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
Race Report
August 28, 2006
The 2nd Annual Steamboat Springs Triathlon was held on Saturday August 27th. There were 604 registered participants this year.

The weekend started on Saturday with packet pickup and a race meeting. USAT rules were explained and would be enforced. No drafting or blocking would be tolerated. The weather on Saturday was cold and rainy with wind gusts. The good news was that the wind pushed a lot of the algae across the lake. The report was that the lake had a heavy growth of weeds out to about 100 yards from shore. The race committee had tried to "mow" them down before the race but there was still a lot out there.

Race morning was very cold with a start temperature of around 38 degrees. The water was warmer than the air. Wetsuits were needed and used by most. The first wave started on time at 8:00am. By that time it looked like the sun would finally come out. But it continued to be mostly cloudy throughout the race. My wave started at 8:18. Although I did feel good while waiting for the start in the water, as soon asn the gun went off I took off and tried to get into a rhythm but couldn't. I felt trapped - my chest was tight and I could not breath right. I had to roll over on my back several times. I don't know what happened. I think I might have had an anxiety attack but I can't say for sure. After about 200 meters I finally got over it and started swimming with a purpose. By the time I reached the far bouy I was doing well. I know my swim was slow but hey, I finished.

The bike course was awesome. We headed out of transition and the course headed back to Steamboat Springs. the view totally awesome. I got into my rhythm right away and sprinted out of transition onto the course and proceeded to pick off riders left and right. I was only passed by 4 riders for the entire 20 miles yet I passed multiple riders. My ride felt very strong even on the hills. My bike computer gave my an average of 20.5mph for the ride. I heard that the first wave got stuck waiting on a train and from what I heard they were pretty pissed off about it.

The run was also good. I got out of transition without any problems but did get a cramp in my L shin immediately. I continued to run on it anyway and it slowed my stride a little. I finally got rid of it at mile 2 and was able to lengthen my stride for the rest of the run. I was able to keep up a decent 9 min mile for the the whole run. I felt real good at the end and kicked out the last 1/4 mile.

Overall this was a wickedly cool ( SimplyStu talk ) triathlon. With time this race should grow in popularity. The race could use a larger Expo on Saturday for the athletes, but as the popularity grows so will the Expo. The race itself was well coordinated and well run. I will be back to race this one. Probably not next year because of Timberman but certainly the year after.

Official Race Results will be posted on my blog as soon as they are available.
posted by Mondo @ 9:44 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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