Monthly Archives: September 2013

Team triathlon triumph: We’re better together

“I’m not going!” my 14-year-old niece told her mom at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, when Traci woke her for our team triathlon at Potato Creek State Park. “You can swim!” A few hours later, Madison was standing neck deep in 68-degree … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: My teacher, the triathlete

By Colleen, age 10 Did you know that my teacher is a triathlete? Isn’t that cool? I decided to ask her some questions to find out more about her races. Her name is Flo Smith, and she teaches 5th grade … Continue reading

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Evolving strawberry ‘green cheese’ turtles

You start out with three pecans arranged just so, as if you were making up conventional caramel-chocolate turtles… Last time around, I subbed in melted mozzarella for the caramel and a spinach leaf for the chocolate. I liked my original … Continue reading

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Trail run surprise

I guess I’d seen something in the paper that Kunkle Lake was being drained at Oubache State Park, for some reason that now eludes me, but it was still kind of stunning to show up for a trail run Wednesday … Continue reading

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Candy locker makes Family Fun magazine

I figured one of the fun side effects of Cassie getting braces last week was that we could amuse ourselves in the waiting room by taking a peek at the current issue of Family Fun magazine, which includes an article … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: The Bear Crawl

By Colleen, age 10 Last Friday was the Ossian Elementary Bear Crawl. That is an event where we walk laps on the track behind the school. Our school mascot is a Bear, so that’s how they came up with the … Continue reading

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An amazingly simple bike fix

Yesterday was a game-changer in terms of my relationship with my bike. All my life, I’ve just hopped on and started pedaling. If there was a problem, I either ignored it — like yesterday’s ride, in which I struggled to … Continue reading

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Should runners stop for a funeral procession?

Yesterday as Traci and I ran onto the White Bridge near Ouabache State Park we saw a funeral procession coming. Oblivious as usual, I didn’t think anything about it. But Traci insisted we stop running and stand by the side … Continue reading

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A lesson in team triathlon spirit

My running shoes have holes in the toes and my bike won’t shift gears, but yesterday I spent fifty bucks getting my son’s bike fixed — so my sister can ride it. How’s that for a team-first attitude, as we … Continue reading

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5k saves the day

I was in a crappy mood when Traci and I headed out for a run Saturday, my mind teeming with unresolved hassles and my legs stiff from a week of fairly intense workouts — that now looked like wasted effort … Continue reading

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