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2013-12-23 7:18 PM

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GROUP FOCUS: varied from beginners to long course

NAME: Ransick - Mike

STORY: I was an overweight casual runner and mountain biker in my early 40's when a friend told me that if I could run five miles I could do a half marathon. Once I accomplished that, I decided I wanted to do a tri and set off to learn to swim. It was the most humiliating sux months of my life but I stuck with it. Since then I've done several sprints and Olympic distance triathlons as well as a couple 70.3's. A full IM is on my list.

FAMILY STATUS: married for 25 years with a 22 year old daughter and soon to be 17 year old son

CURRENT TRAINING: No triathlons in 2013 due to work travel.

THIS YEAR'S RACES: Only one race, a trail ultra 12/28/13

2014 RACES: no goals yet but I've been missing cycling and may do my first century

WEIGHTLOSS: I lost 25 pounds a couple years ago and have 10-15 pounds to go but my other passions are cooking and beer :-)

WHAT WILL MAKE ME A GOOD MENTOR: I love helping others achieve their goals. When I first got into triathlons, I was a student of the sport and can share what I've learned and what I've read has worked for others.


2013-12-24 5:14 AM
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NAME: Greg


STORY: Well, I'm 31 years old, living in Windsor Ontario. I used to be a very good runner and athlete. Then I graduated university, got a job, gf and VERY LAZY. Ballooned up to 321 pounds. I was getting winded walking up the stairs, so I decided to make a change. I wanted to try something new, but something different from anything my friends were doing. Soooo I decided to train for a Triathlon. Been training since November 4th, 2013. Been greatly enjoying it. My 2014 goal is to complete 3 Triathlon's, along with some 5-10km runs.


FAMILY STATUS: Single, but I have a girlfriend. My father died of a heart attack at age 51 when I was 22 years old and his father died from the same thing at age 50. Mother walks everyday, and is in great health.


CURRENT TRAINING: Currently I train 6 days a week with Sunday off. I got my running back up to snuff quickly, so I'm really focusing on breathing during my swimming and developing stamina on the bike. Haven't ridden a bike since I was 10, so I'm just using an exercise bike because of the weather outside. Going to have to purchase a bike in the spring. Going to introduce weight training in the new year. I work 96 hours over two weeks, plus I have a gf so time in precious for me.


2014 Races: Well I'm doing a 5km run Feb.22 and a 5km run on March.2nd and one more on Mar.22nd. I have many more in my sights, plus 1 sprint tri in June, July and August.

WEIGHTLOSS: Starting weight Nov.4th: 321.5, Current weight: 297.5. 24 pounds in a month and a half! Pretty excited.
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2013-12-24 8:30 AM
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I'm up for some more punishment! Sign me up!

Gary. 42. Training triathlon since June 2013. Excited about training 3 sports and with a goal in mind.

Races So Far: 2 Sprints with a hybrid bike, Swim-Run biathlon, 5k, 5miler.

Goals: get a tri bike and race often in 2014 in Sprints. Build up to Olympic distance over the year and start to be a little more competitive in age group. Want to reach 7 min/mile 5k pace in 2014. Avoid injury! May shoot for a 1/2 marathon in March.

Training: Run/Swim/Strength (core-core-& more core). Once I procure a bike, I'll be back on the road. No more hybrid for me.

Weight Loss: I'm maintaining at around 157-161. After 1st 6 months', my high cholesterol normalized! Keeping it there is my goal.

Happy to run the stats 2x/month if people are interested.

2013-12-26 10:35 AM
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Welcome back Greg and Gary!
2013-12-26 1:08 PM
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I'm running low on power so I'll post new Intro later today. I haven't done anything for 5 days!!

Greg - enjoying Boxing Day?
2013-12-26 4:00 PM
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Welcome back George!


2013-12-26 9:42 PM
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My up to date bio - although at my age it doesn't tend to change much.

Prior to two years ago I hadn't run since 1964, hadn't swam at all and I had only done some basic cycling in the 80's until I was run off the road by a cement truck. I now feel I can swim almost any distance I choose and I frequently ride 100+km but my running is far from consistent enough. I made the mistake of watching an IMCanada and that got me fired up only to learn that triathlons are a lot harder than they look.

