Archive for September, 2007


Hub on Wheels – 2007

September 25, 2007

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I rode the third annual “Hub on Wheels” last weekend in Boston.

I think there were around four thousand riders who came out, and raised money towards bringing more computers and technology into the Boston Public School system.

It was a gorgeous late September day. I got to spend some time with my awesome Wheelworks Multisport teammates, enjoy the gorgeous streets and suburbs of boston on bike (many of which were closed just for the ride) and I shot a few quick videos and pics along the way.

They are all a little rough, but please excuse my crappy editing skills. 🙂


Psycho Spin Class Violence

September 21, 2007

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Apparently spin classes can get a little more intense than I thought!

Stuart Sugarman loved to cheer himself on and grunt in spin class — but now the hedge-fund manager is paying dearly for his vociferous workout.

He was allegedly beaten by a gymmate who snapped at the loud antics — and hurled Sugarman and his stationary bike into the wall of an Upper East Side gym. …

It looks like I may have to play mother hen and keep a close eye on these crazies! I don’t want any crushed spines on my conscious. Those bikes are heavy!


Spinning Instructor: Day One

September 20, 2007

Okay kids. So here is the story.

I wasn’t that nervous all day about my first attempt at being a spinning instructor, which was probably assisted by the fact that I was so busy doin the 9-5 that I didn’t even have time to think about how badly I was going to do at fooling people that night.

The “new job jitters” didn’t actually hit me until I pulled into the parking lot (of a gym I had never even been to before mind you) and realized there was no turning back now. I took a deep breath, sucked it up, and realized it was too late to back out now.

I was warned that, since this was only the second class that the gym had ever offered, that they weren’t exactly expecting a huge turnout. All I was hoping for was at least one person so I could at least call myself an indoor cycling instructor and actually hold a class. Just ONE person!

Well, as luck would have it, turning on some loud music and hanging out in and empty room spinning the pedals by myself actually attracted two people. Twice what I was hoping for! Granted one came with sandals and a yoga mat, fully expecting to take a Yoga class.. but it was good enough!

They didn’t even come with towels or water bottles. I knew I was going to have to make them work real hard (hey, I didn’t wanna look like a softie…) but I let ’em know I’d rather see them step outside to grab water quick than get dehydrated and fall over on me.

So after offering a quick hand to help in adjusting my first two students’ bikes… off I went! Did a quick warm-up and jumped right into the little workout plan that I pulled together off of some other plans I scrounged up on the internet.

Here is (roughly) what I ran my two new favoring people through.

Warm up:

3 minutes easy – cadence in the low 80’s

3×30″ on with 30″ rest


Turn up resistance 1-2 turns

Mix in 1-2 standing periods ~:30 per interval

2×2′ on  with 1′ rest

2×3′ on with 1′ rest

2’x4′ on with 45″ rest

2×5′ on with  30″ rest

2×4′ on with 45″ rest

2×3′ on with 1′ rest

2×2′ on with  1′ rest


Turn resistance up 1/2 turn

2×1′ sprint (cadance above 105) with 30″ rest

2×45″ sprint with 30″ rest

2×15″ spring with 15″ rest

Cool down:

3:00 low cadence with stretching

It seemed like they both got pretty good workouts, were nice and shiny, covered in sweat. The guy even mentioned that it was the most he had sweat in a long time. That is what I like to hear! Maybe I can actually pull this off. Lets hope it goes just as well next week, and maybe even three people will show up then!


My New Gig

September 16, 2007

I’ve been looking for a second gig (to try and alleviate the dent that tri-gear has created in my bank account) just to do a few nights a week after my regular 9-5.

Then, as fate would have it, I learned from a teammate of mine about a gym just down the road that is looking for spinning instructors.

I thought: “Hey, I taught swim lessons and aqua-aerobics back when I was in High School and College, and now I’ve moved on to triathon. Seems like a natural transition!”

