Journey to IM Tahoe Weeks 13-14

March is here, and I’ve taken the bike outside! I had a great 27-mile ride on Sunday the 15th, and on Thursday the 19th I got out for an hour despite the brisk weather. This is the start of my first big “Build phase” – 3 months where I go from the general-fitness training I […]

Journey to IM Tahoe Weeks 10 – 11 – 12

I travelled to Austin, Texas for Valentine’s weekend for two reasons – First, to do Cupid’s Undie Run – the fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation – and second, to do the Austin half-marathon. As a bonus, my coach Brian lives in Austin, and I was able to stay with him and get in some […]

Journey to IronMan Tahoe (!) Week 9

Plans change sometimes, and as you can see from the title of this post, I’ve had to make a pretty major change of plans. I was planning on registering for IM MD on February 1st – but when I went to the website to do so, I discovered that the race was Sold Out! This […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week 8

This week: Not getting any younger, reminder edition It had been a pretty good week, all things considered – I had done some core workouts, I had been on the bike, and if I missed the swim on Monday, well, it was going to be icy/messy, and why take chances? Then, on Wednesday morning, going […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Weeks 6&7

Sorry for the delay in posting – last week was a travel week, and then this week was spent recovering from the travel. I hope my “journal” is helpful for those of you that are looking for ironman triathlon training tips. Knowing that travel is going to get in the way of your training is […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week 5

Happy New Year! This is the first week I’ve taken the bike out of the garage and set it up on the trainer so I can ride indoors. I have it set up so I can watch videos on my computer, and as I’ve never seen Band of Brothers all the way through, that’s my […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week 4

Planning for a major endeavor is, for some people, something to be dreaded. Something terrifying and unpleasant, a chore. Others relish it, diving into the minutiae and the organizational frenzy with a gusto. I fall somewhere in the middle. Planning is a lot of work. Plans never work out the way you envision them. But […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week 3

This is our third installment in our series on triathlon training.  Enjoy…. Subtitle: “What do you do when things go wrong?” This week, I want to talk about the bad “X” – the bad workout, the bad meal, the bad day, the bad week. In any endeavor that spans significant time, things are going to […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week Two

There are three legs to any triathlon, no matter the distance:  Swim – which always comes first, Bike – which always comes second, and Run (you guessed it, always third).  The “kind” of triathlon is determined by the distances. Sprint: ~200-750 meter swim, ~10 – 15 mile bike, ~3.1 mile run. Olympic: 1500 meter swim, […]

Journey to Ironman MD – Week One

Hello to new readers!  I’m Chris Martin, and I will be guest blogging here on the CORE site every Friday. To share a little about me: Age: 45 Married, “M,” 18 years.  One son, 15, “J” Two cats.  No dog, because we are apartment dwellers, and if we got a dog it would be too […]