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My annual ride in the Tour de Chicory

America’s roadsides in July and August typically bear a ribbon of bright blue flowers known as chicory. They are tough plants that grow in disturbed soil, often popping up through gravel and grit to unleash their starlike blue blossoms in … Continue reading

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Tour de France rider for a day

The weather in Illinois was cool, rainy and windy this past Saturday. We rode west and north into the wind for 25 miles. At several points our speed dropped to 13 mph as we ground into the gray gale coming … 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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Welcome to the Tour de Commercial

The Tour de France broadcast has become a creature entirely devoted to advertising and commercials. Consider the various definitions of the word ‘commercial’ and see if you agree: Commercial: 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of commerce. 2. engaged in commerce. 3. prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: 4. able to yield or make a profit: 5. suitable or fit for a wide, popular market: 6.suitable for or catering to business rather than private use.   None of those … Continue reading

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Neither sweat or forget the small stuff

Getting your training in during a tight schedule can be difficult. Feelings of guilt can build up if you miss a workout, or cut one short because you are pressed for time. Some athletes work out unique solutions for time … Continue reading

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Not.

One of the compelling images most people miss in the coverage of the Tour de France is how the bike mechanics basically take apart and re-assemble the steeds used by riders in the Tour. Where most of us expect our … Continue reading

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Triathlons bring out the beast or just the best of us

Yes, all this sounds pathetic in some respect. But it’s par for the course to be nervous about some aspect of the triathlon when you’re starting out. Some find the idea of riding a bike in traffic disarming, or find the run portion daunting. Yet as you train you eventually overcome your fears. Then come longer courses and challenges like open water swims, hilly bikes and hot runs. That’s the so-called “charm” of the sport. It never really gets easier. You just go longer, faster or grow obsessed in the process. Continue reading

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How to survive the Tour de France (and its commercials) without guilt

A part of me feels very guilty right now. I’ve been watching the Tour de France at high speed on DVR. In the past, there was a certain commitment to following the Tour. You had to choose the morning or … Continue reading

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Oh look! It’s time for the Tour de France, and Lance is back

Well we nailed June to the wall, didn’t we? For me it meant riding up and down and all around Wisconsin and Illinois. Horribly Hilly was like a stage of the Tour de France. 72 miles and 6000 feet of … Continue reading

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We all have mountains to climb

Perhaps you’ve experienced moments in life as well where the activities that once dominated your entire persona somehow feel different. It can happen all of a sudden, or it can take time to set in. Perhaps you achieve a goal and move on. Or perhaps it’s much more subtle than that. You simply share more time with different kinds of people. Continue reading

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