On Sunday, March 18, I successfully completed the 2018 Los Angeles Marathon. From “Stadium to Sea,” this was a really well organized event along a very scenic route; from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica Pier! What a great way to see LA: car free! This marathon served as training for the upcoming Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder on May 12 in Michigan (210 miles across the state from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan). My marathon goal was simple: just finishRead More
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, we were fortunate enough to have enough quality snow on the trails in Traverse City for the annual Bigfoot Snowshoe Race presented by Running Fit. This race is among the biggest snowshoe races in the nation and it serves as a qualifier for the U.S. Snowshoe Association’s championship race. I ran the race once before in 2007. That was my first time on snowshoes. I ended up winning my age group, but I didn’t realizeRead More
I enjoyed a beautiful century ride with friends during the 2017 Tour de Livingston earlier today. This was our last major ride of the season. It’s now time to turn our attention to some serious gravel grinders, including the 209-mile Coast to Coast race, in the first half of 2018.
Several years ago I read an excellent book published by National Geographic called The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In the book, Explorer Dan Buettner describes nine habits to living longer, healthier lives. This Thanksgiving, I’m putting into practice the concept of hara hachi bu, a Confucian teaching that instructs people to eat until they are 80 percent full. Excessive shopping, eating, and other gluttonous activities seem contrary to the idea ofRead More
Here are some photographs from the 55th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. This was our first time participating in the annual five mile walk. Despite the crowds, the walk across the bridge at sunrise was beautiful! Recommendations from our itinerary: Eat at Legs Inn in Cross Village. It might be the best Polish restaurant in the state. Stay at Wilderness State Park. Campsites are next to the Lake Michigan shoreline and the location is a short drive to the Mackinac BridgeRead More
On Saturday I completed my first One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM). The ride started near the Lake Michigan coast in Montague and traversed the state to the Lake Huron coast in Bay City. The self-supported ride was approximately 150 miles, which now marks the farthest I’ve ridden in one day. Bring on the randonneuring! The weather was perfect for the long ride; sunny skies and temps in the mid-70s. Big love to Dharma for providing S.A.G. along the route.Read More
Last weekend I participated in the Mad Anthony River Rally century ride. This was my first time riding in Ohio. All in all, it was a fun event. There were a few hundred riders, good weather, decent support, and a scenic route. The course was incredibly flat, but the headwinds for approximately twenty miles were a real pain. In fact, my only complaint is that the pancake breakfast at mile 17 was poorly marked; I completely missed it! The M.A.R.R.Read More