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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

No Sleep = No Ride

Saturday, May 07, 2011      2 comments

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

Friday, May 06, 2011      0 comments

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

Thursday, May 05, 2011      0 comments

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

Wednesday, May 04, 2011      3 comments

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

Tuesday, May 03, 2011      2 comments

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

Thoughts on Osama bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011      2 comments

I blogged this morning about the death of Osama bin Laden. Here's the link if you want to check out my blog and here's the text if you don't. bornoftheword.blogspot.c
om/ I've been praying for Osama bin Laden for ... Read more

A Friend Dies

Sunday, May 01, 2011      0 comments

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. Th... Read more

My Strategy for Riding into 20-25 MPH Winds

Saturday, April 30, 2011      1 comments

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!

Thursday, April 28, 2011      0 comments

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011      0 comments

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011      2 comments

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


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