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
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 don’t 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