Fewer wrist devices, more butterflies.
Health & wellness
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The Unquantified Self

The “quantified self” is a term spawned by Silicon Valley in the late 2000s to describe how health and fitness could be revolutionized through new, enhanced data collection methods using wearables. The premise of self-quantification is that the limitations of the human organism can be enhanced like an engineering upgrade. …

Mindful FItness is on the newsstands now.
Health & wellness

Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness” is at the forefront of popular culture these days. It gets pitched as a cure-all that promises to make you a better everything, from executive to athlete. I’m a 30+ year practitioner of a meditation practice called Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka (1924-2013). Vipassana falls under the broad …

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Events

Northwest Winter Challenge 2019

Winters in the Pacific Northwest are not easy. I know winter, I was raised in Minnesota, land of 10,000 frozen lakes. I lived in Boston for sixteen years, the setting for the movie The Perfect Storm. Winter running in the Pacific Northwest has its own set of challenges. I’m still …

Health & wellness

Running with Friends, Alone

I’m a big advocate of cultivating a robust (live) social network of fitness buddies. We tend to become like the other members of our social networks, fitness or not. Therefore: run, ride, hike, and ski with people who are fitter, faster, and younger. Although it’s best practice to have a …

Kendall Katwalk August 18, 2018
Cycling

Smoke Season Weather Window

I’m surprised to see how many folks have been out running and cycling during the recent smoky weather. It’s as if the rest of us need to HTFU. Current AQI: Exercising in unhealthy air isn’t like lifting weights: it’s not going to make your lungs “stronger.” And, just because you …

Sergey is happier now that he is no longer a smoker.
Cycling

Sergey Kasparov’s Smoking Cessation Program

Overcoming addiction is formidable to say the least. 28 year old Sergey Kasparov is successfully replacing an unwholesome relationship with tobacco with a wholesome addiction to cycling. Recently, Sergey’s exploits have been getting noticed on Strava where he is at the top of the leaderboard for numerous segments. Seattle-area racer …