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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.

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July Training Goals

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I have been having a hard time sticking to any training plan, so I am going to try something new. Instead of having a training plan I am going to have weekly and monthly mileage goals. Since I am doing a half Ironman distance triathlon in September I need to really start building up my running base as it is my weak area. I am going to run 13 miles a week for a total of 60 miles for the month. The bike is my strongest of the three sports. Riding 56 miles does not worry me. What worries me is having to run 13.1 miles after riding 56 miles. I am going to try to ride 50 miles a week and get in a 100 mile ride, probably toward the end of the month, for a total of 330 miles for the month. Swimming is one of my favorite sports. I love spending time in the water pushing my body to new distances. For the month of July I am going to aim for 5000 meters a week and a total of 13 miles, 21,250 meters, of swimming. I am going to put a piece of paper on my fridge to keep track of my mileage throughout the month. Hopefully this will help me stay on track with building a solid racing base.

I have one race this month, the Steamboat Lake Triathlon. Last year I got my butt kicked by the bike course. The bike course is a lot of big rolling hills, even though the course profile only shows 2 hills. I would like to kick butt in the race this year. The plan is to spend a lot of time on hwy 36, which has some difficult rolling hills heading south. I hate the ride every time I do it, but always go back for more.

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?