Saturday, November 20, 2004

So it's been a while since I updated this blog. A friend of mine said he didn't get the whole blogging thing anyway. He was like "take out the trash, mow the yard, wash the car, update the blog? No thanks." Well, since February the whole fitness thing has taken off for me. I've run 2 5k's, a 10k, a 25k and a sprint triathlon (0.5 mi swim, 18 mi bike, 5 mi run). I've also lowered my cholesterol which was the original goal. Two resources that really helped me get here were the Beginner Triathlete site and Steven Jonas' book, "Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals."

My next goal is to do it all over again this year and add the Chicago Marathon just for kicks. One thing I'm definitely looking into is a new bike for the triathlon. I used a Trek Antelope city bike with smooth tires and averaged 17mph for an 18 mi time of 1:07. I need to up that just a bit to get under 2 hours total. One bike I'm considering is the Jamis road series. They're built with serious suspension to cushion older bones and joints.

Friday, February 20, 2004

In July 2003, at the urging of my doctor, I took up a regimen of increased exercise, reduced fat and reduced calories. The intended outcome was to of course lower my cholesterol which had climbed above the danger zone. My exercise of choice became running. Runner's World magazine has a great site for anyone interested in participating in this sport. Dr. George Sheehan, a pioneer of the running boom of the 70's, died in 1993 but his children have published selections from his weekly essays on a tribute site to the running doc. They attempt to explain running to those who believe that running is only appropriate "when chasing or when being chased."