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It’s hard to explain why the trail camp we put on for veterans and surviving family members has the impact it does. It’s not because what we do is complicated. We run for two and a half days. We teach skills like hill running, technical trail running, speed work, aid station strategies, nutrition, first aid etc. etc. We do all that exceptionally well, but that’s not the reason why everyone involved from veterans to surviving family members to paying participants to the mentors themselves leave the camp feeling rejuvenated, happy and hopeful. We manage to encapsulate and simulate the experiences […]

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Today WatTeam has decided to cease production of power meters while they focus on looking for a strategic partner to carry their low-cost power meter concept forward. Said differently, they’re looking for a bigger brand to buy out the technology …

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When you don´t write for long, it´s hard to know where to begin. But sharing almost daily on social media, a few of you might...

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Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again! The now annual 20% off sale.  Now technically, it’s semi-annual since it happens now and in the spring.  But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new …

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It’s time. Because, well, it’s been a long time since the last time. And more importantly, because it buys me some time back tomorrow writing a post, since I’m spending the majority of this week finally moving into the new …

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered …

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I took Asa to the pediatrician for his annual checkup, and I have been sick as a dog ever since. So many potent kid germs in one place, I guess. It’s like I licked the floor there or something though. I spent two and a half days like a salted slug on the coach while the kids wreaked havoc around me. I made it to the Anytime Fitness late last night determined to get a run in. I had a coughing fit about twenty minutes in, and I’m sure the other Saturday night gym weirdos thought I had TB. They […]

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Got two and a half quick tech tidbits for you today, as I keep my head down focused on a flotilla of trainer posts for the next 48 hours. All trainers…all the time.  Until then, some non-trainer news that will …

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Never fails. Anytime I start to really skimp on sleep, the articles about how awful that is for you start appearing.   Alright, already. You try and work from home! Saturday, we drove to Corpus Christi for Asa’s soccer game, (2.5 hours for an 11 year-old’s soccer game), went to the team lunch afterwards, then (heck, we’re here!) went to the beach, and drove home. And then it was me with the late night weirdos at Anytime Fitness at 10:30pm on a Saturday night. It was a very good day, fatigued or not. Alright, back to the CDC and the […]

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I was panning for gold on Twitter and voilà! Here’s the link to the article which AND the live cam! Two things: Halloween Costume: Check! Itinerary for Christmas visit to DC: Check! What’s making me happy: Running: 14 miles easy with 90 seconds pickups every 8 minutes

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered …

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Here’s your (occasional) round-up of Friday randomness within the sports tech world. These are items that I felt I wanted to provide a bit more commentary/detail on than just a quick one-liner note in my usual Week in Review post, …

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I broke down and got a membership to Anytime Fitness. It was a coyote in the neighborhood that finally pushed me over the edge. I’ve been skittish ever since I got attacked by a dog in DC, and I’ve been running with pepper spray, and sharing the dark neighborhood streets with the coyote seemed like too much. If I lived out in the country, a coyote would be one thing, but I’m in the city. City coyotes seem like trouble. And I’m too tired for trouble right now. So it’s me and a bevy of late night weirdos at the […]

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My neighbor came over last night for a glass of wine. We’ve been neighbors for years now, but this was our first wine drinking get together. And I found out that the woman who owned the house before us died in a murder suicide a few years ago! I guess I’ll stop forwarding her mail. I also found out her husband is in jail for 20 plus years — and not because he was involved in the murder suicide. Sheesh!  Lord knows what I might have found out if we had had cocktails instead of wine. What’s making me happy: (The […]

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Eliot’s grading student papers about that trip to Costa Rica with the Honors College in August. Most of the writing is awful. I wish I could provide some samples for you. Here’s a picture of Eliot ranting about it instead. One of his actual comments on this paper: “Pro-tip: That red squiggly line under a word means it’s misspelled.” My favorite: “Why did you write this yucky sentence. You confused yourself.” It was a yucky sentence. I’m sure you all have corrected my grammar if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, but this was another level […]

