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
Highlands Ranch Triathlon
June 05, 2007


The Highlands Ranch Spring Tune-Up Triathlon took place on Saturday June 2nd. The Race consisted of a 500 yard pool swim, a 12 mile bike and a 5K run. There were 318 athletes participating this year. The weather was perfect, temperature was around 70 and there was no wind.

The Canon Triathlon Club sent up 6 members to the race. 2 of the newbie triathletes did well enough to place in their age division. It was an awesome race, the support was great, the course well laid out.

I was in the pool at 7:02:00. Although the water was pretty warm I felt great. After my last triathlon swim I looked forward to pushing hard and getting out in under 10 minutes. I was first in my lane and started out strong. I was passed by the second swimmer on lap 5 and was not passed again. I did catch up to the other swimmers in the lane and overtook them. I was out of the water in 9:30 with a 10 second run to the timing mat.

T1 went OK until I got past the mats. I planned on getting into my shoes while on the fly but one of my shoes came off the pedal. I needed to stop and go back for it. This added about 1 minute to my bike time. My T1 time was only 1:30 minute.

The bike course was challenging with the beginning mile slightly rolling followed by a 8/10th of a mile hill climb. I found that I could gear down a little and push it out in my seat. After the top it leveled for about .25 mile then it had a 2% grade for the next 3/4 mile. There was another smaller hill at about the 3 mile mark that I found I could stand up and power over. After that it flattened out and then went downhill for the next 2.5 miles. I reached speeds of 35-38 mph. I lost one water bottle around the end of the ride, but otherwise the bike portion was totally awesome.

T2 went a whole lot better than T1 with no problems encountered. I was only in the transition area for 1:00 min. Then off to run.

The 5K run was on a concrete path through the park area. Although not crazy about running on concrete, I liked it better than if it would have been dirt. The course was pretty flat to slightly downhill for the first 1/2 mile then it was uphill to the turn around. Back the way we came and it finished slightly uphill to flat. The course was flat with me posting my fastest triathlon run yet at an average 8:12 mile.

All in all the race was a must do for next year. I finished 13/31 in my age division. As usual the 40-44 year old group seems to be real competitive. The overall winner was from the 40-44 year old age group with a finish of 59:00. Otherwise I finished 37/147 males and 46/318 athletes. I really felt great at this race and hope to build on my success. It is time to ramp up the training to see how far I can go. There is no stopping now.......... Rock On!

posted by Mondo @ 4:07 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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