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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
Walk For Hope
June 11, 2006
It started off as just another fund raiser. But as with most Triathletes I took it to the extreme....

I joined the "Walk For Hope" to just have fun. A walk around an oval loop for a few laps then rest then walk then rest and repeat. At least that is the the way it is suppose to work. The team prepares a team of walkers to switch out and each team is suppose to have at least one person walking at all times. The teams also set up a booth and try to sell stuff, or have a raffle or silent auction.

But, as with most other Triathletes - I am obsessive about everything I do. Why is that? I wonder if there is a Phychiatrist out there that has studied the inner mental states of endurance athletes. I am sure it has been studied....I would like to read the results. Is it a disease. If it is, it is one that I have contracted only during the last year.

Since contracting this "Disease" my life has changed. My schedule is now filled with new information. It is filled with long runs, long bikes and long swims. My schedule is filled out months in advance of what I will be doing. I write down my weight, calories in, calories out, codes for how I feel, codes for this and that. I find myself packing my gear each night for what I will be doing the next morning. I plan my schedule according to what free time I have. I now carry 3 bags in my car, one for running, one for biking and one for swimming. The trunk of my car looks like a sports store - water, energy drinks, Gatorade, spare shoes, tools, energy bars and gels.
-------- What has happened to me----------

Back to yesterday - the walk started out OK, slow at first. My daughter (training partner) was walking with me. And in the tradition of training partners I started getting competative. We walked, then walked some more. Then we walked more and more not stopping for a break. Before I knew it it was lunch time and the food didn't even smell good. So instead we walked. Our team thought we were nuts. By the end of the event I had walked 20 miles. My legs felt like jello. I would have rather ran the 20, walking puts alot of strain on the muscles of the upper leg and behind the knees. I was lucky and did not incur any blisters.

So even though I was in my rest week, I got in 20 miles yesterday. I do feel sore today, mostly in my upper thighs and hips. Tomorrow I am starting my new training schedule. Lets see how this goes. From one obsessive to all the others out there -
---------- It always All or Nothing ----------
posted by Mondo @ 8:22 AM  
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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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