Posts by Category: Mind

Friday Group Ride #467

Friday Group Ride #467

It’s coffee, but also beer. It’s rider’s of every shape packed into lycra. It’s a grease tattoo on a calf, a dumb, small hat that no one else wears, and Euro pros ...

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Friday Group Ride #465

Friday Group Ride #465

What is the feeling? Two lights blazing onto the packed sand, trees zipping past, close enough to touch, every bump throwing shadows off into the scrub, and two riders behind me, surging into ...

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The Friend

The Friend

How do you define a friendship? Mutual support and sustaining conversation is my starting point. My friendships are so varied, it is difficult to define the terms of the relationship with greater ...

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Friday Group Ride #464

Friday Group Ride #464

I stood under our tent at the corner of the field and watched him handcrank his way up the muddy turf to his own tent. The bike was a fat-wheeled four wheeler, and the “pedaling” ...

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The Domestique

The Domestique

Among pros, the riders I most admired weren’t the sprinters, nor were they the climbers. Not even the rouleurs. I liked the domestiques, especially the super-domestiques. Those were the ...

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Lance and the Second Act

Lance and the Second Act

According to media reports, Lance Armstrong earned more money as a podcaster during this year’s Tour de France than the actual winner of the race, Egan Bernal (Armstrong’s podcast is ...

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Friday Group Ride #463

Friday Group Ride #463

Because the FGR is a casual conversation among like-minded folks and because I’m more of a humanities guy than sciences, I’m going to make a bunch of sweeping, general statements, any ...

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Vulnerable

Vulnerable

I couldn’t tell you much about the race. We traced lap upon lap around a city block, uphill past the school and the staging holding the announcer and the officials. The rise was gentle, ...

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The Land

The Land

For those of us who grew up in a flat place, learning to ride a bike meant developing a relationship with a machine. It was the device and us. Turns were just the way you looped from one street ...

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Friday Group Ride #461

Friday Group Ride #461

It’s a question of what grounds you. We all need that in our lives, right, a reset? I think one of the things that drew Padraig and me together was that we are both introverts. We recharge ...

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