Category Archives: Personal stories

My Little Life

You’re probably wondering why I chose the title of this post. No, it’s not a reference to my 88-pound frame, and it doesn’t mean my life is about to end. These words have crept into my thoughts quite often recently, … Continue reading

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The unforgettable summer of 2021

It’s a cool day in Vancouver with clouds and periods of misty rain. The summer of 2021 is almost over. And what a summer it has been! Though its heat and the Olympics evoked powerful memories for me, this summer … Continue reading

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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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Silence, resilience, resurgence

I haven’t written here for months. Silence seemed the only answer when the things I wanted to write about were painful, sensitive, and a betrayal of others’ privacy. I’ve been overwhelmed with the situations faced by people my age or … Continue reading

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A perfect Easter morning ride

Preamble (you should probably skip this) Several times last weekend (Easter weekend) I found myself feeling quietly depressed and oddly unmotivated to work or write. Holidays can provoke the swirling up of suppressed emotions in many of us. I was … Continue reading

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The “senior” athlete: finding a new equilibrium

In my last post, I wrote about my “accelerating physical decline,” and how difficult it is to come to terms with that. Also, I raised the question of how my public identity has been tied for so long to my … 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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Third Beach in the summer of Covid-19

Being at Third Beach in Stanley Park this year seemed like an escape to a fantasy world. I always try to make the trip to Stanley Park to swim at least once every summer. I’ve never left it to September, … Continue reading

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The aging athlete: protests and silver linings

I have found that being an athlete over sixty means feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: gratitude, exhilaration, disgust, sadness, sometimes even despair. I wasn’t sure whether to write this post because in public we are always supposed to be … Continue reading

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