Articles & Reports

Wilderness 101 Mountain Bike Race Report

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This Wilderness 101 mountain bike race was on my to-do list, but I wasn’t planning on it for this year. I was thinking I could fit it in next year with a family trip out east or something. Anyways, after doing a bunch of shorter races this spring and then getting through the Lutsen 99er, […]

July Recap: What Happened, What’s Up & What’s Next

I did end up changing my race plans for July and made it out to the Wilderness 101 in Pennsylvania at the end of the month. I also, significantly cranked up my training hours in July. Not anything to do with the Wildnerness as it would have been too late to do any specific training […]

Podcast Series: Revisiting 2014 Race Reports – 3 New Episodes

My race reports have typically been the reason for people visiting my website in the first place. With that in mind, I’m kicking off the new podcast by going back in time with some audio and additional commentary on my race reports from previous years. These are the 3 reports that you will find in […]

The Endurance Path Podcast Launch

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Endurance Path is finally going audio! I’ve had thoughts of doing my own podcast for quite some time, even before previously co-hosting on the Last Aid Station. The timing never seemed right and I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it before it eventually fell off the back of my plate. Well, […]

Lutsen 99er Race Report

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Another Lutsen 99er race weekend and another muddy mountain bike… There is always some water or mud somewhere on the course, but this year was the wetest and muddiest Lutsen 99er that I have personally done with rain coming down almost all day. This race has been growing every year and I believe this year […]

Monthly Recap: What Happened, What’s Up & What’s Next…

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I started off the month of June with a good race at the Borah Epic, ran a solid 10k trail race and finished off the month with the Lutsen 99er. I’m looking to change up my race plans for July, so read on for the latest and what’s coming up. June Training Summary Cycling June […]

City of Trails 10k Trail Run – Race Report

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The City of Trails 10k Trail Run in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin was my first true trail running event. I ran a little cross country in High School in the 1990s and have done a few other offroad events, but none of them consisted of true singletrack hiking trail like The City of Trails 10k […]

My First Borah Epic – MTB Race Report

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I had actually heard very little about the Borah Epic mountain bike race in the past, but it looked like a great race once I started looking into it. I’m suprised I don’t see more about it floating around the social media and internet. I had a good race overall aside from a minor crash […]

Monthly Recap: What Happened, What’s Up, What’s Next…

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May was overall a great month of training, racing and just getting out and being active. I’ve stayed healthy! My training has been fairly mild in the grand scheme of things, but I’ve also been fairly consistant and purposeful with a couple workouts per week outside of the weekend racing. I know some people don’t […]

Detroit Mountain – MN MTB Series Race #2

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I knew the weather forcast was looking rough for the Detroit Mountain Shakedown race, but I still failed to plan accordingly for the cold temps and rain. I don’t really have the proper cold rain gear set up to begin with, but it has now moved up my priority list. Regardless, I hadn’t packed anything […]

Grantsburg Adventure Triathlon – Bike, Paddle, Run

I have been wanting to mix things up from just mountain biking and had the opportunity this past weekend to do so with a bike, paddle, run at the Grantsburg Adventure Triathlon in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. I had a strong bike ride and then dropped some time in the kayak and more in the run to […]

Woolly MTB Race Report – MN Series Race #1

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I was back on the dirt this past weekend at the Woolly MTB Race in St. Croix Falls, WI where I raced the Marathon 4 hour lap race. This was the season opener race for the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. I did 2 of these 4 hr races 3 years ago when I was getting […]

Monthly Recap: Training, Tips, Lessons & Stuff

April was a good month and I feel like I’m getting back in the groove of things after kind of a messed up winter. I’ve been feeling pretty healthy and excited about doing some racing again. Enjoy the recap. As I mentioned last month, these monthly recaps have been moved back to the blog feed for […]

Ken Woods Memorial Road Race Report

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Here is my race report from the Ken Woods Memorial Road Race last weekend. I had better results this time around, but still have a lot of room for improvement. That being said, I think I am getting more comfortable with the pack and getting a read on what is going on to race smarter […]

