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So Crazy it Just Might Work

So Crazy it Just Might Work

My ridiculous plan to trade 3 40-minute workouts for 40 3-minute workouts continues to prove... not so ridiculous.

I had a hellacious week at work, and decided to jettison KB work to maintain time to ride, so my set totals this week are way down. But they're not zero.

So far, I've logged 3+ hours of saddle time two weeks in a row. I call that success.

Trying Something Crazy

Trying Something Crazy

I remembered something I heard a while back (from Pavel Tsatsouline, maybe?) about how old-school Russian power and Olympic lifters never did the whole set/rep arrangements that the Americans did. They'd just do another set whenever they felt like it. One set, done. A few hours later they'd feel fresh again. Another set.

Given that I'm hitting a whole new level of being crunched for time (new baby at home, and work is kicking my ass), I'm willing to try new things in order to work everything into my schedule.

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Lunchtime Workouts

Lunchtime Workouts

I have a new baby daughter at home, a wife I adore, a demanding full-time job, and no gym membership. The office where I work doesn't have a shower. And yet I logged four solid workouts last week.

So yeah. This is going way, way better than I expected. So many people (and training programs) ask, "How much do I have to train to achieve my goal?" I think it's far more effective to ask, "What can I accomplish in the time I have?"

In a more general sense, the key lies in asking not, "Where can I find what I want?" but rather, "What can I do with what I have?"

I have 30-40 minutes a day, and easy access to a bike path along a huge concrete flood control channel. I'm determined to make the most of those resources.

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Know Thyself

Know Thyself

I've been thinking often of this post by Jill Homer, where she wrestles with health setbacks that have forced her to reassess her goals for the year:

Recently I had an enlightening e-mail conversation with another cyclist about self-defining tenets and the unsettling experience of losing these pieces of our identities. People who identify as athletes are endlessly vulnerable to health setbacks, injuries, changes in circumstance, and aging[.]

Aging: check. I just turned 40. Changes in circumstance: check. My wife and I just became parents for the first time.

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Parenthood: Week 1

Parenthood: Week 1

It'll take time and experience before I can see clearly how well I'm doing in these first weeks of parenthood. Before my memory of these days fades, I want to at least dump everything out on the table so I can sort through it later. (And if we ever have another child, I'll be happy I wrote down my bag of tricks somewhere.)

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