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
Weekend - Go Rockies
October 26, 2007

The end of the work week is finally here. Life tends to change on Friday's. Everyone looking forward to the weekend and the many plans that are made during the week start to take shape. I am no different when it comes to the weekend. I look forward to every Friday like a child looking forward to Christmas. It would be nice if there were more Fridays, but I'll take one per week for now.

This weekend I head to Denver - going to lower downtown Denver - also known as LODO. The Colorado Rockies have made the World Series and although they have not had a stunning start to the Series I still want to experience the hype. I don't have tickets and I don't plan on going to the game itself. Rather I plan on wandering around the downtown neighborhood and enjoying several of the local sports bars/restaurants. I have never been to downtown Denver and want to check it out. I can't say that I am a die hard Rockies Fan - I'm more of a post-season baseball enthusiast. hanging out with my friends is going to mean more to me than the baseball game.

Next week I will be trained to be a Spin Class Instructor. I am looking forward to teaching. This will help me out as much as it helps out the others in the class. I tend to push myself more when around other athletes. And pushing on a spinner will really help my cadence on my tri-bike in the spring. Plus with the added weight training I am hoping for faster swim splits and more endurance on the bike.

I hope the weekend goes well - I have a feeling I will be pretty tired by Monday morning. Isn't that the whole idea behind the weekend. To go all out from Friday night till Monday morning and hope you have enough energy to start it up again until next weekend. CIAO!

posted by Mondo @ 10:58 AM   0 comments
More Thoughts
October 19, 2007
So here I am thinking again. God, I hate it when that happens. What on earth is going on in my life.

I think about the direction I am heading and wonder if it is the direction that I want to go. I am in the middle of a divorce. One that I started. Why? Because I was sick of living with a person who technically was living, but in reality died long ago. Funny thing is that after I started the divorce that same person woke up all of a sudden. Not that it matters, I just don't feel the same way about her anymore.. I don't feel that there will be much of a change in attitude, and if there was, it will not last long.

Since starting my road to being healthy 4 years ago I have been slowly feeling different. These changes came slowly. A little at a time. I felt that these changes were good. I took on a different attitude towards life, living and everything around me. I woke in the morning with a new found love of life. Wanting to experience more and more. What I found was that my life was changing. I was not the same person I was. I started meeting new friends, friends that were positive, energetic and focused. Not like my previous life of solitude, boring, same -old stuff type of life. I guess meeting these new people made the situation at home worse. I spent more an d more time away from the old homestead and more time at events and races. I looked forward to these days. I looked less forward to going to the house. Doing nothing. Depression all around me.

I don't know how things will turn out after the divorce. In some ways I am terrified of the idea. I never was a bachelor. I left home went directly into the military then directly into marriage. I don't have a problem with being alone - I kinda enjoy being by myself. It's peaceful. I get a lot done without others around. It will give me a lot of time to train next year. I want to meet other women that will enjoy the same activities that I do. I don't expect them to train with me everyday - or go to every race. but I would like them to jump in and train a little and at least enjoy themselves at races - even if they don't race themselves. I'm not a fancy guy, I like long nights at home on the couch, home cooked meals, rock concerts, sports, neatness, and a great sense of humor. Someone that works out and is proud of their body, and puts the time into it to keep it that way. If I can find someone like that - great. Until then I will just keep training - taking pride in my own body. Trying to make it the best that I can. Using what God gave me and keeping it in tip tip condition.

Life is change in motion - there are more changes ahead - I know and I'm good with that. But that will not keep me from pursuing my dreams. CIAO
posted by Mondo @ 3:21 PM   0 comments
Mid October

So here we are, Mid -October already. Where on earth has this year gone.

I spent much of the morning looking for one more local triathlon tho do before winter sets in, to no avail. There are none on the calendar. Not a one. Bummer. I feel that I could have done many more this year than I did do, but that would have turned into injury after over training injury. I can however start looking at the new year, what is in store. What do I need to accomplish in the off season in order to be better for next year.

First off is to figure out what races I would like to do next year, what distance, how fast do I want to be? The first part is easy - Florida Ironman. I want to complete an Ironman Distance next year. Florida is somewhere I always wanted to go. So that is the easy part - signing up before it fills is usually the hard part, I hope I am fast enough on registration day to get in.

How fast do I want to complete such race - now that is the 100,000 dollar question. Since I have never raced that distance I have to first just say I would be happy with finishing in 17 hours. But that would not go along with my usual Obsessive Compulsive personality. While trying to figure out my fall/winter training program, I have been trying to work on certain areas that need strengthened. But, at the same time in my mind I am wondering how fast can I physically push myself next year. How fast can a 43 year old guy who only started out 2 years ago in Triathlons can go. Realistically. Sure I could tell myself that I could complete the Ironman distance in 9 hours, but would that be realistic. NOT !!!!!! I thought about it for sometime and have decided on 12 hours. That will be my initial goal. 12 hours of swimming, cycling and running.

So that is where I begin... if my training next year is stepped up a notch and I start feeling that I am progressing quicker and stronger that expected than I may drop down to 11 hours. But physically I don't feel that I could go much faster than that. Oh, heck who knows, maybe my body will react to the additional training and just blow up..... 10 hours :-)

posted by Mondo @ 2:32 PM   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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