Author: markshenk

Kona Chronicles: Part 4

Since I arrived on the island, the best word to describe how I have felt is reminiscent. Every place I visited, every person I bumped into, every nook and cranny that I passed created...

Kona Chronicles: Part 3

Kona is a vortex; or, perhaps, it’s vacation in general. My awake hours account for about 18 hours of each day in which I have been spending 90 minutes exercising and 2 hours working....

Kona Chronicles: Part 2

The view from the house Today I woke up at an entirely more civilized hour: 4am. Somehow that has a more humane ring than 3am, the time at which I awoke yesterday. I love...

Kona Chronicles: Part 1

Kona Chronicles: Part 1

I arrived in darkness. I sit here typing, overlooking the vast expanse of Kona sprawled out below, also in darkness. There is a certain sameness about it; the yellow lights, the impossible stillness, the...

Twin Cities Marathon: Race Report

This is me at IM Arizona after getting a flat while winning the race. Sport is difficult; it requires time, patience, a strong mind, and a sense of humor. The greatest challenge in sport...

Do Professional Runners/Triathletes Matter?

Do Professional Runners/Triathletes Matter?

Last week the Competitor Group announced their plan to drop their elite athlete program at all of their races, including the wildly popular Rock n’ Roll run series. They felt that the cost of...