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Bagging a run

 I have a new running buddy: my daughter, Gwen. Gwen is a little more high-maintenance than my previous running buddies. It takes her about 20 minutes longer to get ready for a run, and she requires an extensive bag of “emergency supplies.” Such is life when you’re running with an 8-month-old. As a result, I’m always […]

Chill Out

I use water bottles constantly, and therefore I have loads of them – different brands, sizes and shapes, some of them straightforward and some with more complex features. Normally I still reach for the simplest bottle I can find, as many of the gimmicky models seem to overcomplicate the basic need to transport liquids. But […]

Roll Away the Pain, Roll Away the Tightness

Do you use a foam roller? It seems in the past few years, this simple but genius physical therapy device has experienced a surge in popularity and acceptance. The standard design couldn’t be more straightforward – a cylinder of hard foam, usually six inches in diameter and just over three feet long. It’s similar to […]

Road ID

Everywhere I turn these days, I see a new adornment popping up on the wrists of my athlete friends. It’s Road ID, and it’s a brilliant safety device for anyone who adventures beyond their own front door.   Road ID is quite simple, really – an attractive wrist bracelet, in a variety of styles and […]

Pack It In

Just prior to leaving for Ironman race week in Kona, I received a much needed new travel bag – the TYR Alliance Team Backpack II. As much as I travel, I am incapable of packing lightly – I haul around an overloaded mix of work, workout and play gear, enough that it sometimes seems I […]

The Kona Underpants Run

It may not be the most challenging event in Kona during Ironman week. In fact, it’s not much of a race at all. But the annual Kona Underpants Run is certainly the most entertaining – and jaw-dropping – one-mile jaunt ever associated with triathlon. I remember my first time in Kona, in the late 90’s, […]

Sarah’s Story

During Ironman race week in Kona, I had the pleasure of catching up with good friend and exceptional athlete Sarah Reinertsen. Among other claims to fame, Sarah was the first female above-the-knee amputee to successfully complete the Hawaii Ironman race (in 2005). Sarah was in town for a few days to promote her newly released […]

Amazing Mirinda

Yesterday I witnessed one of the most amazing run performances in triathlon history. I’ve been enjoying a week in Kona, Hawaii as a part of the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and yesterday’s race did not disappoint in its displays of brilliant athleticism. Australia’s Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae, competing in her first ever Ironman distance race, […]

I’m Just Sayin’…

I know that for awhile the anti-carb craze was the biggest thing in nutrition. But I love carbs. And in particular, I love bread. Sure, we all need plenty of lean protein, fruits and veggies and other nutritious morsels – but nothing quite compares to a warm loaf of freshly baked crusty bread. A dear […]

Favorite Races – Presidio 10

Another of my favorite races, more or less in my back yard, is San Francisco’s Presidio 10. The event offers both 10k and 10 mile options, and I ran the 10 miler soon after moving to the east bay. The race, in mid-April, takes runners on a unique looped course, starting and ending in Crissy […]