Cool kids

Raising kids is an incredible experience, it really is. Children go through so many stages of rapid growth and development that if you don't slow down sometimes and simply admire them from afar, you miss out on seeing who they've become. Time goes by way too fast when you're a…

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Finding flow through solo sports

I first learned about Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's flow more than twenty years ago in university (or to be more accurate, 1993; ancient history). Lately I've found myself actively seeking that state as a means of stress release and emotional reset. Csikszentmihalyi stated flow is an absorbed state in which people are…

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A single place for all of my stuff

I haven't written a blog post here since March 2014. Life just sorta got in the way I guess. Having said that, it wasn't like I didn't think about my blog. No, the opposite is actually true. It's been a long, slow road, but I finally did something I've been…

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Flanders (Vlanderen) desktop wallpaper

It's March and that means road cycling's spring classics are in full effect. I love watching the Giro and Tour as much as the next roadie nerd, but the spring classics truly have my heart. From Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Tour of Flanders to Paris-Roubaix, for me, these…

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A big guy's review of the 2012/13 Lib Tech Skunk Ape

I've mainly ridden the same snowboard since 2001, an Option Supercharger 174. As far as boards go, this one is big, stiff and built like a tank. Hence, why I've owned it for 13 years. I've ridden (and crashed) it all over Alberta, BC, Alaska and Yukon, and the Supercharger…

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A day in the life (of me)

I subscribe to a neat magazine called Offscreen. Inside is a regular feature titled A Day in the Life in which people lay out their typical day, about hour by hour. Most of the interviewees are younger than me and very few have kids, so I find their stories interesting…

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Making room for the good things

Over the past couple of years, I've found myself becoming a more anxious person, whereas growing up and even into my early 30's, I had a fairly mellow personality. It could be my age (I'm turning 40 next spring), it could be that it's been almost seven roller coaster years…

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A summer of change

Our two older kids returned to school last week, signalling an end to summer in the Yukon. Autumn has always been a time of change, whether it's the colour of leaves, cooler weather or new routines. Autumn always brings revisions. This summer I found myself going through changes of my…

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100 miles

Last weekend I raced in the inaugural Haines, Alaska Century Ride. It was a last minute decision to go - well, more like a week prior - but I'm glad we made it happen. I first entered myself into the 80 mile (120 km) category but after hearing that most…

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Slowly going fast

Every year I still try to enter as many road races as possible. I also do a couple of mountain bike races here and there, but most of my competitive time is on the road. I guess I should be cautious about the "competitive" part though, because I'm a long…

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