Category Archives: Life Lessons

Foggy

For unknown reasons the high school pool is closed until further notice. People who swam there while I was on vacation said it was especially chilly recently, indicating that perhaps the heater was broken. Maybe it will open in September. … Continue reading

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Random bits of Kona

I talk to myself a fair bit when I’m training. Usually it’s happy, encouraging talk to get me through a tough spot. (Or it’s just ridiculous nonsense that pops into my brain to crack me up until I get sick … Continue reading

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Swimming to a Better Place

After years of doubting and denying it, it’s time to fess up: I’m pretty OK at swimming. Sure, I can find lots of aspects about my technique and speed that I wouldn’t mind improving. Bilateral breathing and flip turns? Still … Continue reading

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Bike from Work

Here’s a follow up to my bike to work post. It turns out that traffic is a lot lighter at 6:00 in the morning than at 4:30 in the afternoon. While it is interesting to travel faster than cars on … Continue reading

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Bike to Work

It may surprise many of you that I have never biked to work. The thought had occurred to me, but I always had two main objections. (1) Cycling is supposed to be fun and purpose-free. If I’m going to work, … Continue reading

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Medtronic Minimed Enlite Sensor

I promised myself that I would post about the Minimed Enlite continuous glucose monitor sensor. It’s taken longer than I expected, because I wanted to make sure that I was being as fair as possible. Let’s start with a picture. … Continue reading

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Slipping into Spring

“Jeff Mather, you are an idiot, and you’re compounding your idiocy with lunacy! Why don’t you just turn around now?” I had a point. There was nothing good to be gained by continuing to run down this flooded, icy trail—the … Continue reading

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Jet Lag and Swimming Anxiety… Saturday 5:30AM

It’s a bit after 5:30 on Saturday morning as I type this by tapping away on my phone’s little keyboard. Jet-lag has been working its power over me for the last hour and a half. Its mojo is strong this … Continue reading

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Shenanigans… Or the one about falling down

A year ago I took a couple of cross-country ski lessons. It had been over twenty years since I skied in high school, and I was never really good at it. Nevertheless, I figured that I could just jump back … Continue reading

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Diet Coke

I started using the Medtronic Minimed Enlite sensor about 10 days ago, and I have plenty to write about it. And I’ll do that soon. For now, I’ll just tease y’all and say my reaction so far is better than … Continue reading

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Flip Flip Flip Flip… Wednesday, 6:00AM

Before I left the house I decided that today was going to be a “screw around” day at the pool. My plan is to start some structured base training in January, and until then I’m going to enjoy myself (the … Continue reading

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Crêpes Rock!

Things I learned this evening: Cooking crêpes is not that hard. It’s true that the first one was a little small, and that none of the other three were completely round. But they were delicious. They weren’t perfect, but neither … Continue reading

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Tu oso bebe cerveza

You might remember that I started to learn Spanish last fall. That went pretty well, but I knew at the end of those ten weeks that my knowledge was still very basic. Now, almost a year later, I’ve restarted my … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Wetsuit

My good friend and fellow type-1 triathlete Céline recently wrote about how she is too stubborn to wear a wetsuit during triathlon. I started to write a response on her site, but it quickly became a post all of its … Continue reading

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Runner’s Block

When I was cooling off in the shade after the Mass State Triathlon on Sunday, sitting on a folding chair and finishing up my second bottle of water in a matter of minutes, I summed up how I was feeling. … Continue reading

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