Geeking Out Over Swim Data

I have always had trouble keeping track of strokes and laps while swimming.  I can’t explain why but it’s pretty common for me to lose count by lap 4.  I think that I just end up concentrating so hard on all of the details of my stroke that I lose track of lap counting.  “Now […]

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New Bike

Since I am planning on participating in triathlons this season, it seemed like a good reason to finally upgrade my bike.  I love my Trek Antelope 830 that I bought new in 1991 but it’s probably not the ideal bike to use if you need all the speed that you can get.  After  obsessively scouring […]

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Getting Ready For 2013

One thing that I learned in 2012 is that the larger races usually max out their registrations quickly.  This means that you can’t wait until you think you are ready for a race to sign up for it.  Everything must be planned in the off-season and you have to prepare after signing up. In 2012, […]

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Posterior Tibial Tendinitis

I’ll admit that I haven’t seen a doctor but I’m 99% sure that the pain in my ankle/foot is tendinitis.  It is the most frustrating running injury that I’ve had.  It initially felt like typical muscle pain in the ankle area but spread to my foot.  I basically have an ache or pain somewhere in my legs, […]

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Post Marathon Lull

After finishing the marathon last month, there hasn’t been much to document.  I ran the marathon on a Sunday and waited until the following Wednesday before lacing up and going out for a run again. I started with a 5 miler then followed it up with an 8 mile run on Saturday.  After 6 weeks […]

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The 24 Hours Before My First Marathon

Every spring, I come up with a running goal that I want to achieve in the upcoming year. It’s usually a distance I’ve never done or a race.  This year’s goal: run a marathon.  However, one thing I didn’t realize about marathons is that registrations fill up fast.  In July, I tried to signup for […]

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The Taper Blues

After running progressively longer distances for the past 5 weeks, I began to taper my training 2 weeks prior to my first marathon. Most people taper for 3 weeks but I only had 7 weeks to train. After running 24, 27, 29, 34 and 36 miles per week, I started to taper my training down to 18 miles during […]

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