Saturday, April 24, 2010

Readers who write

As much as I enjoy talking about me (and I have 85 posts to prove it), In honor of Idol Gives Back the fact the fact that I should have done this weeks ago, I am going to spend some time talking about you.

I have been feeling especially blessed of late to have you wonderful folks out there as an audience for my ramblings. I freely admit to getting an ego boost from seeing the daily readership numbers, and love the interaction from the comments section, so keep it up! It really does help keep me motivated, even if the yo-yo of my weight loss hasn't indicated that as much as it did earlier in the year.

On top of being great readers who have been kind enough to spend time on what I have to say, the following is a short list of regular blog readers who have stories of their own to share. The fact that these stories have at least something in common with mine is not terribly surprising as both eating and cycling are excellent pastimes. Eventually this list will find a permanent place on the site, but for now I present:

The Becoming Timberman "Readers who also write" List of Blogs
  • Roubaix Ramblings - Faithful reader Derek who you will see all over the comments, has been writing for just about as long as I have, and is headed towards a 70.3 of his own. He's got a lot of good things to say, and is doing well in this his rookie triathlon season. The only thing I have to warn you about is that he blatantly lies about his run times. No one actually runs 8:00 miles pal, it's all some trickery involving voodoo, HGH, and the space time continuum.
  • The Pursuit of Fit - Jeff and Brent are 2 guys who have taken their lifelong friendship to the web as they work together to try get in shape. Their site looks far more professional than mine, so don't forget about me once you head over there and see all the pretty pictures.
  • Barb Trimble - Speaking of pretty pictures, Barb was the photographer who took our fantastic engagement photos, and is probably the longest tenured reader who is not my mother. She's got a nice site that mostly details her activities as a photographer, with snippets of her personal life sprinkled in. She's also a runner, and I'm sure will agree with me about Dereks times being physically impossible.'
  • Oldman - Most times I find someone who impresses me, it's for a reason different from the obvious. This isn't one of those times. As someone who has been blogging longer than anyone I know, he has been sharing his life and workout for years. That's impressive enough, but on top of that he's not just dealing with training and racing, but fighting cancer as well. That's REALLY impressive. Having just lost Rebecca to cancer, I root even more strongly to anyone fighting the fight.
I apologize if I missed anyone. As I said this list will become a permanent part of the main page at some point in the near future.


- Today turned out to be a rest day. It's what the schedule said, but I had originally wanted to bike or run. Frankly, I was/am just too tired for that. This post will go up while I sleep, and I'm looking to be up early for a 10 mile ride with a run to follow later on.
- The allergy medicine has been helping, but it's still not perfect. I need to get in to see a doctor in the next couple weeks.


  1. Hmm, 8 minute miles. Something I only dream about:) Thrilled that I was able to do 9 minute miles for 3 miles the other night.

    Thanks for the mention Ben. I do love reading your blog even if I do not comment all the time. Impressed by your dedication and honesty.

  2. If you are looking for a good allergist in the area, Dr. Daniel Steinberg at the Allergy and Asthma Center of Massachusetts is excellent. My whole family has been seeing him for years and he has kept me outside and cycling through many rough spring seasons. His office is in the Chestnut Hill Medical Center, right off of Route 9 in Newton. It's also walking distance from the green line.

  3. Barb - You comment plenty. You're a busy gal and I appreciate you staying in touch.

    Eliana - Thank you very much! My job has an office in Newton, I will definitely have to look Dr. Steinberg up, and see if he's in our network.

  4. Hey Ben hope you've had a good weekend. Thanks for the shout out, or blog out, or what ever it may be called. I haven't been able to work much voodoo lately but maybe I'll be back to it soon! I plan on writing a blog like this soon and I'll definitely be putting you in it as well. Thanks for the inspiration, in writing, training and weight loss. Keep up the great work.

  5. Hey Ben,

    Thanks so much for the kind words! I wish you much success on your journey. Great idea for a blog shout-out I'll try to do a similar post.


  6. Derek & Jeff - Glad to do it. Thanks for reading and keep writing. Hope your continued training goes well and that it's a successful season.