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Ironman Boulder is Here

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Tomorrow at 6:30 am I will begin the final step toward becoming an Ironman. My bib # is 816 for anyone that wants to follow my journey on www.ironman.com
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Ironman Boulder Week 5

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Fairly good week. It has been snowing and super good so I didn’t work much. Still haven’t gotten to ride my bike. My running sucked. I was supposed to do 60 minutes on Friday, but felt like crap after 20 minutes.

Monday – Rode the spin bike for 1.5 hours
Tuesday – 20 minutes of strength training
Wednesday – Rock climbed for an hour. 30 min bike followed by a 15 minutes brick run.
Thursday – 45 minutes on the spin bike. Road the demo bike at the gym, so I got to see how many miles I ride. 16.3 miles.

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Friday – 22 minutes run of suckiness. 1.83 miles.
Saturday – I had to work for the first time since Monday. After work I went and saw family. Then went to Denver with a friend to see James and the Devil.

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Sunday – We went snowboarding. Berthoud pass was closed when we got to it because of an avalanche. We sat in traffic until they opened the pass at 10:30. Got some awesome boarding in and left early. We had dinner plans with my Mom.

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Ironman Boulder Week 4

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It was an awesome week for snowboarding. Pretty crappy week for training. Not sure why, but I’ve been super tired lately. I was only able to do 5 of the 15 minutes I planned to run on Wednesday. The 5 I did get done were so hard. I still haven’t been able to ride my new bike. The roads have been snow covered.
J took Tuesday and Friday off work so we could go boarding together. I had a blast getting to board in so much powder.

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Ice covered roads between Lyons and Boulder on the way to go boarding Tuesday

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Chutes at Winter Park

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Boarding with a friend on Friday

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So much powder

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Snowboard

Wednesday – Bike (30 minutes) Run (5 minutes) brick

Thursday – bike 10 min. Found out Berthoud pass was closing at 8. We had a hotel in Winter Park and didn’t want to drive the long way. Long story short we missed the pass closing by 5 minutes.

Friday – Snowboard

Saturday – rest

Sunday – rest

Ironman Boulder Week 3

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Monday – Yoga

Tuesday – 30 minutes 2.69 miles

Wednesday – 10 minutes shoulder strength

Thursday – climb, 30 minutes spin 100+ RPM

Friday – On my way to the gym and I had a minor freak out kinda resembling a burnout moment. Then I freaked out more because there’s no way I can be burnt out after only three weeks. So I took the night off.

Saturday – Supposed to do an hour bike ride. Instead I bought a bike. I have been riding a 1995 Cannondale S2000 for the last 2 years. As much as I love that bike it was really a bit too small for me. I did a bunch of research and decided to buy the new Cervelo P2. When I finally get to ride it I will do a review of sorts.

Sunday – Went ski touring with J and a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park. The snow was so wind blown you couldn’t see where J had made turns.

Overall not the best week for training.

Ironman Boulder Week 1

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This is the week I have been waiting for, for months. For the first time I am super excited to start training. My first week wasn’t the best, but I’m not going to let it define my 30 week training cycle.

Monday – Supposed to be a rest do so I attempted yoga. I am getting over a cold, so every time I would bend over my ear hurt. I made it 5 minutes before I quit.

Tuesday – Ran 2.4 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill. This is a huge milestone for me. The longest I have ever made it on the treadmill previously was 10 minutes. Went rock climbing with J.

Wednesday – Brick work out. Biked 30 minutes on the spin bike then 15 minute run on the treadmill.

Thursday – Biked 30 min at a cadence of 95 on the spin bike.

Friday – We spent the weekend in Winter Park and the roads were getting bad fast. I skipped my run so I could get over Berthoud pass before it got too bad.

Saturday and Sunday – Went snowboarding at Mary Jane.

Total – 2 hour 15 min (not including snowboarding)
Bike – 1 hour
Run – 45 minutes
Cross Train – 30 minutes

2014 – The Year of the Ironman

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This is the year I will toe the line to accomplish a life long dream. On August 2 I will like up at the Boulder Reservoir to race Ironman Boulder.

I knew 2014 was the year for an Ironman, but I wasn’t sure what race I wanted to do since Ironman St George is now a half Ironman. J told me that there were rumors about an Ironman being started in Boulder. I started researching the rumors and found them to be true. When registration opened in July I was ready. I gave Ironman all my money and signed my life away.

Doing my first iron distance race in Boulder is pretty special for me. I was born and raised here. Boulder is where my love of doing what most people perceive as crazy was learned. I will be spending the next 30 weeks pushing myself to places I have never been to.

A Few Pictures From My Busy Life

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I have lots of ideas for good posts, but have been so busy with work and training that I have not had time to sit down and do any writing. I figured instead of writing something quick and not so good I would just post some pictures of life outside of work.

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First half mile test swim of the year

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Sexy new bike shoes

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It may be May and snowing, but my bike wants to go for a ride.

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Ran a PR at the Bolder Boulder. Cut 5 minutes off last years time.

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

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New 5K PR from the Stroke and Stride #1. Not as fast as I would like, but a PR is a PR.

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Swam at the Boulder Reservoir on the morning of my birthday

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Part of my favorite running loop

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I have lived by the Picture Rock Trailhead for almost 2 years now and I finally made it to the top. Every time I have set out on the trail I am either sick or run out of time.

What have you been doing for fun this spring? Have any fun summer plans?