Laughter might be the best medicine… but hickeys and knee jerking seem to help too..

I have always been a bit curious about non-traditional medicine but frankly haven’t ever needed it. Over the past four weeks however, I have been suffering with a sore and swollen left knee, which has got me looking for a get well plan. When I get an injury I tend to use fuzzy logic derived …

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New Message, Same As the Old Message

Team, I sent this message to all of you in 2010 to inspire us all to use that winter wisely and to promote a healthy 2011 race season.  We may be a few years older but the message is still a good one... USMC Motivation Sgt. Ferguson Messages from the past: A 2010 Season Winter …

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It’s Spring, time to have a serious talk with myself…

It's spring in New England and snow is still falling...Mother Nature is at her cruelest in March.  My buddy in Virginia has already mowed his lawn twice while mine has a solid 8 inches of snow pack.  Really???   Come on Spring! The winter base building phase is over. Spring is here and its time to …

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Clinking of the Halyards

It’s a 5 am run day. Outside it is pitch dark, blustery and rainy as I roll along toward the mouth of the Merrimac. I cut through the gravel pathway of the boat yard and my footsteps are keeping time with something that sounds like a spoon banging on the side of a tea cup…clink, …

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VIP Night

I’m standing in the Times Convention Center, New York City … positioned directly in front of the courtesy wine bar… waiting for the Premier viewing of NBC’s Ironman World Championship 2016 Broadcast to start. The event is jam packed with Ironman legends … world class pro athletes and age groupers….. then there is me. I …

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CHICKED lately? get used to it….Time has come…

So what does it mean to get chicked... CHICKED: -verb. The act of getting passed by a female athlete. My wife and I have this running argument over the athletic prowess of men and women. My stand is …given equal training, age, physical make up, etc.….females are as equally athletically capable as are male physically …

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Need to know what to do in the off season? Go with rocket science.

October in New England is that part of the season typically my “off season or down time”. From now until after Thanksgiving is the time I go easy and start thinking about next year’s goals. After my last race I decided to use this time to get my run game back. I started out as a …

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Superstitions and Maiden Voyages

Living in a port town you get too hear  about all about the superstitions that surround a vessels 1st time out to sea. One such superstition is no bananas on board ship???….. I think the rationale behind it has to do with the fact that fermenting bananas can let off a lethal fume; and that spiders who …

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Lucille is here….and the world is right again.

What kind of man drives into the garage with his carbon road bike Cervelo S5 strapped in the roof rack…???  I did am I'm so sorry.... sorry Lucille... Everyone knows the best surgeons in the world are in Boston... so I had hope even in my darkest hour.  Dr. Marty and his staff of surgeons …

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I lost my Lucille today…..but I’m gonna get her back……..

My favorite way to tune out the world’s problems is with BB and Lucille (his Gibson guitar Model E355) playing “The thrill is gone” or “Need to pay the cost to be the boss” Back in 1949, when King was in his early 20s, he performed at a nightclub in Twist, Arkansas, in the dead …

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The difference between Tri and Triumph is a little …..umph!

I read once that if you recognize that life is hard, things seem to go much easier. So what makes “The Hard Things” we do in life? For me training for and competing in Triathlons is hard and something not many in my circle of friends do. Races always scare me. I get anxious before …

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I’m in the Hot Seat (updated)

I’m in a tailspin, off the rails, unfocused and lack significant motivation….. I was supposed to be racing my season opener this past weekend however, when I showed up for early packet pickup I found that I wasn’t even registered…What? Hold on, you are kidding right???   You don’t have my name down? WTF! Hold on …

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Exhale – 2016 1St Open Water Solo Swim

  It’ is 05:30 AM and about 57 degrees on a very cool misty New England morning. Today will be my 1st open water swim of the season.  I’m nervous….   but I’m nervous every year on the 1st day… The parking lot is empty of course, what nut-bag in his right mind would be at …

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Someday I’m gonna write a Biography

Authors Note:  I just learned about the passing of my dear friend and mentor Dave Orlowski.  I'm reposting something I wrote sometime ago in his honor.    Not mine of course, one much more interesting to anyone who loves the sport of Triathlon.  My subject...will be of a great friend and mentor Dave Orlowski who …

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Seven Deadly Tri-Sins

Triathlon and the Seven Deadly Sins I think at some point every triathlete suffers from one or all of the Seven Deadly Sins..   The sins are Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth.  As sins go they may not be big ones per se, but sins none the less. Fear not sinners, forgiveness is near. …

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When life trumps your training schedule

All last year I struggled with maintaining a schedule when more important priorities take precedence over my triathlon training.  I had many discussions with my coach about ways to balance the stresses of everyday life with that weary tired feeling from training.  I found myself apologizing over and over again for not keeping up, measuring …

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A Positive Habit Pattern

Some years ago I developed a habit of saying “Good Morning”  to just about everyone I pass on my morning bike and run sessions.  I’m always pleasantly surprised when I actually get a response.  Lately, I have even tried to squeak out a smile if I can because I have noticed runners never do a …

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