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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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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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The Beast, Capsule of Memories

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I love how this picture of the Beast includes so much great bike-life history. I drilled out the rims with instructions from Scott and Derek, the organizers of the Inspiration 100 gravel race up near Alexandria. Derek gave me one of the fork-mounted Anything Cages as a good-luck gift before the Arrowhead 135. The other, […]

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Why “Uranus” Is Funny

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve is deep into astronomy – "space" – right now. She’s devouring book after book on topics astronomical, and will walk up to me at random times to disgorge some new fact, like how Saturn’s moon Titan is the likeliest spot in the solar system to host life), or how one asteroid has its own […]

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“Pray for Newtown” (Sun Kil Moon)

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Whether or not you’re okay with gun violence, I think this exceptional tune by Mark Kozelek (recording as Sun Kil Moon) will make you think again about Newtown – and other needless massacres in recent American history. Sadly beautiful, quietly angry. We’ve failed as a society in failing to act after Newtown to prevent more […]

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A Word from the Old Gods and the New

March 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Old Gods and the New gathered in the woods at the north edge of town, and they considered the sore denizens of Northfield, and they said with one voice, "Hear us now and believe us later, ye Northfielders. Yea, you have had a long winter, and you have failed, almost to a person, to […]

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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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Mars-Curious

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve kept my Lego lust in check for decades now, but I could not resist the lure of the amazing Curiosity rover model. In rationalizing my order, I figured that I could keep it in my office as a nice conversation piece slash distraction and that the girls would enjoy assembling the kit with me. […]

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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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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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Three Chords and the Truth

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, the girls starting taking guitar lessons. I can’t believe how pleasing it is to sit and listen to them.

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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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