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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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Forge Mug, Paleo by Season, Spartan Race by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I love camping gear, because it can often pull double duty in every day normal life. That's the case with the CamelBak Forge insulated travel mug. This vacuum-sealed, ... Read on »
Mobility: Getting Started by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon “All human beings should be able to  perform basic maintenance on themselves.” ~ Dr. Kelly Starrett Mobility is hugely important for every day life, but even more so if yo ... Read on »
Trying Stuff: Archery 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Sunday, I took the older three kids to check out a basic archery class at one of our local forest preserves. Since it was cold, windy, and a morning featuring some sno ... Read on »
Magic Strap, OCR Book, 100th Geocache by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I am an extremely skeptical person - if it sounds like magic, looks like magic, promises results like magic, it's probably a fraud. There is a definite need to test ou ... Read on »
Hitting the Reset Button by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon As you get older, if you're not examining all that you do and wonder if things couldn't be done better, you're in serious trouble. It doesn't take long to get behind t ... Read on »
Help Me Choose a Logo by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon With Outside Retailer coming up in January, I knew I needed to make business cards, but I wanted to take it a step further and do a bit of branding as well. I turned to Five ... Read on »
Men's Health MVP Network, Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors, Bushcraft 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I recently started contributing to a new website, the Men's Health MVP Network . It's an opportunity to respond to prompts from the magazine and air our opinions on a ... Read on »
Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon One of the other fun things I did this weekend was to register for the Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 - I've been wanting to get to OR for many years. This go-around I b ... Read on »
Orienteering 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Weather wise, Saturday was one of those days that couldn't make up its mind, freezing temps one moment and mild the next. Munchkin and I layered up and headed over to ... Read on »
Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe Review by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Wave Rider 18 - "Realize the Power Within" The Wave Rider 18, an update from Mizuno for their ... Read on »
Sausage Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust [Recipe] by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I've longed loved quiche (guess I'm not a real man), so a switch to a pale/primal nutrition plan meant no more yummy crust for me. Nothing wrong with a frittata,  but ... Read on »
Impacts to Nature, Chicago Cubs, and Jerky by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon You have probably heard the news about "artist" Casey Nocket (aka "Creepytings"), who apparently has vandalized National Parks by painting rocks with indelible paint. ... Read on »
Cauliflower Crust Pizza [Recipe] by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Mike suggested that I share some recipes that I've tried on my Primal/Paleo experiment (though at this point it's no longer an experiment, definitely something I will cont ... Read on »
Hiking the Effigy Tumuli Trail by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This last weekend, I had the bright idea of heading down to Starved Rock State Park, camping the night and doing some canyon hiking. Unfortunately, many many other people ha ... Read on »
Gleaming the Cube by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Maybe it's a midlife crisis, maybe it's the exhortation that Omniten wannabes should be out there trying stuff, but I've been enjoying planning and doing things just b ... Read on »
TTT: Breathing Fire, River to River Trail, Garmin 920XT by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, by J.C. Herz, is, at its core, a history of CrossFit. At the same time, however, the i ... Read on »
You Are What You Eat by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Not sure where this semi-Paleo journey will take me, but I do know that I'm loving eating whole foods and scouring cookbooks and the Internet for interesting dishes. T ... Read on »
Weekend Fun by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This turned out to be a true weekend of trying stuff - I got out both days to do things I haven't done before, things I've been wanting to do but putting it off for some unk ... Read on »
TTT: Geocaching, Legos, Bulletproof Coffee by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I was getting a bit worried about my geocaching goal for the year, finding 100 or more, but after this weekend, I feel a bit more confident. Even though the weather di ... Read on »
I Am #OMNITEN (hopefully) by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon This past weekend, the kids and I watched " I Am #OMNITEN ," a movie from Columbia Sportswear about a trip a group of their gear testers took to Jordan. Camping, camel ... Read on »