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So, I won a little contest…

Thanks to Tripping The Kenyans blog ( http://trippingthekenyans.com) for hosting this contest, and the folks at e-bibs/I Love To Run (https://ilovetorun.org/index.php) for sponsoring it. I won a nice little caricature of my Ironman finish line photo.

Here’s the original pic:

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And, here is the caricature (with finish line arch and without)…

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The image can then be used to make custom virtual bibs…

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Pretty cool. I might send them another. I love this one, but I would be curious to see what they could do with a goofy photo like this one…

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Blog To Book

When I started this blog, it was just a tool to keep me accountable and to have a record of my training and the day itself. I had checked out a service that could take your blog and transform it into a physical book that could be ordered and printed. I thought that sounded like a pretty cool memento of the experience. That service is no longer functional with WordPress (Grrr…), but I still wanted to try this so I turned to Shutterfly to see what I could come up with.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. The first half of the book is my race report. The second half are my training logs. Those were the items I most wanted to preserve. I thought I would share it with you here.

This is still a first draft. Everything needs to be proofread a few times before I actually hit the order button.

Edit: I did a quick word count. Over 31,000 words and 125 photos. No wonder it took so long to proofread (and I know I will find stupid mistakes in there, but I have corrected a ton of then before I hit the “publish” button).

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What does it take to do an Ironman?

Great post! Inspirational for fellow triathletes…

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What does it take to cross the finish line of an Ironman?

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  1. Desire…you have to want to do an Ironman. If you lack desire, you will not get to the start line, let alone the finish line.
  2. Determination and Perseverance…there will be times when a workout gets tough, when obstacles get in the way and when life throws you a curve ball. When this happens, hit that ball out of the park!! Don’t quit and give up…instead, fight and push yourself to the next level.
  3. Balance…balancing home, work and triathlon can sometimes be a challenge. It is important to find that balance and maintain it throughout your training.
  4. Communication…it is important to communicate with family and work about what you might need to help you achieve your goals.
  5. Flexibility…sometimes life happens and you are not able to get a workout in as planned. This is when it is important to be flexible.
  6. Discipline…self…

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My Three Year “Runiversary”

Three years ago, I got peer pressured into running a 5k. I “knew” that I would hate it. Today is the three year anniversary of when I wandered into a “running” store for the first time. I must have looked like a deer in headlights. I went after work, still wearing a suit and a pair of dress shoes. I remember sitting in my parked car across the street from the store wondering why I was doing this. I was not a runner. I hated running. I had bad knees. I had asthma. I would surely get laughed out of the store…

I eventually went in. They measured my feet, watched me walk and jog (I overpronate and have flat feet), gave me some socks to use as I tried various different pairs of shoes. Thirty minutes later, I was out the door with what I was certain was a complete waste of money. It turned out to be one of the most important purchases I have ever made. I think that I am currently running on my tenth pair of shoes.

I finished my 5k…and I liked it! By the end of the year, I was a marathon runner and a triathlete. Now, three years later, I have completed an Ironman Triathlon, five 70.3’s, eleven total triathlons, ten full marathons, ten century rides, nineteen half marathons, and dozens of shorter races. My closet is overflowing with finishers shirts. I have become members of the Marathon Maniacs and of the Half Fanatics. I have time-qualified for the Houston Marathon, and have also qualified for a few “A” corals. My shorter distance finish times (5k to Half Marathon) have moved me closer to the front of the pack and I now think that I may have the potential to podium someday at a shorter (and smaller) race. I have emerged from the back of the pack to middle of the pack in shorter distance triathlons and in 70.3’s.

Most importantly, I have finally come to accept myself as a runner, a cyclist, and a triathlete. And, yes, I finally feel comfortable claiming that “I am an athlete”. For the first 40+ years of my life, I would have laughed at the thought. Just goes to show that it is never too late to make a positive change.

I have all of my medals on display in my home exercise room. It serves as a constant reminder of my journey, and a constant inspiration for me to stay fit and healthy. I hope to continue adding to this collection for years to come.

This is my main medal display. The top row of the center rack displays most of my full marathon medals. The rack to the far right are my shorter distance triathlons. The rack to the far left are for my “ugly” medals (since they are mostly hidden). The photos above the display is a summary of my 2013 Ironman season. The brutally hilly but gorgeous Ironman 70.3 Muskoka bike, the sweltering run at Ironman 70.3 Kansas, and the “Swim Thru Hell” in Lake Michigan for Ironman 70.3 Racine. These events “forged” me So that I was prepared for Ironman Wisconsin the following season.

