Running with the Pack 77: The Black Bear Triathlon, summer running, “the drug”, fun finishes, Action Wipes, and more

On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
After a hectic travel schedule, resuscitator Stevie and I are back on the show. This week, migraine we talk about exercise and stress, the Tussey Mountainback, Stevie’s new personal record for the 5K, and my progress on the bike. Good luck to the folks running the Boston Marathon on Monday!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
After a hectic travel schedule, resuscitator Stevie and I are back on the show. This week, migraine we talk about exercise and stress, the Tussey Mountainback, Stevie’s new personal record for the 5K, and my progress on the bike. Good luck to the folks running the Boston Marathon on Monday!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
After a hectic travel schedule, resuscitator Stevie and I are back on the show. This week, migraine we talk about exercise and stress, the Tussey Mountainback, Stevie’s new personal record for the 5K, and my progress on the bike. Good luck to the folks running the Boston Marathon on Monday!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
This week, physician
Stevie and I talk about running while pregnant, nurse
switching to the Nike Free shoes, cramping while running, eGels and other electrolyte replacements, the McMillan Pace Calculator, Knuetes shirt reviews, and many updates from our listeners who have been completing marathons and half-marathons.

Some links we mentioned on the show:

On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
After a hectic travel schedule, resuscitator Stevie and I are back on the show. This week, migraine we talk about exercise and stress, the Tussey Mountainback, Stevie’s new personal record for the 5K, and my progress on the bike. Good luck to the folks running the Boston Marathon on Monday!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
This week, physician
Stevie and I talk about running while pregnant, nurse
switching to the Nike Free shoes, cramping while running, eGels and other electrolyte replacements, the McMillan Pace Calculator, Knuetes shirt reviews, and many updates from our listeners who have been completing marathons and half-marathons.

Some links we mentioned on the show:

After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
This week, physician
Stevie and I talk about running while pregnant, nurse
switching to the Nike Free shoes, cramping while running, eGels and other electrolyte replacements, the McMillan Pace Calculator, Knuetes shirt reviews, and many updates from our listeners who have been completing marathons and half-marathons.

Some links we mentioned on the show:

Stevie and I have both had car issues this week, here
which maked us think about the relationship between running and transportation. We also talk about my Nike Free 5.0 shoes, Week 4 of the Insanity Workout, and my upcoming triathlon.
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
On episode #71, about it Stevie and I discussed the idea of seeing if any listeners were graphic artists who could design a logo for the show. I tried to describe what I meant. The best way of doing it is to show my favorite race medal. It’s the one from the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon.

It doesn’t have to be nearly that complex. What I have in mind is something with three sayings around the edge. The front is “Have Fun” “Get Your Body Moving” and “Feel Like A Champion”. The back edge would say “Running With The Pack” and “www.parkedthoughts.com”. As for the center image, tablets silhouettes of two or more runners with their arms raised up (like they are breaking the tape) would be fun. Something like this one of me and Brandon at the Philadelphia Marathon:

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m open to other ideas as well.

I’d like to take that design and use it for things like mugs, custom coins, and medals that I can send to people or have for purchase on the web site to raise money for a charitable cause like breast cancer research or treating children with cancer.

Anyway, if you feel up for the challenge or know someone who could do something like this, please let me know!
Stevie and I talk about some mobile applications that help you track your runs, visit this
my good and bad experiences on the bike, dealing with plantar faciitis, getting into spring runs, and looking forward to starting the Insanity Workout DVD program.
After a hectic travel schedule, resuscitator Stevie and I are back on the show. This week, migraine we talk about exercise and stress, the Tussey Mountainback, Stevie’s new personal record for the 5K, and my progress on the bike. Good luck to the folks running the Boston Marathon on Monday!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
This week, physician
Stevie and I talk about running while pregnant, nurse
switching to the Nike Free shoes, cramping while running, eGels and other electrolyte replacements, the McMillan Pace Calculator, Knuetes shirt reviews, and many updates from our listeners who have been completing marathons and half-marathons.

Some links we mentioned on the show:

After running a 5K race to raise money for Special Olympics, shop Stevie and I sat down to discuss how we did, disorder the Insanity Workout that I’ve been doing, and the pursuit of excellence. My time was 20:58. Stevie finished in 26:24. It was a great day!
This week, physician
Stevie and I talk about running while pregnant, nurse
switching to the Nike Free shoes, cramping while running, eGels and other electrolyte replacements, the McMillan Pace Calculator, Knuetes shirt reviews, and many updates from our listeners who have been completing marathons and half-marathons.

Some links we mentioned on the show:

Stevie and I have both had car issues this week, here
which maked us think about the relationship between running and transportation. We also talk about my Nike Free 5.0 shoes, Week 4 of the Insanity Workout, and my upcoming triathlon.
This week, tuberculosis we have a lot of short topics (summer running, fun races, endorphins, etc…) and then finish with a race report about the Black Bear Triathlon, which was my first Olympic-distance triathlon and my first open-water swim. Before the show, Stevie asked me how the Black Bear Triathlon went.

