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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. 

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    Redding Marathon

We had a small group run the Redding Marathon this past weekend and I think we were all a bit surprised by its beauty and difficulty.  The course profile is deceiving and in reality, it rolls quite a bit more than you would think.  That said, even though it's a hard course, it's a fair course and if you're not looking for a PR, this is a MUST DO marathon.  It's definitely on our list for 2019 and we're recruiting more team members to join in on the fun.

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    Benchmarks

Benchmarks come in a number of different forms whether it be a time trial within a workout, a personal best for a specific distance, or on a bigger scale, perhaps a person for comparison as for what you’d like to become as an athlete. 

Back when I was racing Ironman, there was a guy I knew who seemed almost impossible to beat.  He’s a really strong swimmer, biker, and runner.  Back then, the only place where I felt like I could compete with him was on the run in an Ironman.  Despite our differences, I used him as a benchmark for what I wanted to be.  It wasn’t completely unobtainable but it was certainly a stretch goal by any imagination.