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Tri-ing Again
My name is Givens Phillips. I raced as an age grouper for a few seasons several years ago. Now I am trying to get back into shape and am wanting to race again now that my 12 year old daughter has taken an interest in the sport. These are my observations and experiences along the journey down that road. I hope you enjoy.

Long Ride Slowdown

givensby givensApr 5th 2010
I have been neglecting my blog writing...but this is a good thing because it was due to the fact that I have been able to get in more training than usual. A lot of the time life gets in the way of training, but this week I actually got to do more than I had planned.
I got in a very rare (for me) long training ride this weekend, nearly three hours. It was a recovery ride nice very easy pace. I had a friend I had not ridden with in probably over a year come along. This helped me to stay in a recovery zone since I am a little faster than him right now. So sometimes it is good to not always ride with faster, stronger people. It made me slow down and keep my pace easy, I usually end up pushing myself even when I am supposed to be taking it easy. It just goes to show that nothing is absolute...sometimes you do have to slow down to get faster.
Sprint Training
givensby givens Mar 26th 2010
I got another call from from a riding buddy of mine the other night telling me to come out to his cycling team's training ride on Tuesday nights (and Monday nights and Saturday mornings) etc. I have been kind of putting him off...and kind of not. We ...
Staying Motivated After Rest Days
givensby givens Mar 23rd 2010
I wrote before about feeling bad when I miss a day of training and how I do not usually schedule rest days because invariably they get forced onto me by circumstances out of my control. I now want to focus on the prob;em I have with these forced rest...
Kinetic by Kurt Review
givensby givens Mar 20th 2010
Last night was my first ride on my new Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer and these are my impressions and observations of it. My initial impression was this thing is built like a tank. It is extremely heavy compared to my old trainer. This thing is...
Yesterdays Ride
givensby givens Mar 19th 2010
Yesterday I got to go outside and ride in the sun for the first time in a long time. Around here it has been cold, raining, cloudy or a combination of the three for quite sometime. It is amazing to me how much of a difference the environmental condit...
Rest Days
givensby givens Mar 18th 2010
Rest days, we all know we need a rest day at least once a week to stay healthy and not over train. The biggest problem I have is having too many rest days, unscheduled rest days. As I wrote before I usually schedule several workouts on days when ...
Planning and following through.
givensby givens Mar 15th 2010
Today I had planned to get in a swim workout. I had planned to ride my bike to work and back. Real life obligations cancelled my bike commute at the last minute.Today I will accomplish one out of the two things I had planned. Such is the way it ...
Training in the rain.
givensby givens Mar 13th 2010
Sitting here at the computer typing instead of training. Not the way I envisioned my Saturday morning. I need to get motivated and get off my rear and go train. It is pouring rain out. That used to not bother me. In fact I really used to enjoy t...
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