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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
Going Great
July 19, 2008

This week has produced some great training for me.

On Wednesday I got my longest swim ever. Feeling great with that and the start of my vacation I pushed on Thursday - doing my brick workout. It was a good feeling to get off the bike and go for a run. I was pretty sore and my legs felt very heavy. Nothing like I was expecting. I thought my legs would be a little fresher. But I pushed a slow pace and and pushed past the pain in my legs and hips.

On Friday - yesterday. I got called off of my part time job, so like any good athlete I substituted a run. I found that I am going no need to have some new shoes soon. Anyway, I got in one of my long runs. I complete 12.5 miles. Not a fast one thought. My R hip and R knee hurt most of the way. That is usually how I know it is time for new shoes. So I slogged my way for 12 miles. I ran all over the city - doing almost a complete loop to get the mileage in. Afterward, I felt great, my legs did not cramp like I was expecting. I got in plenty of fluids afterwards and during the run as well. Stopping at the store and picking up a refill of gatoraid. The weather has been very hot here in Southern Colorado. Yesterday was above 94 degrees.

So I got called off again this morning. Geez I bet you can't guess what I did to past the time. I left early this morning to take advantage of the cooler weather. I got in a 50 mile bike ride this morning. The ride out was great, I felt great and pushed the hills as much as possible. I knew there was a tailwind too so I took advantage of the help. Turning around I was prepared for a long struggle to get home. And it was. I checked the weather when I got back and the average wind speed was 10 mph from the west. Yup, I was heading straight into it. So I kept the gear low and tried to keep my cadence above 80. It was a great training ride. The hills hurt more on the way back and I did cramp up about 5 miles out of town. I stopped, stretched, then pushed the last 5 miles into town.

This week will be slow for training since I am working some long hours. But I will get in what I can, whenever I have some time off. Work at my part time job is needed if I am going to be able to afford new running shoes and new cycling shoes for the big day. Plus I need the money to get out there as well. So work is needed. And so work I will.
posted by Mondo @ 11:35 AM  
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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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