Category Archives: competition

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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Jumping through hoops to a sense of wonder

Yesterday a longtime friend showed up at a walk that I host in my hometown. Every Wednesday people from the community hike a three-mile loop on bike trails for health and fitness. His mom wanted to join the walk, so he … Continue reading

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Moonlighting as a cyclist

This morning’s ride started at 5:45 a.m. The sun was up far enough to provide some light. A bright moon was still perched in the southwestern sky. We tend to think of the moon as truly “here” only when it … Continue reading

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No date with destiny, but a lesson or two worth learning

In 1981 the world was going nuts for running. The second phase of the American running boom was in full swing. As an avid runner, I thought (and was sincerely hoping) that it might mean women would find me more … Continue reading

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The not-so-secret “secrets” of setting PRs

The not-so-secret “secret” of setting PRs is building backward from the race distance itself in terms of time needed to prepare and to establish race “markers” for progress along the way.  Then one must create fitness using an incrementally-based training … Continue reading

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To equal or surpass the Art of Dying

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here Then nothing Sister Mary can do Will keep me here with you As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying Could equal or surpass the art of dying … Continue reading

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Will that be donuts or doughnuts for you?

To read this blog in all its glory on WeRunandRide, please click through from email.  This morning I stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts to buy a dozen tasty treats in celebration of a work anniversary. At the counter I was asked … Continue reading

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It’s all about revenge

Following a late meeting last night, it was hard to get to sleep when I got home. So I toggled back and forth between a pair of movies on cable. They were right next to each other on the channels, … Continue reading

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We all shine on

It has been five years to the day since the woman to whom I was married for 28 years passed away. On March 26, 2013 she died quietly in the living room of our home where over the last couple … Continue reading

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There is a God if you want one

Just past the peak of my obsession with running, somewhere in my mid-20s, I’d made the decision that enough was enough. I’d taken a couple years to work part-time at most and dedicate my time to see how good I … Continue reading

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