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Race Report: Kettle 100K

As I contemplated my running goals for 2022 I knew that one thing I wanted was to attempt a race distance over 50 miles again. I hadn’t completed a race over 50 miles since my Savage 100 race in 2019 and it was about time I get back to some longer distances. As I was […]

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Topo Lines

I love topo lines. That seems like a weird thing to say, but let me unpack this a little bit. Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by maps. I loved looking through maps, figuring out routes between places, and generally geeking out about them. If I had my life to do over again, […]

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Old Abe Trail biking, to avoid the rain

Sunday morning was meant to be a beautiful ride around the NW metro area with my wife, clocking in a 50 mile distance. However, as the forecast started to develop it became apparent that we might be looking at a very wet ride instead. When I woke up I took another look at the forecast […]

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Elm Creek Backyard Ultra photos

A week ago I had the opportunity to photograph the first ever Elm Creek Backyard Ultra. This is a last man standing style event, which means that participants have 1 hour to traverse a 4.167 mile looped course. They can then rest until the top of the next hour when they do it all over […]

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Quiet on the blogging front

After many years of blogging regularly (some years every single day) I ended up stepping back for the past month to take a breath. I last posted in March about turning 48 and then ended up going silent for a while, and I decided that’s OK. It’s not for lack of ideas for content, I’ve […]

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48

Today the year of age 47 comes to an end. I believe it started sometime around March 2020 but I can’t be sure anymore. Or maybe it was 46…. Frankly during the last couple of years I lost track of how old I am. I’m not really joking. I do know that today starts 48 […]

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Petrified Forest National Park

On our drive back we managed to stop at a couple of national parks including the Grand Canyon (which we had never been to before) and Petrified Forest National Park. Although we didn’t get to the actual petrified wood portion of the park we did spend some time along the painted desert. This vast expanse […]

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Techatticup Mine

We’re getting the opportunity to visit some interesting sites out here in Nevada while we’re here for a couple of weeks. This past weekend we visited Techatticup Mine (sometimes known as Nelson Ghost Town) which is on the way through Eldorado Canyon. This attraction is an old mining town that is filled with original buildings […]

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A taste of the #vanlife life

Last Friday I began a three day journey from Minnesota to Las Vegas, Nevada. My wife had flown down a few days ahead of time to spend time with her mom, but I decided to drive the adventure van down. We had a few reasons for doing this such as wanting to have our bikes […]

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Lake Superior Winter Photos

On my way back from the Arrowhead 135 I stopped off in Duluth to pick up some cookies from Positively Third Street and get some lunch at Corktown Deli. I also decided to head down to Canal Park and get a few shots of the frozen shoreline. Seeing the ice coated rocks is always spectacular. […]

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Arrowhead 135 2022 volunteer wrap-up

For the past few days I’ve been hiding in northern Minnesota at the Arrowhead 135 race spending time with old friends and volunteering. A few weeks ago the race director asked if I’d fill in and run the finish line this year, and despite needing to work remotely for my day-job while I’m here, I […]

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Layering in winter

Living in a cold weather area you need to be prepared for different weather conditions if you want to be outside and active. It’s not an option for me to forgo being outside for 4 months out of the year, especially since I despise things like treadmills. That’s OK though because I’ve found that being […]

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