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Overcoming a dialup brain in a wi-fi world

We traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend for a training trip, joining the crew from Madison Multisport and its coaches Steve Brandes and Cindy Bannink. The purpose was to ride the Madison Half-Ironman course, which loops south of the city … Continue reading

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Useless skills abounding

This past week the neighbor kids up the block were dribbling and shooting a basketball in their driveway. I was headed out for a run when the ball escaped them and rolled to my feet. I scooped it up and … Continue reading

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Who knew running downhill could hurt so much?

Years ago during a training trip out west in the Grand Tetons, our cross country team ran from Jenny Lake at 6000 feet up to Lake Solitude at 9000 feet and back down again. We did that run without water, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a diehard rule-breaker

I hopped onto the website for The Rules of cycling as described by a less-than-merry bunch of riders who go by the scribe Velominati. There is plenty of good and wise advice on the site for anyone seeking to slot … Continue reading

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Turning it inside out on the track

We’ve had some wicked rains the last few days here in Illinois. The Geneva Middle School track where I do speed workouts was covered with dead or dying worms. There were robins so stuffed with the free food they barely … Continue reading

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A few words of praise for my triathlete wife

Yesterday I played Sherpa for my wife during the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon. It was chilly (30 degrees) and snowy (but the streets were clear) and she ran really steady and strong. She’s now run a series of three or … Continue reading

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A legacy worth riding home about

The photograph above is an image of my late grandfather Leo Nichols. I don’t know the year the photo was taken, but it was sometime in the early 1900s. The image was sent to me by my cousin Kermit Nichols, … Continue reading

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On Black Holes, Red car doors and being a True believer

I think it’s a fair statement to say that most success in life can be found in stating the obvious. That’s why the Kevin Costner character Crash Davis in the movie Bull Durham taught the rookie pitcher how to spout … Continue reading

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Confessions of a tree-sport athlete

The weather here in Illinois was stupendous yesterday. Clear and warm by spring standards in this part of the world. In the cool early morning, I rode 20+ miles on a favorite loop through Aurora, out along the Virgil Gilman … Continue reading

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The eternal joy and pain of speedwork

If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed in six years of duathlon/triathlon experience, it is the fact that most of the triathletes I’ve encountered don’t do enough speed work. Having been to plenty of coached practices with 20+ athletes circling … Continue reading

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