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The Dog Run

There are about seven weeks to go to the Philadelphia Marathon, my traditional year-end run around the City of Brotherly Love. Assuming my legs stay together for the rest of the buildup, this will be my 18th Philly, and 38th marathon. Not that I know what I’m doing at this distance (I don’t), or how to run it well (out of those 38, I consider maybe five to be “good”), far from it. What’s amazing to me is that even after all this time, things can happen on any given day that make me go, “Wait, what, seriously?” When I do my mid-day runs from my office, I don’t have a lot of options. I can go three different directions from my…

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The Spin Cycle

Originally published as a two-part special over Thanksgiving Weekend in November 2002, this would become one of the most popular pieces I ever wrote for Xtri.  A heavily-edited, abridged version of this tale appeared in the Casagrande Press book, “Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures” in 2007, but that focused on what we’ll simply call, “The Incident.” This is how I’d originally written it. Last month after 8 weeks of paperwork, faxes, contracts, waivers, clearances, and a note from my doctor, I was able to complete the final bureaucratic hurdle between myself and something I’ve been after since May of 2001: I was finally able to join my company gym.  That meant there would be no more cutting out to the YMCA mid-day, no more…

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Rebuild, Reset, Restart

I have had a website since 2000.  The original was a Front Page monstrosity that was about as stable as wet dynamite, with a set of Navigation Controls that read about as easily as a Hong Kong Underground Transit Map.  I was writing for at the time, a triathlon website that gave me my first “real” publishing gig, and gave me the beginnings of an audience for my attempts at making sense of racing, of life. I tried to upgrade the site in 2013 – even bought a WordPress setup.  Got about two weeks in, posted a few archived race reports, and then completely lost the plot.  Training, a new job, life – the things that usually fight for your attention…

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