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2007-08-26 11:18 AM

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Subject: COUCH TO 1/2 IRONMAN IN 6 MOS!!!
Can we say "Super Clydesdale!"

My name is Jeff Kondra, live in Henderson, NV and doing my first Tri in November. Actually the Silverman, but follows the Ironman schedule. Did nothing as far as excercise, except golf, lift a little etc. Decided to start training for the Las Vegas Marathon, Dec 2, 07. Started to train over memorial day weekend and could not run more than 500 yards without stopping.

Then got this crazy idea from a friend of mine, Gus. hey, I am going to do a tri. Silly me thinking all tri's were the same so I signed up for the Silverman 1/2. Rookie... rookie,,,rookie.

Well here we are about 2 1/2 months into training, running 10-12 miles, swimming 2000 yards per session, and biking at least 50 miles...

gotta go for now, baby needs something, check back later for more

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2007-08-26 9:12 PM
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WOW!!! That inspires me to go out there and work harder.
2007-08-27 8:42 AM
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Glad to hear I motivated ya to work a little harder. I have always wanted to do an Ironman as a lifelong goal. 15-20 years later, still had not taken that first step to get started.

I found myself drinking too much, being lazy, getting fat, no motivation to excercise etc. How are we as fathers, husbands, mentors etc. supposed to lead the way when do nothing for others to follow??? That is why I started this journey to jump in the water and start my first triathlon.

I will post my progress as the days go on.. If one person starts due to my messages, that would make my day..

ANYWAY...........


Went to the pool this morning, closed due to lightning.. Came home and did 48 minutes on the elliptical. Running in the morning..

Sure do feel great, look a ton better than I ever have in my birthday suit...

Get out and TRI everyone...
2007-08-27 11:12 AM
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you are no crazy than I was when I went from couch to marathon in 6 months. it just takes hard work and dedication. Race day it takes a never goiung give up attitude and to continue to move no matter how hard it hurts.

If your training goes well hopely it will not hurt too much.
2007-08-27 11:56 AM
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Did i forget to mention that my wife and I are running the Las Vegas marathon Dec. 2? Yepp, after a tri in October, HIM in november... I have lost my mind, but it keeps me focused on a goal.. I shall keep ya posted.



Started off 250lbs. What is up with the clydes starting out at 200lbs? I was 200 in 4th or 5th grade... Can the heavy ones get a little love in the tri arena?? I think I am going to look for a Budweiser shirt with a big azz clydesdale horse on it for my race shirt..
2007-08-27 11:59 AM
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well yeah they get love. I am 290 and I get love. Well most of the time.

man your a what we call a lighty. I been 290 when I did both my hims. So you know it can be done you just need to your body into shape.

A HIM is in many ways harder than a marathon. The marathon is harder in others. training for the HIM will make your marathon possible. just remember to do your best and to finish. Do not worry about the time unless you are racing cutoffs.


2007-08-28 9:33 AM
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1500m TODAY NON-STOP!!!! Rockin it.. longest swim so far without resting... and in 30 minutes... cant wait till I slip on the wetsuit and see what kind of time I do.

Wetsuits make ya look like a stud, kind of like some shaper pantyhose my wife wears. well, nevermind..

Anyone shave arms and legs in order to get the suit on easier?

I was so worried about finishing the 1900m in 1hr 20min before today, but now I believe that it will not be an issue...

Till next time, get out and train people....

later
2007-09-06 4:45 PM
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That is awesome. I am due to have a baby in March.. I wonder if I can get to 1/2 IM shape for a 2008 fall race? I think the only part I will have trouble training for is the bike - that is particularly painful after giving birth!
2007-09-06 4:52 PM
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Sure you can. Just give yourself some rest and go for it. I could not do 50 yards without stopping just 3 or so months ago. Today I did 1000 yards in 20 minutes, no suit on.

My first bike ride was 4.5 miles and was excited. Last saturday did 60.22 miles in a little over 4 hours, and some serious climbs.

Sign up for a race, the training is much easier knowing that the date is approaching of your race.

good luck with the baby, we have two boys, 1yr and 4yr. Hard to train with them but gotta do it. keep in touch.

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2007-09-06 5:08 PM
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Well, I was in great shape a few short months ago.. but once I got pregnant.. I felt sick, tired, etc. and stopped training.

