Author Archives: trailriddle

WINTERBIKE!

Where I live, the snow really comes down. The snow really comes down and then the wind comes up and then we all stay in. Back to the dreadmill or the track, convinced that we can pass the winter in … Continue reading

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Eat on the run; or, Vegan Black Metal Runner

When I heard Kilian Jornet say that he basically survives off of Nutella and pizza, which was then reinforced by that awesome/ damned Jenn Shelton who famously quipped that “you can eat anything so long as you keep the furnace hot … Continue reading

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How to become a runner

I honestly never thought I’d write one of these, but after a good friend of mine tagged me in a link to an article ridiculously called ’25 super smart hacks to make running suck less’ and I wrote back to … Continue reading

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‘This is just to say’/ For the love of a Koan

I was thinking, which always makes trouble, and my body wasn’t having any of it.  I was thinking about pain and making it go away, about cool rivers and big snacks and how much I wanted them both; about being … Continue reading

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Lost & Found, Wilderness Division

It’s remarkably easy to get totally lost.  Five minutes, for me apparently, in a city where I have lived my whole life is all it takes.  Not really a knight errant, who wanders around without direction or care, it’s more … Continue reading

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Turn left/ leave a trail

I’m not buying a new bike; or, today I’m not buying a new bike.  No, I’m definitely not buying a new bike today. Regardless of the 75k Gravel Grinder coming right up and all those shiny red and orange or … Continue reading

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Tuck in: For the love of a trail dog

Reading quotes on the internet about dogs is painful, though I’m not exactly sure why I expected  it to be anything else.  Call it optimism, call it a belief in humanity’s ability to say something true and touching.  To be … Continue reading

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Hit the cushion running

It’s just so hardcore. My legs ache.  My legs ache and there’s a kink that seems like it’s the size of a grapefruit in the middle of my back and I’ve completely lost track of time.  I doze in and … Continue reading

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Bicycle belief

Wind & turbulence are not your friends. In the end they want to undo you, subdue you, make the ride a push of stream against bottom, holding the bottom down, the sound of push & pull, chains that guard your … Continue reading

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Skinned knees & black eyes/ ‘No ideas but in things’

Last week, for the first time in probably 15 years, I hit the ground and, man, I hit it hard.  Right up-over-the-handlebars hard. When I finally came to stop I had skidded some ten feet across the gravel.  Thought #1:  … Continue reading

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