The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station.
So, you want to run a bike shop: I suspect this piece from Cycling in the South Bay will represent a familiar scenario to anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in their local bike shop. We all know this guy: “It was kind of impressive, the way this jackass was singlehandedly making every bike shop in the South Bay of Los Angeles hate his —- guts.”
Diana Nyad beyond epic: I heard the reports of Diana Nyad’s epic swim from Cuba to Key West while driving on Monday afternoon. I don’t think it’s possible to fully appreciate what she accomplished at age 64, or to measure the persistence she displayed over the four failed attempts to complete the swim. This coverage and interview from the PBS Newshour captures it well.
Ironman Wisconsin: On a slightly smaller scale, Laura Strutz mirrors the fortitude that Nyad has shown over the years. The cancer survivor from Wauwatosa will tackle her first Ironman on Sunday, fueled by desire to help other cancer victims and accomplish something for herself. This is a profile I wrote for OnMilwaukee.com.
Tough Mudder: I’ve enjoyed reading Lori Nickel’s blog, “Chin Up,” and her work to prepare for the Tough Mudder this weekend in Oshkosh. This piece will serve as something of a primer for those taking the challenge, or thinking about it.
Bikes and books: I cruised through my summer reading list right on pace, and was happy to see fresh recommendations that mesh with my Active Pursuits. This guide comes from Jesse Gant and Nicholas Hoffman, the co-authors of “Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Cycling State” (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, September 2013). Gant is a Ph.D. candidate at UW-Madison and pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Hoffman is chief curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton. Both are passionate cyclists and Wisconsin natives.