Monthly Archive: September, 2012

Storms and Hurricanes

Dear Karen, Storms and hurricanes could wash this all away, as long as I’ve got you I can take what life gives out. Make some faith out of some doubt…(ALO “Storms and Hurricanes”)… Continue reading

Family Heirlooms: Backyards and Adirondack Chairs

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Your papaw makes adirondack chairs in the driveway behind the house. He drags heavy saws and lumber out of the garage and uses his hands. He works into… Continue reading

Can love save us from ourselves?

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Sometimes I imagine the room they found him in. The sheer linen shades pulled across the windows. The sun coming through them creating soft white light across the… Continue reading

My birthday weekend

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We celebrated my 38th birthday this weekend. I took off from work on Friday to celebrate and go for a long ride. It was difficult to get out… Continue reading

What I’ve learned in 38 years: All streams flow into the sea

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ll be 38 on Sunday. And while 38 is far from “old”, it’s another year closer. Or farther away from youth, depending on the mood I’m in and… Continue reading

Altra Instinct 1.5 review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been experimenting with running shoes. That’s a major step for a creature of habit like me. Trying new running shoes isn’t like trying a new flavor of… Continue reading

The problem with authenticity

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The problem with authenticity is that the world hates it. Most people, collectively, don’t want you to be you. They want you to be like them. That’s how… Continue reading

Parenting expert Dr. Meg Meeker on the athletic parent and raising athletic kids

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, You know this by now, but Mommy and I aren’t perfect parents. Sometimes we need help. I was fortunate to be introduced to Dr. Meg Meeker several years… Continue reading

Across the Chasm: Writing letters to your kids

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I sat in my familiar spot on the front porch steps a few days ago watching you play. It was late in the afternoon. Past dinner. I gave… Continue reading

Xlab torpedo mount review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As a triathlete I’ve been deep into the void; places where the sound of my own heart pounded so loudly in my head it was deafening, places where… Continue reading

Outrunning the Storm

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I decided to try something new in my training. For 10 plus years I’ve done my long ride on Saturday and my long run on Sunday. That’s standard… Continue reading

Former National Champion Bruce Gennari on his health scare, family, and longevity in the sport

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to… Continue reading

8 Ways To Be Content

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been wrestling again. Not in a literal sense, thankfully. My body has long been too old for that. I’ve been wrestling with contentment. As I inch closer… Continue reading

Live to Fight another day

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I had a decent training session on Saturday. I met my friends Daniel and Jeff at a country market near the house at 6am to start our ride. We… Continue reading