Category Archives: competition

The republican qualities of cycling

Everyone that has ever served on a committee knows the frustrations of trying to establish a legitimate, healthy compromise to the most difficult items on an agenda. People typically weigh in with all sorts of opinions. In the end, the … Continue reading

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Tethered to a goal

When one thinks about setting and achieving goals, there are a ton of life experiences that feed into that process. At some age in our athletic careers, the transition from raw competitive instincts to setting goals has to be channeled. … Continue reading

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And it was good.

  At the age of 12, having moved with my family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the small town of Elburn, Illinois, the world felt like it was upside down, or inside out. Even the soil in Illinois looked different from … Continue reading

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Getting your ass kicked by Jesus

Most of us with a religious faith go through ups and downs during our developmental years. Many teens and college students drift away from the bible stories of youth. Some lose their faith entirely during college years, dumping church attendance in … Continue reading

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Confessions of a f*ck up, and how to keep laughing about it

I love it when I f*ck up. Find it amusing. My kids love it too. They roll their texting eyes and go, “OMG dad.” This morning in conversation with my fiance Sue, I was discussing a fun coaching session I … Continue reading

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Forrest Gump lives

We must suppose that most people have seen the famous scene in the movie Forrest Gump in which the lead character as a child runs out of his awkward leg braces. To runners, that scene typically has special significance. Surely it … Continue reading

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We all need support and not denial

At a barbecue event for a non-profit organization for whom I volunteer, I met a fellow board member who works as a psychologist for youth. We talked about her work and I thanked her for what she does. As a kid, … Continue reading

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You can’t compete with that

We live in a competitive world. Nowhere is that competition more evident than on the Internet. That’s where people compete for attention in all kinds of ways. We compete for Followers. For Likes. For Views. There are some people who … Continue reading

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5 insightful ways to measure success

Endurance sports are widely measured in empiric ways. You have personal records at a specific distance or type of event. But these numbers by themselves do not measure every type of success you can achieve. In fact, numbers can actually … Continue reading

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The secret to love what you’re doing when you run, ride and swim

Motivation is the power source of all performance. Without motivation, there is no will to work. Without the will to work, there is no progress. Without progress, there is no achievement. And without the potential for achievement, there is no real … Continue reading

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