Posts by Category: Body

High Water Mark

High Water Mark

I’ve been asked about my proudest moment on the bike. It’s an interesting question for me. As I was never a PRO, I’ve measured my successes on the bike within their relative merit—which was ...

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The Clearing

The Clearing

Because I’m a cyclist, I’ve had my share of animal encounters. I’ve been chased by enough dogs to fill a pound. I’ve been stung by enough bees—not all on the same ride—to send a good-sized deer ...

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Centering

Centering

Three days into a three-week tour I had my first moment of reckoning. I was on a Western Montana highway with mountains to my right and little other than blacktop before me. This was my first big ...

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Wine and Sweat

Wine and Sweat

Balance. That’s what I tell myself when I think about how it was bike racing in France that inspired me to pursue cycling the way I had devoted myself to playing music, only to have that ...

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In the House of the Pope

In the House of the Pope

There are those roads that convince you you’re better than you are. We were riding in the Hautes Alpes east of Mont Ventoux, a region that balanced gracefully between alpine and Provençal, when ...

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Stripped Away

Stripped Away

Can one meal reveal the soul of a place? As I sailed around the corner I saw goats. Dozens of them. Bucks, does, bucklings, doelings, kids, maybe even a wether. They were black, brown, white, ...

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Three Balls

Three Balls

In her novel The Lizard’s Tail, the Argentine magical realist Luisa Valenzuela gives her protagonist Lopez Rega three testes. It’s a metaphoric symbol of his virility woven into a ...

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Friday Group Ride #462

Friday Group Ride #462

I know we’ve talked about this before, but after 461 Friday Group Rides you’re bound to wonder some of the same stuff over again, and anyway I need some new shoes. There was a time, ...

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The AI Coach: VeloPro

The AI Coach: VeloPro

For the last few months I’ve been using a new coach. This was a big step for me. Since I stopped road racing 15 or so years ago, I’ve been virtually discipline-proof. Left to my own ...

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