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
Snake Bite x3 - OUCH
July 27, 2006

OK - I have heard stories in the past about jealous bikes.

I never believed them.

I always thought that the stories were the fabrications of triathletes who have done a little too much protein.

I am here to tell you that I am sorry for doubting them.

I got back from New Hampshire on Monday night, too late to get much sleep and so I did not train on Tuesday. It felt good to be back in Colorado, however my heart is still with my mother in New Hampshire. I got back from work on Tuesday and unpacked. Got all my stuff ready for a day of training on Wednesday morning. I decided to go on a bike ride to get my legs ready again and planned on doing hillwork.

I think my first mistake was not saying Hi to her when I got home.

Wednesday morning was great for a ride, Slightly cloudy and cool. The road were dry from the storm the night before. I got all of my gear together, checked the bike over, topped off the tires and headed out. My plan was to ride the Hwy 50 up 8-mile. 8-mile is a hillclimb from Canon City to the Royal Gorge turnoff. It rises about 2000 feet.

The ride uphill was epic. I felt great and was amazed that my legs felt so good after a 2 week layoff on the bike. I pushed a larger gear than last time I went up and felt good at the top.

"Athena" performed awesome all the way up.

I turned around and headed back down the mountain. I got tucked into my aero-bars and felt my speed increase quickly. It was such a rush, and before I knew it we were going 47.8 mph. Awesome. And that's when she got back at me. The shoulder had been pretty clean from the previous storm, except for one rock. I was still at top speed when I hit. I hit with not one but both tires. I was jolted but did not crash, however, in the back of my mind I knew what was going to happen.

That's right folks - 2 flat tires at once.

I was able to slow to a stop and got off the bike. Luckily I carried to spare tires - but I had only one CO2 cartridge. I rested and go busy, changing the tires did not take too long. I filled the tires as best I could, the rear was pretty near full the front was a little soft but enough to support my weight. So with that I happily headed down the mountain, at a slower speed, back to town.

I got down into town without mishap and felt confident that I was able to take on that challenge when it happened again. About 3/4 mile from my car I hit a seam on a bridge and next thing I know the front tire is flat again.


No longer able to fill another tire I walked the distance back to my car. Depressed, tired, sore, and apologizing to "Athena" the whole way. I guess if I have to go on a trip again, she will have to come with me.

I am a believer now !
posted by Mondo @ 1:58 PM  
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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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