Fitness

An aging runner, a fixed gear enthusiast, an indoor cycle (spin) instructor, a beat up old dude with lots of injuries. For me, exercise is an addiction, and identity, a source of joy, achievement and stress. I have a lot to say about this. Read on.

Jenn, Lance & Me - Responding to an article in trail runner magazine. Also paying homage to Jenn Shelton.

Don't Believe the Hype - The 5K. Not just a starting point

Race Day - We all have OCD. Watch any runner as she or he prepares for a race. Here's a portrait of mine.

The Best Songs You Won't Hear in Spin Class - My list of twelve unplayable songs, with a bit of background.

Why Fixed? - Return to the roots of cycling. The freewheel is over-rated.  

Stuff Exploring retail therapy – Women get a bum rap. Men are just as guilty and much better at it. For the most part, I can't seem to join in.

Validation -  Handing my parking stub to the bartender: "Can you validate me?" Bartender: "You're a wonderful person!"

Beer Running - An unlikely source of inspiration - joining a running group. Camaraderie AND beer.

Portrait of a Runner - A two year reboot. Running form and overall fitness.

Double Vision - Fill my eyes with that double vision, no disguise for that double vision. No this isn't about a cheesy seventies song. Actually about double vision. Not fitness-oriented, but certainly about health.

Snow - If nature makes it, you should run. In praise of outdoor exercise.

10K - Blah, Blah, Blah. Another long, boring account of achievement from a runner.

Credibility - An attempt to gain some cred from the toughest of audiences.

Family Fitness - Recent column for the local paper. Invited to write from time to time as part of a county task force on physical fitness.

The Elephant in the Room - Written at the start of the health care debate, this is more poignant today than ever. With the Affordable Care Act starting up 2 days ago, we can all wait and see how effective or devastating it is, but the real savings are in a healthier lifestyle. On a side note, my friend Lisa, an extremely fit, educated, and gainfully self-employed woman in her late 40s was unable to buy an individual insurance policy until the roll-out of Obamacare. She is very pleased to have health insurance again.

These are a few of my favorite links: 
Runners World - The Loop

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