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From Couch to Marathon in 35 years
From Couch to Marathon in 35 years

At the age of 21, long distance running was not part of my fitness plan. Sure I had to run for some of the HS and college sports I played, but nothing more than a mile at a time. 35 years later, I am wide awake at 4am, the morning after I completed my first marathon. When I started distance

Bucket List Ride
Bucket List Ride

Growing up in Central NY, my family used to sail every weekend at the Otsego Sailing Club (OSC). It was a passion of mine for years, as I became competitive and eventually had a side business making sails and selling racing accessories. Several times, some of the other younger members of the club would ride their bikes down to the

Sports in 2013 – Updates
Sports in 2013 – Updates

In my continuing battle to keep at a reasonable weight, stay in shape and enjoy life, the outdoor sports of running, cycling and swimming have taken center stage. After a reasonably successful year of cycling accomplishments in 2012 I decided this would be the year of the Triathlon, and maybe even some running events (half marathon? marathon?). Also, more focus

Gracie Wins an Art Contest
Gracie Wins an Art Contest

My daughter Grace entered a “table art” contest at a restaurant in upstate NY when we visited in November. Symeon’s, a Greek restaurant that I have loved for years, was having a contest to see who could draw and create art on the table cloths. Grace, who is showing some potential as an artist, drew this dragon on the table

Horrible Hundred 2012
Horrible Hundred 2012

Last year, my goal at the Horrible Hundred was to finish. I didn’t quite achieve that goal. I made it to Sugarloaf Mountain and found myself walking up the infamous hill. At the top I found a shortcut back home and ended up with 95 miles. This year, after a successful Six Gap under my belt, I was not really

Six Gap Century Ride 2012
Six Gap Century Ride 2012

Before I tell you about Six Gap this year, let me share some history. Last fall, September 2011, at the last minute, Kathleen and I decided to head up to Dahlonega, GA for an event known as “Six Gap / Three Gap”. The official name of the event is the “Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty Ride”. Here is

Summer Time Trial Series
Summer Time Trial Series

This will be the first of a series of articles about the summer Time Trial series’ that John is taking part in. It will include the Orlando Runners and Riders (ORR) Time Trials, the Eastside Cycling (ESCC) Time Trials and some of the USA Cycling sanctioned (USAC) Orlando Time Trials. There are numerous divisions. ORR breaks up riders by demonstrated

The Positive Power of Exercise
The Positive Power of Exercise

Today’s ride was not starting out well. At 4pm I laid down for a much needed nap, having a headache, shaking a bit and other symptoms which I can only describe as “flu-like” – you all know that feverish feeling. At 5pm, not really having slept at all I got up and gradually began to “assemble my cycling ensemble.” Yes

New Years Day Ride 2012
New Years Day Ride 2012

You’d have to be crazy to get up at 5:30 am on New Year’s Day. You’d have to be even more crazy if you stayed up till 2am shooting off fireworks as well. You’d be crazier still to go out on your bicycle and ride around the city of Orlando for 44 miles with 500 other crazies. You can now

The Horrible Ninety-Five – 2011
The Horrible Ninety-Five – 2011

My first “Horrible Hundred” ride didn’t quite go the full hundred miles. I took a shortcut at the end and ended up with 95 miles. Yes, you are wondering, “Five miles? He couldn’t go another five miles?” No. I couldn’t. It was an effort of will and anger to overcome the pain just to make the 95. About a week