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June 23, 2006

Sweet Tri O' Mine

Considering that this is a blog about running, I don’t really talk about training that often.

In fact, it’s entirely plausible that I could be making this whole “runner” thing up, right? I mean, have any of you actually seen me running? I rest my case.

My reluctance to talk about training is entirely by design. I want this blog to be more about how being a runner (again, assuming I really am one – you have no idea) affects the way I see the world and my place in it. Posting specific workout details doesn’t necessarily fit into that framework. From my standpoint, the plan has worked well so far.

But lately my training has taken a noteworthy turn, significant enough that I feel like I should discuss it here.

My race schedule on the right lists the Big Kahuna Triathlon, a half-Ironman event in the middle of September. Now that my other races for 2006 are done with, it’s time for me to focus exclusively on the triathlon. That means a little less running, and a lot more swimming and biking.

I’m still fundamentally a runner at heart. As I wrote in this post at the end of the 2005, running is my true love, but triathlon is like this totally sexy mistress that’s always in the back of my mind. (And don’t think I won’t hammer that analogy into the ground over the next few weeks – you know how this blog works.)

This summer is the time for me to withdraw from my relationship with running and have an affair with triathlon. Actually, I’ve already been at it for a couple of weeks now. I’m keeping separate bags of clothes in my car, sneaking out of work for quick “nooners”, and showering twice a day sometimes. It’s physically exhausting, but it makes me feel young (I’m talking about training now).

The reason I’m bringing all this up is twofold. First, if you see me dropping a lot more peripheral references to swimming and cycling, that’s why. Don’t worry - I’m not going to turn into a tri-geek and give you all sorts of workout splits, or post pictures of my various tri-gear (with one exception: I have to do a post about my bike – it’s too good of a story to go untold.) I’m not changing the blog name to Running and Swimming and Cycling and Rambling. Just as I’ll always be a runner at heart, running will still be the subject at the heart of this blog.

Second, I’ll probably spend more of my lunch breaks exercising than I normally do. It’s the best time of day for me to swim, and the easiest way to get two-a-day workouts done when I want to. Unfortunately, lunch breaks are typically when I do a lot of blogging. So my productivity here may take a noticeable dip.

Reviewing my recent posts, I’ve managed to post something almost every weekday for the past couple of months. I honestly didn’t realize I was doing so much. I don’t think I can maintain that kind of clip – or more accurately, I’m not sure I want to.

I think I need to pace myself a little better. Remember the band Guns ‘n’ Roses? They were one of the most powerfully unique and influential bands ever when they burst onto the rock scene in the mid 1980s. Shortly afterwards they simultaneously released two full-length discs that had some inspired brilliance, but set too high of a standard to successfully maintain. They spent several years trying to create a worthy follow-up, but ultimately burnt themselves out and never made another album. (I’m still sad about this, honestly. For those three years, there wasn’t a cooler band on the planet.)

I don’t want to be the Guns ‘n’ Roses of bloggers. I’d rather have the long, graceful career arc of Green Day than the “burn bright and fade away” story of GNR. I think I can reasonably aim for a few posts each week without doing an Axl Rose and passing out in the bathroom of a strip club or landing in a detox unit somewhere. (I’ve mentioned before – I don’t typically set real lofty standards for myself.)

If there’s something that I’m just dying to post on an “off” day, I’ll go ahead and do it. But if you have to go a couple of days without posts from me, I’m sure neither of us will suffer too badly. You’ll find another blog to read. I’ll be getting into better shape. And we’ll always have April.

With that, I’m off for now – I’m scheduled to be in the pool in three hours.


Anne 6/23/06, 10:13 AM  

Very clever title, given the post's contents. Some of us among the walking wounded look forward to living vicariously through your reports on training, whatever the pace of the posts.

backofpack 6/23/06, 10:42 AM  

I guess I'll have to find something else to do while I drink that second cup of tea...

We'll forgive you if you become a tri-geek for the summer, after all, I have lots of tri-geek friends. You kind of get used to the whole thing.

I'll look forward to those occasional posts!

Cliff 6/23/06, 12:19 PM  

Tri is sexy....swimming and biking and running by itself is ok..but if u mix swim plus bike and do a run after..then it is exciting.it is hAWT :)...must be the spandex and leg shaving.

Deene 6/23/06, 1:21 PM  

but, but.. i need to hear about the bodega and strawberries along with my coffee. have fun at swimming.

jeff 6/23/06, 3:09 PM  

donald, i'm *this* close to signing up for big kahuna. i've got a swim coach that's going to give me some pointers and instruction tomorrow and another lake swim today...so, it's looking real promising. and, next months tri in pendelton is an ocean swim. i think that'll be the litmus test.

(you know i'll be there, how could i not?)

angie's pink fuzzy 6/23/06, 4:44 PM  

but, but, everyone's going tri! *insert whine here*


have fun and don't forget to post :)

I thought of you today when I called a friend to wish her happy birthday. She was so excited that right before I called, France scored a goal: by a guy who turned 31 today - the same age/birthdate as her. So she did a happy dance with him. So why did that remind me of Donald!? Because it was the type of anecdote you could totally rip an entire post on :) Maybe I'll have to give it a try...

robtherunner 6/23/06, 9:59 PM  

What? Ultra's aren't sexy enough for you?

Downhillnut 6/23/06, 10:13 PM  

So... if running is your true love, and tri is your tempting mistress, then we running blog-readers are your sadly neglected children who will have to make do with your leftover lunch hours?

Oh, the shame! ;)

Ah well, bring on the bike post, then. (it's not like *I* blog every day)

jeanne 6/24/06, 4:23 AM  

men...you're all the same! and no wonder I can't keep up with your blog with you posting every day!

Enjoy your "respite" from your real relationship. These things never last, ya know.

susie 6/24/06, 1:37 PM  

Is EVERYONE becoming a triathlete? Well, I'll read you anyway because you are such a good writer. By the way, I enjoyed my break; it does a body good.

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