The short version:

Cold. Frightening. Wet. Intimidating. Demoralizing. Painful.
Exhilarating. Amazing. Euphoric. Challenging. Enlightening.

—–

The longish version:

The water was incredibly cold compared to what I was used to. I went in for a practice swim and nearly quit because of the water temperature. It triggered a strong panicky feeling, but Andrew made me go through with it. I’m glad he did. I had never done open water swimming before, so that was all new too. I had to contend with other swimmers and staying on course. I also got a friction sore on my neck from the wetsuit. I felt a little dizzy after getting out of the water, so I took my time in the transition area, ate a gel, said hi to Andrew, and then ran my bike to the mount area.

It was raining while I was doing the bike course, so the roads were wet. I was obviously on one of the lowest-end bikes there and got passed by a ton of people. I saw some people with flat tires and a couple who wiped out – so I’m glad nothing like that happened to me. The race description said that the bike course was REALLY hilly and challenging. They weren’t kidding. I kinda suck on hills, even though I practice on a hilly route. It’s partially because my bike is cheap and heavy, partially because I have only been cycling for a year, and partially because the competition at this race was incredible – loads of people from Philadelphia and New York – many of whom have done Ironman events before. After one last killer hill, I made it into “T2” (second transition) from the bike to the run. I saw Andrew again – racked the bike, took off my helmet, gloves, and glasses, and put on my running shoes.

The run was the easiest part. It was a nice flat two-loop course. I passed several people who had passed me on the bike portion. I had another gel and drank lots of water. I felt pretty strong. I had some pain in my back and a stitch in my side, but nothing unbearable. I finished the two loops and ran up to the finish line where they announced my name. The woman giving me my medal said “State College, Penn State, wooo!” which I thought was pretty cool.

After the race, I caught up with Andrew, grabbed some snacks, got my gear from the transition area, and headed back to the car. Once there, I switched out of my triathlon gear, used a couple of Action Wipes, put on clean clothes, and we headed home. We stopped at the Powerhouse restaurant on Route 80 on the way home and had some of the best eggplant parm that I’ve ever had.

I finished in about 3:11, which was 263 out of 364 people who started (so back of the pack). My goal time was 3:00, but all things considered, I’m very happy with how I did. I finished with a smile on my face. I learned a lot. I had a great time.

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19 Responses to Running with the Pack 77: The Black Bear Triathlon, summer running, “the drug”, fun finishes, Action Wipes, and more

  1. brandontenor says:

    Hi guys!

    The Damon Runyan 5K is actually IN Yankee Stadium. It goes all over the stadium, but does NOT go on the field itself, (though it does hit the warning track).

    About breaking things down: I have a very hard time breaking down swimming into it's component parts. Running, far lass so since I came to it later and had to discover the pieces myself. Jeff is fantastic at speaking to you at your ability level, and if you're honest with him in your daily logs, then he knows exactly where your head is.

    continued…

  2. brandontenor says:

    …continued

    Before I get into my comments on your tri, I must admit that I feel somewhat responsible for not telling you more to prepare you! It's not the big things, but the tiny little things that'll get ya'.

    Sighting is tricky if you're not ready for it. One of the best tricks is taking smaller sights between big ones. In other words, just pop your eyes up above the water and look and about once every 45 seconds or so, actually look up and sight (site?).

    About your bike, yes your bike is not "high-end" but there were probably many people behind you that you didn't even see! Kestrel is a good bike and are all carbon. We'll talk about this offline. As Lance's first book said, "It's not about the bike.". That said, Lance is on a $15,000.00 bike and it doesn't hurt.

    continued…

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      I don't know how much more I could have been prepared without actually doing the event or at least having a coach at my side telling me how to adapt to the conditions of the day. It gets to the point where you have to actually DO the thing to learn any more – and that's the fun part. Once I stop learning from triathlons, it may be time to move on to another racing adventure – but it may be complex enough to keep me entertained for the rest of my life.

      As for the bike, I've looked at a couple of other models in the $1000-$1500 range, like the Specialized Allez. I know it's not entirely about the bike, but like you said, I don't see Lance riding around on a $400 chunk of aluminum with a kickstand either.

  3. brandontenor says:

    …continued

    When you're going to do a tri, ALWAYS try to see if the course is on Mapmyride. They have an elevation feature that will give you a good idea of what you're looking at.

    As for your wetsuit burn, put the zipper tab down, not up. That's why the string is there, so you can reach your lower back and grab it.

    Great show as always, guys! Congrats, Allan, on your first Olympic distance tri! I ASSUME you will be entering the NYC Tri lottery this year…

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      I looked there and didn't see it – plus the course wasn't labeled well enough that I could have entered it myself. They moved the race from a half-Ironman to an Olympic distance this year – which could be why it wasn't there.

      Ping me when the NYC tri lottery is opening. I'll enter – but I'd definitely want to upgrade my bike before trying to run with the New York crowd.

