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Learning to deal with your inner whiner

Is it counterproductive to acknowledge the naysayers inside your head? One blogger friend refers to this interior chorus of whiners as the “melon committee,” and he doesn’t give them many openings for conversation. The only interior voice I’ve ever known … Continue reading

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A quick Y-Tri update before heading out for spring break

I’ll be taking a few days off the blog this week during our spring break trip to southern Indiana, so here’s a quick YMCA triathlon update: Over the last six days I’ve rode 48 miles and run only 10. It … Continue reading

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It’s never too late to get started

Is it more impressive to set a world record at 25 — or 95? Retired dentist Charles Eugster didn’t have an athletic background when he started working out … at age 85. The British-born Swiss citizen took up running and … Continue reading

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Focusing on a dream vs. merely wishing for it

“Most people … wish for an outcome but make no intention-driven actions toward that outcome. If they would just do something most people would find that they get some version of the outcome they’re looking for.” – Chad Fowler, computer-languages … Continue reading

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Y-tri update

So I didn’t exactly get off to the best start in the 8-week YMCA triathlon. In week one I ran 14 miles and biked 3. This is what happens when you allow three days in a row to slip by … Continue reading

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The mental benefits of a 28-day challenge

At the beginning of February I could barely hold a 1-minute wall sit. Over the weekend I nailed a 5-minute wall sit. That’s a weirdly obscure achievement, because who really cares, right? And yet … that kind of progress in … Continue reading

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Wise words from WordPress’ surprisingly cool overlord

“ ‘Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.’  “… I’m not sure the provenance of this quote, but I read it and it really resonated with me, … Continue reading

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Breaking pain barrier on 4-minute wall sit (after 2 failed attempts)

It took me three tries to get through a 4-minute wall sit on Day  21 of the 28-day wall-sit challenge. The first time I quit just a few seconds in, irritated with the song my daughter had selected (“Bohemian Rhapsody”). … Continue reading

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The surprise benefit of a simple fitness challenge

So it turns out that I can now do a 3-minute wall sit, thanks to the February wall sit challenge. I didn’t think I could – not even while I was doing it, focusing intently on the Johnny Cash song … Continue reading

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A new fitness challenge for February

So Colleen and I have started up a new fitness challenge for February: Wall sits. This one seemed appealing because it’s so easy: Some days you can be done with this in 60 seconds, and at most you’re looking at … Continue reading

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