The Big Burn

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier, author Meetings, deadlines and duties filled the week to make the looming task come with plenty of anxiety. Interruptions to normal sleep and eating routines present challenges to successful training. But this summer, these interruptions have become opportunities for…
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August And Everything After

The scent of freshly cut barley wafted through the early August evening as the brilliant hues of the landscape shimmered beneath a cloudless sky. With the thick July humidity absent, the air filled my senses. All these signs of the season serve as hope for the promise of the coming months. A tightness in my left…
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A Pretty Good Day

After a day spent playing with other Goldens in the pool at doggie daycare, Coby came bounding out the door in a gleeful greeting. Still wet from his afternoon splash, he bit the leash and led me outside. At the time, he didn’t know it, but we were headed for a special treat — picking…
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The Summer Sizzle

The clock ticked toward 10 a.m.and this was going to be a difficult test. Temperatures were beginning to soar on Saturday morning and I really didn’t want to bonk on my longest run since March. That would mean having to get up early the following day in hopes of logging my first 14-mile effort in…
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Try 4 More

The buoys gently bobbed on the waters of Little Pine Lake as the sun glistened off the water. It was going to be a good day. With my bike and gear positioned neatly in the transition area, I stood on the landing dock and wondered to myself, “How bad will the swimming leg be?” The…
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