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2014-10-27 10:44 PM
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Well after a strong week last week, i guess this week I'm just going to be sick. Woke up with a tickle in my throat yesterday, and went to sleep (at 7pm) with a full blown cold. Hopefully this won't last too long and I'll be back to running in a couple days.

Last friday was my long run for the week, 4.5 miles at 9:45 pace. I can't remember the last time i ran that far, and i definitely didn't do it that "fast." I showed up for my group ride on Saturday and apparently didn't get the memo that it was canceled, so i went on a quick ride by myself. It was nice to ride outside again, even if it was cold . 15 miles at 18mph, and i didn't even have a tailwind.

Have a good week all!


2014-10-28 6:58 AM
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Originally posted by leatherneckpa Just looked at my training log for October and I am NOT happy, 17/31 empty days already. Even if I manage a workout every remaining day of this month I will still be under 50%. UNSAT! Little goal for October, achieve those daily workouts for the rest of the month. Little goal for November, at least 20/30 days of workouts.

those are both good not-so-little goals!

2014-10-28 9:51 AM
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Just starting out!!

Hi my name is Gene. I am new to the Triathlon training and mentality. I have been an athlete on and off all my life. Graduating highschool at 6'6 275lbs D-lineman (from Texas). Than at the end of my first marrage, I found my self 6'6 and 400+. After my divorce I dropped to 250lbs and lost another 20 lbs when I joined the US Army. Before leaving for the military I was able to bench 400+ lbs, but the Army doesn't want the heavily muscled football players. I have regained some of my original size, and have gone through some up and down dieting. I started to train for a sprint triathlon as a way to lose wt. and become a leaner machine.

Triathlon activities and my ability:
Swim: since i come from the gulf coast area, I have always been a strong swimmer.
Biking: love to bike, with good stamina
Running: my achiles heel if you will. Not that I am not able to run a 5K, I just dont like it.

I would like to do my first sprint tri next year, but am primarily looking to lose wt. during my training.

Mentor Needs: I am wondering if anyone out there would be willing to impart knowledge and experience, as well as provide a person to answer too. This helps me keep motivated, as well as someone to ask question and bounce ideas off of.

Diet goals: I do not want to crash diet, but make life style changes. I am not looking for or expecting to lose anymore than two pounds per week. I am not going to starve myself or cause myself to suffer ( I feel that it is more detremental to my goals to do so). I eat a lower carb diet, but still take in some bread (one time a day and a small amout) and eat fruits as snakes. I have cut out my beer on my own.

Current Important stats:
Height: 6'5
Weight: 323
Chest: 52 or so inches
Swim: average for 4min/100 yards (long swim last week for 20 min)
Bike: 15 miles/hour
Run: 9:53/mile

Working with a Balanced 20 week beginner Triathlon program.

If you are interested (and perferrable a clydesdale) in being a sponsor for me please reply.
2014-10-28 12:28 PM
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Welcome Gene!

I just finished my first "season". I also threw my hat in the tri ring as a way to lose weight, and I plan to stick around because of the people and it's just plain fun!

From what you posted, you are miles ahead of where I started. You should be more than ready when the season kicks off next year. I'm not up to mentoring anyone yet, but if you post your questions here (like my next post), or another sub-forum if it's more applicable, the general population around here is usually more than happy to answer, give opinions, etc... Just be sure to search first .
2014-10-28 6:05 PM
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Originally posted by EgaumerI would like to do my first sprint tri next year, but am primarily looking to lose wt. during my training.

Mentor Needs: I am wondering if anyone out there would be willing to impart knowledge and experience, as well as provide a person to answer too. This helps me keep motivated, as well as someone to ask question and bounce ideas off of.

Working with a Balanced 20 week beginner Triathlon program.

If you are interested (and perferrable a clydesdale) in being a sponsor for me please reply.

Welcome Gene! You'll find a really supportive bunch here, and some very knowledgeable folks too. Pretty much all of them with more experience than me. What I lack in experience I make up for in heart and reading. Your sprint goal for next year is quite reasonable, but you might consider setting a goal of two sprints, one late spring/early summer and one late summer/early fall.

