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Ten Days Until my First Half Marathon

Thursday, May 03, 2012      4 comments

I've never liked jogging or running. However, a year and a half ago, as winter set in and cycling season came to an end, I decided to work on improving my aerobic fitness in preparation for the next season. At that time I came across the Couch P... Read more

What's Motivating You Today?

Wednesday, May 02, 2012      3 comments

Today's a new day on this journey of pursuing health and wellness, so what's motivating you today? Not yesterday or the day before, but today? For me... 1. The grace of Jesus that has taken me so far and yet bids me on farther still. ... Read more

Sticking to the Training Plan

Tuesday, May 01, 2012      1 comments

I'm still getting over the cold I've had for the last couple of days. It caused me to miss my last scheduled training jog of 12.1 miles on Sunday because I was dizzy and weak and had a very sore throat. It was the right decision. But since then ... Read more

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

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