Archive for January, 2013

A chilly bike ride

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2013 by Trail Boy


Today was a cross-training day. I took part in the Polar Bear Pedal, a 10-mile ride through Downtown and the south side.

It was chilly: 19 degrees when I loaded my bike into my car at 8:45 for the 20 minute drive to the starting area. I bundled up in four layers and decided I wouldn’t let a little cold air stop me.

I wasn’t the only one. More than 1,000 people showed up this morning to take part.


The ride started and ended at City Market downtown. It took in a lot of landmarks, including Monumental Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Statehouse, the Central Library, Garfield Park and Pleasant Run Parkway.


Mayor Ballard, a cycling enthusiast, led the ride the first mile or so. Check out his badass pants.


I didn’t know many other riders, but about halfway through, I ran into a neighborhood friend, Tony. We pedaled together and caught up on our lives for the last four or five miles.


Well, that was a fun way to beat the chill. Now got to find a plan for next weekend.

A fresh start

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2013 by Trail Boy

I could spend a few thousand words making excuses about last year. Running and I had lots of problems in 2012.

But let’s save everyone the time and tummy ache.

It’s a new year. It’s time for a fresh start.

I don’t need to clutter up my blog with lots of lame excuses. Let’s just throw that mess in the trash can and look forward, shall we?


So today, I went out to the Athletic Annex running store on 86th Street and bought a new pair of Brooks shoes. It’s my first pair of new running shoes in more than two year. Pretty kicky, no?


for the first time in more than two years. Bouncy, bouncy, can you feel me? I ran around the block twice (two miles) and felt like a new man.

While at the running store, I also bought a sticker and put it on my Jeep. My goal for the fall.


So that’s the deal. New shoes. New goal. New year.

And a new face. This is my game face.


Check back in a few months. I’ll be 20 pounds lighter. And a lot happier.

And here’s my motto for 2013: