Category Archives: climbing

Road bike happiness

Last night I led my daughter’s boyfriend Kyle on his first road bike venture. He’d grown up as a proficient and daring BMX racer, so the whole road bike thing wasn’t as threatening to him as it might be to … Continue reading

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Why you can’t stop learning about yourself even if you try

In the early goings of a hike in the North Carolina mountains, I looked down to find a mushroom sprouting from a root right in the middle of the path. I bent down to behold the shining surface of its … Continue reading

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A bright idea on a dark day

For us Flatlanders, the day’s second ride in our North Carolina training camp proved just as difficult as the first. We rode a few miles on smooth, level roads and then the climb began up to the apex at NC … Continue reading

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To the top of Ceasar’s Head and back

Day one of our training vacation in North Carolina saw us cross the eastern Continental Divide and ride back down to Brevard. The climb up Ceasar’s Head State Park consisted of five full miles of climbing  The entire ride saw 5000+ … Continue reading

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Looking forward to a peak experience in the hills of North Carolina

In late May this year, my spouse and I are participating in a triathlon training camp in the hills (mountains?) of North Carolina. It involves a ton of riding over the three or four days of the camp. There will … Continue reading

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No better place than Decorah, Iowa

As a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, the new environment around our college campus was a mystery. Those first few weeks looping around town in training for cross-country amounted to one unveiling after another. There were gravel roads … Continue reading

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Appreciating service and a gift to self

I know there were plenty of people out there who rode more miles than we did this weekend. The social media feed of any triathlete usually fills quite quickly with the efforts posted by others about their training and racing. … Continue reading

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Why 10 seconds can mean a lot

During a 20-mile ride yesterday I snaked toward the biggest hill in the county through a strong westerly wind. My vow this year is to not worry when the wind is blowing. Stop thinking about speed and concentrate on good … Continue reading

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Triathlons bring out the beast or just the best of us

Yes, all this sounds pathetic in some respect. But it’s par for the course to be nervous about some aspect of the triathlon when you’re starting out. Some find the idea of riding a bike in traffic disarming, or find the run portion daunting. Yet as you train you eventually overcome your fears. Then come longer courses and challenges like open water swims, hilly bikes and hot runs. That’s the so-called “charm” of the sport. It never really gets easier. You just go longer, faster or grow obsessed in the process. Continue reading

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How to survive the Tour de France (and its commercials) without guilt

A part of me feels very guilty right now. I’ve been watching the Tour de France at high speed on DVR. In the past, there was a certain commitment to following the Tour. You had to choose the morning or … Continue reading

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