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64-Mile Bike Ride Yesterday
Wednesday, June 29, 2016      3 comments

My wife and I are in the midst of preparing for The Ride Across Minnesota, a 5-day, 300-mile bike ride that will take us throughout the center of the state and raise about $1 million for MS research. So, yesterday we took a 64 mile ride that wen... Read more
Non-Scale Victories and Portion Distortion
Monday, June 27, 2016      3 comments

Today is Day 4 of my second round on the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the challenge for the day is to carefully measure all foods so as to avoid portion distortion. I wasn't able to blog yesterday, though, so I've decided to share the ... Read more
Non-Scale Measurements
Saturday, June 25, 2016      2 comments

I'm stuck. In my first 60 days or so back on SP I lost 16-18 pounds (depending on the day!), but then my weight loss stalled and I haven't been able to lose anything since then. This is the same place I got stuck last year and no matter what I t... Read more
Five 20+-MIle Bike Rides this Week
Friday, June 24, 2016      2 comments

My wife has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and therefore most years we take a 300-mile, 5-day bike ride called The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) to raise money for MS research. This year we're riding from July 20-24, starting in Saint Joseph and then t... Read more
A Bike Ride Interrupted...Again
Saturday, June 18, 2016      1 comments

Yesterday I was unable to ride my bike because a huge thunder storm rolled in. I was going to take the ride this morning, but I ended up not being very productive last night and so I must get some work done today which means that busyness is goi... Read more
A Bike Ride Interrupted
Friday, June 17, 2016      2 comments

Well, I supposed to take a 50-mile bike ride today, but just as I was getting everything in order, I noticed that a powerful thunderstorm was rolling into town. It's here now, the wind is blowing hard, the thunder is roaring, somewhere the light... Read more
I've reached THE Plateau Again
Thursday, June 16, 2016      5 comments

Several years ago I got in the best shape I've been in since I was 20. I was 205 (6' 1"), I was cycling and doing strength exercise, eating well, and feeling great. However, I got a little obsessed with the whole health and fitness thing, and en... Read more
47.1 Mile Bike Ride Today
Wednesday, June 15, 2016      3 comments

It was supposed to be a 41 mile ride, but I ran into unexpected construction and, walla, it turned into a 47.1 mile ride! The weather was decent, overcast but warm, but the winds were a bit high - WNW at 10-15 mph. During the first eight m... Read more
22-Mile Speed-Endurance Bike Ride
Saturday, June 11, 2016      3 comments

Had a great day and then ended it with a really nice 20-mile bike ride. It was a little warm, but the wind was basically still and the traffic was low and I had a great time! Taking a day off the bike tomorrow, I'll probably go for a little walk... Read more
22 Mile Climbing Interval Ride Today
Wednesday, June 08, 2016      2 comments

Today I took a 22.8 mile bike ride on a route that has 19 rolling hills of various lengths and grades with about 5-6 lesser bumps along the way. The plan was to warm-up for about 10 minutes and then climb each roller as fast as possible at a cad... Read more
22-Mile Speed-Endurance Bike Ride
Monday, June 06, 2016      0 comments

Today I completed a "speed endurance" workout that goes like this. After a 10-15 minute warm-up, push the pace to the point where you almost feel you can't sustain it and then keep pushing for three minutes at a high cadence (pedal speed), which... Read more
Eating without Distractions
Sunday, June 05, 2016      2 comments

Today is Day 13 of the "Small Changes Challenge" and the challenge is to put all distractions away while eating both meals and snacks, and simply to enjoy the pleasure of eating. Unfortunately, I read the challenge too late in the day to take it... Read more
Cycling Training - Week One in the Bag
Friday, June 03, 2016      2 comments

This week was week one of an eight week plan to get ready for The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM), a five-day, 300-mile bike ride to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research, a disease with which my wife lives. The plan for this week was to do five 16-m... Read more
What Are Your Favorite Healthy Snacks?
Thursday, June 02, 2016      4 comments

Today is Day 10 of the "Small Changes Challenge" and the challenge is to discover new healthy snacks at or under 200 calories. I have a number that I love to eat, but I'm curious...what are your favorites and why? ... Read more
Stretch, Massage, and Fuel - My Post-Workout Routine
Wednesday, June 01, 2016      2 comments

This week is week one of my preparation for my big annual bike ride, The Ride Across Minnesota or TRAM for short. TRAM is a 5-day, 300-mile ride that raises money (usually about $1 million per year) for Multiple Sclerosis. My wife has MS so the ... Read more

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