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Marathon Mom

Sunday, October 17th, 2010



Chilly Fall Day

Sunday, October 17th, 2010


Off to cheer on supermom at the Grand Isle Marathon. Go mama go!


Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Sunday dirt exploring and scouting for new links to my favorite roads. The usual suspects were at D2R2 baking and sweating in the heat. I spent the weekend with the family enjoying the water at the beach.

Sunday morning I explored some dirt in Colchester. Was nearly defeated by a dead end – but a motorist assured me that what was left of a road did go through to my destination. I made a weak attempt at the muddy trail on the skinny tires – was swarmed by bugs and left it for another time when I have reinforcements.


Thursday, March 20th, 2008

We’re signed up for the Boilermaker in July. Took a ‘first run*’ today in the Intervale with the Maya pup – 1.5 miles. Cold and sloppy – but better than trying to run on the MUP. Off again this afternoon to repeat the experience, and maybe double the distance.

*run, of course is relative – it was slow – but fun.

2007 Cycling Goals

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

A work in progress, my 2007 cycling goals.


  • Get to my typical end of summer riding weight by March 1
  • 5,000 miles in the UMCA Year Rounder Competition
  • Super Randonneur Series
  • Century a month (in addition to my brevet schedule) – beginning March 1
  • Establish 3-4 RUSA Permanent routes in Vermont / Champlain Valley Region
  • 1000k or 1200k (Paris-Brest-Paris looks like it is out of the budget and schedule for this year)
  • Ride the Highlander in W. NY as a pacer for a friend – focus on sharing cycling experience and having fun
  • Long distance training ride from my home in Burlington, VT to my in-laws in Utica, NY
  • Ride the Mad River Valley Century Ride as a pacer for a friend – focus on sharing cycling experience and having fun
  • Organize and ride a version of the Six Gaps with a group of online and local cycling friends
  • Run a half marathon (still looking at the calendar to see how it fits / conflicts with the SR series)
  • 2 bike camping trips (weekenders) summer / fall


  • Increase training intensity focusing on hard, fast rides so I can start to hang with the semi-fast boys and girls. (I think the fastest boys and girls will be out of my reach for some time!)
  • Work on my climbing – this will feed off of the previous intangible
  • Keep a pleasant attitude on the bike – I’m slower than most and faster than some – focus on enjoying the ride and celebrating where I’m at at this moment in time
  • Stay healthy: keep my body happy and the anemia I suffered with last season in check
  • Ride lots – including going car lite when work doesn’t demand the auto travel

Boston / Cycling and Running Thoughts

Friday, November 17th, 2006

I was in Boston Thursday for a trade show at the Seaport World Trade Center. I watched the fishermen pictured above sorting their rigging as I navigated the seaport area for some lunch. I attended Build Boston, an architectural and construction trade show. I met with some clients, wandered the exhibition floor, and played around at the SketchUp booth with the Google boys. I’m probably going to upgrade my old old version of SketchUp – the new software has made leaps and bounds in regards to drawing and object management – which will help with the presentation end of the design work I do.

I had a tight schedule and missed out on a few bike related visits. I was hoping to drop in at Independent Fabrications and see how the new shop has come along since the last time I visited to finalize the design of my ClubRacer. I also wanted to stop at Harris Cyclery and browse for some winter / rain gear as well as look at a Carradice saddlebag for the IF. Between meetings I did have a chance to visit the Bill Rogers Running Center at Faneuil Hall. I picked up a new pair of Asics Nimbus shoes – which I hope treat my feet better as I rediscover running and my body remembers how good it feels to locomote on two feet.

All the driving I did to and from Boston left me plenty of time to start sorting out goals and event priorities for next season – and the training and fun that will get me there through the winter. Jen and I are building a work / play / training / event calendar so we can support each other in our goals. I’m planning an aggressive cycling schedule for next season and I have a few running events that I’d like to target. On the calendar for the bike is a full brevet series – of which I will probably combine rides from the Boston Brevet Series and the Berkshire Brevet Series. I’m on the fence about heading to France for Paris-Brest-Paris. It would be an incredible expereince – but the drain on the pocketbook and the logistics of flying across the pond for a 3 day endurance ride seems daunting at the moment. If I don’t do PBP I’ll be tackling a stateside 1000k – perhaps the Oregon Randonneurs Portland to Glacier ride, or their “Poor Man’s PBP”. I’m working up the running side of things for a half marathon or relay in the spring. There’s a great one here in Burlington, and it looks like they have a New Years Day 5k that I can use as a fitness benchmark, as well as an event called the “Half Marathon Unplugged”.