Variety: The Spice of Life & Key to Your Exercise Program

Variety: The Spice of Life

In a previous post I wrote about challenging long workouts in preparation for India and how they helped me develop a more disciplined mind. Training to achieve a  disciplined mind has great value for all of life and it’s something I hope to never quit learning. However, even the most disciplined mind can grow weary without a little variety…

Five Tips For Incorporating Fitness Into Your Busy Routine

Life Balance

If you want something done, ask a busy person — Benjamin Franklin: author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat and more. We tend to think about life in a very myopic way… there may busy people in the world, but they don’t live my life, work at my job, deal with my circumstance. Life is busy. Most of us…

A Disciplined Mind

A Disciplined Mind

The benefits of exercise are many. From more energy and a higher self-image to something as simple as a better night’s sleep, there are lots of reason to start a regular exercise program. But after hundreds of hours in the gym I’ve begun to discover one benefit in particular that I hadn’t previously considered. Most days I’m at the gym by 4:30am and average 20-25 hours a…

My First International Triathlon

Colonial Beach Triathlon

I competed in my first international triathlon last weekend. It was a great experience, though more of a challenge than I expected. An international triathlon involves a .93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run. The USAT certified race at Colonial Beach, VA stated at 6:50am. The outside temperature was 78 degrees and hit 85…

The Problem With Quitting

Don't Quit

I was recently asked to give the commencement address for a class of graduating high school seniors. As I thought about what I might say there was one topic that weighed on my mind more than any other… quitting. For many years I’ve coached a group of junior high and high school cross-country runners. Most of them come…

David’s Guide to Exercise Path Etiquette

A Little Courtesy Please!

Training for the upcoming race in India means lot’s of time spent outside running and biking, much of it in or through communities. A community exercise path, like community living, has it’s own set of rules. Some are written… dogs must be on leashes, no motorized vehicles on the pathway, path closed after dark, etc. Others are unwritten and rely…

Dad’s My Hero Video

Came across this video of my son when he was seven. Nice Father’s Day gift!



Most of us live under the illusion that we are what we’re going to be until we wake up one day and realize we aren’t what we thought we’d be. That sounds like wordplay but what it really means is we underestimate change. That point is made nicely by psychologist Dr. Dan Gilbert in his recent Ted Talk video…


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