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This is my favorite display…my Ironman medals. Five are for 70.3’s. The top center medal (and the ugliest of the bunch) is for my one and only full Ironman. It was a near perfect day (aside from some GI issues). I still wish that the bling was nicer (I loved the medal from the two previous years).

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This is my Disney display. I completed the Coast to Coast challenge by running the Goofy Challenge and the Dumbo Double Dare in the same year. The medals are the nicest I own, and they deserve their own display. The photo above the medals is my favorite Disney running photo (I love Disney race photos!) Being a Star Wars geek, the shot of me being “detained” by Stormtroopers at the Disneyland Half Marathon was an instant classic…100_0511

This the only shadow box I have had made. It came with an extra finisher’s medal for the display. It includes my bib, split times, and some surprisingly good photos of me on all three legs of the event.100_0503

My Ironman Wisconsin poster (a little beat up from the journey home) displayed with my finishers certificate. I wish that I had taken better care of the poster when I got it, but the display looks better in person…100_0506

The pain cave. I spend many winter hours in here with the momentos of my three year journey all around me. There are two obvious themes…Disney and Ironman. The Disney banners behind me are event used memorabilia from the Disney 20th Anniversary Marathon. It was signage used at the marathon expo. Disney sold them in their merchandise tent when they were no longer needed on marathon morning. At $30 each, they were a steal! There are more Ironman Wisconsin photos in the background.

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I am really pleased with the improvement in most of my PR’s. The marathon time is relatively weak (compared to the others) and shows no sign of improvement. I have had multiple breakthrough races in the past year and I am hoping for further improvements in 2015. I have used the Galloway calculator to predict my best possible finish times for all my running events based on my strongest finish time. I have put these projected finish times in brackets next to my actual PR. It gives me an idea of which PR’s are my strongest and which ones should fall. There is significant room for improvement in the 1 mile and 10 mile (neither are common event distances for me which is likely why that stick out). The 5k, 10k, and HM are all right on target, and the marathon is clearly the outlier…

1 mile-7:11 (TC 1 Mile-2013). Pace 7:11/mile (predicted-6:37-6:37/mile).

5k-23:49 (Lifetime Torchlight 5k-2014). Pace-7:21/mile (predicted-22:15-7:10/mile).

10k-47:40 (Flying Pig 10k-2014). Pace-7:40/mile (predicted-47:16-7:36/mile).

10 mile-1:27:50 (Twin Cities 10 mile-2014). Pace-8:47/mile (predicted-1:19:20-7:56/mile)

Half-Marathon-1:44:03 (Monster Dash HM-2014). Pace-7:56/mile (predicted-1:44:03-7:56/mile).

Marathon-4:26:15 (Grandma’s Marathon-2014). Pace-10:09/mile (predicted-3:45:31-8:36/mile).

Sprint Triathlon- 1:18:26 (Lifetime Trinona-2014)

Olympic Triathlon-3:14:36 (Maple Grove Triathlon 2012)

Ironman 70.3-6:13:51 (Ironman 70.3-Muncie-2014)

Ironman-15:42:11 (Ironman Wisconsin-2014)

I have traveled to a lot of events over the past 3 years. I no longer have a desire to complete the 50 marathons/50 states challenge, but it is fun to keep track of where this journey has brought me.

First, the marathon map. Seven states so far. Pensilvania, Missouri, and Iowa will be added this year. That will get me to 10 marathons/10 states which will qualify me for membership in the 50/50 club. Illinois (Chigago) and North Dakota (Fargo) are obvious contenders for following years.

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I am also at seven states for half marathons. I usually don’t travel for a HM, so most of these represent the run portion of an Ironman 70.3. Florida and California were Disney races.

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Over the last three years, I have purchased a lot of race photos. Most are terrible. But a few come out quite good. I thought that I would share of few of my favs. But first, here are three of my worst photos (and the story behind them).

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This is me before I started to lose weight. There are very few photos of from this time of my life (for obvious reasons). This is a reminder to me of the results of my positive changes and serves as motivation to never, ever go back to this place.

