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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
Just a Duck or a Messenger of the Lord?
Sunday, May 29, 2011      1 comments

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
Saturday, May 28, 2011      1 comments

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

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