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Go Slow

In what the? on June 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hurry, hurry, hurry I say to my son in the morning as we set off to daycare and work. We rush everywhere. Even on vacation we rush to get there and then rush to pack our bags two nights before the last day. For what?

A week up North (MN) makes a person reflect. About rushing and alot of things. There was some great fish, but it’s the other things like mid-week turtle races, kids at the resort riding their dirt bikes and late night scrabble games during a thunderstorm that made the trip meaningful.

The first thing I did after a week long vacation was reach for a bike in the garage. Which? The rusty one. I just felt like going slow. Here’s a great video. It’s a bit related, very short and extremely enjoyable.

Go slow.

Enjoy your Summer.

A Thousand Miles for Freedom — #freedomrun

In running on June 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Warning: this is not a post about biking (but it’s short).

Running + biking = *me* time — to escape all the grown up stuff and be a kid for a few minutes each day.  A daily dose of freedom. 

I’ve started a challenge over at dailymile called ‘A Thousand Miles for Freedom’. The goal is to run 1,000 miles by July 4, 2011. I’ll be logging the miles and posting other random notes here and there.

If you think running a thousand miles sounds fun, join us by clicking ‘A Thousand Miles for Freedom’ or tweet your run using the hashtag #freedomrun. And, if you’ve read this far I’d say you have the persistence to accomplish the goal. Please send a comment. What’s freedom mean to you?

Bike Philosophy

In cycling on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hi. Just got back from the MS 150 — a 150 mile supported bike ride supporting Multiple Sclerosis. The event stretches over 2 days with riders going about 75 miles each day tenting out or camping in a gym between. It was a great event with about 3700 riders raising 2.5 million dollars. I didn’t ride, but instead supported my wife and her friend — their first biking event ever.

As I supported riders coming across the finish line with a hoot, a holler, a high five or a smile, I found the variety of people and bikes absolutely amazing. Man in jeans riding a Huffy mountain bike. BIG people. skinny people. Vintage bikes. Carbon fiber bikes. Polka dot skirts. Dreadlocks. Spanditos. People pumping fists madly crossing the finish line like Lance Armstrong. Messenger bags. Fixed gears. Hipsters. People too reserved to even flash a smile after riding 150 miles!? And some who looked like they wanted to hurl. FTW, dude wearing only a red singlet, big yellow rimmed sunglasses and a pencil thin mustache.

I was absolutely amazed by the humanity crossing the finish line. Also amazing was the difference in riders and their bikes. It made me think alot about bike philosophy. I’ve never competed in a race yet would consider myself a serious biker. I’m a biker not a cyclist. And like to ride vintage bikes with rust. I’m not sure yet what to think about spandex. Mismatched fenders are something great and wonderful. I don’t commute to work with my bikes but love to hop on them after dinner and take the kid to the tree fort or down to the pond for fishing. I’d love to organize a Thursday night pub crawl (on bikes) with my co-workers and nearly have enough used bikes in my garage to support the crew.

Bike philosophy is an interesting thing, but seeing the MS 150 riders cross the finish line for over 2 hours made me realize it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is to get out there and pedal. Wear what you like. Do what you want. Get out on the bike. Have fun.

How do you define success?

In good business on June 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Yesterday we lost the greatest coach ever. John Wooden (coach) led UCLA to record wins unmatched in the world of basketball. He coached the basketball team at UCLA for 27 years with an overall won/lost record of 620 – 147. His teams won ten NCAA championships, and went undefeated through four different complete seasons — 1963-64, 1966-67, 1971-72, and 1972-73.

Coach was a teacher with some important lessons. This 17 minute TED video highlights his teachings. In the video, coach provides his definition of success, cites poetry and shares lessons learned while raised on a farm. The lessons are simple yet profound. Never try to be better than someone else. Always learn from others. Do not focus energy on things outside your control. Be on time. Never be late. Always be neat and clean. Never criticize a teammate. Not one word of profanity. Ever.

You may have seen coach’s pyramid of success before. This image (via provides an alternative to the Merriam-Webster definition of success and 12 lessons on leadership.

Question: How do you define success?

2 things I’ve learned about blogging.

In on blogging on June 3, 2010 at 12:58 am

1) I’d rather be biking

2) I’d rather be running