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Ruby got a little flyer from her little Methodist day school today. So I asked her, “What is your favorite book character?” She responded, “The one with the colored girl.” WHAT?!? What going on with the San Antonio Methodists?? Geez!!! And then I looked at the flyer more closely. Whew. What’s making me happy: Running: 75 minutes

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300 posts!!! Good grief. 65 more to go… Here is a poem Laz put up on the ultra listserv about the Big Backyard Ultra. —– Forwarded Message —– From: lazarus <drystoneman@hotmail.com> To: ultra List <ultra@listserv.dartmouth.edu> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:17:27 AM EDT Subject: 68 hours: dreamtime the race for me had become an endless repetition, as i made my way around my circuit of duties. hour after hour i went thru the same unchanging tasks. the core task was the bells and whistles. that was the one that had to happen every hour and had to happen at the same time every hour. […]

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I paced CJ from 9pm-ish to 4am- ish and it was fun and she was wonderful, but now I am toast. Here’s an article to read about one of the campers who will be coming to trail camp in November while I make my way back to San Antonio. “He was a flunk-out from Texas A&M’s Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs program—not because of his skills (or lack thereof), but because of his height.”   http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/March-2013/Healing-the-Unseen-Wounds-of-War-2/ What’s making me happy: Rob and CJ’s Sprinter van. Running: 20.5 miles

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I’m in North Carolina this weekend pacing my friend CJ at the Uwharrie 100. I’ll let you know exactly how unrelenting it all was tomorrow night. I’m hoping “The Soul Crusher” hill isn’t too crushing just one or two times through. I’m flying into Charlotte on a 5am flight, and then driving out to Uwharrie National Forest. If all goes well, I should be out there crewing and guzzling coffee by 10:30am. What’s making me happy: Running: 20.5 miles pacing CJ at Uwharrie sometime tonight

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A friend and runner I’m coaching has a friend who is a vet who said it’d be fine to take the puppies outside to go to the bathroom. Game changer!! Oh my gosh, I can’t even tell you how much better my life is now that half of it isn’t taken up cleaning the tiles in Asa’s bedroom and the openings in the dog crate. The ADL folks had said the puppies couldn’t go outside until they were old enough to get all their shots.  Here’s to friends with vet friends who think that that’s crazy talk! What’s making me happy: […]

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I put our name on the Animal Defense League’s foster puppy list. I thought it would be a way to ease us into being dog owners. And, you know, I was trying to find a way to inject a bit more crazy around here. Picture me up before 5am tending to lonely puppies with active intestines. Now picture me a bit more crazed. Where was the rest of the family? The ones who really wanted a puppy? Fast asleep and warm in bed. I gave everybody the silent treatment while I inhaled coffee later. They were oblivious to my frazzled […]

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After bits of teasing since earlier this summer, the Zwift New York City course is finally here. And, it’s nothing like what you expected. Well, unless you expected flying cars, levitating translucent roadways, and buses dangling from glowing blue railway …

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I stayed up most of last night and cleaned the kitchen and living room. It had to be done, and I couldn’t see a way to make it happen otherwise. So, sure, maybe I feel like an absolute wreck today, but at least I can lie down on the clean floor and feel sorry for myself. What’s making me happy: Running: 40 minutes easy (SLOG.)

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I don’t usually cover the slew of app announcements for the Apple Watch – but this one is definitely different, and, if you’re looking to get cool action video of yourself – then this is also unique. As of today, …

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Today was a lost day. I taught Asa a day of 6th grade, drove Ruby too and from school, drove Asa to and from swimming and then choir. I went to the supermarket, and I checked on my coaching clients and talked with a few of these wonderful folks on the phone. And then it was 10pm. Fast forward. What’s making me happy: More Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Son from Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Running: ZERO! (I was supposed to do 40, but the day squashed me flat.)

