Dec 28, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
I have a little bit of everything in my musc library but it seems its never enough. Between just looking for new stuff for no good reason and needing to put spin class workouts together, I am in need of some inspiration.
Here is an example of a 45 minute set for me:
I welcome all suggestions in comments.
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Well, a milestone has been reached: I weighed in at 197.8 this morning.
I'll take a burrito, with guac, and a Modelo, please. Hold the chips: I'm on a diet.
Dec 4, 2008
A little background to start with: Lance Armstrong is, well, LA. He was the Great Driving Force behind Cycling in the last 10 years. Now he is back and being very open about his life via Twitter. Twitter, for those out of the loop, is a micro-blogging platform which makes blogging as simple as sending a text message. (If you can't send a text - how'd you manage get here?) The kicker with Twitter is that not only does that little blog snippet get posted to your Twitter page but gets forwarded to all the folks who are following you.
In Lance's case, that is 8,629 people who most likely receive every random thought that Lance Twitters. He also Twitters photos, like the most recent one of his view of the press corps http://twitpic.com/q61k
Not only does Lance Twitter about the press, he Twitters about training, his kids, about Chris Horner being a redneck, and anything else that comes up. He is a BlackBerry addict so this, if he is anything like the rest of us CrackBerry addicts, helps feed the addiction.
Which leads us to the last topic: Doping controls. Armstrong's comeback platform was that he was returning to cycling to promote cancer research. In doing so, he would be completely transparent posting information about his training and life, and doing his own doping controls which would be made public. This was all in an effort to prove he is clean now and to quash any rumors of his possible doping in the past.
The UCI also does their own doping controls, travelling to wherever an athlete is, unannounced, to get a blood sample for testing in and out of season. So far, according to Armstrong's Twitters, he has had eight blood tests since he returned to training.
Understandably, Armstrong gets a little frustrated by these. But, he is also quick to point out that he has no reason to dodge them, and welcomes them as a means to promote his good intentions and his clean training.
Are eight tests in the last couple months excessive? Maybe. But, if Armstrong can pass each and every test with flying colors, he may be the savior of cycling. To many Lance WAS cycling and, like it or not, cycling lost some of its popularity when he retired. With Lance back, using Twitter, getting tested, we can all have a figure to follow again. Someone we all WANT to like and trust, and believe in. Heck, Nike has even resurrected its cycling shoe division to support him.
If he doesn't let us down, Lance may bring cycling back to what it should be: Clean, healthy, exciting, and competitive. And, hopefully, marketable again. It was hard to market cycling as a sport when things started going south with doping scandals but when Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis were caught, cycling in the US almost died on the side of the road.
Hopefully Lance can breathe some life into cycling again and drag our sport out of the mud.
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Nov 30, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
But when I started looking for one, I was reminded that some places still use actual torture. Not funny at all.
So, simply put - its been nearly eight weeks of limited mobility. But now I'm free.
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
Well, the days til that happens are in the single digits now - 8 days. Hallelujah.
Oct 29, 2008
Joe Savoie and I have a competition going on as Joe describes it on www.nencycling.org - Jon and I set up a little bet to help encourage each other to loose weight in the off season. His goal is to weigh 190 by 1 March... Mine is to loose go from 185 by 1 March. For both of us, it is about 15 lbs. Whoever gets there to their goal first or is the closest by 1 March gets a free Dinner.
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The Elkhorn Valley Cycling Club www.nencycling.org has been given an extreme makeover, hopefully making better use of space while displaying tons of useful information. The new page displays the same calendar, blogs, and stories and now has local news and a wiki.
For those who use Twitter, Elkhorn Valley Cycling now has a Twitter feed - add nencycling or email@example.com to your Twitter account for updates! In the near future, catch racing updates, last minute ride notifications, and other tidbits on local cycling via Twitter updates to your cell phone or email inbox.
Don't use Twitter? Check it out today, it is a great way to keep up on updates on such things as Nebraska Cycling News, Velo News, Rock Racing, and even Lance Armstrong. Even Dan and Jon have Twitters.
Stop by and check it out.
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Oct 17, 2008
Wednesday I went back to the therapist, one week after surgery. I went through my exercises for the therapist. Huh, you are at the four week level. Can I do more? No.
So, its more of the same - going through the motions. But - its only 4 1/2 weeks now.
Oct 14, 2008
Oct 7, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
Things were going well. I boogied up the one mile gravel road climb, in site of the leaders and about mid-pack. Into the singletrack no problem. Wow, was that the first (of four) lap I just finished? Cool. I'm right where I want to be. Lap two, still going ok.
Lap three I relaxed. I was keeping my pace, cruising. About halfway though, there is this blind right hander, with a snow fence catch to keep folks from doing a header into the trees and/or lake. Someone (Kevin Murray but who keeps track?) had hit that earlier and tore it partway down, so I was used to just crusing through the corner with the orange fence on the ground. This time, someone had dutifully put the fence back, Wow, I can blow through here and....
Down I went. Hard. On my right shoulder. Sounded like I crushed a bunch of peanut shells under me. Got up, off the trail, and realized my shoulder was dislocated. Moved it around a little and it slipped back in. So, I found my dislodge speedometer and, after half a jilion people went by, including Dan "Animal" Ertz, I got going again. I can finish this.
And I did, cautiously. Not too bad until I tried to climb up the rocky sections. That hurt.
When I finished I stopped to chat a bit with Jerry S, Dan Ertz, and Rich Anderson. I said hey, I crashed. My shoulder pops when I do this, and this. Then it went out again.
Almost couldn't get it back in that time. I looked up and Dan's eyes looked a bit wide, and he asked me politely to not do that again.
Went home, got it x-rayed. No bones broken but I have this really cool sling to wear until I can see the orthopod.
Congrats to Dan, Taira, Rich, and Kevin the new kid. I haven't heard how Tim did but I am sure it went well for him.
Sep 12, 2008
Sep 8, 2008
I know I can ride better knowing what to expect. And hopefully my jeep won't blow on the way home again (to the tune of $1600)