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Unable to ride today

Tuesday, September 21, 2010      0 comments

I was supposed to take a 10-mile or so ride today and work on speed, but circumstances would not allow it so I'll have to take a little longer one tomorrow--oh well, it was a perfect day for riding but I'm sure tomorrow will be nice as well. ... Read more

Resting Today

Monday, September 20, 2010      0 comments

I take one day off per week and when I say day off I mean it! I'm going to do a bunch of nothing today, and then back to work and back to the bike tomorrow. Hope you have a good one!... Read more

Changing My Style of Riding

Sunday, September 19, 2010      0 comments

For most of my 11 years of cycling I've been more of a "masher" than a "grinder." That is, I tend to choose a bigger gear and push hard at a slow cadence (rpm) rather than choose a smaller gear and spin at a high cadence. But as this cycling yea... Read more

Training Plan for the End of Cycling Season

Saturday, September 18, 2010      0 comments

One thing about living in Minnesota is that cycling season has a definite beginning and end. To be sure, there are some crazies who ride all the way through the winter but I'm not one of them! So I participated in the Jesse James Bike Tour... Read more

After a Long Haitus, I'm Back!

Friday, September 17, 2010      0 comments

I haven't blogged on SP in a long time. I was so busy after my latest doctoral course and then went on a couple of weeks vacation, after which I have again been inundated in activity. I have been riding a lot as usual but just unable to spend mu... Read more

Weird Ride Today

Monday, July 12, 2010      1 comments

I'm in the northern suburbs of Chicago this week for some doctoral work. I tried to get a ride in this morning and thus went to the Des Plaines River Trail only to find that its crushed lime rather than paved as a website I read said it was. Oh ... Read more

Hangin' in Chicago area this Week

Sunday, July 11, 2010      1 comments

I'm in a doctoral program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School which requires me to come to the campus for four days, 2-3 times per year. This is one of those weeks. I've read 6 or 7 books and wrote a pre-course paper to prep for our time this... Read more

Group Ride Today

Saturday, July 10, 2010      0 comments

After a couple of days of pushing it a bit in the saddle, I'm going to take a 35 mile ride with a group that rides a bit slower than me. This will be good for me as my legs are sore which surprises me because I've hardly been sore the whole year... Read more

Speed Day Today

Friday, July 09, 2010      0 comments

Worked on developing speed today and completed the following workout: Power Jumps: on a mostly flat course, do 3-5 sets of 5 jumps. A jump is 10-12 turns of the crank (each leg) at a high cadence. Recover for 1 minute between each effort a... Read more

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

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