Loving Loos and Ragnar Relay in 2014

Notables from this year’s Ragnar Relay Great River, which ended for our Loo Lovers team around 3pm last Saturday: I ran all the way up that 2-mile hill. I kept a steady, pretty strong pace on my last (exhausted, humid) leg. And, I only showered once. The former two seem to be signs that I have trained…

Winter fun in Hayward, Wisconsin

This past weekend included lots of snow, copious amounts of laughter and catching up with 10+ friends, a fair number of hours spent lounging in a comfy cabin watching snow accumulate, plenty of good food, more than enough beer and wine, a little reading, some good music, two hilarious snorting dogs, layer upon layer of…

Ritual of Ragnar

It’s an Olympics year, so it’s not surprising that the media (i.e. here on the Washingtonian, here at the Telegraph or on Yahoo Sports) once again investigates the superstitions or rituals of high-level athletes. This amateur/recreational athlete’s pre-race ritual, as you may have read here before, is chiefly to consume a bowl of hot cereal, the…

Gluttony

As “day 1 soreness” continues to reveal new signs that I perhaps overdid things yesterday (hello arches and forearms! Really?), now seems a great time to go over what got me and this now-aching but generally happy temple of a body to this state. Here goes: October 2011 I secure a cabin rental in Hayward…

feeling feverish

In my email in box yesterday was a note from the Birkebeiner organizers, asking me (and all registrants, I assume) to fill out a form, to give them feedback on the event. It’s great to learn that they appear to be taking steps to make any desired improvements in coming years. For the most part,…