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
Long Ride
September 05, 2006

What a glorious weekend. What an awesome ride. What more can I say?

Yesterday I woke up to a great day. The weather was perfect for a long ride. "Athena" was cleaned, oiled and ready to go. I got up to Colorado Springs at 8:30 in the morning. It was partly cloudy and temps were around 70's.

I rode with a friend - Arlynn. He just bought a sweet full carbon bike. Nice.

We started out heading south on Hwy 115 toward Penrose, CO about 25 miles away. The highway is well traveled by traffic but has wide shoulders that are mostly clean and gravel free. The route is very hilly. Going south the hills are steep and short but on the way back the hills are long and not as steep.

We made real good time going out, we attacked the hills hard and I pushed the last 10 miles with a hard pace to keep up with. Arlynn wasn't able to keep up with me. I just got down in my aero bars and got a rhythm going and didn't stop until I hit 25 miles. After he caught up we stopped for a break then headed back.

Going back was another story. The first part was good but I was getting tired real fast. At mile 40 I could feel a slight cramping sensation in both my quads so I stood up and stretched and it went away. About 2 miles later they came back angry. Both my quads started cramping and would not quit. I tried standing at one point and almost lost control of my bike as both legs cramped up completely. I was able to keep pedaling, but a lot slower and Arlynn just loved being able to stay in front of me with his new bike. I will get him next time. Ha.

All in all it was a great long ride. "Athena" did very well as usual - crushing the competition. I felt good after walking a while and headed home. This morning started my training routine for the Rim Rock Run. So I got out of the house early and did hillwork. Yeah. My favorite. Not.
posted by Mondo @ 3:23 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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