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June 2008 - 270 lbs and still gaining!





May 2010 - After Running in the Lake George 5K





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"Never give up, never surrender!"

The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and ...
The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and made my own personal identity as SPEEDYDOG. The support and the resources on this site are indispensable!

I am a 57 years old and have been blessed with a great wife and five wonderful kids. I live in a small town in the Colorado Rockies.

I played football in high school and college. I was an offensive tackle. I was not all that large (6’ – 265 lbs) so I relied on strength and quickness. I was also on the track team. I ran the 1/2 mile and threw the shot and discus. I also boxed and wrestled. Like a lot of ex-athletes I gained weight easily.

As the years went by, my weight steadily increased. My health starting going downhill. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. My feet hurt all the time.

I lost weight on various plans but gained it all back. I was the typical yo-yo dieter. SparkPeople has helped me stabilize my weight. I have lost 60 pounds on SparkPeople. I am confident that I can reach my goals.

I am running again, I enjoy an occasional recreational race. I am having fun.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
Steve Prefontaine

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
John Wooden

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything.”
Vince Lombardi

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. "
Dean Karnazes

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.”
Lou Holtz

"The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."
Lou Holtz

“It ain't bragging if you can do it.”
Dizzy Dean
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Member Since: 4/25/2009

SparkPoints: 60,338

Fitness Minutes: 43,884

My Goals:
Personal Goals
- 185 Pounds
- 34" Waist

Running Goals
- 5K 24:00
(Goal Met, March 2nd 2010 - 23:12)
- 400M 0:64
- 800M 2:30

My Program:
Cardio 6 days per week, including:
- Running
- Eliptical Trainer
- Brisk Walking
- Mountain Biking

Strength Training 3 to 4 Days Per Week

2,250 to 2,350 cals/day

Personal Information:
I live in Colorado.

My activities include:
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Snowshoeing
- Hiking
- Bicycling
- Running
- Motorcycling
(Dirt and Street)
- Radio Control Airplanes


Other Information:
October 11, 2008
- 270 Pounds
- High Blood Pressure (145/95)
- High Cholesterol
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain
- Knee Pain

May 9, 2009
- 225 Pounds
- Low Blood Pressure (104/68)
- Low Cholesterol




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GHK1962
11/30/2014 9:02:27 PM

Ok dude - when I joking call you crazy in my vlogs ... I will no longer be joking.

I mean, SERIOUSLY?!??! 100-mile frickin trail run?!?!? I just looked at the site you gave me. It sounds hellacious! (Though in a strange way the camp training they have for it sounds kinna cool.)

But my longest run, at 7 lung ejecting miles, will not likely be up to par with a run that is over 13X the distance longer.

But I did notice there was the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.

*stares at you*

Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Dooooo itttttttttt.

(Acutally, I saw that the Leadville Trail 100 MTB was a lottery entry only ... man, that's tough...you might never get in it!)



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JUSTEATREALFOOD
11/30/2014 8:20:55 AM

We took the reflectors off and changed the tire, tubes, rotors, saddle, seat post, cassette, crank arm, pedals, handlebars, stem, shifter (switched it to a 1X9), grips and rear derailleur. I think that's about it :D

I'm waiting for my new hubs to arrive and then I will be able to run it tubeless which will lighten it up even more. Honestly it's too bad they didn't just sell frames or that's what we would have bought.

Your trails sound awesome, thanks for the great info about weather that will probably come in handy.

Have a great Sunday :)



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JUSTEATREALFOOD
11/29/2014 8:38:49 AM

I have to say I was very disapointed in the amount of snow Buffalo had. Even when we were down last weekend we stayed by the airport and there wasn't that much snow. On Wednesday i was in Buffalo (Maple) and they had no snow at all. It must have been a very localized area or I've just seen a lot of snow in my lifetime so it was no big deal :)

I had to pay $146 CDN on goods valued at $1128 US. Usually what we do is stay for two nights at a hotel in Buffalo, Priceline.com hotel is about $150 total for 2 nights. Go swimming, hot tub, workout in the gym and then come home. We each get $800 worth of goods so our family of 4 can bring back $3200 worth of goods tax free. That snowstorm really messed with the plan.

I got my Motobecane Boris X7 home safely Wednesday night and had her put together, with many parts changes (she went from 37lbs to 33lbs so far), for a Thursday morning ride. It rode really nice, I have to get used to riding with flat pedals and boots though. We are planning to get out for at least one ride this weekend and apparently global fat bike day is next Saturday so we're going to set up a group ride for that.

Sound like you're the guy to call when we need a trail guide in CO! I love the riding in Colorado and would seriously move there just for the riding. We've done Fruita and Moab twice and are hoping to do an alpine riding trip in the mountains in the next few years. What time of year is best for riding in the mountains. We usually do Fruita in May but the mountains are still too snowy then.



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GHK1962
11/24/2014 8:41:02 AM

Mining degree! I have several friends who went to U of Idaho's school of mining!

I made fun of one them once and started to pantomime trying to get out of my invisible box. Then I told them, "Oh, I thought you said the school of mime."

Hahahaha, yeah, that didn't go over very well.



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GHK1962
11/23/2014 11:51:11 AM

That was an awesome explanation of the frame construction. I do have questions -

But just to let you know, wifey is a former metallurgical engineer. I am NOT letting her see your explanation to me or she will go all kinds of ape crazy wanting to talk about this all day. (She was into exotic metals, her specialty being niobium)

Anyway, the triple butting thing makes sense now. Not necessarily for joint strength, but to get an even thinner mid length x-section. And 6 lb loss? That is freakin crazy.

So question - from what I recall from my Strength of Materials and Chem classes, the heat treatment would have the effect of "smoothing" out the grains in the material right? Doesn't that also have the effect of making the metal more pliable as well? Wouldn't leaving tiny stress cracks make it stiffer?

I may be confusing the concepts in my head about gaining strength while folding metal and how these frames are built though.

Anyway ... dude ... this is a cool convo. So I take it you're an ME?



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