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Yep. I’m a dork. Pee Wee Herman would have looked less ridiculous. This is me six months after I bought my first pair of running shoes. It was my second triathlon…and it was an Ironman 70.3! I am rocking it on my hybrid bike (with reflectors!), toe cages, knee tape, and a Camelbak. I looked so out of place. But, I didn’t care. I felt fit and trained enough to be there, and I finished with over an hour to spare from the cutoff. I had a new positive attitude. I was going to embrace new experiences and push myself WAY out of my comfort zone. This was the day that I decided that I wanted to be an Ironman, and that nothing could stop me. As I am struggling with XC skiing, I think back to this event, and my belief that I could achieve anything that I wanted if I would just believe in myself. I never stretched myself so far out of my comfort zone as I did that day, which likely makes it the most important day in the last three years…

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I tend end to be pretty reserved when I cross the finish line. At IMOO, I don’t even recall doing a fist pump when I finished. I had to look at my finishers video to see that a did a quick fist pump. It lasted under two seconds. The photographers managed to capture no less then EIGHT separate photos of that moment. All of them look ridiculous and this is the best of the lot. I still cringe when I see them. That said, it does capture the emotion of that moment, and the emotion that had been building for the previous two years…

Edit: What the heck. Here are all the other “Fist Pump” photo’s. I swore these would never see light of day…

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Now for my “good” photos:

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Coming out of the water at Ironman 70.3 Steelhead. Same race as the bike photo above. Actually not a great race photo, but likely the best from my first 70.3.

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Ironman Wisconsin Mass Swim Start. All the little dots in the water are swimmers…all 2400 of them…

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I love Mater and Cars Land at DisneyLand!

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Just a local HM. Sometimes the photographers just happen to catch me at a good moment at the right angle.

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I think this one makes me look a lot faster since its a little blurry…

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Ironman Muncie. Love the head-on determination of this pic of me approaching the finish line. Shattered my PR by over 52 minutes!

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Lap one at Ironman Wisconsin. I got my second wind back after the bike by this point in the race.

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2014 Battle for the Buff

One of the few cycling side photo’s that I like. I can usually make out my unflattering rolls on these photos. This was a short 5k time trial, but 1.2 miles of it is considered to be among the toughest climbs in North America. 9.5 degree average grade. I was under 6mph and in granny gear the whole way…trying not to fall off the bike!

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Ironman Wisconsin Bike Course. I was very weak and dehydrated at this point, but still managed to fake it for the camera.

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Monster Dash

The Monster Dash Half Marathon. Good shot of me “in the zone” This has always been a good end-of-season race for me. I first cracked the 2:00 barrier at this event, then I broke the 1:45 barrier at this same race 2 years later.

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Pretty much how I felt by mile 19 of the Disney Marathon.

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Idilic view during a brutally hard (and spectacularly beautiful) bike leg at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka.

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Very hot run at Ironman Kansas 70.3.

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Emerging from the water at Ironman Wisconsin. Amazed that I have decent swim, bike and run photos from this event.

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One of the few “silly” poses that that I am not mortified looking at. I think I took the costume characters by surprise. Disney Marathon.

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My OMG, what the hell just happened to me moment after the “swim thru hell” at Ironman 70.3 Racine. Just 1.2 miles of six foot swells, riptides, undertow, and me clinging to anything that could float. It’s also the only time I had an asthma attack during a swim. Good times!

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Probably my best cycling photo. Great background and I actually look like a cyclist.

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Yep! I actually broke the tape at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka! Kudos to the volunteers who attempted to restring the tape for every finisher…

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I am a Star Wars geek. This photo was snapped at the DisneyLand Half Marathon when I was “detained” by a couple of Stormtroopers. Fortunately, the Force was not strong with them…

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Never any question about which photo earned the top spot. For the years leading up to this race, I had hoped to finish and wanted a decent pic of me crossing the finish line. Great capture. Both feet off the ground, and I look happy, energetic and the photo perfectly captures the emotion of accomplishing this goal at the end of a near perfect day…

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My “Road To Madison” One Year Anniversary

Two things happened a year ago today.

1) I started my final 30 week training plan for IM Wisconsin.

2) I started this blog

Several months have past since I competed in the event, and I can now look back on the day and see what it meant to me. Did is live up to my expectations? Would I do it again? Good questions…

I have several hopes leading into that day. After all, I had been obsessing about it for about 2 years. I figured that it would be impossible for the race to live up to all of my hopes and dreams. But, somehow, it did. I had hoped to be healthy…and I was. I had prayed for good weather…and it was perfect. The day was sunny but not too hot. There was no humidity or wind. The lake was calm with water temps in the low seventies. The air temp peeked in the mid 70’s and dipped down into the low sixties for the run. I could not ask for better. The perfect late summer day brought out the spectators in droves. The crowd support was amazing, The venue was charming. Downtown Madison was beautiful and welcoming. We got one of the most unique transitions in all of triathlon (inside a convention center). I got to experience what has become a rarity in triathlon…a true mass swim start. I overcame what is known as one of the toughest bike courses on the Ironman circuit. And, I got lifelong bragging rights.

