Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Major Yoga Beatdown

Taken by me tonight. Yoga is the most vicious of the martial arts. You kick your own ass.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Down With the Sickness

I have been laid up for two weeks with a bad cold. I'm still coughing a bit, but not too bad. I got some antibiotics after 10 days of not getting any better. Now that I've come to, I see the weather has turned rather nice. I started my bike commuting yesterday. 15 miles each way makes for a pretty good daily workout. During my 2 week cold, I did practically nothing .... except brew!

Coming soon: JDAs' Belgian Ale

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Feeble End to a Solid Month

Last month was a good, hard training block. I was really feeling the fatigue after my ride on Sunday. I'm liking the Monday hot yoga routine. Though it's technically a workout, I always feel fresher after than before. This week is my rest week, which I'm taking extra serious, since I'm sick as a dog.

For the last couple weeks, my MPLS to Orono ride has been clear. Unfortunately, the path from Wayzata out along the north side of lake Minnetonka has been impassible, even on a mountain bike. This blocks my way from Orono to Excelsior, and forces an out-and-back route. At least it's outside. The transition from cross training to actual riding is nice.
In: bike rides, yoga
Out: racquetball, XC skiing, weights

I recently made some upgrades to my foul weather bike (left). I scored some 2.25" Trailbear tires at the bike swap for a great price, and added some Planet Bike fenders. The new fenders work ok, but the front one rattles a lot when I take a hand off the bars. I'm not sure what to do about that. Currently, this bike is a really weird mix of bargain basement and high end parts. Hopefully, it can still be re-tooled as light race bike if needed.

For your viewing pleasure, I leave you with this excellent video: