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
Epic Ride
September 30, 2006
I am not sure how to express myself. The words are not coming easily. I usually can just descibe, without problems how I feel. But right now I am at a loss for words.

I left on my long ride on time. Everything was like clockwork. I awoke to find perfect riding weather. Clear skies and temperature around 45 degrees. I had some coffee and a bagel and headed out of the house. My bike, Athena, was load on the car. My bags packed.

I drove into town, still everything appeared good. Traffic was light, it was a little warmer down there but I stayed in my riding pants and a wind breaker. I dressed a little warmer than I should of but I wanted to be safe, instead of frozen. I could always take things off.

After rechecking Athena and topping off her tires I headed out on the road. The first few miles I used as a warm up, Stopping with traffic and getting out of the saddle to stretch my legs. After leaving the city limits I settled down into a good cadence. There was no wind that I could feel. My legs were moving like machines. Even the hills were feeling easy. I was staying in my big chainring, even on the hills. Wow, did I feel great. I pushed the pace, concentrating on my cadence and form, staying in a good aero-position.

Before I knew it - I was in Pueblo West. 30 miles away from where I started. How cool is this. I could not believe that I had made it out here so quickly and feeling so good. Little did I know that was about to change.

I got off my bike and stretched for a minute, ate and drank. Checked over the bike and took off the wind breaker. I left my riding pants on, although it was starting to get pretty warm out. In retrospect, I should have taken them off.

The ride back was harder, I am not sure why. My legs fest heavier, my low back started to hurt. When the back started hurting, I would have to pull up and stretch my back. This kept me out of the aero-position much of the time. The camel back I was wearing started feeling real heavy. One good thing is I did not cramp up like I did on the 50 mile ride. I did take in another gel at mile 45 with some water. After about 10 minutes I started feeling better again. I dropped off my camel back at mile 52, leaving it with my support car. I then rode the last 8 miles as fast as I could. The ending felt good. I felt real good. What an awesome ride. 64.3 miles total. I pushed a 19 mph average. No flats, but the back end started to squeak, need to have an oiling again. My legs felt good and no cramps the whole day long.

After having some coffee, I showered, changed and then walked behind a lawnmower for 2 hours. And I still felt great.

This sport is completely awesome. No other sport has the variety of training, competing, and friendship that triathlons do. I am so totally stoked. I can't wait for my next milestone, 80 miles. Maybe before the snow flies. Never Know. Good night.
posted by Mondo @ 7:57 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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