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Monday, November 08, 2010

This past weekend I volunteered to work at the Silverman Triathlon here in the Las Vegas area. There were 1100 people competing in three categories. I had a great weekend helping check-in bikes and working both at the start and finish lines as well as on the bike course.

There were several racers I met that helped to keep all my problems in perspective. There were several racers that had no use of their legs so they were in low tricycles with their legs tucked under them and using their arms to propel themselves.

There were several men with one prosthetic leg competing. But there were two competitors that blew me away. There was one man who was missing both legs with prosthetic on both riding a bike like most of the other competitors. I did not pity him, but I had to shed a tear when I saw the joy he had on his face, and the determination he had competing. He rode his bike 57 miles that day. And when I saw him come by with one mile remaining ahead of other racers I cheered inside. I hope I can have that kind of bravery when adversity comes my way.

The last racer that inspired me the most was a young lady. I think she was in her late 20's or early 30's. She was racing with one leg. Not like the others with prostheses on; she was using one leg to propel herself on a ten speed bike. Watching her as she went up hill with one leg doing all the propulsion, I could do no more than admire her.

All these people sure reminded me that my problems are not so bad. I'm overweight, I have high blood pressure and diabetes. But my woos are nothing. I thank those who have issues more difficult than my own, that show me what true bravery is. Thank you for giving me perspective.

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FABRICGIRL1 11/9/2010 9:15AM

  We saw many participants running or biking by us. Many were still at it late at night. Their determination was amazing.

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Addition to you know your a Spark Person when!

Friday, October 15, 2010

On Monday morning at 6:30am I got on my bike to head off to work. I found that my rear tire was flat. I did not have the time or tools to attempt to repair it. So, I asked my wife to drive me to work that day.

Tuesday, Wed, & Thursday I decided to walk to the local bus stop and take the bus. That worked OK. But, just not the same thing as riding the bike.

Yesterday my wife was kind enough to take my bike in for repair. This morning I had the bike so I could ride to work again.

So, my addition to the You know you are a Spark Person when is: When a walk doesn't make you feel good enough and you have to be on your bike to get the endorphins flowing.

I am so glad to be back on the bike. Walking from a mile to 2.5 miles just didn't do it for me. I felt so energized on the bike today. I just hope I can keep up the bike riding when the weather gets colder.

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SHERRYJVP 10/15/2010 2:21PM

    I love and Miss my bike rides. It is either too dark or too cold during my only time to ride. We have a beautiful rail trail to ride on too. I am going to read your blog you referred to in this one.

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LESLIES537 10/15/2010 12:38PM

    That's great!! Good for you! emoticon

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Beachbody Insanity - A Review

Friday, October 01, 2010

I just finished the nine weeks of Beachbody Insanity. I thought I would throw out some information for those thinking about giving it a try.

Insanity is a daily Cardio workout. The shortest workout is about 40 minutes and the longest is about an hour. The first four weeks you do one set of workouts. The fifth week is a recovery week, so you do the same lighter workout for each of those days. Then the last four weeks has another set of workouts.

Many of the exercises I am not able to do at all because of my size, and others I cannot do because of a wrist issue. But, I can do some 90% of the exercises. You are really put through the paces. It is a tough workout and sure does get the heart pumping. Even the recovery week helps you to work up a sweat.

I think Insanity is not for the beginner. If you are just starting to exercise and have been a couch potato up until now, this is not for you. Get started with something else and move to Insanity. For those who have been exercising and are used to a hard workout, this could be the workout you are looking for.

This is all cardio. There is no strength training in this workout. But, if you are looking for a two month Cardio program you might just want to give Insanity a try.

I am not a Team Beachbody coach. I do not sell Beachbody products. So please don't think I am trying to sell it. I enjoyed Insanity and if you try it I think you will too.

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I found a tri.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

OK. I have finally decided to go the route of a Triathlete. I found a Triathlon I want to run next year. It is right here in Las Vegas out at Lake Las Vegas. It is the Showdown at Sundown on March 26th. I have decided to do the Olympic distance. That is Swim 1200 meters, Bike 20 miles (I think is is supposed to be 26) and Run 6.2 miles.

I have a training schedule which I will start next week. I know some people would say I don't need five months to train. Oh yes I do. I still weigh 242 lbs and get winded climbing the stairs. I have been riding my bike to work for a month now, but I need more.

I still haven't decided what charity I want to compete for. I know I don't need to do it for charity, but someone should benefit from my hard work. I have been studying about triathlons and how to train for them. Now it is time to put that into action.

Now, the fun part while I train. I need to go shopping. I need running gear, swimming gear and I hope to upgrade my bike. I am riding a seven speed mountain bike. It does what I need it to do for now though. I might just rent a good racing bike when I need to.

The training schedule I decided to follow is a ten week training program for beginners. I am a beginner, but I know I need the five full months to train. My training schedule will consist of swimming, riding and running. Sometimes just one a day and other time two a day. I will start out running three miles and will go up to six miles over time. I start riding eight miles and go up to riding 30 miles. Those are the easy ones. And what I mean by easy is that I have a bike to ride and streets to run on. But, there are no pools open this time of year to fit my two the three swims a week in. I have a pool at home, but it is only 20 ft long. I will have to figure something out.

So, please wish me luck and I will update when things start happening. Thanks.

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The Times, They are a Changin.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Everyone knows that times change. Sometime for the better; sometimes not. But I am not talking about times in general.

Over the past two weeks I have found that I am not having enough time in the morning to get my exercise in. I would get up, do my first thing in the morning stuff, and then have twenty to thirty minutes to get in my exercise. This did all start when I started leaving earlier to get to work. I have to leave earlier because I ride my bike now and leave the car behind.

I guess I could take the car, but I am having such a blast riding my bike, I don't want to do that. So, the times, they are a changin. To give myself enough time to exercise in the morning, I have set the alarm for 4:45am instead of 5am. And, now that I am getting up earlier, I must go to bed earlier. So, now it is off to bed no later than 9:30pm.

Wow. This is quite a change for me. Day #1 has been a success. I got up when the alarm went off at 4:45 and was exercising by 5:05am. I was able to get my 45 minutes in before I had to start getting ready for work and I felt great.

I sure am looking forward to day #2. I hope it goes as well. Everyone have a great day and Happy Trails.

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KBEHUNE 9/20/2010 3:20PM

    Congrats to you! I envy you being able to get up that early--I am definitely not a morning person.

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