Philadelphathon

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Where’s Chris been? Why, I’ve been working, swimming, biking, and running. The latter three were all brought together two weeks ago in the Philadelphia Triathlon (my second triathlon ever — my first was the New York Triathlon which I finished last summer), for which I have been cramming in a lot of training in recent … Continue reading Philadelphathon

Tri, Tri Again.

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At 11:01am Sunday morning, in 90-degree heat, I crossed the finish line in Central Park and completed my year-long goal of finishing the New York City Triathlon. I was exhausted and frustrated (more on that later), but at that moment, as soon as I stopped running and realized I was done, I was overcome with … Continue reading Tri, Tri Again.

My Third Race

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I am currently training for my first triathlon, the New York Triathlon on July 20. (Holy crap, that’s only 9 weeks away!) Anyway, last weekend I competed in the Prospect Park Mother’s Day Duathlon right here in Brooklyn. This was my second duathlon (I ran my first one last August), and this time I did … Continue reading My Third Race

Our Swimmer

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This is the least humiliating frame from my whole clip. I’ve recently started a swimming training program so I can competently complete my weakest part of the trifecta: Running, biking, and swimming. Hopefully by next summer I will be ready for my goal, to compete in the New York City Triathlon. An interesting aspect of … Continue reading Our Swimmer

My Second Race

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I’m the skinhead in the red shirt. A year ago I entered my first bike race. It didn’t go well. Yesterday I entered my second race, and my first multi-sport race. It was a “duathlon” — running and bicycling — around Brooklyn’s lovely Prospect Park in the twilight hours of a perfect summer weekday. How … Continue reading My Second Race

BIKEZ MY RIDIN / TRAIL RAIL UR ON I’M

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Quick, what does this sign on the bike trail say?

If you’re like me, you will probably initially read it as saying “XING ROAD”. Then, maybe after a fraction of a second, your brain kicked in and told you that maybe you should reverse the order. You do this mental correction because you’ve probably grown accustomed to reading on-the-street signs in this way. You’ve seen “AHEAD STOP” before and (unless talk like Yoda you prefer to) you probably instantly read it as “STOP AHEAD”.

Simple is Best

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“Simple is Best” is the motto of Jinbei Yamada, founder of Japanese bicycle maker Arrow Bicycles. I love this motto for its elegant phrasing, completely devoid of pretention and utterly consistent with its own meaning. There is no false dichotomy of “form versus function” to drive a pointless wedge between functional and decorative simplicity and … Continue reading Simple is Best