I’m Jonathan Stillman. This is my personal website, intended to be primarily for posting notes on my personal activities and interests.
I am an active competitive runner and cyclist as well as an accomplished equestrian. I’m also an avid reader, a classical musician, and a computer scientist. Professionally, I have spent the past 30 years in various aspects of the world of software and computer science, and may occasionally post thoughts on that area here.
Since this is a reboot of my personal page, I’ve provided a bit of a recap of my recent races below. I’ve been a competitive runner for the past 16 years or so, after a long hiatus from running. My distances span a wide range, typically 5k to marathon distances. I’m regionally competitive, and have qualified for and competed in both the NYC and Boston marathons.
I came back to cycling as well, during one year (2007, I think) when I was injured and couldn’t run competitively for much of the season. I re-ignited my love of cycling, racked up a ton of miles and fed my competitive drive by racing in time trials. I’ve since kept up with cycling even in years when I was competing heavily in distance running. I first tried my hand at mass start road racing in 2010 at Tour of the Battenkill, where, perhaps with a bit of beginner’s luck, I managed a podium-worthy 5th place in my division. I’ve subsequently done a bit more road racing each year.
2013 was a year of throwing myself at some cycling disciplines that were totally new to me, and I had a blast! After a couple of rides on a mountain bike in 2012 I decided to bite the bullet and learn how to ride where there wasn’t a road. I went from purchasing my first mountain bike early in 2013 to competing in one of the most challenging and famous MTB endurance races, the Leadville 100, where I managed to win a coveted belt buckle with a bit of time to spare. It was a memorable event for me, both in the preparation and the event itself. The Vermont 50 MTB race was another memorable experience for me last year, a lot closer to home, and a LOT closer to sea level!
That probably should have been enough new experience for me for one year, but a few of us in HRRT got the cyclocross bug last fall as well. I had a blast with that! I know I’ll be doing a lot more of that, and I’m also branching out a bit from that with an effort to spend more time riding and racing on dirt roads, cow and tractor paths, etc., on a cyclocross bike, and exploring the limits of where it makes sense to ride that type of bike.
Race Results 10/12 – 4/14
Running (age group graded as a regionally competitive runner, distances primarily 5K to marathon)
November 11, 2012
2nd in age group (55-59) with a time of 1:04:08 (6:53 pace) among 1639 finishers
This is a fairly famous race that attracts runners from quite far away.
Troy Turkey Trot 10K
November 22, 2012
1st in age group (55-59) with a time of 40:17 (6:28 pace) among 1036 finishers
This is also a regionally respected race that has a long history and a big draw.
HMRRC Winter Series #1 (3 mile)
December 9, 2013
19:23 (2nd in Men 55-59 age group, 9th overall)
First Night Saratoga 5K
December 31, 2012
21:29 (3rd in Men 55-59 age group)
HMRRC Hangover Half Marathon
January 1, 2013
1:42:10 (4th in Men 55-59 age group)
First Night Saratoga 5K
December 31, 2013
21:55 (5th in Men 55-59 age group)
Cycling (this was a “throw yourself at new things” year (MTB and CX))
Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series
Mixed Cat 4/5, 36 miles
#2, March 30th, 2013: 34th of 61 finishers
#3, April 6th, 2013: 37th place of 61 finishers
Tour of the Battenkill
April 5, 2014
(64.5 mile race on a hilly mix of dirt and paved roads.)
Men 55+ Cat. 5: 6th place.
May 11, 2013
(~70 miles of mixed trails, lots of very technical singletrack, lots of mud!)
Finish time of 7:43:59, 5th place among Masters Men 50+ category. This was my first MTB race.
Wilmington-Whiteface Leadville Qualifier
June 16, 2013
(~65 miles of mixed trail/jeep trail/road, lots of climbing and 3 singletrack sections)
Finish time of 6:14:28, 5th place in Men 55-59 category.
Leadville Trail 100 MTB race
August 10, 2013
(103 miles of hell :)). Epic race, my goal was to finish in under 12 hours (max time to still get the belt buckle), made it in 11:19:51.54, 39th in age Men 55-59 age group.
Vermont 50 Trail Race
September 29th, 2013
(50 miles of mostly singletrack on and around Ascutney Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont.)
Finish time of 6:54:00 in Men’s Sport Category, Age group 55-64, 470th place of 839 participants, 17th of 29 in age group.
Adirondack Cyclocross (NYCross Series)
September 22, 2013
Men’s Cat 5: 5th of 14 (on a singlespeed)
Cross on the Farm
October 5, 2013
“B” race: 8th of 20
Saratoga Spa CX (NYCross Series)
October 20, 2013
Men’s Cat 5: 10th of 18
Wicked Creepy Cyclocross (NYCross Series)
October 27, 2013
Men’s Cat 5 Elite: 5th of 16
Singlespeed Elite: 16th of 16.
Bethlehem Cyclocross Cup (NYCross Series)
November 20, 2013
Men’s Cat 5: 7th of 14
HRRT TimeTrial Series
(10 mile ITT on rolling hills, 6 races)
Typically placed between 2nd-4th place in fields usually between 20 and 50 racers of a wide range of experience.