jeff and max boston medalsby Jeff P.

The life of an endurance athlete is filled with brief moments of exhilarating highs spaced by long periods of tedium, self doubt, misery and a never ending quest to find enough sleep. Throw in regular doses of life with work, kids, and house maintenance and it’s enough to make even the most seasoned athlete a mental mess. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The highs have been beyond belief. Yet, I have discovered more about myself stumbling through my bedroom in the darkness of the early winter morning hours then hobbling across the finish line of the greatest races. The journey never begins at the start line of a race watching the countdown of the digital race clock. It begins months before staring at the digital alarm clock bargaining for five more minutes of sleep.

Six months prior to the start of the Boston Marathon, I was at the start of the Naperville Half Marathon. It was my last race prior to a welcomed respite before I started the long off season of run training to get me to Boston. It had been a long race season of extended training with my “A” race being Ironman Mont Tremblant early in August.

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treadmill track picStarts April 23!

Looking to get faster on the run?  Can’t make our outdoor evening track program?

Give ET Treadmill Track on Thursday mornings a try!!

These time-based, one hour workouts will help you improve your run speed and keep you safe from the hazards of outdoor interval running in the dark mornings before sunrise.

ET Treadmill Track features interval training based on time, not distance, so anyone can participate at their own pace. The class is for anyone looking for an intense run workout to improve both speed and efficiency.

ET Treadmill Track is led by ET’s running expert, Coach Bob Hammond.

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Please join nationally certified and experienced coaches from Experience Triathlon for a training clinic designed to prepare youth ages 7 to 15 years for the ET Batavia Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon to be held on June 7, 2015.

All levels of participants from first timers to seasoned junior athletes are welcome. Athletes will work on swim and run drills, games and workouts, as well as the all important ‘transition’ from one sport to the next.

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Jim at Circular Logic Marathonby Jim R.

It was an interesting road training and running a spring marathon this year and for a time it looked like it would never happen. It started with the Cowtown Marathon in sunny warm Dallas on March 1st, or so Bob H. and I thought. The Cowtown Marathon actually was turned into a half marathon thanks to a major ice and snowstorm to hit Dallas two days before our race. We ended up racing in West Lafayette, IN, in record cold. Through it all, we kept the Experience Triathlon motto in mind: “Sunny and 80.”

A little bit about Dallas before I get into the real reason for the blog title. Flying into Dallas in the ice and snow storm was interesting but paled in comparison to the 25 mile drive to our Ft. Worth hotel with the roads covered with an inch of ice. Now we Chicagoans are a tough breed and scoff at a little snow but trying to drive on ice with the people from Dallas was a trip in and of itself! Driving on ice is nothing we were prepared for and it took us over two and a half hours to drive the distance to the Expo. When we got there, we walked into a 200,000 square foot convention center completely by ourselves with the exception of about seven volunteers. It was really starting to get a little freaky. We got our race packages and went to the hotel room and all the while the snow and ice were still coming down. With the weather being what it was, we opted for dinner in the hotel and a good night’s sleep.

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“Occasionally in life you meet someone that you somehow know will make a difference in the lives of so many people” – Coach Joe

 

 

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