Monthly Archives: July 2016

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Not.

One of the compelling images most people miss in the coverage of the Tour de France is how the bike mechanics basically take apart and re-assemble the steeds used by riders in the Tour. Where most of us expect our … Continue reading

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The height of summer

  Mid-July has always been a special time of year for me. As a child growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, summer days meant hanging out all day at the swimming pool. Our family had some kind of Social membership at … Continue reading

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Share and share alike

One of the interesting aspects of endurance sports like swimming, cycling and running is that there is so much to share. Essentially, there are four ways to share. Share your experience. When you have knowledge to share, it can really … Continue reading

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Pokemon Go can’t get into the track

In case you have not yet heard, the app Pokemon Go is getting tons of teenage and twenty-somethings out of the house to walk their neighborhoods in search of fictitious creatures to capture on their phones. I asked a middle … Continue reading

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Immodium did not quite lead to a podium

Days before the Lake Zurich Triathlon, I had not even registered for the race. There was a very good reason. The only races I was doing last week were to the bathroom to make it on time before calamity. A … Continue reading

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When it comes to biotics, stick with the pros

Most of life is dealing with the consequences of your own actions. You make a choice and deal with the results. Sometimes they are good. Sometimes, not so good. One of the hard lessons of existence, given the collective tendency to … Continue reading

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When it comes to running shoes, we’ve all got history

Everyone in life has a history. And some of that history is baggage. Good baggage. Bad baggage. But baggage it is. Some of that baggage is highly personal. Secrets you never want to reveal to anyone. Typically that’s the bad … Continue reading

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It all comes down to gut instincts

At the end of a race, success or failure often comes down to whether you can will yourself to “gut it out.” That means going hard even when your stomach is in knots. During peak racing years, my biggest concern … Continue reading

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Thanks, partner(s)

  Training partners can be the difference between success and something much less satisfying. A good training partner does two things: they can push you to run harder and can also exert common sense on your routine.   Last Sunday … Continue reading

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