Blowing & Drifting

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Tired From Just Knowing Her

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I just don’t know how Vivi does it. She was up past midnight at a sleepover, then awake at seven. After a mammoth post-lunch meltdown, we went for a three-hour hike slash creek stomp at a cool little park south of town. I have been basically catatonic since dinner, but she somehow had the energy […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · diversions · family · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos

Fabulous Poetry by Genevieve

September 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tree branches swaying slightly Leaves whispering to one another Cornfield already asleep Clouds have painted the sky a deep blue Grass admiring the masterpiece Nature made Everything ignoring the headlights From cars slicing through the Kind evening Everything ushering everything else To fall asleep Life It passes quickly But you experience every minute of it […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · autumn · borrowed content · family · girls · nature

Jock-omplishments

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

Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · traveling · Upper Peninsula · winter

Bipedaling, But Not Pedaling

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

My friend Rob Hardy is this summer attempting to walk every street in Northfield. I would say this is quixotic, but the guy is really going to do it. He has already walked 500 miles since March! Why he only started walking seriously in March, I have no idea. Today I decided to see what […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · spring

Dadlife

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · parenting · school · spring

Royal Ride

May 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Saturday’s Royal 162 gravel race was exactly the race I needed to have. In the weeks leading up to the event – my longest-ever, at least in terms of distance – I felt that I hadn’t done nearly enough riding to prepare but that I needed to do well to rebuild my sense of confidence […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · spring

Bad Rides

May 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wednesday, I took a mental-health day and went for a long training ride on one of my favorite routes, a simple out-and-back over the gravel roads between here and Red Wing. Part of my training for a long race in mid-May, I had wanted to do this ride the previous week, but the lingering effects […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · spring

Spring Poems by Vivi

April 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Genevieve wrote these two poems the other night, right before bed. (Both are untitled. Long story.) 1. Soft tapping on the green grass and sidewalk, cars slowly rolling down the wet street Birds chirping kindly Gray but beautiful Raindrops clinging to branches on the trees Still and quiet The rain silently offering a spring-time breeze […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · spring

Spring Riding

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I went out for my first real springtime ride this afternoon. I chose an easy route over some of my favorite roads south of town, and true to the season, I wound up fighting a headwind for the first half of the outing. But after I turned around, the tailwind blasted me home, letting me […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · spring

To Idaho and Back (In Snippets)

March 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Day 1 I35 south to I90 west to the Rocky Mountains. The long flat straights of South Dakota. Gas station stops for fuel, beef jerky, and water. Passing the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. So many Wall Drug signs. Cheap Subway somewhere on the road, made by a sandwich […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · recollections · sport · traveling · winter

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · cycling · diversions · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter

The Next Bike Adventure – Idaho!

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Arrowhead experience is just going on and on, in the most amazing ways. At the race, I got to talk briefly with the two winners, Jay and Tracey Petervary, who were inviting everyone to come out for a new race they’re staging in Idaho – Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. I immediately wrote it off […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · nature · parenting · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter

Snow Day!

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Minnesota got a good old-fashioned blizzard yesterday and into the night, the kind that’s equally beautiful and incapacitating. The streets I took to campus were very bad, and – amazingly – the sidewalks on campus were in less than their usual impeccable shape. It’s a huge storm that the college’s grounds crew can’t handle. A […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · Carleton · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · winter

Fatbike Frozen Thirty-three

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

On Saturday, the Beast and I raced in the Fatbike Frozen Forty, an event held on the amazing singletrack trails at Elm Creek Park in Champlin, on the northwest side of the Cities. I did this race last year and had a blast, even though tight, technical trails like those at Elm Creek – which […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · cycling · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · winter