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Workday Ups and Downs

It's a week of tapering in terms of distance but not entirely in terms of hill climbing. The goal, as it was last week, is to continue to hit 200 meters of elevation gain each day via the runs I am fitting in around childcare, family life, and an increasingly busy...

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A May Morning Mountain

It's another public holiday here in France - don't you just love the month of May? - and so I got to sleep in a little before heading out for a morning run in the hills nearby. This morning I decided to eschew the steep and short gradients on Fourviere and the Croix...

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Nutrition: May – Week 1

Back in France, back into a regular work routine, and back into eating the sorts of foods that I am familiar with purchased at stores I know and with a quality I am sure of. It's said that a week is a long time in politics but I can tell you that, in terms of...

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Another Week of Resting Heart Rate Data

Last week I posted about how I could tell I was not in good form while in San Francisco by keeping an eye on my resting heart rate. I concluded the post by commenting: In the week ahead I will be trying to take better care of myself, get the RHR back down, and sleep...

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Election Day

It's election day here in France and the country is making their final choice for president. In one corner there is a the neoliberal wunderkind Emmanuel Macron who has come out of pretty much nowhere to find himself in the final round of the presidential race. He's...

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Remember the Milk

This afternoon's run had two goals: get my 200 meters of climbing in, and collect the specific milk that Cécile had requested from the supermarket on the way home. The complicating factor for both? It was raining, and heavily. The sunshine of the last couple of days...

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Two Hills

The last couple of days I've been hitting the goal of at least 200 meters of vertical gain on each run. Mostly, though, I've been finding steep staircases and some short, sharp climbs that have tested me and my climbing ability but that, at the same time, have been...

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Cresting Croix Rousse

The last couple of days I have been running on Fourviere but - for a change of pace this morning - I decided to head for the Croix Rousse instead. The goal this morning was to get in my 200 meters of vertical gain and continue my climbing streak of the last four days,...

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Damn DOMS

The goal for the training runs in the lead up to the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra this month is to bag at least 200 meters of vertical gain on each outing. Sometimes this will involve running up and down hills proper as on Monday and sometimes it will involve staircase...

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Seven Slippery Staircases

This week is all about getting some specific training in for the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra, and that means stairs and climbing. I'm planning on adding at least 200 meters of vertical gain every day of training in the lead up to the race and, after a strong start...

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Nutrition – April: Week Four

The final week of April was a hard one in terms of nutrition that is best described under two headings: travel and America. Travel Traveling is always more difficult that staying home and cooking your own food, that's for sure. First there is the flying and the...

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The First 524 Meters

The first day of a new week, a new month, and the first of the final seventeen days before I take a couple of days off before the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. It's essentially two-and-a-half weeks of specific training for the race that will involve more climbing than any...

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The Final 227 Meters

Of all of the training weeks this year, this past week has probably been the worst. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I was traveling a lot. Between getting back from London with Jamie to flying halfway round the world to San Francisco last weekend before...

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On the Table: Chorizo and Vegetables

Back home in Lyon and I got to cook for the first time in a week. What did I go for? An old favorite of mine: chorizo with vegetables. Preparation is simple enough. First, slice up the vegetables. I chose to go with green bell peppers (capsicum) and some brown onions....

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A Week of Resting Heart Rate Data

Every day I record my resting heart rate (RHR), or at least my Garmin does. Why? Because it provides a nice window into how I am feeling generally, whether I am unwell, whether I am getting sick, or whether I am getting over sickness. This last week in the US where I...

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Who is Herb Caen?

I was up early this morning and headed out for a run with the best of the downtown San Francisco in mind: a couple of hills, the crooked Lombard Street, the Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, AT&T Park, and Market Street - all in one run! I started out going...

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Nob, Russian, Mason & Market

After feeling terrible yesterday and getting back late after hitting the ballgame, I woke early this morning for a long day of work. I started early, had a first meeting over coffee, then worked all morning to a working lunch, more meetings in the afternoon, and...

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The Ballgame

I didn't get to run this morning but it wasn't for lack of desire. After what I can only conclude was a dodgy Mexican fusion meal at lunch yesterday I spent most of the time between 1am and 6am in the bathroom. I won't go into details but I will conclude that a lot of...

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