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


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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I’m Such a Yankee

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m such a Yankee. Sadly, the countries-I’ve-visited map would have just two spots of color.

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Taste Recall

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Twice this evening, I’ve encountered tastes and smells that have taken me back to childhood. For dinner, Shannon made some ridiculously good Italian-style meatball sandwiches. The tomato sauce soaked into the crusty bread and created a taste-smell that sent me right back to the dim dining room at the Bell Chalet in Hurley, Wisconsin – […]

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Will Time Travel 4 Clothes

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve been thinking a little bit about time travel since I read William Gibson’s superb new science fiction novel The Peripheral, which offers a very cool take on the idea of moving back and forth through time. If I could travel through time, though, I wouldn’t bother with bullshit like hunting dinosaurs or assassinating Hitler […]

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Goodbye, Beast!

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

My attempt to sell the Beast was successful. Within a couple days of putting it up for sale, several people wrote to ask me about the bike, and one guy checked it out on Monday. I figured Dave was serious, since he was willing to come down from Minneapolis to ride the machine, and he […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · Minnesota · narcissism · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · summer


August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Friday, August 1, turned out to be unusually athletic. I set a deadlift PR at the gym at noon, learned how to dive at the pool in the afternoon (thanks to the girls, who enjoyed teaching me, and who laffed and laffed when I belly-flopped off the diving board), and then went on a long […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · summer


May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

What a week: Recovering from Saturday’s race. Dealing with more bizarro situations at work than usual. Eating everything in sight but losing weight. Accidentally returning an LL Bean shirt to Eddie Bauer. Hanging out with the guys (and a gal) at the pub, talking about the races. Troubleshooting the home computer network. Setting PRs at […]

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A Rough Start to Year 42

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

The twelve days since my birthday have rough. I caught strep on that happy day, and needed pretty much a full week to recover – even after taking two sick days (my first in almost a decade). I fell way behind on some urgent work while out of the office, and needed a solid week […]

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Somehow Older

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

My year of being forty is almost over. Maybe because forty is such a milestone, I’ve been more and more aware of the ways that my age – or at least the appearance of my age – is working to my unearned advantage. People call me "sir" more often, even on the phone. In crowds, […]

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The girl plays music

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Kids surprise parents all the time, in some bad and many good ways. I beamed with surprised delight tonight when Julia’s guitar practicing included a halting but recognizable version of the opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" tonight. Incredible. (Next up: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?)

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Following the Fat Pursuit

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

In about seven hours, I’ll roll out of this bed at Pond’s Lodge in Island Park, Idaho, to start what promises to be a long, hard, exhilarating day of racing bikes in a new ultradistance fatbike race, Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. The event has two distances, a 60 kilometer short course (about 37 miles) and […]

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Arrowhead Recovery

February 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The two questions people have asked most about the Arrowhead have been "Will you do it again?" and "Have you recovered?" The answer to the first question is an emphatic "yes." The answer to the second question is "maybe." I have definitely "recovered" psychologically. The race was a high point in my life, and the […]

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Ain’t No Party Like an Arrowhead Party

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Thanks to amazing friends and family, Saturday night was as good a Saturday night as I’ve ever had: I spent most of the evening at a party thrown for me and the Beast to celebrate our ride at the Arrowhead 135. The organizers – Myrna and Trish – went all out. I mean, lookit! I […]

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Didn’t Get Froze: After the Arrowhead 135

February 5th, 2014 · 8 Comments

I’ve been immensely pleased that others have enjoyed Part I and Part II of my race story. Partly for the sake of my own memory, partly to complete the story, and partly to answer some questions that others have asked, I am adding this third part. There’s only a little crying in it. (I’m lying: […]

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