50 Mile Bike Ride (Oct-8 2017): Training Plan Update 1

I signed up for a 50 mile bike ride. The bike ride is Oct-8 2017. Below is my training program (and progress so far). Training Plan Week 1 10 mile (bike ride) complete 15 mile complete 25 mile complete 30 mile planned for Sep-8 2017 Week 2 10 mile 15 mile 35 mile  Week 3 10 mile 15 mile 40 mile Week 4 10 mile 15 mile 45 mile Week 5 10 mile 15 mile 50…

20 years of marriage: 16 years of weight gain, 4 years of weight loss

I hopped on the scale this morning … 225 pounds … even. That got me thinking. I’ve been married ~20 years. For the first 16 years, I gained weight. I started at 190 pounds. I was 275 pounds at my heaviest. That’s plus 85 pounds / 16 years. That’s plus 5.3 pounds / year. That’s plus 0.44 pounds / month. That’s plus 0.1 pounds / week. That’s plus 0.015 pounds…

50 Mile Bike Ride: Training Plan

I’ve signed up for a 50 mile bike ride. Below is my training program. I found it on a message board after searching “bike ride 50 miles training plan 4 weeks”.   Training Plan   Duration 4 weeks    Intensity 4 bike rides per week INTENSITY: high->low as the week progresses DISTANCE: low -> high as the week progresses WEEK1: 90-miles, rest 1 day between rides ride1 – fast 10-mile…

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

I sensed this decision was coming. A month ago, I decided to participate in my 2nd Olympic triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run). At the time, my left knee was sore, keeping me from running. I figured that it would get better with time and by not running – and only swimming and biking. (Walking and biking do not cause pain.) Three weeks out from the…

MY 2ND OLYMPIC TRIATHLON: TRAINING UPDATE (28 DAYS REMAIN)

I decided to put my last 5 weeks of training into an Excel file. I’ll update it every few days and republish. This schedule is not executable based on my travel schedule. My intent is to complete all the training. How? I will move things around as needed. For example … I traveled on Aug-23 and Aug-24. I completed the sessions planned for those days on Aug-25 (along with the training…

MY 2ND OLYMPIC TRIATHLON: TRAINING UPDATE (32 DAYS REMAIN)

I decided to put my last 5 weeks of training into an Excel file. I’ll update it every few days and republish. This schedule is not executable based on my travel schedule. My intent is to complete all the training. How? I will move things around as needed. You will note that this is very light on running. Why? My left knee is still not right. Date Meters Miles Miles…

My 2nd Olympic Triathlon: 5 weeks of training remain

Background As noted before, I signed up for my 2nd Olympic Triathlon. I have five weeks of training left. Last week, my left knee was re-hurt. It caused lot of pain while running, then escalated to hurting while just walking. I laid off training for a few days. I didn’t run. I completed 1 of 3 planned bike rides and completed both planned swims. The rest helped. I can now…

Sure, it looks easy now …

This week, I’m back in the U.K., and back in the hotel where I made a number of big decisions. One decision was to sign up for an Olympic distance triathlon. I made that decision on a depressing Saturday night sitting in the hotel lobby nursing a Mojito. That decision forced my hand – to learn to swim. Here is how I describe my swimming ability one year ago. I…

MY 2ND OLYMPIC TRIATHLON: TRAINING WEEK 3 OF 8

I completed my first Olympic Triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run) on July 9, 2017. I plan on competing again (September 23, 2017). I have 8 weeks to prepare. I started training last week. Week 3 (Starts Monday August 14, 2017) Swim 2x, bike 3x and run 3x Swim: 500 meters, 500 meters Bike: 12 miles, 10 miles, 10 miles Run: 3.5 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles Weight…

My 2nd Olympic Triathlon: Training week 2 of 8

I completed my first Olympic Triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run) on July 9, 2017. I plan on competing again (September 23, 2017). I have 8 weeks to prepare. I started training last week. Week 1 (last week, complete) The 8 week program starts easy (fewer training sessions, less distance per session) and builds each week (more training sessions, more distance per session). The program is…