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Neenah Paper Discovery Duathlon

Done! (official time was 2:19:35) -Paper Discovery Duathlon, Neenah WI - May 5, 2013

Done! (official time was 2:19:35)
-Paper Discovery Duathlon, Neenah WI – May 5, 2013

I mentioned to a co-worker a few weeks ago that I was doing the High Cliff Triathlon on June 15th. He mentioned that I should do the Paper Discover Duathlon on May 5 as a great practice run for how these events work. He has been doing this one for years.

So, I signed up. It was a 2 mile run, 19 mike bike ride, and a second 2 mile run.

And I competed – and I finished.

Before the race I was admiring the bikes and everything else, this was my first competitive race event after all. I ran into the co-worker that mentioned I should do this and a group of guys and their wives from church.

The first 2 mile run I did far better than I expected. For starters – I ran the whole 2 miles. The weather has been super cold and rainy so I haven’t been running outside mush and I haven’t run 2 miles on the treadmill yet. I told myself that I wouldn’t stop running until I passed somebody that wasn’t running. Call it the male testosterone thing if you want, I didn’t want to be the first guy walking that everybody saw! I ended up at a 9:10 mile pace.

Lets start off with this minor bit of information – out of every bike I saw there were a total of 4 mountain bikes I counted – including mine. I knew I wasn’t going to set any records with my ultra-heavy bike compared to the ultra-light wight road bikes all round me.
For the bike things went great for the first 10 miles. Then my peddle fell off. ‘Off’ as in I had to stop and bike it up off the road. Thankfully a road marshall was nearby and had a super basic tool set. He didn’t have the correct size socket but he had one that was close. I tightened it up knowing that I would get about a half mile before it came off again (I had this issue last summer about 5 miles from home). After the 5th time stopping to tighten the nut the I saw the events’ local bike shop sponsor – Wheel and Sprocket – coming down the road in their repair/observation car.  I flagged them down and they had the correct tools! They helped me out in a pinch and the nut held for the last 5 miles!

My result on the bike was a 11.7mph pace. That peddle really slowed me down, I was expecting a 15mph pace.

For the second run… well, my legs were shot. I walked almost all of it. 13:39 mile pace. I crossed the finish line running at least!

What did I Learn?

For starters I’m really glad I did this event.
-I discovered that my bike isn’t up to par with the questionable peddle (it had given me grief last summer, I thought it was fixed). I can’t compete at High Cliff with my current bike, I need a new bike.
-I discovered that I can actually run 2 miles. What I can’t do is run 2 miles after a long bike ride. I’ve changed up my workout to a 10+ mile bike ride plus a 1 mile run after the ride (at a minimum).
-That is feels really good to accomplish this event – and I’m looking forward to next year already!

Triathlon – June 15th

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What started as an off-hand joke at Christmas has grown into a full out challenge. The High-Cliff Sprint Triathlon.

Challenge accepted.

Mainly because I need to get more physically active and get the motivation to get into a habit of working out this is an excellent challenge for me. Simply put, I need to start working out regularly if I expect to finish the race. In the last 3 days I’ve done about 30 miles on the stationary bike in the basement.

So far I’m using Fitocracy to track my workouts and BodBot to generate the (non-stationary bike) workouts.
I started using Fitocracy last year so it made since to continue to track my activities on that site; however unless you pay for the premium site offerings it only works as a tracking site for you activities. BodBot on the other hand generates your workouts for free – and you pay for the tracking side of the site. A perfect match!

As a result I’m using BodBot’s generated workouts with an additional dose of stationary cycling.The workout activities generated by BodBot are targeted based upon your setup choices and can be swapped out for similar activities. So far any specific exercise I’ve come across that required a piece of gym equipment I’ve been able to swap out for something I can do at home without it.