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Month: March 2016

Breaking Worse

I do not play professional Jenga, as such a sport does not exist.  However, if it did, I’d be willing to bet that anyone who is tasked with juggling the Holy Trinity of Family, Work, and Training, would be an unstoppable boss.  This is because we have all become masters of moving multiple pieces of our lives in space and time, all while doing what need to be done to ensure that one never affects the other two. Every week I get a schedule from my long-suffering Running Coach, Debi Bernardes.  Luckily for me, none of these workouts are locked into a given day.  I have the usual assortment of Strength Training, Rowing on the C2, and of course, Running and Running…

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The Three Letter Curse

On Friday afternoon I received a text from one of my closest mates, the patriarch of my Circle of Idiots, Brian Gatens (nickname, Leeroy Jenkins). “You did that Chesapeake Bay Swim.  What’s it like?  Thinking about giving it a shot.” If he’d been able to see me, he’d have watched the color drain from my face.  He’d have seen my eyes close.  He’d have watched my head drop, followed by the sound of a long exhale.  He’d have seen a man forced to look back into the eyes of a heartbreak he’d rather not revisit. I replied, “I did.  In 2000.  DNF.  My only one.” I added, “I’ll find the archived race report and post it.” I knew exactly where to look…

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