The Change Over

I have decided that I am going to re-purpose this blog from a general what I feel like when I feel like blog to a training blog.

You may wonder what kind of training will I be doing. Well my goal is to complete my first Marathon October 18, 2009. You may ask what the big deal is, thousands of people have done this. It is probably not a big deal for anyone but me. I hope if nothing else, I can be an inspiration for someone who has wanted to do something but was afraid to try.

First the things you need to know about me. I am soon to be 43 years old and have been at least somewhat athletic all my life. From high school where I played football, basketball and track to the last 5 years where I have been Mountain Bike Racing. I have not seen much improvement in my mountain bike racing, in large part because I have not been able to get my weight below 230. I have decided, I need to lose more of that weight and Mountain Biking wasn’t cutting it. I decided last October that I wanted to run in the 2009 Free Press Marathon. I then started doing base training consisting of longer workouts at a low intensity. I am hoping to complete my training with a mix of workouts much in the line of triathlon training, if for no other reason than to reduce the pounding on my knees. My first training race on the way to the Marthon is the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon on April 5th. I am following a training plan I found on Active.com for beginner triathletes planning on competing in an Olympic Distance Triathlon. If I am happy with the results, I intend to purchase a Marathon training plan and follow it, with some modifications. I am hoping to do a Sprint Triathlon in June and a couple of endurance mountain bike races (6 or 12 hours).

This blog will be the record of my progress along the road to the Free Press Marathon.