Training for a 200-Mile, One-Day Ride
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
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
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!
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
Getting Back into the SP Swing
I've been back from India for a while now, almost two weeks, but it's been so hard to get back into the swing of doing SP everyday. Don't know why because I really enjoy SP, but one way or another here I am and hope to be a faithful participant ... Read more
Back from India
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... Read more
I Love Spinach
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!... Read more
Preparing for a 1-Day, 200-Mile Bike Ride
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, g... Read more
First Spin of the Year
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... Read more
New Year, Fresh Goals
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 a... Read more
Off to Lutsen MN
Heading to Lutsen, Minnesota tomorrow up by the north shore (of Lake Superior, that is). We'll be spending time with family but mostly cross country skiing out in the woods while the bears are sleeping! I can't wait.... Read more
Time to Get Serious
Well the holidays are just about over and my mind is already turning toward March which is the beginning of cycling season for me. I do cross-training during the cold months (xc skiing and indoor training) and then get more cycling specific in F... Read more
Tons of Snow = Great Skiing!
Well, the latest report this morning is that we got about 10-12" of snow over the last couple of days and it's still coming down at a pretty good clip. This excites me very much because I love cross-country skiing and there hasn't been enough sn... Read more
Taco Bell Fresco Menu
Last night on our weekly date, my daughter asked if we could go to Taco Bell and I reluctantly said yes, figuring that I could just piecemeal something decent together. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that they have a new "fresco" m... Read more
Friendly Weight Loss Challenge
Every year my wife and I ride our bikes in The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. It's a 5-day, 300-mile ride that raises money for MS research (my wife has MS). Well, our Team Captain recently asked if I would join in a weight loss chall... Read more
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