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    IMAZ Bikers

I remember when I bought my first tri bike, I scoured the triathlon forums wondering if this was the right bike.  Was it aero enough?  Did I have an “aggressive” fit?  Should I change my tires for the model du jour with lower rolling resistance?  I probably spent as much time on what-ifs as I did training.  I seem to recall going down this rabbit hole with other aspects of triathlon.  Am I swimming enough?  Should I run 30 runs in 30 days?  And yet another avenue – a fixation with the athletes who are racing my “A” race.  As if I’m going to change something which will make a difference because the superstar swimmer, biker, or runner is racing against me.

It’s mentally exhausting and counterproductive.

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    Niner RLT Steel Gravel Bike

It’s been a long time since I’ve really wanted to ride my bike consistently.  I turned my old TT bike into a single speed and I’ve ridden it around.  I’ve been on my mountain bike a few times.  But outside of those instances, I haven’t had a real desire to log consistent mileage.  I could go into the reasons but to summarize – I just got burned out.  Especially burned out from riding a TT bike. 

In the last six months, I’ve been thinking about riding – actually wanting to ride but my bike choices weren’t appealing.  My buddy Scott suggested I get a gravel bike which is basically what happens if you store a mountain bike and a road bike in the garage together – nature takes its course and you get a gravel bike.  But which gravel bike?  He immediately pointed me to the Niner RLT Steel – because “steel is real, bro”.  The steel RLT is slick and I was immediately in deep like with it based on the pictures I saw on Niner’s web site.

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    Beth, Scott, and Vince

Just a quick recap of the Joshua Tree trip.  A small group of us headed to Joshua Tree to swim, bike, and run around the Southern California desert.  The weather was cooperative and we had good times running, riding, swimming, eating tacos, and playing with @TanktheDoggy

I probably should have taken more photos but there was more doing and less photo taking.  ;)

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    Zion

I’ve gone through a long evolution of changes with my diet and where I am now versus where I came from are very much night and day.   In the very beginning, I ate fast food but we’re talking over 20 years ago.  It was convenient, I wasn’t an athlete, or at least not by comparison to who am I now, and I didn’t know any better.  At the time, I worked crazy hours and I had little time to cook if I even knew how – which I didn’t.  I started to put on weight which is something that never happened in my life up until that point.  And perhaps it was a combination of a sedentary lifestyle, getting to that age where additional weight sticks, or I don’t know what but I was well aware of the metamorphosis.

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    Zion

What I want to do is run long at an aerobic pace.  Always.  However, my limiter is running fast over the course of a hundred miles.  Running long and slow is not the cure for this problem and workouts like the one I did this morning are a step in the right direction.  That said, when I looked at the calendar, I saw the workout description and I cringed – 30 minutes easy, 30 minutes hard, 30 minutes easy.  Hard is marathon to sub-marathon pace.  Not really something I wanted to do this morning.