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Metric Century - A Quick Report
Sunday, August 30, 2020      0 comments

Today is a beautiful day in the Twin Cities, Minnesota! So I set out for a Metric Century (about 62 miles), and aimed to complete two sets of a workout I call "Strength Pyramids." After a 10-minute warm up, you shift into the biggest gear at whi... Read more
Metric Century Today (62+ Mile Bike Ride)
Sunday, August 30, 2020      3 comments

Here in Minnesota it's been hot and humid in recent days, but yesterday that weather pattern broke and it's just about perfect outside. So, today I'm planning to head out around 10 a.m. and complete a "metric century" on my bike, that is, a 100 ... Read more
The Plan for Today: Bike Ride and Some Rest
Monday, August 17, 2020      5 comments

Monday is my one day off each week, and normally I like to be completely lazy and do nothing - over time, that's what's best for me. But given the realities of our schedule this week, it's best for me to get my Tuesday bike ride in today, ... Read more
Breakfast Pasta
Monday, August 10, 2020      3 comments

I'm an avid cycling (I've ridden a little over 3800 miles so far this year), and so it's important for me to keep my high-quality carb stores filled up! Like most cyclists, one of my favorite sources of high-quality carbs is pasta, and recently ... Read more
Riding and Reading, Playing and Praying
Monday, August 03, 2020      2 comments

The last 18 months have been brutal for our family - 8 deaths of family and friends close to us (unrelated cases), intense issues with some of our extended family, two car wrecks and two other cars lost to mechanical issues, other tragedies I'd ... Read more
Dakota Regional Trail - Near Minneapolis
Friday, July 31, 2020      5 comments

With three days of vacation left, I decided to travel about 30 minutes south and ride the Dakota Regional Trail today from Wayzata to Lester Prairie, just a bit southwest of Minneapolis. It was a great 60-mile out-and-back ride (after which I ad... Read more
One of our Favorite Bluffs in SE Minnesota
Thursday, July 30, 2020      1 comments

My wife and I love southeast Minnesota, and a few weeks ago we spent some time there and rode our bikes to the top of one of our favorite bluffs right above La Crescent, MN and across the Mississippi River from Lacrosse, WI. I'm so grateful for ... Read more
The Glensheen Mansion - Duluth, MN
Wednesday, July 29, 2020      1 comments

For many years I've wanted to stop in at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN but we were usually heading north from there and never wanted to take the time to stop. But this year, our 26-year-old daughter talked me into it! Here are a few pics, ... Read more
Biking the Mesabi Trail - Northern Minnesota
Tuesday, July 28, 2020      5 comments

Recently I spent 3 days riding the entirety of the Mesabi Trail between Grand Rapids, MN and Gilbert, MN in the heart of the Iron Range (about 75 miles each way for a total of about 150 miles). It is stunningly beautiful in that part of our stat... Read more
Quick Question
Monday, July 27, 2020      4 comments

Does anyone blog anymore on SP now that the social-media like updates have been added? Just curious, thinking about blogging 2-4 times per week again.... Read more
Down 16 lbs!
Monday, September 17, 2018      3 comments

By the grace of God, I lost another pound this week and met my other goals as well. Since today is my one day off per week, I decided to take a bit of a longer bike ride, 30 miles, which will set me up well to reach my goal of putting in 85 mile... Read more
Hit 28,000 all-time-miles on my road bike today!
Saturday, September 15, 2018      7 comments

I bought my road bike in 2001, after riding a mountain bike for a year and a half. I so fell in love with road riding that I've hardly touched a mountain bike ever since. Over the years, I've put in 1,000 miles one year and 2,500 or more another... Read more
Down 15 lbs!
Monday, September 10, 2018      8 comments

It's been a great week. I completed my 15th 100-mile bike ride on a very difficult course in a decent time, I coached my wife (who has Multiple Scle... Read more
Down 14 lbs!
Monday, September 03, 2018      8 comments

As I get older, I find it harder to lose weight. This year has been particularly hard, but I finally found the right combination of daily calorie intake and exercise, and over the last twelve weeks I have lost fourteen pounds! Feels good, especi... Read more
My Back is Improving
Thursday, June 22, 2017      3 comments

About every year-and-one-half or so, my lower back goes out. It starts with feeling slight muscular discomfort, and then within days gets so bad that I can hardly walk and find it hard to function day to day. Yesterday I woke up with the back fe... Read more

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