THK Road Race Recap

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Well… I decided I would like to try road racing again. Not that I was ever into road racing seriously in the past, but I did try a few road races 2 years ago, along with a few crits and time trials. The THK road race in Avon, MN was the first road race I did […]

NETA Group Cycling Instructor Certification

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I went to the NETA Group Cycling Instructor Certification Class a couple weekends ago and have a few thoughts on my experience with the class. I’m planning on putting together some indoor group cycling classes later this year and thought this would be a good place to start picking up some of the basics or best […]

Monthly Recap: Training, Tips, Lessons & Stuff

I’m moving these monthly recaps back to the blog feed for now and have changed the content a bit from the e-mail only version. They will still get e-mailed out to subscribers as well. Enjoy and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see in them. Monthly Training Summary Cycling […]

Winter Base Training Report – Bike & Run

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This winter base training report is going to start with the first week of January and run through March 19th. December was a pretty terrible month as far as being sick, where I went 2 and a half weeks without doing anything. I missed the Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race and then started doing some […]

906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race Report

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All signs were pointing to a hike a bike event with the warm temps coming in, but the trails held up amazingly well and the 2017 906 Polar Roll was a great event. I know there was a ton of effort put into prepping the trails and creating a solid base that would hold up […]

Michigan Tech Ski Trails – Skate Ski Report

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Michigan Tech has an extensive system of Cross Country Trails that have been expanded a great deal since I graduated from Michigan Tech in 2001. Although I mountain biked the Tech singletrack quite a bit during my college years, I had only skied on the Tech Trails once or maybe twice with some loaner classic skis. […]

Freezer Burn Fat Bike Race Report

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The Freezer Burn Fat Bike Race was a small low key race that turned out to be a fun little event. The race fields were small and included a mix of folks from all race and ride experience levels. The Freezer Burn is also part of a 2 race series that includes the Fat Bike Vasaloppet […]

Ishpeming Fat Bike Trails Ride Report

I was spending the week between Christmas and the New Year in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The main objective of the week was to spend time on the Keweenaw’s spectacular XC ski trails, most notably the Swedetown Trails in Calumet and the Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton. They are awesome ski trails and I’ll write up […]

2016 Race Highlights & Lessons

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I put together a quick run down of my race highlights from 2016 and some lessons learned. I had some new experiences as I dove into fat bike racing. I raced multiple 100 mile mountain bike races and backed out of a couple others after a rib injury. I had some good races and some […]

Setting Fitness Goals For Next Year

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This will be a fairly short post, but I wanted to send out a note to expand on 2 points I made last week about setting fitness goals as we wrap up 2016 and move into 2017. Last week, I made a short video that brought up the following 2 points… Don’t wait until January […]

Fall Training Transition – Biking & Running

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It has been an interesting fall training transition during my offseason, if an offseason from biking actually exists anymore…  I should have been indulging in a bit more solid recovery after the Marji Gesick 100, but I really wanted to start sorting out how I was going to train in the future for both running […]

My Introduction To Running Again

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Simplicity and a change of pace are the first couple things that come to mind when I sit down to write about my introduction to running. I have some previous running experience, but there was something  new and different about putting on a pair of shoes and working my way thru the woods by foot that […]

How Cadence Impacts Power Output And Knee Joint Stress

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I am going to specifically talk about how cadence impacts power output and stress loads on your knee joints. Pay attention, because this could save you from a knee injury and help you become more energy efficient at the same time. I’ll nerd out with some equations and calculations, but stay with me and I’ll […]

Lessons From My Marji Gesick Race Taper

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I’ll keep this short, but I thought it was relevant to take a step back and discuss the good and bad of my taper weeks leading into the Marji Gesick 100. I finished my last training build week with 3 weeks left before the Marji. I took a Recovery week, 1 peak week and then […]

