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Took Two More 10 Mile Rides, Achilles Still Feels Good
Though it's still hard to walk normally, I have taken two rides of about 11 miles each and my achilles has given me little to no problems. The only things I can't do is stand up and sprint or push hard on the pedals. Well, I can and it actually ... Read more
Took a Very Brief Ride Yesterday--Achilles Felt Good on the Bike
My achilles keeps getting better day by day, although much more slowly than I'd like! So I thought I'd take a very brief test ride yesterday, only 1 mile, just to see how it feels and I had no pain whatsoever. It hurts when I walk but not when I... Read more
Good News from the Doctor
GOOD NEWS! My achilles problems is just an inflamed lining around the tendon, rather than the tendon itself. Thus, it will heal with ibuprofen, ice, and a little time--it's already about 30% or more better and it should be totally healed by The ... Read more
Going to the Doctor for the Achilles Today
Well, there's two weeks to go until my big ride and the foot is still giving me problems. It actually does feel a bit better but I still can't get around very well. So I'm heading to the doctor's office today to see what he has to say. I'm not e... Read more
Achilles Problem is Bad
Thanks to everyone who responded to my blog and Spark Cafe post regarding my Achilles problem. Unfortunately, it isn't getting any better. I'm resting, icing, compressing, and elevating as much as I can but don't seem to be making any progress. ... Read more
Strained my Achilles, Any Advice?
Nothing in particular happened, but after 220+ miles of bike riding this week my Achilles is really hurting. In fact, it's hard to even walk around. I didn't feel this after my ride, but last night i went for a walk with my wife and a good frien... Read more
TRAM Training Day 5--Slower Ride but I'm Satisfied!
Well, that does it--5 rides in a row, 224.13 miles, 13:06:33, average speed of 17.09. I'll say more about the final results of the week and how I'm feeling about it tomorrow or Sunday, for now I'll share a bit about today's ride.
I felt pr... Read more
TRAM Training Day 4--Slower Ride but Very Good
Due to circumstances I wasn't able to take my fourth training ride in the morning, and as the day went on I thought I wouldn't be able to ride at all. I was actually happy about this because I could use a rest day and though I'd rather push thro... Read more
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