it IS too

It’s too early, it’s too cold, it’s too hard, it’s too much work, it’s too much on your body. It’s too mentally taxing. It’s too physically draining. It’s too scary. It takes too much time. It’s too expensive. There is too much travel involved.  I’ve thought of some of these things and some have been implanted into my head from people I know.

Though I’ve been pretty good auditing things I allow through my mind, some still creep in. I understand that some people may think some or all of the above. I may have at one point. It’s true that . . . → Read More: it IS too

ghost racers

I don’t have a running or consistent biking partner to push me when I get tired, but I do have the Schuylkill River Trail ‘partners’. This past weekend I was racing everyone on the trail (unbeknownst to them) to keep me motivated to keep going. I was certainly not the fastest one on the trail, but I did keep up with some pretty fast people for a while. I even passed one on my bike, after catching up to him, going faster than I ever have for such a long stretch. I unfortunately  ran out of steam 1/2 mile . . . → Read More: ghost racers

next thing you know, you’re running

If I actually slept well in June of 2010, I wouldn’t have a bike, and I certainly still would  not know how to swim. That morning after I made the decision to fly to Phoenix in November 2010 to sign up for ironman 2011, I put on my sneaker (weren’t called running shoes yet) and walked around the block. I don’t think I walked very fast or very far, but I felt like it was “something”. I wasn’t very consistent with walking or jogging over the next few months, because I wasn’t sure that I would actually get a slot . . . → Read More: next thing you know, you’re running

IM…. I said

IM…I said.

There is a life guard at the Kroc center that calls me IM, since I told her I was training for my first ever ironman. Her attitude is to act as if I already accomplished it to get me in the mindset that doing so is inevitable. I have no doubt in my mind that I will finish the race on November 20, 2011 before the stroke of midnight. The only unknown is how long before 12 o’clock I will cross the line. I’d really like to do be so fast that I qualify for the world championship . . . → Read More: IM…. I said

2 more months left!

September 20, 2011: I have 2 months to the ironman, but just about a month of buid-up training to go. I can’t continually build up distances in November and have to take at least a week or two before it to ease off a bit. That’s the theory anyway. I don’t know how I’m going to build up those distances in such a short period. The furthest I’ve swam was 1 mile. The furthest I’ve biked was 112 miles and the furthest I’ve run was 15 miles. Even if I could do all my furthests in one day and I’m still . . . → Read More: 2 more months left!

It’s the weekend!

I never really looked forward to the weekend before. They were just two of the ordinary days of the week. Most of my days seem to run together and often I have to consult my phone to find out what day it is. Since I started training and doing triaTHlon THursday, I have become more aware of what day it is and now can’t wait for Saturday to come around. Saturday is 70.3 day (1/2 ironman day). I can’t wait to wake up way before the sun, have something to eat, then hit the road (path) on my bike. I don’t have a distance in mind for . . . → Read More: It’s the weekend!

midnight ride

Since it’s been so beautiful out at night, I decided to get lights for my bike (the rear light was donated by Alex…Thanks Alex!) and take a ride when the sun went down. I was pretty conscious of how bright my light was and kept it turned to the ground a few feet in front of me. When I was on the path in the past and someone had a headlight for their bike, it was almost blinding because I couldn’t see anything else as they were coming toward me. I didn’t get a super bright head light to . . . → Read More: midnight ride

Keep your head high, you past a milestone

The number of miles I’ve run/ jogged since my training started is now over 200! When I trained for the marathon in 2007, I think I had a total of 120 or there about. It might be safe to say that the number of miles run in this training is probably more than the number of miles I’ve run in my whole life (certainly after I got out of high school). To celebrate the achievement today, after I got home, I did 200 situps (yea, we all have different definitions of rewards).

I don’t know why it’s taken me . . . → Read More: Keep your head high, you past a milestone

Mental hurdle…. cleared

Yesterday I went 112 miles on the bike. That’s the number of miles in the ironman event. It took all day. I stopped frequently and went slowly (usually because of traffic). A section of the path was washed out because of the storm. That didn’t stop me from going through it though. That’s something I won’t attempt again (the riding through the washed out path, that is). But I made it.

I was feeling really good for the first 80 miles, and even felt like I could get off the bike and run a bit. As I got closer . . . → Read More: Mental hurdle…. cleared

ironman training… a loners dream

I’ve spent over 200 hours alone in my training. That’s 8 full 24 hour days and 8 hours (or there about). On a stranded island, that would probably seem pretty long (not if it was the island of Lost though). So, I would only need 128 hours to get a degree in a subject of my choosing, it seem I’m on my way to a PHD.  I don’t feel like I obtained a bachelor’s degree in triathlon yet. Maybe the number of hours for learning is far under estimated, or I’m that far out of shape that 200 hours . . . → Read More: ironman training… a loners dream