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STOP! READ! RECOMMIT!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

No matter where you are in the journey, STOP for 60 SECONDS, and recommit to become better than you ever have before!










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GABY1948 8/31/2014 8:16AM

    emoticon inspiration and I just did it!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/31/2014 7:28AM

    Each and every day!

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TORTISE110 8/31/2014 6:12AM

    Absolutely, will do!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/31/2014 12:32AM

    I AM doing it!

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SPEDED2 8/30/2014 10:47PM

    Thanks! Causes me to think and get into action. Great quotes!

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PLEEEZE!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm tired of reading, "I'm taking the weekend off!" "I'm going to take a break!"
I wouldn't say it if I didn't care!



Stay Focused! You want to realize your goals!



Give it everything you got...then a little more!



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SPEDED2 8/30/2014 10:47PM

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JOYINKY 8/30/2014 9:10AM

    emoticon If it's your LIFEstyle; there is no getting off!

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MOBYCARP 8/29/2014 8:33PM

    I think I'll take the weekend off. It will be a great opportunity to get in a long run on Saturday, and a shorter run on Sunday, and use the Monday rest day to trim the hedges and mow the lawn. And of course I'll eat to plan, because that's part of how I manage to feel good enough to enjoy running and tolerate mowing the lawn!

Tuesday will be soon enough to get back to the serious mouse clicks, keystrokes, and phone calls of paid work.

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SUSANNAH31 8/29/2014 7:32PM

    This is great advice for all of us.
Thanks for the reminder.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/29/2014 3:25PM

    Glad ONEKIDSMOM pointed me to this blog. Really good one, Monty!!

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LJCANNON 8/29/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon Love These Quotes!!

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PRESBESS 8/29/2014 2:25PM

    Great blog. I love your salutation. It needs to be on a billboard for all to see. Enjoy your weekend.


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DEBBYFROMMT 8/29/2014 11:58AM

    Got 4 miles in. Thanks for inspiring me!

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 11:07AM

    I came here on Barb's recommendation! I'm so glad I did! You are so right! This is my LIFESTYLE...there IS no break from life...or shouldn't be. Besides this always feels better than those "breaks" ever make us feel!

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2014 10:24AM

    Dang! I'm very happy to read all these great comments! I got me some serious POSITIVE WAVES and Rock Stars going here!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/29/2014 10:07AM

    The only way I have had any success is to bring sustained effort to every day. That doesn't mean running myself ragged to the point of exhaustion, it means paying attention to the details of what I'm eating and how much I'm moving each and every day. There is no such thing as a day off because as long as I'm eating, I'm watching and as long as I'm putting in calories, some have to go out.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/29/2014 9:26AM

    Woo hoo! Great advice!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/29/2014 8:47AM

    You are right. I was going to take the day off, but I'll get a few miles in instead!

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SANDICANE 8/29/2014 8:35AM

    I certainly couldn't agree more. Would an alcoholic in recovery say "I'm taking the weekend off????" Not a chance.

That's why my Monday weigh in's have been such a blessing for me to keep on track and eat on-plan ALL WEEKEND LONG!!

Thanks for the blog...nice to have the reminder...



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NELLJONES 8/29/2014 8:01AM

    For me "taking a break" means lobster instead of tuna. Once I wrapped my mind around the idea that what I was doing was forever, I learned to redefine "break" and "treat" so that I am always within the parameters of my plan even if the selections are more special.

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2014 8:01AM

    Came over from ONEKIDSMOM and yup . . . . it's about MORE. And keeping on keeping on . .. persistence.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/29/2014 7:45AM

    emoticon There are no breaks. This is YOUR life! This is MY life!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/29/2014 7:38AM

  Thanks for this....I need reminding every weekend!

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Courage to Tri Report AND Reality Check!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When I crossed the Finish Line, I realized how fitting this Triathlon name truly was!

Once again, DSSECRETS created a fantastic photographic story of this race and I am so thankful for her effort!
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We arrived around 5:30am with more than enough time for me to get situated & relaxed.
After completing my transition area, I went over to say hey to our bike mechanic who volunteered his time for this Tri! Team Outspokin rocks!


