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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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Trapped in D.C.

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

My conference trip to Washington went well until this morning. I made it to D.C. without any problems, found the conference itself very useful and interesting, and enjoyed hanging out with friends and colleagues. With a forecast of snow for Saturday, though, I expected delays in getting home, even though the snow wasn’t really very […]

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Fun with Deafness

February 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

As I walked into the Muni tonight to get some beer (it’s Monday! we can buy beer again!), I distinctly heard a customer at the counter tell the clerk, “So went out there and there like five hundred vanities there!” I wondered “WTF?” and went about my business, trying at the same time to eavesdrop […]

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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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Puzzled No More!

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Huzzah! After weeks of work, all 1,000 pieces of “Confection Street” are in their proper places! Vivi did the last thirty or forty pieces all by herself! The finished puzzle looks great.

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950 pieces down…

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

We need a term – possibly a German loanword – for the feeling one has when he looks for weeks at an unfinished puzzle which his youngest daughter has prohibited him from completing.

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Millennium Falconry

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

This is probably my oldest surviving toy. I remember buying it at the K-Mart in Menominee, Michigan, so I must have been in third grade or younger. I loved it then and still do. I’m glad my girls have it now, though they don’t know or care much about Star Wars.

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Open Gym

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

The girls and their BFFs were the only kids at open gym today, so they took advantage and played full-court 2-on-2. They ran themselves ragged.

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The Pleasing Routine

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

As much as I like being away riding bikes, it’s awfully nice to come home again. Not that the homecomings are always joyous, but rather the opposite: the girls (and Shannon) have a very no-nonsense attitude. “Oh, you’re home! Good. Help me with my homework.” Tonight, for instance, I got home around 7 from a […]

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Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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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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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The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Belatedly, here is the book that Julia wrote for me as a Christmas present: The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed (click for a PDF). It’s freaky and good.

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Tetons Bison

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments

This is one of my favorite photos from my Fat Pursuit road trip: two bull bison grazing (and dozing) in the snow just off US-26 in Grand Teton National Park. The shot has everything I love about the west: the mountains (fog-shrouded that day), the jackleg fence (part of the race’s logo!), the snow, the […]

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Yoopersotan in Wind River Canyon

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

The drive out of Idaho was stunning: the west side of the Tetons from Idaho; the twisting, turning route over Teton Pass; a delicious breakfast in Wilson, Wyoming; the beauty (and seductive tourist-trappiness) of Jackson, W-Y; the east side of the Tetons; the heights of Togwotee Pass in the Absaroka Mountains (9,658 feet! the highest terrestrial […]

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