Tag Archives: competition

When the track calls you back

Those of us that ran track and field in high school or college feel quite at home doing intervals on a running track. That’s not the case for many people who did not have that opportunity. They seem to dread … Continue reading

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Sibling rivalry

Our family consisted of four boys and our mom and dad. We apparently had a sister that died very early in life. She was born between my next oldest brother and I. Still hoping for a girl, my parents had … Continue reading

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Rare opportunities in life

What rare birds can teach us about all of life’s opportunities Yesterday through email I learned there was a sighting of a relatively rare bird, a Smith’s Longspur, in the vicinity of our house. We back up to a wetland, … Continue reading

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To equal or surpass the Art of Dying

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here Then nothing Sister Mary can do Will keep me here with you As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying Could equal or surpass the art of dying … Continue reading

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There is a God if you want one

Just past the peak of my obsession with running, somewhere in my mid-20s, I’d made the decision that enough was enough. I’d taken a couple years to work part-time at most and dedicate my time to see how good I … Continue reading

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Tethered to a goal

When one thinks about setting and achieving goals, there are a ton of life experiences that feed into that process. At some age in our athletic careers, the transition from raw competitive instincts to setting goals has to be channeled. … Continue reading

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5 insightful ways to measure success

Endurance sports are widely measured in empiric ways. You have personal records at a specific distance or type of event. But these numbers by themselves do not measure every type of success you can achieve. In fact, numbers can actually … Continue reading

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The secret to love what you’re doing when you run, ride and swim

Motivation is the power source of all performance. Without motivation, there is no will to work. Without the will to work, there is no progress. Without progress, there is no achievement. And without the potential for achievement, there is no real … Continue reading

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This is your moment

Yesterday while having dental work done, it occurred to me how few people in this world actually live and work in the moment. So let me describe the scene yesterday. The dentist I visit is a wonderful Muslim woman with … Continue reading

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Pins and picks

Cleaning off the top of my dresser is always an exercise in personal topography. The year tends to pile up in patches if you don’t get around to shoveling change into the jar and sorting through the many things that … Continue reading

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