Category Archives: Cycling

I Escaped from Alcatraz

Hi, friends. I know it’s been a while since I posted here. Sorry. Since late April, I’ve raced three triathlons: the sprint that starts every season, Escape from Alcatraz, and Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. I’ve also gone on a few vacations … Continue reading

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Rookie

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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Autumn

Many thanks to Lisa for the excellent picture from our post-work ride yesterday.

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Jeff Mather, You’re an Ironman

This is a long post. I wish I knew how to make it shorter, but I don’t. It was a long event anyway. “You’re having a great race! Your paces are exactly what you had estimated. I’m so proud of … Continue reading

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Where are we? How did we get here?

Tomorrow’s the Ironman. How did we get here? There was that time in late 2009 when Lisa suggested that we go to the pool before our 2010 trip to Australia so that we would look good and not drown when … Continue reading

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Back in the Black

Here’s a snapshot of the previous 25 weeks of Ironman training: All of this data comes from my Garmin, which has tracked (almost) all of my swims, bikes, runs, hikes, kayak paddling, strength workouts, and cross-country ski outings for the … Continue reading

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August is done. I’m ready to taper.

Well, well, well. We just finished another month, which this time around coincides nicely with the end of the biggest block of training in my Ironman plan. It was some pretty intense training. In fact, it was so intense that … Continue reading

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Week 22

I just finished my biggest week (so far) of Ironman training. I’m four weeks out from Wisconsin—it’s on the 13th—and weeks 22, 23, and 24 are the hardest weeks of the plan in terms of training volume and trying to … Continue reading

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So Much Fitnessing: July Round-up

Forgive me, dear readers, for being so late with the details about last month’s swim/bike/run activities. I have a few ride and travel posts in the hopper—including one about the JDRF ride and another about my ride through the Front … Continue reading

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Four Notches and Two Tours

Saturday night, as I was falling asleep, I had a dream that woke me almost bolt upright. I was riding my bike, and suddenly I flew off the edge of a mountain. My tired subconscious had combined the two adventures … Continue reading

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Mass State Triathlon 2015

I never got around to giving a report for last year’s Mass State Triathlon. It was the weekend before I left for RAGBRAI, and writing up a lengthy post about the race wasn’t at the top of my priority list. … Continue reading

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June Round-up

I’m having trouble accepting that it’s July. It just doesn’t seem possible. Fitness-wise, May and June look a lot alike. The weather didn’t really cooperate for my long rides on the weekend, but I started commuting to work more by … Continue reading

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This Old Man Cray Cray

Last Friday I posted about how I’ll be riding my bike more because, when it comes right down to it, cycling is often a more relaxing way to commute than driving. Earlier in the morning I had driven to the … Continue reading

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Rock Beats Scissors. Bike Beats Car.

My office is 16 miles from my house. That’s via the most direct route, which is frequently slow in a car because the backroads are actually main streets, and it passes through four town centers—Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, and Natick—each of … Continue reading

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I Like Big Hills: Quassy Half-ironman

Training for an Ironman is a funny thing. The distances and times involved in the event are so long that, on one level, I sort of forgot that a half-ironman is the longest athletic event I’ve ever done. In the … Continue reading

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