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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

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

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