Author Archives: Jeff Mather

Reading: Machine Learning and Diabetes

Currently reading: “A Machine Learning Approach to Predicting Blood Glucose Levels for Diabetes Management” [PDF] (Plis, Bunescu, Marling, Shubrook, and Schwartz 2014) “Machine Learning for Diabetes Decision Support” [PDF] (Wiley 2011) “Blood Glucose Level Prediction using Physiological Models and Support … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon 2015

Monday was the Boston Marathon, and for the first time I was at the finish line in Boston. My cousin from Wisconsin qualified for Boston and stayed at our house on marathon weekend. Sunday, we all went to the expo—which … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method – Part 1

My little notebook of diabetes and exercise details is turning out to be really helpful. (My own diabetes software tools have been invaluable at aggregating all of the information and helping me retrospectively look at it.) Tuesday night I gathered … Continue reading

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Boston Strong

The 2015 Boston Marathon starts in exactly five days as I post this dispatch. My cousin is running it, and Lisa and I will be watching it together for the first time and for the first time near the finish … Continue reading

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But I Will Be an Ironman

It’s funny because it’s true.

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The last time I skied was the day of the biathlon. Ever since then, I’ve become more and more impatient for spring to arrive. I’ve grown tired of running in my basement. Of course, I could pile on clothes and … Continue reading

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Insulin is not Insulin

Last week NPR ran a story about why insulin is so expensive. It wasn’t a perfect story about diabetes—so few are—but it was better than most in the non-diabetes press. The crux of the feature is this: Despite being a … Continue reading

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And So It Begins

Today is the first day of “official” Ironman training. It’s exciting, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating it since the beginning of the year. That’s when I started working on the plan, which I’ve been cobbling together from various sources. It’s … Continue reading

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I Did a Biathlon!

Saturday, I did a biathlon. (That’s skiing and shooting, y’all, not cycling and running. That’s duathlon.) I had not expected to ever do one, but I was enticed by a coworker, and we sort of mutually enabled each other. Lisa … Continue reading

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Backup for the Backup

This morning when I got to the office gym, I discovered that I had left my blood glucose meter at home. This is not the worst possible thing to forget when going to the gym. Over the last few years … Continue reading

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January and February Round-up

My good friend Céline gives a report each month on her fitnessing. It’s kinda cool, so I decided to do the same thing for myself this year. It’s not a competition; everyone should follow her own plan, listen to what … Continue reading

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OMG, A Meme!

It’s been a while since I participated in an internet meme, but I kinda liked this when I saw it over at Scully’s place this morning. So here goes. 1. Four names that people call me other than my real … Continue reading

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I haven’t gone for a long run—longer than an hour, that is—in over a month. It was January 10th, to be exact. It was also my most recent outdoor run. I’ve been doing a lot of shorter distance/duration workouts on … Continue reading

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In the winter 2015 USA Triathlon magazine there’s a great article about Sarah (Groff) True, the triathlete who finished just off the podium in 4th at the London Olympic games. Much of the article concerns doubts and how she overcame … Continue reading

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Super-Fun (and Slow) Ski Time

I am a tired man! I skied for two hours tonight. I’m still not very efficient at it, so I didn’t coverage much distance: 8.7 miles. But, oh mon dieu it was vigorous. Despite my best efforts not to push … Continue reading

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