Archive for September, 2008

This Old House

22Sep08

“You are going to tear this down, right?” One of the first contractors that I asked to come look at my new house was rather frank with his assessment of my purchase. Over a hundred years old, it was hurting from neglect, a lack of time and resources. There were a ton of things wrong […]


Fast Days

18Sep08

Sometimes when I’m talking running with friends, I’m always struck when they tell me they’re frustrated with racing because they’re not as fast as they used to be. I always ask, “Are you doing any speedwork?” Invariably, the answer is “no.” And I always say, “if you want to run fast, you’ve got to run […]


Start me up

15Sep08

The other day, I woke up at 5:15am and there waiting for me on my phone was a text message from a buddy out on the Left Coast. He just wanted me to know that he’d gone out on his bike and driven his body into a pathetic state of submission. It’s strange to some […]


Four years ago, I started working on the Tour de France. To say I didn’t know much about the event would be a gross understatement and so I prepared for my month in Gaul by reading as much about its signature sporting event as I could. Lance Armstrong’s two books It’s Not about the Bike […]


I scheduled an early morning ride for myself today. Got up, felt a whole lot like getting back in bed but got dressed and was out in my garage at 5:45. It was still fairly dark out and in my head I was thinking, “I’m a moron. I’m a moron. I should just go back […]


Filling Space

09Sep08

I have a lot of friends at Consigli Construction(www.consigli.com). For years, I’ve got a kick out of working with them on various projects for a variety of reasons. But the one consistent theme I’ve found every time I’ve worked with them is the passion these guys have for filling up empty spaces. When they get […]


Yesterday, I met a fellow parent at Drew’s football weigh in. We started talking about running, compared a few results and realized that we were a good match as partners and hastily made plans to run together this morning. Yes, writing this feels somewhat of a challenge to my sexual orientation. As with any first […]