Hey! I'm Jake.
I lost my leg last October. I was always a good runner. I never went out of my way to be a great runner. Longest I ever voluntarily ran was 6 miles. I ran my first mile after losing my leg in late Feb. Here is a picture of me sprinting the 100m before I got a running leg.
I ran the MC Marathon last weekend in 3:55. Slower than I hoped for sure. I really wanted to be in the 3:45 range. I was running extremely consistent 26 minute 5ks till the 21 mile mark and the crapped the bed. In the last 5 miles I went from running a 3:40 projected finish to a 3:55. I wanted under 4hrs, but I know I could have done better. I'm glad I found this club. I'm really excited to see how running is in the cold!
I need to get in the pool and swim. That will be the hardest part. I have always known how to swim. But I never cared to be good at it. I cant wait to meet some people to train with. I would like to continue to run marathons and cut my time down. I wanna compete in tri's. I got a badass bike for free and ride when I get a chance. Since I was running the marathon, I was mainly concerned with running (obviously). But now that I did that, I would like to shift to a more broad set of goals. I do functional fitness type stuff (just thrashing myself in the gym with light weight and box drills and such). I am going to a course in May that will require a lot, swimming wise, and I need to get going!!
Nice pics Jake ... quite inspirational actually.
Consider joining the New Triathlete Program (NTP) when it starts at the beginning of next year. It'll give you a group of people to work out with and a wealth of knowledge to draw from.
DCTri also has a new maters swim program that takes place out of Wilson with coaches that might be able to help you swim better.
I totally would! But I need to be a badass swimmer by next March. So all winter locked inside at the pool should be good. Im going to take one of the swim classes offered through the club.
Jake - Great job on the MCM - really truly spectacular. Your experience on mile 21 brings you in with good company, but you held on for a terrific finish.
I have an online swim coach who comes to town from MA about 3 times a year for inperson lessons as well. His name is Pete Sczupak. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pete used to coach in DC and NoVa before he moved to MA and now coaches there. He emails me weekly workouts and I pay him a monthly fee. I also hook up with him for inperson lessons when he is in town. Pete can tailor your race goals with the workouts. I have found this approach effective and flexible bc my pool schedule varies with work and family.
Hope this helps,
Jake: you're amazing.
Hey Jake -
You should totally join the DC Tri Masters Swim program if you already know how to swim. When you swim three times a week, you can't help put get better at it.
I also know the club also has a deal with Wave One, if you want more personal attention.
If you have any questions about the masters program, shoot me a message.
And you are an insane running beast!
Jake, you're a badass. Looking forward to meeting you.