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Back from Vacation

Tuesday, August 09, 2011      0 comments

After two weeks of vacation, I'm back in the saddle and plan to blog soon about (1) The Tour of France, (2) my 300 mile bike ride, (3) my week in the woods with my wife, and (4) my plan for the late summer and fall. Good to be back, look forward... Read more

Excellent Test Ride Today--NO PAIN in the Achilles!

Thursday, July 21, 2011      1 comments

The achilles has been getting better day by day so I decided to take a fairly intense ride today to see how it felt at full speed. I did hold back on the climbs because I didn't want to overstress is, and a few times when I could have put the ha... Read more

Went to the Twins Game Today--They Lost & I Lost Weight!

Monday, July 18, 2011      4 comments

A friend of mine invited me to the Twins game today. They played Cleveland, it was a make up game, and by the third inning it was over. Cleveland went up 4 - 0 and it stayed that way until the ninth when Cleveland added another run and we got tw... Read more

Took Two More 10 Mile Rides, Achilles Still Feels Good

Saturday, July 16, 2011      2 comments

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

Friday, July 15, 2011      1 comments

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

Thursday, July 14, 2011      8 comments

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2011      3 comments

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

Monday, July 11, 2011      3 comments

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?

Saturday, July 09, 2011      2 comments

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!

Friday, July 08, 2011      1 comments

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

Friday, July 08, 2011      2 comments

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!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011      4 comments

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2011      3 comments

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

Monday, July 04, 2011      1 comments

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

Congrats Garmin-Cervelo!

Monday, July 04, 2011      2 comments

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

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