Cycling: Good Strength Workout Today
I did a 22 mile out and back today. After a 10 minute warm up at 100 rpm, my normal cadence, I shifted into the biggest gear I could push at 90 rpm for three minutes, recovered for two minutes, and then repeated 7 times. I came in at 19.2 mph av... Read more
Phase Three: Making the Best of the Final Three Weeks
My training plan this year is divided into seven phases: winter, early spring, late spring, early summer, late summer, early fall, and late fall. I met all of my goals for the first two phases and have already met my goals for the third phase ev... Read more
First Official 5K--Pics
I've jogged plenty of 5Ks in my neighborhood but it sure was fun to do it along with others. I found out today that I came in 157 out of 318--in the 49th percentile--at a 10:44 pace. Pokey to others, pretty good for me! Anyway, it was a blast an... Read more
Finished my First Official 5K Today!
Last November I decided to try the "Couch Potato to 5K" plan again. I've never liked jogging, actually I've always hated it, but I thought it would be a good way to stay in shape during the winter months when I couldn't ride my bike.
It too... Read more
Which Kingdom will you Serve in Marriage?
Most Friday nights Kimmy and I go out on a date. We're mildly addicted to Applebee's 2 for $20 deal and so we often end up there. Tonight was no exception.
Then after dinner we read a chapter of a book together. Right now we're working our ... Read more
The Bad News is Good News
So here's the bad news: I attempted a high cadence exercise yesterday and failed. I was supposed to hold my cadence at 100 for 5 minutes and recover, then up to 105 for 5 minutes and recover, then up to 110 for 5 minutes and recover, and finally... Read more
Cycling: Climbing Intervals
Tried a new climbing workout yesterday, goes like this:
Pick a course with rolling hills. When you hit the first hill, stay seated and pedal at a high cadence all the way to the top. When you hit the next hill, choose a comfortable gear an... Read more
Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia
In the world of professional cycling there are three "grand tours" every year, so called because they span a period of three weeks and cover over 2,000 miles each. They are the Giro d'Italia (May), the Tour de France (July), and the Vuelta a Esp... Read more
First 5K Coming Up this Week
I'm an avid cyclist but just took up jogging this year for the first time. I completed the "Couch Potato to 5K" plan earlier this year and since have run many 5K on my own, but this Saturday I plan to run in my first official event, the Maple Gr... Read more
Good Recovery Ride
Took an easy ride today after a couple hard and fast ones this week. I've worked very hard this winter and early spring to increase my physical fitness and cycling skills, and I kind of had to pinch myself when I saw that on this "recovery ride"... Read more
No Sleep = No Ride
Oh, it's such a beautiful day--70, sunny, slight breeze. A dream, especially for Minnesota. But I had to be up late working last night and only got 4 hours sleep. I'm exhausted and though this day is begging me to enjoy it on my bike, alas, I ca... Read more
Bible Translator vs. Wild
Last Sunday at church, during our monthly meal, a young woman named Catherine Rivard presented her ministry to us. She's a linguist and Bible translator who's preparing to go to Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her assignment is... Read more
Easy 20 Miles
At this time of year I often commute on my bike and though I know it's going to happen, it never ceases to amaze how the miles pile up. My office is 3.2 miles from my house and then during the day I have to ride here and there for this and that ... Read more
Good Ride Yesterday
Tuesdays are "strength days" for me at this time of year so yesterday I took a 30 mile ride on a course with some rolling hills and one big climb (for Minnesota that is). After a 15 minute warm up at a cadence of 100 (my normal cadence) I put th... Read more
Taking it Up a Notch
My training plan for March is essentially the same as April, however, I'm now ramping up the miles from 250 last month to 350 this month. Thus, I plan to take a 30 mile ride today, focusing on building strength. Specifically, I'll be doing 4 min... Read more