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The Plan is Working

Sunday, April 24, 2011      1 comments

My main goal this year is to increase my speed on the bike so that 18.0-18.5 is normal, every day riding. I just took a 22 mile out and back ride on which I've hit the 18.0 range four times, with the fastest being 18.4. I completed a speed endur... Read more

Cycling: Speed Endurance Workout

Saturday, April 23, 2011      0 comments

Did one of my favorite workouts yesterday, and will probably do it again today if the weather and circumstances cooperate. It's called the Matchbook Maker and it goes like this: Find a stretch of road where you can do a handful of uninterr... Read more

YES--Just Earned my 60,000 Point Trophy!

Friday, April 22, 2011      3 comments

It took two years and one month, many hours of exercise, tracking, reading, and interacting but by the grace of God and the help of SP I did it! Now, this was supposed to be my final trophy but they changed the rules in the middle of the game. O... Read more

The Humility of Jesus Humbles Me

Thursday, April 21, 2011      2 comments

This year for the Easter season I've been meditating on Philippians 2:1-18. The heart of it has to do with the humility of Jesus which then serves as a pattern for those who believe in him, who love and follow him. The more I've meditated on thi... Read more

Jogging: Today's 5K

Wednesday, April 20, 2011      1 comments

According to my newly refreshed late spring plan, I jog a 5k twice per week--Wednesdays and Saturdays. Today I walked the first 5 min and then jog the rest of the way. It took me a total of 35 minutes which isn't bad given the fact that I've nev... Read more

Windy Ride Today

Tuesday, April 19, 2011      0 comments

Just got home from a 20 mile strength workout--5 or6 six descent climbs with standing/sitting intervals--and boy was it windy. Coming out of the east at 15-25 with gusts in the 30s. Since it's only 45 degrees this made for a bit of a chilly ride... Read more

Workout Schedule for the Next 7 Weeks

Monday, April 18, 2011      2 comments

Every year my major sporting event is The Ride Across Minnesota, a 5 day, 300 mile bike ride that benefits MS research--my wife has MS. Months ago I designed an eight-week training plan that begins June 5 and ends the week before the event, and ... Read more

No Exercise Today

Sunday, April 17, 2011      1 comments

Today was a rare one for me in that I didn't exercise at all. But that's okay, got a big week planned and I'll certainly make up for it! Hope you had a good one.... Read more

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

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