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Learning to Love Winter

Yay! It’s finally actually cold in Minnesota.  Which is the way it’s supposed to be.   I hate being cold and get cold easily.  Some people’s bodies and temperaments are built for the cold.  I am not one of them. I … Continue reading

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Bike Badge Earned.

I was in triage at an ER trying not to hyperventilate.  My mom was saying “Yoga breaths.  Take yoga breaths.”  One kind nurse looked me in the eye and sternly told me to get my breathing under control.  After assessing my vitals … Continue reading

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Three reasons I feel like an athlete.

I’ve been second guessing myself.  Who doesn’t?  Ever since I did that crazy thing, paying an outlandish sum to do something even more outlandish.  I’ve been wondering.  How did I end up here?  Do I belong here?  This iron distance … Continue reading

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Bad Igloo, Good Cabin

On day three we decided to make an igloo.  It would be a fun way to spend a layover day.  We were optimistic.  Years ago I bought this thing: We’d tried and failed three times in past years.  This time … Continue reading

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Again and again.

I am working on a new skill. I feel deeply out of my element. I often coach people to learn new skills such as swimming, or strength training, and now yoga. I tell people it’s ok if it feels unnatural, awkward, … Continue reading

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6 reasons I love winter camping

If my vacation is miserable enough, life seems easier. Just kidding.  Sorta. When I was a kid I cursed my parents for living in stupid boring frozen Minnesota.  When I grew up I was leaving.  Then I grew up and found … Continue reading

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Crippling Grand Portage

18 days and 238.5 miles we were finally done paddling. We had paddled and portaged in heat, illness, stillness, wind, snow, rocks and ice. There was just a measly 8 miles to walk to hot showers, cold beer, and toilet … Continue reading

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Booted off the Wagon

I didn’t fall off. It wasn’t an accident. I was pushed. I was on a roll with my lifting routine. For a good while I had settled into a sufficient training schedule. Then commitments other than triathlon racing started throwing … Continue reading

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Blasted ice biking, rice and beans, and kale-egg-toast

Oooooh it was a week.  I don’t even know what made it such a long hard week.  I think it’s the snow.  No, not snow, it’s the ice.  No, no, that’s not quite it either.  We need a special term … Continue reading

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Meat in bread

I’ve completely failed to even attempt to make a cheese soufflé. Learning to make a soufflé has been on my mind since Thanksgiving and it just isn’t going to happen. Not now anyway. I’ve decided to put it off until … Continue reading

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