So, I dusted off the ‘ol resume, did some research, made a few phone calls, laid on the ‘ol Bull charm and BAM. I got the job!

I’ve got my first class scheduled for this Tuesday after work and those new job jitters have totally sunk in. I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into, but hopefully I’ll be resilient enough to figure it out along the way and not look completely ridiculous.

For any of you guys out there that have met me, I definitely don’t fit the “psycho drill instructor yelling to go faster and pedal till you bleed” type of guy. There is a reason why I love endurance races and not sprints. I get a kick out of just putting my head down and giving long consistent effort for 2-3 hours. Its defnitely not typical spinning style: speeding up, resting, standing sitting, jumping..

I’m hoping it’ll just be a matter of finding my own style (and hoping that people connect with it and actually show up next time!) and bringing some creativity to new routines.

Either way, I’m sure I’ll have some funny stories to post up here Tuesday night. Hopefully at least one person will show up!


Ironman Live is Dangerous!

September 12, 2007

Watching Drew cross the line at Ironman Canada, and the Race Athlete crew cross the line at IMoo this weekend has gotten me all itchy. I want to be HERE.

Doing THIS!

I’m definitely set on making an attempt at a half iron next year, probably at Timberman, but have really got the itch to start making IM plans. Just the idea of being able to cross that finish line and hear my name.. “Jameson Bull… YOU ARE..” Gets me all giddy.

The last thing I want to do is underestimate the huge tak that is ironman training, but I do need to plan this out before I jump into this. I have been tossing around the idea of doing a self supported Ironman.

1) I like the price. 2) I love the name “Ironman Boston”

I’ve already started poking around trying to plan a route. This could get interesting folks! Who is with me?!


Triathlon: Because I can

September 9, 2007

So after cutting a Friday night out on the town with friends short (with the excuse of having to get up early for a workout) I got a late-night wake up from my girlfriend. No, not THAT kind of midnight wake-up. She thought she was having her throat close up on her and I had to take her to the hospital. (Don’t worry, she is fine now).

As I was sitting in the Somerville Hospital emergency room at 1:30 a.m., trying not to pass out in the most uncomfortable plastic chair ever made, I couldn’t help but eaves drop on some people in beds around us to see what brought them to the hospital.

DAMN! Its situations like that when you really realize how lucky you are. Just the fact that I’m healthy enough to even train for a triathlon puts me miles above some of the people looming around the ER.

I may not be very happy with some of my race results this year, and still wish I was a faster runner, but after stepping back and really looking at my situation overall, I’m doing pretty damn good. It really helped me to refocus my perspective on my fitness and really appreciate the simple fact that I’m even able to toe the line at at triathlon.

So, despite my less than five hours of sleep friday night, I still decided to stick to my original plan of a mile swim and 2 mile run out around Walden Pond, just because I can. And it was great. 🙂

Comparing your fitness to other bad-ass triathletes can be dangerous, but when you step back and compare yourself to the rest of the population, I’m doing awesome! So, just a reminder to all you kids out there. Don’t get too worried about your times and place in your AG. Impressing your fellow triathletes may be fun, but just being able to cross the line at any triathlon makes you a bad-ass to just about everyone else out there. So enjoy it!

Take care of yourselves out there.


Morning Workouts

September 5, 2007


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So I’m REALLY good at setting my running/cycling/swimming gear out the night before, and setting my alarm clock to get up early and do a early morning workout. I’m definitely an early riser, but not so much that I can easily jump out of bed and hit the road/pool early in the morning before work.

Half of the difficulty if triathlon is just finding time to train. Working out early is a good way to squeeze in some extra mileage, because the LAST thing I want to do after a long day at the office is go workout, especially when my stocked fridge and TV are calling my name.

Having the 3 PM Clif Builder Bar (they are delicious!) has helped curb my post-work appetite and help me get on the road, but it still hard to get out there once and a while.

Anyone have any good tips for just getting yourself motivated and out there on the road?