Photo Based Old Forge Triathlon Recap

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Rather than writing a detailed post, I thought I’d share our experiences via the photos taken by our amazing support team. Thanks Brooks, Adrienne, Ellie, Momma Bard, Momma Ohlson,Papa Ohlson and Tutu for heading up to Old Forge to watch us compete!

Old Forge Triathlon Results!

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On Sunday, five of us competed in the ATC Endurance Old Forge Triathlon. It was a 1000 meter swim, 22 mile bike, and 4 mile run event. It was an absolute blast, and I think all of us are already planning on ways to improve for the next Tri that we are going to do. […]

A Weekend In Three Photos

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Nothing Like Local Business: Campus WheelWorks

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Yesterday evening I scrambled over to my local bike shop, Campus WheelWorks, for a quick tune up on my new road bike. With the triathlon coming just a few days from now, I wanted to make sure everything checked out and make some minor adjustments before the big day. So far my bike has preformed […]

Learning Valuable Lessons the Hard Way

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I had my sights set on a long bike ride for this past weekend, several days in advance. I originally had intended on a twenty-five- to thirty-mile ride out to my in-laws’ house, but after much debate, I opted to stay on roads with which I was semi-familiar. On Sunday around 3:00 p.m., I set […]

Bard Family Triathlon Practice

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Saturday was the predetermined date of a practice triathlon for Dave, Mike, Suz, Dad, and I. We wanted a chance to practice all three legs of the race together, and Nickerson provided a great place to do so. After nearly four days of debate, we settled on our route, picked an approximate start time, and set out to do it.

Our route was another source of debate. Earlier in the week, some of us had wanted to do the full distance, but I think it is safe to say that, by the end of the week, we were all a little bit tired from all our other activities. We chose to do a tad over a half-mile swim, an 18.5-mile bike ride, and a 5k run. All three phases were just a tiny bit shorter than what we will be doing for the actual triathlon, but not by much.

The morning of was a little rough. I hadn’t really put together my stuff ahead of time, which led to two turnarounds in the car to fetch my goggles and swim cap, and then for my actual running shoes. Valuable lesson learned: pack all of my stuff the night before and make a list of what I’ll need to run through. Finally we made it to the “start line” a little later than we had hoped, but the rain held off for us, so it was okay.


Back into the Swing of Things: A.K.A. Wading through a Gajillion E-mails

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There’s nothing quite like coming home and heading straight to work after a long vacation. Today started at 5:15 a.m. in Boston, we landed back in Buffalo by nine, and got to work by ten.  I figured that when I got to work, I would have had quite a few things to look at and […]

A Month Later: We’re Still Swimming

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This post comes from my lovely wife Ellie, who wanted to share an update on her swimming progress. Enjoy!

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about relearning how to swim. I figured it would be good to give an update and assure everyone that neither of us had drowned yet.

Jon and I try to swim at least twice a week, but it’s more like three times (why do so few people use the word thrice? It’s such an awesome word) a week. Since he is training for the triathlon, he is working on improving his time and stroke and all that fancy stuff. I am working on my stroke, too, but with much less intensity in my eyes. For me, it’s more about the enjoyment of being in the water. As I type that phrase, I am thinking to myself, “You are crazy. You haven’t done this since you wore that hot-pink one piece that turned the water pinkish [about age ten].” I have a history of ear infections and general ear troubles, and swimming has always exacerbated those issues. Unfortunately this meant that the only swimming I could do for a long time was water aerobics (your hair doesn’t get wet, ladies!) and “laps” using a kickboard. My head couldn’t go underwater or my ears would bother me for days or would get infected. Gross, I know.

You don’t have to worry about ruining your new perm!

I missed so many gym classes that I had to do extra credit on top of my kickboard laps. That meant I had to read for gym. Yeah, you read that correctly. I read gym textbooks. I didn’t even know they made those!

Fast-forward over the next few years of little-to-no swimming on my part, and here we are. I found ear plugs that, while they don’t keep out all the water, don’t let enough in to plug up my ears and cause me terrible pain! It seems that that was all I really needed to get me back in the water. Well, that and some confidence to walk around in glorified lingerie in front of total strangers (who you know are judging; who doesn’t?! Honestly.). […]

Four Week Triathlon Review: Thin Tires Help!

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Two weeks ago, I wrote a recap on our training for the upcoming triathlon in August. I hadn’t realized just how difficult, time-consuming, and exhausting training for all three aspects of the race in parallel would be. I am happy to report today that, two weeks later, it is still difficult, time-consuming, and exhausting. But it has gotten a little bit easier.

Green = Complete, Red = Skipped . . . Not bad!


We have been in the pool a minimum three days a week since we got started training. I went from being able to do 500 meters to start to finishing the full 1,000 meters in 35 minutes. On Sunday, I made another great stride and got my 1,000 meter time down to 27 minutes. I am feeling more confident and more capable in the pool, and I think it is a direct result of having spent quite a bit of time working on my technique. I’ve really focused on bilateral breathing and fully committing myself to the front crawl. I can feel my arms getting stronger, and it is making a difference.