Training Helps

Finally! A Great Cycling Site

I have been thinking to myself that there needs to be a site that gives quality training information and isn’t trying to sell you someting, I am looking at you, and I finally found it:

Here are some posts I found helpful:

  • Weight Loss – Click Here – In the past year I have lost 40 pounds and am working, albiet slowly, on the last 5 to 7ish pounds.  I am finding these last few to be the most difficult so any advice is great.
  • Training For Real People – Click Here – This post addresses one of the main reasons I am doing this blog.  Cat 5 dads (and moms) don’t have a lot of time to spare, so we need to make the time on our bikes count.  This post has a pretty good week workout plan that I think is fairly doable for those with time constraints.
  • Core Training, my least favorite thing – Click Here – I know I have to, but I don’t want to.  This is a good post on core training., I will do it, but I am going to be pissed the whole time.

Dig in, there is more to be found on their site.  If this is the only post of mine you read and you end up on their site, well I have done my job.


Almanzo Prep

In a couple weeks I am participating in my frist Gravel ride/race/event? I don’t know what to call it, but it will be my second attempt at a century ride and I very unwisely thought that attempt should be on Gravel. That said, bring the pain. Like the men and women of the Rapha Continental Rides I really enjoy epic rides.

My wife let me get a long ride in on Sunday, so I made the most of it and logged 70 miles. I rode with a good friend, I must say that when riding in small numbers miles feel longer since you don’t have the benefit of a large group. I hope that I am able to hang with a large group for the ride and make the 100 miles feel a little less crazy.

My wife and came to a good compromise for workouts and races on the weekend. If I ride Saturday she gets me Sunday, Its a good arrangement because it means I get to enjoy a ride, without feeling guilty, and know that I will be spending a good day with my wife and my son. I find that on top of that deal I try to help out a bunch more when I do go on the rides, for example I will try to take more night shifts and give her more sleep. Hopefully that helps a bit.

Here is a great Rapha ride, Click Here To View.


A Category 5 Dad

Now that the weather has been getting better, and my son is sleeping more, I have been able to get out on the road more.  I even had the opportunity to participate in my first race ever. The Ken Woods road race in Cannon Falls, MN, which was a learning experience.  The events both during and after that race were the inspiration for this blog.  Both some conversations with other riders who are fathers, and a contentious moment with a tired wife (who spent the day alone with her child while I played pretend pro racer) got me thinking about this blog.

The comment that got me thinking was, “Category 5 is for dad’s who can’t get out on the road as much as they would like.”  The response amongst the slow moving peleton was surprising, almost everyone in earshot was in agreement.  The moment was somewhat bittersweet.  It was good to know I wasn’t alone, but also tough to swallow the reality that our role as fathers means adjustments to our priorities.

I should be clear, we are all glad to race in Category 5.  My son is far more important to me than an upgrade in categories.  That said, I would love to improve as a cyclist.  I want to be the fastest, strongest, and lightest cyclist I can be.  So, my hope for this blog is to talk about how to become a better cyclist while being a great dad.  Which leads to the second aspect of this blog, how to become a better cyclist while being a better partner.

My wife wasn’t to happy about me being gone for the 5 best hours of the day.  I should mention it was the first 70 degree day of the season, and she was home alone with our son without a car, so she had reason to be frustrated.  That lead to a conversation about how we will balance my passion for cycling with our family life, with not that much of a resolution.

So, in summation, this blog will somehow cover this experience.  How it will, I don’t exactly know.  How long this blog will last?  Probably like 5 posts.