  4. moriffic says:

    Hi guys- great podcast! I didnt have a problem with sighting on the one triathlon I've done since at various times I had to breaststroke and/or doggy paddle and I used those, ahem, opportunities, to see where I was. I also hate not being able to see the bottom, but what are you going to do. I figure if there are any creepy crawly slimy things in there, they will be scared off by the thrashing swimmers.
    I wouldnt worry that much about the bike. Frustrating I'm sure, but geez at least you're out there giving it a go! And you really cant compare yourself to the hardcore types anyway.

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      The sighting thing just needs some more practice. I didn't do too bad, but I could have been more efficient with my path as well and cut a minute off my time without any additional effort. Not seeing the bottom didn't bother me in the slightest and it's not like I was in the ocean with sharks or anything. I was so buoyant in the wetsuit that I could have floated safely without any effort, so that helped my confidence in the deep water as well.

      I admire the hardcore types and I do look at their times, but I have no expectation of ever being close to them. I'm mostly frustrated when I see people who are able to go up a hill with apparently much less effort than I am putting into it – which is why I think it's about time for me to upgrade my bike. I'll have to see how my finances work out – I might be able to get a new one before my August race, or I may just complete that one on my current bike and then look for some nice end-of-season sales.

  5. Well done Allan. Open water swimming isn't easy. I did my first OW swim in a lake last month and it was 58 degrees. It took ages to get round the 1000 meter course. Then I did my first tri the week later and the lake was bigger and it was 53. It was only 400 meters but I just couldn't keep my face in the water. It has destroyed my confidence and I'm not sure I want to continue my tri journey.

    Anyway, you did fantastically well and were lucky to have Andrew there to kick your arse back into the water 🙂 Great show, thanks.

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      Sorry to hear that Simon. If you get a chance, write to me and tell me about the whole race (or send me a link if you have it posted somewhere). 58 is a bit colder than my race, but 53 sounds terrible. Before my race, they were giving us advice like wearing two swim caps, using ear plugs, and putting petroleum jelly on exposed skin.

      My next triathlon is in one month and it's going to be in an outdoor temperature-controlled pool. I'm really looking forward to that kind of swim. I have my third one in August in a river – but the water temperature should be in the 70's, so it shouldn't be bad. Do they have any pool-based triathlons around you? Also, if your big race is in late summer or early fall, the water temperature may be much more reasonable.

      Good luck whatever you decide to do.

  6. I just don't enjoy swimming. I was never relaxed in the pool and it always felt like torture so I think the cold was an extra factor, not the only factor. Even when I was seeing loads of improvement after my lessons, I never once had a fun swim or got anywhere near a swimmers high. Compare that to my running and I'd rather run a marathon right this second than swim for half an hour.

    The enjoyment is not comparable. I did a hard hill session on Wednesday. It was muggy, my knee hurt a little, I was working so hard I thought I might lose my lunch but it was a blast. I came home grinning like I usually do after a run. The mere thought of swimming fills me with dread.

    So, I think I've made up my mind. I hate to lose the money I've paid for the IM (£330 or about $500) but I'm not going to make myself miserable.

    My race report is here: http://rideandrunsimon.blogspot.com/2010/05/is-tr
    The results are here: http://rideandrunsimon.blogspot.com/2010/05/eton-

  7. moriffic says:

    Go for Duathlons! I wish there were more Aquathons as I hate the bike but like the run and swim. I guess IM's dont usually have the duathlon option though. Dont do something that fills you with dread, life's too short.

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      That's an excellent suggestion. I'm not sure if they're popular in the U.K., but there are many of them around here, especially early in the season when the weather is too cold for a swim. Another option is to be part of a triathlon team. You could do the bike or run leg. Hey – if I could get Brandon to do the swim, you to do the bike, and I'll take the run. That would work out well.

    • Thanks Moriffic. I've done a couple of Duathlons here and did really enjoy them. I have decided to try and postpone the IM until 2011 and see if I can gradually improve my swimming enough to do it. As a result, I am back being a happy runner and rider. As you say, life is too short.

  8. ikkikitty says:

    I'm not sure how to contact you about a completely different topic so I'm enclosing a request for a podcast here.

    First off, I love your pod cast (I know all your messages begin this way but I am part of the pack so there you go).

    I try to be as environmentally conscious as I can and that means doing my laundry in cold water with environmentally friendly detergent. I think I'm currently using 7th Generation. The problem is that my running apparel (tech) isn't smelling so great even when it's clean.

    Suggestions? Should I switch to hot water once in a while? Use more detergent than it calls for? Add lemon or diet pepsi to the load? Use a different brand? Hang each item outside on the line with a dryer sheet?

    Many thanks,

    Pamela Bilderbeck
    Salem, OR

  9. И как вам праздники ?
    Кстати со старым новым годом 🙂 Будет повод еще раз отметить праздник и посмотреть фильмы 😀

  10. Beste Kristien Die vraattzucht en bij voorkeur het eten van proteinerijke voeding zou genetisch bepaald zijn.

  11. escort tarn says:

    I’d love the “When life gives you lemons” print.