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Elite Athletes Share Struggles and Secrets (Podcast)

With the 2016 Olympic games about to commence, we anticipate the drama and sheer excitement of watching our nation’s athletes compete on the world stage. We will hear of new and returning competitors and how they found their beginnings via predictable and assorted paths. We will be granted fast-forward storylines of how rigorous training and wholehearted dedication yield world-class Olympic performers. Some of us will be inspired, and perhaps motivated,  by their single-mindedness, beautiful forms and their ambition to attain audacious goals. And some of us may simply relish in the pleasure of spectating from the sofa, informed by our unquestionable paradigms that athletic excellence is limited to only the gifted as we ask the friend beside us, “Please pass the guacamole.” [Skip to podcast]

As one who is journeying through mid-life and discovered only five years ago the joy of road biking, I wonder …  Continue reading


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Ditch the Toe Clips

My toe clips and straps are headed for the garbage can. I’ve used them on my mountain bike for years but yesterday I could not get out of them quickly enough and sustained a foot sprain on what should have been a painless fall.

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Toe clips with straps are an older style pedal system

I didn’t have enough momentum riding uphill through a rocky trail. When I stopped my wheel suddenly turned left and I began to fall right. I tried to slide my foot out of the straps but my foot was trapped. Down I went. Continue reading


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The Back is the New Front

Ride along with us sometime and you may hear, “The back is the new front!” It’s an expression my friend, Linda, declared in response to a story of a stronger cyclist’s early days when she had regularly struggled to keep up with faster riders. It has become a celebrated mantra for us, especially among our “newbies”. It helps us remember that it doesn’t matter which position you occupy in a group ride. Simply being on your bike with the support and encouragement of friends is enough to enjoy biking and know you’re making progress.

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I Didn’t Become an Athlete Until I was Sixty

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Keys’ first choice is mountain-biking (Mountain Bike Camp, Moab, UT)

Susan Keys is an Oregon State University associate professor and senior researcher, retired Johns Hopkins professor of counseling, a national authority on mental healthcare and suicide prevention, wife and mother of two, grandmother of two and an avid cyclist. Road biker or Mountain biker? Yes. Ask Keys about biking and she will begin by saying, “I didn’t start biking seriously until I was sixty …”  Continue reading


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Idaho Day 3: Whitewater!

Every good bike tour has one key ingredient: a rest day. This one may have preserved my cycling habit after yesterday’s urge to exchange cycling for life on the sofa. But a prime rib dinner and a good night’s rest yielded a morning of new energy.

Being that our campsite was beside Jackson Hole, Wyoming, there was just one rest recipe for me: whitewater Continue reading


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Idaho Day 2: The Worst Wind, Wyoming

A fierce and unrelenting headwind resisted every pedal stroke as we attempted eighty miles of flats, climbs and rollers enroute from Ririe, Idaho to Hoback Junction, Wyoming. After fifty miles I was fatigued and famished. At sixty I struggled to recall why I started biking. At seventy I was beginning to think that “sagging” Continue reading


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Idaho Day 1: Flats, Gravel, “Try to Keep Up!”

We are at it again. Bike tour number two – stateside this time. It’s my first vacation in the northwestern state of Idaho. We started in the rural southeastern town of Blackfoot, self proclaimed potato growing capital of the world. A wee bit of irony given I just returned from Ireland last month.

Our first mission: bike 60 miles north and then east to Ririe, an even smaller town (population sub 650). I thought I’d share the three challenges I faced Continue reading


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“I Can Pedal Better Than I Can Walk”

The reasons for biking are endless: to have fun, see new places, socialize or to get fit. Some ride their bikes to commute to work, run errands, train for a race, or just to enjoy the outdoors on a nice day. But how about biking to regain lost mobility?

Four months ago, while walking in a park in Phoenix, Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!

No boring stats today. You will find our new friends, Chris and John, along with their “High Nellies” and advice for bicyclists much more interesting. With their permission I am sharing photos and video from our visit at the Meiteal Cafe in Dunlavin, a village in County Wicklow with a library at its center.

Michael and I were in search of Continue reading