Met with my TriBuds and shook out the nerves with idle conversation. Then it was time to go to the beach shore...


Finally, my swim wave hit the 88 degree Gulf waters!


When I got to the first race buoy, I started to feel cramps in my toes, then a minor cramp in my calf. I knew this would be a slow swim. My head wasn't in the right place and I suffered for it! I was totally relieved when I finally left the water!


I made it to Transition (T1), got to my bike, and I was off on a ride taking me over the "Three B!^@^#$...uh Bridges!"


I must say this was the highlight leg for me. I stayed focused, geared well through the course WITH the bridges, and enjoyed the ride. I came into dismount fine.


As soon as I got off my bike, I know I heard my calf scream out for a second! I knew I had to keep moving...


I started my run, focused on finishing!


After running on the beach sand and sand train, I was feeling it. At the halfway mark, I felt relieved to see DSSECRETS and put up a smile...


I thought about nothing but focus on the finish! I was so relieved to hit the Finish Chute!


I have to tell you that I was truly dazed for a few seconds and felt like I was sleep walking! Please bear with me 'cause I'm going to show you what I noticed in DSSECRETS photos!

That first step off my bike going into T2?


At the halfway mark, AFTER I passed D taking my photo, I immediately dropped my head and started slumping my shoulders!


I came to a U-Turn, passed her again with a smile...


Then after I passed her...


No question, it was the biggest challenge in all of the 3 years & 8 months of 60+ races. My first Half in 2012 was a breeze compared to this. A true tell? I never get post-race massages. Another TriFriend saw me hurting & told me they were rolling out muscles...


After going through most of the incredible photos D had shot, I started to feel a little down. Then I saw these....


Rob and Brad, my TriBros, had waited for me to finish long after they crossed the finish line!


My sponsor, and owner of Outspokin Bicycles, Val! She is simply the best. All she had to say was that she was proud of me! Best medal I could have received!


After multiple bottles of water, I hit the oranges! In 1980, I was gravely ill. Oranges gave me the nourishment, comfort, and strength I needed!


These two guys lost 115 & 100 pounds respectively! Casey (29) & I (64) bonded strong last year after we shared our life's rock bottoms! So we had to get this shot on film. The dialog?

Casey... "Remember when we used to throw these down!"
Monty..."A dozen at a time!"
I took one bite, felt like someone hit me in the mouth with a solid bar of sugar, and was afraid I would OD! I threw the rest away after this bite.
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Today we are Triathletes! I'm so happy for both of us!

I shared the good, the bad, and the ugly! I thought about the Triathletes on the course who had much larger challenges compared to me. I realized a strength inside I hadn't really thought of testing!
I'm not going to sugarcoat the journey. BUT I will tell you that every step is worth it!

So! I take lessons learned, and I move on to the Tarpon Springs Triathlon in less that two weeks. I am stronger because of this experience, more positive that ever, and blessed to have my wife & friends in my "Tower of Power!"

Rock on!
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Thanks for your patience, kindness, and support!
Much Love...
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TATERCAT 8/28/2014 11:20AM

    You are an amazing man, and I am so proud to 'know' you. Thank you for sharing what you went through.
Will be thinking of you during the next Tri!

Tri on, Monty!!

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DSSECRETS 8/27/2014 7:55PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2014 9:26PM

    Dude, you are brave, facing that first bite... I won't even take the first bite... I know better. Nice hat, by the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon Good job duking it through a tough race day!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 8/26/2014 8:55PM

    WOW! You are amazing!
Great Pictures.
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MARGARITTM 8/26/2014 7:26PM

    nice job and nice report

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/26/2014 7:19PM

    well done considering everything

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/26/2014 4:32PM

    Wow, Monty, what an awesome pictorial of a hard and well run race. Your endurance was only exceeded by your finishing smile!

Rock on indeed!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2014 3:43PM

    Thanks for sharing it all, Monty. Good to know that it wasn't just all a breeze for you but that you put your mind and your body to it and achieved. Good going!! Another great race report! Best wishes in the Tarpon Springs Tri. You rock!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/26/2014 1:47PM

    Those pictures with the head down document your journey - nothing wrong with that!