I think I should be able to train. We have a nursery at our health club (where I swim) so the kids can go there (also have a 15 mo old now). I can run at night after hubby gets home (or in the morning) or have a neighbor kid babysit for an hour or so. You are right, it is possible, but damn, it will be hard as hell!

I am a stay at home mom, so hopefully I can work this in. Its easy to train now because my baby is 15 mos old, and I can run and bike with her (Burley). The new baby won't be able to do that stuff til 4 mos. old.
2007-09-06 5:21 PM
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we are in the same boat.. I am a stay at home dad. I do my swim at 5:00am, run at the same time and do my bike ride on saturday morning. Gotta get it done first before the boys wake up. You are going to have your hands full, newborn and a two year old. You will be skinny again just by chasing them around.

I am signed up for three tri's now and have not even done my first one. First one is in October, then November and May 08' with a great friend of mine. Oh yeah, did I mention the marathon in December. How is that for a 3 month period? My wife and I are doing the marathon together, all though I might back off the full and do the half since I will be finishing the Half Ironman only three weeks earlier.


2007-09-06 6:52 PM
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lasvegas99 - 2007-09-06 3:21 PM

I am signed up for three tri's now and have not even done my first one. First one is in October, then November and May 08' with a great friend of mine. Oh yeah, did I mention the marathon in December. How is that for a 3 month period? My wife and I are doing the marathon together, all though I might back off the full and do the half since I will be finishing the Half Ironman only three weeks earlier.


Ambitious! Especially with the family! I feel like I'm short on time already and I don't have kids.

I'm planning to do the HIM on 9/30 and Silverman HIM AND the LV marathon. I'm getting married some time in there too.

Anyway - be careful not to pile on too much and get injured. Sounds like you got it under control.

2007-09-06 9:38 PM
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I'm inspired. I swam 50 yds today for the first time, just to see. I'm starting next week. I was going all out and probably good for another 50 yds at that pace. I feel better hearing your success. As for the run I can do a 5k in 30-35mins and I'm seeing stars. On the bike I'm where you're for 60 miles, 15-17mph depending on wind. Keep up the good work, I need a rabbit to chase!
2007-09-07 6:02 PM
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Thanks Tridork, I didnt think I could do it either. 3 months into training, I feel great. Lost tons of inches on the body, look great, feel great and ready to race.

This morning did 3.1 miles, 28 mins. Fastest time yet, not trying to burn up the pavement though. Try taking your time, build up some endurance. Dont worry about the pace as much as finishing the time you have set out. At first I paced myself at 10:30 mile. Running is the hardest thing to build up, or was that the swimming portion..???

Keep in touch, I created this forum to hopefully grab some people along the way and celebrate later on when we finish a race.

rest, eat and train.. the story of my life...
2007-09-10 2:27 AM
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I have posted earlier, but once again I want to say what an inspiration you are to me.  I too want to do a 1/2 IM next year and didn't think I could do it until I saw your post, and how far you have come in the last couple of months.  I use to be blessed with great althetic ability but injury and frustration had me sidelined for a good while.  I know have a coach and a lot more determination.  I have been going back and forth on which 1/2 IM I want to do first. First is was California, then Mooseman, and now Florida.  I'm 90% sure that I want to do Flordia as I have found an even better cause in helping Wounded Warriors and Challenged Athletes by rasising money for wounded soliders coming back from Iraq.  I think a cause bigger than me will help me stay fouced.

I hope this doesn't come out the wrong way but if you can do it, I can do it.

I'm looking forward to reading your race reports.

2007-09-10 4:01 PM
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Nice to have another trp'er on board. Most definately keep in touch. This is about the only forum I write in. One other, but since starting this myself, I will stay here.
You are correct, YOU CAN DO IT... If I can go from the couch, drinking too much, getting fat etc.. then I know you can. I am serious about being happy about my first 6 mile bike ride and glad that I was able to stand up in the pool after 50 yards ready to drown. 60 miles on the bike, 12 mile runs, and 2000 yards in the pool.. On top of looking tons better for myself and , and my wife... Think she likes it as well...

I am doing a half Iron in Napa in May 08'. What could be better? Tri race and then having some wine at a vineyard. Sign up, it is much closer than FL... Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the link.

What part of SD do you live? We love Sea World.....

keep up the posts, keeps us all focused and eager to train...

