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Dark and Stormy

Cécile and I have an apartment to look at this morning at about 8:30am and so I would not be heading into work at my usual early hour. Instead, I would head in a little later and compensate with the regular late Wednesday afternoon meeting. This left me with two...

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Apartment Hunting

The owner of our apartment gave us a call a couple of weeks ago and made it clear she wants to take the apartment back. That's "without us in it" of course. Hence, we're in the process of searching out a new apartment. We've got a good idea of what we're looking for...

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Mental Toughness Monday

In a reddit thread about ultrarunning the other day I saw this comment by one of the most active reddit ultrarunners, YourShoesUntied, on building mental toughness: People call me crazy for running 27 miles on a track or doing 20 miles worth of hill repeats on a 0.2...

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Champagne

I woke up feeling good this morning. Indeed, it was about the first time since the CIEC 6 Hour where I didn't feel any aches or pains which, I guess, puts the recovery time from an ultra at about two weeks all up. That's good information to know, especially when I...

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Bus!

After two days running in the heat of the afternoon (and paying the price for it) I wanted to get today's run over and done with in the cooler morning air. As I was planning on a simple ten kilometer effort, I didn't bother setting an alarm to wake me as I figured...

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Sunshine

Today was another hot day in Lyon and I wanted to get my run completed in cooler temperatures than yesterday's effort in the hills. I was in at work early to meet the cleaners which wasn't a problem for me as it meant I could leave relatively early in the middle of...

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Sain-Bel

Today is a holiday in France becuase, well, I imagine with all the people in this country trying to balance their strikes with their nuit debout activities there need to be yet another day  where nobody works and - hell - make it a Thursday and have half the country...

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Trump

The results from Indiana are in the new reality is simply stated: Donald Trump is the GOP nominee. A year ago I wouldn't have bet money that Trump would still be in the race now, let alone the presumptive nominee. He never appeared to have the gravitas and temperament...

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Guidebook

In a few months time I'll be running 50 miles along the Thames in England. It's not an organized ultramarathon (though there is an ultra that takes the same route in reverse) but instead a long run from Windsor Castle to the Tower Bridge. My route is going to take me...

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Eating Plants

As there is no time like the present to get things in order I set out to try and eat cleaner today. I won't say 'healthier' as I think I am eating healthy anyway. But cleaner, as in fresher and less processed. And no meat, though that's just a function of the clean...

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Indiana

The GOP Indiana primary is looming and it seems to me that it could be the tipping point in this nomination battle. On the one hand it does seem a little strange to be talking about a tipping point when there is a runaway leader in the race. Donald Trump has more than...

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Intercities

Traveling on the train was basically all we got done for the first half of today. Taking advantage of cheap tickets, we took the slow train across the country to find ourselves in Tours for a family gathering. For long voyages I’m more often traveling by TGV. These...

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Stade

It's the end of the week and, with a weekend of traveling ahead not really conducive to running, I wanted to get in another hour-long run this afternoon. I had a successful but full day at the office and so, with the sun shining and the temperatures rising, I was...

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Juicy

Today was the first day back running after four days off following the CIEC 6 Hour on Saturday. I was originally planning on getting back into things yesterday but I think I benefited from the extra day off. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to recovery,...

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Ted Cruz’s Hail Mary

Ted Cruz announced an afternoon news conference and hinted that there would be a big announcement: https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/725330128264294400 It was suggested all over - Glenn Beck, Hot Air, Rush Limbaugh - that there could be only two reasons that Cruz...

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Recovery Math

My legs are still hurting from the ultra on the weekend but I'm walking better and the pain - especially after getting out of bed in the morning - is diminishing. I made the walk into work yesterday morning with some pain but without major issues, and I did it again...

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A Cruz-Fiorina Ticket?

After Donald Trump cleaned up in New York last week and Ted Cruz, the sole remaining challenger to the GOP frontrunner, flamed out spectacularly, the Texan was left without much in the way of serious talking points. His New York election night rally was held in...

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More Ultra Lessons

After my Saint-Fons ultramarathon I noted a few things that had worked, things that didn't work, and a couple of lessons. Reflecting on the race yesterday at CIEC I think it is worthwhile to do the same. After all, there's no improvement to be made unless I can...

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