Category Archives: Tarsnakes

Tarsnakes, like the namesake tar patterns on roads across America, are in the context of this blog any allegorical event, thought or other phenomena that can trip you up along the way, or cause you to swerve or even crash. While tarsnakes are usually best avoided, at times they are unavoidable. And so, we discuss how to deal with these “life events” that either affect or stem from your running and riding.

Still, a tarsnake or other road or surface feature when viewed up close can reveal hidden beauty and perhaps even wisdom.

The naked truth of green leaves and flowers

August is a great time of year to be outdoors. I’m planning a long run today at noon on the Great Western Trail, a former railroad bed that has been converted to a limestone path lined with fields and trees. … Continue reading

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The vicious truth of an infected tooth

About a month ago, I felt sharp pain in a #18 molar at the back of my mouth. It led to some dental work, then a root canal. Then other treatments to deal with the side effects of the root … Continue reading

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The dangers of cycling are real. The reasons why are rather unreal.

A new Business Insider article documents the fact that cyclist deaths on American roads increased by 10% last year. That may only constitute an additional 100 or so people, but that is still inexcusable. The article states: “It’s not the … Continue reading

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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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Checking in and out with Game of Thrones

As a triathlete whose bulk of time is spent swimming, riding or running, I’ve not always had the time to engage with every great series on HBO, Starz or other cable delights. I’ll confess to watching much of the late, … Continue reading

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Closed for business. As if.

Our two-mile drive to the fitness center was all for naught this morning. It was closed for business due to overnight temperatures exceeding twenty-five below zero. Plenty of places have been closed for business across Illinois. Workers in a wide … Continue reading

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On the prowl, and what do you abide?

There have been times in my life when I’ve blamed myself for not taking enough initiative. That was particularly true back when I was dating in my teens and early 20s. My foibles with women were as comic as any … Continue reading

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Have you ever been broken?

Recently a young runner friend who is just a year out of college made a confession on Facebook. He related his experience with depression and urged others to seek help and counseling. Depression can leave a person feeling defeated and … Continue reading

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Jaw-dropping, grossout special edition: swimming in public pools and lakes can make you sick

This week I bumped into two separate stories about swimming in public pools. Both made me feel sick about it. One was an hilariously disgusting piece created by The Onion, America’s satiric news media outlet. Click through to make yourself … Continue reading

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Not exactly razor sharp

I recall a workout during my peak competitive years in which the plan was to do a track session of 8 X 400M at a pace of 60-63 seconds each. I was sharpening for a track race in which my … Continue reading

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