Author Archives: Ryan Heisler

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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Dan hard at work, me pedaling along as we go.

For most triathletes, the most amount of time you’ll be spending during training and racing is on-board the bike. I say most in the above sentence because some of us have had the experience of a “run” lasting nearly as long, or longer than their bike during a race. This means that it is absolutely …
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Dear WTC: Please, fix #5Q so I can do this race.

Note: This is part of our recurring series on the financials of the Ironman Foundation. To see our previous work on the subject, click here. It is the fall, which means it is time for 501(c)(3) organizations to release their prior year tax returns. Form 990s are generally required to be publicly disclosed by October …
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#BroBird Gear Review: Oiselle Distance Short

August 12th, 2015 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Gear Review | Running - (2 Comments)

brobird noun: a male runner who wears Oiselle apparel: I saw a lot of brobirds at my last marathon. Oiselle has been making running apparel for women since 2007, when Sally Bergesen took her years of branding and marketing experience and applied it to her dream of better fitting, better styled running apparel. I started selling Oiselle …
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