Trying to Beat my Best at 40 with the help of TrainerRoad

Trying to Beat my Best at 40 with the help of TrainerRoad

Testing out a New GoPro and Documenting a Week of Winter Training Over the last four years I have spent far more time with TrainerRoad than I have with most of my teammates. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing, but it’s a reality. As a self-coached competitive cyclist, who is also a suburban dad and husband, I love designing a training plan in December and then doing my best to stick to it all winter long. As I have mentioned many times before, TrainerRoad suits my personality perfectly. I can establish a training baseline through a threshold test, determine a timeline to accomplish my goals, and then select and tweak a training program aimed at meeting those goals. I think I would go crazy if all of my training time was spent on the bike, so I try to also include a fair amount of strength training and yoga. I have always loved lifting weights, so strength training is a joy to incorporate into a workout plan. However, even though I know flexibility is crucial for a 40 year old cyclist, a few yoga sessions per week is the element of my plan that is by far the most difficult to stick to. The week that was documented in this short video (January 25-31, 2016) includes just over 11 hours of exercise. That is a pathetically low number in comparison to an elite cyclist as well as many riders I race against each year. However, it’s what I can afford and it works for me. I spent roughly 8 hours working through the second...
Koen’s Stop-Action Animation Video “The Thief”

Koen’s Stop-Action Animation Video “The Thief”

Koen has participated in the Oxbow Creek Elementary Arts and Academic Expo every year since kindergarten. His projects have varied from Lego creations to sports cards about monsters and meerkats, to photograph compositions. This year he was interested in creating a digital stop-action animation video. What else would be the theme of his video but two of his favorite things; MineCraft and Legos. He worked very hard planning the set and writing the script. After those two essential elements were complete, we sat down and discussed the overall process of the production. We watched several videos, talked about how many photos would be needed for a short video, and discussed the lighting and production software needed. After all the preparation work was finished, we headed down the basement and started setting up the make-shift studio. Koen helped to set up the green screen, lights, and camera. He was then in charge of moving each of the characters ever so slightly through the completion of his script. Over 150 photos were taken before it was complete. Once the photos were in the can, we headed up to the computer and began the tedious job of editing. However, Adobe’s Premiere CC makes this process fairly effortless. We dropped in the clips and realized that a rate of 3 photos per second would suffice for this project (we read prior to the production that 18 frames per second is standard in stop-action animation). Koen had fun selecting the best soundtrack from YouTube’s free library of shareable music. He finally typed the titles into Premier from his draft script. Overall I was very impressed...
Specialized Fatboy Loop to the Coon Rapids Dam

Specialized Fatboy Loop to the Coon Rapids Dam

If you don’t own a fat bike and you live in Minnesota you’re doing it wrong. Where were these things when I was a kid? Of course there are times when it’s too cold to ride, too icy to ride, or it’s thawing and riding would ruin the trails. However, for those times when the air is crisp and the snow is crunching underneath those fat tires, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Koen and I both purchased Specialized Fatboys last season and I still count mine as the most fun bike I own. We made full use of them all summer long, but there’s something about using them in the conditions they were built for it really makes it worthwhile. This short video is just our quick adventure to the Coon Rapids Dam in Brooklyn Park, MN on a frosty late afternoon in February. I have a GoPro Hero 4 Black on my handle bars and a GoPro Hero 4 Session underneath my saddle. I threw all of the footage together in Adobe Premier CC with a Ground Control Hangtime 2 filter....

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