Something you may not know about me is that I used to do triathlon. I started back around 2005 with a try-a-tri, gradually built up my distances to sprint and Olympic, and completed a 70.3 (Half Ironman) in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 2009. Once that was off my bucket list, I went on to complete the 200-kilometer Toronto to Niagara Falls Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2010. I sold my bike a year later, ready for the next adventure.
This short story was loosely inspired by a training camp I took in Collingwood in the early days, minus the dead body, of course. It’s part of my Live Free or Tri collection, and has been reprinted by Kings River Life Magazine with my permission. I hope you enjoy it!
The Cycopaths: Mystery Short Story
This past weekend, Kings River Life Magazine included my short story, Live Free or Die. This story was particularly cathartic for me to write because the premise is based on something (or should I say someone) that happened to me when I was 21. You can read the story on KRL here.
Live Free or Die is part of my collection of three short stories in LIVE FREE OR TRI. The second story in the collection is Murder in the Marsh. It was inspired by my many bicycle rides through the fertile farmlands of the Holland Marsh, while trying to master clipless pedals (a ridiculous name for pedals that actually clip in).
Harvesting carrots in the Holland Marsh
The third story is titled The Cycopaths, which happens to be the name of a fictional triathlon team. Set in Collingwood, Ontario, the idea for the story first came to me many years ago while I was attending a triathlon training camp. The name of the triathlon group was actually the brilliant idea of a friend, Ken Dee.
If you’d like to read the other two stories, you’re in luck. LIVE FREE OR TRI is free on Kindle this week until Sept. 30th. Here’s the link (you can also click on the book cover to take you to Amazon).
If you decide to download the collection and enjoy it, please take a moment to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You may be thinking “No one cares what I think” but that isn’t true. Authors do care. We care very, very much.