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Archive for November, 2007

Workout 11/29

ArcTrainer for 30 minutes, hill interval, level 5, 635 calories burned.

Level 5 felt a little too easy, despite having worked with weights yesterday.

Weight before workout 219.2, after 218

My muscles are a little tight from yesterday’s first weight routine, but if feels pretty good.  Tomorrow may be another story, but we’ll wait and see.

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Workout 11/28

Did weights for the first time in a while. I’m basically starting a modified version of L.L. Cool J’s Platinum Workout. Early on it should be easy to stick to the workout as written, but it appears that later in the program it has you spending a lot more time in the gym.  Since I go to the gym on my lunch break, I have to do my workout in 30-45 minutes.  Later on in the program I may have to tailor it to my time constraints, but we’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

The workout has you doing a full body, high-rep routine for the first couple of weeks. According to the book, I am currently in week 2 of the workout, as you don’t actually workout during week 1.

Workout: Weights 20 min (1 exercise per body part, 1 warm-up set of 15 and one work set of 15); treadmill 4 mph for 10 min.

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Workout 11/27

Workout: ArcTrainer 30 minutes, hill interval, level 6.

Calories burned: 669

Felt pretty good.  Stifnesss in left knee from yesterday seems to be resolved.

Weight: before exercise 219.2, after exercise 218

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Finding time for long rides

A thread a Bikeforums.net explores the family situation of long-distance cyclists.  It’s an interesting read, particularly for cyclists with families.

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Workout 11/26 or Yikes!

Went to the gym at lunch.  Pre-workout weight was a whopping 221 pounds.  The last time I weighed in was October 9 at 215.6 pounds.  Post workout weight today was 219.2 pounds, so I apparently was retaining a bit of water.

The last recorded trip to the gym was Oct 11, so it’s been a while.  I’m hoping this blog will help me hold myself accountable.  I was very fortunate to get a couple of decent rides in each week this fall.  However, with winter coming on, it will be very difficult to get any sort of regular riding in.  Therefore, regular trips to the gym are that much more important.  I was going pretty regularly this past summer, but once October hit, I got out of the habit.  Here’s to getting back in the habit.

Today’s workout: Arc Trainer for 30 minutes.  645 calories burned.  Felt pretty good throughout.  Legs were a little stiff starting out from Saturday’s ride.

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Saturday Road Ride

On Saturday I was able to get a quick ride in on the road bike. I started at home and road my usual route to campus.  I then road uptown on Richland and down Court St., up to Congress, then down to West Union.  I took West Union to Elliotsville, and then took the back way home.  I had to rest for about 15 minutes at the corner of Dairy Barn and N. Blackburn before attempting the hill up N. Blackburn.  Round trip was about 11 miles.  Finished in about an 1:15.

This was my first real road ride on the road bike.  I’ve been on several longer rides on the Bike Path, but I hadn’t yet done anything with hills.  This route really tests the legs, and I am happy to report I was able to get up all the hills, despite the fact that the road bike doesn’t have a triple chainring.  The bike needs a tuneup in a bad way.  Both wheels are pretty badly out of true, and the breaks need adjusting and squeak terribly.  I’m doing a tuneup pretty soon, as well as adding a different handlebar and brake setup.  The vintage ones are nice, but the randonneur bars hurt my arms and shoulders after a while.

The temp was in the high forties to low fifties.  I was wearing my Pearl Izumi tights, my Pearl Izumi shirt, and my jersey on top.  My feet got a little cool, but otherwise I stayed very comfortable.

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First post

This is my first post to this blog.  While I have several other blogs for personal and professional purposes, I didn’t have a place to log my cycling rides and workouts.  This blog is for this purpose.  With winter coming on in Southeastern Ohio, I may not be able to get on the bike as much as I would like, I’ll still post about the few rides that I am able to go on.  Also, since training during the off season is a vital part of cycling, I’ll be logging my gym workouts here as well.

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