Race Recap: The Third Super-Sprint Triathlon; or, My Heart Will Explode

Race Recap: The Third Super-Sprint Triathlon; or, My Heart Will Explode
A gray sky hovered threatened rain over the Sports Core Pool in Ocean Pines that Saturday morning as the competitors stood around our transition tables. Colby, the race director for the third Super-Sprint Triathlon, gave us final instructions: 18 lengths of the pool, a six-mile bike ride, and then two laps around the lake (about ...

I Found Myself Again When I Unleashed My Fear 1

I Found Myself Again When I Unleashed My Fear
I sat alone on the stage. In the darkness I unclipped my tie and opened the top button of my tuxedo shirt. My fellow actor H__ passed before me in the darkness. “I have the gun,” she whispered. Over the speakers music played. “I’ve got you/under my skin,” Frank Sinatra crooned. The stage was hot ...

It was a big day in our house.

It was a big day in our house.
I had been laid up with fever for the past five days, shivering and sweating through long nights, weak and irrational during shortened days. My son was sick, too, something any parent knows is perhaps the worst combination to happen. Being sick at the same time as your child is a real challenge. He was ...

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming 4

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming
I had gotten more than halfway through the race when my legs began to realize that I was not going to stop. I had been tricking them for several miles, telling them I was going to give them a break at an aid station. And they believed me. But when I passed the turn-around aid ...

’26

You thought 2016 was a bad year for deaths? ’26 seems to keep showing up in my research. I was reading about Emily Warren Roebling, who died in 1903, and noted that her husband, Washington A. Roebling, credited with building the Brooklyn Bridge, died in 1926. I recall that two of this nations founding fathers, ...

Fear the Walking Dead

We live in uncertain times. We wonder about the future, about how we got where we are and what will happen next. How will we survive? How will we protect our families from the onslaught? We debate building walls to keep out people who some of us believe are out to destroy us. Others think ...

Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr.

Again to Carthage: A Novel by John L. Parker It has been almost exactly six years since I picked up John L. Parker Jr.‘s ode to competitive running, Once a Runner, though when I lifted this sequel off my book shelf at the beginning of the year that realization hadn’t come to me. Once a ...

Another Tooth

Another Tooth
The tooth had been dangling for more than two months, since before Thanksgiving. A new tooth had already grown in behind it. Back in December when I took m to the dentist for her semi-annual cleaning I asked if we should take the tooth out because I worried that the new tooth had no place ...

A Little Christmas Magic Goes a Long Way

A Little Christmas Magic Goes a Long Way
The summer before I turned 14 Back to the Future was released. I saw it in theaters a dozen times, maybe more, and one of the many things that I took away from the movie (in addition to developing a complicated theory about how time travel could work) was that I wanted a skateboard. I ...

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory
I was about five and living in San Rafael, California, with my mother and brother in an expansive mobile home community across the street from what would become Skywalker Ranch. My parents were divorced–separated before I was even born they had always been that way for me. Despite their divorce they maintained a more-than-cordial relationship. ...