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Big Week: Let the TRAM Specific Training Begin!
Sunday, May 22, 2011      0 comments

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
Saturday, May 21, 2011      2 comments

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
Friday, May 20, 2011      0 comments

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
Thursday, May 19, 2011      6 comments

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
Wednesday, May 18, 2011      0 comments

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
Tuesday, May 17, 2011      3 comments

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
Monday, May 16, 2011      1 comments

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
Sunday, May 15, 2011      5 comments

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!
Saturday, May 14, 2011      1 comments

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?
Friday, May 13, 2011      0 comments

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
Thursday, May 12, 2011      3 comments

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
Wednesday, May 11, 2011      0 comments

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
Tuesday, May 10, 2011      2 comments

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
Monday, May 09, 2011      3 comments

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
Sunday, May 08, 2011      0 comments

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

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