Finding Balance 2020, General

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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Finding Balance 2020, General

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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Finding Balance 2020, General

Waiting

Tomorrow is the last day of November. It feels like the month flew by, and dragged on, both at the same time. Just about every month of 2020 has had that same feeling. We’re stuck in this strange limbo where we want to keep pushing and pushing to get past this pandemic (as of this […]

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2020 and thankfulness

Each year I try to do a Thanksgiving post, and talk about what I’m thankful for. As I stare back on the train wreck that was 2020, doing that seems like a tall order. I think instead of trying to list off all of the things I’m thankful for, I’d rather talk about the act […]

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Quick Review: Red Dead Redemption

I’m waaaay late to the party here, but I finally grabbed a copy of Red Dead Redemption from my son and gave it a whirl. I enjoy story driven games, and I had heard a lot of positive things about RDR. I started playing this a few months ago, and tonight I finally got to […]

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Blowing electric snow

For years I’ve had a big, heavy, gas powered, 2-stage snowblower. It’s a beast of a machine, and I really don’t like it that much. Every year when I go to start it the first time it takes forever. I do all the stuff I’m supposed to at the end of the season, like use […]

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The postmortem will have to wait

I’ve been thinking over and over again about everything I want to say, could say, should or shouldn’t say, about the election. Honestly, I think many of us are still just coming down from the stress of it all and trying to process everything. I certainly have a lot of thoughts, and maybe I’ll talk […]

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The Fall Doldrums

The past few days I’ve felt mentally ‘meh’. The days have gotten shorter, and true to form for 2020, we ended up with one of the earliest snowstorms and cold snaps that I can recall. I was around for the legendary Halloween blizzard of 1991, and was even driving home from my job at the […]

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Joining the KREW

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of PATH Projects running clothing for men. I was introduced to them back when they first got started in 2018, and they’re my favorite running short I’ve ever used. The key things that make them work for me are No liner included – I hate liners in shorts. […]

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The first snow of 2020

Sure enough, 2020 is being itself again. We’re getting record setting snow on October 20th here in Minnesota. It’s amazing and wild to see 6 inches of wet fluffy flakes while there are still some leaves on the trees. In fact, it was that dichotomy that got me to grab my camera and take some […]

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Testing ESBIT Boiling

One of the main requirements of winter ultramarathons is carrying a stove so that you can boil water/snow and cook food. Most participants carry one of three different types of stoves, with one of them being an ESBIT solid fuel stove. I’m not going to review stove types in this blog, but am going to […]

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