So far I've completed 1# HIM, 1# Oly, 2# Sprints, 1# Du and several GranFondo's and a bike relay in Challenge Penticton. I've signed up for another HIM in 2014 and considering 2 more plus another Oly.

I am married and my wife is very supportive of my training and racing. We have 4 kids all in their 30's and 6 grandkids.

Current training has been focused on swimming and cycling but I very much need to be more consistent on my running. So starting PDQ I need to maintain my swimming and cycling while ramping up my running. I want to do considerably better in my HIM in the new year.

Weightloss - I get down to 175 in the summer and then puff up to 189 by Xmas.

Looking forward to the new year and getting really good at running.
2013-12-30 3:43 AM
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Guys

i am still here:

Carlo, a.k.a Carl,a.k.a Karl, it depends who is looking for me.

Finished my first Sprint,Oly and HIM with this group.

Husband and Father of 1 and looking into adopting in the future.

I will still be doing HIMS and looking forward to my first IM target is Sept 2014.

To be honest guys I also joined another group "Baowolfs" to be IM Focused seems to be the IM finishers
here are really busy: Sarah,Dave,Ilovewaffles, but its ok.

Anyways looking forward in the future.

Sincerely

Carl.




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2013-12-30 2:27 PM
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Welcome back Carl! It's good to try out different groups to get additional perspectives.

Looks like you passed my running mileage for good in December. Way to go!
2013-12-30 2:32 PM
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I posted my ultra race report on my blog. I ended up running 28.9 miles and it was an absolute blast.
2013-12-30 2:45 PM
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Originally posted by ransick

I posted my ultra race report on my blog. I ended up running 28.9 miles and it was an absolute blast.


Good job on the Ultra i am really interested how do you plan to recover fast after running almost 30 miles.

my best so far is 21 miles and i feel like i want to die! my first Mary is in two weeks my last long run is this week up to 21 miles. I am just looking to finish Sub 6 with a walk/jog pacing.


2013-12-30 3:13 PM
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Originally posted by strykergt

Originally posted by ransick

I posted my ultra race report on my blog. I ended up running 28.9 miles and it was an absolute blast.


Good job on the Ultra i am really interested how do you plan to recover fast after running almost 30 miles.

my best so far is 21 miles and i feel like i want to die! my first Mary is in two weeks my last long run is this week up to 21 miles. I am just looking to finish Sub 6 with a walk/jog pacing.


I'm hardly sore at all two days later. I think the slow pace coupled with the trails was way easier on my body than my last half marathon on the road. Idid put on compression tights right after the race.

Good luck on your marathon!
2013-12-30 3:35 PM
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What a great experience! Race report and photos made it feel like I was there (except for the fact that it's in the mid-70's here in sunny Florida!). Congrats.
2013-12-30 9:09 PM
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Hey Greg, do you log your workouts anywhere? If not, consider logging them here on BT. That way we can check out your workouts and offer encouragement. It's also nice to look back on totals for each month and the year.
2013-12-30 9:53 PM
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Originally posted by ransick

I posted my ultra race report on my blog. I ended up running 28.9 miles and it was an absolute blast.


It really sounds like a fun day and a great distance and finish for you. I'll have to try something like that here too. In your blog I scrolled down to the next item in your Blog and it looks like you have more snow than we do. Or at least you did when the pics were taken.
2013-12-30 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by ransick

I posted my ultra race report on my blog. I ended up running 28.9 miles and it was an absolute blast.


It really sounds like a fun day and a great distance and finish for you. I'll have to try something like that here too. In your blog I scrolled down to the next item in your Blog and it looks like you have more snow than we do. Or at least you did when the pics were taken.


We had four inches of snow a couple weeks ago but it was gone about a week later. Now snow on the ground now but it's cold enough to snow.


2013-12-30 11:35 PM
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HEY YOU GUUUUYS

Name: Joe

Story: I was living with my aunt and uncle when they died and I left with a crazy old mountain man to go fight evil but it turned out the dude I thought killed my dad *was* my dad, but he cut my hand off so I got a new one and his boss almost killed me but my dad killed him and saved me but then he died.  And now I do triathlons.

