Category Archives: triathlon

The mixture of joy and relief after a hard race

The desire to compete in races comes from many different places within us. For some, it is a test of resolve. For others, a raw test of fitness. But it’s always about proving oneself in the face of difficulty. You’re … Continue reading

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Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex

If you know the Rolling Stones song Shattered, you’ll recognize the headline of this blog today. That album came out the summer between my junior and senior year in college. I’d sing parts of that song as we ran mile … Continue reading

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Reflecting on 2020 and peering into 2021

If you read this blog, you know my politics. By every measure of American virtue–– be it traditional, progressive, conservative, or whatever–– 2020 was a red-letter shitshow. No one got what they wanted, which was freedom from the impact of … Continue reading

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Some bright ideas about breathing and Breathe Right strips

The other night when talking with my wife just before nodding off to sleep, I made some comment about not lying on my back to avoid snoring. She kindly informed me that despite my precautions, I still snore some when … Continue reading

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There’s a right way to go bananas in endurance sports

Given the fact that the “fruit” we call bananas is so common and inexpensive to buy, it is easy to take for granted that the Cavendish bananas commercially available in stores are a production miracle brought to the United States … Continue reading

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Hard effort feels the same at every age

Our Sunday morning run yesterday consisted of seven miles from North Aurora up to Batavia and back. Sue had a modest tempo run planned after the previous day’s 40m time trial and 10K brick run on Saturday. I rode 32 … Continue reading

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Mentoring other athletes and building community

This morning I finally made it back to the swimming pool after weeks away due to work commitments and post-triathlon season chillaxing. I struck up a conversation with a young man that had just finishing swimming as well. He was … Continue reading

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The techie world of fitness trackers

I wear a Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker. My wife purchased it for me two years ago. It has a ton of features. Beyond recording workout times, pace and route tracking, it also measures heart rate, estimated calories and stress … Continue reading

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A long line of strong women

Heading into last weekend I read that a distance runner named Letensenbet Gidey had run a world record 5000M time of 14:06 in a track meet in Valencia, Spain. I sat there for a moment and thought, “14:06. That means … Continue reading

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Understanding our elemental selves

As a child growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I spent tons of time riding around neighborhood roads next to the Meadia Heights Country Club. The black asphalt road surface of those streets was bordered by fine gravel in which chunks … Continue reading

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