Buca di Beppo's
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
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
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
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
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
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