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Sunday bike ride in the 651

Posted Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 03:35 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Weather at 3:35 PM

Never tire of the big river

Can’t wait for Sandcastle ’17

Posted Saturday, April 8th, 2017 07:43 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Food at 7:43 PM

11 miles via bike from our loft

Stadium Life

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:12 am GMT -5 in Biking,Football,Work at 8:12 AM

More and more each day

Bike rack city

Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2016 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Work at 8:05 PM

Love the shadows

Cisco Customer Forum

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Technology,Travel at 3:30 PM

These people are really organized

End of the road

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2015 07:18 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 7:18 PM

I thought they approved millions to open up this bridge for bikes

Lebanon Hills Rocks

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2015 03:27 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 3:27 PM

It’s “the bench”

Hello old friend

Posted Friday, March 13th, 2015 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 5:14 PM

Bike season is back

Volunteering this year

Posted Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 04:41 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Friends,Running at 4:41 PM

Nice to see Mr. Berglund again at the Arrowhead 135 finish line

2015 Arrowhead 135 Results

Posted Monday, January 26th, 2015 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Links,Running,Skiing at 12:09 PM

http://www.arrowheadultra.com/index.php/results/2015-results

Burned off part of dinner

Posted Sunday, January 11th, 2015 10:56 am GMT -5 in Biking,Travel at 10:56 AM

Exercise room, 12th floor, St. Paul Hotel

Great having others at Leb

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 3:51 PM

MK and CK drove over too

WD-40 fixes all

Posted Friday, May 30th, 2014 10:23 am GMT -5 in Biking at 10:23 AM

Lebanon Hills mountain bike trails, Eagan

My bike tried to kill me

Posted Thursday, May 15th, 2014 05:39 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 5:39 PM

Gears locked up – flipped over the handlebars

Tin Frame Rusted

Posted Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 3:26 PM

The old Fuji is worn down, but still rides

2014 Running Plans

Posted Monday, January 27th, 2014 11:30 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Marathons,Running at 11:30 PM

All these crazy Arrowhead 135 athletes have me inspired to set some goals for 2014 and start to seriously decide on races for the year. I’m currently only registered for one race right now – the Get in Gear 10K on April 26th. I’m also in the New York City Marathon lottery, but will likely email them to take my name out (no money for a full-blown New York trip this year).

So what do I want to do? Registration for the TC 1 Mile opens Saturday and I’ll sign up and try to make it four in a row versus Megan. I’ve got the ultra bug and probably should’ve signed up for the Superior 50K, but that race just filled. Both of their fall races (the 50 and 100) require a previous trail ultra, so those will have to wait. I’m seriously considering the Zumbro 50 that Megan did last year, but it’s coming up soon (April 12th) and I’m not sure I really want to run much outside the next few weeks. Oh, I’d like to do this sometime too…

I still really want to run the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota on June 1st, but that would require at least one hotel night expense. I really missed Grandma’s last year and have a place to stay for that race (June 21st). The other benefit to that race is that since it usually doesn’t fill, I can wait until the last minute and still register.

With New York likely out, my fall marathon spot opens up and I’d kinda like to check Iowa off the 50-state list by running the Des Moines Marathon on October 19th. I’d miss Twin Cities, but those two races are always too close together, so maybe I’ll take a year off from the hometown race.

Decisions, decisions…

The reluctant biker

Posted Sunday, September 29th, 2013 07:19 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 7:19 PM

Who asked to go around Lebanon Hills twice, Eagan

I’d like that one and that one and…

Posted Friday, September 13th, 2013 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 1:51 PM

Erik the Bike Man warehouse sale, Bloomington, Minnesota

Perfect summer riding at Leb

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 3:36 PM

Mountain bike single track, Lebanon Hills, Eagan, Minnesota

Stupid Wild

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2013 08:33 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Hockey at 8:33 PM

Wild down 3-1 to St. Louis

Late night calorie recovery

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 12:55 am GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 12:55 AM

Stay Fit at Hyatt, Phoenix, Arizona

Not sure what I think of this

Posted Saturday, March 9th, 2013 11:57 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 11:57 PM

Feels like it does too much work for you, but I may grow to like it

YA Exercise Room

Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 12:09 am GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 12:09 AM

Best Western Dakota Ridge, Eagan, Minnesota

Panoramic Exercise

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 09:17 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 9:17 PM

Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Go Arrowhead 135ers!

