Monthly Archives: September 2012

Excuse me, Sir or Madam. Are you going to wear those running shoes forever?

Forever shoes. That’s how people who buy and wear running shoes for daily wear but are not really runners seem to view their rubbery footwear. Example: Standing in line one morning behind a woman wearing a pair of near-legacy New … Continue reading

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If you’re looking for sympathy, you better get crackin’

The minute I crashed my bike into a ditch it occurred to me that I’d finally, at last get all the attention I deserved. After all, I’m the most interesting and handsome person in the world. Why shouldn’t everyone pay … Continue reading

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Do hairy legs make me a better man?

Standing on the 8th tee of a golf course on a boiling hot afternoon, I stepped up to address my golf ball with a driver on a long par 5. Everyone else in the foursome had already taken their turn, … Continue reading

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The miraculous power of healing

Think of the worst accident or injury you’ve had in life, and you may be inclined to dwell on the incident itself. Perhaps you crashed your bike. Tripped or slid on ice and broke a wrist while running. Or maybe … Continue reading

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Are we all just road kill on the highway of life?

If you put in any amount of mileage on the roads you will sooner or later encounter road kill. It is seldom a pleasant sight. But here is a highlight reel of some of the most common species of road … Continue reading

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Riding the Tour with a busted collarbone

“Riding with the pain of a broken collarbone, veteran American racer Tyler Hamilton won his first ever stage in the Tour de France on Wednesday after a brave solo breakaway effort.” –Red Orbit website, July 23, 2003 The effort is … Continue reading

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Is modern dietary training advice a bunch of baloney?

Today I bumped into a longtime friend, Dave Pichik, who as a young man worked for his father’s grocery store, the Blue Goose in St. Charles, Illinois. The store was not part of a chain, but was a family business … Continue reading

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Why a forced break from running and riding is actually good for you

Despite the fact that I have run more than 50,000 miles and am quickly catching up to that total in cycling miles, I truly didn’t set out in life to become an endurance athlete. Growing up I played baseball and … Continue reading

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Riding head-on into the medicine zone with no control

When you crash your bike and injure yourself you pretty much give up control of your life. From the moment you hit the ground and hear that crunching sound in your shoulder when you try to get up, you know … Continue reading

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You can’t beat fun: Total riding miles fast catching up on running miles

The Big Picture Having kept running logs quite a few years I know about how much I’ve run in training and competition. Being careful not to exaggerate, but based on real figures from journals, my running mileage from ages 14 … Continue reading

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