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Reached the Next Level of CP25K
Thursday, January 13, 2011      1 comments

I finished up week four of the "CP25K" plan today, and plan to do the first run of week four on Saturday. On week five I'll warm up for 10 minutes with a mellow walk and then jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3, jog for 5, walk for 3, and jog for 5. I... Read more
Dealing with "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness"
Wednesday, January 12, 2011      0 comments

Last week my strength training program transitioned from low-resistance, high-rep, full-body workouts to higher-resistance, lower-rep, targeted workouts. I had completed the full-body workouts for eight weeks in a row and felt that my body was n... Read more
Earned my 50,000 Point Trophy!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011      8 comments

I reached a milestone yesterday--I earned my 50,000 point trophy! It took 1 year and 10 months, lots of working out, lots of tracking, lots of points chasing, but it was all worth it. I have come so far and learned so much, and I'm very thankful... Read more
Rest Day & Reflection on the Week
Monday, January 10, 2011      1 comments

I'm the pastor of a little church in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and Monday is my one day off every week. I need it! It's been a very busy week at work (I put in 53.5 hours) and I transitioned in my strength training plan from low impact, full-b... Read more
Good Salad at Denny's
Sunday, January 09, 2011      0 comments

Today after church a couple offered to buy us lunch at Denny's. Not my favorite place, but the price was right! And more importantly, I really counted it a privilege to spend time with this precious family. As I searched the menu, I found... Read more
Goodbye, Junior Mints
Saturday, January 08, 2011      5 comments

I see now that when I go to the movies (which is very rare for me) I can't have Junior Mints anymore, a movie snack which I've enjoyed for years. The cals are big, that's true, but that's not the reason I must abstain. Rather, I have totally det... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
Friday, January 07, 2011      2 comments

Yesterday I finished the fourth week of CP25K workouts, namely, jog for 1.5 minutes, walk for 1.5 minutes, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes and repeat one time. I modified this a bit by jogging for 5 minutes on the last interval. So n... Read more
Patience is so Important
Thursday, January 06, 2011      2 comments

I've had a wonderful last couple months in the gym and I've really been reaping the benefits lately. My main goals for this year come in July and September so it's very important that I not over-train now otherwise I'll be burnt out or injured w... Read more
Couch Potato to 5K
Wednesday, January 05, 2011      1 comments

I've always hated running just to run. I love the kind of running one does for football or baseball or tennis, but running to run has never made any sense to me. However, as I learned more and more about fitness over the last few years, and as I... Read more
Tuesday, January 04, 2011      0 comments

Over the last couple of weeks I've shared quite a bit about my 2011 goals and strategy, and I want to bring this series of blogs to an end by saying that, for me, it's all about the glory of God in Jesus Christ. God is unspeakably glorious... Read more
Monday, January 03, 2011      0 comments

Yesterday I said that recovery is an important part of cycling, or of any sport I suppose, and today I want to say that rest is, too. By rest I have in mind days away from exercise, naps, and nightly sleep. Let me comment on each of these in tur... Read more
Sunday, January 02, 2011      1 comments

Recovery is a very important aspect of cycling, especially when training for a multi-day event. It’s good to be able to ride hard and fast for one day, but it takes recovery skills to be able to ride hard and fast day after day. Since my major c... Read more
Saturday, January 01, 2011      0 comments

A key part of success in any endeavor is mental strength, and this is particularly true of athletic endeavors. Most fitness barriers are mental barriers before they are physical barriers. So I’ve decided to give much attention to mental strength... Read more
Friday, December 31, 2010      2 comments

I have been an avid cyclist for a little over eleven years now. I started mountain biking in the fall of 1999 but soon discovered the thrill of road riding and have never turned back. I had a few fairly serious years of cycling in the mid-2000s ... Read more
Thursday, December 30, 2010      0 comments

Over the last ten days I’ve shared a lot about my goals, strategy, and plan for 2011. Here are the pertinent facts: Goal: to increase my average speed on the bike so that 18.0 mph is the new normal. Strategy: focus on nutrition, physi... Read more

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