Once upon a time….
I had never written anything for publication before. But I had an idea: people read about college sports in the newspaper all the time, but they know nothing about the people whose exploits they cheer or jeer. I was a college athlete, and I felt like we were just names and numbers to the public – a tally of points scored in the last game, a time that we ran on the track last week. But that’s not what we were. We were real people who did a lot more than compete. And just to be able to compete took a lot of time and training and diligence. It was fun; it was hard; it was our life.
I pitched the idea of a column about the life of a college athlete to Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler, who met with me briefly and greenlit the idea. The autumn of my senior year at Dartmouth, I became a newspaper columnist, publishing once a week about the lives of my college teammates.
Looking back, I think the column had a lot of good ideas. It’s fun to read. It’s not very well-written – things are a lot more polished now after several years and hundreds of articles of paid journalism. But it’s fun to see where I started. Here’s the list.
Week one: tripping
Week two: the last first day
Week three: is there an I in team?
Week four: succumbing to peer pressure
Week five: homegoing
Week six: balancing
Week seven: moosilauke two ways
Week eight: culinary adventures, or not
Week nine: piney relays
Week ten: tradeoffs
Week eleven: toward the gold rush
Week twelve: the places you’ll go
Week thirteen: running a one-man show
Week fourteen: campers
Week fifteen: season of giving
Week sixteen: sitting
Week seventeen: coastal trail
Week eighteen: ode to oak hill
Week nineteen: on college racing
Week twenty: a lot of whining
Week twentyone: big green vs the world
Week twentytwo: love story
Week twentythree: kick it down a notch
Week twentyfour: state of the ski union
Week twentyfive: epic weekend
Week twentysix: sideline champion
Week twentyseven: 15 things that can happen in a ski marathon
Week twentyeight: loving spring
Week twentynine: back to the grindstone
Week thirty: the last supper
Week thirtyone: I try cycling
Week thirtytwo: I try Tuckerman
Week thirtythree: maybe it is about the bike
Week thirtyfour: first OD
Week thirtyfive: in defense of hanging out
Week thirtysix: the average athlete
Week thirtyseven: graduation