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KRISZTA11 8/26/2014 1:25PM

    Congrats to the race!
Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures, you look great.
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KERRYG155 8/26/2014 12:43PM

    Congrats on finishing! The pictures are a great way of learning what was done right and not so right. Keep taking care of that leg so you can feel better next time.

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2014 9:56AM

    You look strong!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/26/2014 9:51AM

    D took some fantastic pictures! I like the pictures through the fence in your last blog. You are looking so fit! You look like you are having fun.

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2014 Top Gun Triathlon

Monday, August 11, 2014

I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, and Rob, my training bud, with me.

I gave D my smartphone and she shot all the photos here. She did a fab job!
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Arrived at the Race Site in Ft DeSoto at 5:45am...a bit late for my preference!
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Went straight to transition and got my gear & my thoughts together...


Then Sis & D shouted at me through the fence!

I was so glad my family was with me!

We all headed to the beach where the swim waves were getting ready to rock!

Pre-Tri Photo Op!

Rob instilled confidence and my focus on last year's first. Totally different vibe this year! Love this guy!

My wave went off, I hit the water, and...

I survived with so much more post-swim energy! Training works! That's my Sis, Linnie, to my right, cheering me on!
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We had to run quite a distance back to Transition (T1), then off on the Bike...


After an easy ride, made a good transition, was out of T2 and on the run...still smiling!


Have to admit, with a race bib issue and the heat, it wasn't my best run. We ran in the sun for a 1 1/2 miles then returned through the sand by the beach. During the beach run, I did catch up to a woman who was struggling a bit. We ran in together. I told her to take a good breath, get herself together, look pretty, and sprint through the finish! She did that asI followed her across the finish line! When you have so many to thank for getting you to goals and beyond...you pay it forward! THAT was my medal!



At the finish line, returned my time chip and I ran into my Physical Therapy Doctor, Eric. This is the man who suggested I do Triathlons and less Half Marathons. He also suggested I check out entry level Scott Tri bikes. (we both ride and love them now!)
He did my 1st Top Gun with me last year as well. This year, he volunteered. He always tells me how excited he is about how far I've traveled as an athlete this past year.

He took my wet cloth I got at the last run water stop, soaked it in ice cold water then gave it back to me.

Yes, we had a moment and, in an instant, shared the last year together. Amazing how emotional you get when you're physically spent! These are the people I have in my life and they are all amazing!

Finally, I got to see Swim Coach Leo, who conducts our Tuesday Night Open Water Swim Training. He is also on Outspokin Triathlon Team and We will do the Longleaf Triathlon together in October!
He was at the Swim Start for every wave earlier, giving good tips and instilling confidence to all! Now, it was more than appropriate to thank him for his guidance!

I couldn't have a better Coach!
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I learned a lot at this year's Top Gun, had another great learning experience, and can't wait to do it again next year! Now, it's time to get ready for the Courage to Tri on August 23 at Sand Key! Woo Hoo!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my report!
Much love...
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/25/2014 9:29AM

    I don't know how I missed this blog! I thought I was subscribed to your blogs. I guess if you miss one you have to re-subscribe. Great pics! Dang you're looking good!

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DEB9021 8/16/2014 10:02AM

    Sounds like a beautiful day! I would like to become a better swimmer, and try a tri. I love the water, but here in the land of lakes, I am more a a floater and dog paddler. Can be out in the water forever, but my favorite strokes are the back stroke or a lazy butterfly. Need to learn to breath through the crawl so I could actually cover some distance. But I enjoy planning my long runs to end at the nearby outdoor swimming pool or lake--both make perfect finish lines! :-)

I am doing my first half next weekend, and am already thinking about next summer's new goal. Perhaps a tri, a long trail run, or an obstacle run. Need something in mind to keep me schlepping through the winter snows. I enjoyed the cold and snowy runs last year, but had to really shorten my distances, so I sort of thought of it as keeping in shape for a summer goal than really making any new progress.

