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Caught a Cold, Change of Plans

Monday, April 30, 2012      2 comments

Yesterday I was supposed to take my final training jog/walk for the half marathon that's coming up on May 12, but I caught a pretty bad cold and didn't feel up to it. Foregoing the workout was the right thing to do, but now I'm wondering how to ... Read more

Discovered a Simple Key to Faster Sprints

Thursday, April 26, 2012      2 comments

I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out. For years I've assumed that in order to sprint fast you had to work up speed at a normal to high cadence (100-120), kick it up a few gears, and then hammer as hard as possible. But a couple... Read more

Ooppss, Ended up Riding for 35 miles Today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012      2 comments

I really didn't mean to do it. I went for a short walk this morning, about 30 minutes, and then did a few things after which I rode my bike along the route for the 12.1 mile jog/walk I plan to take this Sunday. Sometime after that, I decided to ... Read more

4 Mile Walk, 10 Mile Bike Ride Today

Tuesday, April 24, 2012      2 comments

After my 11.2 mile training jog/walk on Sunday, I took yesterday off and then walked at a 15 min/mile pace for 4.0 miles today. Finished in 59:31 which is brisk enough to warm the muscles and help with the slight soreness I have from two days ag... Read more

Exercise Plan for the Week

Monday, April 23, 2012      1 comments

Here's the plan: Monday: Off Tuesday: 4 mile recovery walk and speed endurance cycling workout Wednesday: Recovery bike ride Thursday: 2.7 mile jog and strength cycling workout Friday: Recovery bike ride Saturday: Off Sunday... Read more

The Blazing Turtle Strikes Again!

Sunday, April 22, 2012      3 comments

Just returned from an 11.2 mile effort. I finished in 2:10:15 which means I averaged 11:36-7 miles. I was shooting for 12:00 min miles so I'm very happy with this, which is why I proudly brandish the name, The Blazing Turtle! He breaks onl... Read more

Day of Rest Today, 11.2 Mile Jog/Walk Tomorrow

Saturday, April 21, 2012      1 comments

Well, I'm getting closer--much closer! The half marathon is on May 12, and in preparation I have only two more long jog/walks to take--11.2 miles this week and 12.1 miles next week. Then I take a week for recovery, with two shorter jog/walks, fo... Read more

Musing on the Sources of My Fear

Friday, April 20, 2012      2 comments

I love sprinting on my bike. It's such a rush. The speed, the adrenaline, the comments from neighbors as I wizz by their houses, the somewhat objective measure that helps me gauge how good a shape I'm in. I just love it. But it does strike... Read more

Why Sprinting at 30 mph Strikes More Fear than Descending at 50 mph

Thursday, April 19, 2012      2 comments

Yesterday I blogged about my early season sprinting level and season goals. Today I want to say a word about why sprinting at 30+ mph scares me more than descending at 50 mph. First of all, I have hit and exceeded 50 mph on my bicycle many... Read more

Hit 26.9 mph Sprinting on Flat Ground

Wednesday, April 18, 2012      3 comments

Yesterday, after taking a 3.6 mile recovery walk, I rode my bike for about 12 miles and completed the same workout I did at this time last week: form sprints. The idea of this workout is to develop and improve sprinting form rather than to go fu... Read more

Shedding those Winter Pounds--Down another 3

Tuesday, April 17, 2012      1 comments

Over the winter I got a bit undisciplined and put on about 13 lbs--ouch! But that's behind me, I turned the boat around some weeks ago and as of today I've dropped 8 of them. It was sure nice to see the scale back in the neighborhood I lived in ... Read more

Am I Stupid? Well, I don't Feel DOMS!

Monday, April 16, 2012      1 comments

Okay, okay, that's the best I could come up with--further proof that I should not be a comedian! Point is, I jogged with walking intervals for 10 miles on Saturday and expected to be sore, and I do feel it a little bit but not much. I feel... Read more

10 Mile Jog/Walk Today, and a Little Cycling

Saturday, April 14, 2012      5 comments

In preparation for my half marathon on May 12, I completed a 10 mile jog/walk today. After warming up with several intervals of 3.5 min jogging and 1.5 min walking, I went to 4 minutes jogging and 1 min walking up to about mile ten. It was about... Read more

Day of Rest Today, 10 Mile Jog/Walk Tomorrow

Friday, April 13, 2012      1 comments

Well, it wasn't exactly rest. I spent the day in the city, Minneapolis, walking around with a friend who serves an immigrant population there. It was fun, inspiring, and very informative. Plus I got to ride the new train that goes from my area i... Read more

5K Jog and 10 Mile Cycling Sprint Form Workout Today

Thursday, April 12, 2012      1 comments

On my quest to prepare for my half marathon on May 12, I'm scheduled to take a 5K jog followed by a 10 mile or so workout on my bike where I work on my sprinting form. Here's how the cycling workout is designed: Within an aerobic ride incl... Read more

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