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Out and back and all points in between

We rode familiar roads this weekend. The exact same route back as out. One could call that boring or engaging. It’s all about the company. Five triathletes. Two on road bikes. At one point during the return trip, a rider in … Continue reading

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Pushing pedals and peddling pushes

On Saturday we rode with a group of triathletes from the City of Naperville out to Yorkville and back. The first few miles are classic white bread suburbia. Boulevards and subdivisions. Ride in a bunch and watch out for minivans. … Continue reading

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When the gear slips, the gears slip

Yesterday I wore a pair of Cordogan shoes to work. They complemented the peach Oxford shirt and olive pants I’d paired up from the closet. Sue said, “You look nice.” But they are old shoes, having been handed to me … Continue reading

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Through bloodroot and moonglow we go

Some might consider the things I consider sacred a bit silly. One of these is the bloom of bloodroot in the spring woods. It flowers in April. The petals do not last more than a few precious days. Its leaves look … Continue reading

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Some hungry cats teach a lesson about being “hangry” from hunger

As Sue leaned over to give me a kiss before leaving for Master’s Swim this morning, she whispered, “Don’t go running. There are big storms coming.” I checked the Weather Channel app after she left and the entire face of the … Continue reading

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Running and a leap of faith

In the middle of my sophomore year in high school, my father moved our family from the big house we owned in Elburn to a small rental in St. Charles, twelve miles to the east. At fifteen years old, I … Continue reading

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Shagadelic with the chorus frogs

At 5:40 this morning only a thin spit of light peeked through the eastern sky. But the robins were singing along with the chorus frogs in the marsh behind our house. It is spring here in Illinois. I did not … Continue reading

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The irony of a stress test

Perhaps you’ve had a stress test done to check the condition and performance of your heart. I’m having one this morning. Precautionary, mind you. Given a family history of heart issues, it is important to keep track of how everything … Continue reading

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What kind of trainer are you?

During the course of an athlete’s life, a number of experiences combine to form the mentality and relative rate of discipline one applies to training. Formative experiences include initial exposures to sports such as training in gym class. Gym teachers … Continue reading

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Passing the physical

  In the little town of Elburn, Illinois, there was a local doctor known for his aggressive hernia checks during school sports physicals. For some less-than-apparent reason, the guy squeezed the balls of every athlete like heck. Perhaps he’d been bullied … Continue reading

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