Category Archives: Running

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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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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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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Sixty! Running, struggling, & striving

Completing another decade of my life is sobering! It seems natural to look back on the past ten years and take a reckoning. At fifty I went through a dramatic midlife crisis where too many changes happened at once (but … Continue reading

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The euphoria of evening races: from fleet to faltering

The euphoria of evening races: from the fleet to the faltering Pacific Distance Carnival: June 13, 2019 Last Thursday I celebrated my birthday by going to watch some of the races held at the newly-minted Pacific Distance Carnival at Swanguard … Continue reading

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What is an “ideal” professional runner?

What is the role of a professional runner? Becoming a professional runner requires talent, hard training, and good coaching. Running is a simple and democratic sport compared to other sports; you need no special equipment and you can run almost … Continue reading

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Burnaby Lake 10K: connecting with the runner I used to be

Labour Day run at Burnaby Lake Summer is the season I love the most, the time I thrive like the roses that are my favourite flowers. In Vancouver the season has changed, and our summer of unprecedented heat and smoke … 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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Joy of summer workouts #1: a perfect run

Yesterday I started my run in Mundy Park at 6:45. It was still fresh and cool. I was running in the shade, and the early rays of sunlight filtering through the leaves were still benign. Nonetheless, after ten minutes of … Continue reading

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Still friends, but not neighbours: saying goodbye to Doug Alward

I recently had to say goodbye to one of my close friends. Doug has been a challenging training partner and a loyal friend to me for over 20 years. He has moved to Penticton where his father and many other … Continue reading

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