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Javier Leiva : Introduction

Posted by javierleiva Dec 30, 2008

I remember watching an online video of a thriathlon a couple month ago and thinking - 'i can do that.'  Well, here I am training for one. When i decided to accept the 'Get Active Challenge' all seemed fun and easy, it turns out it is not as easy but sure is fun. I love challenges and physically this is going to be my greatest challenge so far.


I work with Steve Sunders in Utah and like him my biggest challenge is going to be swimming. I don't think i have ever tried to swim for that long at once. So naturally, swimming is going to be my main area of focus. If i survive the swim, i will probably finish the race 




I dont think running is going to be much of a problem, i love playing soccer and usually run a lot. So my goal for running is to keep a decent pace (not as fast as an ethiopian, but close. lol  ), which is going to be hard after biking and swimming.




i love riding my bike although i have never attempted riding it wearing those tight clothes you see on the tour of france. I think that is going to be a different experience for me.




The bottom line is that i am excited about this and will give it my best



















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After actually completing a full week of the base triathlon training program, below are my notes.


    • Running: As much as I did dread this portion prior to commiting to the triathlon, I feel like I have been making leeps and bounds in progress. The first day I ran 20 minutes straight, I didn't think I was gonna die, but I was questioning how the heck I would be running 90 minutes straight by the end of 8 weeks. I realized that I was running a bit faster than I should be and backed it down a fe notches when I ran for 30 minutes and that helped a bunch. Once I find the correct pace it should help me a bunch. I also bought a heartrate monitor to wear so I know when I am pushing it too much

    • Bicycling: Wow, I can't believe how much the little amount of running and swimming I have done has helped my cycling. On one of my short rides, I managed to average 17.5 MPH over 8 miles. I haven't been able to hold that pace for over a year! My bike needed a bit of tuning since I have been doing a poor job of maintaining it so I will have to hit the stationary bike at the gym tomorrow. Not my favorite, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    • Swimming: Uhhhh. I am sure glad to have gotten my first day in the pool out of the way. This was way harder than I was expecting. After doing two reps of 50 yards, I didn't think I was going to make it. I ended up relaxing and completed 8 reps total in the end. I could really use some tips on how you are suppose to breath while you swim. I know their is a special technique for freestyle swimming and I havent found any good info on that yet.


I think my key to successfully completing all the training is just to learn to relax a bit and not push so hard while building up my base levels of endurance. Maintaining a healthy diet has also been a tremendous help and I can feel a huge difference in energy levels when I am eating right.

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Traveling and training

Posted by danger prone Dec 27, 2008

I'm glad to hear Mike is over the holiday hump. I won't be for another couple of days. My husband and I are visiting his family in Wisconsin and the incredible amounts of snow have made it impossible to train outside. Luckily, we had a trial pass to one of those chain fitness gyms - which I will not be naming. We've hit the gym everyday, except for Christmas.


I've managed to complete all of my training with one major exception. I haven't completed any of my swimming training since I've been here. I didn't think of bringing a swimsuit with me - it's averaging maybe 20 degrees Fahrenheit - and even if I did, the gym keeps its pool at 88 degrees. This seems way too warm to swim laps for any length of time.


We'll be back in Arizona in a few days and I'm looking forward to starting my swimming regiment. I suspect this will be the hardest sport for me because I haven't swam with any regularity in years.



Today I will attempt my longest run in training - 45 minutes. I can run at a low/moderate 10-minute mile pace for 35 minutes without stopping.When going for longer runs should I employ the walk/run strategy like five minutes running and one minute walking or should I just run as long as I can and then walk a couple of minutes if I need to?



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Over the Hump

Posted by MikeDiesel Dec 26, 2008

Now that Christmas is officially over, I consider myself over the hump as far as the Holidays go. I used a bunch of Kristen's input on ways to get around gorging myself at the dinner table. I was already on a pretty good meal program before the holidays by eating 5-7 times a day in 2-3 hour intervals. I just made sure to stick to it and not save room for the feast. A couple of glasses of red wine was about all the drinking I did and that was a huge help too.