My wife got to see me cross the finish line. Many others (from co-workers to Facebook friends) got to watch me finish via a live finish line cam. My FB page got flooded with support and congratulations.

I had hoped for a good picture of me crossing the finish line. It turned out to be the best event photo I own. I also got several other great pics from the swim, bike and run. The finishers swag was amazing. I love the shirt, hat, backpack and jacket. Most of my training gear and much of my wardrobe now have the M-dot on it (so do my coffee mugs). No tattoo yet…still debating that one.

The crowd was electric on the big hills and along State Street. The volunteers were a constant source of encouragement and assistance.

Yep, the day was darn near perfect.

Did anything NOT live up to the hype and my expectations? Well, I can think of three small quibbles.

1) I got some GI troubles early in the race which resulted in dehydration and I came close to a DNF. It almost derailed my whole day. It probably cost me 1-1 1/2 hours on my finish time and generally made the day much less enjoyable. But, I can also look at it as overcoming adversity, digging deep and finding strength that I never knew that I had.

2) Mike Riley never called out those 4 works as I crossed the finish line (“You Are An Ironman”). He did call out my name and I was certain that he said those words until I watched my finishers video.

3) Damn, the finishers medal is ugly. The previous two years featured a big M-dot design medal that I would have loved…but many complained that the medals looked the same at every event. As my one and only full Ironman, I would have loved one of those. Instead, the medal designers tried to make each medal unique…with mixed results. Wisconsin’s was awful…but I have grown to love it anyways.

I have a ton of momentos of the event (photos, videos, gear, swag, backpack, coffee mugs, shadow box, finishers medal with display, and a ton of clothing) all reminding me of one of the best single day experiences of my life (the only 3 days that top it are my engagement day, my wedding day and my graduation).

So, would I do it again?

Not a chance.

The further I get from the event, the more convinced I am of that decision.

I look back on my 30 weeks and over 4000 miles of training and I wonder how I ever did it. Realizing that I started that journey today, I shutter at the thought of repeating that journey. I look at my training logs and cannot imaging repeating it. I think that the only reason that I was able to keep pushing myself was because it had become an obsession. Since I have now completed it once, I doubt that I could ever muster that kind of drive again. The training was extreme (as was the event). It was more extreme then I would want or could imagine as a continuing lifestyle. Yes, I want to be fit and healthy, but I need balance in my life. Training shoved aside my work and personal life. My wife was EXTREMELY supportive and understanding, but I can see where the “Ironman Divorce” comes from. It is almost impossible not to neglect your family when training for something this big. It is very selfish, and it is not something that I could ever do to them again.

Also, the event is now this near perfect memory. On the other hand, I have completed 10 marathons and five 70.3’s. All of those events have blurred together in my mind and are almost indistinguishable. What makes Wisconsin special is that it is so unique. Just like my wedding day and graduation day, it is not something I want to do again. In some ways, repeating a once in a lifetime events diminishes it. It is never quite as good as the first time…especially what the day was otherwise perfect.

And the blog?

That certainly grew. It was intended as an online training journal…something to keep me accountable. I was surprised when others started to follow me and offered support and encouragement. I also drew inspiration from the blogs of others. I thought that my blog would be closed up and forgotten by now. But I keep drawing more and more from it and has become a great outlet for me. I never expected that.

Would I recommend an Ironman? Only if it is something that you really want. But, if you have a passion for it and the desire, it can be a life changing experience. I love the memory, and grateful that I was able to participate…

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Cross Country Skiing-Round 2

I was debating whether or not to bother trying to XC ski again. I had enough on my plate with running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon. I really didn’t need another expensive hobby and more gear. The closest place to ski is about 45 minutes away, and my first foray into XC skiing was not pretty.

My wife tried to encourage me to try it one more time on my own. If I hated it, I could just walk away. If I liked it, it would be a different winter activity. Also, the end of season clearance sales would be coming up in a month or so. Now was the time to get a little bit more exposure and decide if I want to take the plunge or not.

