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Body Position/Endurance Ride Today

Monday, March 29, 2010      0 comments

Today's normally my day off but since I'm going to India in a couple of weeks I've decided to get some things done. And of course, I also have to sneak a bike ride in somewhere! The plan is to work on body position today and bump up the mi... Read more

Rest Day Today

Sunday, March 28, 2010      1 comments

Taking a day off the bike today. Honestly, it's hard for me to do that this time of year because I've been off the bike for quite a while and I'm excited to be back in the swing of things. I want to ride! But rest is such an important part of gr... Read more

Recovery Ride Today

Saturday, March 27, 2010      0 comments

Normally today would be a day off the bike for me, but since I'm leaving for a month in India in two weeks I'm trying to get some extra miles in. So I took an easy 22 mile spin today. It was 45 degrees and a little drizzly but I really enjoyed t... Read more

Strength Training on the Bike Today

Friday, March 26, 2010      0 comments

Today is "strength day" so I'll be heading out on a 17.5 mile, fairly hilly course. After 15 minutes or so of warm-up I'll stick the chain in the big ring and ride in the largest gear I can possibly push. I don't care about cadence or speed at a... Read more

Cadence Day

Thursday, March 25, 2010      0 comments

The 2010 cycling season is in full swing now and today I plan to work on cadence. Normally this would be a day off but due to unforeseen circumstances earlier in the week, I had to shift things around a bit. So here's the plan: Warm up for... Read more

The Cycling Plan for this Time of Year

Wednesday, March 24, 2010      0 comments

Spring is here for real in MN, although we could always get snow or what have you this time of year. Be that as it may, I'm back to a four-ride per week rhythm, focused on three things: body position, cadence, and strength. So here's how a typic... Read more

Gained a Few Pounds

Monday, March 22, 2010      2 comments

Unfortunately, I have lost a little discipline over the last couple of months and I've put on 5-7 lbs. But things are turning around this week, I hope. Cycling season has started in earnest which has re-motivated me to be more careful with my ca... Read more

Buca di Beppo's

Saturday, March 06, 2010      0 comments

My wife's grandpa died this week and so we gathered with family last night at Buca Di Beppo's--I don't even want to think about how much I had to eat! I sure enjoyed it, but I think I'll have a "low-cal" day today.... Read more

First Road Ride of the Year

Friday, March 05, 2010      1 comments

I finally had the chance to get out on the road yesterday. It's been in the high 30s/low 40s recently which is just on the low range of what I'll ride in. So yesterday it was 39 degrees, sunny, and windless. I rode for 13.5 miles with eight smal... Read more

Grieving with Hope

Thursday, March 04, 2010      1 comments

My wife's grandpa died yesterday morning. He was 95 years old and lived a good long life, but at the same time it seems nothing more than a vapor. Life on this earth is brief and fickle and holds no final hope for us. If we're to have real hope ... Read more

I'm Ready to Rest

Sunday, February 14, 2010      0 comments

It's been a good week but a long and busy one, and I'm so ready for my day off which is Monday. So in just minutes from now I'll start vegging out and hopefully get some good rest and go back to it on Tuesday morning.... Read more

Training for a 200-Mile, One-Day Ride

Saturday, February 13, 2010      1 comments

I've done several "centuries" now, that is, 100-mile bike rides in one day. I don't mean for this to sound arrogant, but honestly it's just not a challenge for me anymore. I take a century seriously because it is a long way to ride a bike in one... Read more

Strength Training on the Bike Today

Friday, February 12, 2010      1 comments

As I said a couple blogs ago, in preparing for the cycling season I focus on cadence and strength training this time of year so today is a strength training day. Here's the workout I did, it's called "3-2-1 Intervals." After a 10 minute wa... Read more

Core Training Today

Thursday, February 11, 2010      1 comments

One of the things that gives a person power on the bike, but which is ironically not exercised much on the bike, is his or her core muscles: the abs, obliques, and lower back. When I'm in the heart of cycling season I don't work to strengthen th... Read more

Let the Cycling Training Begin!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010      0 comments

I love cycling but I do take a couple months off per year so that I don't burn out, usually Nov-Dec. I started some basic training exercises last month but now I'm taking that up a notch both in terms of miles and intensity. The plan is to put i... Read more

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