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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Goal Setting for 2022 It has been a few years since I’ve set goals as the calendar turns from December to January. For a few years I experienced a weird pattern of late December/early January injuries which caused me to dismiss any thoughts of setting New Year’s goals. […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   A New Distance Milestone I had hoped to reach my 4,000th mile on an outdoor road ride, but the combination of the week’s chilly weather and Christmas preparations kept me indoors. At the beginning of 2021 I had no grandiose plans to ride any particular distance and was […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Missed Social Events I just happened to be out of town both weekends that the Run With Santa 5K and Frosty 5K races were held. Also, we missed the two Christmas lights rides which were held on Thursday and Friday evenings of this past week. Our plans changed […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Using My Garmin for LiveTracking My bike Garmin (affiliate link) got a great workout on Sunday, but me, not so much. Just for fun and so Bill could follow me via Garmin LiveTrack as I made the six-hour drive to the farm, I set my device on my […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Giving My Gravel Bike a Break And just like that, I think I’m done with riding gravel until the spring. My last two gravel rides haven’t been enjoyable and I ride my bikes to have fun. It’s harder to control the brakes and change gears when my fingers […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Trotting Together Not only did Thanksgiving morning bring me together with local running friends at our annual turkey trot, but I got to “run” with my blogging friends. Kim was kind enough to collect photos from our various runs, races, and workouts and compile them into this fun […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   4000 Is the New 2021 At the beginning of the year, I joined a Strava challenge to ride 2021 miles during the year and easily met that goal during the summer. Last week I realized that I’m closing in on 4,000 miles and set that as my new […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Cyclists Do Meetups Just Like Runners I’ve learned pretty quickly that the cycling community is every bit as nice as the running community despite what I thought as a runner when I occasionally got yelled at by rude cyclists on the W&OD Trail, but as with any group […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Still Figuring out Dressing for Cold Weather Cycling After getting far too cold on two of my bike rides this past week, it’s obvious that I’m still figuring out what to wear when cycling in cooler temps. I don’t have a lot of experience with cold weather riding […]

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Four Generations Together My oldest son and I took Baby Bean to the farm to visit my mom Tuesday through Thursday. Needless to say, Mom was thrilled to meet her great-grandson and I got precious pictures of her holding him plus a wonderful four generations photo. The normal drive to the farm is about six […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Gravel Fun Consistent with my past of always wanting to push myself to the next level of fun, I met a new goal this past week. When I mastered the marathon, I ran a 50-mile ultra, and after riding a metric century, I rode a century. Yesterday, I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   W&OD Trail Closure As work continues by Dominion Electric on the aging electrical lines running along the W&OD Trail, rather than continuing to detour traffic for short distances from the paved trail onto the parallel gravel horse trail, both will be closed this coming week between Loudoun County […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   New Format, Who Dis A few years ago I recapped each week by events, grouping my runs together, my strength training workouts together, etc. Eventually, I changed to my current day-of-the-week format and now find myself at a quandary and playing around with the format once again. I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Waving to the Children Back in late September 2017, ESPN College GameDay came to Blacksburg before our primetime game against Clemson, the reigning National Champions. It’s always fun to be in the crowd for College GameDay and this was our third opportunity to watch the show live while […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Procrastination at its Best I was up at 7 AM to put the finishing touches on my blog post and post it by 8 AM, but it’s well past noon and I’m still spinning my wheels and procrastinating. The majority of my post was complete – workout descriptions […]

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Cardio Junkie in the Making Strength training and cardio 2 to 3 times per week has been a part of my routine since the my early 20’s; however, intense cardio wouldn’t become a way of life until I started training for my first marathon when I was 39. Sure, I ran regularly, but without a […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Embracing Options Back in the day, 12 miles was a short run for me. These days, 12 miles is an exciting weekly running total. As I transition to cycling from exclusively running, I’m slowly letting go of my “run all the miles” attitude and embracing my love for […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Will a New Garmin Make Me Faster? Friday afternoon Bill went out to run errands and came home with a new bike Garmin (affiliate link) for me! My old Garmin came within 2% of its battery dying when I rode the Reston Century and I was nervous that […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   I’m Not a 100-Year-Old Rider When I posted the following picture of my Garmin (affiliate link) to my Facebook after the Reston Century, my friend laughed and commented that now that I’ve ridden a century, I’m a centurian; to which I replied, “Not to be confused with a […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Send Positive Vibes My Way We’ll be heading out for the Reston Century shortly after this publishes so if you’re reading this prior to our expected finish time of around 2 PM, please send positive vibes my way!   Overview of the Week Before discussing each day’s workouts, […]

 
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