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Discussion: Where are you?

Subject: Where are you?

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: Where are you in your training? Are you at the beginning of your plan, the middle, the end or still sitting on couch texting your friends about how you are going to enter such and such race?

I am personally coming to the end. I have one more hard weekend until taper for Ironman Brazil.

Just curious as to where everyone else is :)

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message:
This is the kind of thing you post as you go stir crazy DURING your taper. The fact that you have posted now is a major concern for your mental health during taper!

Jim, where are you in your comeback/retirement plans? I've lost track.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: LOL!! I am definitely not one of those people that go crazy during taper. I actually LOVE taper!! For some reason I was just thinking about this today as I researched nightmare Brazil RR's. HAHA

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: ontri d.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: Update on your training Clyde?

6 short, hard weeks left here before taper for a June 24th race back home (Tremblant70.3).

Good luck to the both of you in Brazil...will be stalking that one for sure!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: James T.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: I'm T-6 days to my first "open" marathon, and I have bronchitis, having just returned from a 2 week trip to see the folks in "we're having a heat wave and drought" Britain. It was cold and wet the whole time. And that was just the parts of England I visited. Wales was at least a "little" more drought-like.
So I'm now banking some early season fitness and hoping it carries me in to a strong summer. I'm not expecting to race (or even start) on Sunday. Surprised myself at how calm I am about it. Must be the old age.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: Hey Bernie - thanks for asking. Training been going well and I just have to get through this week unscathed and hopefully then I can get to the start line healthy. One more 19 mile run Thurs and a 6hr/80min brick at the weekend are the main features left. Taper begins after that with a staggered taper over 3 weeks cutting back running then cycling then swimming. Feel good about the swim and run but for me the bike is the big unknown.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: I didn't have time to think about training today but I did sneak in half a thought about training today:)

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: Oh boy, I can't wait until I can be saying that I'll be heading into taper. It's amazing how little complaints I've heard from all of you deep into training. Me, I'm just starting into consistent training after being sidelined all winter. I'm keeping my fingers crossed my back holds up to a season of training. Good luck Suzanne, Clyde and Bernie! James, rest up and get better quickly. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: My training is slightly different than most :) The last 18 months my training has consisted of putting together a bike store. We are in the final leg of that finished interviewing bike reps for our bike lines and now we are ready to sign the lease finish the remodeling of the building then stocking the shelves. This was way more mentally stressful than any race I have ever done and probably just as tiring with managing a growing coaching business and having time to be a dad. Luckily once the doors open the coaching is a major part of the business so I have time built into the day to do that and things will be a little less hectic!

August 1 opening date can't wait!!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Rich L.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Kind of in the middle begining of my training plan. I have a tune up sprint in four weeks and an Olympic four weeks after that. My 'A' race is HITS Fort Collins in July. Lots of climbs so I'm doing a lot of rides and runs in the mountains to prepare. I know I picked a tough one for my first 70.3 but I can't pass up a half in my home town.
Good luck all you guys. Looks to be a fun season.

BTY-Any one who's done a HITS event care to comment what they thought of it?

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Caryl H.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I'm still in true recovery mode after a microdiscectomy. Just got back on the bike and it isn't pretty at all. I'm hoping that I can do the bike leg of a half IM relay in August.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: ontri d.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message:

Good luck to you as well, Rich. Here's a couple links that might help you.

http://www.ontri.net/message.php?r eply=161730&forum=0

http://www.ontri.net/message.php?r eply=162054&forum=0

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Stephen M.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I'm shooting for IM CdA and IMAZ in 2013. So... I'm not sure why I am training so hard now. To bank fitness? Stave off insanity?

To answer your question I guess I am between the "T" and the "R".

T"me"RAINING

Good luck in Brazil Suzanna and Clyde.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Thomas M.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I'm in a Don't Give a Sh*t Phase. Hoping to pull out of it soon.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Brian C.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I would say I am in the the build phase. Just had a baby girl 6 weeks ago, so that has slowed things down and also delayed races. My first one is not until mid June and I am deciding between a sprint or Oly. I want to do the Oly, but right now I am not ready to be competitive for it. I will reassess in a month......more races in the summer and nationals in august.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Rich - Loved the HITS race I did in Ocala. It was pretty small but well organized. I would definitely do another one.

