Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I did NOT pay as much as the website lists
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Caveman Crawl recap
June 12th, 2010
What a day!
Started at about 4:45am alarm to get up and start the day. We needed to leave the house by about 6:15 in order to give ourselves plenty of time to drive the 1.5 hours to Bridgeport, TX and not be rushed. Got the girls up, breakfast all the way around and left by about 6:30am I think. Everything is going along just fine, then we hit traffic in north Ft. Worth. Discovered a mustang on it’s side up against the guard rail, not a pretty site, rescue workers were trying to cut the person out of the car. Between the car wreck and two potty stops, we were late….almost. We arrived at the race site and checked with bout 15 minutes to spare, not what I’d visioned would happen. I had to get my bib on, my contacts out, hit the bathroom and stretch, get my gloves on and at the starting gate all in 15 minutes!!
I made it!! Off we go…..
First obstacle was less than 50 yards into the race, through the mud, into the pond of about 25 yards about 4 feet deep, can you say COLD water?!?! So we climb out of the muddy bank and we’re off and running, sort of. I’d told a co-worker that I wouldn’t run off and leave him, and I didn’t, I stayed with him the entire time! Second obstacle was over some old wooden cable spools, had to climb over three of them, then off and running again. Next we came to a ‘mountain of Styrofoam bricks’ we had to climb over. Next we encounter a small hill of very loose sand probably about 4 feet high, then stand in line to climb the big hill, very slick, rocky, probably 20 feet up, fairly steep. Right around the corner at the top we had to climb down, very small path cut into the nearly straight down cliff that one foot at a time would fit into. The drinking water at the bottom was a welcome drink for my running mate, I told them I’d had a drink in the pond, I was fine thanks. So now we’re running through the woods a while. From this point I think we ran to the lake and had to run through a small portion, shin deep portion of the lake. Then we hit a mud slick that had a ‘shower’ at the end of it, actually kind of refreshing at that point. Keep running round the lake to the make made slide INTO the lake. There was a line of people here so we got a little break(my heart rate hadn’t got up much yet). This slide was probably 30 feet long, down huge hill into the lake. I took about three steps back, hit that thing running on my belly and flew down that slide! It was GREAT when I hit the water, I lifted up my chest and just slide across the water. It was then that I realized that my bib had come un safety pinned from my shirt, I just rolled over on my back, kicked across the lake and pinned it back in place, very relaxing. HA Big mud slick coming out of the lake that was kinda rough, but we survived. From here, I can’t remember exactly what was next, I’ll tell you that we had a pool of mud/very very cold water, then straight up another huge slick hill, across a little ledge about a foot wide with drop offs on either side, across the gully on logs, slide under the orange fence through the mud for about 20 feet, into the next chest deep mud hole that had a pipe over it, we had to go under the pipe in the mud/water hole, run through the HUGE pipes, then down and round the ‘mountain’ to the rope climb. This rope climb was probably 30 feet up, it was greatness to climb up that thing! Once again down the mountain and into the last lake for about 50 yards of water before the end. I told my buddy Bryan, I won’t leave you until the very end, once the crowd is within eyeshot, it’s all about a show for them! So as I came out of the lake, another buddy who’d already finished was telling me the last mud hole was thigh high, I thought to myself, ok Jerome…here we go! I hit that mud pit on full blast, for about three steps then I hit the deck because I fell. Water and mud went flying!! I got right back up and did the same thing again, dudes and dudettes, it was great!! I finally crawled out of that pit and ran to the finish line about 20 yards beyond. My wife and daughters right there to greet me was awesome!
I’d done it, I’d completed my second extreme obstacle course type race!!!
I’m sure I didn’t list all the obstacles, there were 22 in all!!
Then about 45 minutes after I finished, I did another 1.5 or so with my 10 year old, partially the same course, just shortened.
All in All – I had an absolutely GREAT time, very fun course that I will do again one day. My ankle held up GREAT and that’s probably the most important thing to me right now!! I’m able to train 100% again!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
possibly this treadmill.....anybody have personal experience with this baby??
Monday, June 07, 2010
I am working on a full schedule between now and end of year.
I will post when done for some feedback.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
As I sat thinking about some goals today, I thought to myself, what exactly does that mean Jerome...so I looked.
A goal or objective is a projected state of affairs that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve—a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
“a projected state of affairs that a person plans to achieve” – that brought about even more questions for me.
I wondered how many people joined SparkPeople because they had a goal of regaining their health, whatever that means to each of us. That might have slightly different meanings from person to person, yet the end result is probably the same. Maybe it’s losing 100lbs, maybe it’s losing 20lbs, maybe it’s just learning to eat better, maybe we wanted more energy to keep up with our kids, maybe we just wanted more energy, maybe it was vanity and we wanted to look gooood, maybe we remember ourselves when we were healthy and want that again...the list could go on and on....bottom line is we want our health back.
Then I wondered how many people on SparkPeople are DOING the work it takes to obtain that goal. How many of us are tracking every single calorie we eat every day, one day at a time? How many of us track every minute of fitness as we do it, every day, one day at a time, tracking every calorie burned every workout we do?
How many of us have fallen short of a goal and gave up? How many set a goal and not really worked to achieve that goal, then said ‘this doesn’t work’, and gave up? How many have said ‘it’s too hot to work out, I’ll start in the fall’? Maybe they said ‘it’s too cold to work now and I don’t belong to a gym’?
How many of us have achieved our goals in a much quicker timeline that we thought we would? How many saw great success after a little hard work, so we worked even harder?
Lots of rambling on here, forgive me for that. I’m sure that each and every person who reads this has their own answers or maybe even excuses, whichever the case may be.
I’ve listed a few of my fitness goals below:
1. Run the Jailbreak in September 2010
2. Run either the TurkeyTrot OR ˝ the white rock marathon in November(early Dec 2010)
3. Run the full White Rock marathon in 2011!!
4. Run with Daris from the Biggest Loser (big inspiration for me)
I’m here to ask each of my fellow Sparkies to hold me accountable. When I start to slip, please smack me back into line again. If I should ever start making excuses, please smack me around and straighten me out. You see, I have a goal, my ultimate goal is to live a healthy lifestyle, full of good foods and lots and lots of fitness. There is NOTHING that will stand in my way of obtaining that goal. Not hot weather, not cold weather, not falling short once or twice(or more), nothing will stop me. My wife and daughters are counting on me to be happy and healthy.
I have my eye set on the prize, I will keep eating the right foods, I will keep working toward long term health.
Moral of the story......set a goal....STRIVE for it...REACH for it...most important..WORK for it......
Never Never Neverf Never Never Never give up!!!
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