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
June 11, 2007

WOW - the past week flew by and my blog is far behind. The farther I get into my training schedule the less time I find for the other things I need to do. Even my training diary has suffered from abandonment. Let me see if I can everything caught up.

Last Wednesday - The day was pretty nice. I got in a fair swim and looked forward to another open water swim on Thursday night. I feel more confident in the pool and hope that transforms into better swimming in open water. I got back great pictures from Highlands Ranch and the event photogs got a great one that I am planning on buying.

Last Thursday - The weather was terrible in the morning. It was cold and very windy. I hit the gym up that morning and worked on legs, arms and abs. I feel that I need to get in more weight lifting workouts in order to move up any farther in the standings. Thursday evening I met up with the Tri Club at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs. They set up the lake for a 750 meter swim. the same length as the triathlon will be at the end of the month. The weather was challenging - it was spitting rain and the wind was blowing at a constant 10-25 mph over the water. The water was very choppy. Great - would this be another Morrison for me. Would I be able to get comfortable in the water or panic as I did last time? The answer - nope. It was a totally awesome swim. I started out the swim slowly - I wanted to keep my eyes on the club newbies. They looked scared - I could see it in thier faces even with the goggles on. So I swam back and forth with them for awhile. I then tucked my head in and sprinted forward - I felt great in the water. As I turned to catch a breath I would look across the water and for once I could see that I was moving real fast in the water. I passed people faster than I could remember doing in the past. I felt strong and confident. It was awesome. I climbed out of the water and looked back to see the newbies struggling - so I headed back out to the last buoy to help them in. I think I got in about 1100-1200 meters for the night.

Sunday - Yesterday - Great day - early start to cycle. Got in 50 great miles. Did flat at mile 13 but had not problems changing out. Bike ran good. Only took 2:30 to complete. Averaged about 19mph for the ride. Legs felt great. For the rest of the day I enjoyed working around the house.

Today - Back in the water, time to step it up. Training takes on a new level today. After my open water on thursday and a great ride yesterday I am pushing everything up one level. This morning I got in a total of 3000 yards in the pool including 2x500 and 1x1000 intervals. I felt great - I felt tired - I felt like I was working out. After I was done I felt as if I accomplished something, my arms were sore and thirsty for calories. I fed them Muscle Milk and headed to work.

OK that catches everthing up - now if I could just keep it caught up I would be happy. CIAO.

posted by Mondo @ 11:07 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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