Category Archives: Reluctant Triathlete

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 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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Spreadsheeting

A few weeks ago, Victoria asked me about “spreadsheeting.” I mentioned that I keep track of my triathlon details in Excel, and she wanted me to tell her about that workbook. Here goes. First the basics. Every triathlon I’ve done … Continue reading

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The Data Says, Don’t Overthink It

Monday night I sat down to plan out my off-season recovery season. Part of this is thinking about what I want to do between now and spring—a trail race or two, trekking in Patagonia, and another Knighthood quest, perhaps?—and what … Continue reading

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When It All Started

It was fun to go back and reread the original post from almost 5 years ago in which I said I was going to do a triathlon. Oh, silly Jeff, if only you knew where that issue of Triathlete magazine … Continue reading

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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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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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The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is a Rail Trail

Today I did something that I’ve never done before: I ran to work. My Ironman plan said that I needed to run for a bit more than two hours, but we’re going out of town this weekend, and a run … 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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