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Oh my gosh! I am toast. I slept for a few hours this morning, talked(taught) for four more hours, ran up and down the street in front of the school, almost missed my flight due to traffic, walked zombie-like through the airport in Dallas, got home around midnight. Eliot was waiting up to give me some dinner. I scarfed it down and fell asleep on the couch thinking about tomorrow’s To Do list. What’s making me happy: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book with Jonny Sun, Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Running: 64 minutes and a sprint to the […]

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered …

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Oh my gosh, I’m beat. I ran this morning before class, wolfed down breakfast, taught for eight hours, ran again and then came into the little cabin they have me in, and took a nap until 11pm. Not the smartest strategy, but the rest of my work is done — and I’ll take another “nap” until morning. I’m in my running clothes to make it as easy as possible to go on a run before class. I’m also starving to death, so that’ll make it easy to get up. The lunch they served at the branch was soup, and dinner […]

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Once again, it’s time for the big dance that is Kona. Or more technically – the Ironman World Championships. It’s when the fastest long-course triathletes in the world gather on a small island to collectively consume more electrolyte filled drinks …

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I’m a single instructor for this WFA course. Just me and 15 NOLS semester students. I got in well past midnight last night and I stumbled around in the dark for a while looking for my cabin out behind the wash house.  I decided to run after class was over today in order to get at least 6.5 hours of sleep. It seemed like a good idea this morning lying in bed at 6:30. It was a grim prospect after teaching for  8 hours. But I got it done despite the crazy early sunset time here in Tucson. 6pm! I  […]

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Pancake breakfast in bed for the birthday girl. And a birthday party with lots and lots of little girls and a few older brothers. (Not pictured: 6 more little girls.) Eliot’s amazing piñata: And check out the heart cakes I made! Strawberry cakes with strawberry frosting. The little boy at the end took a bite and told me loudly that he didn’t like it at all. His mom was pretty embarrassed. I told her I was very offended as I had spent all of $1.54 on this creation. The party was from 3:30-5:30pm. And I survived the mom scene. Then […]

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There’s been a handful of non-headliner tech tidbits this week in the world of sports tech that are worthwhile mentioning and chatting about. Of course, given this is Friday, the post length is required to be short. Apparently people have …

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Asa and I read “Macbeth” yesterday, and it made me feel pretty productive when Eliot got home. “What did you do today?” “I read “Macbeth” with our son.” (I did not, however, prepare any dinner.) I’m a bit stressed about Ruby’s birthday party tomorrow. I never worried about Asa’s August parties at the pool much. Invite a bunch of boys to the pool. Provide pizza and a cake. Done!  Tired boys. Huge success. I feel like little girls require more entertaining somehow. I know I shouldn’t feel that way. But I do. Little girls make me nervous. Or, really, the […]

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Today was consumed with trail camp business. So much talking and emailing. I love it. I also need another day to do my actual jobs — and clean the house… or at least the bathrooms. There are still a few big items that I have to chase down to make the camp work well. (A few = 97.) What’s making me happy: This idea for Ruby’s birthday party. Seems like a choking hazard, but I really want to do it, so I can participate. Also where are these donuts hanging from in this picture? Running: 60 minutes of thinking about […]

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How is it 7pm???? There is still so much to do! The trail camp took over my day. The ratio of people who received emails from me about camp today to everyone in the world must be something like 4:1. And now I’m about to do a conference call with the lead mentors. I need to eat a lot of  ice cream. Speaking of eating lots: What’s making me happy: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/9/17955432/fat-bear-week-katmai-national-park-409-747-salmon The Winner!! Running: 40 minutes easy concentrating on not turning my foot out.

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It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 3 years ago.  Thankfully as part of The Girl’s new duties, she prodded me enough to get my …

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Alison (friend, PT and longtime MUT runner extraordinaire) says that if I concentrate on keeping my foot hitting the ground straight, and not inadvertently turning out sideways to protect my pinky toe, my heel and hip should stop hurting. She gave me a few foot stretches and strengthening exercises (and some additional core work because I asked) and says I can keep training as long as the pain doesn’t get worse. We watched the video of me running in slow motion. (Nothing to make one question their wardrobe and haircut choices like a little slo-mo video watching.) Boy am I really […]

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The above has been my playground…err..work spot, for the last week. Of course as you saw this weekend in my ANT+ Symposium post I’ve been up in Banff, Canada (within the province of Alberta) for the annual sports technology conference. …