I had made time on my schedule to ski earlier this week, but temps were in the -20F range (before wind chill…and the wind was howling). I backed out. Today’s weather was near ideal…almost too warm. However, it was the weekend, and with few facilities making snow, I knew that the park would be crowded. I would want to get there early.

I am 45 years old, and I had only skied once prior to my first lesson about a month ago. I thought that it would be a little challenging to get the basics, but that it was attainable. After all, I had only picked up cycling and swimming a few years ago and I am now an Ironman.

The difference was that I originally learned to swim and to ride a bike as a kid. I only had one exposure to skiing as a child (I wiped out on the tow line for the bunny hill…and that was the end of that adventure). Here is the one existing photo of that traumatic experience…

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Due to this lack of childhood skiing exposure, the feel of skiing is completely foreign. When I swam for the first time in a couple of decades, I simply jumped into the pool. The first few lengths were hard but I found my rhythm and I completed a half mile. Getting used to open water swimming was an adjustment, but the swimming basics were the same. I had a similar when I purchased my bike. I got a hybrid since it was more familiar, and the first few times around the block were terrifying but the skills came back. Learning new skills (like riding a road bike and using clipless pedals) took more time, but they were adjustments. The basics were still there, they were just a little rusty.

There are no basics for me and skiing. It is completely foreign. Shifting the center of gravity and moving my feet in a smooth fashion to propel myself forward while remaining balanced was a whole new skill set that I had to acquire. Unfortunately, I tend to be clumsy and uncoordinated.

This was proving to be hard. Very, very hard.

With my wife’s encouragement, I decided to try again today. She was right. I needed to know if I wanted to continue down this path. The only way of knowing would be to give it another chance.

I arrived at the trailhead shortly after it opened. The trails were not yet crowded. The weather was just below freezing with no wind. We have had minimal snowfall for the past several weeks. Most trails were closed except for one beginner trail for which snow is manufactured daily, the trails are also groomed dailyy and were lighted at night. The trail is 2.5 km with some curves and mostly “gentle” hills. The trailhead has a challet with equipment rentals and a cafeteria. It really is a nice facility.

I got my daily pass, rented my gear and headed out to the trail. It is still a struggle just to get my skis on. Once that was done, I got on the trail. There are two types of XC skiing…classic (aka touring) and skate skiing. Classic is easier and involves moving your ski straight forward and backwards (like on a norditrac). The trails are groomed with two parallel grooves that your skis slide into. Skating involves pushing your skis side to side. It is faster but requires a lot more coordination. The trail is simply packed down for this technique. Mixed trails (like this one) have the grooves on one side of the trail, and the other side is for skate skiing.

I was classic skiing and felt a little more secure once my skies were in the grooves. I started forward and I am immediately faced with a short but somewhat steep downhill. I really wish that there were breaks on these things. I was still trying to find my center of balence when I went whooshing down this hill (OK, I was going nowhere fast enough to be “whooshing” but I felt completely out of control). Somehow, I didn’t fall down. The path then took a sharp right hand turn and then a slow uphill. I kept focussing on my technique, on moving smoothly, and on keeping loose. It wasn’t happening. Less then a quarter of a mile from the challet is a practice area. I hoped to make it there. I didn’t. Just a few feet away, I lost my balence and went down. No injuries, and only a few witnesses. I remembered how to get up and did so fairly easily. A few more strides and I had safely reached the practice area.

This is the field that my lessons were taught at. It is pancake flat and completely deserted. The grooming is perfect with multiple perfectly straight grooves for classic skiing. I take about an hour, and I just kept going back and forth. I was able to take my time and get a little more comfortable with the movements and the balence. I started to loosen up a little. I came close to falling several times, but I never actually go down. Once I have gained some confidence, I returned to the trail…and I almost wiped out.

My confidence suddenly shaken, I look at the trail before me. It is a downhill…as steep as the first hill I had faced followed by a 180 degree turn. Beyond that, I know that there is an even steeper downhill with a sharp left hand turn. Here goes…

I again feel the panic of being completely out of control and picking up speed. I tense up and almost go down. Somehow I regain my balence, make the turn and pick up more speed. No falls and I hit a gentle uphill. There is an access point to the trail there, and I pull off for a breather. A few minutes later I carry on. There was another steep (for me…this is a beginner course after all) downhill, curve, then an uphill. We learned a technique for climbing up a hill but have to leave the tracks and walk up in a herringbone pattern. Fortunately, I was able to just ski straight up.

