Tag Archives: Strava

Closed for business. As if.

Our two-mile drive to the fitness center was all for naught this morning. It was closed for business due to overnight temperatures exceeding twenty-five below zero. Plenty of places have been closed for business across Illinois. Workers in a wide … Continue reading

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Riding up to Chuck’s

It is a sixty-three mile ride up to Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn from St. Charles, Illinois to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It’s a tradition we cherish each summer. The route we take is all backroads and has been handed down from generations … Continue reading

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It takes courage to go slow sometimes

One of the principal lessons in distance training over the years came in the most unexpected way. I had moved out to the Philadelphia area for work when I was 23 years old, and went looking for a group of … Continue reading

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Running at the speed of light, or something like that, according to Strava

By Christopher Cudworth I just ran 126 miles in 9 minutes and 35 seconds. That’s an average of 4 seconds per mile. That puts me around the world in about 14 minutes on a 354 foot elevation gain.  Getting faster … Continue reading

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Exercising our ability to deal with stress

By Christopher Cudworth There are two kinds of stress in this world. The first is stress from the unknown. We grow anxious and worry when fear of the unknown presses in on us. The second type is stress from the … Continue reading

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The geometry of a Schwinn bike

By Christopher Cudworth About the only math subject in which this art major ever excelled was geometry. So I understand the basics of how geometry works. Or at least I think I do. There are shapes. They behave or are … Continue reading

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Wondering about the Wonderlic

By Christopher Cudworth Anyone who has ever taken the Wonderlic test knows that it is a supposed measure of your general cognitive ability. And having taken it myself, and wondered quietly to myself why I still don’t “get” math under … Continue reading

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Is your cycling too predictable?

By Christopher Cudworth Here in Illinois, land of few hills and much wind, cyclists have to be creative in order to keep from falling into a rut. Stuck in a tarsnake of too many familiar routes and too much routine. … Continue reading

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We sort out who we are by how hard we try

By Christopher Cudworth A familiar figure ahead on the road. Strong calves. Vee-shaped back. A quick pedal turnover on his black hybrid bike. I recognized my old friend Pete, a high school cross country teammate, pedaling out of town headed … Continue reading

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The ever present tarsnake of road rage

By Monte Wehrkamp Hugging the white line, I navigated my way around a busy downtown intersection. Head on a swivel, I checked the parking lot exit of a nearby business — one of the local bike stores — all clear. … Continue reading

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