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I'm Doing a Half Ironman Distance

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I've registered for the HITS Ocala, FL Half Ironman Distance Triathlon. It will take place on March 29th 2014.


I'm certainly not ready to do this as of now, but by then I will be ready.

In my new approach to fitness, I intend to use a training plan that will allow me to finish. Of course I will train hard, but my expectations are not too high right now. I will most likely be doing the bike portion in my Walmart special. Unless a spectacular deal falls in my lap via craigslist or some other means to purchase a 'better' bike by next March.

I'm kind of strange that way, though. I just don't like to spend money. For example, I used to shoot trap a lot, years ago. I never bought a real trap gun. They cost thousands of dollars. I did have a Rossi 12 gauge shotgun that I bought at a flea market for $60 dollars, though. I belonged to a local shooting club that had no gun snobs, and I was comfortable with it, and was a pretty good shooter.

I went to a shooting event once and shot 25 straight, and 49 out of 50 one day. The only day I went to a real shooting event. I beat a lot of guys with very expensive equipment that day.

That just inspired me to adapt a minimalist approach, equipment wise, in all things. All that being said, I understand I need to be comfortable for such a long bike ride, so I may be forced to change my strategy before race day, depending on how my long rides go.

So, I'm excited about this and looking forward to all getting started with my training. I still have 2 marathons to complete and then I will be training exclusively for the triathlon.

I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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RAINEMARIE214 10/21/2013 12:51PM

    That's so exciting! I have no doubt that you will succeed and exceed your own expectations!!

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TIME-4-TINA 10/18/2013 7:31PM

    Oh my gosh, your like the energizer bunny! Good luck in your training. I wish I ran. I really need goals, like a race or something to get me pumped up. Maybe I can do a zumbathon or something.
Anyway, take care Vic. Hope your having some cooler weather down there now.

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LEWILL1982 10/17/2013 2:08PM

    Good luck and congrats! I'm sort of, kind of, maybe, contemplating a marathon....we'll see how some of these halves go in the coming months and how my knees recover. What an inspiration you are, can't wait to read about your progress and your training reports!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2013 9:20AM

    I agree with you. I do like the minimalist approach too. You're obviously not alone in that!

Wishing you luck as you train for your event. I am not a competitive runner by any means so no advice to offer in that area, but just enjoy! That's what keep the motivation going.

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/16/2013 2:40PM

    Good for you!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/16/2013 11:05AM

    Remember it isn't about the equipment as much as the engine behind the machine....That's you!!!

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HDHAWK 10/15/2013 8:17PM

    Use what works. Who cares about the cost. You amaze me every day with your reports about your fitness. I walked for 35 min. yesterday and was happy with that, but it seems minor compared to all you do!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/15/2013 5:27PM

    I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to read about the journey. emoticon

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KIMPY225 10/15/2013 5:08PM

    That sounds great! Good luck!

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MWWENSIN 10/15/2013 4:07PM

    Good luck you'll do fine. The engine is the most important part. The equipment doesn't matter all that much.

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LISAINMS 10/15/2013 2:40PM

    Awesome! I go for the minimalist approach as well... I've gradually worked my way up from old heavy mountain bike for my first two triathlons to a good craigslist road bike last year and a bargain craigslist full carbon tri bike this year. I encounter plenty of people that spend huge amounts of cash on brand new full retail equipment that far exceeds their capabilities. Build the engine first. Then buy the appropriate vehicle. It's not about the bike, it's about the engine. (although you will gain about 1.5 mph switching from road bike to tri bike). Put aerobars and a good saddle on your Walmart special and you will be more comfortable and a little faster. Those are worthy expenses for a 70.3 and you can take that equipment to a new bike if you choose to go that route.

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JACKIE542 10/15/2013 12:51PM

    Can't wait to read all the updates!! emoticon

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DALID414 10/15/2013 12:12PM

    I'm excited fir you already! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 10/15/2013 11:04AM

What a great challenge for you!!

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BEEANDHAM 10/15/2013 10:41AM

    This sounds amazing! Good luck to you in your training from a fellow minimalist. :)

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JOPAPGH 10/15/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Enjoy the journey. The tri is just the cherry on the top.
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MASRITE 10/15/2013 10:25AM

    2 marathons first? Wow! Hats off to you. Rooting for you, as always!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/15/2013 9:20AM

    Have fun!

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LAURIE5658 10/15/2013 8:49AM

    Vic, I am behind you all the way!!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/15/2013 8:49AM

    You'll do fine! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 10/15/2013 8:31AM

    70.3!!! So exciting. I lean to your side on the minimalist gear. I invested in a road bike 2 years ago, but it is the cheapest road bike on the market. Not an ounce of carbon. I don't have a tri kit and my helmet and shoes are hand-me-downs. It does make me feel pretty awesome when I pass girls on tri bike with aero helmets. I know they make a difference for the elite racers. But for me, I'm better served by working out harder, not spending more money.
I'm excited to follow your training!

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ROXYZMOM 10/15/2013 7:35AM

    What an awesome goal! I know you can do it! I am excited for you!

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PICKIE98 10/15/2013 7:18AM

    If it works for you, then others can MYOB.. I would think comfortable shoes AND a comfy bike SEAT would be most important.. You will know what to do.. good luck!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/15/2013 6:38AM

    I think you will be fine. You have to be comfortable with your equipment. I know you are going to be amazing.

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/15/2013 6:18AM

    I don't race so I really can't speak to the issue of good equipment, but I can wish you the very best of success in your efforts. Go for it!

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PMRUNNER 10/15/2013 6:10AM

    Sounds like a good plan with the racing and training. The sensible equipment is a good idea too. My first olympic distance tri, I was talking to the guy next to me who had spent over $5k on his bike. It wasn't like he was an elite racer, he only finished 10 min ahead of me! Good luck on the upcoming races!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/15/2013 5:55AM

    Good Luck !!! emoticon

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