Be ready for a "small" race though as things are different than doing anything with the M-dot label on it! (mostly referring to crowd support, road closures, traffic control and what not).

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: john m.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Ready to rock! Got a good base down for a half iron on Sunday. I have been regular in the pool but Sunday will be the first open water swim of the year. I've logged less than 150 miles of on-the-road bike mileage this year but have almost 1,700 CPT miles. Run training is good, "raced" three half marathons,two 20 mile races and one marathon this year. A longish(50-70 mile) bike preceeded two of the half marathons and one 20 miler all in the last month.
After this half distance it will be time to add a little gid-ee-yup
for the real season June-Sept.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message:
Stephen, don't burn out with too long runs now! Nice going John - sounds like you're right on track.

Rich, ditto what Suzanne said. HITS = smaller fields but well organised. I was a bit disappointed that they only had first place AG prizes after trekking to Florida and taking 2nd in my AG! I'm always after some hardware! THey seem very determined to eventually become the biggest race organisers in the country though, and seem to have some cash behind them to make a good go of it. I feel that they would be better served making the 2nd day a half iron only and drop the full, but that would go against their (current) slogan of "a distance for everyone".

Good luck to all this season.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Willard H.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I am on a taper for my first race of the year, the Tempe International (Olympic) on the 13th, Mother's Day (I have the best wife ever!) Then I start training for IMAZ, with the Mountain Man1/2 as an intermediate in August. I am feeling really good, and super excited for the whole journey to IMAZ!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Robert P.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Well I did my first ever Tri-sprint last Sunday it was for YMCA and not USAT sanctioned. however I placed first in my age group 30-34. Start Training for Olympic in a week. I def learned alot from that race

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Greg C.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Bridge Half Marathon (local) this Sunday, then beer, then tri 24/7 for the Pumpkinhead 70.3 thing in Maine this September, then more beer... so far, so good, chin up, shoulders back, no injuries, no records, no worries.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Robert P - you SO outed yourself - WHERE IS YOUR RR??? <cough cough>

Um, GC - isn't it Pumpkinman or are you making up your own race? :) I kind of like Pumpkinhead better anyway.

Man, everyone sounds right on track! Awesome. Well, except TM. Hopefully you will be out of that funk soon.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Paul B.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I'm kind of in the middle. Did a HIM as a warmup a couple weeks ago, gonna do an olympic in a couple weeks, then get to the serious build for Vineman IM distance in July. Recover with a HIM in Sept, then 2 more IMs in the fall.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Doc, I loved Vineman! Have a great time there. (2 more IMs in the fall? Unbelievable!)
Thomas, I'm doing the Chelanman Half Iron. See you there?

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Thomas M.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: @Teri...yup. Doing the Oly.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Steve K.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: 53 days till IM CDA...still nursing the knee injury...adjusting my expectations...

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Rich L.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Big thanks to Bernie Suzanne and Clyde. Makes me feel better about signing up for HITS Colorado. That is until I look at the course profile. ;)

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Lyn D.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: I've been struggling with the balance of a new role at work and any kind of training schedule. No HIM this year; I'm looking forward to a summer of Olympic- and sprint-distance tris, and focusing on getting stronger and staying healthy. I can't pretend to be smart, but I can try not to be stupid. ;)

It's inspiring to read everyone's updates. You rock. Good luck to all!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Greg C.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Yes Suzanne, it is Pumpkinman and I too luv saying Pumpkinhead. Maybe it's a Three Stooges thing but I like Chowderhead too. Was thinking of putting together an unofficial Chowderhead 70.3 here in Binghamton next year but don't think I'd get many takers for 1.2 in the Susquehanna River.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Jim K.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Hey guys...thanks for calling me out Clyde!!! Excited for you guys and your upcoming Brazilian adventure....no doubt it will be epic. Did I ever tell you about the time I got a Brazillian??

