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Rowing the Big Seas

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:38 PM

For the past year and a half, my husband Charlie and I have been saying to each other, "We need to sign up for a Sound Rowers race." Over the course of our respective rowing careers, we've done plenty of races on lakes and rivers, typically ranging from...

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Changing My Metabolism

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 12:47 PM

It isn't that often that I have the opportunity to measure my diet and lifestyle changes with solid, thorough data. Most of the time, I simply deduce that an effort to eat less sugar, for instance, or more leafy greens, leaves me feeling subjectively "healthier."

So when Dr. Emily Cooper...

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Rowers Embark Upon Vancouver Island Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Imagine sharing a 29-foot rowboat with three other athletes for three to four weeks. Round the clock, you're alternating two-hour rowing shifts with two hours of sleep in the small, cramped cabin. At all moments, your crew must be on the alert for storms, ships, logs, and killer whales.

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Running the Alps

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 6:53 PM

Last year, my fiance and I tackled the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run in Colorado as a co-ed team. The trail running stage race covers 115 miles over six days in the Rocky Mountains. I attended the race as a journalist, wrote about the event and figured it might be one of...

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Running Shorter

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 12:23 PM

For many of my friends, 2012 represents a year of new athletic challenges. One wants to tackle a half Ironman. Another plans to take on 100-mile trail race. My own sister, who's given birth to four children in the past seven years, wants to enter several running events in order...

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Learning to Skate Ski

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 4:40 PM

I've often wished I liked winter just a little bit more.

I live for July and August in Seattle. I love long summer days, when I can trail run or row in daylight before work. I delight in bike commuting in shorts and t-shirt, feeling the sunshine on my face....

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A San Francisco Running Weekend to Remember

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12:35 PM

Last Saturday at the North Face Endurance Challenge outside of San Francisco, I encountered more than one unexpected surprise.

For one, the fact that I was there and racing wasn't something I'd planned on earlier this year. I'd inked in two major running trips for the 2011 calendar -- a...

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Biking to the Gates Foundation

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 4:06 PM

I picked up full time bike commuting again in the absolutely worst time of year.

November in Seattle means frequent wind and rain storms, late sunrises, and early sunsets. More often than not, November rides are done in full rain gear and in the dark.

For the past couple of...

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Big City Marathons

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:11 AM

These days, most of my races take place on mountains, along rivers or through forests. In the ultramarathon world, runners can spend most of the race on their own, or with just a few other runners. Forest land permits or simple logistics of single track trail usually limit events to...

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Taking the ElliptiGO for a Spin

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:19 PM

Normally, when I run or walk around Green Lake, I easily blend in with the rest of the North Seattle athletic crowd.

Yesterday, while riding an ElliptiGO, that most definitely was not the case. Coffee drinkers sitting outside a neighborhood café stopped their conversations to stare. A woman speed walking...

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Healing My Achilles

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 1:03 PM

If the pain was intense, it would almost be easier.

I've experienced those kind of athletic injuries before. A strained back muscle that makes everything agonizing -- even climbing out of bed. Or a pulled calf that reduced even walking to a sad limp.

But the subdued hurt in my...

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How Early-Morning Eating Changed My Training

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 4:49 PM

As a competitive rower, I regularly show up for weekday crew practice at 5 a.m.

That means the alarm sounds off in the dreaded fours -- an unearthly hour for nearly anyone. I cherish my sleep, so I leave just enough time to throw on my clothes and dash out...

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