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Le Tour de France has Begun!

Saturday, July 02, 2011      4 comments

Three weeks. Over 2,000 miles. Twenty-two teams of nine riders each. Six ways to win something. Here are my predictions: Yellow Jersey (overall winner): Alberto Contador (Team: Saxo Bank Sungard) though I'm pulling for Andy Schleck (Team: L... Read more

Hot, Hot Ride Today

Friday, July 01, 2011      2 comments

For us northerners up here in Minnesota, it is a scorcher! About 94 degrees and very humid--ugh! I went for a bike ride today for good reasons, but I must admit that my core temperature has not been that high in a long time and I didn't like it ... Read more

Went over the 1500-mile mark on the bike today

Thursday, June 30, 2011      3 comments

One of my cycling goals for this year is to put in 3,000 miles on the bike. I didn't plan it this way but it just so happened that on June 30, the last day of the 6th month of the year, I crested over the 1,500 mile mark. I'm sitting at 1507 rig... Read more

Perfect Day for Cycling

Tuesday, June 28, 2011      0 comments

Oh boy is it perfect for cycling or what? It's 67 degrees with mostly clear skies in Minneapolis and I just can't wait to get out on the bike. It'll be a mellow ride today but that's even better because it will help me remember to enjoy the day!... Read more

The Cycling Plan for this Week

Monday, June 27, 2011      2 comments

Next week is my last major training week for my annual cycling event, the Ride Across Minnesota (5 days, 300 miles). The plan is to take five 40 mile rides in a row at race pace. The goal is to come in at an average speed of 18.0+ mph. So ... Read more

Wiped Out Today

Sunday, June 26, 2011      4 comments

I am SO tired. I've rarely felt this tired, thank God that tomorrow is my day off and that I have nothing more to do today. I'm going to bed and I'm going to get up--well, pretty much--until Tuesday morning! Yea for me, hope you have a good even... Read more

30 Miles Yesterday, Another 30 Today

Saturday, June 25, 2011      2 comments

Last week was a big cycling week for me as I'm entering into the final approach to my major annual cycling event, The Ride Across Minnesota. I took 5 30-mile rides in a row at race speed and did fairly well--I came in at a total average speed of... Read more

Computer Crashed but I'm Sparkin' Again!

Friday, June 24, 2011      1 comments

My computer crashed a week and half ago, first a virus and then a major hard drive malfunction. I had to buy a new unit and all of that took a lot of time and energy so I had to let go of sparking for a week or so, but I'm but and glad to be at ... Read more

One more week before the second test

Monday, June 06, 2011      2 comments

My annual Tour de France, The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM), takes place in eight weeks from now. It's a 300-mile, 5-day ride that benefits MS research. This year's route is very hilly but my goal is to come in at an average speed of 18.0 mph or ... Read more

Cycling: Speed Endurance Workout Today

Sunday, June 05, 2011      1 comments

I did a workout today designed to improve aerobic endurance and the anaerobic threshold today, it's called "The Matchbook Maker," though I can't remember why. Here's how it goes: Find a stretch of road where you can do a handful of uninter... Read more

Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"--What a Blessing!

Friday, June 03, 2011      0 comments

I'm embarrassed to admit this but it's true. A couple of week's ago we sang Matt Redman's song "You Never Let Go" in church and I thought to myself, "I don't like this song," mostly because I found the verses hard to sing. But a few days later I... Read more

Was it the Speed or the Spandex?

Thursday, June 02, 2011      4 comments

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

Wednesday, June 01, 2011      2 comments

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011      0 comments

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

Monday, May 30, 2011      1 comments

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

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