Tag Archives: training

Screw the crack of dawn sometimes

I’ve always been an early riser. As a kid, I took off before dawn to go fishing in nearby creeks and rivers. As an early teen, I took on a paper route that started at 5:30 a.m. During high school … Continue reading

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The yin and yang of being fit

At times during our fitness careers, we arrive at points in training and racing where the progress can literally be felt. I had one such moment late this past week. Having just returned from riding, running and swimming in Tucson, … Continue reading

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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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The legs have it

I have a lot of mileage on my legs. They’ve carried me through countless miles of training and racing, first as a runner, then as a cyclist, now as a triathlete. Performance My running career officially started in 1970, the … Continue reading

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The more things stay the same, the more they change us

I know. You think I got that saying in the headline wrong. The traditional statement is to sigh and lament, “Well, you know. The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  Well I say, fuck that.  We’re all … Continue reading

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Sweet Season: Bringing it all home

Volume one •  Volume two •  Volume three • Volume Four • Volume five  Volume six   Volume seven Going into the last meet of the 1978 season, we felt as if we were still capable of doing big things at nationals. Our highest team … Continue reading

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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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