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I don't care if I ever ride again.

I don't care if I ever ride again.
Saturday, I went for a training ride with my buddy Todd. Our goal for that day was 60 miles. The temps were expected to be in the 90’s and a brisk SE wind to boot. Usually, if I know winds are going to be greater than thirteen mile per hour gusts, I don’t ride. I... Read more »

5 tips for surviving a long ride

If you’re cycling, you no doubt have wanted to go long. Maybe racing isn’t for you and you just want to take it slow and easy but yet still cover some miles. I have done four long events, and I want to share with you what I learned in participating in these events: 5 tips... Read more »

When training becomes difficult

I’ve been riding now for about 3 years, and each year I usually ride for an event that is lengthy. When training becomes difficult for various reasons, I struggle to stay focused and dedicated. It’s not that I lose interest in riding, I just have those days where getting on the bike is so hard,... Read more »
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Shut up and ride

Making sure the GoPro was working
Back in February of this year, I posted what I thought would be my last blog. I was ready to give up on this idea of The Accidental Cyclist. I had lost interest, didn’t care about riding or writing anymore, and in general, not wanting to do anything else. That was my depression talking. I... Read more »

So there is this thing called a blog

So there is this thing called a blog, and I’ve been absent, as you might have noticed. Partly because I’ve lost interest in writing and riding. Funny how those are similar in the audible sense. It’s just that time of year, I guess and my current physical state really hasn’t gotten any better. If anything,... Read more »

Eating healthy should be a no brainer

Eating healthy should be a no brainer. But for me, when it comes to fueling my body properly, it’s usually no Bueno. I understand all the benefits of clean eating, but being addicted to fast food, it’s hard to stay focused and committed to a new lifestyle of clean eating. It started at an early... Read more »
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When an obstacle can be a good thing

My wife and I have been training for a local charity ride called The Pumpkin Pedal. It’s sponsored by the Special Olympics of Illinois, and it’s a nice way to give back to those who need it. It’s also a family fun event. During this training, we have been doing well and staying on track. I’m... Read more »

4 easy tips to stay on track with your training

4 easy tips to stay on track with your training
Face it, we’ve all been there before. You need to lose a few pounds, or you just want to start getting in shape, and you’re all gung-ho in the beginning, but then you find yourself back at the beginning: nothing lost, possibly more gained. So I’ve created a list: 4 easy tips to stay on... Read more »

3 ways to overcome depression during training

We’ve all been there. Cruising right along, then WHAM! Everything comes to a grinding halt. Depression kicks in and totally ruins your “groove”. There are several types of depression, I am no master of any knowledge, but I have found 3 ways to overcome depression during training. 1. Diet This can be the biggest factor... Read more »
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This is how I accidentally became a cyclist again

I was awoken with a gentle whisper and a touch on my shoulder from my bride, “Honey, it’s time to get up”. I open my eyes to see the clock read 5:00. She had gotten up early to make me a breakfast of peanut butter toast and poured my coffee just the way I like... Read more »