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Endurance Path – April 2014

I can’t believe it has been a month already since our trip to Moab.  We have had some very mixed weather, but I have been able to get out on a few road rides.  I’m running out of time to get ready for the Lutsen 99er and I would say that I am far from ready.

Lessons Learned

1)  When the knee starts tightening up, don’t push it or you’ll end up walking.

2)  Don’t bank on electronics working all the time.



I broke down and picked up a Garmin Edge 510 bundle with the heart rate monitor and cadence/speed sensor.  Aside from some software glitches, I do love the capability of it and it has made my rides more interesting.  It mostly has made the indoor trainer much more interesting which means, I have actually started to use it.  I went ahead and paid for the premium membership for Strava and used the Sufferfest videos a few times that come with the Strava premium membership.  The 2 workout videos I used so far were great and I will probably purchase a few of the other Sufferfest videos as well from Sufferfest.

All said and done, I logged just over 170 miles on my road bike in April.  I intended to get more miles in but the weather was just not cooperating and I was traveling 2 weeks out of the month for work.  About 40 of those miles were on the trainer.


I didn’t do much running this month.  I’ve been having some knee pains and attempted a run while traveling for work.  I ended up walking about 2 miles of it back to my hotel.  I should have turned around sooner as I felt the knee tightening up, but I can be a little stubborn sometimes and figured I could run through it.  That being said, I only ran about 11 miles in April.  I probably will not do much running until after the Lutsen 99er as I need to get my cycling legs back in shape.


I’m getting my nutrition back into shape for sure.  The more I am working out or exercising, the better I tend to manage my nutrition.  I try to eat smaller meals and more frequently throughout the day.  I’ve been eating a lot of tuna fish, eggs, salad and frozen vegetables.  My wife has been slowly transitioning our household over to mostly organic foods.  Costco has actually been a great place to buy bulk frozen organic vegetables.


No new events this month.  I am contemplating heading up to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in June for the Chain Drive Festival, but we’ll see if I can make it up there.  It’s a 32 mile race and would be about 2 weeks before the Lutsen 99er.  I am thinking it might be a good race to check the status of my legs and help me figure out where my pace should be at for the longer Lutsen 99er race.


I started a gallery on my SmugMug account just for cycling related pictures.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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How was your training and nutrition in April?  Did you make any progress?

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