-16 for several weeks and just can't get the scale to move. I've read several articles SP has about plateaus but this morning I decided to... Read more
I don't know how to start losing again
Thursday, August 06, 2009      3 comments

From January to June I lost quite a few pounds--just shy of 30 in fact. But since then I have stalled and I don't know why. I'm seeing progress in other areas of my life, like cycling, so my overall health improvement hasn't stalled but I'm stil... Read more
I'm Very Tired Today
Wednesday, August 05, 2009      0 comments

I think my big ride last week is finally catching up with me--I'm exhausted today. Luckily I'm on vacation so I'm going to just chill out all day!... Read more
It's hard to stay disciplined on the bike
Tuesday, August 04, 2009      0 comments

Everything I read says that after a significant effort on the bike--which riding 328.4 miles last week at an average speed of 17.9 mph was--one should either rest completely or engage in "active recovery" for 5-7 days. Active recovery means that... Read more
Back on the Bike Today
Monday, August 03, 2009      0 comments

After riding for 328.4 miles last week, I took two days off the bike but today I plan to get back on it. Just some easy spinning, a recovery ride if you will, but I can't wait. Being on my bike is like being in a sanctuary for me. I just love it... Read more
Now it's time to focus on weight loss
Sunday, August 02, 2009      0 comments

For the last month or so I have been focusing, almost exclusively, on preparing for my bicycle ride across the state of Minnesota. I was hoping to lose weight of course but that didn't happen during those weeks. I rode very well last week but I ... Read more

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