Monthly Archives: July 2012

Interview: Gator Gallop race director Chad Ware

So here’s the background: The first guy I encounter at my first triathlon turns out to be the friendliest — and my primary competition at the back of the pack. He doesn’t laugh at my ridiculous garage sale mountain bike, … Continue reading

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Two 5Ks in one day

I  wasn’t sure I could get off work for the Swiss Days Race this year, so when I found out my triathlon nemesis, Chad Ware, was hosting a 5K Saturday evening — the Gator Gallop at Saint Aloysius, just a … Continue reading

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On the radio

If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to ask me about how I lost weight, or you just want to hear how goofy my voice sounds, tune in to Northeast Indiana Public Radio (89.1 FM) next Wednesday at noon for the … Continue reading

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Garden salsa

We got together to make salsa Wednesday night using my Aunt Beth’s recipe. It was cool to recreate a taste I remember first experiencing at her house in Bluffton a generation ago, before she and Uncle Kent and my cousins … Continue reading

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Fathoming this bike’s resistance is futile

A diabolical spin class instructor would love Ben’s peddle-powered reading light. The bike itself is fixed in 10th gear. But once you’ve built up enough RPMs to switch on the light, it’s stunning how the resistance suddenly kicks into overdrive. … Continue reading

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A ‘sustainable living’ stepping stone

In this week’s News-Sentinel column I talked about moving past “eating large” as a weight-control tool and learning to eat less to support a more sustainable lifestyle. One of the questions I’ve been considering: Is my signature voluminous plate of stir-fried … Continue reading

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Interview: Endurance swimmer Allison Ballard

It was fun to work with Allison Ballard, Ben and Colleen’s old Taiko drumming instructor, during an all-ages drumming circle class at the Unitarian church in Fort Wayne this summer. It was even cooler to discover that in addition to … Continue reading

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From zero to hero

Lately I’ve been thinking how inspiration runs in all directions, rather than simply trickling down from the elite athletes of the world. Just this week I got motivated to tackle intervals by emulating a friend who’s a complete beginner. I … Continue reading

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Is fondant really a food?

It’s hard to feel great about eating something that contains hand gel. That was just one of the lessons the girls learned in our 4-H cake decorating experience this year. I’ve been trying to persuade Cassie to drop this project … Continue reading

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Our ‘yellow jersey’

Several years ago, at a time when I rarely bought our kids T-shirts on trips, I rewarded Rowan for uncomplainingly handling an arduous hike with a tie-dyed “Peace Frogs” shirt from the Happy Hiker in Gatlinburg, Tenn. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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