Category Archives: triathlon

With the grass as a crowd and a spider web as the finish line

This morning while running through a local forest preserve, I passed through a portion of path where the tall grass was leaning from either side due to the weight of dew on the seedheads. The grasses formed a passage like … Continue reading

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Some strong impressions from a triathlon

This weekend in Madison we arrived at the starting line for the Half Ironman at 5:30 am. As I stood around watching athletes get ready and waiting for my wife Sue to emerge from checking her stuff into transition, I … Continue reading

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The bloom of fitness

The bloom of fitness is a near miraculous feeling. After waking countless mornings fatigued from training, a dawn arrives where one rises rested even after a hard workout. The brain comes alive. The body feels ready to do that next … Continue reading

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Slumming it

On Saturday morning our city hosted a simple little 5K. The loop on which it was run is quite familiar to me. I first ran on it back in 1982 when it opened. The visionary guy whose idea it was to … Continue reading

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A little advice from my Mini-Me

As fans of the Austin Powers series well know, the character Dr. Evil was very fond of his Mini-Me dressed in a little gray matching outfit. Perhaps it had something to do with his controverted ego and his creepily suppressed sexual desires, whatever those … Continue reading

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This thing we call drive

 Drive: 1) urge or force (animals or people) to move in a specified direction,  2) of a fact or feeling) compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate. It’s nice to wake … Continue reading

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What to do when you feel discouraged.

By their nature, endurance sports are not easy. That’s because the algorithm is limitless. The fitter you get, the harder you go. So it never really feels like any of this gets easier. But it can look easier for others. … Continue reading

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Second best

There are few more pleasurable things than a 5:00 bike ride in mid to late May. Last night the Venge called and I answered. Ten miles into the ride I was warmed up and ready to climb the ‘mountain’ we … Continue reading

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Back in the swim (of things)

Our wedding day was beyond even our expectations in terms of joy and fun and bonding with family and friends. The day seemed to radiate with love. And I mean that seriously. Our children and some boyfriends of Sue’s daughters … Continue reading

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Weight, weight, don’t tell me (too)

It’s a fact. Endurance athletes can lose weight by not stepping on the scale. The pounds just fly off when you ignore reality. Avoid the numbers. Kick the digital reality to the curb. This is true only because our bodies tend weigh … Continue reading

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