Category Archives: Swimming

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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Swim Cards Against Humanity

A few days back, Caroline asked about the Swim Speed Workouts card deck by Sheila Taormina that I’ve been using for the last 2-3 winters. So I thought I’d give a little review. Swim Speed Workouts is a combination of … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling Lucky

Things I Googled this evening: Dexcom G5 Animas Vibe — As in, “Does the Dexcom G5 work with the Animas Vibe?” — It doesn’t look like it . . . yet. Of course, to communicate with the G5 the Animas has to talk … 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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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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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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Come What May (Round-up)

“It’s the First of June,” I told myself on the way to work this morning. “Huh. I guess it’s time to recap the last month of fitnessy good times.” Between working from home, volunteering, and riding my bike to work, … Continue reading

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Pimp My Ride

It’s the time of the season for riding my bike to and from work. It’s bright in the morning. The temperatures are warm . . . well, warm enough. And the crack in Tommy V’s carbon fiber chainstay is fixed. I’m aiming to … Continue reading

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Swim Selfie

Last month, someone from my college sent me a little gift in the mail. It happened to arrive the same day as some new goggles. Naturally, I had to thank her with a picture of me making the most of … Continue reading

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