The Kaggy's are staying busy; just moved, opened a couple new business locations, kids playing soccer, cheer, volleyball, etc. Have been restricting myself to an hour of training a day. Enjoying weekend breakfasts with the kids in place of a 6 hr bike ride. I essentially trained for IM for 3yrs straight without a break and I really think I might be done. It was totally awesome and I'd never trade it, but I'm kinda in the "been there done that" Mode. Been doing crossfit, and some jujitsu and muy thai, which are awesome...hitting the heavy bag in my garage. Basically seeing how much "metabolic disturbance" I can create in 1 hr without passing out!

However, I'm signed up for IMFL in Nov, been doing some short runs just in case I get inclined to toe the line. At this point I'd put it at about 25% probability. I'm enjoying having an extra 10 hrs a week to dedicate to family, work, etc. Training for IM is inherently selfish and I think I've pushed the envelope plenty already. If I do show up again, I think it'll be to "participate" rather than "race" as I did in 2011. I had a lot more fun in the 15 hr ones than the 12 hr ones. Esp CDA with the Mrs. What's the damn hurry, anyway? :-)

Good luck with your goals and your training everyone...stay healthy....even if I cease being an athlete I'll still be here as an athletic supporter! ;-)

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Dustyn S.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: I am pretty much lost, due to budget and time restraints I am only planning on doing sprints and oly's (and not starting those until June), but I am running and biking closer to a half, right now. Trying to figure in how (if) I should rein in my training. Fighting burn out actually, but that is because "real life" has been a bitch lately too.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Gary M.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: I just ran a half marathon last Sunday (PB), next up 3 or 4 Sprints the a half marathon in the fall.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Bert K.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Just kind of in maintenance mode(dropped 10lbs since Christmas) right now doing several sprints for fun. I'll start training specifically for IMFL June 1st!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Steven R.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: I'm not where I want to be. However, I took on a project of building a chicken coop and run for my girls. Rediscovered why you don't see many construction workers in endurance sports. Down 10 plus pounds and feeling great. I've maintained fitness by teaching spin class and occasional run. Should be interesting, I'm doing a 25k on the 5/12 and a 70.3 on 6/12. I'm redescovering activities (jujitsu and cooking) which I put on the back burner for over 4 years.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: ontri d.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Nice to see familiar faces pop-up on this thread...but what about the Dennis?? Kosi?? Curtis??...be good to hear from you guys!!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Dennis is in nursing school and working; hopefully he'll be coming up for air sometime soon.
Jim, you turned into a "enjoy the journey" type of guy? Amazing... it is a more enjoyable way to do the course.
Thom, see you there!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Michael S.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: Burned out mode and the I dont want to swim another stroke mode. 23 days to IMFL 70.3. My first TRIATHLON at this distance and for not wanting to swim anymore, that is the part that is scaring the crap out of me. I think my wife and kids are over it also, i have managed to keep the kid(s) on my side with the thought of going to Disney after the race. I have some sprints and more Oly's lined up and realized that my bike is now 10 years old and I may need a new one, but maybe my wife would rather have something for herself, or mabey a car for the son now that he is 16 and getting a liscense. I hope to get him a job sooner though. Glad mostly everyone is doing good, HAVE FUN, THATS WHY WE STARTED DOING THIS TO BEGIN WITH!!!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Stacia J.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: I am 4 weeks out from Quassy 70.3 and kind of freaking out about the bike course. I'm at that point in training where it's dangerous to sit down on the couch for a moment and I am an eating machine! Then my husband and I realized that we have our Ragnar relay race on the Cape next weekend - it has been on the back burner so it snuck up a little quickly.

I think I'm still having fun....

