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Crazy Drivers, part zillion

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Riding my bike, I see a lot of drivers doing a lot of crazy stuff. People driving with both hands occupied are a dime a dozen (the usual combination: talking on the cell phone and eating food; another common combo: talking on the cell phone and picking a nose), and I’ve see a lot of the […]

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Entertaining Facebook Spam

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Today I got spammed through Facebook’s chat feature by someone who hacked a former colleague’s account. A few choice excerpts from my conversation with the hacker, which ended abruptly when I said I’d be reporting the exchange as spam to FB. "Have you heard the good news,about Mark Zuckerberg facebook founder who help deafs,Hearing,and retired […]

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Fire at the Fat Pursuit

March 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Last weekend’s Backyard Fat Pursuit bike race in Idaho was far harder, more fun, and more amazing than I expected. The race ended for me at five on Sunday afternoon, when the race director intercepted me on the course and asked me to stop, as I was hours off any decent pace. I am still […]

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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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Can’t Spell CRAZY without C-A-R

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Monday’s afternoon commute was interesting, in the Minnesotan sense of that word. I ended the workday with a meeting at St. Olaf, so my ride back home was about twice as long as usual, and – thanks to the terrible roads – at least four times as entertaining. First, as I inched down St. Olaf […]

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

February 4th, 2014 · 13 Comments

Skipulk came at a funny place on the course: I could have pedaled, or at least walked, for quite a bit further to reach the checkpoint, but once I had reached it, I couldn’t move except to hand the Beast to the volunteer who came rushing up and then to climb into the nearer tent […]

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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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Arrowhead 135: Follow over the web

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A few links in case anyone wants to “watch” the Arrowhead 135 from afar: This Spot map that will update to show my position every five minutes, thanks to the GPS tracker loaned to me by my fatbiking and airplane-piloting friend Michael L. (The updating will start when the race kicks off at 7 a.m. on Monday, […]

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It Takes a Village to Try the Arrowhead

January 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

One of the best things about my attempt to race the Arrowhead 135 this week is the way so many people have helped me out. It’s really amazing and heart-warming. And, I hope, hand- and foot-warming. First of course is Shannon, who’s letting me try my body and mind in this crazy race (and spend […]

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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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They’re Crazy – No Offense

January 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Somewhere, Julia learned how to end a semi-rude statement with "no offense." (I suspect she acquired this "skill" at school, along with lattice math, information about current pop music, and the ability to do the monkey bars.) Since she’s a good-hearted person, she mostly uses this to comedic effect, but it is still a little […]

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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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