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When triathletes go senile

My mother’s main wish in life was to never lose her mental faculties. She dreaded the idea of losing her memory or getting, as she called it, senile. That’s a rather outdated term in the post-modern era. With Baby Boomers … Continue reading

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Some strong impressions from a triathlon

This weekend in Madison we arrived at the starting line for the Half Ironman at 5:30 am. As I stood around watching athletes get ready and waiting for my wife Sue to emerge from checking her stuff into transition, I … Continue reading

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Second best

There are few more pleasurable things than a 5:00 bike ride in mid to late May. Last night the Venge called and I answered. Ten miles into the ride I was warmed up and ready to climb the ‘mountain’ we … Continue reading

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Pushing pedals and peddling pushes

On Saturday we rode with a group of triathletes from the City of Naperville out to Yorkville and back. The first few miles are classic white bread suburbia. Boulevards and subdivisions. Ride in a bunch and watch out for minivans. … Continue reading

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Weight, weight, don’t tell me (too)

It’s a fact. Endurance athletes can lose weight by not stepping on the scale. The pounds just fly off when you ignore reality. Avoid the numbers. Kick the digital reality to the curb. This is true only because our bodies tend weigh … Continue reading

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What kind of trainer are you?

During the course of an athlete’s life, a number of experiences combine to form the mentality and relative rate of discipline one applies to training. Formative experiences include initial exposures to sports such as training in gym class. Gym teachers … Continue reading

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Is it time for the triathlon community to grow up?

Triathlon is a set of sports within a sport. That means swimmers mix with cyclists. Cyclists mix with runners. It’s supposed to be an egalitarian sport. And we all have our flaws. It’s the rare individual that is truly exceptional … Continue reading

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On strategies for the long run

In 2005 I took a swim lesson or two with plans on becoming a multisport athlete. The swim lessons were interesting. I lost a contact lens in the pool and did not make much progress. That was in late April, … Continue reading

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The graphic truth of strength training

The past couple weeks at the gym I got a bit more serious about lifting. The effects on my running were immediate. There was more snap in my stride and less feeling that I was on unstable. I literally felt … Continue reading

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Five funny things I’ve experienced in triathlons and duathlons

It’s healthy to be able to laugh at ourselves. In a sport such as triathlon, the opportunities are manifold. Here are five of the funniest (and perhaps embarrassing) things that have happened so far in my duathlon/triathlon experience. Keep Going, … Continue reading

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