My First Marji Gesick 100 MTB Race

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There are so many thoughts that go thru my head as I go to write the report for my first Marji Gesick 100 mountain bike race. So many lessons, successes, failures and new experiences on the trail. Riding terrain, drops and jump lines I’ve never ridden before. Hiking down sections of trail that I was […]

Marji Gesick Training Report – Part 2

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This is part 2 of my Marji Gesick training report. If you remember, I had put out a part 1 training overview after finishing my first training block, about a month ago. You can find a link at the bottom of this report to that first article in case you missed it. No worries, you […]

My First Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Race

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The Ore to Shore Epic Mountain Bike Race has been on my race to-do list since getting back into biking a few years ago, but was kind of sitting on the back burner until now. I had rearranged my summer plans after injuring my ribs back in June and was no longer going to travel […]

Training For The Marji Gesick 100 – Part 1

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This write up is a breakdown of my training for the Marji Gesick 100 over the past month or so. I have included some good data related to training zones, high level analysis of some of my workouts and where I think I am sitting at now. I basically broke the report down by types […]

Biking Door County

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I had never been to Door County and although I love trail riding… I was looking forward to biking Door County on my road bike, wandering around the shorelines and checking out the sites. Plus, I was headed to the Keweenaw Peninsula next and my ribs were just about healed up and I wanted to save […]

Changing Plans And Some Deep Thoughts

Bare with me here as I share a few deep thoughts, but sometimes you have to know when to pull the plug on your current plans, adjust and move ahead in another direction. I am doing just that… I missed the Tatanka 100, and there is no way I could have raced it last weekend. […]

Update: Rib Not Broken and A New KICKR

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I went into the doctor today because my rib pain was severe and worse than last week, after jumping on my trainer last night… I’ll circle back to the trainer, but in short I got a new KICKR trainer. Anyways, back to the rib issue. I have also noticed that area of my rib cage […]

2016 Mohican 100 Mountain Bike Race Report, Results And Photos

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This was my first Mohican 100 mountain bike race and my second race in the NUE series. I was not targeting the NUE, but I am always looking for a good race and the opportunity came up for me to go out to the Mohican 100, so there I was… Pre Mohican 100 Race Getting […]

Preparing For The Mohican 100 Mountain Bike Race – Training And Nutrition

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Here I am, a few days out from the Mohican 100 Mountain Bike Race. It has been 2 and a half months since the True Grit Epic Mountain Bike Race and I am not 100% sure at where I stand. I backed off of riding quite a bit this spring. I had been riding and racing quite […]

Cuyuna Lakes Ride And Trip Report

Cuyuna Lakes

I have been in desperate need of some training and actual singletrack riding. I felt like I was sick for the entire month of April and had been on and off the bike this entire spring, going more than a week at times without doing any riding. I was happy to have finished True Grit, […]

2016 Mammoth Gravel Classic Ride Report And Pictures

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The Mammoth Gravel Classic was my first organized gravel ride. I have been looking at gravel bikes a bit, but I am yet to take the big dive and purchase one, so I rode my full suspension 29er. This wasn’t a race and I could use more time on my 29er anyways, as I will […]

True Grit Epic Race Report, Video And Results

I arrived in St. George Utah on Friday afternoon with plenty of time to go for a ride and check out some of the course.  I had never been to St. George before and heard that some of the True Grit Course was really technical and I wanted to see some of it before the […]

Fat Bike Birkie Race Report And Results

The Fat Bike Birkie would be the end of my first season of fat bike racing before immediately jumping into my first 100 miler. The Fat Bike Birkie turned out to be a really great event and one that I hope I can make it to every year. Pre Fat Bike Birkie Race My buddy […]

2016 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race Report, Results And Video

Oh, where do I begin?  The 2016 906 Polar Roll fat bike race was a knock down, all out brawl and slugfest of Fat Bikes, die hard bikers, mother nature and trail conditions.  I was watching the weather reports come in a couple weeks before the race, that were reporting a warm up.  When I […]

