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
Awesome Ride
July 09, 2007

Sometimes - everything starts to make sense. Why at this particular time - who knows. But, for the past week I have felt stronger than I ever have.

Last week I had 2 great swim workouts - pushing myself to the point of exhaustion - 2100 yard straight at a time - Keeping my form throughout the session. When I would feel myself slip into a poor form I would immediately change and fix it. I kept myself long in the water - reaching out and grabbing the water. Pulling myself through to the next stroke. Head down, swimming downhill. I have been feeling great with my swim. It just seems that all of a sudden my body has figured out what to do. I know it sounds weird - but wait there is more......

I had 2 epic bike rides last week. The first one was 60 miles on rolling hills. A little breeze but not too bad. Off I went - everything going great - no back pain. Just had a flat at mile 14 but I got it changed quickly and back on my bike. The ride just felt different, it was as if my legs were never going to get tired. I climbed out of the saddle on the hills and cranked it up. My mind was tunneled into pushing harder. I finished that ride with an average of 20.6mph - my fastest yet out on that route for that distance. A one time fluke - not even. I was back on my bike on Sunday - this time I did the same route, maybe a little more wind and a lot hotter. Pushing myself for a better time. This time - no flat. This time I pushed until my legs were scream. This ride was 63 miles. ( Starting line was pushed back) Anyway this time I averaged 21.6mph. And still I felt great - until my legs cramped up on the way to the car. So is that all my legs had. NOT!

I was out running this morning - I did my favorite hill climb. Skyline drive. 2.5 miles of uphill, 2.5 miles of downhill. I was fricken bounding up the hill. I felt weird - sort of that " I can't be stopped" feeling. All this training is really, finally showing up. Thank God because 2 weeks ago I wondered if I would be able to do this 70.3 race coming up. I am feeling real confident now. 3 more weeks of training left - need to continue to push harder. Life is going to take a turn for me soon - I can feel it. Not just in my training but with everything else in my life. I feel positive, happy and challenged all at the same time. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Mondo @ 1:37 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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