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2007-09-10 9:57 PM
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Swam 15 minutes straight for the first time ever on Sunday, OUCH!! But did it. Got the TI DVD on the way and look forward to the day when that gets me farther than 400 yds!! The swim is the par I dread.
2007-09-10 11:40 PM
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tridork - 2007-09-10 9:57 PM Swam 15 minutes straight for the first time ever on Sunday, OUCH!! But did it. Got the TI DVD on the way and look forward to the day when that gets me farther than 400 yds!! The swim is the par I dread.
Great job and good luck with TI.  I read the book, kind of and  it did help.  The illustration in the booked suck so I chucked it hopefully the DVD is better.  The best thing is learned was balance in the water.  Honestly I don't follow TI much but I try to keep balance.  If you learn nothing else from TI use that. 
2007-09-11 1:44 AM
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lasvegas99 - 2007-09-10 2:01 PM Nice to have another trp'er on board. Most definately keep in touch. This is about the only forum I write in. One other, but since starting this myself, I will stay here. You are correct, YOU CAN DO IT... If I can go from the couch, drinking too much, getting fat etc.. then I know you can. I am serious about being happy about my first 6 mile bike ride and glad that I was able to stand up in the pool after 50 yards ready to drown. 60 miles on the bike, 12 mile runs, and 2000 yards in the pool.. On top of looking tons better for myself and , and my wife... Think she likes it as well... I am doing a half Iron in Napa in May 08'. What could be better? Tri race and then having some wine at a vineyard. Sign up, it is much closer than FL... Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the link. What part of SD do you live? We love Sea World..... keep up the posts, keeps us all focused and eager to train... jeff

I live right down there street from Sea World, I can see the fireworks on the weekend.  I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on my progress.

2007-09-13 10:28 AM
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Hey everybody... You know after thinking about it, The Forum should read, "Couch to Ironman in 4.5 mos...!!! Oh well, we all get the point..

This mornings workout, 50 minutes on the elliptical, level 13, yes level 13, grabbed a water, a gu pack and off for a 4 mile run, 38:30. Kind of my way of doing my brick training since momma was off doing her training for the marathon.

Ok, now that you have read this, anyone that did not workout yet should be feeling a little guilty... Keep up the chats... Post your progress, helps keep everyone motivated...

Enoy your day.

Everyone should watch "The Biggest Loser" on tuesdays.. Talk about a motivator... One body, One shot to keep it healthy....

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2007-09-13 11:40 AM
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lasvegas99 - 2007-09-13 11:28 AM


Everyone should watch "The Biggest Loser" on tuesdays.. Talk about a motivator... One body, One shot to keep it healthy....

jeff


You said a mouthfull there Jeff. I watched a few episodes of "The March" (I think it's called) where the group walked to Washington DC from I can't remember where.

My walking partner is back from vacation, so did 2 miles at lunch. Only difference this time is it's a warm-up for tonight's run (if you an call the 4 min walk/1 min jog a run). I try to walk/jog at least 2 night a week.

I'm going to be ready for a 5K run near where I live this coming February. Last year, I helped provide communications and this year I'm running. My first Tri will be in the spring.

Doug


2007-09-13 12:08 PM
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Good for you Doug!! Anything is better than nothing.. Keep up with the board for some great motivation. Congrats on the 5K.. Little steps lead to big steps..

i watched a little fat march but did not care for it. The Biggest Loser is much better. makes you motivated to get out and excercise... Jillian and Kim arent too bad to look at either... :-)

keep in touch...
2007-09-15 12:01 AM
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Well the PumpkinMan is about 4 weeks away.. Heading out to the lake to do the ride and see what time i can do it in.. Shooting for 1:30-1:45. we shall see, the lake portion is not a problem.. It is heading back up the hill towards Nevada Way, St, Rd.. that looks like a bad dream.

I shall let ya know how it turns out...

23 miles or so with about 1.75 miles hell at the end....!!!
2007-09-15 1:36 PM
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Jeff Good Luck.

I am in the process of going couch to HIM in 1 year, with Canucn in a week, being my first HIM. I'm in a taper right now, but have a sinus infection.... argggg.

Let us know how it goes.
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I got a coach to help me get ready for my HIM next year.  I had a swim lesson with him for an hour.  WOW!!! What a big difference in my storke.  I can't tell you how much better I feel in the water, a HUGE confidence booster.  The only thing I have to work on now is not getting bored in the pool.
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