You’re Only Limited By Your Imagination So Imagine

  I dreamed of returning to Ironman training after my aortic surgery in 2010. Here I am (racing very carefully) thanks to modern medicine, a great support group, and a little effort. Hi! Thanks for coming by! The key benefit of staying fit and healthy is that it enables you to do things. What do you want to do, that you're not sure you can? We are all in different situations, with our unique ... Read more

Johnny’s Of Carrboro As A Metaphor For Ironman Training As All You Should Really Fear In Life Is Misoneism

  Carrbora-ana = Things associated with the culture and history of Carrboro, NC, USA. Hi folks, I visited Johnny's this morning to have a nice quiet cup of coffee, during which time I made the acquaintance of several interesting local people, one of whom, Mike, was doing work for his environmental consulting with the US EPA. This reminded me of my old life as a scientist, generating data for ... Read more

Holistic Versus Reductionistic Thinking About Body Structure And Function And The Danger Of A Fixed Mindset Concerning Sports Injuries

  "Everything popular is wrong." by Oscar Wilde in 'The Importance of Being Earnest.' Cited by Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek. Hi folks, When you study a scientific discipline for years there is the temptation to think that you understand what is going on, when nothing could be further from the truth. This is especially relevant when it comes to understanding causes and finding cures for ... Read more

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls Just Fail Better Instead By Doing Something

  "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett, cited by a student of Tim Ferriss, in 'The 4-Hour Work Week.' Hi folks, It is great to be back in Lake Placid for the 2012 Ironman race, having survived abdominal aortic surgery. It was in 2010 that this Ironman race saved my life from a huge aortic aneurysm, of which I was blithely unaware at the time. So I ... Read more

Stress And The Older Endurance Athlete Or Just Older People In General

  "Unbeknownst to most fun-loving bipeds, not all stress is bad." Tim Ferriss, 'The 4-Hour Work Week'. Hi folks, As I study other people, who, in large part, I have ignored most of my life, hiding happily in a research laboratory having great fun, making mucus movies and the like, I find that I am learning more about myself than I am about them. The trick is to open your mind to who you really ... Read more

Hopes, Dreams, Worry, Sleep, And The Joy Of Fresh Peaches with Hoop Cheese At Three AM In New Jersey

  Hi folks, Books and peaches seem to have something in common, in that sometimes they have to ripen before they are really digestible. There are three books that took a while to grow on me, and now I refer to them all the time. They are like the peaches that I bought at a farm stall three or four days ago, at which time they were as hard as bullets. I was assured by the farmer, who also made the hoop ... Read more

Solving The Money Flux Equation, And What If Tim Ferris Is Right?

  Hi folks, A while ago I wrote a post about good pain versus bad pain. Well, there is good crazy and bad crazy, too. Tim Ferris is definitely good crazy. As I approach the end of another year of training, and my income is about to drop dramatically (on September 24th, in fact), I am considering self-coaching for my next season. Generally this is a bad idea, and I may live to regret it, but the experience ... Read more

Orthotics, Symmetry, And Tim Ferris Has Done It Again!

Hi! Folks, Recently, my friend and biking partner Rory Conolly sent me the following link concerning the question, "are shoe orthotics a good idea?" It is well worth a read! I have often wondered about this issue, especially since reading 'Born to Run.' I was wearing 'spring-loaded' shoe-insert orthotics at the time, which I believe were prescribed with all good intentions, but I suspect that the strong arch ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.