Another whiteknuckled downhill and I reached the only “hard” part of this easy course…a steep uphill climb. No skiing up this one. Fortunately, there was a detour around it (a much longer climb that is far less steep). I was warned about this and I take the bypass. It is still a tough climb as I am still struggling to get traction off my skies. The end of the detour actually got quite steep. I started sliding backwards but was able to stop myself. Fortunately, nobody was around me. I get out of the grooves and try to herringbone my way up. I only had to travel about 25 yards but I could barely do it. Somehow, I stay on my feet and rejoin the main trail.

I pass by the practice field and realize that I was almost back at the chalet. Last month, at my lesson, I had to ski this part of the course and I really struggled. This time, it didn’t seem that bad. I skied up the last hill quite easily (the one that terrified me going down at the start of the day).

I had returned to the challet knowing that I had not skied the whole course. There was one additional loop going in the opposite direction, but I needed a breather. I got off the course, took off my skies (yay!) and went inside. There, I studied the map of the course. The remaining loop was short. I decided to go back out and do it. I figured that, if I ever came back, it would be easier knowing that I had completed the whole course once.

As soon as I left the chalet behind me, I realized this was a mistake. The biggest downhill of the day (steep, long, curved) was ahead of me. I truly felt out of control, and have no idea how I stayed upright. My Garmin clocked me at 15 mph which doesn’t seem fast on my bike, but it seemed a lot faster here. The trail was getting crowded. Someone almost went down right in front of me and I would have crashed right into them. I knew that, if I went down, the same would happen to me. After that white knuckle ride…I had to ski back up. It was another tough climb. That’s when I got “babied”. Yes, a mother skied past me while dragging a little baby carrier on skies behind her.

With that, my loop was complete. I eagerly ripped off my skies and returned them. My wife was right. I needed to try again to know if this was for me. It wasn’t. I was too out of control and could not get the hang of it. I could easily run, swim and cross train in the winter without picking up this new midlife crisis. I was glad I came out to eliminate the “what ifs”, but I was happy to walk away from this madness.

By the time I got back to the car, my certainty was wavering. I had done it after all. I skied the whole course and only fell down one time. I had handled downhills, uphills, twists and turns. The section of the course that I could barely manage last time seemed pretty easy this time. Weren’t my first couple of bike rides equally terrifying and seemingly out of control. Did I let that stop me? Didn’t it get easier? A lot easier? Wasn’t I able to do a century ride a few months later. Why should this be any different. It had become more comfortable and I had become more confident in these two hours. The next time (woah, did I just think “next time???) there would be nothing new. The first time would certainly  be the hardest. There would still be a steep learning curve, but it should feel a little bit easier next time.

“Next time”

I am still not convinced that this is for me, but the door is still open. I guess my short term goal is to try it enough to go into the spring knowing if I will do it again next winter. If so, I could buy some end of season gear and sign up for an event. There is a wonderful event in downtown Minneapolis..”The City of Lakes Loppet”. It has 10k, 21k and 42.2k (marathon) options. The 10k would be a big enough short term goal if I choose to continue. Then, if I can do 10k, then why not further? Why not the Berkie…someday? I tend to dream big. I still don’t know if I will even continue skiing. But I know that, if I do, I will train for (and complete) that 10k.

After that (as I have learned over the past 3 years)…”Anything is Possible”.

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Wow, 100 followers…

I started this blog as an open diary to myself to help me keep track of my Ironman training and to help keep me accountable. It also gave me the excuse to journal about my journey for my own personal benefit. I never expected (or could imagine) that anyone else would care. I was surprised to see a few followers. I was shocked to get a few replies, and found it fun to read the musings of like minded individuals.

True, one hundred followers is nothing compared to some of the professional blogs that I see and read, but I am still amazed that so many people are interested in what I have to say (many of whom interact with me, inspire me, and keep me accountable).

Once I had completed my Ironman, my blogging dipped considerably, and I expected the followers to dwindle down to nothing, so I was shocked to see triple digits this morning for the first time.

If I have inspired or amused you, then I am humbled. If you have motivated me (and most of you have done so) then I am grateful. Thank you to all who have participated in my journey to better fitness and better health. I am incredible fortunate and I am grateful to you all…

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“Too much jogging as bad as no exercise at all”

Hmmm…might have to think about this. This looks to be coming from legitimate scientific research and it is not the first study to point to this. The whole point of exercise is to be healthier. Still have marathons on the adjenda for this year, but was planning to cut back after that anyways…

Thoughts?

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31095384

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