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Both Sides of the Coin

Friday’s Perfect Moment is special in that it came conveniently packaged with its opposite. It came at me with its one-two punch.  Though I don’t really like gun metaphors, it was a double barrel shotgun blast.  Fortunately, the good came … Continue reading

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Survival of the Less Fit

It was a tough day on the bike today. The first 40kms went okay, but the last 45 were particularly hard.  I could make excuses like a stronger head wind, but the truth is…my fitness level has suffered over the … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Students

Today, one of my students told the class that he traveled halfway around the world and he hoped he would find a girlfriend. He seemed a little miffed that it hadn’t happened yet. In a surprisingly positive way, the other … Continue reading

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Suddenly, It Has Become So Very Real

Earlier this year, probably in the middle of March, I signed up to ride 125 km.   There were longer alternatives (165 and 140 to be exact) and there were shorter alternatives. How I settled on 125 is not overly clear … Continue reading

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If You Snooze, You Lose

In the process of improving oneself, the setting of challenges seems to be a common theme. Things like don’t eat out next week or drink no soda.  I make them myself, but I don’t make too many.  This goes against … Continue reading

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August 28, 2014: More Survivor than Winner

Teaching can be planned and executed perfectly.  The day can be incredibly smooth and worry free.  If only that had happened today.  It sounds like my teaching day was a complete disaster.  That isn’t really true.  It wasn’t horrible, it … Continue reading

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