Author Archives: Jeff Mather

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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Here’s a multiple-choice question. On Saturday I… Did something very silly; Went on a quest; Kept a friend company during a fundraiser; Watched TV all day; Ate food every half hour; Rode my longest/farthest indoors; Rode my farthest on a … Continue reading

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“I Was Never Told…”

This. Just this. I learned a bit from the people who were there [at my diagnosis] to teach me. But I learned the most from just living the experience. I learned. I adopted that knowledge into my new reality and … Continue reading

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Verticality Rocks!

It’s snowing again. If you’re in New England, you’re probably thinking, “Big shock, right?” Counting today, it’s snowed four or five times in the last nine days. Honestly, I’ve lost track of when the snow came. What I do know … Continue reading

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Whip It. Whip it good!

“Let’s race!” I arrived at the pool on Friday eager to learn a new stroke: the breaststroke. For my birthday last autumn, I received Sheila Taormina‘s Swim Speed Strokes book. I’ve been swimming freestyle for six seasons now, occasionally throwing … Continue reading

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Ski Report 2015

We have had very little snow here. And it’s been warm. Driving to the ski track on Wednesday everything was winter brown. How would the skiing be? Fortunately, Weston’s snowmakers had plenty of cold temperatures to work with recently, and … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Training

Céline asked questions about heart rate training recently, and I started to answer them there. But my comment turned out to be longer than her post, so I decided to put it here instead. Here’s the low-down on heart rate … Continue reading

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Quality, Not Quantity

From Matt Dixon’s newish book, The Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential Into Performance. If you spend lots of time adding up weekly training hours and monthly totals, it’s time to put your pen down. If your lens on training success is … Continue reading

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More Power!

Hello, winter! You’ve finally arrived. Most years, it’s not long after Labor Day in September that I head down to the “love dungeon” to ride. I still try to get outside on the weekends, but most rides happen indoors now. … Continue reading

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Maintain, Don’t Gain

The FitWorks staff–”MathWorks” + “fitness” = “FitWorks.” Get it?–who run the gym double as our health and wellness people. For the last several years, they’ve been running a “maintain, don’t gain” program between American Thanksgiving and New Years. The challenge … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Swim

On Christmas Eve last week, Alex from the pool and I went for a little swim in the Ashland Reservoir. We had hoped to do the same thing on New Year’s Day this year, but we were frozen out. Twelve … Continue reading

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Artisinal Data Visualization

While looking around the web for interesting ways to visualize diabetes data, I came across Jana Beck’s iPancreas blog and her foray into D-data visualization. There I found a link to Sarah Groff-Palermo’s talk from August about “Artisanal Data on … Continue reading

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