Category Archives: Cycling

Mini-triathlon 2021 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

I haven’t run a real race since the Longest Day 5K of June 2019. Yet I still like to challenge myself, and every summer since 2013, I’ve insisted on completing my own mini-triathlon course, starting in downtown Port Moody. I … Continue reading

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My worst Sasamat Lake bike ride ever

For a month or so I was hardly on my bike at all because almost every day was cold and rainy. January has been better. A couple of weeks ago I finally got back to one of my most regular … Continue reading

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Spirit of a Rose

I am close to letting go of this year’s roses. I have three rosebushes. One is deep red, and arrived with a description highlighting its “incredible fragrance.” My second rose variety is called “Grande Dame,” and it produces giant, dark … Continue reading

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A few notes of jazz

Two days ago I was in transit from Toronto back to Vancouver. I had been staying with my father for a few days after he had heart valve replacement surgery (TAVI). It was a day to make me sorry I … Continue reading

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Riding, writing, and the ‘rithmetic of making big bucks: why I’ll never get rich

  I’ve been thinking about financial matters more than usual in the past few months, ever since my landlords boosted my rent exorbitantly. I love my Port Moody apartment—both the view and the lifestyle it gives me—and I made the … Continue reading

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Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon 2018

In 2013 I wrote here about my plan to do my own personal mini-triathlon, with a bike  start/finish near my apartment building in downtown Port Moody and the run/swim sections at Sasamat Lake. Since then, I’ve completed this mini-triathlon at … Continue reading

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Summer Nostalgia Part II: too late?

Summer nostalgia in a time of falling leaves In August, Vancouver’s hot sunny days finally came, but I never got around to writing my Summer Nostalgia Part II post. What happened? Well—editing work inconveniently interfered with my play time. I … Continue reading

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Cycling on Doug’s mountain: Athletic camaraderie and mad dogs

  My friend and long-time running partner Doug Alward has a sprawling property on Mount Thom above Chilliwack. A couple of weeks ago, he invited me to come and watch the Olympics with him. (Warning: This is a long post. … Continue reading

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Riding into the hail: another little cycling tale

Last Tuesday was my final day to spend time with my parents in Toronto. I was eager to get out for a bike ride before sitting for five hours on the flight back to Vancouver. Last year my brothers had … Continue reading

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A lucky bike crash

I’ve had lots of luck as a cyclist. Last spring, I had my second flat ever in about 40 years of cycling (and that included years when I had running injuries and was riding a lot!). My luck is especially … Continue reading

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