As far as training goes, I have just been getting myself accustom to the Active Trainer Base Training program. This tool has been really helpful in keeping me on track in getting ready for the tri. The only day I have missed so far was Christmas day. I was supposed to do 600 meters of swimming, but the holiday and the fact that I was super sore from my first swim on Tuesday put a cramp in my plans.



Today I am set for a run/jog/walk. I'll see what happens when I get out their. Until next week...



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Holiday binge

Posted by danger prone Dec 17, 2008

Mike's latest post was music to my ears. Well, not really music because he's writing and not singing. But I was happy to hear, I'm not the only one out there trying to come up with ways to deflect the barrage of treats coming my way.


I do have a few tips that might help. I came up with some of these after I returned from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. My metabolism was burning through food for about two weeks after I finished. My appetite however, was enormous for more than a month. Big problem.


I discovered if I cooked meals for myself, I ate less than if I went to a restaurant. Secondly, I ate tons of small meals throughout the day. Plain yogurt with berries for breakfast, and then about every hour to two hours I would have one of the following: fruit, some carrots, a tiny handful of nuts, some more fruit, maybe some saltines. For lunch, I grabbed fresh spinach, sprouts, tomatoes, a little avocado, cheese, red onions, mustard and threw it into a whole wheat pita or onto some wheat bread. My dinners were never tiny. But I was never famished, so I ate less.


As far as alcohol goes .... avoid egg nog and other creamy alcoholic drinks as well any mixed drinks with soda. A lot of people like to mix vodka with tonic. But tonic can contain 90 calories in an 8 ounce serving. There's always light beer. My husband likes the Michelob Ultra.. I typically drink wine, which isn't necessarily low calorie. But when you compare it to a White Russian, it is.


Finally, I try, try, try to follow this advice. When in training, drink the first, sip the second and refuse the third.



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Training and the Holidays

Posted by MikeDiesel Dec 17, 2008

It has become apparent to me that starting my training program during the holidays is a little more difficult than I previously thought. I have a pretty big extended family that is close and everyone always wants to get together and eat, drink and be merry during this time of year. Besides being pressed for time, all of the delicious treats and adult beverages that are easily accessible at these functions are decreasing my energy level to train.




I highly doubt that I am the only one with these problems and am looking for advice on what I can do to keep my belly from exploding! Other than the obvious self control  , what foods and beverages are OK to indulge in and what should I stay away from? 



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Mike D. Intro Blog

Posted by MikeDiesel Dec 11, 2008

Well I can tell you that I am really excited to begin my quest to complete my first triathlon. I have been trying to find something new and challenging to direct my energy toward in a positive manner and I know this is it. My past experience in athletics and fitness is soccer, football, riding motorcycles, cycling, surfing and weight training. So, as confident as I am that I will be able to complete the triathlon, I am definitley going to be putting the majority of my playtime from now until May into training for this monstrous task.


Cycling will hopefully be one of my strong points. When I was putting a decent amount of attention into it, I was cycling about 100 miles a week. Not really too much for the true roadies out there, but I was pretty happy with it. Unfortunately, I have only been getting in 20 miles here and there as of late. I really do enjoy cycling and the tri will be ininspiring me to get out on the road more often.



The most experience I have in swimming is surfing which is a whole lot different than just going for it without a flotation device. I am plenty willing to learn and would be stoked if anyone could offer me any tips on how I can start getting ready for the 1 mile swim. Think baby steps.





Growing up, I always hated running. Don't get me wrong, I played soccer for over 10 years and whenever we were playing a game I would run like crazy. I just could never find the motivation to run back then. I actually did my first 2 mile run in probably 8 years last week and I found out that I don't hate it anymore. Wooohhoooo! However, I did get some shin splints the days following the run. I am currently trying to learn how to avoid them at all costs.





