Tag Archives: swimming

Meeting Leah Hayes made my day

Yesterday while standing on the pool deck talking with a fellow triathlete Karah Osterberg, I observed that the person swimming one lane over from the lane I’d chosen looked mighty fast. “That’s Leah Hayes,” Karah told me. “You know, the … Continue reading

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We’ve all got our swimming crosses to bear

Today in the pool I swam next to two guys doing 100-meter repeats. One was clearly faster than the other, a tall gent who wore fins to keep up with his buddy. The faster swimmer alternated strokes from freestyle to … Continue reading

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Why 2K is the answer of the day

Do you have certain training distances that make you feel like you’ve really “done something?” I have a few. Running at least three miles, for example. Riding at least an hour. For swimming, it is going at least 1600 meters, … Continue reading

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Up to my neck in another swimmer’s life story

At the swimming pool this morning I’d completed 500 yards when a fellow in the next lane over had a question about the substance I’d used on my goggles to keep them fog free. That led to a discussion of … Continue reading

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On poaching, road rage and political consequences

Yesterday while out birding on a country road west of our home, I turned the corner where the asphalt surface turns to gravel and spied a pile of Canada geese scattered in the snow. Some hunter must have exceeded the … Continue reading

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I never dreamed that I’d be missing the pool

With all the ups-and-downs, back-and-forths of Covid-19 precautions, it has been difficult to plan workouts at the pool. Currently our facility has an online schedule to grab workout times. It’s a pain in the butt. For a while during the … Continue reading

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Summer’s almost over. Do you love autumn?

The cool rains driven by early September storms have come to the Midwest. The dry grasses of August don’t know what to do with all this sudden moisture. Our drought is perhaps broken, but the browns will perhaps persist all … Continue reading

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With dogs and cats the gratitude goes both ways

Just over a year ago we adopted a rescue dog that had been abandoned on a roadside in Tennessee with a broken leg. She was gathered up by Safe Haven, a Chicago area dog adoption organization and fostered by our … Continue reading

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An August afternoon with bikinis, sunshine and running

During the summer of 1974, anticipation for the fall cross country season was high. We’d done well the previous year in both the conference and district meet, and a core of seniors was returning to make it a fun and … Continue reading

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Fools in the pool

Our fitness center at the Fox Valley Park District has been working hard to provide opportunities for people to return to their facilities for training. The pool was one of the biggest challenges because the health precautions necessary to prevent … Continue reading

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