Podcast Lineup for Fitness: 2019

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Many runners and triathletes use music, audio books, podcasts, or other audible media to help them through their workouts. These can provide a necessary distraction from the drudgery of long workouts. For some reason though, I actually don’t use them at all. For a long while now, probably several years, I stopped using headphones. It […]

Diving into Cycling with Zwift! What is FTP???

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A couple of months ago I started using an indoor cycling program called Zwift. For the full review of my setup and my initial impression, here’s the post. I took a little bit of break at the start of December, but since the New Year I am back in the saddle, literally.

Week 1 Success, on […]

Mini-Musselman 2018 Triathlon Complete!

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Over the weekend a collection of brave souls from Buffalo headed over to Seneca Lake to compete in the Mini-mussel triathlon! Ellie, Miranda and Hannah formed up the Buffalo Gal’s relay team, while myself, Brindy and Alex competed in the full sprint triathlon. It was an awesome weekend full of friends, racing, wineries and competitive […]

Synchronized Swimming Looks Impossible

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Last night Ellie and I were at the pool getting some laps in and working on my abysmal somersault. Like literally it took me over thirty minutes to be able to do one. While we were swimming there was a full team of synchronized swimmers working on learning an underwater maneuver. We couldn’t help but […]

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!

A Weekend In Three Photos

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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.


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.


Dad Went Beast Mode.

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So a week or so ago I wrote about the first two weeks of Triathlon training. Today, I wanted to show just how much work my Dad is putting into training for it. Some of you may have noticed him submitting quite a lot more workouts, and it is showing pretty clearly in monthly AFP […]