Reflections on my first sports obsession – Björn Borg

Growing up rurally I did not have a ton of TV exposure but one of my first sports memories was watching Wimbledon & Swedish tennis legend, Björn Borg.  All of the American stars were angry, screaming at umpires, throwing rackets – but Borg stayed icy cool, focused, no emotion, no noise – just steely determination.

In addition to his incredible gamesmanship, Borg maintained a few unique superstitions.  Each Wimbledon fortnight he stopped shaving throughout the entire tournament.  Did it work?  The guy won 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles.

Friday May 17th was my last shave day.  Expect it’s gonna get ugly – but hoping to awake my inner Borg.

Marathon in 30 days!


  • completed my 3rd half marathon – sixth race of 2013
  • running the BolderBoulder on May 27th, another half marathon on June 1st, (hopefully) hiking a 14er (Longs Peak) on June 15th – then A-L-A-S-K-A


Movie of the Week

Django Unchained (2012) – vintage Quentin Tarantino, not for the faint of heart.  I had avoided this film thinking it was a slavery flic (an embarrassing portion of U.S. history which is often film romanticized).  In reality, Jamie Foxx & Christoph Waltz are bounty hunters.  It a long film (could have easily ended 30 minutes earlier) but fresh & completely original.  Recommended for Jamie Foxx’s performance alone (but warning: there’s a high body count).


Runner Log

Sat May 18th – 6 miles

Sun May 19th – RACE DAY (Colfax Half Marathon 13.1 miles, Denver CO)

Tue May 21st – 5.25 miles

Wed May 22nd AM – .75 miles

Wed May 22nd PM – 10.5 miles

Thu May 23rd – 3.25 miles

YTD total – 647.45 miles

Björn Borg

Björn Borg




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