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White Line Fever

By | Bingham, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motorcycling, The Penguin Archives, The Penguin Chronicles | No Comments

Believe it or not, the human machine can equal the power of a Harley. Until I discovered running, I had only two passions in life: music and motorcycles. Each fueled the other, and employment in one usually meant greater opportunities to pursue the other. For many years, this combination was perfect – I worked long enough as a freelance musician to build a financial base, then rode long enough to need the next gig. Maintaining the balance between time and money was tricky, but with care and a willingness to consume nothing more than peanut butter and beer, it was…

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White Line Fever

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Believe it or not, the human machine can equal the power of a Harley. Until I discovered running, I had only two passions in life: music and motorcycles. Each fueled the other, and employment in one usually meant greater opportunities to pursue the other. For many years, this combination was perfect – I worked long enough as a freelance musician to build a financial base, then rode long enough to need the next gig. Maintaining the balance between time and money was tricky, but with care and a willingness to consume nothing more than peanut butter and beer, it was…

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The Final Countdown

By | Bingham, Half Marathon, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Training, Walking | 7 Comments

They say a photo is worth a thousand words. This photo is actually worth over 160,000 words. 18 years. 12 columns a year. 750 words per column – give or take. And that’s just the written words. There’s no way to calculate the number of spoken words over the course of the past 18 years. From small gatherings in running specialty stores to hundreds of people at race expos to thousands of Team in Training participants at inspiration dinners I’ve talked to, tried to inspire and motivate, and made giggle more people than I could possible count. This December that…

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Flashback Friday: White Line Fever

By | Bingham, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | No Comments

Since I’ve spent so much time riding in the past couple of weeks, this old column has been on my mind. Believe it or not, the human machine can equal the power of a Harley. Until I discovered running, I had only two passions in life: music and motorcycles. Each fueled the other, and employment in one usually meant greater opportunities to pursue the other. For many years, this combination was perfect – I worked long enough as a freelance musician to build a financial base, then rode long enough to need the next gig. Maintaining the balance between time…

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The Longest Day

By | Bingham, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | One Comment

Sometimes we set goals well in advance. We plan for months, or even years. We carefully consider all the requirements to be successful; equipment, training, travel, and support. Sometimes a goal jumps up and bites us. Yesterday, I was bit. I’ve spent the better part of that past two weeks on the road. I visited with family, spent time with friends, and worked the RnR VA Beach event. Everything I needed for all of that was packed on a BMW R1200GS. It was my transportation, my office, and my companion. You don’t have to know much about me to know…

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Looking for Adventure

By | Bingham, Family, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, The Penguin Archives | One Comment

I should mention this at the very beginning. This edition of the Penguin Chronicles has little to do with running – in an absolute sense. It has to do with looking for, and finding, a means of expressing one’s self, one’s joy, one’s desire for some unique experience that defines a moment in one’s life. Come to think of it, maybe it does have something to do with running. For the past week, Jenny and I have been exploring the Great Smokey Mountains on dual-purpose motorcycles. When my son, Terry, was young he and I did a lot of this…

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Facebook Friend-see

By | Bingham, Family, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | 2 Comments

When Facebook first come into the national consciousness I had no idea what it was or what it could do. I couldn’t even figure out how to get an account so I hired a recent college graduate, a 20-something computer whiz, to establish my Facebook presence. He created two pages; a John Bingham page [Facebook/jjbingham] and a “Penguin” page [Facebook/john the penguin bingham] What I didn’t know then was that the personal page, John Bingham, allowed people to “friend” you. The “penguin” page only allowed people to “like” you. And, as you know, you are limited to 5,000 Facebook friends,…

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The Well Lubricated Runner

By | Bingham, Half Marathon, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Training, Walking | No Comments

Years ago I worked with a crusty, old [like maybe 40!] Scottish motorcycle mechanic named Stewart. His brogue and the fact that he had lost one leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident made him seem more like a pirate than a master mechanic. He used to fill the junior mechanics, me among them, with his hard-earned words of wisdom. The one that remains with me all these years later was: “If it CAN be lubricated it NEEDS to be lubricated and if it CAN be adjusted it NEEDS to be adjusted.” He had one other simple explanation for…

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Imported from Detroit

By | Bingham, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, The Penguin Archives, Training | One Comment

What happens when you send a car-crazed gear head to the headquarters of an iconic American car company to talk to the employees about living a healthy, active lifestyle? What happened to me was that I got to spend two fantastic days with people who are as passionate about cars and trucks as I am. And, I learned that there are a lot of similarities between what they do, the way new vehicles and equipment are imagined and created and the way an adult-onset athlete like myself changes their life. When I was younger, when I was smoking and drinking…

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Two For the Road

By | Bingham, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Motivation, Motorcycling, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Training | 3 Comments

There are days when everything comes together. You feel good, the weather’s good, and planets are all aligned. It’s what Frank Shorter calls a “no excuses” day. And when that day happens on a goal race day you just know something special is going to happen. Yesterday, March 24, 2012, was that kind of day for me. It was one that I will remember for the rest of my life. A little recap. In January of 2010 I did something to my sacroiliac joint. It’s a plate joint, not a ball joint and it was out of alignment. 6 months…

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