Monday, January 25, 2010


We all need balance in our lives. We need to balance work, family life, training, and a little time for ourselves. Unfortunately, we do not always think about how to keep this balance in check.

I'm a little out of balance right now. My work life is dominating everything else, but I know I can handle this for the next 12 weeks because I'm doing something I love. I've had to make some sacrifices but they will be worth it in the end.

Just as we plan our training schedules, so must we try to balance our life. I need to get a little more time for my training. I'll have to find that perfect balance and I need to plan when and how I'll get it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The weather isn't my friend

Well, today was supposed to be 50 degrees and windy. But the rain ruined my plans to get out and ride today. Not that I wouldn't ride in the rain, but with all of the salt and debris the rain washes into the roadway, it makes it difficult. Not to mention the time to clean off the bike after the ride.

So, it's time to dig out the trainer. Put in the miles there while I enjoy my favorite video or CD. If I get to the gym, then I ride a Spinner for an hour or so. Love to get my legs going for my training. Also need to spend some time reviewing my training plan and make sure I'm on track.

As someone who lives in Northeastern Ohio, I should be used to this type of weather and the resulting indoor training. But when the forecast calls for some nice days, all I want to do is get out and feel the wind in my face and watch the pavement pass under my bike. There is nothing like riding outdoors for me. The freedom to ride a machine where I am the engine is exhilarating.

I guess I'll just have to wait until Mother Nature allows me to get out and put some serious miles on my bike.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My First Ride of the Year

It was cold, snowing, the roads were icy, but I did it!!! I got out and rode on January 1, 2010. My first ever New Year's day ride. I went in the afternoon, did just four miles, and smiled the entire time.

It was a goal of mine, my own resolution, to begin my year on the bike. Thankfully the roads were not heav with vehicle traffic. I had such a blast as I rode by countless people shoveling their side walks and driveways. They would stop shoveling, thier mouths hanging wide open and shooting a strange look my way as if I were riding naked.

My wife called me insane, but aren't all of us crazy about our bikes?

I can't wait until my next winter ride!!!