Monthly Archives: November 2018

Sweet Season: Bringing it all home

Volume one •  Volume two •  Volume three • Volume Four • Volume five  Volume six   Volume seven Going into the last meet of the 1978 season, we felt as if we were still capable of doing big things at nationals. Our highest team … Continue reading

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A real gorilla in the pool

Last week I speculated on what a swim lesson on Saturday would produce in terms of guidance and advice. Knowing how ineffectual my freestyle swim kick could be, I expected to be told to kick harder. Well, it turned out … Continue reading

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A half-marathon that was half and half

Let’s begin with what will seem to many people like a bit of a weird confession. The last time I raced a half-marathon was in 1985. Even that fact requires a bit of revisionist history because that half marathon was … Continue reading

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Kick you fool

This weekend we’re heading up to Madison, Wisconsin to do the half-marathon. I’m simply hoping my tight old hips hold up all thirteen miles, but I’ll take what I can get. On Saturday, both Sue and I are having swim … Continue reading

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Sweet season: A simple matter of focus and effort

This is the sixth in a series of articles about the Sweet Season of 1978, my college senior year when our Luther College team placed second in the nation in NCAA Division III cross country. To follow the chronological narrative … Continue reading

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When darkness falls

When it comes to Daylight Savings Time, better known as the “time change” here in the United States, it really sucks for those of us who run and ride when the sun sets at 4:30 in the afternoon. It’s pretty … Continue reading

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To become a faster swimmer, learn to speak Australian

It’s hard to get up really early and go swimming. There, I’ve said it. Now I’m done complaining. Perhaps it’s hard for you too. The bed is so warm and the covers so comfy. Add in a cat or two … Continue reading

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Laid back and loving it

After a weekend in which I drove up to Northeast Iowa and back for visits with friends and former college professors, it was nice to have a little time to slow down this past weekend. Sue and I went to … Continue reading

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Finding unity in a sweet season

This is the sixth in a series of articles about the Sweet Season of 1978, my college senior year when our Luther College team placed second in the nation in NCAA Division III cross country. To follow the chronological narrative … Continue reading

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Abiding with the seasons

This time of year, the day after Halloween, things seem to happen fast. Weatherman Tom Skilling of the Chicago Tribune this morning notes that November is the fastest chilling month of the year. Those of us who run and ride … Continue reading

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