Month: July 2017

MY FIRST OLYMPIC TRIATHLON: DAY BEFORE PREP

If you read my last post, you know that I completed my first Olympic triathlon. In that post, I provided a summary of my performance and promised a detailed review of the entire event. Since I keep each post brief, I’ll use several posts. In this one, I cover the day before preparation.   The day before preparation included: picking up the information packet, attending the pre-event meeting, packing the…

My First Olympic Triathlon: Mission Accomplished!

In October of 2016, I decided to sign up for an Olympic distance triathlon. That’s a 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike and 6-mile run. My original plan was to compete in May 2017. Due to a knee injury, I dropped out of the May 2017 event and signed up for another event on July 9, 2017. My only goal for the event was to safely complete the swim, bike and run….

My longest bike ride

Today I went for the longest bike ride I recall ever taking. It was 30 miles. The intent of the ride was to exceed the distance (25 miles) that I’ll ride in my first Olympic triathlon (on July 9). My hope was to complete the ride in just over 2 hours (14 to 15 MPH pace). That didn’t happen. I left the house at 7 AM and returned around noon. Why? I…

My triathlon training -> It’s race week!

It’s Sunday afternoon. A week from now, I’ll have completed my first (Olympic) triathlon. I’ll probably be at Starbucks, nursing a not-so-Paleo venti Caramel Frappuccino and writing a summary of my experience. Here’s what I’m hoping that summary will say. I safely completed the race. I completed in just over 4 hours. I completed the swim without incident. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I completed…