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Day 53 – Becoming a Triathlete

122 days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga


At what point does an ordinary person become a triathlete?

Is it that point she crosses her first finish line? Or is it the moment he signs up for an IRONMAN? Maybe it’s that instant when he realizes his life has changed forever after months of hell called training and a brutal race that was the hardest thing he’s ever done. Maybe he turned into a triathlete when all the pain and suffering he endured became an integral part of his identity.

Or maybe she became a triathlete when she had had enough of the trendy weight loss programs and empty promises of popular diets. Maybe that’s the point when she realized diet alone wont solve her problems.

For every triathlete out there (age group and pro), there is an interesting story: interesting and inspiring. I encourage you to inspire others by telling your triathlon story, but there’s one catch. You have to be honest. You have to dig deep. You have to let your love of the sport show.


I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful it was this morning on my run and I don’t have pictures. Sorry. The moon and stars through the trees lit a clear path down my road.

I kept an easy pace. That’s the plan for this part of the season. I’m in a general prep phase for the run. Some might call it the base period. The focus is on building my aerobic fitness, so the runs are nice and easy. I’ve never run this easy before and now I know what they mean by “running all day.” I could definitely run all day at the pace I kept this morning.

The planned and completed paces are quite different, but my heart rate is right on target for what I planned. I don’t know exactly what this means, but it may mean that I inaccurately estimated my LT1 (aerobic threshold). This could be a problem when trying to train my aerobic system if I run above LT1.

In my mind, there’s only one solution: lactate testing. But we’ll see about that after I talk to the coach.

Until tomorrow…

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