Tag Archives: training

Sleep it off now and then

During the summer months we often wake quite early to run or ride before the wind and heat pick up. A few times this summer I even rode in the morning on weekdays. That required getting out the door by … Continue reading

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A sweet season heats up

This is the fourth in a series of articles about the Sweet Season of 1978, my college senior year when our Luther College team placed second in the nation in NCAA Division III cross country. Volume one •  Volume two •  Volume … Continue reading

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Just call us Podium Boy and Girl

The wonderfully weird thing about endurance sports, especially triathlon, is there’s really no such thing as age and gender when you’re out there on the course. As a sixty-year old dude I realize my fastest days as an endurance athlete … Continue reading

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The inside scoop on running (inside)

Yesterday the temps were in the single digits and the wind chill ungodly. Had Jesus been born into this kind of weather, he’d have crawled back inside Mary and waited for the Holy Spirit to warm things up a little. … Continue reading

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Be thankful if you’re not decommissioned

There are not many statistics about how many endurance athletes are forced to give up their sports due to injury or other conditions. But it happens. And if you’re still running, riding and swimming, you should be thankful. Not everyone … Continue reading

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How to run a marathon without really trying

A photographer friend sent me a photo after yesterday’s Fox Valley Marathon. There was some guy named Chris that looked like me who was running the race. Perhaps I ran 26.2 miles yesterday and did not even know it. That’s how … 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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Same old song is music to the mind

Next to the desk where I write sits an Ibanez guitar and music stand. Between writing sessions and assignments I jump over to play a few songs and sing along. I am not a guitarist, mind you. I can’t make … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, you’ll get there

When we’re young, it can be amusing to consider the vexations of older people. The flourish of youth enables this attitude. It’s hard to imagine that you’ll someday face your own symptoms of aging. But it happens fast when it … Continue reading

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