Exercise on a Ladder Today!
Lately, in order to make extra money to pay for my wife's medical insurance, I have been painting the exterior of an industrial building for a friend of mine. It's going well and the money is good but holy smokes I forgot how much it takes to go... Read more
Back on SP after a Few Months
For the first time since March of 2009, I actually backed away from SP for a few months. I didn't really mean to do this, it just happened. After I returned from vacation in August, life got very busy, I was tired from a challenging summer, and ... Read more
Blog about my Upcoming Blogs
Well, I'm having a hard time getting back into the SP groove after vacation but I'm getting there! I have so much to blog about but feel a bit confused as to where to start so I thought I'd use my blog to plan my future blogs. Here's what's comi... Read more
Back from Vacation
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!
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!
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
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