Monday, November 24, 2008

Enter the pain cave!

The past week has been good. I have increased my training level for the holiday season, and the first few day were pretty rough but they are getting better now. My schedule consists of riding every other day, and the days that I am not on the bike I lift weights and run. I will do this for 8 days and then take a day off to rest. At the end of an 8 day period I have 240 miles on the bike and 24 miles running.

You know what they say, The deeper you are willing to crawl into the pain cave, the brighter it is when you get out. The human body is an amazing thing. Most people are not willing to work hard enough to see the results that they want to achieve. The workout doesn't truely begin until you are tired. From the point that you are tired until the time when you quit is where you will see the progress. The longer you can endure the pain, the more the improvement you will see.

Last Sunday I rode the Cross bike to Matt's house in Topeka. It was his birthday and we were going to their house to celebrate his birthday. I started a little earlier then Shelley and Molly and met them their. When the day was over I loaded the bike onto the Jeep, and we drove it home. What A day. a 62 mile ride and then roast, mashed potatoes and corn in this wonderful cream cheese sauce. Then for desert we had ice cream cake and cup cakes.

My rides have been getting pretty cold. I have been using the winter gear a lot. On Thursday when I started my ride it was 26 with 20-25 miles per hours winds. By time I went to take the first drink off of the camel back the water was slush! That's when you know that it is cold.

This week well be REALLY fun. I will only work 2 days. This means extra long rides, lots of good food, Molly's birthday party and plenty of rest and relaxation! Life does not get any better than this. Also, on thanksgiving night we are going to the movies in the last afternoon with a bunch of friends, and then we are all getting together for more food and games and conversation.

Well, it's time to let you all go for now. Check back in a week or two for the latest updates on life, and the possible new and upcoming spring concert. I hope that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Peace Out!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Way over due

Well, I don't really know where to begin. It has been so long that I can hardly remember what was discussed in the last entry.

As for the training, it is going pretty well. I have been lifting weights and running 3 days a week, and riding 3-4 days a week. I have been on the mountain bike only a couple of times lately. This is due to a couple of factors. First, the trails at camp Alexander look like they have been attacked by an army of beavers. In one large section of the trail they have cut down a bunch of trees with a chain saw for some reason. The trees are everywhere, many are overlaying the trail. Second, we have had quite a bit of rain, and the trails are a little muddy. I am hoping that they clean out the trees before spring, or we are going to have a problem around here.

This means that I have been putting in a ton of miles on the cross bike. I am really loving this bike the more that I ride it. The only thing that I would change, is I would like to convert the wheels into tubeless soon. I have been spoiled with the mountain bike, and have had to change out to many tubes. This one change would make it perfect.

Last weekend was busy, but totally awesome! We finally had the Disciple concert at the Granada Theater on Saturday. It could not have went any better. Their were about 725 people their, and it seats only 816. It was one of the most awesome concerts that I have seen in quite a while.
Then on Sunday, Garret, Randy and myself raced in the Freedom ride. It went well, but it was REALLY cold. When we started it was 24 degree's, and it was only 32 degree's when we finished. Even though I only got three and a half hours sleep Saturday night, I rode well. Garret and I rode together that day, and after we completed the 35 miles, we were the first two to cross the finish line. We decided that it would be cool to cross the line together. Great way to finish off the race season!

Well, I think that I am pretty much back on track, I hope. I promise that I will try to do a better job of updating this blog now that things have slowed a little. I will let you all go for now, and I hope that you all have a Blessed week.
Peace out!