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Training for a 300-Mile Bike Ride
Thursday, July 02, 2009      1 comments

Every last full week of July, my wife Kim and I ride in The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. TRAM is a 5 day, 300 mile charity bike ride that benefits the MS Society of Minnesota. My wife has MS so this is a personal quest for us each ... Read more
Another Positive Function of Plateaus
Wednesday, July 01, 2009      1 comments

Yesterday as I was riding my bike, I began thinking about the weight loss plateau I've been on for several weeks now. Well, I suppose in my case it's more of a slow down in weight loss because I did lose 3 lbs in June, but before that I was losi... Read more
It's actually chilly in Minnesota today
Tuesday, June 30, 2009      1 comments

I live in the northwest suburbs of Mpls and I'll tell you it's actually chilly today--63 degrees with cloud cover and a 10-20 mph wind. We actually had to close up the doors and windows because we were getting cold! Wow, Minnesota is an un... Read more
I Love Smoothies
Monday, June 29, 2009      0 comments

Yeah so they're high in cals, but homemade smoothies are such an awesome way to get your fruits in for the day. it's like having a milkshake or something, and yet it's all good! My favorites? 1. Blueberry-Banana 2. Strawberry-Banan... Read more
Buffalo Wild Wings
Sunday, June 28, 2009      2 comments

Went to BWW for lunch after church today. I really enjoyed what I got, but now I should probably fast for the rest of the day. The awesome thing is that, though I enjoyed a meal out today, I so crave fruits and veggies and health now that I don'... Read more
Maybe a Plateau is a Good Thing
Saturday, June 27, 2009      1 comments

After loosing 25 lbs, I've been hovering around the same weight for several weeks now. I am seeing progress in other areas, like overall strength and speed on my bike, so I'm not too concerned about this. But given the fact that I'm still 30 lbs... Read more
Had my first bike wreck yesterday
Friday, June 26, 2009      1 comments

Yesterday I took a long bike ride. It rained early in the morning so the roads and bike paths were wet. I went through one particularly shaded part of a trail which was mossier than expected and in a heart beat--BOOM--I was down. I was only goin... Read more
I rode my bike for 115.5 miles today!
Thursday, June 25, 2009      3 comments

Well, my theory worked! I carb-loaded for two days, fueled well on the bike all day, and ended up riding 115.5 miles on my bike today, feeling strong the whole way. The plan was to ride from my house in the northwest subs of Mpls to downto... Read more
Eat Well Today, Ride Strong Tomorrow
Wednesday, June 24, 2009      2 comments

Tomorrow I plan to ride my bike for 110 miles, about 6 miles farther than I've ever gone on a bike. I've been riding for a decade now, but I must admit that I'm a bit intimidated by this distance as I've only ever eclipsed the 100 mile mark once... Read more
We'll See if Carb Loading is a Good Idea!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009      1 comments

This Thursday I plan to ride my bike for 110 miles--a record for me. To prepare my body for this, I ate lots of carbs today and plan to do so tomorrow as well. I'm not eating junk, just lots of carbs which also put my cals today at the max. The ... Read more
Getting Ready to Ride for 110 Miles
Monday, June 22, 2009      0 comments

This Thursday I plan to take a day off of work and ride my bike for 110 miles. The farthest I've ever gone in one day is 104 miles, and I want to break my record. So I'm resting today and going to begin "carb loading" tomorrow because our bodies... Read more
I need some rest
Sunday, June 21, 2009      0 comments

As far as bikers go, I haven't biked all that much this week--103 miles. But I've been training each of those days so they've been hard miles. I love being on my bike so much that I want to go out again today, but I know that if I do I'll begin ... Read more
Down 2 Pounds!
Saturday, June 20, 2009      1 comments

Well, after being on a plateau for a couple of weeks I was down 2 lbs this morning. Boy, that felt good! Now, steady as she goes and hopefully I'll lose another 5 lbs by July 26 when I hop on my bike and ride for 300 miles to raise money for MS,... Read more
The things that Matter Most
Friday, June 19, 2009      0 comments

I love the quote on the front page of SP today: "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of those which matter least." Lately my fellow pastor and I have been working very hard at refining our daily habits because, we believe, ... Read more
Glad for a light Exercise Day
Thursday, June 18, 2009      0 comments

I've had a couple of good, hard workouts in a row this week and so today the plan is to take it easy and let my body heal up. I'll just be walking for 30 minutes or so. And I'm glad. I need a little break!... Read more

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