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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
Bit of a Chilly Ride but a Ride Nonetheless
Friday, April 01, 2011      1 comments

Yesterday I went for a 15 mile ride in about 35 degree temps with a 5-10 mph SE wind. That wind was chilly and I rode right into it for the first half but then I turned around and had it at my back which was very nice. I must say, though, that i... Read more

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