Posted Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 08:56 am GMT -5 in Biking,Running,Skiing,Sports at 8:56 AM

The support crew has arrived, Arrowhead 135 Ultra, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Old Reliable

Posted Friday, November 30th, 2012 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 1:50 PM

My old Fuji mountain bike (15+ years?)

Britton Peak Mountain Bike Trail

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012 01:01 am GMT -5 in Biking,Travel at 1:01 AM

On Monday I stopped in at the new single track mountain bike trail just outside of Tofte, Minnesota. It’s called Britton Peak and it’s being built by the Superior Cycling Association a few miles up the Sawbill Trail from Highway 61. I first learned about it from the Lutsen 99er Facebook page, which had a link to the PDF trail map above and some construction pictures.

The Short Stacker 1.5 mile beginner loop and the 2 mile intermediate Crosscut trail were finished and open, while the advanced 2 mile Skookum trail was still being worked on. I started on Crosscut and ended up on Skookum by accident, where I ran into a trail volunteer. He said I could continue on, but that the trail hadn’t been packed down and there were a lot of exposed roots and a few muddy spots to watch out for.

The entire experience was more difficult for me than riding at Lebanon Hills. The loops were beautiful, but there is a lot of elevation change and the unpacked sections were too much for me to handle (I’m not used to walking up anything at Lebanon any more). Once Skookum is officially open, it would be fun to go back and ride it the other direction. I’d also like to ride all of Short Stacker, as I think I missed most of it.

Be careful if you go, as there aren’t many signs up yet and I was told there won’t be set directions for each loop, which means crazy idiots like me may come flying at you going the opposite way…

A few shots from the visit:

Really want to do this next year

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2012 05:59 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Links at 5:59 PM

http://www.lutsen99er.com/

Ten Favorites – Twin Cities Metro

Posted Saturday, April 28th, 2012 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Concerts,Food,Golf,Hockey at 9:45 PM

The City Pages Best Of issue got me thinking about some of my favorite things to do around this wonderful part of the country. I’m sure I’m missing things (and may change my mind), but here’s an initial shot at a metro area list. Ideas for outstate Minnesota are floating around in my head too.

1. Minnesota State Fair (above)

I write about this every year, so I won’t rehash, other than to say there’s a reason I’ve been to this every year since I was born. Pure awesomeness in so many ways – food, entertainment, people watching and much, much more.

2. Twin Cities Marathon

This also gets a lot of coverage on this site, as I’ve now run it 8 times. The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America┬« earns that circle “R” with fall colors, loops of the Minneapolis lakes, a stretch along the Mississippi River and a great finish down Summit Avenue past the Cathedral and State Capitol. Plus you never forgot your first.

3. Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail

If you like mountain biking, this is my “don’t miss” track for the entire region. I’m relatively new to the sport, but I could ride this every day and not get bored.

4. Mall of America

A lot of locals say they hate the MOA, but sorry Burnsville Center, you just don’t cut when it comes to shopping on a grand scale. It can be overcrowded at times and I’m not a huge fan of the restaurants, but it’s still the place your visiting relatives and friends want to go when they come to town.

5. Barbette and Prohibition at the W

So many good restaurants in Minneapolis, but Kim Bartmann’s Barbette in Uptown continues to be my favorite because of one thing: flat iron steak frites. Mmmm…frites.

I’m not really a bar hopper, but Prohibition’s combination of Foshay architecture and atmosphere, great service, lovely views from the 27th floor and the wonderful ephiphany martini (Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Duvalleroy Champagne) could turn me into a regular.

6. Cecil’s Deli, Carbone’s Pizza and Ristorante Luci

Since I grew up in St. Paul, it’s much harder for me to pick one favorite restaurant in that fair city. Therefore I present three: Cecil’s Deli in Highland Park for the hot pastrami sandwich, the original Carbone’s Pizza on Randolph and Ristorante Luci for some of the best Italian food I’ve had anywhere. Rotating daily through these three for the rest of your life wouldn’t be a bad thing.

