Tri - Runner's Roost

A blog from a "Middle of the Pack Marathoner" starting his journey from Newbie to Ironman. The ride is awesome!

I Don’t Wanna Stop

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I started running in January of 2004 to get in shape. I had gained too much weight and felt terrible. I was able to run my first 5K 3 months later. 2 years later and 50 lbs lighter, I have continued to push for greater goals and have run 5 marathons and I am training for an Iron distance triathlon now. Everyday I wake up with a positive attitude towards life, training and my future.
Marathons Completed
Arizona RockNRoll 2007
Salt Lake City Marathon 2006
Steamboat Marathon 2005
Boulder Backroads 2005
Las Vegas Marathon 2005
Why do I Tri?
Should be why do I want to Tri? I want to see just how far I can push myself. With everyday I am in the best shape of my life. And I'm never going back!!!!
Elite Family Fitness-Canon City
BB's Tanning and Massage
Scheduled Races
Littlefoot Triathlon
Bolder Boulder 10K
Highland Ranch Sprint
Boulder Long Triathlon
Redman Iron Distance
3 Days Left
May 17, 2006

Can you say -

Yes I am still nervous about Saturday. Mostly about the swim since I have not been able to get in any pool time this week. Hopefully tomorrow morning I can get in some pool time to stretch and relax.

Anyway, today I got in 6 miles on foot at a decent pace. My legs are pretty heavy from yesterday's brick. But I am feeling a lot stronger going into the second half of the week. I have been mixing in some upper boday resistance training lately so my arms and shoulders are a little sore this morning. All in all, I am feeling pretty good today. I will try and get lot's of protein and fluids in today.

OK---- I just officially got my Heat and Lane Assignments for the Tri this weekend off the web site. Now I am really frickin nervous. Am I really going to do this thing called a Traithlon. What is wrong with me. I must be totally NUTS. What am I thinking. Here I am a 42 year old, middle of the pack runner, trying to push himself into something totally bizarre. I think about what I would be doing if I wasn't doing this stuff at this age. Hhmmmmmmm. I would probably be about 50 pounds heavier, short of breath with exertion, eating fast food most days of the week, drinking way too much alchohol, and thinking that my life was going well. But my cholesterol would be up, I would be at risk for a heart attack, and I would be wearing size 38 jeans. Jeez, I think I continue with what I'm trying to do. That flashback I could have done without.
posted by Mondo @ 8:20 AM  
  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger Fe-lady said…

    Good luck this weekend! You are hitting a milestone and will never again think that you are "not able" to train and complete a triathlon! Way cool!
    And nervous is will propel you the whole way! (just try and relax in the swim tho, or you will find that you may start too fast and begin to hyperventilate!) Can't wait to read your race report on Sunday/Mon.!!!

  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Hak said…


    It's all in the breath, man. I won't say "relax, you'll be fine." You'll be a nervous wreck. We all were on the first race. Some of us, especially me, still get that way.

    You may end up not getting a wink of sleep the night before. You'll probably spend most of your time in the morning on the toilet. You'll frequently wonder what the heck you're even doing and that you had no business entering a triathlon. You're not ready yet. Yada yada.

    Again, we've all been there.

    I'm still there. However, I'm at the point where I'm somewhat detached from those fears. I know that I won't sleep. I know that I will spend the morning on the bowl. I know that my doubts will try and take over and consume me before and DURING the race...until you see that finish line on the horizon.

    Then, you're hooked.

    After crossing that first finish line, you'll be able to dance with those fears instead of being consumed by them.

    Looking forward to reading about your success this weekend.


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HPIM0667 Name: John Maynard
Home: Canon City, Colorado, United States
About Me: In 2008 I completed a full Ironman. Since that time I have continued to keep myself in a decent shape with running and hiking. As the years have rolled on so has my midsection. With my 50th birthday behind me I have embarked on another journey in life. This journey will take me into my next decade in the best shape of my entire life. It's time to kick life into overdrive.
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