Two days from now, I will compete in my seventh full marathon (bib 1550 in the Green Bay Marathon, for those interested). Once again, this race is to support a co-worker in his first marathon. He is fairly talented and only the limits on his training schedule will allow me to be the rabbit. Even so, we are targeting a sub-4 hour race, which puts me quite close to PR pace.
During Iron Wil's winter weight loss challenge, I made a well-timed comment about one of my training runs. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of ten participants in a contest putting Drymax socks through the paces. The goal, abuse the socks and comment on how they perform. Once I received the socks, I added them to the pile with my other socks.
One of the on-going debates in triathlon is the flip turn. There are a great many triathletes who support doing flip turns in the pool. It seems a lot of them are former swimmers. There are just as many who prefer open turns and argue that flip turns are pointless as there are no walls in the lake, river, or ocean. These are quite often people without a competitive swimming background.
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During Iron Wil's Throughth3wall Challenge, one of my training runs turned into a fartlek. I generally run fartleks based on the music on my MP3 player, I refer to them as "musical fartleks." Referencing that in my training log earned one of Wil's weekly prizes. In my case, it was a set of Drymax socks.
When I started training for my first triathlon, I treated it just like my marathon training. I had completed several 26.2 mile races with nothing more than a few suggestions gleaned from the Internet and a lot of miles in the log. It only took a short while to figure out that I was going to need more help, at least when it came to the concept of actually running the race.
I am constantly amazed at the number of toys that people take to the pool. Kickboards, pull bouys, snorkels, weighted gloves, fist gloves, fins, and paddles abound. I have yet to figure out if I'm a purist or a novice. When I go for a swim, I take two things. Goggles and a towel. The towel is optional. But you should always know where your towel is.
Those adventurous enough to venture to the Training Partners tab may have noticed the recent addition of Midwest Sports Events. With over twenty years of directing endurance events, they produce some of the largest triathlons in Wisconsin, as well as offering many duathlons, 5-15Ks, and half marathons. And when a local youth organization joined forces with my triathlon club to start a youth triathlon program, MWSE was right there to offer their assistance.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.