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Why Setting Goals Is Sometimes the Worst Thing You Can Do

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Back in the 1980s, when I was in my 20s, I decided to do a 2-day, 150-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin, Texas. I bought a bike (yes, I didn’t even have a bike at the time) and trained for months with a group of friends who were also embarking on this adventure. I did the ride, and it went fine until about a mile from the state capital, where the ride ended. It had started raining, and I was then presented with my first flat tire of the trip. I could see the capital in the distance, so...

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Apply for 27 middle-income loft apartments in East Harlem, from $1,700/month

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Image courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development A lottery is now open for 27 apartments at a new rental building in East Harlem near the East River. Located at 2269 First Avenue, the building, known as East River Lofts, offers unique homes with loft areas and a long list of amenities. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income–between $58,286 annually for a one-person household and $167,570 annually for a five-person household–can apply for units that range from $1,700/month studios to two-bedrooms for $2800/month. Loft-like units at this uptown building feature hardwood floors, high ceilings, kitchens with high-end appliances,...

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Day out: River Avon, Tomintoul, Moray

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The purple fuzz of the Highland heather is at its most vibrant in autumn, and the air has an invigorating bite. The valley through which the Avon flows has grandeur and a wonderful sense of space – fit for a queen. Queen Victoria, wrapped in her tartan shawl, used to gaze across the uplifting landscape over her royal estate from a spot now known as the Queen’s View.  Wander beneath birch trees in all their autumn splendour Getty Walking and cycling around Tomintoul A splendid, gentle, 16-mile (return) cycle or walk can be followed from Tomintoul village, via the regal...

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Runner-Up Review: The Cycling Gear That Almost Made Our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide

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Getting out the door for a bike ride when it’s snowy and cold requires a special kind of motivation. Sometimes, that motivation comes from knowing that your gear will keep you warm, dry, and safe on dusky roads or trails. We rounded up our very favorite new pieces of winter cycling equipment in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Here are the runner-up products that you should know about. Bontrager Flare RT and Ion Pro RT Front and Rear Lights ($180) (Photo: Courtesy Bontrager) Per a 2016 Clemson University study, the average cyclist believes they are 700 percent more visible to...

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4 Pines to open Hunter Valley taproom

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On November 1, when the barriers on regional travel within NSW are removed, 4 Pines will open their latest taproom at a farm-style resort in the Hunter Valley town of Pokolbin. To be known as 4 Pines at The Farm, the seventh hospitality venue in 4 Pines’ portfolio will be part of the Helé family-owned Hunter Farm that’s home to the Hunter Valley Resort which boasts a hotel, wine cellar door and functions centre and offers a vast array of activities to the general public like bike tours and pony rides. The new 4 Pines taproom and bistro will have...

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