2016 Fat Bike Frozen Forty Race Report, Results & Video

The Fat Bike Frozen Forty was the first time I really contemplated pulling the plug mid race and reporting a DNF. But, I decided to hang in there and finish things up.  I went down a couple times and a few other moments of bouncing my bars or shoulder off a tree that kept things […]

2016 Cuyuna Whiteout Fat Bike Race Report, Results And Video

I’ll start by saying that Cuyuna Whiteout was one of the most fun races I have done.  I have built up an interest for endurance races recently, because I like point to point or single lap races.  I get bored easily and like to keep things new and I just do not get too excited about […]

Preparing For The 2016 Great Lakes Fat Bike Series Races

I have already kicked off my Great Lakes Fat Bike Series racing with the Solstice Chase race back in December.  But that was 7 weeks ago and the Cuyuna Whiteout, 2 days from now, will kick off 3 weekends of back to back Fat Bike racing that will include the Frozen Forty and 906 Polar […]

2015 Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race Report, Results And Video

I was excited for the Solstice Chase as it would be my first fat bike race. I swung by Cyclova in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin on Friday afternoon to pick up my race number and t-shirt.  I had forgotten that t-shirts were included in the race fee, which was pretty impressive for a $35 race […]

Getting Ready For My First Fat Bike Race – 2015 Solstice Chase

I have not raced any bikes since crossing the finish line of the Chequamegon 40 about 3 months ago and I am looking forward to my first fat bike race, the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series opener, Solstice Chase on Saturday.  Since the Chequamegon, I have been mostly “Just Riding Along” at low intensity with […]

Why And How To Find Heart Rate Threshold For Cycling

I believe finding heart threshold is important for a few reasons when it comes to your cycling training and racing.  The first and foremost reason is so I understand where my safe zone is without blowing up.  Secondly, and just as important as the first, is to set more precise heart rate training zones to follow […]

Off Season Training, Race Planning and Preparing for Next Year

The Chequamegon 40 Fat Tire festival officially wrapped up my racing for the year and I am currently thinking about my training and planning for next year.  I have a huge interest in the Endurance Racing scene at this point, because I like the ultimate test on the body and mind.  That being said, there are […]

Endurance Path Monthly Report – September 2015

This will be my last monthly report via blog post.  I am going to change it up a bit for the future and put together a short e-mailed Newsletter of highlights, links and any new lessons learned for subscribers, in place of the monthly reports that I have been posting.  I intend to have the […]

2015 Chequamegon 40 Fat Tire Festival Race Report

You couldn’t ask for better racing weather for the Chequamegon 40 in mid September.  My Garmin showed that it was in the 50s for the entire race and then it warmed up real nice for the afternoon.  It was about 20 degrees warmer at the start line than it was the year before and I was […]

Endurance Path Monthly Report – August 2015

Welcome to my August 2015 Endurance Path Monthly Report! I started the month off with the Maah Daah Hey 100 and spent the rest of the month learning some lessons about recovery and fatigue.  I need to learn how to just go out for recovery rides sometimes without having to push the limits every ride. […]

2015 Minnesota State Championship Road Race Report

I looked around at the rest of the starting field to realize my hairy legs were sticking out like a Sasquatch in a nudist colony and asked the guy next to me if this was in fact the Cat 4/5 group and not the Cat 1/2/3 group.  I had done some Crit racing and 2 […]

2015 Maah Daah Hey 100 Race Report

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I had heard that the Maah Daah Hey 100 was one tough race, but I was not prepared for what I had gotten myself into. A pre-ride of the opening parts of the trail a few days before the race was a big wake up call for what was ahead, but I still had no […]

Endurance Path Monthly Report – July 2015

Welcome to my July 2015 Endurance Path Monthly Report! This is coming out a couple days earlier than normal, as I am out in North Dakota for the Maah Daah Hey 100 which is Saturday August 1st and I will want to focus on my race report immediately after the race.  That being said, keep […]