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The Marcello Family wedding reception in Sarasota, Florida was wonderful! Here are all us older cousins. I’m the most old. And here all but two of the rest of the cousins. (For the record, I am not actually the shortest cousin.) It was Jen’s (in white) wedding reception that brought us all together for the first time in nine years. It seems like my folks are going to move to Sarasota to be with the family, so hopefully we’ll be getting together much more often. Bagels on the beach for Christmas morning. What’s making me happy: Running: Zero on Saturday. […]

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I’m on a plane flying to Sarasota, Florida for a family wedding reception. I haven’t seen my aunts and cousins in years, and I’m really happy to be going, even though it made me really notice all the gray hair Ruby’s given me recently. “Well, Liza certainly looks distinguished.” My mom called to let me know that I wouldn’t need to dress up too much for the reception. No problem! And that I should wear comfortable shoes. Really no problem! My sister is actually bringing me a pair of pretty sandals because, while I have comfortable shoes, they are not […]

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It’s that time of year again – my annual state of sports technology presentation at the ANT Wireless Symposium.  This year marks the 8th year that I’ve given such a presentation at the event, which includes the vast majority of …

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Boy did I step in it today. I accidentally copied someone on an email that wasn’t meant for them. They didn’t read anything horrible about themselves, but I certainly demolished a friendly working relationship. Dang! Double dang!! I sent an apology as soon as I realized what I’d done, (OH Nooooooo!!!!) but the damage had been done. Sigh. Well, this brings the count of people who think I’m a jerk up to at least… Well, let’s not do that exercise. I certainly didn’t start the day worried about being a jerk. I guess the lesson is: Assume all your emails will […]

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I broke my “Sleep 8 Hours” vow and stayed up most of last night working. I just couldn’t stomach another day not having my work done or trying, unsuccessfully, to get it done while kid chaos reigned.  I did go to bed at 9pm as scheduled, so it wasn’t a complete break down. I just got up three hours later at midnight. I put out all the fires, and now, it’s just two more hours until bedtime. So excited. I’m going to start Strava-ing again tomorrow — now that my baby toe is no longer useless. What’s making me happy: Asa’s newest […]

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For the last two months I’ve been happily listening to music while I’m running. And finally, now you can too. It wasn’t that I couldn’t listen to music before that point. Certainly I had plenty of devices that supported music …

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Here’s the finished product of the article I was whining about writing for irunfar last week. Check out the rest here! Behind the scenes! So I made this splint one-handed. I would have tightened those buffs down if I’d had another hand, but it’s not so easy to tie knots with one hand. Also, it was in the 90s when I made this thing and I was so happy when I was able to rip it all off and get back inside to the air conditioning. We had to drag Asa out of the garage and put him on some […]

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Eliot copied me on one of his work emails today. Man, do I love that guy. What’s making me happy: (Besides witty ol’ Eliot) Reading the Trumpeter of Krakow with Asa and teaching him words like halberd and brazier. Running: 40 minutes easy. Actual workouts will start tomorrow! My toe is still cooperating.

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It’s that time of year again! Time for you to start planning your trek to the 5th annual DCR Cave Open House!  Yup, it’s gonna be the fifth open house already – how time flies! Here were the first, second, …

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I’m sitting poolside while Asa swims. He really wants to join the swim team, but I’ve been lax with lessons, and he’s about five levels from being able to join.  He’s been trying to get out of level 5 for two months now. Apparently, he’s not rolling from side to side enough on his freestyle. Takes after his mother. I had this great brainstorm about our final run at the trail camp when I was running on Saturday. We used to do this crazy obstacle course when we held the camp here in Texas. But the camp in California doesn’t […]

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An in between weekend – that’s what this was. I’ve been home the last week after my Interbike and such trips the week before.  But come the end of the weekend it was back on a plane and across the …

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It turns out the Hokas I was wearing were the culprits behind the foot, knee, hip and ankle pain I was having. I didn’t have any issues when I switched back to my old New Balance 1400s yesterday. You’d think shoe culpability would have occurred to me earlier, but you’d be wrong. I’d been wearing the Hokas because they have a bigger toe box that didn’t put pressure on my grumpy toe. I’ve got some hip tightness I need to deal with now, but I think I’m going to be able to really get back to training. What’s making me […]

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