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    New Years Resolutions for 2014

    Here's a thoughtful video, not like the refuse I usually post:



    I'll post mine sometime later today.

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    So for starters I downloaded Carmichael's Time Crunched Cyclist. I've decided that riding twice a week, 3 hours at a time might have something to do with why I felt beat up most of the year. I'm not far enough in the book yet, but I assume it has different levels of intensity. I'm going to pick the most basic and try to follow it, if not religiously, at least on a contemplative, community-minded basis.

    Losing 25# would be nice.

    The ultimate prize for me would either do a randonee or the Kentucky Triple Century challenge if they have it next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post

    So for starters I downloaded Carmichael's Time Crunched Cyclist.
    I'll betcha that's going to involve intervals. At 12 bucks I guess I could find out what intervals Chris suggests. I would like to improve my time in a century and all I really have is the weekends since I work 2nd shift. I don't quite have the same motivation to cram in workout time on weekdays like I did in my 20s & 30s. I do metric centuries or close to it on those weekends though. Maybe some short intervals on Wednesdays but no promises to myself yet.

    Triple century?.....No way
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    Intervals - yes. Lots of intervals.

    The challenge is three separate centuries, not all three at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Intervals - yes. Lots of intervals.

    The challenge is three separate centuries, not all three at once.
    Shoot, you make mine easy. One more mile that you and one more century. Just to have bragging rights.

    Seriously I will be looking to get in more miles next year. I want to get comfortable with MTB riding in addition to my road bike riding. In fact I believe I would like to get in a metric dirt ride next year.
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post

    The ultimate prize for me would either do a randonee or the Kentucky Triple Century challenge if they have it next year.
    Do it! Or come out here and I'll do the Grand Tour Triple with ya.
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    My new years resolution is to not make any new years resolutions.

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    Ride lots.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Twenty pounds picked up to lose.

    Ride. Maybe a bit faster.

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    If I was to make,a resolution it would be to cull my fleet to the bikes I ride regularly. I think that would put it back to single digit.
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    No resolutions, but plenty of aims including more road miles and a group century with friends.

    Also to build and sell those half-dozen or so bikes-in-bits that are cluttering up the sheds. I want to end up with just three bikes, all of which will be ridden regularly.
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    Ride my backside off, literally.
    Lead, follow or get out of the way

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    Well I just promised myself and someone else that I'd read Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" (no I haven't read the book yet) and Henry Miller's "Air Conditioned Nightmare" next year.

    Wind sprint wednesdays are going to be optional.
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    This is what I'm going to try. I'm going to do the easiest of the Time Crunch Cyclist workouts for 11 weeks and see how I hold up.

    I'm going to pray for 5-10 minutes a day because research shows that even the most narcissistic prayer still requires you to take the focus off yourself and become more mindful of the needs of others.

    I think that's a good list.

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    To be here to make a 2015 new year's resolution.

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    Ride a lot more, work out more, keep my pimp hand strong. tomTom&bike.jpgbaby turtle.jpg
    2 Peter 2:16. "But was rebuked for his inequity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet"

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    My first resolution is to keep the bike count to five. For the first time in several years, no N+1. I'll replace the frameset on my Monstercross bike, but that can be done without buying or building a complete bike. I'm very happy with my bike assortment and improving the fleet is no longer a rational or economic activity.

    Reduce calories and increase the quality of what I consume. I'll avoid processed food and try to lose 25 lbs by summer. I'm going to shop for the freshest, most wholesome ingredients. Smaller portions of flavorful and healthy courses can be more satisfying than larger portions of bland, processed foods. The same goes for wine. A few good bottles of carefully selected wine each month. Life is too short for processed food and cheap wine.

    Diversify my fitness routine. I'll keep riding on the weekends but I should lift weights and jog a few miles during the week. This is easy enough to do while traveling on business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yodatic View Post
    Ride a lot more, work out more, keep my pimp hand strong. tomTom&bike.jpgbaby turtle.jpg
    Anyone else wondering what a "pimp hand" is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    Anyone else wondering what a "pimp hand" is?
    I'm not sure I want to know.

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    Not really an explanation of pimp hand:

    http://www.cafepress.com/+rosie_the_...ecal,578894570
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    Last season I all but eliminated rides shorter than 20 miles. That one change made my annual mileage goal easily possible.

    In 2014 I am going to add strength training (weight lifting) to my routine. Although I see cycling as more of a lifestyle/hobby and not as exercise.... cycling is in fact my primary source of exercise. I picked up some holiday priced dumbbells yesterday and will find some follow-along videos on youtube. This should round-out my fitness routine.

    I follow the CDC recommendations for basic diet and exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    My first resolution is to keep the bike count to five. For the first time in several years, no N+1. I'll replace the frameset on my Monstercross bike, but that can be done without buying or building a complete bike. I'm very happy with my bike assortment and improving the fleet is no longer a rational or economic activity.
    The N+1 governing body has ruled that changing frames qualifies as an N-1/N+1 transaction. The resulting bike is a new bike with the old components.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post

    In 2014 I am going to add strength training (weight lifting) to my routine. Although I see cycling as more of a lifestyle/hobby and not as exercise.... cycling is in fact my primary source of exercise. I picked up some holiday priced dumbbells yesterday and will find some follow-along videos on youtube. This should round-out my fitness routine.
    Dumbbells are good. I like the kind where you can change the weights and I like the acme threaded screw on kinds of bars. Dumbbell work is also added this year but it's just something else I laid off of during my '50s so I didn't exactly call it a resolution.

    I like to do military presses (both sides at once), squats with them on my shoulders (2 by 4 under the heels), curls (both sides at once), rows with my head parked on a sturdy oak desk (sets with hands parallel to the body and sets with hands at 90 deg). I do lots of sets with those along with pushups since I don't have a bench. If I had a bench I'd do inclines and bench presses with them as well. Usually I alternate muscle groups by the day. Chest and shoulders one day and legs, curls and laterals the next.

    There are also light weight more repetitive cardio routines you can do and I might look into those someday too.

    Dumbbells have always been my friends just like my dad always said
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    Next year, I'd like to do a century under 8 hrs on my hybrid . If things go well with that I'd keep doing it, adding more hills each time. And, if things don't go well, I'd keep looking for easier courses. Wish I could try this now but weather here is just stinko. Of course, there's no excuse for not trying a century indoors- and, as soon as I can figure out how to coast, I may.

    I think I read that Carmichael book. It's one where he promises to train you in three short rides a week, if I remember right. It's very similar to the book (if not a direct copy) that promises to make you a good runner with just three runs a week. Part of the package is cross-training on the off days and good nutrition.
    Bike more, stress less.

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