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Friday Group Ride #360

Friday Group Ride #360

Rest and recovery are important parts of fitness. Smart people tell me that. It says that in books. I believe it’s true. The problem is that I don’t rest well. First, I depend on the ...

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Friday Group Ride #358

Friday Group Ride #358

In the dream, I was early for the race. I leaned my bike against a wall with the other racers’ bikes and went upstairs, no up the escalator, to registration. I put my gear in a pile in a ...

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Friday Group Ride #357

Friday Group Ride #357

One of my mentors said, “We can talk a lot about why you’re not doing what you should be doing, but in the end, you don’t want to do it, so you won’t.” It hit me ...

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Just One Moment #5

Just One Moment #5

Neil and I ride here as often as we can. It’s the new place, small and tight, but designed and groomed by the local mountain bike group. We’re still learning all the obstacles, daring ...

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Friday Group Ride #356

Friday Group Ride #356

We have to get this started early, so I’m going to keep it brief. Paris-Roubaix is this Sunday. For many of us, this is the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Westminster Dog Show of pro ...

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Just One Moment #4

Just One Moment #4

Two or three pedal strokes, ass not yet set on saddle. The loud clicking of cleats into pedals. I like my road shoes tight, and the sound of the metal teeth clamping down is satisfying. The sky ...

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Friday Group Ride #355

Friday Group Ride #355

The Muur is back. 1km of cobbled steep, 20% in some sections, more than 9% average. The wall. No. THE WALL. An icon. And it’s back in the race. It’s Ronde van Vlaanderen weekend. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #354

Friday Group Ride #354

Snacks asked if I was up for riding bikes. He knew the answer, so I just said, “What time?” That settled, I left him and the boys to figure out where we were going. My work requires ...

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Friday Group Ride #353

Friday Group Ride #353

There was a time when I could produce a reasonable copy of a famous Van Gogh self-portrait from memory. I was drawing a lot then, and I became preoccupied with the bold lines and wild-staring ...

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Friday Group Ride #352

Friday Group Ride #352

Maybe I’m parsing it too finely, this thing about motivation and habits and how to orient my life toward cycling more. I am not the most clever, and the challenges of holding down a job, ...

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