TRAM Training Day 3--Very Strange Day!
The first half of my 40 mile journey started out well. The course was great, the weather was perfect, I was riding well and feeling better than I have all week, and I came in to the 17.5 mile rest stop at a decent average speed given that I had ... Read more
TRAM Training Day 2
Getting ready for The Ride Across Minnesota, 5 days, 300 miles, lots of hills this year. It takes place at the end of this month so this week is my last week of intense training: I plan to put in about 216 miles at race pace and see what I can d... Read more
TRAM Training Day 1
This is the last week of intense training for The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) which takes place in three weeks (July 25-29). My goal for this week of training and the TRAM is to come in at an average speed of 18.0 mph or higher.
It was ve... Read more
Well, my pic for the Team Time Trial at the Tour de France didn't pan out. One of their nine riders feel right at the beginning of the race and that put them out of rhythm. They never recovered and came in at 5 seconds back. Garmin Cervelo on th... Read more
Le Tour de France has Begun!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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