But let's not jump to winter yet ... The weather here suddenly turned to awesome fall temps. Perfect jogging weather!

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NATPLUMMER 8/12/2014 9:42AM

    Awesome!!

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KPETSCHE 8/12/2014 2:58AM

    Thanks for the amazing race report Monty! You rock!!!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/11/2014 8:35PM

    congrats.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/11/2014 8:06PM

    I look forward to every single race report... you are a man on a mission to make the most of LIFE! My hat's off to you, the pay it forward champ! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/11/2014 7:44PM

    Another great job, Monty, on both the triathlon and on the blog!! Thanks.

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    Great job!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/11/2014 6:50PM

    Well done!

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Geeking on The Run!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I've been reading over several running forums. I found a recurring theme of Personal Records (PR) & Personal Bests (PB) which made me think.
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I've now done enough Triathlons to try to compare my times The swim depended on the day's conditions. They've either been choppy and calm. The bike distance for a Sprint can range from 400 to 750 meters The run can always vary in distance from the fixed 3.1 miles and in altitude. So, I look at my performance relatively.
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I always forget, it's the same in any distance running race to a degree. The courses are never the exact distance due to a runner's path. Throw in variations of altitude, U-Turns, road composition, and weather conditions, and that finish time can mess your head!
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Did you know each certified course is measured on its shortest possible route, called the route line, or tangent? The goal is to produce road race courses of accurately measured distances. I've run the same course almost tangent perfect and almost lazily! Obviously my distance varies and so does my time.
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I love running in Safety Harbor here in Pinellas County. I have no idea what it is but I'm going to do a 5K in 28 or less when I let myself go and not pace myself. I've done PBs in my 5Ks as well as my Half Marathons. I really love running the area.
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Now I'm not concerned as much about my Personal Records but more my Personal Best at a certain event. I know I'm better when I run free. I know I need to train well. I step up my pace in all distances and keep on pace or a hair below during run training.
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But now, I keep a smile on my face and just run free at races. I never get bummed out anymore if my time isn't what I wanted. I just review the race and see where I need to improve. Normally, it's incident related. I just don't be come obsessed with speed anymore. I look at the challenge instead.
It's funny, I shared my thoughts after Run Club over beers last night. A Tri Bud of mine who is a great biker told me I might be more dangerous now. I said, "I still have to swim and bike!"
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I like the perspective of this World Class Olympic long-distance runner hero of mine....



I prefer to focus on how wonderful my life is!

Much love...
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SLENDERELLA61 8/10/2014 8:42PM

    Thanks, Monty! Great blog. Great perspective.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/9/2014 8:04PM

    You are doing so good in your journey. I just want the fall to get here sooner rather than later.

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KRISZTA11 8/9/2014 4:16PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/9/2014 4:04PM

    I had PRs in most of my races two year ago. Now I'm 2 year older (and 2 years slower) so I don't even try to PR. My only desire is to finish strong!

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KERRYG155 8/9/2014 12:58PM

    Love the way you put everything into perspective. My favorite run was when I was able to straighten my back, pull my shoulders back and felt like I was 'flying' through the course and past others. Now my goal is just to heal and manage to do a 5K.
Keep up the good work with the races and being so great with encouraging others.

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I totally agree with you..

I miss living in Safety Harbor!!!
I loved walking out my door and having the perfect running trail right before me.

Happy Trails!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/9/2014 6:01AM

    A great perspective, and one I can be totally on board with! emoticon

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GHK1962 8/8/2014 11:01PM

    Sometimes I wish Spark would let me hit he 'Like' button more than once.

I've done a few duatholons...and will be training for my first Tri next season ... and have run a lot of 5Ks this year ... and in the beginning it was about my time and getting faster. But it's interesting that within the span of less than a year (which is the total time I've been running or doing Du's), I've stopped worrying about my time and decided to just feel good that I am doing them. I find myself looking around as I run ... concentrating on breathing and form as I pedal .... and making friends at these events.

Tri's / Du's / Runs / Bike events ... they are GREAT for keeping in physical shape ...but they are also sooo much greater for the mental well being too.

I really, REALLY liked this blog you did. Thank you.

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