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The Lost in West Amsterdam Half

After a weekend in Amsterdam with Cecile I returned last night to Lyon...only to head back to Amsterdam this morning for a conference. I'm to spend Monday and Tuesday in the Dutch capital and while I'll be flat-out making the most of the event I am here to attend, I'm...

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Singletrack & The City

Last day in Amsterdam with Cecile today though I'll be back on Monday and Tuesday for work. Our flight back to Lyon is mid-afternoon so we have a pretty busy morning planned with breakfast, a museum visit, check-out of the hotel, and then shooting to the city center...

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On the Table: Best of Pork Platter

Cecile and I arrived in Amsterdam ready to check into our hotel, drop our bags, and get something to eat. I had not eaten breakfast in the morning, had eaten some saucisson for lunch which, while filling, was quick and not really satisfying as I couldn't really stop...

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Vondelpark

We're in Amsterdam! By a strange turn of events Cécile and I will be spending the weekend in Amsterdam and then, on returning to Lyon on Sunday, I’ll be flying back again for a couple more days in the capital of The Netherlands for a conference. Hence, I’m going to...

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Nutrition – March: Week 4

The month of tracking my nutrition is over and, with this longer-than-normal 'week' of tracking (nine days instead of 7 because, well, March is 31 days long) I can look back at how the week went, how the month went, and how I feel a couple of weeks out from the Saint...

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Easy Does It

I’ve taken a couple of days off from running after injuring my calf on Wednesday morning. This morning I was back into things and just in time for a busy day with about as much as you could pack into it packed into it. As you’ll recall, on Tuesday I had got little...

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On the Table: Choucroute

Tonight's dinner is one of my favourite meals here in France: choucroute garnie! It's a dish from northern France, usually thought of as originating around the Franco-German border region in Alsace. It consists of fermented cabbage (sauerkraut) topped with a couple of...

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Commuting to CoSMo

From home to work is about a five kilometer trip for me and I've made it in a variety of ways over the last six months working at CoSMo. I enjoy the commute and I have used it to do everything from read and catch up on news to getting some additional exercise into my...

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Keep Moving

So I was meant to run for an hour yesterday but, as I wrote, my left calf was giving me trouble from a little past the first kilometer. I tried to walk it off but that didn't work, so I walked the last couple of kilometers of the three or so that I managed and then...

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Damn Left Calf

I set out this morning on what I hoped to be a one hour run. I ended up home again in under half an hour nursing a sore calf. This is exactly where I didn't want to be. I have had a 'niggle' in my left calf for a while now and it comes and goes. You'll remember that...

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Running with Ryan and Sean

Some podcasts come out on a pretty regular schedule. Ten Junk Miles usually drops on a Friday just in time for the weekend long runs. No Sleep usually drops on a Sunday and I kick myself almost every week for not yet signing up for a subscription to get the longer...

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Towards the Taper

With today's run I closed out another week of training and as of tomorrow I am officially into the tapering mode. In a sense, I have been tapering already with a big week last week - including an 80 kilometer weekend - and then a reduction this week from 150K to 110K....

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Three Weeks Out

I was feeling really flat before this run. I mean really flat. Call it being tired, call it fatigue, call it whatever - I just wasn't feeling good. Cécile suggested I give the run a miss and instead just get some rest but I know that generally I feel better after a...

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Late Season Races

My early season races are all set: I'll be racing the Saint Fons 12 Hour in just three weeks time and the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour about a month after that. My goal race for the season is also set for September: the 175K Ultratour du Leman. Assuming I get...

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Rainy Runcommute

Running home from work the last couple of days has meant I have been able to squeeze in some miles at either end of the day but it has also meant that there are a bunch of clothes sitting in the office that need to come home. Included in that bunch of clothes are my...

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Missing Richard Simmons

I had a late afternoon briefing call with a colleague to talk with an analyst from Silicon Valley at work and, when it was drawing to a close, I looked up at the window and realized that the noises I had been hearing outside weren't workers at the building site across...

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Walking and Ultrarunning

One of the things that is important in ultrarunning is spending time on your feet. Not only do you have to be used to running long periods, you also have to be prepared for just being out there for long periods, moving towards a finish line or a time limit, making the...

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Mud, Climbing, and Rain

Sometimes a run is about how you feel and other times it is about what you do. And sometimes it is about what you pass through - like this morning. I headed out for a quick 10K, myabe 50 to 60 minutes on my feet, but without any real plan beyond that. I have been keen...

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