Ultrarunning and Racing Yourself

Ultrarunning and Racing Yourself

A few months back I ran the Challenge Contre La Faim in Lyon. It was a kilometer or so around the loop and I ran as hard as I could for the ninety minutes we had on the course. Most everyone else running the event did the same, and those that walked did the same at a...
Review: Origin, by Dan Brown

Review: Origin, by Dan Brown

Some people are not fans of Dan Brown’s books. Maybe they are a little too predictable, maybe they can be a little low-brow, and maybe they can overdo the whole chapter thing a bit (a chapter is not half a page of text, or it shouldn’t be half a dozen...
Be Prepared

Be Prepared

In the last couple of weeks I have read two books that have had me rethinking just how prepared I am for when things inevitably go wrong. By ‘wrong’ I mean when normal life, for whatever reasons, falls apart. Flood, fire, hurricane, earthquake, civil...
Staircase Summits

Staircase Summits

I’m not running right now but I am thinking about running, in particular about running the 2018 Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. There are really two key difficulties in that race: the ascent of the Nicolas de Lange staircase, and the descent of the Piste de la Sarra....
Macron’s Dangerous Democracy

Macron’s Dangerous Democracy

H.L. Mencken once offered this definition of democracy: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. The French people voted in a young, confident Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and, among his promises to the...