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Michelle's IronPerson 70.3
Michelle's IronPerson 70.3
I decide to do a Half Ironman. (We really ought to call it a Half Ironperson, really.... I mean c'mon people! It's 2009 here!)

The Half Ironman adds up to 70.3 miles in total:

1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim
56-mile (90 km) bike ride
13.1-mile (21.1 km) run

I started taking long-distance biking seriously about 2 or 3 years ago, but only did my first roadie ride this summer in June 2009. As for swimming, I started taking lessons in January 2009 and only then did I learn the front crawl for the first time. And running? Psssshhh... who runs anyway? Not me.

Needless to say, I've got a long way to go and a lot of training ahead of me.


michelle27by michelle27Dec 13th 2009
As a grad student, this time of year can be very hectic -- final exam marking, papers, and finishing up all those projects. With the stress of school and the holidays lurking ahead, I let myself get out of routine (already!).

But the past week I've been building a detailed 24-week plan and today I signed up for all my winter classes: master's swim, squash and ballet.

With the new plan, I'm ready to hit the ground running in January (when the 24-week plan begins). From now until then, I have planned out some short, easily-achievable workouts to keep me going.

Hip-hip-hooray for re-motivation!!!
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michelle27by michelle27 Nov 21st 2009
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michelle27by michelle27 Nov 13th 2009
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michelle27by michelle27 Oct 29th 2009
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michelle27by michelle27 Oct 23rd 2009
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