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For my 40th birthday earlier this year, I qualified for Boston. Growing up, I played soccer, hockey and baseball. I played (or sat on the bench) college soccer. Then, I got fat. I topped out at 260 lbs. I did one marathon in 2005 and dropped 55 lbs. Kids also popped into the picture at that time and I gained back 40 lbs. I got momentum going again in 2009 and have now dropped 85 lbs peak to trough. In other words, I’m a pretty average dad. If I can do it…

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  1. Thanks for the follow! Good luck with your upcoming race! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Clip Snark! I love the idea behind your blog. Didn’t someone famously say “keep it snarky, San Diego.”?

  2. WOW! I just googled Pike’s Peak Ascent. That sounds crazy cool. Good luck with the race. Great to see average people doing cool stuff πŸ™‚ Gives me hope because I’m an average person who tries to do partway cool stuff.

    • Andrew, I applaud you and my mates that do tri’s. I would sink to the bottom of the pool/lake/ocean during the swimming phase and fly over my handle bars at top speed on the bike. So, running allows me to compete with little risk of death or severe injury. Did you mention on your blog about doing an ultra-marathon? That may be a 2013 goal for me. Cheers!

      • Yeah, I’m training for ultra-marathons now. I did triathlon last season but really love getting bush and running trails so this season (July 2012 to May 2013) I’ve decided to back myself and run trails.

        One of the reasons I started in triathlon was because I was too scared to commit to running. Triathlon training seemed a lot easier because all I had to do was swim once or twice a week, bike once or twice a week and run once or twice a week. And, unlike many other triathletes, my training wasn’t that intense. πŸ˜‰

        I love the way you describe your swimming and cycling abilities πŸ˜‰ That’s how dangerous it would be for me to run at any altitude because I live at 54m above sea level. So I’d probably die on the Pike Peak Ascent πŸ˜‰

      • Do you have a training program for an ultra that you would suggest?

      • No, I don’t have a training program. I can’t follow training programs because I rebel against them. My approach is just to do lots of trail running and cycling to get my endurance up. For me, the most important thing is to enjoy myself, not to perform.

        I’ve tried training programs in the past but I always rebel against them. So I’ve learned not to even try following them. Sometimes I do try but then I rebel and take steps backwards. So I remember to just go with the flow.

        I will be finishing many of my ultras in last or near-to-last place though. That’s probably the penalty I’ll pay for not following a program πŸ˜‰

      • At this point, I’m trying to improve and need the data. I’m also pretty analytical- just one of my many shortcomings. I expect another few years of improving before taking on more of a “go with the flow” approach that you’re talking about. Clearly, if it works for you, keep doing it. Cheers!

  3. Thank you for checking out my blog! You are quite the athlete. Good luck on Pikes Peak, I love Colorado Springs.

    • Elisa, I love what you say about there always being someone faster. That thought allows me to focus on racing my personal records and not getting swept up in the emotion of what place I finish. If I had national class or world class speed, maybe I’d think differently. Good luck on your training!

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