Monday, January 30, 2006

The new ride is at paint

My new bike is at paint getting a nice coat of blue. This will be my first official blue bike, I am a tad excited. The build kit is going to be close to top end. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will be out riding on it.

The weekend was filled with skiing! I skied a little of 6 hours on Saturday completing roughly 16 runs without Fallon and 4 with her. My legs were a spent at the end of the day as I look at my skiing as a workout and have really been trying to push it. My wife asked me why I was being so anal and counting all my runs. I am really not sure, maybe it gives me something to do. Sunday was a brutal run in a complete blizzard. Rene and I cut it to a 30 min run because it was just plain nasty out.

Blizzard in the mountains and glorious on the front range. Suppose to be 55 degrees today.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Next phase

I begin the next phase of my build up for TI. I will be working on gaining some endurance and increasing the time on the bike.

Basic weekly schedule.
Sun - Run/snowshoe + ski
Mon - Run
Tues - Trainer + Weights
Wed - Long Run
Thu - Rollers + Weights
Fri - REST
Sat - Ski (maybe add a run later in the month)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Good day to Ride

The sun was out and the kids were gone, so I went for a ride. It was glorious!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Another day down

Just finished the last in the installment of big strength days with 2 hours on the trainer and another hour at the gym. The legs are feeling good and next week is a relatively easy week then back at it to gain some endurance and pick up the intensity.

Hope to ride in the snow tomorrow afternoon, I will have pictures if I do.


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Training in earnest

The training has been getting done, but I will say that up at 4:30 am to workout is not my idea of fun. I have been logging roughly 10 hours of strength training per week with about 8 hours of telemark skiing. Last weekend I skied off the t-bar most of the day which is loaded with some steep and hardcore slopes. It was great because I was out of the way of all the tourons skiing the lower slopes. I was officially whooooped by the end of the day. The way I figured, I made 15 runs (by myself - 4 additional runs with my daughter) with about 50 turns per run. That is 25 lunges per leg per run, which equals 375 lunges per leg per day. Thigh burning fun!!!!

The Trans-Iowa race is approaching and my new bike will be done soon. I have to select the components for the bike which is proving difficult.

All for today.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I have a plan

Over the past few weeks I have put together a training plan. This will be the first structured training plan ever! As I get older the more I need to think about a structured program to make myself a better cyclist.

I tested the body last week to see where I was. I think I passed the test! I was able to knock out 86 miles on a SS which was geared to big 42x16 (approx 70 gear inches) which took its toll on the last 10 miles. Next fitness test will be in Feb.

Here is the plan:
Jan - Foundation/Strength
M - Spin class
T - 45 to 90 minutes Trainer/Rollers & Weights
W - 1 to 1.5 hour Endurance Run & 1 hour Night ride
T - 45 to 90 minutes Trainer/Rollers & Weights
S - 6 hours of Telemarking
S - 1 to 2 hours Snowshoeing & 4 hours of Telemarking
Feb - Foundation/Endurance
Mar - Preparation (long miles on the bike)
Apr - Specialization (more long miles with some climbing)
May - Transition (low intensity)

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.