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
Santa List
December 19, 2006

Good Morning All !

I woke up this morning with the hopes of many inches of snow falling in the area today. Once I got to work I found my hopes smashed with sunny skies and warm weather. Well what the heck is with the weather this year. This is suppose to be winter not spring. Maybe global warming is a bigger problem than we think it is.

Lately I have been thinking about the gifts and toys that are on my list for Christmas. Not that I am geeked out about triathlon's but almost everything on the list is related to my bike in some way. Anyway I was thinking, if I could have anything in the world for Christmas what would I ask for ----- Hmmmmmm

Dear Santa,

This is my special Christmas list - see what you can do;

1 - Running shoes that propel me along, rockets would be nice.

2- Swim lanes painted on the bottom of the lake.

3 - Roadside assistance when I flat.

4 - For that matter - auto inflating tires !!!!

5 - Never ending water bottles.

6 - A wetsuit that is easy to get out of.

7- Triathlon coaching that doesn't cost more than my bike.

8 - Airlines that don't lose your bike. Or break it!

9 - Fail proof training and nutrition program. Yeah, World Peace would be easier.

10 - A bike lane on every road.

As you can see - this list could go on and on.

During this special time of year, we do need to remember those of us that are in harms way in the Military. We often take our lives for granted, try training for a Triathlon in Iran.

Let Freedom Ring.
posted by Mondo @ 3:11 PM   2 comments
Season for Reflecting
December 13, 2006
Tis the Season to be Thankful.
It is this time of year that I start reflecting on the past year and how it has gone. What I like, dislike and how can I change what I am doing to improve.
This year was my first year of Triathlons. I entertained the idea last year but never really gave it much thought. Until one day I met a young lady sales rep at my office and the world changed suddenly. You see, she was a Traithlete - had done Kona 2 times. She was excited and energetic and she really sparked a fire. Until that time I was just a marathoner, a runner. I love running, but it sure gets boring after awhile. Once the spark was lit, it lit a fire that has driven me this whole year. Thank you Judy McSweeney.
I bought my bike in April for my birthday. Although not a "Triathlon Bike", it was a brand new road bike - my Felt s90 is still my bike of choice for training. My biggest fear starting this Tri thing was the swim. I am stilll not where I want to be regarding the swim but I am improving. My gym is working on purchasing a FastLane for the pool which I hope will give me the oppurtunity to swim more. If I can get the swim down I feel I can really start placing higher in my age division. I don't freak out as much on open water swims as I use to either. Next year I have to really push the swimming and get in some coaching as well.
The bike portion is my favorite event. I absolutely love the feel of the bike under me. Pushing harder than the person ahead of me. Always trying to pick off the next rider. Next year I will be racing with my new Quintana Roo and still training on my Felt. I will need to get in longer rides next year and start pushing toward getting in some 100 mile rides as well. I need to look at finding a riding partner to keep the competition level up. Plus, it is always good and safer to go on rides with at least one other person.
Let's get to the running - this year has been great. Salt Lake City Marathon, Rim Rock Run, Multiple shorter races. Plus learning how to do brick workouts. All awesome runs. Next year I have the Arizona Rock and Roll in January, plus the BolderBoulder, possibly the Pikes Peak Ascent and/or Marathon. Multiple 5 and 10K races. running is still a passion to me. Swimming and Biking has done nothing but strengthen and speed up my runs.
I look forward to a new year of challenges. I really want to do an Ironman race but I want to work my way up to it. That's why I am doing the Timberman 70.3. I feel that I am not worthy of doing a full Ironman yet and I want to really enjoy my training and racing. I hope to be ready for 2008 and the Florida Ironman. I am looking closely at the new OneOOne race in Texas that is being held in November of next year. The length puts it in between the 70.3 and the Full Ironman. I will have to see how I feel after Timberman before I make that leap.
2007 is the year of my breakout Triathlons. I want to finally start placing higher in my age division and really work at getting my swim times down. I am looking for races wherever I can find them.
Life is good, Let the New Year come. I am ready for it. Bring it on!!!!!!
posted by Mondo @ 8:52 AM   0 comments
Seasons Running?
December 12, 2006

No I didn't mean Seasons' Greetings.

I have been non stop now for the past week. From shopping to cooking to trying to keep up my weekly mileage I have not had time to sit down and rest. They say that this is the season of giving. I would like to be given some rest time.

I have been trying to keep up my running for the past 2 weeks. My runs have been inside on the treadmill for the most part because of the foul weather that we have had lately. This week though I am back to running outside. The temperature has been in the 20's on my runs but at least it is not snowing and/or sleating.

Yesterday I had a nice slow warm up run for the week. My legs felt a little tired but all in all I feel pretty good. I tried running on the riverwalk trail but found that the train was covered with snow and ice at the 2.5 mile line and continued probably for the next mile because of the shadows. I turned around and headed back the way I came. There is a new section that will be opened up soon that will add another .6 miles to the west end of the trail system. I ran it after getting back to the car - although not officially opened, it will make for a great run.

Today I got in my hillwork as I completed my Skyline ridge up and over and back route. I absolutely love this run and feel that I have really made progress with my running since starting to do this run at least 2x per week.

I am going to try and get in at least 25-30 miles this week. I only have a month until Phoenix, so I need to start piling on miles between now and then. After Phoenix is done then it is time to settle into training for the triathlon season.

New Quote: Dicipline is doing the stuff you don't want to do, so that you can do the stuff you want to do later.
posted by Mondo @ 1:27 PM   0 comments
A Christmas List
December 05, 2006

Well here it comes whether we like it or not, Christmas. The crowds, the shopping, the wrapping and the decorations. And let's not forget the food. This season is the hardest for everyone to either maintain or lose weight. We are bombarded by friends and relatives with the latest, greatest fudge recipe. Done with nothing but kindness and good intentions but still bad for the body.

I finally got my Christmas list done and have started buying some items. Over the weekend I headed out in a blowing snow storm and braved the roads in order to get to Performance Bike Shop in Colorado Springs for the sale. I didn't do too bad leaving with an Astrale 8 for my new bike and a floor pump. I got prices on my new aero bars that I want - ouch 99$. The Profile Design t2 Carbons. Then I will be ordering my new brake levers and bar end shifters from an E-Bay company next week. There is just so much that I could buy if I had the money. Is there any end to the purchasing.

Help Me - I'm a Triathlete and I can't quit buying new equipment !!!!

I got in to the gym yesterday for a small brick and some leg work. I'm doing alot of lunges, one legged squats and core exercises. My legs are feeling a little tired today from yesterday's workout. Then I did home exercises last night that consisted of deep knee bends while putting up the old Christmas tree. I like to put one up even if no-one else sees it or cares. The tree always gets me in a Christmas mood.

This morning was cold but not too cold to keep me from running. I ran down the road skipping past ice and snow piles while trying to keep the pace up. The wind was sporatic and gave me a chill at times. It felt good to get out of the gym again. I get claustrophobic after awhile. I finished after about 5.25 miles and felt good. My pace even with the slow-downs at snow banks or stop signs was still a repectable 9:30 min/mi. I love running in the winter months, everyone thinks you are nuts !
posted by Mondo @ 11:46 AM   0 comments
About Me

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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