I did a sprint a few years ago, then an oly a couple years ago, then last year an oly and a HIM, and this year I've signed up for the Vineman 70.3 in July.  I've got a good amount of weight to lose because I've been really lazy since my race in September.

Family Status: Married with two kiddos, 4 and 2

2014 races: Vineman 70.3 and maybe a sprint and/or oly during training

Weight loss: I'm up to 220, hoping to get down to 195.  Race weight last September was 205, so I'm not sure how much lower than that I can get, but I was also eating a bowl of ice cream every night and not really watching my diet so who knows.  I like food, so we'll see.

 

Looking forward to another great season!



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2013-12-30 11:42 PM
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Originally posted by wenceslasz

I'm running low on power so I'll post new Intro later today. I haven't done anything for 5 days!!

Greg - enjoying Boxing Day?


Went for a nice swim on boxing day. My gym's hours are all over the place so I've been bouncing from gym to gym so I can get a workout in. My patella is acting up again so I'm waiting for my new knee brace to come in, as I can barely get up stairs at this point.
2013-12-30 11:44 PM
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Originally posted by ransick

Hey Greg, do you log your workouts anywhere? If not, consider logging them here on BT. That way we can check out your workouts and offer encouragement. It's also nice to look back on totals for each month and the year.


I created a facebook page that is tracking my weight loss, but it'd probably be easier if I did something like you suggested. How do I go about doing that?
2013-12-31 2:20 AM
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Yo Joe!!!

Glad you got into Vineman 70.3 did you get the pedals yet?

Goodluck to training ya all!

2013-12-31 9:39 AM
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Originally posted by Fresno_Joe

HEY YOU GUUUUYS

Name: Joe

Story: I was living with my aunt and uncle when they died and I left with a crazy old mountain man to go fight evil but it turned out the dude I thought killed my dad *was* my dad, but he cut my hand off so I got a new one and his boss almost killed me but my dad killed him and saved me but then he died.  And now I do triathlons.

I did a sprint a few years ago, then an oly a couple years ago, then last year an oly and a HIM, and this year I've signed up for the Vineman 70.3 in July.  I've got a good amount of weight to lose because I've been really lazy since my race in September.

Family Status: Married with two kiddos, 4 and 2

2014 races: Vineman 70.3 and maybe a sprint and/or oly during training

Weight loss: I'm up to 220, hoping to get down to 195.  Race weight last September was 205, so I'm not sure how much lower than that I can get, but I was also eating a bowl of ice cream every night and not really watching my diet so who knows.  I like food, so we'll see.

 

Looking forward to another great season!




Love the bio! Who knew? That new hand should come in handy in triathlons, as well as that killer instinct! Glad you are re-joining. Look forward to hearing about your successes.


2013-12-31 10:15 AM
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Welcome back Joe! Sounds like you had a pretty typical childhood :-)
2013-12-31 10:20 AM
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Originally posted by ransick

Hey Greg, do you log your workouts anywhere? If not, consider logging them here on BT. That way we can check out your workouts and offer encouragement. It's also nice to look back on totals for each month and the year.


I created a facebook page that is tracking my weight loss, but it'd probably be easier if I did something like you suggested. How do I go about doing that?


Go to Training Log -> My Training Log then click Add Activity. In this forum you can click on a user name then click "add to friends" . Then you can click on "community" and see a link to everyone's log and on the right side of that screen see recent work outs and posts. Let me know if you need a better description.
2013-12-31 10:54 AM
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Originally posted by strykergt Yo Joe!!! Glad you got into Vineman 70.3 did you get the pedals yet?
Funny you should ask, they literally got here yesterday!  Thanks buddy!  I'm going to put them on tonight and I'll be riding tomorrow.

2013-12-31 1:52 PM
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Hey Mike,

Great to see you Mentoring!

I know I'm a bit of a flake, but if you have room, I'd love to join your group. I can certainly post my 'Bio'/application if need be. Please let me know either way.

Dave
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