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
Cycling Club
June 14, 2007
Last night I had the opportunity to ride with the Canon City Cycling Club. I just want to express my thanks to them for letting me join in.

As a triathlete I tend to train on my own most of the time. having to go at it alone on a triathlon without drafting makes it easier to train that way. The problem is that I don't push myself hard enough on my own.

So being in a group of cycling junkies last night gave me a push I definitely needed bad. We headed out of town up Red Canyon Road. The ride is pretty grueling until the turn around about 13 miles away. There is a lot of hill work to do. I stayed with the pack for most of the way there but got dropped on one particular hill because the group surged suddenly and I did not react in time. Once out of the group I tried to catch up but there was no way. I did stay with a couple of other riders until the turn around.

Once at the turn-around we regrouped and rested for a few minutes. Back in the saddle the group started off at a gentle pace, laughing and talking back and forth. Then it happened, Mark one of my fellow triathletes said something like "watch me do something stupid" and sprinted forward ahead of the pack at full speed. Everyone looked at each other and though "what got into him". Well since he was one of my teammates, I jump forward to catch up to him.

I caught up to him after a bit and he looked tired from that sprint. Looking back I found that the pack had followed me and the race was on. One fast cyclist bolted forward and kept going. He was a pretty strong rider and the pack had to get organized. The pack tightened up and worked together to catch up to the lead rider. The pace was pretty furious. I think everyone was tired after the ride as we gathered for pizza and beer.

I felt great for the ride. I hope to join the group again for another ride later this month. Until then I will continue to train on my own and push up my mileage.
posted by Mondo @ 3:38 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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