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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!!!!
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Boulder Long Triathlon
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Open Water
July 18, 2006

What a beautiful morning!!!! This morning I headed out to Lake Potanipo near Nashua, NH at 6am. The lake was absolutely perfect. It was calm, cool and BIG. I planned on swimming across the lake which was 800 meters across. I used short training fins this morning so that I concentrate on my technique instead of just treading water. If I finished the out and back course this would be my longest swim yet.

I headed out from the boat dock and started swimming in the general direction I needed to go. The lakes up here are a little different from the ones in Colorado. I noticed first thing that the lakes are not as clear. The water was cloudy, brown with lots of sediment. In Colorado it is clearer, and a green coloring. The underwater plant life is a little different as well. I sited a few times out to the other side and tried to keep my rhythm regular. Breathing on one side only is still easier for me, I guess my L side is dominant for some reason. Consciously I made every attempt to breath bilaterally and try and roll more on my R side. I noticed that I tend to pick up my head more on the R side. I slowed down to try and correct this problem. --- Mental Note: practice streamlining the body - get long.

I made it across and rested for a few minutes before heading back. I may not be the fastest swimmer in the pack but I don't give up. Not that you can just quit swimming when you are in over your head. I made it back to the other side and felt great. A nagging R shoulder ache seemed to be gone now. I am glad that I was able to get in this swim training while back east and look forward to coming back here again in the future. I wish I would be able to swim as much back home. Hopefully I can work on finding another place to swim back there so that I can get in more swimming. I'll get in one more workout tomorrow morning before heading back to Colorado on Thursday.
posted by Mondo @ 5:58 AM  
1 Comments:
  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger Siren said…

    Good for you! I remember the first time I surprised myself with a swim that distance, but it was in a pool : )
    I dream of lakes like the ones in Colorado, I remember seeing them on a vacation when I was a kid. Around here they're all murky and weedy and generally gross.

     
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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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