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What a wild ride we’re all really on

On a cool, clear weekend west of Madison, Wisconsin, a group of us gathered at Governor Dodge State Park in early September of 2012. Our plan was to camp out, ride the Wright Stuff Century (or thereabouts) and float down … Continue reading

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The little hurts add up to big knowledge if you take time to study them

At nearly forty miles of our weekend ride, my wife and I were heading west on a section of Route 64 to reach County Line Road and head south. There was a northwest wind, so we were tacking against it … Continue reading

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The anatomy of a grandiose fail

Following an epic countryside ride in which I joined up with much younger cyclists to whip across the Illinois landscape, I was feeling frisky and proud. I got back home and wanted to take a photo for Instagram with my … Continue reading

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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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I sentence 2019 to the past

With the year 2020 now approaching fast, I sentence 2019 to the forever past. The year 2019 started off well enough with a triathlon training trip to the mountains of Tucson. But my neck kept tightening up during the rides … Continue reading

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A crash course in human conscience

We traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this past Saturday to do some riding in the hills on the Ironman Wisconsin course. I rode 65 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing and my wife was on track to do 100 miles when … Continue reading

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You probably didn’t know you’re an expert in crisis management

Learning to deal with inevitable mistakes or events that throw off your planning is a critical aspect of being an endurance athlete. The challenges just keep coming. Sideaches. Tight hamstrings. Lungs full of water. You either learn to deal with small crises or you wind up DNF. Continue reading

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Navigating the tarsnakes of conservatism

There’s a debate going on in America right now about the right path to prosperity and healthy government. As you’ve noticed, I consistently snark on the current (an oxymoron I know) breed of conservatives through this blog. Some of my … Continue reading

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The Three Bitches and Twenty Bastards meet at the Horribly Hilly 100

“Isn’t this pretty?” I asked my companion Sue at the 30-mile point of the Horribly Hilly 100 ride. “It’s a valley,” she responded. “So it’s not that pretty. It means we have to go back up again.” And that, my … Continue reading

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Bloodroot and other ephemeral things

One of the difficult decisions those of us who love both nature and exercise must make each spring day is whether to use the early morning hours to wander in the woods and fields or to run and ride and get … Continue reading

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