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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: 73,191

Fitness Minutes: 49,312

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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DDOORN
1/10/2015 10:17:28 PM

Thx for the support Bruce! Whew...he really WORKED us @ Spinning today! :-)

Don



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BOILHAM
1/4/2015 8:02:26 AM

Hi Bruce, thanks for your comments and question. Your question brings up so many thoughts. I suppose I've always been determined like I am today. There are many reasons for that. I learned early on in life that I can endure anything if I keep trying. But, that. enduring for real, got put on the back burner as I grew older and more comfortable with what life gave me. Not that I ever got lazy, not me. Just extreme endurance efforts were fewer and fewer until recently. Another trait I have is extreme concentration and focus. In fact, if I am deep in thought, it takes me a few seconds to come around when someone approachs or engages me. I need to stop and force myself away from the task/thought at hand and refocus. I always thought everyone was like that, until I asked them. Nope, most folks seems fine with being interrupted and can quickly focus on that interruption. Hope this make sense to you. It is a weird concept, but it's me.
I was really happy to read that you were inspired to get up and do something after reading this blog. I share your hate for working indoors on the bike. I blog to inspire people. Hopefully someone out there needs a little shove out the door today. I never thought it would be you though, Bruce. :) You seem fairly well motivated your own self, but I suppose we can all use a push now and then.
For what it's worth, I tell a lot of people about you and your many bikes. I use you as a contrast to my minimalist approach to biking. At my skill level, I'm not sure I'd get as much return for the buck as you do, at your skill level.
Thanks for keeping in touch, and apologies for this tome. - Vic

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WONDERWOMAN
1/2/2015 10:33:11 PM

Well, several factors came into play in deciding on this race. We recently bought a camper trailer and have talked a lot for years about taking a slow/leisurely trek "out west" - so we think this is the summer to do it. I'm a Half Fanatic, therefore always looking for a race to coincide with any travel I do. We have friends/relatives who spend July/August at their place in Montana whom we will visit. I also have a nephew living in Denver. My favorite racing buddy who lives in SC turned me on to this one. We are usually lucky if we can run one race together per year, but already have two planed for 2015! emoticon

It just seemed like a good fit all around. I am no longer very concerned about my speed/time; but more with enjoying the experience and this looks like an awesome racing experience. I really appreciate your willingness to share so much with me about the region. I did run Bolder Boulder a few years ago and loved it.

Although the drop isn't as significant, I have some experience with elevation loss here on a trail that is basically out my back door. Our local marathon/half marathon switched to this course just last year and although I didn't enjoy it that much and had some super sore quads (and toes) after, I survived relatively unscathed. I haven't yet met a bear, but not terribly concerned. I did actually run into a deer once. I was near the end of a 20 mile run and kinda zoned out. Poor thing!

I may come back and ask more about the community (and your wife's shop as the time gets closer). Thanks again!




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WONDERWOMAN
1/2/2015 8:46:58 AM

Bruce, Thanks for the info on Revel Rockies. The steep decline is what I was most worried about. Most people seem to think that's the best thing. Personally, I detest elevation drops like that. The downhills hurt me more than anything. I suspect I'll be slowing down quite a bit on this race, but that's okay. I did consider the hydration issue, but the whole sun/thinner air concept had not even crossed my mind. Thank you! And for the heads up on the pavement issues - the klutz in me is very appreciative. I am excited to do this one, but a little apprehensive too.



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GHK1962
1/2/2015 8:16:26 AM

You were trapped in a mine?!?!? Holy hell ... I would have totally panicked. Then again, perhaps people panic in different situations ... a huge wave of water crashing down on some might make them panic. Me, I figure whenever that happens ... meh ... at some point I'll bob to the top of the water.

But trapped in a tunnel 2000' below the surface .... aiieeee.

Glad you got out!



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