Thoughts in Training Blogs

August 3, 2021
What Is Happiness?

What Is Happiness?

Have you ever been asked, “are you happy?”  It can be awkward to answer, as you must read between the […]
June 6, 2021
Bleu Ridge Parkway Tour 2022

Reflections on riding the Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile scenic route takes you and your bike between Rockfish Gap, VA and Cherokee, NC over the course of six days of moving the cranks. The route is the longest planned road in the US, with construction starting in 1935 and ending in 1987. The park was built with the intent to allow visitors to be “gorged on scenery,” with “one panorama following right on another.”
May 14, 2021

Endurance Training or Himalayan Foot Callouses

The lifecycle of the bottom of their feet made me think a lot about the lifecycle of an endurance athlete and training this time of year. I am one of many people preparing for a “big event” in the next few months. My heart, lungs and muscles are conditioned to “just flipping go” when I hit the starting line, because I have been training them for months to do this.
April 30, 2021

Visiting The Scene of My Cycling Crash One Year Later

What comes to mind when you think of the phrase, “This is the place that I should have died?”   My […]
February 26, 2021
Jigsaw Puzzles and Roadmaps

Jigsaw Puzzles and Roadmaps

I wake up between 3 and 5 am each day to write, as everyone is asleep and there are no […]
February 12, 2021
Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Since it is mid-February and the first planting of the year is upon us (here in North Carolina), it is […]
January 29, 2021
Of Travel

Of Travel

Travel has always been essential for mental health. Not like hospitals and grocery stores, but more like hugs and literature. Our desire to see new ways of looking at things and new places is hard coded into our nomadic roots. Don't let fear of rejection
January 23, 2021
To Solo

To Solo

To solo: to stand alone in front of others, performing, scared of failure, embracing fear, aware of the need for […]
January 15, 2021
William Fowler

Lessons Learned From Interviewing William Fowler in 1986

One the pluses of being a managing editor at a well-read newspaper was the ability to steal an interview from […]