Author Archives: Ryan Heisler

Brain Drain

November 13th, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Injury | Life | Little Otter | Ryan - (0 Comments)
Furry Otter

The initial impact seems innocuous enough. Just another bump. Nothing you haven’t done a hundred times before. You’ll shake it off. Then the fog starts to set in. It comes in fast, like a gale off the water, to envelope the entire harbor that is your thought process. Everything gets harder. You can feel the …
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Ryan 5

We did it. We raised over $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center’s Stafford New Life Center. We got through race weekend. And we got me to the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid. I say “we” because, well, there’s no way I could have done any of this on my own. And I don’t think …
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The Easy Part of IMLP – Training

May 4th, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Ironman | Life | Little Otter | Ryan - (1 Comments)
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With all of our efforts surrounding raising funds for the Adirondack Medical Center, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that I signed up for a 140.6 mile race in 80 days (and counting). But, here we are in the middle of April and training is beginning to truly ramp up at this point. …
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Final turn. Please, someone strike me with a hammer.

A favorite phrase of mine is that “proper prior planning prevents piss-poor performance.” This is a lesson that I should have remembered during the course of my foray at the Hyannis Half-Marathon this past weekend. As you can imagine by both the title of this entry and this opening, I did not. There’s a reason …
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Shoe Review: Saucony Freedom ISO

February 21st, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Gear Review | Ironman | MavMulti | Ryan - (0 Comments)
Saucony Freedom Iso. Image courtesy of Saucony.

There are times where running feels like a complete slog. And then there are times where it feels completely effortless. More often than not, it ranges somewhere in the middle. Typically, with running shoes, you wind up with compromises in footwear design. You have shoes that are perfect for those slogging miles, but don’t hold …
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quarter hat

As many of you know, I’m racing Ironman Lake Placid and raising $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center in honor of #OwenOtter.  So far, we’ve surpassed $1,000 in donations, but there’s a long way to go.  We’re holding a fundraiser at the Hooker Brewery on March 18, 2017 (tickets are $25 when purchased online and $30 …
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Surviving USAC Cyclocross Nationals

January 15th, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Little Otter | Race Report | Ryan - (0 Comments)

  From time to time, I have a good idea. This was not one of those times. In the middle of December, while kicking around the Internet at work, I discovered that USA Cycling would be hosting their Cyclocross (or CX, for those in the know) National Championship event here in Hartford in January. Me, …
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To make a long story short: I’m fundraising for the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, NY through the Ironman Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” program. In more detail, then: The last time I tried to go iron-distance racing was nearly two years ago. It ended disastrously. (warning: graphic.) Then last fall, Owen spent an all too …
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Back to the Start

October 21st, 2016 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Since I’ve started in running and triathlon, I’ve alternated good years and bad years. Odd years are good ones; even ones are less so, all the way down to terrible. Breaking that down further: 2010: enter the sport officially 2011: good running race results, finish my first two 70.3s 2012: avoid the injury bug, but underperform …
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Missing Owen

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Life - (0 Comments)
The mural I did in September.

  I mentioned in my last post that the last time I had ridden the bike was at Challenge Maine last year. A lot of that has to do with my back and still trying to recover. But the other reason, I think, is that there is a part of me that isn’t ready. The …
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