Time To Update My 2011 Mileage Goal

Back in January I set some goals to help me stay motivated through the year. During today’s morning ride before work I broke my mileage goal for the year. It feels so good to be meeting my goals and hopefully it’ll inspire you to continue working towards yours. The goal I broke today was riding 2000 miles for the year. After this mornings ride I’m currently sitting at 2014 miles for the year. When I set that 2000 mile goal back in January I took into account how much I had ridden last year and added some onto it. Knowing that I would be training for the Tour de Cure in the beginning part of the year I figured I would break 2000 but not quite so early in the year. August isn’t even over and I’ve got four more months of riding left thanks to the mild fall and winters here in Northern Florida. The year started off great when training for the Tour de Cure and it saw me put in quite a few miles during the first five months of the year. Over the last two months the mileage tapered off and really went into the toilet the last few weeks. Then the Just Ride post happened and I’ve started to see a resurgence in my riding and mileage over the last two weeks. Last week I put in 116 miles (with my best group ride ever last Saturday) and already have 44 miles logged this week after two days of riding. In other words, my riding is on the upswing, I’ve met my 2011 mileage...

Just Ride

The last few weeks I’ve struggled both on and off the bike. I was in one of those down periods that we all experience from time-to-time and it was affecting my riding more than anything. Prior to this week my weekly riding mileage was on the decline with totals of 58, 45, and 35 over the last three weeks. I knew I needed to ride more but was struggling to get out of bed in the morning to get it done. It seemed like I was tired each morning or was just too lazy to get my butt out of bed and get it done. It was becoming too easy to just try and get one or two weekday rides plus the Saturday group ride. I was in a downward spiral and I knew it. This past weekend I got my weekly email from my nutritionist Kelli. I explained to her what was going on and she had this to say: Sometimes, you have to force motivation by just taking action. She had other things to say but that sentence really hit me. I was struggling to find the motivation to get going again. I was trying to find it but couldn’t. After reading the sentence above it made perfect sense. I just needed to take action to get started again. No detailed training plan, no motivational video, no pep talk. Just ride. So that’s what I did this week. I made a commitment to ride 100 total miles for the week. Tuesday through Friday I rolled out of bed, got kitted up and rode. No worrying about what...

Replacing Your Clipless Pedal Cleats

The cleats on the bottoms of our cycling shoes are some of the most well-worn pieces of equipment a cyclist has. They get walked on, shoved into a pedal against spring pressure, scraped onto the ground, and are forgotten about until they become a problem. Kind of like tires on your car. I decided to shoot a little video for this topic. The quality isn’t great so please bear with me as I try something new. I had to replace mine last week when I noticed my shoes weren’t feeling as ‘solid’ when clipped in. A close inspection revealed some pretty good wear that required replacement. Here’s a couple of pictures of my well-worn cleats. You can tell in the second pic that I had a huge chunk missing out of the leading edge of my cleat. No wonder it felt weird. Why Change Your Cleats? As your cleats become worn, they lack the surface area to keep them securely fastened to the pedal. A worn clear can cause the following: Lack of power transfer. The whole purpose of having cleats is to make our power transfer from foot to pedal better. If the cleats are worn then they aren’t transferring power properly. Injury. If your cleats are worn, and you’re not regularly checking them, your first indication may be when your foot comes unclipped while pedaling. This would be a bad thing if you’re involved in a group sprint or out of the saddle while climbing. Not only could this injure you but you could cause a crash involving other riders. Tips When Changing Cleats I mentioned a...

Interview with David Mills – Author of The Distance

Today I have a special treat in the form of an interview. David Mills has written The Distance where he talks about his quest to complete an Ironman Triathlon after watching two friends accomplish this amazing feat. Most importantly, David isn’t a professional triathlete. He trained while balancing the demands of being a husband, father, and Officer in the military. In other words, he has a life like most of us do. His book is geared to help the Average Joe complete an Ironman. You can place a pre-order at The Distance Book. BTL: Completing an endurance event like an Ironman Triathlon takes goals. Did you have a strategy involving short and long term goals in order to succeed? David: It’s so extremely vital to set multiple small goals in your triathlon training, that I really can’t emphasize it enough. A 140.6 mile triathlon is far too daunting; it’s got to be broken down into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, during the marathon, I viewed it as simply doing a one mile run – 26 times. I knew I could always run just one more mile. And with aid stations located at every mile marker, it was easy to mentally run to the next aid station. BTL: I’ve written posts before about balancing training time and family time. How did you do it? David: Balancing training with real life can be hectic and messy if not approached properly, and this is really the cornerstone of my new book. Most of us are not pro athletes with a masseuse and a chef and 30 hours a week to train....

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – July 2011

Welcome to my July 2011 Cycling and Weight Loss Report! This is the first of a series of reports I’ll be posting each month summarizing my weight loss and cycling progress. I want to keep you updated on how the pounds are coming off, highlight things that are working for me both on and off the bike, and share whatever else may be of importance. Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t started this before now. Tale of the Scale Almost exactly a month ago I made a July Weight Loss Goals post where I told you I wanted to see the 250s on the scale or the low 260s at a minimum. I didn’t come close to seeing the 250s. Or the low 260s. I may have been a little over ambitious. On July 1st I weighed 273.5, hit a low weight for the month of 268 on July 16th (probably due to water loss from a hard ride) and finished the month at 269 on July 31st. Overall that’s a total weight loss of 4.5 pounds for the month. That’s a loss of about 1.13 pounds per week. A weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is considered healthy so I think I did pretty good. Hitting that 269 on July 31st couldn’t have made me feel better. On the Bike I have to admit that my mileage as of late has been pretty disappointing. For some reason I’ve battled motivation early in the morning. I haven’t had a problem with that before but wonder if it may be due to not getting enough sleep. I have...
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