I'm off to the gym. Please feel free to comment on my blog with any advice. I am open to suggestions .









    • Mike D.

















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So, here I am about to start training for my first triathlon, which is pretty cool and a little daunting.


When I tell people about my triathlon plans, I typically get two responses - 'Wow, a triathlon, isn't that hard?' followed by 'I'm sure you'll do great .... so do you have to do swim, bike and run all in the same day?'


A lot of folks also seem to think when I say triathlon I mean an Ironman triathlon - 2-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, topped off with a marathon - which stuns them into silence. As tempting as it is to let them think I'm some super athlete, I explain what the Olympic triathlon is all about. And every time I launch into the explanation, my mind sort of wanders. I can't help but think about the road I'll have to travel to get from the athletic condition I'm in today to a triathlete.


My starting point isn't too bad. I've always been somewhat athletic, participating in sports through high school and later shifting to skiing, snowshoeing and eventually rock climbing in college. My activity waned in the first few years out of college as I jumped into my career. Luckily, my husband is the most active person I know - backcountry skier, climber, hiker, marathoner - and he always had some new activity or sport for me to try. One of these activities was the idea to attempt the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hiking trail from the Mexico-California border to Canada. It would take five months of hiking an average of 20 miles a day to reach Canada before the snow started to fall.



After years of 50- to 60-hour work weeks, we left our jobs, rented out our house and hit the trail. We started in the tiny California border town of Campo on April 29. I wasn't prepared mentally or physically for the 20-plus mile days through the desert. But somehow I prevailed. I got stronger, I pushed myself and before I knew it we were tromping out of the desert and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, then through the Cascades range in Oregon and Washington. We finished the Pacific Crest Trail on Sept. 25, nearly five months from when we started.



OK, awesome accomplishment, right? Absolutely. But hiking every day is a far cry from swimming, cycling and running. For one, I won't be able to sit down and take a snack break. And then there's the swimming. Quick dips into alpine lakes and rivers hardly qualifies.


The Pacific Crest Trail did teach me how to push through discomfort, it made me mentally tough and in the end those will be far more important tools on race day. Now I've just gotta get to work and start preparing for the Wildflower Triathlon. Let the training begin!



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Steve Saunders: Introduction

Posted by stesaunde Dec 11, 2008


It's hard to believe I'm really going to be in a triathlon.  Just thinking of all of the training we're going to be doing is painful but I can't wait to be in shape.  I went running with Javier last night so it's looking like it's on!



Swimming will be a big jump for me as I don't know any fast strokes and have always had trouble timing breathing in the water.  I haven't swam a mile since scout camp and that was doing back stroke.


The biking and running shouldn't be too much of a jump for me although I have not actively done either one of them for some time.  Of course, I've never been in a road race on a bike before or in a 10k run for that matter.  I ran a marathon 3 years ago with my cousin and I've been talked in to a couple of 5ks.  Other then that a jog a quarter and a bike ride every couple of weeks are about all I get in exercise wise in addition to weekly sports.


My exercise over the summer consisted of Ultimate Frisbee and Basketball.  Then I injured my finger playing basketball and haven't really exercised consistently for a couple of months.  Not that I was in that great of shape before hand ... I've been slowly building up a gut since the marathon.


I've never been into weights.  I've always just done push-ups and sit-ups once a day.  Problem is I've stopped doing them over the last year (hence the gut).  I was never perfect at the push-ups and sit-ups before but we're talking like once a month now.   So basically, I'm feeling pretty pathetic.



In high school, I ran cross country and worked at a bike shop.  Of course, back then I didn't really have to prepare much to be competitive.  I just went and did it.  Last night we ran our second mile in around 8 minutes and I was winded - and that's all we ran was  2 miles:)



Now I'm 33, still single and out of shape.  It's time for me to get in shape and to stay in shape.  I'm hoping this triathlon will help me do just that.






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