Category Archives: aging is not for the weak of heart

The cycling tragedy of Helmut Jahn hits close to home

World-famous architect Helmut Jahn was killed in a cycling accident in an area known as Campton Hills, Illinois, outside the City of St. Charles. The intersection where he was struck twice by a pair of vehicles is quite familiar to … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs and Sideways too

Cycling down a long descent northeast of Galena, Illinois, I thought I was going slow enough to be safe coming into a thirty-degree curve ahead. I was wrong. At the moment when my bike and body started to angle across … Continue reading

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Cornfield winds and cinnamon buns

I returned to Kaneland High School as a substitute teacher yesterday. I attended that school from 8th grade through sophomore year. Nothing makes you review your life’s decisions like walking the halls of a high school you attended decades before. … Continue reading

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Step on the gas and wipe that tear away

The famous closing suite of songs on The Beatles album Abbey Road offers a ton of quotable lyrics. As spring leans toward summer here in Illinois, I’ve been thinking about a few of the transitions I’ve endured over the years. … Continue reading

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In races with our own faces

As an artist, I’ve never been one to paint or draw many self portraits. I prefer to look out at the world rather than constantly looking at myself for some hint about the universe. But yesterday, while sitting on a … Continue reading

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Follow the worms

This time of year in Illinois, the rains bring earthworms to the surface. They show up on sidewalks and roads, making it hard at times to run without crushing them underfoot. I respect worms. They are amazing creatures in many … Continue reading

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Sometimes it pays not to follow your original instincts

Last Sunday I planned to run a seven mile loop along the river path. It was windy as heck from the northwest, so it made sense to tuck down in the valley and avoid the worst of the bluster. My … Continue reading

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A diverse kind of workout (Part II)

Going into the mural project this week, I estimated that the main 45-foot wall would take three days to complete. That projection was based on prior projects of relatively similar size. Even so, what I did not anticipate is the … Continue reading

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Meet Mike Savage, one of my favorite Tri-Guys

The first time I got to know Mike Savage we were together riding on a long climb near Phoenix, Arizona during a weeklong Experience Triathlon spring training camp. We’d already done a couple rides that week along with a run … Continue reading

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Trust your doctor when the advice is to “Keep going”

I had my annual physical this past Saturday morning. It went pretty well, other than the fact that the doctor found the big purple bruise on my ass quite amusing. “How did you get that?” he asked. “I came in … Continue reading

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