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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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Finding Balance 2020, General

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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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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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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A little documentary work

My wife decided to do a tour of regional park reserves, and set about planning a 3 day, two night, bikepacking trip to visit them all. She set out this past weekend and I spent the time filming the endeavor in order to try my hand at making a mini-documentary. It’ll probably be a while […]

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The streak has ended, but…

Back at the end of March I decided to join up with #30daysofbiking. The goal is to bike, even just a little bit, every single day of April. Things went so well in April, I opt’d to keep it going and see how long I could ride at least 1 mile every day. Then, this […]

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Working with what Minnesota gives us

This past weekend we took an extended trip to Itasca State Park. It was a long time coming, and we were super happy to finally be able to get to a place we’ve been trying to get to for multiple years. However, there’s always a twist when it comes to seasons in Minnesota. Being in […]

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The story of a toe

A couple of weeks ago I had an unfortunate run-in with a dumbbell. Not the kind currently trying to take over social media, but the kind that you’re supposed to use to lift weights. And before the jokes start about, “That’s what happens when you try to do strength training”, I wasn’t even using the […]

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#30daysofbiking… complete!

For the first year since I had heard about this challenge, I managed to get it done. If you’re not familiar, #30daysofbiking is a challenge where you pledge to ride your bike, even just a little bit, every single day of April. Most years I’m involved in early season trail races, and so I might […]

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2019 Biking Year in Review

It’s time once again for my annual wrap-up of my running and biking adventures for the year. This year marked a huge change in my biking behavior, due to a couple key things. First off, having a fat bike meant that winter riding was more comfortable for me. Even though I only got out once […]

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Fitness week recap – 12/2/2019

Week Starting 12/2/2019 Running: 14.3 miles Biking: 33.4 miles Steps: 68.787 (34.33 miles –  20.03 walking) Impression: Two weeks ago was vacation week for me and my running and biking was pretty much non-existent. This last week though I got back on the horse a bit and got in a solid week of runs. None of them were double […]

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Fitness week recap – 11/18/2019

Week Starting 11/18/2019 Running: 12.5 miles Biking: 14.8 miles Steps: 83,999 (41.5 miles –  29.00 walking) Impression: Pretty simple week this past week. Rode my bike to the train 4 out of 5 days, and got a few runs in. Still working back in to things, however dealing with some niggling issues. I’ve got arthritis in my right big […]

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