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Group Ride Later Today
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Training Plan for The Ride Across Minnesota
Now that my big one-day 200 mile ride is over I'm beginning preparation for our annual 5-day 300 mile ride for MS. It's called The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short, and here's my training plan for the next several weeks:
Monday: Of... Read more
Nice day of Rest
After so much training and then finally completing the 200 mile, one day ride last Saturday, it's so nice to just sit around a do nothing today!... Read more
I have that "pinch me" feeling...
Yesterday I rode my bike for 200 miles along with 48 others, well 3 did not finish. I'm so grateful for the grace and power of Jesus that helped me every step of the way, and I have that "pinch me" feeling, like, "did that really happen? Is it r... Read more
Elated & Exhausted--I just Rode my Bike for 200 Miles!
I am at once elated and exhausted--by the grace and power of Jesus I just rode my bike for 200 miles in one day and I did not die! Thanks, Lord, for your grace!
More later, for now here are the facts:
God is Good!
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Debrief of my 150-Mile Bike Ride, Part 3
I decided to post this today because I realized that I'm going to be doing my big ride tomorrow and I won't have time to Spark--Lord willing, I'll be out of the house at 4:00 am, on the rode by 5:00 a.m., and back home sometime before 10:00 pm. ... Read more