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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

Getting Back into the SP Swing

Tuesday, February 09, 2010      0 comments

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

Monday, February 01, 2010      1 comments

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

Tuesday, January 05, 2010      2 comments

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

Monday, January 04, 2010      1 comments

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

Saturday, January 02, 2010      0 comments

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

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