Interview with David Mills – Author of The Distance

Today I have a special treat in the form of an interview. David Mills has written The Distance where he talks about his quest to complete an Ironman Triathlon after watching two friends accomplish this amazing feat. Most importantly, David isn’t a professional triathlete. He trained while balancing the demands of being a husband, father, and Officer in the military. In other words, he has a life like most of us do. His book is geared to help the Average Joe complete an Ironman. You can place a pre-order at The Distance Book. BTL: Completing an endurance event like an Ironman Triathlon takes goals. Did you have a strategy involving short and long term goals in order to succeed? David: It’s so extremely vital to set multiple small goals in your triathlon training, that I really can’t emphasize it enough. A 140.6 mile triathlon is far too daunting; it’s got to be broken down into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, during the marathon, I viewed it as simply doing a one mile run – 26 times. I knew I could always run just one more mile. And with aid stations located at every mile marker, it was easy to mentally run to the next aid station. BTL: I’ve written posts before about balancing training time and family time. How did you do it? David: Balancing training with real life can be hectic and messy if not approached properly, and this is really the cornerstone of my new book. Most of us are not pro athletes with a masseuse and a chef and 30 hours a week to train....

Cycling Blogger Profile: Jeff Contreras (331miles)

In an effort to try and spread the word around about some of the great cyclist/bloggers out there I’ve decided to start a new series of posts called a “Cycling Blogger Profile”. This is where I’ll feature a cyclist who also blogs about their cycling and try and bribe them into answering a few questions. How often will I do this? Who knows. Once or twice a month maybe. Maybe less. You get my drift. My first victim is Jeff Contreras who runs 331miles. Jeff runs a great blog where he talks frequently about his cycling as well as other events in his life. He rides in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and is famous for being an “Elite Cyclist” and having “truly massive quads”. On a serious note, he puts in some serious riding and his posts are always accompanied with pictures from the ride. I decided to send some questions over to Jeff and see if he would take the time to answer them and he did. Here they are: Q: How long have you been cycling and what got you started? A: I started cycling in high school, only to me it was just riding my department store bike for longish distances. After an almost 20 year hiatus, I started cycling in earnest in 2006. The combination of wanting to lose weight and the encouragement of a triathlete buddy got me started. Q: What kinds of bike(s) do you ride? A: I ride a 2005 Giant TCR C1. I also have a Marin Hawk Hill (2003?) mountain bike, although I rarely ride it. Q:...