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Old 12-03-2009, 12:42 PM
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Default 2010 Bike Ms Ride

Just received notice of the 2010 MS 150 here in Colorado. As usual, there is a lot of good information regarding training for one of these rides. While it may still be a bit icy outside for riding, it's NOT too early to start the upper body and core conditioning that are so important to comfortably and successfully completing one of these rides, especially for those of us who might take a little longer to prepare.

If you think you might be interested, visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/cha...ter/index.aspx
and check out Conditioning under Safety and Training.

AMF
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:09 PM
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Default Starting training

If anyone would be interested in a training schedule for the MS 150, the following web site has a couple of free excel spreadsheets available to download. They are complete with training tips and graphs to track your progress. http://www.boulderperformance.net/road_cycling.html

Started today on my near term training goal to reach at least 6 hours per week of moderate intensity cardio by the end of February. That should set a pretty good base level to start cycling outside when the weather turns.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:57 PM
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Default Training for the MS 150

Up to 4 and 1/2 hours on the stationary bike this week. Still shooting for at least 6 hours per week by end of February, more if I can. Can't really say it's a whole lot of fun riding inside, sweating bullets, going nowhere, just keep telling myself it's got to be done.

For sure, out snowboarding sounds like a lot more fun, unfortunately skis and moguls took my knees out many, many years ago.

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Old 01-30-2010, 05:46 PM
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Default Training 1/30/10

Got 5 & 1/2 hours for the week on the trainer, still at moderate intensity. Next week is a rest week, meaning only 4 hours at moderate intensity or less. Slightly ahead of schedule, so far, so good.

Anyone else out there care to post on training for Bike MS?

Here's a quote I came accross from David Baldacci's latest book, 'True Blue'. I thought it apropos for an MSer.

"How do I get off the ride?"
"You never get off the ride. You just learn to hold on a different way."

AMF

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:50 PM
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Default What a remarkable day

Finally, the temperatures nudged past the 45-degree mark for more than 20 minutes. Yeah, there was still quite a bit of snow around, but a drive next to as much of the bike path as possible indicated that it was, for the most part, clear. I got my old mountain bike down yesterday in anticipation of a few days like this and got rewarded almost right away, and what a reward it was.

The mountain bike is a 1990’s vintage steel frame seven speed with a triple crank, a heavy old girl, but she runs as good as the day I got her. We headed down the trail behind my house intending to hook up with a trail that runs along a creek about 4.5 miles away. There was a path closure that necessitated a detour, a short cut really, to get to the creek, but what the heck, that’s pretty standard for early season riding and I didn’t mind the short cut, it was after all my first day of the season outside on a bike.

The weatherman promised us a storm this evening and I could see the clouds streaming across the front range of the mountains as I left the house on the old bike. I got to the creek and as I turned west, heading down stream, I could feel the headwinds of the oncoming storm just starting to blow, yet at that moment, it was still a beautiful, partly sunny day. After all of the cold weather we’ve experienced over the last couple of months, 50 degrees felt absolutely balmy.

Most of the trail was clear but there were a few patches of melting snow and mud and the old bike just loved it, she ate it right up going out of her way to throw mud and snow all over, up my back and in my face. We got dirty and it was great, we slipped around a little but the tires bit when they needed to and we stayed up. There were quite a few bikers out too. About half and half, mountain bike and road bike and virtually everyone gave out a smile or a nod or a “hey!” as they passed the other bikers.

The closer I got to my turn around point, the more the clouds moved in and the wind picked up. When I did turn to head back home, the wind was up to about 15 mph, but at my back. I love days like this, down hill into a mild wind and uphill with a stronger one at your back. Today especially, as the wind picked up, it was as if I was being welcomed back by an old friend for another season and my gift on this day was to be gently blown home.

By the time I closed in on the last half mile the clouds had moved in and the temperature had dropped but with the wind still at my back, for just a brief minute, the sun made a final welcoming appearance too. Yes old friends, I’m back, and I’m happy to see you too, and so looking forward to our best season yet.

Last week was an off week but this week I got 5.5 hours including 2 great hours today for about 25 miles outside.

On a more somber note, Jimmie Heuga passed away earlier this week. He was the 1964 Olympic bronze medallist in the slalom ski event who, with Billy Kidd, became the first two American men to win Olympic medals for the U.S. in alpine skiing. Six years later he was diagnosed with MS. Perhaps he was the original Active MSer, because against all medical advice of the day, he decided to pursue a physically active life style. In 1984 he founded the Jimmie Heuga Center for MS, a non profit active outdoor life style center for people with MS, now called Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. I offer my sincerest thanks to Jimmie Heuga for all he did to help those of us with MS lead active lives, and my heart felt condolences to his family and friends.

AMF

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Old 02-20-2010, 08:05 PM
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Default Training log week ending 2/20/10

2/20/10
Got 6.5 hours in on the trainer this week which made my February goal. Watching the Olympics while pedaling the trainer helped the time go by a little faster but still, indoors and cycling are not two words that should occur in the same sentence. Itís cold and snowing right now and the forecast for next week is for more of the same so might change up my routine to include some strength and interval work at the expense of more time inside.

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