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
The Crazy Swimming Guy
September 27, 2006

Well the title describes it all.

I am now known as the crazy swimming guy to the other pool members in the mornings.

After a great night of sleep, I got to the pool by 6:45 and got my lane set up right away. There were 3 nice elderly woman in the pool. The "regulars". They always are so nice and give up the far side of the pool for my laps. I got a lane set up and warmed up with 1 x 100 at a slow easy pace.

Last night I decided that I wanted to see if I could swim a total of 2000 meters. So I laid down my goal and started up. Before long I had my first 500 out of the way. I took a 2 minute rest break and got started on the second 500 meter leg. My stroke is getting better. I can definitely feel when I get sloppy now. then I work hard at fixing the problem. My second 500 went about like the first, I am averaging about 1:50 min / 100 meter. I felt pretty tired after the second one and took another 2 minute rest break.

My third 500 was a little more challenging and I noticed that I was slowing down. I forgot to set my watch for the third set. But I kept up with it, trying to maintain speed while maintaining form. I notice that I needed to take an extra breath from time to time. Mostly I was breathing every 3rd stroke. Sometimes I could go every 4 strokes but would have to take one every 2 strokes occasionally. Anyway I got that last set done finally. I finished off the 2000 meter swim with 4 x 100 with 1 minute of rest in-between.

Well I reached another milestone in my training. 2000 meters in one session in the pool. Now all I need to be able to do is finish the same distance faster with less rest. I can't wait to get the workout cards for swimming. The other swimmers in the pool now refer to me as the "crazy swimming guy". One of them asked why I swam so much, I explained that I am training for longer open water swims which she thought was even crazier. I am the only lap swimmer in the mornings, so they are not use to seeing someone go back and forth so many times at a time. The goggles and swim cap throw them off as well. Not to forget to mention that not too many swimmers go there wearing Speedos either.

Hey, they might start calling me the "Speedos Guy" ------- Nah!
posted by Mondo @ 2:15 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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