I just realized that December's been a really good month for me, training wise.
I shifted into "takin' it easy" mode a little over a month ago. And a little more than a week ago Mother Nature dumped a bunch of snow on us. As if we needed it, she then kicked us when we're down with temperatures in the single digits.
But it together and for me it was a combination that has allowed me to rack up some impressive (for me) hours in the saddle.
I'm sitting at 35 right now and it's looking like 40's in the bag.…
9 x 20
Posted December 17th by Mark Ewers
I had a little extra free time today. Three hours of it.
I also had plenty of energy, a road bike, a set of rollers, and a fan.
All I needed was a plan.
I know some do more, but 3 hours on rollers is pushing it for me. I broke it down into manageable chunks of time. If you've ever ridden rollers very long you understand why.
Yes, I can stand and pedal. NBD. That only goes so far.
So I settled on 20 minute intervals. Not the SST kind, and certainly not the 2x20 kind. The kind where you're feeling no pain. The…
I just made a reply to a previous post where the commenter was just starting out with a bicycle powermeter and asked which powermeter analysis software I would recommend. The short answer: I recommended GoldenCheetah.
I didn't elaborate on my answer there because I decided it would be better to present them here. These are my 3 reasons why I use and recommend GoldenCheetah to analyze your ride data.
1. GoldenCheetah is free and open
It's free. You'll never have to pay to use GoldenCheetah. What more is there to say about free? Right.
And it's open. Your wattage data is…
I don't know how much longer this good Fall weather will last. I'm going to be sorry to see it go. This week's been the best.
We've had sun every day. Yes, a bit of wind - OK a lot of wind but only one day where it was windy enough to illicit the old white-knuckle reflex. Temperatures have been right on the borderline between sleeves or not.
And it's that JRA time of year. Post-season. Base. Endurance. Those are the frequently sighted keywords in my workout log lately.
Put it all together and what's it mean? Record mileage and saddle time…
10.29 Day 8
Posted October 30th by Keith Dudding
So, how am I doing?
About like you'd expect. My foot feels better. Not that it ever hurt that much. I could tell it was injured -- obviously. But it's not like it was causing me constant pain. An area directly below my ankle is still sensitive, and the muscles in my foot are weak.
But I am an obedient patient. I do what my doctor and physical therapist tell me to do. I wear the cast boot more than I have to. I wear it all day at work, and I…
10.23 Day 2
Posted October 24th by Keith Dudding
I don't care what Rand Paul says: Aqua Buddha is not my god!
But after spending 45 minutes in the pool today, I wish he was. I could certainly use the help of any deity with "water" in his name. For someone who was born and raised in Minnesota, "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," I am not at home in the water.
I didn't want to be in the pool. I wanted to be outside. I should be outside. And were it not for the fractured bone in my foot (my own fault), I would be outside,…
10.22 Day 1
Posted October 22nd by Keith Dudding
I've been here before. The routine is familiar.
The drive to Fitness Design. The slow, impaired walk from the parking lot to the front desk. Signing in. Finding today's Post-Dispatch on the magazine shelf, and pulling out the Sports section and the comics. The brief wait in the lobby, followed by the therapist's assistant calling, "Keith." From there, the walk to the exam room, and the hop up to the table.
I remember my first visit to Fitness Designs. It was about this time of year in 2005. I had been developing pain in…
Posted October 22nd by Keith Dudding
It's like rain on your wedding day.
It's a free ride when you've already paid.
It's the good advice that you just didn't take.
Who would've thought? It figures.
Yes, Alanis Morissette was right: it is ironic. My whole situation is overflowing with irony. My situation is the BP Oil Spill of irony.
- It's not that I injured my foot while running my 500th mile of the year.
- It's not that I did so while "celebrating" that 500th mile by running on rough terrain instead of the smooth limestone bed of the Nickel Plate, where I ran most of those 500 miles.
- It's not that…
Doin' my part
Posted October 19th by Mark Ewers
I've been using a powermeter on my bicycle for almost 7 years now. Before that I used a computrainer and the racermate software to track power in workouts. (OK, not really power, because computrainers back then really had no business reporting power output. They could electronically increase and decrease the load, but quantifying that load was anything but accurate.) Anyway, my point is we've come a long way in those 7 years and it's been a great ride so far.
And we still have a good long way to go. We still don't have a great solution to the problem of…
10.17 Doing Stupid
Posted October 18th by Keith Dudding
A famous runner once said, "Stupid is a stupid does." I done stupid.
Many wise coaches tell their athletes, "Protect your opportunities." It's the coach's way of saying, "You've worked hard to get where you are now. You've got an opportunity to reach your goal. Don't blow your chance by doing something stupid."
I know this. And yet, I did something very stupid.
As I've posted, I've been training for the St. Louis half marathon on Sunday 11.7. For the past eight weeks, i've been following the program faithfully. In the hot summer months, I got up early…