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Triathlon Training For Geezers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You just won't understand how time flies as you get older, until you get older yourself. I have logged in 66 years so far.

For me, it's hard to believe that I've been a runner for almost 2 years now. I ran my first 5K that long ago. I wore cheap Nike shoes that were on sale at Sears, a bathing suit and a tank top undershirt. Just wanted to try out a race. Ha! I was hooked. Today I have a closet full of dri-wick shirts, running shorts and several pairs of Altra running shoes.

I read with much interest the accomplishments of my young spark friend, "0N2VICTORY". Robert has done some amazing things in his quest for physical excellence. He continues to inspire me. If you check him out, he will do the same for you, I'm sure.

Anyway, he's just completed a 70.3 mile triathlon. Wow, that's a long distance.

I wondered if a Geezer like me could do an entry level Tri. Say, a "My First Tri" event. 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bicycle and 5K run.

I can run okay, but I wasn't sure how I'd do in the other two disciplines. Remembered how I could "swim like a fish" as a youth. I grew up on the beach after all, and swam from morning 'til night all summer long. I had some great lungs. But, a couple of punctured lungs from motorcycle accidents surely changed that.

Oh my goodness, sparkfriends, I am so glad you didn't witness my first swim attempt. It's much easier for you to read that I choked, swallowed water and general floundered around (no pun intended) in my home pool. I was exhausted in a few minutes. DW was scared I was overdoing again.

However, I was not disheartened. I understand that I have no where to go but up. And that beginning any athletic discipline can humble you, because you have to learn new skills and use new muscles. I kept at it, and am improving. Slowly. I am a geezer and stubborness sometimes comes with geezerhood.

Okay, now just imagine the same process with bicycle riding. Same initial failure, poor speed, etc. My old mountain bike would allow me to race about 8 or 10 mph. And with that, I am improving also. Faster and stronger. Not by much, but improvement just the same. I need a better bike, though.

Sparkers who know me understand that I take pride in my penurious nature. I love that word, it sounds so much better than miserly. Hey, I'm retired from a blue collar job, so I save my pennies where I can. See my last blog, El-cheapo Tri-suit.

I bought a better bike. If you are an equipment snob, and need to have the best of everything you may chuckle now, that what I refer to as a 'better bike' is indeed, a Walmart special. I read the reviews, though. It's a good bike for penurious :) entry level triathloners.

I got the Denali 700c 20 inch frame model. The 20 inch height is better for a shorter guy. I paid a shocking $200 for it. Oh, to digress, I went to the local bike store and checked out real racing bikes. They start around $500. The salesgirl was polite when I explained that I was in the wrong store and their prices were too high for me. She seemed a trifle surprised that not everyone who walked through the doors was ready, even anxious to buy. She even offered me a "finance plan option". I explained that I had the money, but I just didn't want to part with it. I'm not sure she understood.

Here's a picture of my new bike. Gold and black, woo-hoo.

Can't wait to try it out. Heh-heh I just said 'try". I kill me.

Well, thanks for reading. I have to go for a run now.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OWL_20 9/1/2013 7:51PM

    Oh geez, there's no way you're a geezer--you're out there doing triathlon training for cripes sake! Love the blog and your new bike, kind of reminds me of a honeybee with those colors. ;-)

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    If you are the definition of Geezer, then I am striving to be as Geezerly as you are!
I am on my way and both you and Robert are very inspiring!
Exactly what age do you hit "Geezer"?

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CM_GARDNER78 8/30/2013 11:39AM

    AWESOME!! I, too, am inspired by Robert! He happens to live in the same area as me - although 100 miles away. I love how you talk about money...I'm the same way - people do NOT understand that idea! Ha! Oh well.....looks like a good bike nonetheless! Keep us posted on how it's all going! :-)

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JENNYDJENNY 8/30/2013 1:32AM

    Great bike...and quite an inspirational "geezer"

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TIME-4-TINA 8/29/2013 10:20PM

    Yes, Robert is inspirational. But so are you, Vic! Enough of the Old Geezer crap! How about you call this blog "Triathlon Training for Distinguished Gentlemen".