7. Hockey at the Xcel Energy Center

While this is the State of Hockey, our teams have had their ups and downs lately. One thing is certain, though, the overall hockey fan experience at the X ranks right up there with the best anywhere. Be it the NHL’s Wild, the hockey Gophers or the state high school tournament, I loves me some hockey in downtown St. Paul.

8. Chain of Lakes

Heading back across the river, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is really the crown jewel of the Twin Cities. That’s hard for someone raised in Saint Paul to admit, but it’s true. Whether you run, walk, bike, rollerblade, sail, kayak, swim, drive, ski or skate them, you’ll be hard-pressed to not feel good about it afterwards. All that plus great park facilities and food options too.

9. First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

My first show at First Avenue was Living Colour in 1993. Somewhere I have a scan of all the tickets from early shows I attended, back when they had cool sparkly ink and you could usually score free tickets to another show each time you left the building. Can’t wait to get back to see the latest enhancements to the room…

10. Hazeltine National and Interlachen Country Club

Minnesota has a lot of great public golf courses, but there is nothing quite like these two private clubs. If you have the connections, make it happen. Both have history, conditioning, great staff, strong layouts and a day on the course you’ll remember for a long, long time.

Any favorites I missed?

The new Lebanon Hills gas station

Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2012 12:51 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 12:51 PM

Construction wraps up on the new trailhead building and parking lot, Lebanon Hills mountain bike trail, Eagan, Minnesota

First bike ride of the year

Posted Sunday, March 18th, 2012 12:28 am GMT -5 in Biking,Family,Photography at 12:28 AM

Highline Trail with kid two, Eagan, Minnesota

A damn impressive performance

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 12:18 am GMT -5 in Biking,Photography at 12:18 AM

Ingrid’s dad, Erv Berglund, after biking 135 miles in the Arrowhead 135 in 37:55:00, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Good luck, Mr. Berglund

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 12:22 am GMT -5 in Biking,Links at 12:22 AM

http://www.arrowheadultra.com/

Two-Thirds of the Circuit

Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Photography,Running at 11:52 PM

Exercise Bike and Treadmill, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Andrina Fights Cancer

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 10:50 am GMT -5 in Biking,Friends,Links at 10:50 AM

http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=2857370&fr_id=1401&pg=personal

Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail

Posted Sunday, November 6th, 2011 11:26 pm GMT -5 in Biking at 11:26 PM

Only a mile and a half from my home, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is nearly 2,000 acres of wooded awesomeness just south of the Twin Cities. While there are lots of different activities available in the park, my favorite part is the network of mountain bike trails that is primarily designed and maintained by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists non-profit volunteer organization.

While I’ve had the same mountain bike for a long time (and lived in this house for 11 years), I never really knew about these great trails just down the road until a few years ago. Since I started riding there, though, I’ve probably been around the main loop nearly 100 times. MORC keeps adding new sections and improving the older parts, so the riding experience just gets better and better.

Now Dakota County is getting in on the act too – a new trailhead parking lot and warm-up building is under construction that should open next spring. You can see in the shots after the jump that the new parking lot is already paved and about half of the structure is finished. I’m not sure we really needed to spend all that money, but it will be nice to have when the snow melts.

As for my riding ability, I’m starting to feel a little limited by age and equipment. I can’t afford a new bike right now, but I did take this Rockhopper out for a spin a few months ago. It was like night and day – that thing could just ride right over a curb like it wasn’t there…

Youth, however, is something I can’t buy in a store. As I’ve become more comfortable with trail riding, I tend to go faster and take risks that my body can’t always handle. I’ve now had 4-5 major falls, but nothing broken (so far).

Today’s crash was pretty typical: took a jump near the end of the trail at high speed, tilted sideways in the air, landed off balance and the front tire slid out sideways. I sat there stunned and couldn’t move (just like the ski crash). Eventually got up with a bruised thigh and scraped arm, but was able to ride home.

My kids have gone with me a few times on the shorter loops, but they seem to have lost interest. Anyone else want to go?

Lebanon Hills Trailhead Construction

Posted Sunday, November 6th, 2011 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Personal at 3:07 PM

New Mountain Bike Trailhead Building, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, Minnesota

 

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