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November 7, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media.​ TIS THE SEASON…FOR EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS We’re moving into November, which means that Christmas markets are or soon will be opening up in almost every capital in Western Europe, and a .../ ➝

September 25, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media. SORE SHOULDER? When it comes to air travel between the United States and Europe, especially flying west from the Old World to the new, the “shoulder season” may no longer be quite “all that..../ ➝

September 24, 2011

The weekly log of ups and downs with Greg and his trusty Giant Iguana mountain bike, aka Big Lizard, as together we embrace the grind. No excuses. Do the work. You can’t bullshit your way up a mountain. MONDAY, Sept. 19 Rest day. Wasn’t supposed to be, Got caught up doing errands. Bad time m.../ ➝

September 18, 2011

The weekly log of ups and downs with Greg and his trusty Giant Iguana mountain, aka Big Lizard, as together we embrace the grind. No excuses. Do the work. You can’t bullshit your way up a mountain. MONDAY, 12 Sept 12 REST DAY Highlight of the day: Watching my beloved Oakland Raiders knock off the .../ ➝

September 13, 2011

Perhaps the only thing more enjoyable than riding a bike is making friends on a bike. Group rides give you a chance to do that. Regular IBIT readers know that after a shamefully long layoff, I’ve resumed training on my trusty, heavy old mountain bike, a Giant Iguana model that I call Big Lizar.../ ➝

September 11, 2011

The weekly log of ups and downs with Greg and his trusty Giant Iguana mountain, aka Big Lizard, as together we embrace the grind. No excuses. Do the work. You can’t bullshit your way up a mountain. THURSDAY, Sept 1 PLACE: Miramar Reservoir, San Diego MILES: 5 TIME: 24:50 SPEED: 12.1 mph (avg),.../ ➝

August 31, 2011

MILES: 10 (non-stop) STATS: None CYCLING and THE FOUR AGREEMENTS This was a rest day, ten easy miles around Miramar Reservoir. No pushing the pace, no finishing sprint. The Lizard did not complain. This was a day to work on little things: My position on the saddle — usually too far forward Usi.../ ➝

August 30, 2011

MILES: 5 TIME:26:45 SPEED: 11.3 avg 12.7 max CALORIES BURNED: 1,115 WEIGHT: 299 OVERALL: Best 5-mi time yet, Form, endurance both fair and getting better Back to the grind at Miramar Reservoir. Wanted to see if the work of the Bike Whisperer still held up. It does. Big Lizard rides as beautifully no.../ ➝

August 29, 2011

WEIGHT: 299 ilbs MILES: 5 STATS: None THE BIKE WHISPERER Wherein I am reminded of the difference a good bike shop makes. The last log entry was July 9. Big Lizard has not been happy. I don’t blame him. Good grief! There are excuses I could make, say it couldn’t be helped, but that would [&he.../ ➝

July 9, 2011

STATS: None Started scouting out a new training course for Big Lizard and I, on surface streets not far from my house in northern San Diego. Lots of short, shallow climbs just steep enough and long enough to make me work, with equally short but quick descents that force me to stay alert, especially .../ ➝