Suffer Club – Workout #10

As it turns out, this is a twofer. Two workouts masquerading as just one. It's also a good illustration of how difficult it can be to plan exactly an hour's worth of fun from the comfort of the couch. The Suffer Clubbers said I could bring the second half of this one for our next... Continue Reading →

Suffer Club – Workout #9

We're in deep Darktober now. One week to Daylight Savings. The crew looked under-enthused this morning, but once we started moving it all came good. This is an AMRAP work out (as many reps as possible), where each person just follows the board at their own pace. It's alternating cardio and muscle work. For your... Continue Reading →

Suffer Club – Workout #8

I'm not the only one coming back from injuries right now. We have a handful of Suffer Club regulars who shouldn't be running, even though they will if that's what the day's workout entails. To try to overcome their need to push themselves into places that only sustain the injuries they're trying to get past,... Continue Reading →


If I'm so goddamned smart, why have I come out the end of the trail looking at Main St instead of Totten Pond Rd, where I left my car? I am in exactly the wrong place, even though I was paying attention. It's as if someone picked up the map, spun it on me, and... Continue Reading →

Suffer Club – Workout #7

When we rocked up for Suffer Club this morning, all the Sufferers were standing in a loose bunch staring up at the crescent moon hanging in the predawn sky. Within minutes, the sun rose in a burnt caramel layer on the horizon, and we got to work. This is a partner workout. If you don't... Continue Reading →

Brisk Sport – Meeting Rabbit Man

Rabbit Man is a friend of mine and a widely acknowledged expert in the field of Brisk Sport. I met him recently for a weekend of brisk pursuits including but not limited to: surfing, fishing, hiking, exploring, rock skipping, and bird watching. Some terms (like Dirt Bag) resist concise definition and it's possible that "Brisk... Continue Reading →

Suffer Club – Workout #6

This one requires a watch. You have 4 minutes to complete each block. If you can't finish a block, you move its reps to the end of the work out, and move on to the next block. It is not necessary to do all of each exercise before moving onto the next. For example, in... Continue Reading →

The Villager

My brother was the sort of character you could never quite figure out. He could say and do horrible things. He could be malicious and dumb. He was chaotic and unpredictable. He was also wickedly funny, sharp, charming, and sweet. Every morning, he read Le Monde in French and Die Zeit in German. He also... Continue Reading →

Suffer Club – Workout #5

When the weather gets colder, we like to keep our heart rates high. At the same time, after months of only doing body weight exercises, today we reintroduced some equipment. It's Darktober now, which means we warmed up in full darkness, which is hard, but then got treated to a nice sunrise. Today's workout is... Continue Reading →

The Map in the Vase

Every year, once the heat of summer tamps down the beach crowds, I visit an island off the Atlantic Coast with a cadre of runners/surfers/fishermen that we refer to as Brisk Sports Weekend. This island is ringed by the vacation homes of the hyper-rich, one of which we pitch camp in, a band of merry... Continue Reading →

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