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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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Don’t Get Froze, part I: The Arrowhead 135 (Miles 0-110)

February 2nd, 2014 · 9 Comments

When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike (“those bikes are so messy, […]

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Me = Spartacus

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Last time they visited my office, my girls both asked if this was a picture of me. I was flattered, but only in my cycling dreams am I anything like Spartacus.

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17 Days till the Arrowhead 135

January 9th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ll be there. RootsRated: The Brutal Arrowhead Ultra 135 Early on Monday, January 27th, 2014, competitors will cross the starting line of the 10th annual Arrowhead Ultra 135 in International Falls, Minnesota. The Arrowhead, featured in the book,” World’s 50 Toughest Endurance Challenges,” will challenge riders with bitter cold temperatures and hours of solitude. The […]

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Kold Konditions Kit

January 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The brilliant sunshine and cold temperatures pulled me outside this afternoon for a short ride in a nearby park, then a trip across town to finally get a donut. The temperature was five below zero F, with a windchill of negative 27, so I bundled up, and wound up being pretty much a-okay – or […]

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A Few Words on Being Cold

January 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

I went for a ride this afternoon, at warmest point of the day. The temperature was just below zero, but a northerly breeze drove the windchill down in the negative teens. I found the conditions eminently manageable, and in fact had to adjust my clothing to keep from overheating. Part of the purpose of the […]

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Resolutions for 2014

January 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

2013 was a year of stasis in good, neutral, and bad ways. For whatever it’s worth, I’m aiming a little higher for the next arbitrarily-delimited trip around a minor star halfway out from the center of the Milky Way. Create more undistracted time with the girls by stowing my iPhone when I get home each […]

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Thursday Music

November 21st, 2013 · No Comments

My streak of good music finds continued on Thursday at the elementary school choir concert, in which Julia sang. The whole performance was good, but the highlight was the last song: Stevie Wonder’s amazing “Heaven Help Us.” A ’70s protest song sung by innocent fourth and fifth graders?  

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Instagrammed Day

November 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Today was a pleasant, quiet day, marked by a short outing with the girls to watch the end of the inaugural Minnesota State Gravel Championships and an amazing sunset.

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Miss Councilwoman

September 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Last week, just a day or two after the first day of school, Julia said that she’d decided to run for her elementary school’s student council, which gets to work on some of the fun all-school events throughout the year. Her class (and, I’m guessing, the other fourth grade classes as well as the fifth-grade […]

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