Category Archives: mental health

When reality bites, call in the experts

Last weekend I began to notice a sore area around my #18 molar. That’s the tooth on the far back left side of the mouth. It would flare up and recede in relation to cold or sweets and I knew, … Continue reading

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Against the wind and blown away

This morning my schedule called for a bird census trip to a restored prairie at a local forest preserve. It was windy out today. I’m not a fan of birding in the open when a strong breeze is blowing because … Continue reading

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Confessions of a tree-sport athlete

The weather here in Illinois was stupendous yesterday. Clear and warm by spring standards in this part of the world. In the cool early morning, I rode 20+ miles on a favorite loop through Aurora, out along the Virgil Gilman … Continue reading

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The day my eyelids froze shut

It’s true. I once went running in temperatures of twenty-three below zero. A half mile into the run, my eyelids froze shut. That’s a weird feeling I can assure you. I stopped, covered my face and warmed the area the … Continue reading

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Two great sources of motivation: “better than” and “better for”

As young athletes, we frequently spend all our time trying to be “better than” others. We train hard to get better times. We race hard to get better places. We take home trophies or medals if we’re lucky. Those serve … Continue reading

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The Athlete’s Lament

I didn’t get up and work out at the crack of dawn this morning. In fact, I didn’t get up at all until about 6:24 a.m. That’s late for me. More typically I’m either out the door running, dipped into … Continue reading

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The legs have it

I have a lot of mileage on my legs. They’ve carried me through countless miles of training and racing, first as a runner, then as a cyclist, now as a triathlete. Performance My running career officially started in 1970, the … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

Where do you look when you’re out riding and running? Do you gaze all around you, or keep your eyes fixed on the road or trail ahead? It’s a blessing to be able to see, you see. People who lose … Continue reading

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Competing goals and the secret to life

Yesterday I mapped out a training program. How many days a week to run, ride and swim. It’s nothing crazy.  Those are exciting to think about as I also fixed up my former racing bike and this past weekend picked … Continue reading

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When it comes to gender power, look out below

I had a laughingly light discussion with my wife this morning  about the equipment we respectively sport “down below.” It started with me teasing her about the fact that her panties matched her toenails/ she laughed and said, “Well the … Continue reading

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