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Abbey Cantrell
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Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Abbey Cantrell

When doctors diagnosed Abbey Cantrell of Snoqualmie, WA with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, a condition that could lead to loss of her vision by pressure mounting on her optic nerve, she was given the choice of regular invasive treatments or losing weight to control the condition. Abbey chose to pursue a …

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Racers accelerate out of the turn.
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Doping for Girl Scout Cookies

Every couple of years a Seattle-area bike racer gets busted for doping. Most of the races in the PNW are relatively low profile and don’t include testing because of the expense. But, at national caliber events testing is part of the program. Last week, on March 20, USADA announced that …

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Paragliders getting rigged up for takeoff at the Poo Poo Point clearing.
Destinations

Poo Poo Point Power Hike

After a record cold and snowy February, the sudden switch to summertime temperatures the past few days has been just the prescription to get over our collective cabin fever. Saturday afternoon I got out for a spin around Mercer Island, and it felt as though the entire region with letting …

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Fewer wrist devices, more butterflies.
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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. …

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Adrian attacking on the Shilshole Ave. backstretch at the 2018 Ballard Criterium. Credit: Westside Bicycles
Cycling

Adrian “Warchild” Magun

I live in Seattle near the I-90 bike trail, and my “go to” one-hour ride is a lap around Mercer Island. A couple years ago during my Mercer Island rides I started seeing a boy fiercely pedaling a road bike. He was always intense, aggressively charging, lapping the island. He …

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Glacier Peak C2C July 2018
Backcountry travel

Stuke Sowle: #everysinglesummit

Although 44-year-old Stuke Sowle has only been running for about five years, he has been feverishly working on ambitious projects that are animating the PNW running community. He dubbed his most recently completed adventure #everysinglesummit. The #everysinglesummit idea was based on a Strava trend in which folks cycle every single …

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Anna Gullickson
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Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Anna Gullickson

Goals don’t often work out the way we plan. Life gets in the way in small ways and significant ways. For Northwest Winter Challenge participant Anna Gullickson, her 2018 plans were significantly derailed during the 2018 Challenge. She was hit by a car on one of her January runs. That …

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Mindful FItness is on the newsstands now.
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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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Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Ben Thomassen

Brothers are there for each other through thick and thin. They get in trouble together, and they support each other during tough times. Northwest Winter Challenge participant Ben Thomassen’s life changed when dared by his brother to participate in a triathlon. Now, this finisher of multiple Ironman competitions and the …

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Ron Nicholl, founding member of the Fat Ass was delighted that the event is attracting record numbers of participants.
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The 2019 January Fat Ass

Saturday January 5 was the 27th annual Tiger Mt Fat Ass trail run. The tradition has been maintained over the years by one of the original founders, Ron Nicholl, who came all the way from his home in Anchorage where he is a professional photographer. As I participated in the …

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