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KovasP

Downers grove, Illinois
I'm a father of 4, husband to an amazing woman, and an endurance enthusiast.  In 1995 I ran the Chicago Marathon and then basically stopped exercising and gained a lot of weight. In late 2007, I began a slow journey back to fitness. In fits and starts, I tried a variety of things,... Full Bio
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Breckenridge Mountain Peak 6 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This season, we were doubly excited to head up to Breckenridge for Spring Break. In a new progression to Breck's long history, the resort added over 540 acres via the open ... Read on »
Family-Friendly Keystone Resort, Colorado by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Being so close to our home base of Breckenridge, Keystone Resort has always been on our radar, specifically because of its reputation as being family-centric. Even the ... Read on »
Breckenridge Road Trip by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Road Trips are both the best and worst of traveling. There is literally no better way to see the country than by automobile - walking and cycling might put you into it a bit ... Read on »
Spring has Sprung by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon We came home from Colorado yesterday to cool breezes and overcast skies, with an occasional raindrop. This morning, however, clear skies and warmth allowed us to wande ... Read on »
The Spirituality of Mountains by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I'm not a religious person at all, but will admit that, in the mountains especially, but in nature generally, I sometimes feel a oneness with everything. I think that ... Read on »
Back in the Saddle by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Hard to believe that, after 10+ days away from work, it's time to get back in the saddle. Peeking at my work phone while we were vacationing gives me some idea of what ... Read on »
Covet List - Camping Edition by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon It's Spring, and our thoughts turn to hiking and camping. With 4 children (and maybe friends), it's akin to an expedition to Everest, with Laima and I as the Sherpas. Happil ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: Muscle Memory by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Fitness doesn't come quickly. PRs don't happen each race. Get out and push yourself, teach your muscles what they can do, then go beyond and do what they couldn't befo ... Read on »
REI: How to Choose Running Shoes Infographic by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon If you're like most people, the warmer weather has you jonesing to get outside and run. If you're a beginner, or you're shopping for new shoes, the plethora of available mod ... Read on »
Run S.M.A.R.T. - Marathons and Injury by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon For those participating in a Marathon (or who jog to stay fit), the Alliance for Rational use of NSAIDs has developed five simple tips to Run SMART when treating aches ... Read on »
Beginner Runner...Again by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Once Laima and I decided to run a fall marathon, I took a look at some training plans and realized that I better get some base mileage in before starting a formal plan ... Read on »
Some Heel Numbness Served with Pins and Needles in the Toes by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This weekend, I had the opportunity to self-diagnose an unusual ailment - numbness in my heel that extended over time to my toes, resulting in pins and needles. A Goog ... Read on »
Chicago Marathon Registration Lottery by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Yesterday, in a fit of possible insanity, Laima and I put or names into the lottery for possible registration for the Chicago Marathon. Possibly insane? Take away the ... Read on »
2014 ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon It's very nearly running season, and once again Laima has been chosen as a  2014 ZOOMA Chicago Ambassador ! Follow along on her fitness journey over at Women's Enduran ... Read on »
Skiing Afton Alps by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Driving out from Minneapolis, in seemingly no time at all, one arrives at the Afton Alps Golf Course. The rolling terrain continues as you follow the signs for the ski ... Read on »
Nordica One 45 Ski Boots by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon From Skis.com "The Nordica One 45 is a very wide and cushy boot in both the forefoot and cuff. The Velvet lined liner adds some warmth to keep your feet and toes cozy ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: Slow Process by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This winter, in lieu of running (just too many poor weather days), I've been skiing, doing a bodyweight circuit, and spinning on the bike trainer. The few times I have ... Read on »
Grand Geneva Resort's Mountain Top Ski Area by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon In our continued quest to ski more locally, this weekend Munchkin and I headed up to Wisconsin, to ski Grand Geneva Resort's Mountain Top. Sunday was their final day o ... Read on »
In Praise of the Hoodie; Spartan Up!; ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Is there any one piece of clothing that is so simple, yet is both comfortable and utilitarian at the same time? I recently got rid of all my hoodies, as they had not a ... Read on »
Becoming Ski Patrol: Step 1 Complete by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Two years ago, after nearly thirty years away from the slopes, I tried snowboarding in Breckenridge. While enjoyable, I missed skiing and got back on two planks last y ... Read on »