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Michael P.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: I've been tapering the last 3 years.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Brad H.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: I'm searching for the energy and motivation I had last year. I finally got my bike volume up where I wanted it last week, but some muscle issues made me do less running than planned. I plan to do 3 or 4 sprints from Memorial Day to the end of June then have some uninterrupted heavy training to get ready for IMC. I'll be trying to do fairly high volume for the next month while I add a bit of speed work.
Hoping I can do 2 or 3 hours on most days without feeling like I need to go back to bed right away.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: Bert great to see you back on here! Hope all is going well! Might see you at white lake next season!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Thomas M.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: @Michael P...OMG that was funny...

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Friday May 04, 2012

Message: @Brad - 2 or 3 hours on most days? Gheesh, no wonder you are burnt out....

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: John D .

Written on: Friday May 04, 2012

Message: I guess I am just approaching the half way point in my training for Mont Tremblant, getting in good rides, runs and and still trying to learn to swim better. Have a coach this season. This is probably my last ironman race unless the gods shine on me and I get my age group at Tremblant...Just a pipe dream that one, if so I would have one more race..

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Saturday May 05, 2012

Message: I am kind of starting over. I am almost 4 weeks into my recovery. I walked 2 mi today - 50 min...slow. I am using a cane part of the time but trying to get along w/out it. I went to first PT yesterday...simple exercises but they were so hard. My goal is to join up w/ a race walking group in July and see if I can walk a half marathon in 6 months. I would like to set a sprint tri as a goal too but nervous to get on the bike - I don't want to fall. I can ride and swim in 2-4 more weeks. I will take it slow and smart. However patience was never one of my virtues. I have enjoyed this post, Suzanne - good idea to stimulate conversation. We all love talking about ourselves - ha ha.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Carol R.

Written on: Saturday May 05, 2012

Message: i'm so looking forward to all of your race reports!! Good luck everyone! I'm in the beginning, just about a month into building a base after a hiatus since last fall. Hoping to do an oly mid july, sprint mid august and then my first half ironman distance in mid september. Not really sure how to schedule the training, though...just do the 20 week half iron plan, and see how i do, for kicks, in the others? i dunno. anyway, i am feeling better having done some running and swimming this last month but am so not motivated to get on my bike. perhaps if we get some more consistent sunshine, i'll be motivated. i'm not an indoor trainer kinda gal (yet). good luck all!

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Rich S.

Written on: Sunday May 06, 2012

Message: Great posts, looking forward to another tri season, planning on doing Boise, then two weeks later, IMCDA. Did a mock half IM yesterday with a friend and felt great.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Sunday May 06, 2012

Message: So fun to see what people are doing this year! Welcome back, Mary! Carol, grab a half plan and just adjust to fit the others in. Which races are you doing? Rich, good to hear from you again.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Sunday May 06, 2012

Message: Yea! Made it to the pool today. Sat in the hot tub, thought about swimming then went home.

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Carol R.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: not sure teri - will depend on what's going on locally at the 'right' time. best oly weekend for me is 7/14. exactly halfway in the half IM training schedule and i'll also be on vacation the following week (= rest!). so likely the TriRock in Issaquah? In August is Danskin which I could take or leave. Thought it might be nice to do same course I've done in past (as the Trek, though), to see "how i'm doing"...but not sure it's entirely necessary!? as for the half, i'm debating btw Grand C and Black D...advantages and dis's to each...same weekend in Sept. thoughts on the schedule? i know you're probably familiar with most of the races around here :)

Subject: RE: Where are you?

By: Ross H.

Written on: Wednesday May 09, 2012

Message: Ok, my turn. I'm basically taking the year off, getting fat and getting my daughter off to college. Well, maybe I'm too selfish to train as I'm cramming in as much daughter time as she will allow. Mostly it means a lot of couch time watching seriously stupid tv but I'll take what I can get. She still has this idea of completing a HIM this summer but we'll see. Its also an excuse not to face my crummy performance at IMMOO last Sept (still haven't fixed my bike). But every time I come here and read what you guys are up to I tell myself I want to be a part of what you are doing! So keep it up guys, keep the race reports coming and I'll join you down the road! The wife is actually talking about Cozumel 2013 - who am I to say no?

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