I have a new friend in Germany. Yeah, I said “friend.” Her name is Cornelia, she’s a cyclist, and we spoke a few times on Twitter.
That’s how easy it is. Talk a few times on Twitter, G+, or e-mail, discover that you have cycling in common, and not much else needs to be said beyond that in order to become friends, especially with me. Once I find that common interest of cycling, I’m interested in learning more about that person.
Well, I learned a lot about Cornelia with that approach, and I found out that she’s pretty awesome!
Right now you can download Cornelia’s indoor cycling videos…FOR FREE!! She just started a new business with beautiful cycling videos, and she is releasing the initial videos for free.… more
Sunday was a beautiful day. The first beautiful day in a long while during this long, ongoing winter. The temperature even reached 70 degrees. That’s right, 70 degrees!
The day before was about 40 degrees, and today it’s snowing with a wind chill of 14 degrees. That’s right…from 70 to snow. That’s winter in Virginia.
Since it was such a nice day, I took advantage of it and took the bike out for a ride. I thought I would share my ride in hopes that it encourages you to see the light at the end of this dreary winter tunnel. Plus, I think I finally figured out this Strava thing and I share the ride below.
Need the Stars to Align
For me to ride outside, the stars have to align in nearly perfect formation.… more
After the success of the plank challenge for February, which went above and beyond my expectations, I’ve decided to keep the good times rolling with another fitness challenge for March.
I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here, so I am going to borrow from another site with a great challenge that is already setup, just as with the planks. This one is a burpee challenge.
The challenge will be a group challenge. You sign up and you’ll be added to the burpee group, doing the challenge together virtually across the miles. The group will help so we can compare, challenge, and motivate each other to push for success. No pressure, just an encouraging environment to help each other get better.… more
One of the best exercise routines for cycling or any other workout activity is High Intensity Interval Training. Find out what HIIT is all about and the great benefits of it, like increased fat loss, improved fitness, and faster cycling speeds. Men and women alike can benefit from this routine.
Now, you’ve probably heard someone use these terms somewhere:
All you have to do is hangout at a gym or around fitness enthusiasts and you are sure to hear those words. If not, just ask someone about the best or toughest workouts they have done and those terms will come up.
You may not know what the terms mean or what they are for, so let’s explain it all and find out if you need some for yourself and your own workouts.… more
I have a special place in my heart for the state of California. I lived in southern California for about four years. I started road cycling while living in California. I was in the Navy and started my civilian work career while in California. I love California. Now I live in Virginia, clear across the country.
When I travel to California for business, it feels a little like coming home, even though I only called it home for a short time. I generally make a trip a couple of times a year and stay for a week at a time, spending most of my time in San Diego. This trip, however, involved lots of driving to the inland desert areas.
I flew into San Diego and drove north.… more
We have a guest post here from the Aerochick, aka Ashley. She is a cyclist with many different interests. Ashley rides road bikes and mountain bikes, she races her bikes, and she’s doing it all in a different country this year. She moved to the far east recently and has already experienced cycling there. A great post she shared was about finding a local group ride and riding with the fast group. Check that out and all of her other posts about cycling, racing, and living in a new country over at Aerochick. Then check out her goals for 2014 right here.
I’ve been having some issues defining my goals for riding this year, mostly because I’m in another country where there are basically no races to enter.… more
Last week, I talked a little about the plank challenge, the new one I’m doing in February. I’m doing this challenge with a great group of people. We are doing it together, across the miles, with help from our online social media accounts…and just rolling along.
In fact, big shout out to Google (like they need a pat on the back from me) for all the connections we’ve been able to make on this challenge. We are using Google+ to share our posts privately in a Community. We are using a Google Spreadsheet to share our plank times daily. We are using Google Hangouts to do weekly video conferences and actually get to see and meet each other. We are even using YouTube (another Google product) to share motivational and instructional videos with each other.… more