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Back on the Bike Today

Tuesday, May 29, 2012      0 comments

I took two days off the bike, actually three. The first was planned, the second ended up being a very full day and I simply ran out of sunlight, and the third was also planned as it's my weekly day off. I'll take what life give me with a smile a... Read more

Plan for Next Week

Saturday, May 26, 2012      1 comments

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!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012      1 comments

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

Thursday, May 24, 2012      1 comments

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012      4 comments

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012      0 comments

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

Monday, May 21, 2012      1 comments

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?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012      2 comments

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. ... Read more

Half Marathon--Why it was a Success

Monday, May 14, 2012      3 comments

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

Sunday, May 13, 2012      3 comments

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!

Saturday, May 12, 2012      8 comments

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!

Friday, May 11, 2012      4 comments

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!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012      1 comments

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...

Monday, May 07, 2012      1 comments

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!

Friday, May 04, 2012      2 comments

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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