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Snowy Day but Jogging Anyway!

Saturday, April 16, 2011      1 comments

It's just life in Minnesota. It snowed last night and this morning, although it won't last through the day. It's about 35 outside with stiff winds, and thus it's rather chilly, but I will not let that deter me! I will instead bundle up and compl... Read more

Cycling: Awesome Strength Workout Today

Friday, April 15, 2011      2 comments

Not far from where I live there's a bit of a hill--in Minnesota there's nothing resembling the mountains of my native California. The main road up that hill is about 1.8 miles long and is therefore the longest climb anywhere around here. And in ... Read more

Busy Day Today

Thursday, April 14, 2011      3 comments

I'm hoping to get my 5K jog in today but I've got a meeting in Minneapolis that will last for about 8 hours, and as if that isn't enough, I have another meeting before and after that one! Well, what can you do but do what you can do? Hopefully i... Read more

Cycling: Strength Endurance Workout

Wednesday, April 13, 2011      3 comments

Yesterday I took a short ride, 10.5 miles, and did the following workout designed to develop overall speed: Matchbook Maker: Find a stretch of road where you can do a handful of uninterrupted 3-5 minute efforts. Push the pace until it’s ... Read more

What a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011      2 comments

Oh how I love spring. It was 70 degrees and sunny in Minneapolis today, with a slight SSE breeze. Perfect day for a bike ride, a 5K, and dinner at the park. Oh, I'm so grateful to the Lord for such an amazing gift of mercy like April 12, 2011 in... Read more

The Plan for the Week

Monday, April 11, 2011      0 comments

The big picture for this year, as with all years, centers around The Ride Across Minnesota, a 5-day, 300-mile bike ride that raises money for MS research. My goal is to complete the ride at an average speed of 18.0 mph and I've been working hard... Read more

Cold, windy bike ride today

Sunday, April 10, 2011      0 comments

When I started out on my 21.3 mile adventure, it was about 70 degrees and the wind was blowing from the west-south-west at about 20 mph. When the wind is blowing this hard I like to start out by riding into it--getting the hard work over with--a... Read more

Jogging: Final Jog Before the Virtual 5K

Saturday, April 09, 2011      0 comments

A couple months ago I signed up for a virtual 5K with SP and next week is the week. I do three 5Ks per week so I'll run all three and then put in the best time. Or maybe I should pick the day in advance and compete to see what I can do. Yes, I t... Read more

Ooppss: smashed my bike into the garage

Friday, April 08, 2011      4 comments

I have a roof top bike rack and I've always known that someday I would do this. I just got my bike out of the shop after some minor adjustments but by the time I got home I forgot that it was on the roof, that is until I smashed the bike into th... Read more

Cycling: Good Strength Workout

Thursday, April 07, 2011      1 comments

Yesterday I did a repeat of a workout I did a few days ago. I chose a 17.3 mile course with 17 climbs and each time I hit a climb I got out of the saddle and completed 5-10 revolutions followed by 20-30 revolutions in the saddle. I would repeat ... Read more

Cycling & Jogging: Challenging Cadence Workout, First Jog in 4 Weeks

Wednesday, April 06, 2011      0 comments

Yesterday was a great one as far as exercising goes. After my morning cycle of work (I have a very flexible job and often work at different times of the day rather than 8-10 hours straight), I hopped on the bike and did the following cadence wor... Read more

Lost another Pound

Tuesday, April 05, 2011      4 comments

As I shared last week, I dipped down to 201 a couple of times last week but my official weigh in is on Tuesday mornings. Today I was at 202.0 which is obviously more than 201, however, it's less than the 203.6 I was last week so I'm VERY happy! ... Read more

Cycling: Strength/Climbing Workout

Monday, April 04, 2011      1 comments

Yesterday I tried a new strength/climbing exercise which I will undoubtedly do again and again. Here's how it goes: Pick a course with longer hills. As you begin to climb, get out of the saddle for 5-10 revolutions and then sit back down f... Read more

Cadence Workout Yesterday

Sunday, April 03, 2011      0 comments

One of my goals this year is to increase my ability to maintain higher cadences for longer periods of time so yesterday I completed this simple workout. Within an aerobic ride, and after a 5-10 minute warm-up, hold your cadence for 1 minut... Read more

So Near to One-derland

Saturday, April 02, 2011      2 comments

Over the last two years I've lost about 40 pounds. I started out at 242 with the hope of getting down to 185-195. Before I left for India three weeks ago I was at 207 and ate well while I was there and so I was surprised to see that I was down t... Read more

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