Marathon Training Plan--Week One
Well, here we go! Had a good week last week, and now the first week of the marathon training plan begins. I took this from the event site and modified it according to my needs, so with that here's the plan for this week:
Event: Grandma's M... Read more
Starting Again--Again! Help!
I hesitate to write this blog. My exercise life has been out of whack for almost 6 months now, the longest stretch since late 2008, and that is not good. I have put a little weight on, but not too much, the bigger issue is that my fitness level ... Read more
Training to get ready for my marathon training plan
Earlier this year I jogged in the Maple Grove Half Marathon (Minnesota), after which a friend of mine persuaded me to join him at the Grandma's Marathon in northern Minnesota (Two Harbors to Duluth) in June of 2013. I downloaded the marathon tra... Read more
Racing with the Pros in the Tour of Beijing!
I'm not much of a techy so I don't understand why this has happened, but I'm so grateful that You Tube now has so many videos lengthier than 10 minutes. And in particular I'm grateful for the many awesome cycling resources that are there, among ... Read more
Car Situation is Not Good, but the Lord Works all Things Together for the Good!
A few months ago the engine on our main car started making knocking noises which, without going into the details, means that we have to change the engine. Since it's a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and we still owe plenty of money for it, we really have n... Read more
Feels good to rest
I've been working a lot over the last few months, all good but lots of hours. I was finally able to take an extra day off this week and it sure feels good! One day off down, one to go, and then back to it tomorrow bright and early--I have a 5:30... Read more
The Definition of Abortion
I went to the Health Tab on SP today and found this definition of abortion: "Abortion is the removal of pregnancy tissue, products of conception or the fetus and placenta (afterbirth) from the uterus."
"Pregnancy tissue...products of conce... Read more
Tight on Money, Good for the Calorie Intake!
My wife and I are going through some hard financial times. We'll be fine, the Lord is on our side and He'll provide for all of our needs, but for the moment the provision has been just what we need. The number one area where we can save money is... Read more
Feels good to Have a Little DOMS
Gym season has begun, so I've completed a couple of full body workouts and it sure feels good to have a little Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in my abs and glutes. I've been completing high-rep, low-weight sets, so I'm not too sore, but a ... Read more
Running Goal for the Fall? 5K in Sub-30 Minutes!
Worked out at the gym today and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the last 30 minutes when I walked and ran five intervals of one minute at a 9:40 pace (6.2 mph). The plan for the next 10 weeks or so, as far as running goes, is to complete a 5K ... Read more
Gym Season has Begun!
Yes, I have a "gym season." My main fitness passion is cycling and during the months of May-July it so dominates my free time that I am unable to ride and go to the gym, not to mention that at a certain point we reach peak performance by focusin... Read more
Back to Sparking!
Not sure if I got bored with it, too busy to handle everything or what, but whatever the reason, I took a break from SP for a while. I'm back now, and glad to be back!
Since I last blogged, (1) I finished my training regimen for The Ride A... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 3
I could tell as soon as I got up today that I didn't have it in me to ride well. I have been insanely busy over the last few weeks and haven't been able to train, eat well, and rest as I have desired, and today it showed. In addition to that, I ... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 2
Good ride today, 36 miles of rolling hills. It was hot and humid so that slowed me down a bit, as did the wet conditions on the bike path I took for about 14 miles, but all in all it still went well and I came in at 17.5 mph. Last year I hit 18.... Read more
TRAM Training--Week 2, Day 1
Today I began a second week of more intense training for my annual bike ride, The Ride Across Minnesota or TRAM for short. The idea this week is to take all the pieces I've been working on and put them together in five consecutive 30+ mile rides... Read more