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Soaking up the rays for POWER

I’ve always been interested in renewable energy and the technology that allows them to exist. My 6th grade science fair project was all about solar energy. I even mocked up a small non-working solar panel using construction paper and aluminum foil to show how the panels worked and transferred the energy of the sun into […]

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Playing with Apple Motion

I’ve wanted to putz with Apple Motion for a while now but didn’t really have the time or motivation to actually do anything about it. That changed today when I decided to finally try and animate the blog logo. I looked up a quick tutorial about the interface and then dove in. It’s pretty similar […]

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Gear Review: Giro Timberwolf

A few of my friends have asked me about my winter biking helmet, and so I thought I’d take a moment to do a really quick review of a piece of gear that has become one of the most essential pieces of my winter kit. I can’t take credit for discovering this helmet, as I […]

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My tubeless adventure

In the biking world there are a few topics that will provoke a massive discussion. Frame material and “definition of a gravel bike” are two of them, but today I want to talk about a third… tubeless tires. For years I’ve been hearing about the benefits of going tubeless, from lighter weight wheels, more suppleness, […]

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Quick Review: Wolftooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers

I’m always on the lookout for great tools to use when biking. I recently came across the new Wolftooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers, and figured this would be a great one to add to my collection. Despite having a bunch of other multitools at my disposal, this one has some unique features. What is it? The […]

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2020 Year in Review

It’s my tradition to spend some time on New Year’s Eve reflecting on the previous year and doing a rundown of all the things that happened. And then 2020 happened. The year started out with a bang for me, getting sick and landing in the hospital for the first time ever. I did get to […]

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2020 Running Year in Review

2019 was a huge year for running. I completed my first 100K and 100 mile race, and overall hit a huge stride in my running. I know that my running years usually cycle around to a low mileage, low accomplishment year every fourth year, so this year should have been another knockout year. However, as […]

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2020 Biking Year in Review

It’s time once again for my yearly review wrap-ups. Starting as always with my biking year in review! Despite everything bad that happened in 2020, biking saw one of the biggest upturns of any industry. People decided that they wanted to get outside more as well as avoid public transportation, and a bike is a […]

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Next steps in the blog

It’s that time of year again to look back at 2020 and start reflecting on things. In the coming days I’ll be posting my traditional biking, running, and overall reflection posts. However, I wanted to take a little bit of time today to talk about what I think the blog will look like next year. […]

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Strava Privacy Zone… a lesson learned

Even though I use a Garmin device to track all my activities, I push all of them from Garmin Connect to Strava. For the most part, Strava is my social network for biking and running activity following. Strava also has a feature called Privacy Zones, and the way that it integrates with third party tools […]

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Quick Review: Super Mario 3D All Stars

Since we’re all sitting at home it seemed like a great time to pull out more video games to play. Recently Nintendo launched Super Mario 3D All Stars for the Switch, which is a compilation of Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, and Mario Galaxy. Since I was more of a computer gamer in the past, I […]

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Staying active in the dark

It never fails. Every year around this time my activity levels drop like a rock and I find I need to re-motivate myself to keep putting in the work. I have managed to transition a lot of running miles over to long haul hikes, but it’s still not quite the same. My biking has also […]

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