Back to Air Squats!

This might be small to some, but it’s huge to me. I can do air squats again. I used to be able to back squat 135 lbs. The very first day I started Crossfit, I did 88 air squats in a row, after 45 minutes of other stuff. But in the worst of my recent…

Use Your Blinking Indicator!

Today a white minivan took off a piece of my skin all because the driver thought that using his indicator is optional. I was doing my daily exercise – today, a quick bike ride – and I was going straight through an intersection when the second car in line, a white minivan, suddenly turned right…

Book Store Flies

After a screening of Oscar-nominated “The Garden” (by #filmfriend Scott Hamilton Kennedy) on a random Saturday night, we stopped at a used bookstore around the corner and I bought a book about long-distance cycling for $4.  This was a traditional used book-store with the typical book-store-flies.  You know the ones.  They love books.  They love thinking…

My First Triathlon!

On Saturday, I competed in my first triathlon.  It was a sprint reverse triathlon.  Whereas most triathlons will begin with the swim, transition to the bike, and finish with a run, this race began with a run, transitioned to the bike and finished in a pool. It was also a sprint distance.  For an explanation…

Bicycle Overhaul

About nine months ago, the Tandem Arts intern at the time, Taylor Calmus, a former bike tech, bought a bike on craigslist for me.  He fixed it up and we paid him for the bike and labour. It was/is a “Specialized” Hard Rock mountain bike. Gray and pink. He put good ol’ Target Bell tires on…

World Class Fitness In 100 Words

From CrossFit. Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand,…

Free Bike Rentals Are A Good Idea

So I wandered over to River’s Edge Cafe in Tulsa on Friday to do some scouting.  It’s all boarded up.  Someone take over the lease and make it cool again, please! While there, I made a fascinating discovery!  Tulsa wants people to be healthy!  So much so that they offer free bike rentals!  So trusting! …

You Know It’s Too Late To Be Out Riding When…

Here are the top eight (8) reasons that you know it’s too late* to be out riding your bike.  You know it’s too late when… 8. You pack your sunglasses away. 7. You can’t read your wristwatch anymore. 6. The streetlamps start to come on. 5. Instead of being focused on the street, you find…

Map it! Map it good!

I’ve been using Gmaps Pedometer to map my runs and bike rides. It’s a simple goodle ad app that lets you outline your intended path and calculates the mileage for you. It’s been great. Thanks to Caleb Brown and Jack Gilbert for turning me on to it. However! I’m about to upgrade. When I first…

“I Could Never Run 10 Miles!”

“I could never run 10 whole miles!” I said this to my then roomie, Dianne, almost two years ago, as she was on her way out the door for a long run. At the time, she’d completed 8 marathons and was working her way to 10. I looked at her with admiration and fear. This…