Category Archives: Triathlons

My triathlon plan

In my last post I shared with you my excitment to get back into triathlon training.
I posed these questions to myself and to you:
1. What will be my (your) times for swim, bike and run?
2. What is my (your) ultimate goal?
3. What will it take (us) to train for those goals?

After much pondering and some reading, this is what I have decided:

For a Sprint distance which is a half mile swim, 12 mile bike and 5K run , the times will be:
Swim: 20 minutes
Bike:  45 minutes
Run:  35 minutes.

This puts my ultimate goal for THIS distance at 100 minutes.

The run will be easy at this pace~except that it comes as the last discipline…
I have just a plain old regular bicycle now and do not use biking shoes~I will need to bike at 17mph.  right now I typically ride at 14mph. So, this is going to take some work.
The swim will need the most work; in triathlons past, I have come in LAST in the swim!  In fact, in one tri, I was neck-in-neck with someone to come in last; HE BEAT ME, AND HE WAS BLIND!

My Plan? Here it is:

As I am already  training to run Boston,  I will just continue with my Running Fit 501 group.
The bike?  Hmmm…bike shoes scare me.  I can take tumbles off my bike without them; but I am going to check them out anyway.
The swim?  I will re-join our local gym that has a great pool and a really great swim coach!

This is my simple plan; I need to add my monthly and weekly goals.  And…since today is Sept. 1st,  it is the perfect time to figure these out!

Is the sprint distance tri my ultimate, ultimate goal?  Heck no! Just watch me  🙂 🙂 🙂

How are YOU doing with YOUR plans?

We would LOVE to encourage you in them!



Triathlon~Here I Come!

Last Wednesday I volunteered at Running Fit’s T-REX Triathlon.  Not only did I LOVE helping the athletes, but I became DETERMINED to compete again next year!

It has been a few years since I competed; had a lump surgically removed from a muscle in my leg and lost a whole year of summer; the following year, had wrist surgery to mend a shredded tendon~there went that summer too…

But, now I am b-a-c-k!  I am going into “maniac mode” and figuring out what I need to do between now and next summer!

~What will be my times for the swim; bike; run???
~What is my ultimate goal??
~What will it take to train for those times???

Can’t wait to share my plan with YOU!

What are your plans?  Your goals?  I would love for you to share them with US!

Email me at
I will be watching my inbox for YOUR plan.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Metabolic Efficiency Training

As I write this blog, I am listening to (and kind of watching) the movie “Chariots of Fire!”  For as many times as I have watched it, I am still inspired by the pure determination and sacrifice of these runners!  Have you seen this movie?  If not, it is a “must see” for any of you determined to exceed your personal best!

Speaking of personal best, I am determined to exceed mine, by becoming metabolically efficient!  I am working with Dina Griffin MS, RD, CSSD, sports dietitian extraordinaire!
Check out the website Fuel4mance to see the work of Bob Seebahor and Dina Griffin.

I began with Dina last Friday with learning the basics and creating a plan with her. There are specific foods to eat for different “cycles” of training.  I am in the Preparatory cycle and so I am making different food type choices than when I am in the Competition, Taper or Transition cycle.

The bottom line of this plan is to train your body to “burn more fat and conserve precious carbohydrate stores while reducing the likelihood of GI distress.” Bob Seebohar; Metabolic Efficiency Training.

I am soooo excited to be working with Dina and learning how to become more Metabolic Efficient!!!

Stay tuned as I track my progress in this new endeavor.

Better yet, join me in it!