Tri This: Race #2

The indoor reverse tri.  20 minute run, 30 minute spin bike, 10 minute pool swim. It really does turn the traditional triathlon on its head. The order of events is reversed, starting with running and ending with swimming. And instead of doing a given distance in each event, one does it by time. Its an […]

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Tri This: This Year

Well, its the first month of 2018 and many folks are making resolutions and plans.  So I’ll chime in here with a few of my own for triathlon and fitness, along with some race options that I am entertaining for this year. I started this tri-training project last June Tri This On, with an original […]

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Tri This: Month 6

Six months. Half a year. Goll-eee. A mini-milestone. I’ve been training at triathlon for six months. Six months seems like a long time and yet it feels as though I am still finding my way. Its easy to notice significant progress, particularly with running. Given that running for more that 2 minutes was really hard […]

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Tri This: Tri-angles

I wasn’t a huge fan of geometry and trigonometry in high school. My issue was with the proofs; whatever I was being asked to prove seemed obvious to me and hence a “waste of time”. I now recognize that the discipline and logic involved are indeed fine tools to have at one’s disposal. Despite my […]

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Tri this: Month 5

I’ve been at this triathlon training project for five months now. The newness has worn off, and as I mentioned in Tri This: Month 4, one of my current challenges is finding the rhythm of training that works for the long haul. I’ve been working out regularly, 5 or 6 days a week, and I’m noticing […]

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The Idea vs Reality

The idea of doing something as opposed to the reality of what is really involved. This comes up a lot in life, and I notice it quite a bit in sports. As I’ve been blogging about my experiences as a beginning triathlete, I’ve received support from a number of other athletes, some are bloggers; some […]

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Mirror, mirror

Mirror, mirror, on my bike Tried some out What do I like? As I mentioned in New Wheels, I got a new bike a few months back. It’s a great bike, I’m having a lot of fun riding it and am really appreciating the upgrade. Like most bikes, it didn’t come with any accessories, so I’ve […]

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Tri This: Month 4

Four months. That’s a significant length of time. I started this triathlon training adventure in June, and at the time, it had a bit of that summer vacation excitement. Something special, different from the usual, and something time-limited. I’m recognizing this retrospectively, even as my original plan was for my first triathlon to be next […]

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Tri This: Month 3

I began my triathlon training adventure on June 12. I’d been pondering it for a few weeks, my curiosity having been reactivated by an article in the paper about a local sprint length event. I recall reading it, looking at the distances involved, and saying out loud “I can do that”. More important was my […]

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Tri This: after the race

Now what? I met an unanticipated goal. I did my first triathlon, a mini, last weekend. When I started this project in June, my plan was for my first event to be sometime in the first half of 2018, a sprint triathlon.  Its a little strange now having that first event completed and I’m surprised […]

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Tri This: Race Week

Race Week. For this first timer, there’s a bit of charge to those words. I’m doing a triathlon. On Saturday. I’ve been training less than three months. I just returned Tuesday from a week away. Relax. Its a mini. Swim 300 yards, bike 11 miles, run 2 miles. I can do all of those things. […]

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Tri This: Month 2

Its hard for me to believe, but I’ve just finished the second month of my triathlon training adventure. My original plan was to start training, review my experience monthly, adjust training plans accordingly, and decide whether or not the process was one I wanted to continue. All of that still applies. The big surprise to […]

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Brickwork

A “brick” workout turns out to be running after biking, so named because one’s legs feel like bricks for the first mile.

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At home in my body

Over the past several weeks as I’ve intensified my physical activity with my triathlon training adventure, I’ve been surprised and pleased to notice a change in my relationship with my body. I’ve gotten stronger and I’ve lost a little weight, but it’s basically the same 61-year-old body I started with. Yet, I am so much […]

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New Wheels

I got a new bike. I haven’t had a lot of those in my life. I rode hand me downs from a  neighbor and my mom until I bought my first new bike in high school. It was a ten speed, in Kraft dinner orange (this was 1972) and it was cool. It was stolen […]

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Tri this: I’m in!

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve entered my first triathlon. Its the Mini Haha (mini ’cause its short, haha ’cause its fun–their words, not mine) put on by the Broomfield Recreation Center. Its a mini-sprint event, with a 300 yd swim, 11 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run. As its name suggests, its a fun […]

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Too many variables, same result

The result: pain in my low back and pelvis. Again. Last week was a good week. I saw my sports medicine doctor on Monday, and we got some things figured out and loosened up. I was able to run two miles twice without pain during and after. Very encouraging.  Last evening, I noticed I was […]

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intimidated

A few weeks ago, I was looking at a listing of local triathlons, curious about what was available.  As I suspected, there are quite a few, from low-key sprint races put on by parks and recreation departments to a full Ironman. Perusing the listings, I was surprised to find myself intimidated and overwhelmed at times. […]

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Tri training, month 1

First off, I am really pleased that I completed this first month of training. I showed up, I trained, I learned. Overall, I feel stronger and healthier, with more energy and enthusiasm for life. As I write this, my SI joint is aching, (see Tri this: P.I.T.A.) reacting to a slow walk to the post office (about […]

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Tri this: P.I.T.A.

Pain In The Ass: Both the experience of being injured and where it hurts! A few weeks ago, I made a mistake. I rode my bike with my swim bag slung across my body, messenger bag style.  I’ve done this before, riding the short distance from my home to the rec center where I swim. […]

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Tri This On

I’ve decided to be a beginning triathlete. Triathletes participate in triathlons, athletic events involving swimming, bicycling, and running. You may have heard of Ironman competitions, which are the big deal of the field, involving an open water swim of more than 2 miles, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and finishing off with a […]

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