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Finally back on the bike today

Thursday, July 08, 2010      0 comments

Due to my wife leaving for India this week and a doctoral project I had to complete by this morning, I haven't been able to ride over the last couple of days. So it felt very good to be back in the saddle today. Did a quick 30 miles, nothing spe... Read more

Whew, so busy today!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010      1 comments

This day has been insanely busy and I'll probably be working until 10 or 11 tonight. So much for riding today but I'll get a good one in tomorrow, Lord willing!... Read more

Tired but Can't Rest Today

Monday, July 05, 2010      1 comments

I normally take Mondays off, and when I say "off" I mean it! I work six days per week and give it all I've got so this one day per week I lay low and let my body heal up. But I just have too much to do this week because my ladies are leaving tow... Read more

Nice Ride Yesterday, Rest Today

Sunday, July 04, 2010      0 comments

Had another nice 35 mile group ride yesterday. The wind was still blowing like crazy and was at our side for the majority of the ride which made it challenging but the pace was much slower than usual which I found refreshing. I was still tired f... Read more

Group Ride Yesterday & Another Today

Saturday, July 03, 2010      1 comments

I must admit that I was bummed. I was looking forward to getting a true test of where my fitness and cycling levels are right now compared to other riders who are better than me but when I saw the that the wind was blowing 20-25 mph, and at time... Read more

Group Ride Later Today

Friday, July 02, 2010      1 comments

Plan to take a group ride this evening for the first time this year. I generally avoid these kinds of rides until about this time of year because they often interfere with the training plan. That is, the rush of being with other riders, especial... Read more

Recovery Ride Today--Kind of...

Thursday, July 01, 2010      1 comments

Over the last couple of days I've done two fairly intense workouts on the bike and so the plan for today was to ride more normally and let my body heal up and grow stronger. Sounds great on paper but two minutes into the ride I realized that I w... Read more

Speed Day Today

Wednesday, June 30, 2010      1 comments

I don't normally do two strenuous training rides in a row but rather I most often take recovery day(s) in between--either I stay completely off the bike or I take a mellow ride and just enjoy myself. This allows my muscles and joints and even bo... Read more

Strength Day Today

Tuesday, June 29, 2010      2 comments

In keeping with my training plan I completed a strength exercise today. I rode my bike for 17.3 miles on a rolling course, about 10 smaller rollers and 4 longer-steeper ones. After warming up for about 5 minutes I put the chain in the largest ri... Read more

Oh man am I sleepy

Monday, June 28, 2010      1 comments

He who burns the candle at both ends is not as bright as he thinks! That's me right now, I need a nap.... Read more

Rest Day Today

Sunday, June 27, 2010      2 comments

After a good week of small 10 mile rides, the plan is to take two days off the bike now and then fire things up again on Tuesday. This week I'll be taking rides of about 20 miles each day, a little less here and a little more there. Also, I plan... Read more

Speed Endurance Day Today

Saturday, June 26, 2010      2 comments

After a day of recovery yesterday it was time to work on speed endurance today so here's the workout I did: Matchbook Maker (can't remember why the bicycling.com coach calls it that): Find a stretch of road where you can do a handful of un... Read more

Nice Recovery Ride Today

Friday, June 25, 2010      0 comments

Yesterday I rode pretty fast for my level and so today I backed it off a bit to let my body recover. It was a great 10-mile ride: the skies were painted with high gray clouds, the wind was still, the temp was perfect, and I came in at 17.0 mph a... Read more

Speed Day Today

Thursday, June 24, 2010      0 comments

A couple of days ago I shared my training plan for the TRAM and as I said then today is a "speed day," that is, a day when I work on going fast! Here's the workout I did: Form Sprints: within an aerobic ride include 6-10 sprints which last... Read more

Recovery Ride Today

Wednesday, June 23, 2010      0 comments

Yesterday I pushed the pace pretty hard on my "strength day" so today I will take a somewhat brisk but more mellow ride to allow my body to recover, rebuild, and strengthen. Tomorrow I will then focus on developing speed but I'll wait to say mor... Read more


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