Archive for August 2011

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers
I hate metrics. I’m not talking about the metric system, that ill-fated national experiment from the 70’s that brought us two-liter soda bottles, new wrench sizes, and not much else.  I’m referring to numbers – recorded measurements of progress that are the source of endless analysis and constant comparison. Most fitness plans are metrics-driven.  Weight... Read more »

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!
Ok.  A lot of the kiddies have already gone back to school.  Are we going to let The Man tell us that summer is now officially over?  There’s still a full week before Labor Day weekend! So the stores have taken down the Back To School banners and replaced them with the traditional orange and... Read more »

And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?

And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?
The answer to that question, at least for David Byrne of Talking Heads, was more than likely by bicycle. As an impressionable teen at the dawn of MTV, I didn’t quite know what to make of Mr. Byrne and his Pee Wee Herman persona, karate-chopping his right hand across his left arm repeating “same as... Read more »
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Adventure-cising

Adventure-cising
It’s no secret that I look for any excuse to ride my bike. Combining transportation with exercise and recreation is a win-win-win in my book.  Mix in a new destination and the experience is elevated to what I like to call “adventure-cising”. Bicycling somewhere entirely new gets my heart beating faster.  I clip into the... Read more »

In Defense of Bicycling...

This is a blog that I shouldn’t have to write; defending the health benefits of bicycling against a DOCTOR that is warning against it. Seriously.  A craniofacial surgeon posted a blog on Huffington Post dissuading individuals over 50 from riding bicycles.  If you don’t want to click on the link, allow me to summarize;  he... Read more »

Less Work and More Out in Your Workout

Less Work and More Out in Your Workout
Sometimes, it’s not the “work” part of workout that we dread. Rolling “out” of bed.  Getting out of the house.  Heading out into morning traffic.  The routine of working out can burn you out, wear you out, and tire you out – long before you even attempt the work part. Then there’s the thought of... Read more »
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Heart Attack Awareness Day

Heart Attack Awareness Day
August 8th is Heart Attack Awareness Day. It’s not officially sanctioned or even observed anywhere in the world other than at my house.  On the two year anniversary of the day that I discovered firsthand what a heart attack feels like, I thought I might share a thing or two with anyone interested in reading... Read more »

Running Barefoot in a Grass Skirt

Running Barefoot in a Grass Skirt
Let he who is without carbon cast the first stone… But you can’t cast that stone from behind the plastic keyboard of your battery-equipped laptop.  Or from your smartphone.  Or using the desktop at the public library. If you feel the latest technology will only contribute another dead battery to an overflowing and toxic landfill,... Read more »

Purple Storm Overtakes Iowa

Purple Storm Overtakes Iowa
One minute it’s peaceful.  Calm.  Quiet.  Still.  The next there is a slight hum.  It grows into a whir.  Within no time at all, the funnel that amassed in the wee morning hours moves steadily eastward.  Soon it is bearing down on Main Street with full force.  There is no time to retreat. The system... Read more »
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