Recovering From The Lutsen 99er and Preparing For The Maah Daah Hey 100

I am preparing for the Maah Daah Hey 100 that is less than one week away and I have started my taper down.  I should be in a bit better shape for Maah Daah Hey than I was for the Lutsen 99er and slightly less fatigued.  Even though the Lutsen 99er had some rugged ATV […]

Endurance Path Monthly Report – June 2015

Welcome to my June 2015 Endurance Path Monthly Report! My report this month is a bit shorter than the last.  I spent most of the month riding and was able to get out to a few new trails that I had never ridden before.  It was a very mountain bike focused month as I finished […]

2015 Lutsen 99er Race Report And Results

I’ll start off by saying that I kicked my last year’s ass and improved my Lutsen 99er race time by over 2 hours.  That being said, I didn’t start the morning off great and didn’t really know how things were going to go until I was headed to the starting gate. So let’s get to […]

Ready Or Not – Lutsen 99er Is Here

Picture from the night before last year’s Lutsen 99er I may be writing this article a bit late, as the Lutsen 99er is only a couple days away.  Whether you are ready or not, the race is here and you have a few days to get your head in it.  As for me, I have […]

Lessons, Fun, Pictures And Videos From 4 Days Of Mountain Biking In Cuyuna Country

I just got back from 4 days of mountain biking at Cuyuna Lakes Recreation Area and had a few lessons that I learned in the process of a lot of fun.  This was my third time riding Cuyuna, but my first multi-day visit.  I did some riding with my wife and kids along with some of […]

Endurance Path Monthly Report – May 2015

Welcome to my May 2015 Endurance Path Monthly Report! I had a busy month of racing that included Time Trials, Criteriums and Mountain Bike Races.  I had some big lessons learned in making sure my equipment is working well before a race and have maintained my weight.  As always, any feedback is greatly appreciated.  If […]

Race Report – Bluff Riders Charge – Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race #3

Race Prep I’ll start out by saying that I am really glad that I pre-rode the course on Saturday.  I’ve never ridden Mt. Kato before and there were a few technical sections on the Comp course that would have taken me by surprise.  We hauled our camper down to Mankato Friday evening and camped at […]

Race Report – St. Croix Woolly – Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race #2

I’ll preface this article by saying that this race was a mechanical disaster for me with a couple other mishaps, but I still finished.  I started out the morning by not even planning to head to the race, when I woke up to thunderstorms.  As I kept watching the weather and after getting a text […]

My Monthly Endurance Path Update – April 2015

Welcome to the my April 2015 Endurance Path Update! I started doing monthly updates last year, but did not follow through.  I am going to start them back up and see if I can refine them enough for it to make sense to keep them going.  As always, any feedback is greatly appreciated.  If there is […]

Do Something Epic in 2015

Every year, is your year. You own every second of it and it is your choice how you spend those seconds. Last year, I posted the article “Do Something Epic This Year” that described what Epic really meant and what my Epic plans were for 2014. Many people start their year off with some New […]

First Fat Bike Ride – A New Way To Experience Life On A Bike

I was about 100 feet down the trail when I realized I had been missing out on an entirely different mountain biking experience. It was almost 9:00 at night, there were a couple inches of snow on the ground and it was 27 degrees outside. I was the only person on the trail and all […]

2014 Red Wing Classic Results and Review

I am a little late in getting this post out, but better late than never. As I posted previously, I decided last minute to enter another race before winter sets in here in Minnesota and I break out the cross country skis. I had competed in the St. Croix Falls Woolly Mountain Bike Marathon Race […]

One More Race Before The Year Ends

I decided to go ahead and enter one last race for the year tomorrow. My first race of the season was the St Croix Falls, Woolly Mountain Bike Marathon Race. I placed 28th out of 39. I feel like I am faster now than I was at the beginning of the year and hope to […]

2014 Chequamegon 40 Review and Results

It was one heck of a cold morning… Last year, I started in gate 7 and finished in 3 hours and 12 minutes, which gave me a gate 5 starting position this year. I headed down to the start gates around 6:30 a.m. and staged my bike at the start of gate 5. It wasn’t […]

