Back to Bikin’

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Back in Kansas. The drive yesterday went pretty good. It snowed and rained a little, but nothing to write home about. We got back to Topeka around 11. I had to go to the car wash and spray off the van. Mainly the undercarriage. There is so much salt up in Wisconsin and Minnesota that my van complains every time I go up there.

I’m not sure why the winter seems so short this year. Maybe it was because I raced cross until the 2nd week of January, or maybe it was because it was so warm all winter, I don’t know. But, it is half way through February and it seems like spring is nearly here. It is supposed to be in the 50’s for the foreseeable future here in Kansas.

I rode a lap of Dennis’ driveway yesterday on my cross bike before we left. The motion felt soooo good. Probably because I am so tweaked from skiing. I’m not use to this weight supportive exercise.

I’m heading down to Austin next weekend to race a couple weekends. After that, I’m haven’t really looked. I see that there is MTB race at Lance’s old ranch the first weekend of March. That is the same time as Lago Vista on the road. I am probably going to throw my MTB into the van just in case I get the urge.

Okay, I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on now. I need to get into a gym sometime soon. I’ve been saying that for awhile, now, but after skiing, I can tell I am missing a bunch of little muscles that I could use for cycling. I hate the gym, not as much as riding indoors, but close. But, I’m going to have to bite the bullet, succumb and give in. I still am a bit sick, so I’m going to use that as an excuse for the next few days. Next week.

The weather for Topeka the next 10 days. Not too bad.

Time to put the skiis and snow shoes back in the basement for another year. I didn't get to use them much this year, but it was still fun.

3 thoughts on “Back to Bikin’

  1. WildCat

    Yep. Gotta love our 2 week winter this year. As far as your strength training goes – If you hate the gym that much there is no point in you going at all. When you finally do make it there do you plan on keeping it up for many many years? Do you plan on searching out gyms while you are away from T-town and using them? If you answer no I would suggest you just drop the gym idea in the first place. Weight training has a 3:1 ratio. If you do the gym for 3 months and don’t keep it up you will lose all you gained in 1 month. Instead, develop a body-weight program that you can do anytime anywhere that you actually (kind of) enjoy. Just google for a bit and plan something out. Maybe 20 minutes worth of exercises. There are lots of sites that detail a wealth of strength training exercises you can do with just you and you alone. Once you have tweeked your routine so that it includes what you need and time/etc. is manageable you will be able to whip out your strength training session in any living room/parking lot/hotel anytime. And most importantly you will be able to do so ~2x per week faithfully. And that my friend is when you will begin to see the improvement you are looking for. Tip – If you can’t find body weight exercises on the internet that will work the exact muscle groups you are wanting to build try searching for Physical Therapy exercises for that muscle group.

  2. MHorn

    Not trying to promote a product, but checkout the “FitDeck” app for your iPhone. It’s all bodyweight exercises. 30-40 minutes, 2-3 times a week. It’s so simple, yet so beneficial.


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