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A Friend Dies
A good friend of mine, from many years ago, died today. I loved him and I will miss him. His passing serves as a powerful reminder that what the Bible says is true: life is a vapor, it's a blade of grass, it's here today, gone tomorrow.
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My Strategy for Riding into 20-25 MPH Winds
It was very windy yesterday in the Twin Cities, 20-25 mph from the SE. Knowing that resistance builds strength and character, I decided to take a 17.3 mile ride, the first half of which was straight into the wind, the second half of which was wi... Read more
Jogging: Successfully Completed 6 Intervals!
After completing the "CP25K" program I decided to cycle through it again, this time to work on speed. But every time I tried adding intervals to my jogs I felt like I was going to die! I would complete one, usually, and then just have to coast i... Read more
An Historic Feat
Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert has just completed what is called the "Ardennes Hat Trick" or "The Ardennes Grand Slam" which means that he won three of the European Spring Classic bike races in a space of only eight days. He first took the Ams... Read more
Cycling: Set New PB Yesterday
Over the last several months I have been working hard on several elements of my fitness and cycling designed to increase my normal average speed on the bike to 18.0 or above. Yesterday, though it was supposed to be my day off, the weather was so... Read more
Thoughts on This Week
Last week I shared that I had retooled my weekly plan for the next seven weeks, now six weeks, and so I think I'll use Mondays to blog about how things went the previous week. I'm a pastor and take Mondays off so this is a good day for me to do ... Read more
The Plan is Working
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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