Hi all. I'm new to the forum, and I'm sort of thinking of doing the full Vineman tri next summer. I wanted to do the Madison Wisconsin Ironman, but I wasn't able to sign up, even though I was in line by 4:45 AM the day after the race. Oh well, that's another story.
I'm going to start the 36 week training program on Dec. 1st, which is 36 weeks before the 2009 Vineman. Right now, I'm just trying to do base endurance training, focusing on my running. Yes, I run barefoot, and I'm hoping to do the Vineman marathon portion barefoot. I'll go into that in another post, if anyone cares. Suffice to say that I've had plantar fasciitis 5 times since I was 23, I'm 46 now, and in 3 years of barefoot running, I'm free of injuries.
I'm in pretty good bicycling shape--I did the Tyranena ride a couple of weeks ago, doing 50 miles at a 16.8 mph pace, rarely riding in a pack. That felt good, and when I lose some weight, I know I'll be a lot faster.
My swimming fitness isn't great. I can't talk myself into doing swim workouts lately. The pool at my gym is pretty crappy--less than 25 yards, and I just don't enjoy cranking out the laps. Once I start the real training program, I'll be more motivated to do the swimming. I'm not a bad swimmer at all, I just don't have the speed or endurance that I had 20 years ago.
OK, that's enough for now.
Kelly in Madison WI