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.