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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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#Snowchat by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon With the desire to go skiing arriving earlier than ever this year, I've gotten started by buying new boots for Tazer and me, scoring a great deal on skis on eBay, ordering a ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: No Box Required by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to choosing comfort inside over braving the elements outside. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there is a big, ... Read on »
Running the Portland Riverfront by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Last week, Laima and I headed out to Portland for the Wine Tourism Conference - while the conference is aimed at the hospitality industry, hey, it's wine! Also, a good oppo ... Read on »
Fall Fun: CLIF Bar, EpiCor Immune, Salomon Tornado Skis by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon It's Seasonal CLIF Bar time, always fun to see what they come up with. This year was pretty exciting, as they went with my favorite dessert, pecan pie. And how did th ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: Trails by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I've long found Edward Abbey a strong voice when relating to getting outside and beyond our comfort zones. This quote sums up perfectly what he was all about, movi ... Read on »
Create 2 Destroy Giveaway Winner by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Congratulations! Using Random.org , the 4th comment was chosen as the winner. Excepting Laima's comment, that means the winner is alena - please send me your n ... Read on »
Getting Ready For Ski Season by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon After attending the Windy City Ski and Snowboarding Show, I got inspired to put together a set of ski gear, so that I could get some skiing in more locally before we head o ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: Priorities by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon In my previous life as a teacher, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar by Stephen Covey on the habits of highly effective people. What I learned that week has st ... Read on »
Dual Sport Electric Skateboard by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I get a LOT of Kickstarter emails, probably because of the product reviews I do. For the most part, they're not something I'm interested in, but occasionally something look ... Read on »
Crayola's Create 2 Destroy (and a Giveaway) by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon When Crayola approached us about reviewing their new Create 2 Destroy product, we jumped at the chance. With 4 kids aged 3 to 12, we knew at least one would love it. This ne ... Read on »
Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Sunday the entire family trooped to Schaumburg, a suburb north of us, for the Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show. It's been years since I went to one of these, so I wasn't s ... Read on »
MAF Training and Cold Weather by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon We're starting to see the colder temps now, many of my runs will now be in colder weather. Can't wait for snow and ice. Sigh. One of the things I've noticed on ... Read on »
Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak Six by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon We're always eagerly awaiting Spring Break, for our now annual trip to Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado for skiing and family time. This year is even more exciting with ... Read on »
Midweek Motivation: Already Inside by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon “Everything you need is already inside.”  ― Bill Bowerman (Please use the handy social media buttons to share this post.) Like Midwest Multisport Life ... Read on »
Products I'm Testing Now by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Fall is one of my favorite times to do product testing, as the variable weather usually gives me a variety of situations to really try the gear out. And with food, fall, li ... Read on »
Furloughed No More...For Now by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon President Barack Obama signed a bill to reopen the federal government and lift the debt limit just after midnight this morning, which means that I, along with appr ... Read on »
MAF and the Jogging Stroller by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Laima recently went back to work in the mornings and, initially, my running suffered for it. If I don't run first thing, chances are, I won't run that day. Also, when Laima ... Read on »
Marathon Preparation by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Though we're not running it, the Chicago Marathon is Sunday, and plenty of media is covering the lead-up; the Chicago Tribune had a front page article on hydrati ... Read on »
Recent Recommended Reads by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I won this book as a giveaway prize via SuperKate , and I'm really happy I did. The first half of the book has really re-ignited my desire to run long distances, p ... Read on »
MAF Test 4: YES! by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Almost exactly a month later (October 5th versus September 3rd versus August 2nd versus July 3rd), I headed out on MAF Test 4: 64 degrees versus 55, 63 and 61, 94% ... Read on »