Saturday, January 16, 2010

Last year, like other years that we’ve done IronMan Lake Placid, we experienced our traditional Panic Sets In moment. That can’t happen this year. It simply can’t. We need to avoid that at all costs.

In 2009, Kathryn wasn’t able to complete IronMan Lake Placid—whether it was her work, or that things needed to get done around the house, or that she just wasn’t that into it, something else always got in the way that prevented her from training. And that hurt, come race day.

I’ve said this before… for some reason, I still have to train much harder than her in order to be able to compete. Yes, I’ve gotten faster than her on the bike. But still, overall, the ROI (return on investment) for her training seems to be much better than mine.

In 2008 I felt that even if ...

The Longest Year Ever

Thursday, January 7, 2010

This past year of triathlon was amazing. I improved my overall fitness, and my cycling tremendously and that had a significant impact on my overall results. IronMan Lake Placid? Better by 90 minutes. IronMan Muskoka 70.3? Better by about 20 minutes.

And, while it was amazing, it was very difficult.

There were times when i wanted to throw it all away—training every weekend with Kathryn, with my brother and his wife, with Greg, with whomever… I was ready to give it all up on at least one occasion, and I know that Kathryn was too. In fact, we did give it all up, at least once.

I think I’ve figured out at least part of the reason why.

2009 saw Kathryn and I compete in IronMan Lake Placid on July 27 and IronMan 70.3 Muskoka on September 13. I won’t get into the results—those ...

Panic Sets In

Monday, March 30, 2009

Annual tradition.

That’s all I can put it down to. Annual tradition.

Spring arrives and we panic because we haven’t been training enough for the races we have planned. We have gone through this every year since 2007. Every spring we freak out and panic that we are not going to be ready. That we’ll fail. That we’ll hurt ourselves. That we won’t finish the race.

And then, we train.

And we look at what we did the year before, we realize that we made it happen last year, and we’ll make it happen again this year. Spurred on by our realization that we’re toast if we don’t get a move on, we kick into high gear, and get the hours in.

And so it goes. I’m logging all of my training miles at Daily Mile—a service I found that ...

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Flickr Photos

  • IM Muskoka 70.3 run
  • IM Muskoka 70.3 - heading out on the bike
  • Me, Lisa Bentley, Kathryn
  • Non-volunteer line
  • Signing up for IronMan Lake Placid 2009
  • Swim start, 2008 IronMan Lake Placid
  • Not sure
  • Pushing for the line
  • Rolling back into town
  • More bad swim position

About ironfeathers

Ironfeathers is the online home of Kathryn and Derek Featherstone (hence feathers). This is a place where we can chronicle our lives and journeys as we strive to complete IronMan Lake Placid 2007 (hence ironfeathers). It is a site that we should have started the day we signed up to compete, but are starting now as we enter the last month of preparation before July 22nd, 2007. We’re not sure what we’ll be writing about, how often we’ll update, or how many photos we’ll be posting, but we thought we’d give it a shot and at least write about what we’re doing for the next while and see how it goes. Hopefully on July 23rd, we’ll both have completed our first IronMan race, and we’ll have stories to share.