Archive for October, 2008

The Markets are Getting in the Way

October 9, 2008

The past month has not been very easy.  In fact it has been the most incredibly intense month of my career; I am an analyst at an investment management firm.  I don’t make healthy choices when I’m under stress, and a 20% decline in a couple weeks is definitely stress inducing. 

So how am I doing on my short term goals for October, which are my first step towards Flanders next April?

1)Master the Breathing Techniques set forth in Cyclo-Secrets.  I am progressing well here.  I actually work on many of the breathing techniques in my car on my commute to the office in the morning.  I have to work on other breathing techniques when I look at my quote screen!

2)Concentrate on nutrition by focusing on meal planning.  Not happening.  Not good.  My weight is negatively correlated with the markets: when they go down, it seems my weight goes the other direction!

3) Increase upper body and back strength  I haven’t done as much as I has hoped.  I was hoping to hit the gym a few times a week to work on my upper body and back.  I think I have gotten there two times to work on strength training.

4) don’t neglect my core!  I have been doing my core workouts: short and intense.  I have been able to fit them in around everything else.  hurray.

I did have a chance to do a yoga workout last night, and that felt great.  I am glad Graeme taught me the benefits of yoga, I have really come to enjoy doing it!!

Also on a positive note, I am going away for the weekend with my cycling buddies.  We have rented a house in central PA and are looking forward to doing some low-key autumn riding on unfamiliar roads!


The ‘Easy’ Group Ride

October 4, 2008

It’s not easy to Transition.  I am into my second week of the Transition Training Plan, and religiously doing my breathing exercises and working on my core strength.  But what’s not easy, is the “Easy Ride” Coach Lyman prescribes.  I went on a group ride today.  I love group rides; I love my riding buddies.  But we road a little harder than ‘easy.’  I got in some easy riding too, but I would have to say that more than 10% of the ride was above zone 2.  In fact much of the ride was above zone two.  Well, I have been doing well otherwise, so I won’t let it bother me. 

The ride was beautiful, it was so gorgeous today in south-eastern PA.  I ended up riding 86 miles in about 4:45.  After the ride I completed a core workout and the myofascial release program.  Wow it’s great!  My left hip is so much tighter than my right, so I spend extra time on my left side.  And it hurts!  But that just means I need to work on it more.  I really do enjoy completing the myofascial release.

Tomorrow I plan on running a charity-5k with my wife, then off to fulfill family obligations.  So I will be off my bike.


Change of Plans – Make Do Best You Can

October 2, 2008

I wrote yesterday about how much I loved riding my fixie.  And I couldn’t wait to ride it tonight, but alas, that didn’t happen.  Between work and the sketchy weather though, I didn’t have a chance to get in my planned ride.  I’m dissapointed, but I made do and got in some workouts targeted at meeting my goals.  

Today I worked on my breathing techniques, myofascial release (dang my left hip flexor is tight!!), a core workout, and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical machine.  So despite the change in plans due to mother nature and still think I had a very productive day in working towards my goals.

I did stumble on my nutrition with dinner though!  We met a friend at “On the Border” restaurant, I LOVE MEXICAN, and I ate way to many chips!!

Long Term Goal: Just a Bunch of Short Term Goals

October 2, 2008

There is a quick tip in Cyclo-Club this week dedicated to setting short term goals.  “Short-term goals complete your long term goal.”  You all know that my long-term goal: be in the best shape of my life for the Ronde van Vlaanderen sportiff and specifically increase my explosive power.”  

My goal is about six months away, so I will only get there by focusing on many short-term goals.  Last month, my unstated short term goal: get back into core training after a summer of neglect.  Well, I focused on it and quickly made meaningful strides in my core fitness.  In fact, see my earlier post on the plank

One of my short-term goals for the month of October: Master the Breathing Techniques set forth in Cyclo-Secrets. 

Second short-term goal for October: Concentrate on nutrition by focusing on meal planning.

Third short-term goal for October: Increase upper body and back strength

And last but not least, don’t neglect my core!

Fixed Gear: Steady as She Goes

October 1, 2008

Part of the Cycle-Core Transition Plan I am following requires doing several “easy to steady” rides per week.  It’s hard to do an “easy to steady” ride!!  I want to go fast every time I get on my bike.  But that is not the way to improve!  You have to take time to let your body relax and recoup.  

One way I am accomplishing this goal is to take my fix gear bike on the beautiful autumn nights.  No gears, no cycle-computer, no problem.  I am just there to have fun.   Riding a fix gear is a completely different experience from your road bike and a great way to change up your routine, keep things fresh, and reach your goals!

After writing this I can’t wait to ride my fixie tomorrow night after work.  See you out there

 The Specialized Langster Fixed Gear

The Specialized Langster Fixed Gear