Monthly Archives: May 2017

What do you want from your summer?

The last morning in May 2017 delivered a sunny day with a fresh northerly breeze. A four-mile run sounded good to me. Just enough time to think things through about the summer. Because summer starts the first day of June in … Continue reading

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Open water. Open minds.

For those of us with a 30-year gap in our swimming resume, the process of building up to a strong, reliable swim stroke is a step-by-step exercise in humility. From those first manic learning laps in the 25-meter pool to … Continue reading

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Hairy’s razors and the bald truth

In case you have not heard, Harry’s is a razor company that specializes in making shaving more affordable. It works like this: You buy the handheld razor stem either online or at a store such as Target (the only retailer … Continue reading

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Head for love

Of all the mysterious forces in the universe, the light side, the dark side, the power of hope and the drag of fear, there is no greater force than love. But what is love, exactly? Thousands of lines of popular … Continue reading

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Head for nature

This morning Sue and I got up to run five miles together. The rains had struck with ferocity the night before. There were worms all over the road. Crawling worms. Crushed worms. Worms so soaked they seemed stuck on the … Continue reading

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This thing we call drive

 Drive: 1) urge or force (animals or people) to move in a specified direction,  2) of a fact or feeling) compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate. It’s nice to wake … Continue reading

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What to do when you feel discouraged.

By their nature, endurance sports are not easy. That’s because the algorithm is limitless. The fitter you get, the harder you go. So it never really feels like any of this gets easier. But it can look easier for others. … Continue reading

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Second best

There are few more pleasurable things than a 5:00 bike ride in mid to late May. Last night the Venge called and I answered. Ten miles into the ride I was warmed up and ready to climb the ‘mountain’ we … Continue reading

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How is your relationship with the wind?

During the Amgen Tour of California the peloton encountered an open plain in the arid land around Sacramento. The race only listed the wind at 6 mph, but any cyclist watching the broadcast could tell that was a lie. Teams … Continue reading

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Incremental minds

Incremental: denoting a small positive or negative change in a variable quantity or function or; increasing or adding on, especially in a regular series. To improve by increments is to get better in small yet sometimes important ways. The word increment is … Continue reading

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