Was it the Speed or the Spandex?
I was going to do hill repeats yesterday but when I saw that there was a 15-25 mph west-northwest wind I changed my mind. Not because I didn't want to ride in wind like that but because there's a particular ride I love to take when the wind is b... Read more
Cycling: Hill Repeats Today
I plan to try a new climbing workout today, hill repeats. I suppose in a way I've done this before as there's one hill around here that has about 7 different ways to climb it, the end of which is the same in all but two cases. But today I plan t... Read more
Felt Good to be in the Gym Again
I've been pretty much fully devoted to cycling over the last several weeks but this week is a cross-training week for me and it felt so good to be in the gym again. I jogged/walked for 1 hour, 40 minutes before and 20 minutes after my strength t... Read more
The Training Plan for the Week
My training plan went very well last week and I have high hopes for this one as well. Last week was all about producing top speed on the bike five days in a row, this week is about recovery and cross-training. I don't have much recovery to do as... Read more
Just a Duck or a Messenger of the Lord?
For the fourth time in eight years, my wife Kim was laid off from her job. The implications of this are big for us because she has Multiple Sclerosis and therefore we have to have medical insurance. If we were to pay for it on our own, even with... Read more
What a Glorious Day
It was supposed to storm in our neck of the woods today but it's ended up being an amazingly beautiful day: clear skies, low 70's, slight breeze--near heavenly. I'm so thankful to God for a day like this, hope you're enjoying yours as well.... Read more
Day Five: Final Report on the Week
At this time of year my training is 100% focused on The Ride Across Minnesota, a 5-day, 300-mile ride that benefits MS research. This year I decided to train by mimicking the event, albeit with shorter distances since I don't have the time to ri... Read more
Days Three & Four: Report and Preview
Several blogs ago I explained the phase of training that I'm in now so I won't repeat that here except to say that this week is a big one for me--I'm doing 5 20+ mile rides in a row at race pace. The goal is to develop the ability to ride like t... Read more
Day Two: Report and Preview
A couple of blogs ago I explained the phase of training that I'm in now so I won't repeat all of that, except to say that this week is a big one for me--I'm doing 5 20+ mile rides in a row at race pace. Here's how it's gone and what's in store f... Read more
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
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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