Category Archives: Reluctant Triathlete

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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Winter Is Coming

I think I broke summer. It was below 40°F (4°C) when I left the house this morning to ride to work. And it wasn’t much warmer yesterday afternoon when I went for a run. A week ago, I had optimistically … Continue reading

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On Your Left

Last week a few people I know linked to “The Great Bilateral Breathing Controversy.” (Hi, Céline!) For those who don’t know, most swimmers have a preference for which way they turn their heads when they breathe while doing freestyle. I … Continue reading

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I pick things up and put them down

On Tuesdays and Thursday mornings I go to the office gym (shown above). Before starting this Ironman plan, I wasn’t much of a believer in strength training. Stretching and core work, sure, that made sense. Lifting, however, just seemed like … Continue reading

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Breaking the Logjam

I’d better write something here before y’all forget about me. (If that hasn’t happened already.) Ironman training is going well. Sometimes it’s hard to get all of the hours done. (How do I pad an hour-long strength workout at the … Continue reading

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Medals

Céline’s post about medals the other day got me thinking about the subject. (1) I have kept medals from all the events which gave them out. For a while they were being held on the wee, stubby arms of Melvin … Continue reading

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The Training Plan

In a comment on my most recent post, Stephen wanted to know what my training plan looked like. So here it is. Actually, it’s two plans. The first part started yesterday and continues through the 23rd of February. During this … Continue reading

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