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Alex, what is…

Each weeknight Americans settle in for an evening of relaxation by tuning into Jeopardy! The show has ruled early evening television for over 55 years. Alex Trebek, one of the most recognizable faces on TV, has made “Let’s play Jeopardy!” one of the hallmarks of contemporary American culture. Alex Trebek announced in March of this year that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was…

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The Spin-offs and finding my tribe

I pedaled west from Berea towards Sandusky from the starting line of the 2010 Bike MS 150 Pedal to the Point. I was surrounded by 2,400 cyclists, most of them much more experienced, fitter, and on much more expensive bikes. I questioned if I had any right to cycle with them. I was a new cyclist, only a year out of getting on my bike…

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Tom’s bicycle touring hacks

I recently posted a photo on Facebook of my first bicycle tour. I looked at my fully loaded bike in that post. It looked like one of those third world cargo cyclist photos where the cyclist is dwarfed by their cargo larger than Santa’s sack of toys. I am not an expert bicycle tourist by any means. I am probably a typical casual bicycle tourist….

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Uncle Sam on a mission from God

One of the things I am challenging myself to do this week is to engage in conversation with interesting people I meet along my way. I strongly believe the best part of bicycle touring is meeting new people and experiencing new places. When I boarded the train, Uncle Sam came strolling by my seat. Now this is just something you don’t see every day. I…

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3-2-1 cycling for a cause

Retirement gives me more opportunities to cycle. Cycling for a cause is an important part of my cycling adventures. I cycled the Bike MS 150 for many years prior to my retirement. I looked to continue this tradition in central Ohio. Pelotonia is the premiere charity bike ride in Columbus. It is integrated into central Ohio bike culture with the expectation that “serious” cyclists be…

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The Selfishness of Weight Loss

It’s about me and all about me. For most of us that is a pretty difficult statement to make. Since we were little children, we’ve been taught to share and play nice in the sandbox. When I began my weight loss journey, I adopted that philosophy and have learned to be more vocal to myself on giving more priority to my needs and wants.

Let me take a trip back in my magic time machine. At the time when I started exploring weight loss surgery, I was President of my church council, the Events Director of a fraternal organization, and a volunteer to a few other non-profits. My typical work week saw my evening calendar filled with meetings, events and working on documents and plans for these groups. I literally had no time for myself.

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