Day One: Preview of the Route
As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, I'm beginning 9 weeks of specific training for my major, annual cycling event. Over the last couple of years I've learned that in order to have success at a particular event the training must mirror that even... Read more
Big Week: Let the TRAM Specific Training Begin!
The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM, is a 5-day, 300-mile bike ride that benefits MS research. My wife has MS so we take the ride every year, this will be our ninth--her fifth as a rider!
The TRAM commences exactly 10 weeks from now, and my... Read more
Surpassed 1,000 Miles on the Bike
One of my cycling goals for this year is to put in 3,000 miles. My previous best was 2,753 so I thought I'd push myself a little this year and hit 3K. Well, yesterday, after my second ride of the day, I crested the hill of 1,000 miles and curren... Read more
Glory & Belief: Live for the Right Glory and You will Believe
This morning in my time with God I meditated on Jesus' words in John 5, especially verses 19-46. The chapter begins with the story of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath which raised some issues for the Jews, issues which were heightened when Jes... Read more
Passed the Test
I took a longer ride yesterday, 40 miles, on a course with lots of rolling hills. My hope was to come in at an average speed of 18.0 mph and ended up coming in at 18.3. I was very pleased with my performance. I did have to work for this but I di... Read more
A Longer Ride, A Test
Normally I don't wait this long in the year to take a longer bike ride but this year I've been focusing on developing speed with the intention of developing endurance at a later time. Thus far the plan has worked, I've been able to hit my target... Read more
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