Week one (Let’s get caught up)

11/4
Sunday night I decided it was time for a run. Let’s see what a big loop around the neighborhood will entail.

1.59 miles is a big loop around the neighborhood. Good for a warmup, but I’m going to have to find more distance. For not having run in almost a year, I was happy with the 8:34 pace, but it’s going to have to get faster…. and longer….

11/5
Weight training. This is one of the few times in the year (pre-season) that I will actually lift. Once the season gets going, #1 There is little time to lift and #2 We’re doing so much other physical activity, it doesn’t seem right to lift. I will be sure to post my full body triathlon workout on the training tips page.

11/6
Longer run. So the 1.59 mile thing wasn’t working for me and, since the shop is closed on Tuesday and I didn’t have to work my other job, I thought I’d go for a longer run. 3.87 mile at a 9:15 pace, Eh. Not bad but I have to remember that I’m starting all over again. That is perhaps the most frustrating part of this whole process

AWESOME! Laura decided to come to a gentle Yoga class with me at the St Michaels YMCA. Though it is gentle, the stretching is just what I need. I find that between Yoga and Chiropractic work, I always have a great season!!

11/7
DAY OFF – WHAT?!? A day off already? Yes. I know that the body needs time to rest. Without that, it will break down and the training will cease. A day off is just what I needed. 

11/8
The kids are sick but fortunately Laura wants me to do this too so… I’m able to get out and do another weight workout tonight. I’ll do the weights about 2-3 times a week for the next two months, just to kickstart the muscles again.

11/9
Reality. The kids are sick. I have to open the shop at 10am and be at my police job by 4. When will I ever get a workout in? Fortunately the St Michaels YMCA is right around the corner and I’m able to jump in to a 45 minute core conditioning class with the Director, Tracey. Great job! Now to get to the shop and maybe get a bike up on a trainer.

HOPE TO GET A LITTLE SADDLE TIME (RIDE THE BIKE) THIS WEEKEND. iT SHOULD BE BEAUTIFUL!!!

A little background, if you please

Triathlete. Can I really call myself a triathlete anymore? Does it matter that I didn’t get to compete in even ONE event in the 2012 season? Can the birth of our second child, moving, changing jobs and opening up my dream Triathlon shop, TriCycle and Run, be an excuse for not competing in even a 5k through 2012?!? I hope so because it’s time to reclaim that title of “TRIATHLETE” again.

Two years ago I was able to compete in the New Orleans 70.3 with a wonderful organization, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Except for the high winds and cancelled swim (Woo Hoo!) the course was outstanding. So much so that when I saw a discounted entry for 2013, I jumped on it. With, of course, permission from my loving wife and business partner, Laura. All summer long it was, I’ll get to training, I’ll get to training. Well we all know how that goes…….

Fast forward to Sunday, 11/4/2012. OH MY GOD!!! I’m 24 weeks out. Now you may think that is a lot of time, being 6 months and all, but consider that my event will be a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run, and I haven’t done ANYTHING in almost a year. Time to get to work.

This blog will document my training, my pitfalls, some nutrition and overall just keep me accountable for what it is I’m doing. If I slack off, feel free to come by the shop and get in my face. Some of us need a good kick in the butt every now and then. Well….. here we go!

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