My First Lutsen 99er Race Review, Results and Advice

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This was my first Lutsen 99er and my first 100 mile race. For those that do not know what the Lutsen 99er is; it is a 99 mile mountain bike race located on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. The race is held by Lifetime Fitness and takes place out of the Lutsen Mountains Sawtooth […]

Why I Ride Bikes

Have you ever thought about why you ride a bike? I haven’t thought about it much until now. But I just go do it every chance I get, which is far less than I’d like to. My problem is, I have a lot of hobbies and things I like to do. So I have to […]

Endurance Update After The Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival

I entered the Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival 30 mile mountain bike race this past weekend and got my tail kicked. I have 2 major things I need to work on. First, I need to learn how to train much better. Second, I need to learn to pace myself. The Lutsen is less than 2 weeks […]

Endurance Path – May 2014

Cycling season is in full swing now and the racing has just begun.  I’ve had a busy month between trying out some new gear and competing in a race.  Now that the trails are dried out and open, I have switched most of my riding over to my mountain bike, which is what I enjoy […]

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 […]

4 Tips For Mountain Bikers With Spring Fever

Who doesn’t love spring time after a long winter?  There is something about spring time with the bright sun, longer days, warmer weather and snow melting that gives me all kinds of energy!  I just can’t wait to get the bikes out.  I have a road bike now, but before I had a road bike, […]

Endurance Path – March 2014

March was a pretty decent month.  I started feeling better, we had some nicer weather and I was able to get outside more.  We also took a road trip to Moab, Utah to do some mountain biking and hiking. Lessons Learned 1)  Time flies whether you are having fun or not. 2)  I should have […]

Finding Your Winter Endurance Exercise

Do you live in snow country?  Have you found your winter endurance training activities?  I found mine just a few weeks ago; cross country skiing. My summer activities are mainly mounting biking or road biking.  I will occasionally run or hike, but I love the bicycle. I’ve always struggled in the winter months as I […]

Endurance Path February Review

Well, February came and went faster than I could blink an eye.  My activity level was pretty low.  My whole family came down with the flu and I was working a lot of hours.  I did take on a new sport, cross country skiing and loved it. Lessons Learned 1)  Time flies whether you are […]

Endurance Path January Review

This is my first Endurance Path monthly review, so it might be a little rough.  As I make progress on this site, I will get a better idea of what I want to share in each monthly review.  I think it is important that I write up an update from the month to review any […]

Training While Traveling

I know how it is to travel for work and at the same time, training while traveling.  You spend all day working, meeting people or traveling; then are suppose to meet people again for dinner and then go back to your hotel and catch up on your normal work and answer all of your e-mails. […]

2014 Training Ideas

I have kicked off some strength training for the month of January to build up some leg and core strength.  Last year when I was in the Chequamegon 40 and riding the Color Tour, I felt good from a cardio stand point, but felt low on leg strength and fatigued my muscles early in the […]

Do Something Epic This Year

This is your year to do something Epic.  We are in January right now and you have an entire year ahead of you.  Do yourself a favor and spend some time in the month of January searching out some endurance events that take place later in the year.  Write down a few that will challenge […]

Moving Forward In 2014

Who is looking forward to 2014?  I’m working on planning out the events that I want to participate in throughout 2014.  I have found that the best way to ensure that you will keep on your training or fitness path is to go ahead and sign up for some events that you can look forward […]

New Trail Rides In 2013

I had a great year of discovering new trail systems. I can’t wait to ride these trails again in 2014 and add another set of new trails to the list.  I’m not going to turn this post into a trail review, but just want to share the new trails that I was able to ride […]

2013 Was Another Break Thru Year

Wow, what can I say about the year 2013. I kept the momentum going from my increased fitness and weight loss of 2012, and had another break thru year. To share some background; in 2012 I completed the 60 day Insanity Challenge, dusted off the old mountain bike and road bike, ran my first 5k […]

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