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Nutrition – April: Week One

Another week of tracking my daily nutrition is complete, though this time I have decided to feedback the daily intake in a slightly different manner. Unlike last month (see here, here, here, and here) where I reported weekly and included screenshots of all the of the...

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Two Bridges

A short run before work this morning, just enough to shake out the sleep, put another couple of kilometers on the board, and not get hurt in these last few runs before the taper ends and the mental preparation begins. I decided that I should put in about 10 kilometers...

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Up, Under, and Along

One of the byproducts of losing weight is that your clothes don't tend to fit as well anymore. I have three or four pairs of jeans, for example, and only one is coming close to fitting me right now. The others, including one pair I took on the recent trip to...

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20kg and 1500km Later

I like the data that I gather about each of the runs that I do. A review after I get home, a blog post about every training session, and a daily track of what I eat? This stuff is fun for me and I think it helps me to train better, smarter, and more effectively. As a...

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Running Schipol

After a great couple of days at the DMWF conference in Amsterdam I was ready to return to Lyon, to Cecile, and to CoSMo and return to normal life. The conference was hosted in the city center and it was only a quick train ride out to the airport for my flight but, due...

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Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

This is my last morning in Amsterdam and I had two goals for the morning run: get in an hour on my feet and don't get lost. I have a full day ahead of me with the conference and then the return to Lyon tonight by plane so the last thing I wanted to do was find myself...

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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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