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
Good Combo Workout Today
Completed a great new workout today, a combination of cadence, strength, aerobic endurance and sprinting intervals. Here's how it went:
10 min warm up @ comfortable cadence
10 min @ 105-10+ rpm, low torque
5 min recovery
10 min st... Read more
Rare Flat, Strange Flat--Tire, That Is!
For several years I've used Bontrager's Kevlar tires for my road bike (700 x 23) and usually only flat about once every 2500 miles or so per tire. Yesterday was that once. I had a rear flat, so I stopped, removed the tire and looked for the piec... Read more
"Combo Workout" on the Bike--Loved It!!!
I donít know why it took so long for me to figure this out, but alas I did. A couple of weeks ago I completed several leg-strength development workouts on the bike which were very enjoyable and produced good results, but which also, over time, w... Read more
Good Strength Training Ride Today
Took a 22 mile strength training ride today. After a 10 minute warm up at a cadence of 95-100 rpm, I gear the bike so that I can only produce a cadence of 80-85 rpm. Probably more important than the cadence itself, though, is that I ensure there... Read more
Good Ride, Achilles doing Well
Took a short ride this morning, about 15.6 miles, and held back out of concern for re-injuring my Achilles. However, I learned last year that if done right, a brisk ride can actually promote the healing process so I pushed the pace but mainly wi... Read more
Back on the Bike Today
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
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
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