Monthly Archives: November 2015

In Praise of Getting It Off Your Chest

A couple of days ago, Christopher Snider wrote a very important post defending My Diabetes Secret (as well as the other “My Chronic Disease Secret” sites he has created). This is my “+1″ to his response. I don’t read My … Continue reading

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Twenty Minutes

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. In recent years Lisa and I have headed north to Montréal for the holiday, but we stayed home this year since we’re going on vacation soon. As a result, we could do our town’s Turkey Trot 5K! … Continue reading

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The Halo Effect of Ironman

It’s fair to say that finishing Ironman Wisconsin changed me. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but I think it’s actually true. In the first week after the event, I thought it was just the glow of the day … Continue reading

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I haven’t ridden my bike very much since the Ironman. Just 8 times between the 14th of September and the 16th of November. I’ve enjoyed all of the cycling I have done, but for one reason or another I just … Continue reading

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I CAN Turn Left!

When I learned to swim six years I turned my head to the right to breathe. I have always turned to the right. Like Zoolander, I can’t turn left. Breathing right has worked well for me so far. Occasionally I … Continue reading

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On Alchemy, Suffering, and Half Marathon PRs

On Halloween, I ran a half marathon PR at the hilly Ashland Half Marathon. Before I talk about the race, please indulge me for a brief digression about alchemy, the attempt to turn common elements into gold. Medieval alchemists mixed … Continue reading

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