More Than Half Way Done

July 31, 2012

Just over halfway through my 30 week training plan, I find myself evaluating.
First  half positives:
Being injured in the opening weeks of training forced me to see the doctor and get some real medical help. I had been relying on a massage therapist and we just weren’t getting to the root of the problem. Taking a [...]

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Chisago Half Iron Relay: Race Report

July 22, 2012

There are a lot of positives to my Ironman training  schedule, but one of the drawbacks is that it allows for only two races. I already did the Oly and the half iron isn’t on the schedule until September. The Chisago Half Iron was my “A” race last year and it was a lot of [...]

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And Now on Tumblr, Too

July 16, 2012

Is it possible to share even more about running and triathlon training? Apparently so, because now I’m on Tumblr in addition to my blog. I tried Twitter for a while, but I’m too verbose for it. I’ll still be posting every week or two here, but for quick updates, pictures and little thoughts to share, [...]

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Minneman Oly Tri: Race Report

July 14, 2012

Two weekends ago, Mike and I raced the Minneman Olympic distance triathlon. A few weeks before, I had raced the first two legs of the Liberty Tri but this was my first full race of the season. When trying to decide which races to do, it’s tempting to keep signing up for the same ones [...]

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Mind Games on the Bike

June 24, 2012

The biggest factor that convinced me that I could attempt an Ironman was my speed and consistency on the bike. By this, I don’t mean that I am fast on the bike. By any measure, I am not fast. To finish an Ironman in the allotted time, I need to be able to ride 112 miles in [...]

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Summer Swing

June 10, 2012

Summer is finally here, which means lots of fun things to do and plenty of training adventures.
There have been some open water swims with friends:

There was a group ride to preview the Liberty Triathlon course:

I did the Race for the Cure with my friend Lisa and her family which made for a special Mother’s Day:

And [...]

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Down and Up Again

May 26, 2012

It has been a weird  week. Sunday I was a little sore, but Monday I was in a lot of pain and thought I might have to give up training. Tuesday I saw the doctor and she did some magic and talked me off the ledge. She sent me out for a run and I [...]

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Making Progress

May 17, 2012

My Ironman training plan started almost 7 weeks ago, and 6.5 weeks ago I could hardly walk due to sciatic and glute injuries. Things are getting better.
To start on a positive note, swimming is going very well. I’m using a buoy for all of my workouts to avoid using my tush which needs time to [...]

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Baby Steps

May 3, 2012

While it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, the doctor gave me permission to walk with running breaks. The limit is two miles total every other day to strengthen the glute and to avoid re-injury. There is some actual running involved so I shouldn’t complain. Over the next week or so, if I stay [...]

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Don’t Swimmers Know How to Share?

April 25, 2012

The most interesting part of my Ironman training so far has been negotiating the pool. Up until a month or so ago, I swam at a pool that was always busy with individual lap swimmers as well as swim teams and lessons. This was frustrating because sometimes I would be ready to swim and the [...]

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