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Spring Thursday

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Today was just one of those days that went right. Perfect weather. Lots, but not too much, to do at work – including doing off a few to-dos that had been to for too long. A hard workout at noon. Some Carleton silliness: free root-beer floats at the library. A task at the end of the day that […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · Carleton · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · miscellany · Northfield · parenting · photos · reading · spring · stupidities · work

Best of April Fools Day 2015

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

No matter what John Oliver says, April Fools Day is great, especially in the Age of the Internet and especially, I think, in Northfield, which is full of people who enjoy staging pranks and who enjoy hearing about them. Here are a few of my favorite AF jokes from 2015. I’m not sure which I enjoyed […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · Carleton · cycling · Minnesota · Northfield · sport · spring · stupidities

Cycle for the King

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

My boss just came home from a long trip to England, and brought me this reproduction of a World War I recruiting poster. Bloody brilliant.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · history · miscellany · Northfield · photos · traveling · work

Fatbike Aftermath

March 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I took advantage of the perfect weather today and the girls being busy with a friend to clean up the garage. I took down and packed away the Christmas lights on the front tree, passed on to new owners two unneeded kids’ bikes, reorganized the crazy miscellany on the shelves, stowed the snow-removal tools again […]

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Fatbiking Lessons

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On the Trail (photo by Chris Gibbs – C5 Adventure Photography) As someone with a middling level of experience in long-distance fatbike riding and racing, I’ve learned a lot from more experienced racers like Danielle Musto, who posted a great list of tips for better fat biking and Jay Petervary, who gave a great presentation […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring · winter

Iditarod Dreaming

February 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow, the biggest, baddest fatbike race of them all starts: the Iditarod Trail Invitational, run on the dogsled route from Anchorage, Alaska, north and west to McGrath, the end of the "short" 350 mile race, and Nome, the end of the "long" 1,000 mile race. This year, a bunch of my fatbike-racing friends are doing […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · winter

Interview with Tracey Petervary, Fatbike Monster

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the great things about the fatbike community is how back-of-the-pack guys like me can talk to and learn from racers who are way up front – people like Tracey Petervary, an accomplished long-distance cyclist, a really cool person, and a pretty dominant champion. T-Race has enjoyed particularly remarkable success in fatbike racing, which […]

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Fat Pursued – Fat Pursuit Race Report

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

In January, I made a second attempt at finishing JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit in Idaho. I hope this race report for Salsa Cycles conveys my excitement and satisfaction with the race: I was shivering at the predawn start line of JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit on January 10th – not from cold, since it was already […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · diversions · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter

Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Standing with the Buffalo on the start line of the Arrowhead 135 on Monday morning in International Falls, I was bubbling with excitement – eager to get going. I had not been on my bike for more than about 20 minutes since the end of the Fat Pursuit, exactly 14 days before. Everything had gone […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Rebecca Rusch and Me

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Friday night, I finished the pro cyclist Rebecca Rusch’s great memoir of her athletic career, Rusch to Glory. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in pro cycling or endurance sport. I’ve followed the career of the “Queen of Pain” since she won her first Leadville 100 mountain-bike race in 2009  – the year that Lance […]

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Finished!

January 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Finished! Two minutes after crossing the finish line in 26:25, thirty seconds after drinking a can of celebratory beer in about fifteen seconds. Exhausted elation.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · diversions · narcissism · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter

The Buffalo on South Plateau

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s the Buffalo at the literal turning point of the Fat Pursuit: the northward turn onto South Plateau Trail, a 26-mile run from deep in the Targhee National Forest to the little resort town of West Yellowstone, Montana. I walked a huge part of this stretch in 2014. Better conditions, a better bike, and better […]

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Racecourse Recon

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Taking advantage of some downtime and of the gorgeous weather the day before the race (30 degrees F, sunny, blue skies, no wind), Minnesota Mark and Wisconsin Mark and I went out for a short ride, inspecting the first and last few miles of the racecourse. This view looking west toward Sawtelle Mountain was pretty […]

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Idaho!

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The long drive west ended when Wisconsin Mark pulled into the parking lot at Ponds Lodge in Island Park, Idaho. On the second day of our drive, we’d blazed through the rest of Montana, stopped in West Yellowstone for a beer and a bit of exploring (trying to find the race’s third checkpoint), made our […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · diversions · nature · photos · sport · winter