Author Archives: Jim Newell

About Jim Newell

Associate Professor of English, Daytona State College / Thinker / Ponce Inlet Surfer / Improviser / Dad

More Winter Surfing with a Surprise

  l l On Sunday 5 Jan and 6 Jan, the waves were cranking again, but I had a bit of an accident on Monday morning. Head on over to Ponceunderground to read the narrative.

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Alafia River State Park / 3 Dec. 2014

For my first ride of the year, I headed southwest to Alafia River State Park to finally check out what many consider some of the best riding in Central Florida and/or the state, and it was definitely a fun day … Continue reading

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It Ain’t in the Woods

I have something to admit: Surfing is not in the “woods of Florida” and it is not “swim, bike, run,” but it is certainly open water and immersed in the elements. But… Does it count? Hell yeah! It counts and … Continue reading

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Happy Hollowdaze

In many ways, I want to be writing up a “week of” report or a race report or a post about some long epic outing I went on, but I’m still not truly able to train. This injury is still … Continue reading

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Paisley Loop

A bit over a month ago, my wife and kids were out of town, and since I’m still injured, I’ve been trying to figure out things I can do to keep somewhat fit. I decided that I would take a … Continue reading

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Movember Resistance Training

I am one of those guys who just doesn’t grow much facial hair, even if I try. But for this year’s Movember, I thought I would see what I could farm on my upper lip and chin – the other … Continue reading

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Polarization vs. Common Ground in Health and Wellness

As I train and race each season, I am constantly learning new techniques for speed, endurance, strength, supplements, and nutrition, among others, and right now, there are so many options for learning. Athletes have personal trainers, coaches, nutritional consultants, doctors, … Continue reading

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Man Meets Bath

I have a confession. I do not enjoy taking a bath. Not in the slightest. I think it is rather disgusting to lie and soak in a hot brew of my own filth. When I do take a bath, it … Continue reading

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Quick Tip for Myofascial Release

For a funny way to get tools for self-myofascial release, all you have to do is head to your local pet store. There will be a wide variety of dog toys in various densities and sizes. Many of them work … Continue reading

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Qualification for XTERRA Nationals

With my result at Whitewater, I ended up qualifying for the XTERRA National Championship. Here is what they sent via email: “Congratulations! Your outstanding performance in this year’s XTERRA America Tour has qualified you to compete at the prestigious XTERRA … Continue reading

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