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
Mid October
October 19, 2007

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  
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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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