Monthly Archives: June 2015

10 honest-to-goodness tips on how to get better as a runner and rider

Several times in life some kind-hearted person has pulled me aside to dispense a piece or two of good advice. This has happened at church. At work. And on the athletic field. So while I am not a certified coach, … Continue reading

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This Century wasn’t about me, but I still learned a lot

That’s the wonderful thing about cycling. It is an egalitarian sport. In fact political libertarians should love cycling for its independant spirit. Men and women simply most show respect to one another. And while the top levels of the sport may see differences in overall speed between world class men and women, that is no differentiating factor in the day-to-day world of cycling. Continue reading

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How to deal with getting older as an athlete

It is always amusing hearing someone far younger say out loud, “God, I feel so old.” We hear it when people in the mid-to-late 20s suddenly realize the toddler children they once babysat are now graduating from high school or … Continue reading

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A different look at state of Wisconsin

Since 1975 when I enrolled at Luther College, I have traveled through the State of Wisconsin on so many occasions it is impossible to count. Our route to Luther always involved a shot up I-90 to Madison, then a rolling … Continue reading

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10 bikes you’ll never see on the market

At We Run and Ride, we confess to a certain lust for new bikes. When the annual Bike Porn issues from Bicycling or Velo magazines, we pore through the reviews wondering what it would really be like to own one of … Continue reading

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Mulberry streets forever

It’s the mulberry season here in Illinois. Mulberries are the seed fruit that no one notices until they run through a pile or streak of them on the sidewalk. Then you worry about the stain on your shoes. In fact … Continue reading

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The Three Bitches and Twenty Bastards meet at the Horribly Hilly 100

“Isn’t this pretty?” I asked my companion Sue at the 30-mile point of the Horribly Hilly 100 ride. “It’s a valley,” she responded. “So it’s not that pretty. It means we have to go back up again.” And that, my … Continue reading

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Emma Coburn on the hurdles of being a world class runner

I’ve learned how hard it is to stay healthy and to stay consistently good. I’ve had injury set me back before. I’ve seen great careers fizzle out for no real reason. Running is often unpredictable and can feel unfair at times when things don’t go your way. Continue reading

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Sideswiped and gutter sniped

There are a couple stories about which I’ve been holding out on you. One involves an incident last weekend with a gutter snipe driver who calculatedly attempted to run four of us cyclists off the road. guttersnipe [ ˈgətərˌsnīp ] NOUN derogatory … Continue reading

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Take a brake and catch a break

There are some metaphors or similes too obvious to avoid. One of them is the parallel between the word “brake” and “break.” Sometimes while cycling we use our brakes in a calculated manner. Approaching an intersection or a corner we … Continue reading

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