I’m going stir crazy!

As any endurance athlete may know the term rest does not exist within our vocabulary… In anything we do. whether its our training, job, or family life there ares always something to do and are somewhere to be going. So, once faced with the dilemma of resting (could be due to a taper week or recovering from an injury) we are challenged with the predicament of “what do I do?”

Two weeks ago I was given the joy of dealing with the onset of some mild shin splints. They weren’t painful enough to be bound to the couch, but painful enough to notice that they are there. Thankfully the pain is only in my right shin. a little over a a week ago I then made the executive decision to cut running out of my training program temporarily until these have completely healed. Last thing I want is to still be fighting with them in July when it is race season. With making the jump to Olympic distance triathlons this upcoming summer I want to make sure that I can be in the best shape i can in terms of lack of injury and proper bio-mechanics. I am not look at race weight because whether I lose some or stay the same I am happy with my body the way it is lol.

Since deciding to cut the running out I have made active recovery and physio a priority of mine. Especially in the lower body many injuries can be prevented by working on other areas of the lower body because they are all inter-related and work together. I invested in a pair of compression sleeves (this is my first pair ever) and am pretty impressed with how much they have helped with my recovery! with combination of myofascial release (foam rolling), icing, and light stretching the pain is slowly starting to feel better. the only downfall is with not being able to run is im slowly losing my sanity… When I run (as every other runner knows) you feel just free. It is a major way I release my frustration and anxiety, so not having that has a way of release has been a struggle. coincidentally this rest week paired with a busy travel week for work which helped steer my attention away from wanting to run.

Do you have any other tips to help with the recovery of shin splints? I am also starting to look at the arch support in my dress shoes and noticing that they do not provide much at all… Looks like it might be some time for some retail therapy…

Thanks for looking as always,

John (@TheBlondeJohn)


The waterways of Venice Italy

This was one of my top current favorites. The app used: Prisma with the filter: Women’s Day.

I love that it smoothed out the edges of the buildings and washed out some of the colors. It now truly does look like an oil painting. I might have to print and hang this one somewhere.


Thanks for looking as usual.

John (@TheBlondeJohn)

Let’s Say Hi To The Queen!

These edits are a collection of famous London sights. The app used was: Lucid. I actually liked these edits so much that I blew them up to an 8×8 and had them printed and are now framed and hanging in my bedroom.

The sights that are shown in these edits are as follow:

  • The Queen’s Tower (and Big Ben which is bell inside tower)
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Underground Sign
  • The Tower Bridge
  • The Queen’s Statue at the Kensington Palace

Thanks for looking as always!

John (@TheBlondeJohn)

Midnight Train In Amsterdam

The summer of 2016 I had the luxury to be able to travel Western Europe for a solid month. Many of my edited photos so far have come from this trip. This is the central train station in Amsterdam while waiting to catch a train back to our hotel. I love this “starry night”ish feel to this edit. Its almost like this is the modern day version of that painting. The editing app is called Lucid. I do like using this app as well though there is a limited amount of filters. Aside from that it still produces a good crisp edit that i have actually printed from and used as artwork or craft projects.

As always thanks for looking !

John (@TheBlondeJohn)


Running Through The Trees

This photo was taken last year October at Island Lake State Park in Brighton, MI. It was a beautiful day to explore a new trail for me and take some pictures along the way. This edit was then done using the app Prisma. This is one of my top favorite photos. I love the color blends and the way the sunshine was used to create a bit of a washout effect.

As always thanks for viewing my posts!



Under Construction


Hello Everyone who has found my blog! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my page. As you have noticed… It is very empty. This is because I have just started this blog as of (3/12/17), So please bear with me while it will take some time to produce some content for you all. I created this blog mainly as a purpose to document my weekly training and thoughts, as well as throwing a couple edited photos in here and there lol. If this is something that is of interest to you please give it a like or a follow, I really do appreciate it.

Cheers Everyone,

John Steudle (@TheBlondeJohn)