Plan for Next Week
Well I had a good week of TRAM training, better than I expected given the fact that I focused on jogging rather than cycling for most of the year. Today I plan to rest, although if I'm in the mood later, I may take a short and mellow ride around... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 1, Day 5--Great Ride!!!
I was hoping to come in today at an average speed of 18.6 because this would bump up my average for this week of training to about 18.0--or so I thought. Turned out I was wrong about that, but that's what I thought. When I woke up this morning I... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 1, Day 4
Had another good ride today, although I felt kind of tired on the bike. Since I was focusing on the half marathon early in the season, I haven't trained at this intensity all year and I really felt that today. It's all good though.
The cou... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 1, Day 3
Great ride today, beyond my expectations. This one was a 25.7 mile ride with six climbs, including the longest and hardest climb in our area. Last year I came in at 17.7 on this ride and didn't think I could touch that as I'm not in as good a sh... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 1, Day 2
Good ride today. It was 21.4 miles with several decent climbs and one very steep climb. The wind was blowing 15 mph from a SSE direction which means that I faced about 6 miles of headwinds, 10 miles of crosswinds, and 5 miles of tailwinds. My ba... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 1, Day 1
My first half marathon is in the rear-view mirror now and my sights are fully set on my next big goal for the year (as far as fitness goes, that is): to complete The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) with an average speed of 17.5 mph or higher. TRAM ... Read more
Half Marathon--So What's Next?
The half marathon is now in my review mirror, though the glow of actually doing it is still lingering with me several days later. But I've taken a couple of days to enjoy and celebrate and now it's time to look ahead and focus on what's next.
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Half Marathon--Why it was a Success
As I was nearing the end of the half marathon and realizing that I didn't have it in me to do even 12:00 minute miles (in all my weeks of training I was able to maintain around 11:30 miles through to the end of each workout), I began to think of... Read more
Maple Grove Half Marathon--Race Report
I couldn't have asked for a better day for my first half marathon. It was in the high 50s as I arrived at the starting area and steadily climbed into the mid-60s over the next few hours. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, the wind was still,... Read more
Finished My First Half Marathon Today!
I did it! I'm going to blog more about this, in pieces, over the next few days but for today I just want to say that the training plan worked, the plan for the day worked, the weather was perfect--what a gift from the Lord--and I had tons of fun... Read more
My First Half Marathon Tomorrow!
Wow, hard to believe it's here, but tomorrow, Lord willing, I will mostly jog the Maple Grove Half Marathon. I haven't been feeling well, sick and dizzy and weak, and actually couldn't even complete a 2.1 mile jog yesterday so I walked instead. ... Read more
One More Short Jog, Half Marathon Saturday!
After so much preparation, it's hard to believe that the big day is now only four days away! Wow. So I jogged today, about 2.4 miles, I'll walk a little tomorrow along with a very mellow bike ride, I'll jog for 2.1 miles on Thursday, take Friday... Read more
Wondering What to Do...
It's my day off and I usually rest on this day, but I was unable to exercise Saturday or Sunday and am very tempted to go out for a ride. It's a beautiful day, although the wind is blowing pretty hard, and my favorite 22 mile bike ride is beckon... Read more
Today is our Daughter's 18th Birthday!
Wow, did that go by fast! Can't believe that our little baby is now a legal adult and can tell us to bug off if she wants to--she won't, we still have the cash!
The plan from here is to finish out the school year and then she's off to the... Read more
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Ten Days Until my First Half Marathon
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