Category Archives: Cycling

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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Memorabilia from the 1932 Olympics: Photo blog

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about keeping artifacts in a digital age. (Read here.) I thought about this because an old running friend of mine, Ross Patterson, recently mailed me three old documents from Toronto. His … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete part 3: Purging a super-sized burrito and an evil margarita

Road trip day: Heading south to Brooks HQ in Seattle On Friday I got to go on a road trip to Seattle with a group of my Running Room co-workers from several of the Vancouver-area stores. Our object: to visit … Continue reading

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It’s all about the bike

This morning I knew I had to complete my bike ride in less than 45 minutes to make it to West Van in time to help Keith videotape the Ambleside Mile. I was feeling pretty good, so I decided I’d … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete part two: being a guinea pig for heart rate experiments

Sometimes I like treating myself like a guinea pig. My recent experiments on myself involved using a heart rate monitor watch for the first time. I learned about the physiological basis of running training decades ago, but as an elite … Continue reading

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Specificity of training in running

Last week I did two workouts that reminded me yet again of the #1 rule of training: specificity. You become good at exactly what you practice. The first workout was my longest bike ride in a while. During the winter, … Continue reading

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Can’t put out my fire

March 1, 2014 I wake up just after 5 a.m. My mind is instantly active and I know I might as well get up—there will be no more sleep for me. I need to leave my apartment no later than … Continue reading

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