Road to Cedar Point-Week 3

Week 3 is in the books and it was a demanding week … time-wise.  Due dates for work coming into month-end, family-time, and trying to help clean-up around the house.  Has anyone fed the bunny rabbit today?  When was the last time I vacuumed under the kitchen table?  The kids are due for some play dates – whose around this weekend?  If everyone is sound asleep by 9, I might be able to get everything done. You know … we’ve all been there.  I didn’t get to finish any of my swim sets this week … the lifeguards were nice enough to not … Continue reading Road to Cedar Point-Week 3

I’m not worth this …

Cycling is a sport where success and performance is often measured in dollars and grams.  When cycling is the fastest way to finish a triathlon, it becomes easy to focus on the “needs” and “wants” for top performance gear. But there is a slippery slope away from buying a faster bike split. My loved ones are my #1 fans and they understand that I am both competitive and pragmatic.  So when I say “that’s so expensive, it’s wasted on me” or “I’d be better off skipping the donuts than trying to shave grams off my bike” they know I’m saying … Continue reading I’m not worth this …

This is my time …

My loved ones are tucked in and falling asleep fast. Dishes are done and backpacks are ready for tomorrow. This is my time.  I head down to my cave … push the bag of holiday decorations away from my bike, click on the fan, and clip into my pedals.  I have 90 minutes tonight.  90 minutes to get stronger, 90 minutes to get faster, 90 minutes to out-work anyone who wants to toe the starting line. 90 minutes later, I’m drenched in sweat and ready to out-run the rain for 5 miles. Every minute matters.  Respect every minute.  Make every minute count … Continue reading This is my time …

Into the woods…

Last night’s training plan called for a 2,400 yard swim building into 500y sets of 5×100, 2×250, and 1×500, followed by an easy 2 mile run (heart rate under 140bpm). During the 1×500 I realized the pool was closing momentarily and I wasn’t pushing hard enough.   The threat of not finishing my main set was a swift kick in the flipper to motivate me to push through and hustle.  While pushing to finish the set and ignoring the lifeguard that was patiently waiting at the end of the lane, my mantra shifted to regret – you should have been … Continue reading Into the woods…

Road to Cedar Point-Week 2

Seven more days in the training log. Seven days closer to racing 140.6 at Cedar Point. Seven days stronger. Swam 274 laps in the 25y pool this week, rode 95 miles on the stationary trainer, and ran 21 miles on the road with my heart rate under 140bpm.  Dropped a total of 10 lbs. since starting.  To some people, this sounds like an intense week, while to others, it’s a nice start.  It me, it was a solid week with a lot to be proud of.  More importantly, it demonstrated how important it is to have a loving and encouraging support … Continue reading Road to Cedar Point-Week 2

An Age Grouper Is Born

Swim – Bike – Run Career – Family – Friends – Personal Interests – Yard Work – Dishes – Vacuuming – Oil Changes – Packing Lunches – Laundry – Grocery Shopping – Returning Library Books – Making Dinner – Training – Commuting – Sleep … A triathlon is an organized race, typically consisting of a swim, bike, and run.  A triathlete is an athlete that can avoid drowning, knows how to ride a bike, and doesn’t like to walk.  To keep the race results fair and comparable, triathletes are divided into groups – Males, Females, Professionals, and amateurs in 5-year increments. An “age-grouper” … Continue reading An Age Grouper Is Born