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12/11/2014
Category: Life, Play, Podcast
Mike Reilly Calling the last guy in IRONMAN

Rarely do four words spoken by a stranger change your life forever. In June 2005, a man I had never met put an exclamation point on my life that I desperately needed. He said over the loudspeaker “Aaron McHugh YOU ARE AN IRONMAN” as I crossed the finish line at IRONMAN Coure D’Alene. Nine years later, […]

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10/16/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Every Picture Has a Story

The way I put it to my friends There are two versions of every story. The one you tell on Facebook or at a cocktail party, and the one you only tell your closest friends.  For sake of invitation and encouragement, I’m going to risk telling you both versions of three stories. I’m trusting that […]

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10/10/2014
Category: Play, Podcast
Photograph by David Leathborough

I’ve always believed that one of the careers that deserved coveting must be Adventure Journalism. When I open up my Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure (now out of business), Backpacker, or Climbing I lap up the imagery and stories of far away lands. One of them stood out more than usual Will Paddle For Whiskey, by […]

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09/06/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Laguna Beach photography by Gabe Sullivan

I never set out to write a blog. I told myself, that’s the last thing the world needs, another guy with an opinion.  This month marks my three-year anniversary of this accidental creation, Work. Life. Play Blog/Podcast. I’ve learned that my voice is best inserted @ the intersections and crossroads of all three.  My hope is that I […]

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08/17/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Six to Ten hours a week I chose this.

This is a post about choices. I need to first set the scene so that you can understand how I discovered this nugget of truth. Yesterday I rode (cycled) 120 miles in preparation for an upcoming race. Five weeks from today, I am competing in my second IRONMAN Triathlon. The IRONMAN  was originally cooked up by […]

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07/25/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Thule Crossover backpack will swallow anything you insert

I travel a lot. So much so that I try to not think too much about it and count how many days I spend away from home.  I’m going to download this list of what I consider to be key “must have’s” on any travel.  Whenever you travel away from home for business or pleasure, […]

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07/17/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Junuh Finding His One True Authentic Swing

“Yep… Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing… Somethin’ we was born with… Somethin’ that’s ours and ours alone… Somethin’ that can’t be taught to ya or learned… Somethin’ that got to be remembered… Over time the world can, rob us of that swing… It get buried inside us under […]

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06/30/2014
Category: Life, Play
The Family out exploring Colorado

I can happily say that I was fly fishing the South Platte River in Elevenmile Canyon when my iPhone took a bath.  I was casting towards a few dozen hungry trout.  In my excitement to get the dry-fly cast just right, I slipped and dunked into the river just enough to immerse my wader chest […]

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06/02/2014
Category: Life, Play
Me as a kid

Expecting more from yourself isn’t always the answer. About the time I rounded the base to age 36, I balked at the realization that I wasn’t very kind to myself. The frantic pace of living and self imposed perfectionism suddenly seemed pretty unfair. How we treat ourselves reveals a lot about what we really believe. My mom […]

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02/17/2014
Category: Life, Play, Work
Joy Bucket-Trunk

Two quick requests before I divulge my secrets on how to Stick-It to the Man. I’m usually pretty upbeat in my writing.  If this one seems a bit grim in the intro, hang on to the end for the sunshine to break through. Please don’t take this article to Human Resources and blow the whistle […]

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