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Triathlon time again

Friday, August 24, 2012

For several weeks now I have been doing a triathlon every week on Thursday. I do them on my own at the gym - 1/2 mile in the swimming pool, 12 miles on the Spin bike and then a 5K run. I couldn't help but notice though that at the San Luis Obispo 'sprint' triathlon the bike portion was 16 miles, so I may change to that distance. At any rate I did my triathlon today and felt pretty good about it. When I do these I wear my Polar heart rate watch throughout the entire triathlon so that I get an overall time which includes my transitions. When I go out for the run I also put on my Garmin 305 GPS so that I have accurate numbers for the run. This requires me to remember my time when I get out of the pool and my time on the bike, maybe I had better start using a notebook, at 66 I sometimes have a little difficulty with my short term memory! OK, here is the hard part. My hips are sore, I have a hard time bending over and getting back up without pain. I get twinges in my lower abs, I have piriformis syndrome on my right side. Basically, I hurt like an old man. I don't want to hurt like an old man, but as my wife reminded me recently, I have to realize that I am not 30 any more. That's fine, I can live wwork it ouith it. I know that if I just get back into a regular routine of yoga and using my foam roller I can probably work it out. So, give up my weekly routine of running, Spinning, hiking etc? - not on your life!
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    Wow! Thanks for writing this blog. Always been a goal of mine to complete a triathlon but being overweight, too busy, and at almost 49 i thought it wouldn't happen. After reading this blog and seeing your sparkpage you have helped get that spark going. Thanks for posting!
    2034 days ago
    emoticon Don't give up! I believe you can keep doing your routines and the triathlon. You may have a slow time than 20-30 year old bodies. But who cares? You are not a couch potato. I'd love to do the 16 mile bike ride and the run. I can swim, but I cannot dive. Where is the swim part at? I am from CA.

    2035 days ago
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  • CATHY629
    I admire anyone who can do a triathlon,makes me feel exhausted just watching.
    My son took part in an ironman triathlon called "The Outlaw" in Nottingham England.
    It was quite something watching over 1000 people all setting of for the swim in a lake,
    then to have to cycle 112 miles and then run for 26 miles.
    looking forward to going again next year.

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    2037 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2012 1:49:20 PM
    Way to go Chuck! You are such an inspiration!
    I have been able to spend a lot of my summer training and getting into great shape. Now I'm heading back to school, wondering if I'll be able to keep up with the workouts.
    2037 days ago
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