Category Archives: Reluctant Triathlete

And So It Begins

Today is the first day of “official” Ironman training. It’s exciting, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating it since the beginning of the year. That’s when I started working on the plan, which I’ve been cobbling together from various sources. It’s … Continue reading

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January and February Round-up

My good friend Céline gives a report each month on her fitnessing. It’s kinda cool, so I decided to do the same thing for myself this year. It’s not a competition; everyone should follow her own plan, listen to what … Continue reading

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Doubts

In the winter 2015 USA Triathlon magazine there’s a great article about Sarah (Groff) True, the triathlete who finished just off the podium in 4th at the London Olympic games. Much of the article concerns doubts and how she overcame … Continue reading

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Knighthood

Here’s a multiple-choice question. On Saturday I… Did something very silly; Went on a quest; Kept a friend company during a fundraiser; Watched TV all day; Ate food every half hour; Rode my longest/farthest indoors; Rode my farthest on a … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Training

Céline asked questions about heart rate training recently, and I started to answer them there. But my comment turned out to be longer than her post, so I decided to put it here instead. Here’s the low-down on heart rate … Continue reading

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More Power!

Hello, winter! You’ve finally arrived. Most years, it’s not long after Labor Day in September that I head down to the “love dungeon” to ride. I still try to get outside on the weekends, but most rides happen indoors now. … Continue reading

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Fourth Grade Math to the Rescue!

Earlier today, I found myself trapped in a “knowledge forum.” The meeting’s content wasn’t right for me, but I had picked a chair where I couldn’t easily leave. Worse, after returning home late from last night’s Emmylou Harris concert, I … Continue reading

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Chafing at the Bits

Please pardon the really bad pun in this post’s title. Last Sunday’s triathlon had a lot of successes: Getting 20 minutes faster on the same course in two years’ time. A new 70.3 PR. Faster transition times. A good hydration … Continue reading

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The Dark Night of the Diabetic Triathlete’s Soul

“You know what I’ve learned over the years?” Lisa answered her own question this afternoon as I was recovering from the Rev3 Maine half-iron triathlon. “Triathletes are never happy with their results.” There’s a lot of truth to that. I’ve … Continue reading

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56 Weeks To Go

Hey, everybody! Did you miss me? I promise I’ll write about RAGBRAI soon, but I just wanted you all to know this: Unless something goes horribly wrong, I’ll be racing Ironman Wisconsin in just over a year! I put the … Continue reading

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My friend’s Ironman

Last weekend, my high school friend Ian did Ironman Coeur d’Alene. We used to run all over Casper, Wyoming, together and travel the state on debate and cross country trips. When I asked him how the race went, here was … Continue reading

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Random bits of Kona

I talk to myself a fair bit when I’m training. Usually it’s happy, encouraging talk to get me through a tough spot. (Or it’s just ridiculous nonsense that pops into my brain to crack me up until I get sick … Continue reading

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Bike-Swim-Bike

My exercise week during the summer (ideally) looks something like this: Monday: Swim in the morning Tuesday: Bike to work (about 18 miles), run off the bike (about 3-4 miles). Bike home from work. Wednesday: Swim in the morning. Run … Continue reading

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The Truth Comes Out

Lisa and I were discussing a college classmate who was seeking some inspiration/accountability on Facebook to get herself to the pool. This particular friend exercises a lot—I mean a lot—and when I mentioned her obsession extreme exercising habits, Lisa said, … Continue reading

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Executing My Plan: 2014 NE Season Opener

I originally wrote this on the 13th . . . of May. Oops! Somewhere between drafting it and adding the pictures, a month passed. Sorry to keep you waiting. I love racing! That’s all there is to it. I’m pretty good (but not … Continue reading

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