Category Archives: swimming

Those moments when you realize you're alive

This morning while walking the dog before dawn, I had one of those moments where the mind suddenly snaps to attention in a way that makes you realize you’re still alive. So much of life is getting through the moments … Continue reading

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In praise of Little Women and fierce faces

This morning’s Chicago Tribune contained a short editorial by Monica Hesse of the Washington Post. She was writing to encourage men who to see the movie “Little Women.” My wife and I attended the movie that past weekend. I loved … Continue reading

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The glory days are not always what you think they are

I got my gripe session about the travails of 2019 out of the way yesterday. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2020. Let’s spare each other the obvious cliches about “vision” and “seeing clearly.” I’m sure we’ll find plenty … Continue reading

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A good stretch is hardly a stroke of luck in the pool

Definition; a stroke of luck: something good that happens to you by chance I headed to the swimming pool today because a rain storm threatened to swamp our region by mid afternoon. Part of me was considering a mountain bike ride, but with … Continue reading

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Putting my pool face on

We got up to swim this morning. It was the first time in two weeks I’ve been to the pool. Now that the tooth and face infection is over, I can get back in the pool to prepare for a … Continue reading

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Learning to live with pain

Outside of the gates the trucks were unloadin’The weather was hot, a-nearly ninety degreesThe man standin’ next to me, his head was explodingWell, I was prayin’ the pieces wouldn’t fall on me ––Bob Dylan, Day of the Locusts The after … Continue reading

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The tale of one determined girl and the triathlon

There is nothing at once so tantalizing and tortuous as unfulfilled potential. That is particularly true in the sport of triathlon where athletes hope to excel in three sports in a single day. Things can go wrong, and often do. … Continue reading

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I don’t plan too heavy or too far ahead

I kind of take training as it becomes available. For example, that’s me doing some heavy lifting with a local tree. All part of the natural regimen I keep. But seriously… We got to the pool this morning at 6:00 … Continue reading

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Confessions of a diehard rule-breaker

I hopped onto the website for The Rules of cycling as described by a less-than-merry bunch of riders who go by the scribe Velominati. There is plenty of good and wise advice on the site for anyone seeking to slot … Continue reading

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Oceanwalker swimming has me fascinated

It’s been four years since I started to learn to swim again for triathlons. Early on, I took swim lessons with a great coach named Whitney whose first priority was to simplify what I was doing. Along the way there … Continue reading

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