Accountability and motivation? I find just entering my workouts here keeps me more accountable. Want to up the ante? Either leave your workout log public or friend a few of us so we can check it out from time to time. Mine is public. Anybody can check it out anytime. Every now and then you'll get a little note, an "Inspire", which are pleasant little surprises and great motivators.

Your times all look comparable to mine. I'm 56 yrs old, 6'2" and 373 lbs. I actually register just slightly slower than you on swim and bike. But at my weight I don't even TRY to actually run. I'm just working on building my aerobic base until New Years, when I will switch to the C25K treadmill program. My first sprint is planned for May 10th, so I should have time.

I'll be looking for your posts. Remember, slow steady progression will reward you with fewer injuries and thus more improvement than going gung-ho out of the gate.
2014-10-28 6:14 PM
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21AP for today, 48AP for the wee, just short of my 50AP goal. I knew I wasn't going to reach my goal for 50AP this week, so I decided to at least come close. I did a brick; 800 yard swim and then 30 minutes on the LifeCycle. Finally found the right level on the LifeCycle, level 9. I could spin along at 95-105 rpm's for everything except the two largest hills on the program. Those slowed me down to 80-85 rpm's. Legs were a little rubbery when I got off the bike, so I know it was a good workout.

SWIM: 800 yds in 18m 49s. 4x25, 2x50, 1x100, 1x200, 1x100, 2x50, 4x25
BIKE: 30m on the LifeCycle for 9.7 miles, but don't even start to think I can ride at 19.5 mph for real. Out on the roads I am generally only able to average between 13.75 and 14.0 for my rides.


2014-10-30 10:31 AM
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Didn't exactly do a "real" workout yesterday. I went to a new shoe store, specifically because they were the closest dealer to carry Hoka's. I went to Inside Track in Lewisburg, PA and worked with Sayard Tanis. She is a certified Physical Therapist Assistant with 6 yrs experience working with a working foot/ankle mechanics and gait correction. I was quite impressed. Apparently I have a strange gait as I tend to kind of "loop" my foot around in the air before it strikes. So she wanted to find a shoe to correct my landing, which she said was a bigger problem than padding my strike.

The bad news is the Hoka's don't come with a wide enough sole platform for my feet. Sayard was concerned I would blowout the instep long before the life of the sole was used up. My previous shoe store would only try to fit me in New Balance shoes, but she said there were other shoes she wanted to try first. The Asics were too tight in the toe box IMO and not a wide enough platform after her examination. Then we tried a pair of Sauconys that were nice and finally a pair of New Balance. What really surprised me was that she had me take them outside and jog to the end of the block and back while she watched. Both felt pretty good, but I had the preconceived notion that I had to have NB. Finally Syard had me put on one Saucony and one NB for t he trot down the block. What a striking difference! I could FEEL the NB restricting my motion and forcing my footfall. The Saucony was virtually undetectable. One more trot wearing the Sauconys again while she watched.

I wound up buying the Sauconys as an experiment. All totaled I trotted about a mile between the six trips, according to Sayard, and my left knee was SCREAMING. (No neoprene sleeves, DOH!) So I decided to cancel yesterday's 3.7 mile walk and just consider the trots to be my workout. I'll let you know how this works out.
2014-10-30 7:00 PM
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10AP tonight, 10 AP for the new week, shooting for at least 50AP this week again.

Changed my pyramid, doubled my warm-up and cool-down.
4x50, 2x100, 1x200, 2x100, 4x50 = 1000 yds in 23:00 mins.
2014-10-31 6:15 PM
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15AP tonight, 25AP for the week, halfway to my 50AP goal for the week. For part of this workout I was actually running an 8 min mile pace.
2 miles in 33:47 = 16:53 per mile average and yet, max HR was only 143. Heart and lungs can go faster but legs can't, quite yet.

WOO-HOOOO! Little goal attained! You may remember that last week I was disgusted because I could not even claim workouts for 50% of the month. I set a little goal for the remainder of October to get a workout in each of the remaining days. And with tonight's workout I have successfully attained that goal. Next up? I want to record workouts for at least 20 of the 30 days of November.

CHA-A-A-ARGE!
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