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Darn Rest Day Today.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Being a curious guy, and an information junkie, I love the internet. It has been of so much help to me on so many levels. The information is out there, if you know how to, and have patience to look for it.

Except if you're a 67 year old guy who wants to do a 70.3 triathlon, what is commonly called a Half Ironman Competition, after having recently started triathlons in general.

Just like when I decided to try to complete a marathon. There are few mid to late 60s males who took up running recently and completed their first marathon successfully. Yeah, there are some, but they don't tell you how they did it. I needed to know about training, nutrition and recovery, avoiding injuries. So much information.

Now. I'm repeating this process for the 70.3 triathlon. Oodles of information for Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman and Ironman training. All geared for typical athletes.

Searching results, I see there are some senior citizen triathletes, all of whom seem to have been doing this for decades. And they don't blog or share their stories as frequently as younger triathletes tend to. One good site is Joel Friel's site. But, then again, he's been doing this for decades.

I continue to search, read and apply new methods. I alter the plans that I find for my age and recovery needs. I'm finding it kind of disappointing though. I need to rest more and train less, and I'm impatient.

Like today, I need to take a day of rest. I know I need rest, but my mind rebels, I want to get out there and do something, I need to get strong and fast quickly. So, today I blog. It's cathartic, sharing my distress. I know I'm doing the right thing by resting today. Yes, I've read all the articles about how rest is as important as training, and I understand that, but I don't have to be pleased about it.

My shoulders are sore from swimming, my lungs feel like they need rest, too. Legs feel okay, and surprise, my knees feel fine.

Probably this blog will not be read by other social security recipients who have decided to try a 70.3 just to see if they can do it. I know I haven't found any such blogs in my relentless searches. But, it's fun to share my experiences just the same.

Some of you weirdos even tell me you enjoy my blogs. :) That surprises me every time I read it.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STRIVER57 3/9/2014 12:05PM

    congratulations from another weirdo, even if i'm not yet collecting social security. soon enough. i am really impressed. might be that i live in a city — but biking basically scares me. we'll see ...

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RACEWELLWON 2/28/2014 1:07PM

    Good for you - I understand _ I am grandma training for Iron Girl in August - but not so many mile as I speed walk opposed to running after a couple of leg brakes - not stopping me from this tri - up until last week I was cranking in 150 laps every morning and a hour of spinning - 5 k a day - then tripped on a crack and broke a pinkie , Bigpawsup followed my lead - so swimming on hold right now - but rest is essential - looking forward to your training and race - Karen

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SPEEDYDOG 2/27/2014 8:38PM

    Hi Vic,

I am one of those guys that has always been active. I have been running, swimming and biking for most of my life. I was a college athlete and ultra-competitive. I was handled by professional athletic trainers.

I can tell you this my friend, rest is equally important as activity. Even young elite athletes need rest. As I have gotten older, I need rest more and more.

Learn patience and your fitness level can reach new heights.

Thanks, Bruce

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HDHAWK 2/27/2014 7:14PM

    I guess I'm one of those weirdos! There aren't that many stories out there because you're one of a few I'm sure. I hope you find something to help with your training. I have a feeling your rest days are still busy days. emoticon

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DALID414 2/26/2014 10:59PM

    emoticon I'm a weirdo!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/26/2014 8:42PM

    I've been told I'm a nerd before, but a weirdo! Nah. Not so You honestly are inspirational!

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RUN4FOOD 2/26/2014 8:11PM

    Always enjoy your blogs. If anything you do over do things. I'm always amazed that you can get away with as few rest days as you do.
You really are quite a good athlete and an inspiration to all of us younger folks. Being only 64 I feel like a punk kid, but one that is not in near as good of shape as you are.
Keep inspiring and sharing.

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MASRITE 2/26/2014 7:32PM

    Yup, I'm one of those weirdos who loves reading your blogs! You know, I live through you!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/26/2014 6:48PM

    I'm resting today too. From cardio anyway, For 30 minutes I did pick up those weights that stare me in the face every day.
As another (almost) 67 year old, whose fitness goals are considerably below yours, I admire your ambition. Go for it!

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SEABREEZE65 2/26/2014 6:25PM

    I do enjoy your blogs.....

You are doing great. I like Joe Friel's methods too, but he is one of those that wants a person to push hard no matter what age!

I am going to look up that book BLUENOSE suggested even though I am not training for any kind of a tri.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/26/2014 3:47PM

    Try to enjoy your rest day! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 2/26/2014 3:01PM

    You are amazing and unique! Probably why you are having troulbe finding info.

ENJOY your rest day!

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BLUENOSE63 2/26/2014 12:13PM

  I love your blogs and although I don't collect Social Security, I am in the Masters Category for the IM 70.3 and I am 50 yrs old. There is a great new book that came out in the fall that I would suggest checking out.

Triathlon for Masters and Beyond by Ian Stokell

It places great emphasis on specific training for the Masters Triathlete and more importantly stresses REST DAYS at least once a week but would prefer twice. I wrote that in caps in case you didn't hear me emoticon

This is a huge cardio week for me - 14 hrs but I do work with a Triathlon Coach who coaches the masters category specifically and she is 49 and a Triathlete. Look for a club in your area or simply check the book out.

You are an inspiration to me as I hope I still have the energy at 67 that you have. I wish I could run like you as well!


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ROXYZMOM 2/26/2014 10:46AM

    Hmmm - I have never been called a "weirdo" before -- is that a good thing?
I am proud of you for respecting your body enough to rest. I would have thought you would be looking forward to rest days so you can bug your wife!!

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ONMYMEDS 2/26/2014 10:31AM

    You take rest days?!! WTH!!! You don't have TIME to take rest days!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/26/2014 10:21AM

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BEEANDHAM 2/26/2014 10:04AM

    I definitely enjoyed this! Keep up the great work!

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NATPLUMMER 2/26/2014 9:33AM

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STEPHM-ARATHON 2/26/2014 9:24AM

    I'm glad you're realizing you need the rest and being smart about it. I admire you so much!

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/26/2014 9:05AM

    E. Also I think you will inspire people your age who are on the fence, folks who are thinking about it but don't know whether or not it is possible. YOU could be their spark!!!

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/26/2014 8:39AM

    A. I enjoy your blog!

B. I find your journey inspiring because I am a non athlete who has recently started aspiring to do crazy athletic things. (Right now I am walking fast and working toward transforming into a runner... and after that, who knows ;). So reading your story helps inspire me.

C. I think there are more of you out there. However your collective presence has not yet shown up online. Someone needs to get things going. I would consider starting a blog outside of spark to record your journey. And I would recommend doing it fast so you can capture your experiences with this first half iron-man. I believe you could be a great help to others. I am sure there are more like you who are struggling and have searched and come up empty handed and are out there on their own. It may take awhile before you see a response, but I think it will be shorter than you think. Seriously.

D. Yay (& Booo) for rest days!

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WILEE323 2/26/2014 8:30AM

    Well, I'm not a senior citizen, but your blogs inspire me! I plan to keep running, biking, and maybe even start swimming well in to my "golden" years!!

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CAROLCRC 2/26/2014 8:29AM

    I always enjoy your blogs!

There aren't too many blogs for 57-year-old marathoners either. And the training plans are either for total novices or require too many days in a row.

Embrace the rest day - it's what lets you do stuff the rest of the time. emoticon

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