Monday, June 26, 2006

Weekly Cycling Log: June 18 - June 24

A depressing training week, but a great family week so I can't complain :-)

19-Jun22.55Training/RecreationHwy. 12
22-Jun20.56Training/RecreationHwy. 12 w/ Angie W.
23-Jun78.20Training/RecreationAlcester / Akron / Elk Point

Miles for Week:
Training/Recreation: 121.31
Commuting/Errands: 17.20
Total Miles: 138.51

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Weekly Cycling Log: June 11 - June 17

Have you ever felt like Mother Nature hates you? As stated earlier, Monday - Thursday is tough sledding for me with baseball, softball, and Laura's schooling. So, what happens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday? Oh but of rains in all my prime biking opportunities. I guess I was blessed with some biking, so I shouldn't complain. Without the Tour de Kota last Sunday, this week would have had terrible mileage, but I DID have it, so WOO HOO for me!

11-Jun102.74Training/RecreationTour de Kota
12-Jun36.62Training/RecreationElk Point Loop
13-Jun8.96Training/RecreationMtn Bike w/ Cart & 2 Kids w/Austin
15-Jun7.40Training/RecreationMtn Bike w/Cart & 2 Kids w/Marissa Town

Miles for Week:
Training/Recreation: 155.72
Commuting/Errands: 25.29
Total Miles: 181.01

Friday, June 16, 2006

Marissa's First Road Bike Ride

Last night during my bi-weekly pull of the son and niece in the kid cart, Marissa asked if she could ride with. I told her that she sure could. Then I thought to myself: "I wonder if she is tall enough to ride the road bike now." What do you know...SHE WAS! She was a little wobbly, but she loved it. She rode nearly 8 miles with me and she thought it was great! She now wants her turn in the rotation on the road bike. I'm sure I will be spending considerable time riding with Marissa as she is much more demanding about things like that. Don't you hate it when your kids grow up and act just like you?

Sunday, June 11, 2006


I did something today I thought I'd never do: I rode bandit on day zero(?) of the Tour De Kota. For those of you who don't know cycling terms, it simply means some of us followed the same roads as everybody else, but we didn't pay to ride. I seriously would have, but I truly didn't know until about 3:00 in the afternoon if I could arrange for my three children to be watched while I rode. Thanks to a wonderful mother in law and sister in law, they covered for me.

My punishment: It was cold, mist/slight rain, mild winds 6-12 mph, and I loved every minute of it. It was a nice ride amongst familiar terrain in the Yankton/Vermillion area. The one downer was that I forgot my Garmin 301 so I had to stick to the cyclocomputer for this trip. Total mileage of the day is almost that of my training for all of last week (insert sad face here)! The computer showed a grand total of 102.74 at days end.

Weekly Cycling Log: June 4th - 10th

Monday through Thursday are going to be tough with kids ball games, but getting up at 5 am on Tue/Thur will give me a few miles from here on out. Without further ado, thy weekly miles:

4-Jun26.25Training/RecreationMaskell, NE
5-Jun30.49Training/RecreationElk Point
6-Jun8.38Training/RecreationMtn Bike w/ Cart & 2 Kids
8-Jun20.18Training/RecreationBridge & Around Town

Miles for Week:
Training/Recreation: 102.95
Commuting/Errands: 26.50
Total Miles: 129.45

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A new habit??

Since I knew my daughter has a softball game at 6:00 tonight, I figured that if I was going to be sure to get a decent bike ride in that I'd go this morning. The alarm went off at 5:00 am and much to my surprise I got out of bed without much of a second thought. I was out on the road before 5:30 and after a brief loop around town, I headed out to the bridge.

What a beautiful morning. The wind, according to, was CALM! Let me tell you NON South Dakotans, the wind is SO VERY RARELY calm in this state that I wasn't sure how to handle it. I wasn't biking with my head buried from the wind, or biking at a 45 degree angle from the crosswind, I was actually in an UPRIGHT position. Crazy stuff to say the least!

I think I can get used to getting up at 5:00 am once in awhile to do an easy 15-20 miler before the wind turns unbearable. Not everyday mind you, as I'm a bit of a night owl and I'm sure that I will not always be as eager to get out of bed as this morning, but beautiful mornings like this will certainly help!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

My First Sermon

Well, it has officially happened. I gave my first sermon at the Gayville United Methodist Chuch today. We took Gayville under our wing a little over a year ago and they are looking for more lay speakers to speak there so this was my first go at it. It seemed to be well received and I'm glad that I now have my "first time" out of the way. Now it is time to go to official Lay Speaker training in three weeks to learn how to do this the RIGHT way!

Weekly Cycling Log: May 28 - June 3

Weekly miles looked a little better and I'm going to try to post these regularly now.

29-May32.08Training/RecreationMeckling Loop w/JohnF
1-Jun62.87Training/RecreationMeckling Loop 2X's-Solo and then w/John, Joe & Craig
3-Jun52.25Training/RecreationEP/Jefferson Loop w/JohnF. & CraigD.

Totals for the week:
Training/Recreation - 168.47
Commuting/Errands - 25.87
Total Miles - 194.34

KITTENS! 1-2-3-4-5!

Yes, our less-than-1-year old cat decided to drop a little surprise on us. This picture is actually from May 20th. What can I say...I'm a little behind here! Anybody going to be in need of a kitten soon? Let me know!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

May Cycling Mileage

Okay, it was an off month for me. Busy working on the basement (which still isn't complete), busy with the kids, etc. etc. etc. In the end, they are all excuses, albeit good ones, as to why I didn't get out much in May. Without further ado, my monthly miles were:

MayCommuting/ Errand Training/ RecreationTotal Miles% Commuting/ Errand% Training
153.32 309.86463.18 33.10%66.90%