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To blog or not...let's tri it

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To blog or not...let's tri it

Post  Kevin C on Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:10 am

Since my marathon PR in Philadelphia in 2008, my overall training has been off. I completely lost my motivation for running coupled with a new job and a new house. I had to prioritize my time and training fell down on the list. In 2009 I did a few triathlons, fun but I did not get the bug like some do. 2010 was supposed to be my return to running. I ran the Las Vegas marathon, but was undertrained and paid for it the last 5 miles. 2011 started with me devoting way too much time to my son's baseball team. He started on a travel team and I was an assistant coach.

Then, this Summer I decided I was going to get back into running shape. I have done many 3-4 mile runs but no longer distances. To humor my wife, I signed up for a sprint triathlon with her. We did a few bike training rides, but not a lot. I did 1 open water swim about 1 month before the race. Oh yah, I am having serious tendinitis/bursitis issues in my left shoulder.

The race was this past weekend. I went into it with no expectations just planning on taking it easy and finishing. I entered the water dead last in my wave for the swim. But mirculously felt good and was passing people. I finished 32 out of 85 in the swim. Since I was taking it easy, I walked through Transition 1, taking over 7 minutes. That put me back to almost last in my wave/age group. I took it easy the first half of the bike, but was passing people. I decided to push it on the second half and was passing even more people. Transistion 2 was a bit faster, but still not rushed. Then I planned on an easy run, but surprisingly I was running faster than anticipated. At about 2.5 miles into the 5K, I started feeling it. I was able to fight to the finish for a surprising race. I ended up about 45 out of 85 in my age group.

Since then I have been thinking about it. If I had been in shape and started in an appropriate position, I could have been top 10 in the swim. I should have taked both transitions more seriously. I could have trained and worked the bike harder. Also, 2 friends I can normally beat, beat me and I did not like it.

So I am signing up for another sprint triathlon at the end of October. I plan on training this time. Work and baseball will be major obstacles in my training, but I want to better this time. I want to beat my friends this time.

I think failure can be a better motivator than success sometimes.



Long term goals: Rock N Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon in February.
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Re: To blog or not...let's tri it

Post  Kevin C on Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:21 am

A few good runs this week. A little pain in my right foot, but nothing major (hopefully). Plan on a swim and bike ride this weekend.



Going to Rays game Saturday night. Hopefully they can "right the ship" and start winning again.
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Post  Kenny B. on Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:30 am

Glad to see you coming back! Seems like you have plan now it is time to execute it. Look forward to watching your "success" in the comeback.
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Post  Peg Coover on Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:35 am

Good luck with your training and the triathlon! I agree, failure almost automatically has me raring to go for a chance at redemption.

I ran Vegas last December. While I thought I was trained well, I think the trip and Vegas itself did me in--I suffered the last several miles with abdominal cramps--It ended up being my 3rd worse time. I almost signed up for Phoenix so I could try again right away!
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Post  John Kilpatrick on Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:23 pm

Good luck with your training. I'm learning the ropes myself and it's good to see another person working towards a triathlon. What event are you going to do?

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Re: To blog or not...let's tri it

Post  Kevin C on Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:54 pm

@John Kilpatrick wrote:Good luck with your training. I'm learning the ropes myself and it's good to see another person working towards a triathlon. What event are you going to do?



Siesta Key Triathlon - October 2
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Post  Kevin C on Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:55 pm

Luckily the weekend is here. SHould get a swim, bike ride and 2 runs in.



Unfortunately next week I am out of town for work. Busy, busy, busy. Probably no training until the weekend.
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Re: To blog or not...let's tri it

Post  Kevin C on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:43 am

Training has been continuing and going well.



Blogging on the other hand is not. I just do not seem to have the time I udes too.
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