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LISAINMS 8/28/2013 4:48PM

    I did my first two triathlons on an old steel HEAVY mountain bike. No way I was parting with my money until I was sure I was really ready to jump into it with both feet. You are perfectly fine with the bike you have and nothing more. When you decide you LOVE triathlon, then check out better road bikes on craigslist. Plenty of great 1-2 yr old bikes that you can pick up for a huge savings. I bought my road and tri bike that way. Bargains are to be had for those willing to do a little research and be patient!

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MASRITE 8/28/2013 2:37PM

    Hey, if the bike works, then so be it. I know people (I'm married to one!), who pays a nice amount for their bikes. But, that's his passion, so I don't say too much. If the bike gets you were you want to go, then it's all good. Good luck on all your training. Keep up the good work!!

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MARGARITTM 8/28/2013 12:36PM

    I hear you on the $$$$ of some o the equipment - first timer - you are on the right path.

Always check Craig's list if you wind up "hooked on this one too" for equipment upgrades.

I come from a long line of Yankee Frugality so I can relate!

Seems that I must be hooked too - I spend more on a pair of running shoes then I would have ever dreamed of spending on a pair of "hot mama heels"

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/28/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Love the new bike.

The best thing about trying new activities/ that feeling of trumiph. When we start out it's hard. Then over time, what was hard, is suddenly easy. Best feeling ever!!


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TYKXBOY 8/28/2013 11:25AM

    My dad is 64 and he runs races and rides for 3 hours in the local mountains. You're only as old as you feel!

What's the old saying? If at first you don't succeed, Tri, Tri again. ;)

Only problem I have with swimming is that there IS somewhere to go but up. Down! Ack! glug, glug, glug...

But, anyway I love your blogs. And you can do it. I look forward to reading your race report blog once you finish your first tri!

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QUAIL75 8/28/2013 11:25AM

    Another great blog! You continue to inspire and motivate me. emoticon

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JACKIE542 8/28/2013 11:19AM

    Just love your blogs, so inspires me. We may be getting older but we can keep moving and improving. Can't wait to hear how the new bike works out for you. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 8/28/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon Thanks for the morning chuckle I needed it.

Dare I ask if you're getting clip on biking shoes? I do indoor cycling and have a pair, the ride feels very different. I think they would help you greatly improve your speed. And save your legs for the third leg of the tri.

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NWFL59 8/28/2013 10:58AM

    Glad you were able to find an affordable bike for your first tri and subsequent ones. emoticon

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MSSHERRY10 8/28/2013 10:36AM

  I know how your wife feels. The other day my husband who describes himself as a chugging old bulldozer ran ten miles. He does run but he has never attempted that distance before. He had me worried. He was stiff and sore and it was hard for him to sleep that night, but my old bulldozer proved he has a set of powerful treads! : )

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LEWILL1982 8/28/2013 10:31AM

    You aren't a geezer. I hope and pray that my knees hold up long enough that I can be running and training for Tri's and other such events when I'm 66. I'm so impressed and inspired. Love the new bike, have fun with it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/28/2013 10:07AM

    Wow, I will follow your progress with interest. Tris aren't for me, but I wouldn't say never.

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SEABREEZE65 8/28/2013 9:23AM

    Love the blog! emoticon

My husband would LOVE your line - "I have the money, but I just didn't want to part with it."

WooHoo for a new bike!

BTW: You are not a geezer. You are a young guy in an older body. Happens.

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JACKSGRAN 8/28/2013 9:22AM


I love it.

I think you must be related to my DH - and he's from Scotland emoticon

Well done you! Go for it - I know you will do it.


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KKKAREN 8/28/2013 9:11AM

    Keep up your fantastic geezerhood. I'm approaching it myself and am still only walking.

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ONMYMEDS 8/28/2013 8:57AM

    You are one amazing geezer!!

So, what makes a bike a "tri" bike? I've got a 12 speed road bike with the curled handlebars. Would that work for a "tri"?

Must be nice having your own pool. I tried doing laps in the bathtub but it just isn't the same.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/28/2013 8:46AM

    You are just too cute! I love reading your stories. You always inspire me and remind me I have what I need to succeed. Thanks so much.

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