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Major fitness milestone..

Monday, July 04, 2011

While on vacation over this weekend, my eating was really good. I was focused on eating right and went for a 10K run Saturday as more of an insurance policy against any dietary boo boos but over all I did really well.

The big accomplishment however, was Sunday. I went cycling after I got back home. To date, my cycling distance record was set a couple of years ago. That was 31 miles and it took all that I had to do that. Since I started running, I never really made any move to challenge that record, until today.

I have recently been hitting 24-28 miles on a regular basis and felt really good afterward so I knew I was fully capable of doing more, just never went after it.

In short, I pushed out 61 miles in 5 hrs and 13 min and could have gone to 70+ if I pushed but I wasn't going to go there. I still have a marathon to train for and dont want to take any un-necessary risks.

The thing I found so amazing and validating was that this time is actually well within the cutoff time for a Half Ironman. WOW... not bad for a fluffy guy who still has about 80 lbs to lose before he is really at what I would consider a competitive racing weight.

... Bumblebees aren't supposed to fly either....

The Half cutoff is usually around 5.5 hrs for 56 miles.

I guess the moral of the story is dont wait until you are ideal before you start chasing your dreams. I am going to train and lose weight until my Half Ironman dream is a reality.

I am not waiting. I feel that if I lose enough weight while maintaining a level of endurance, the Tri will happen for me. I am very rough around the edges, uneducated and somewhat ignorant when it comes to the finer points of endurance endeavors but I have alot of heart and am motivated. I will learn, I will bloody my nose, I will stub my toe along the way and that is the price that is exacted.... I dont care.

Im tired of having lived a life filled with all of the things i CANT do. I want to live it and know what i CAN do if I train hard and commit.

**MY GARMIN AT MILE 61**


** Garmin at mile 50 **


The big difference is that I could have trimmed my time up quite a bit. I was pushing to get that time at mile 50 then backed off and relaxed. I then realized as i was slowly spinning along that I could actually hit Half Ironman distance which I guesstimated to be about 56-57 miles so I kicked it back into gear and pushed it out. Then once I broke 56 (i did hit my lap timer at 56) i slowed down to enjoy the rest of the ride and to see where I would wind up mileage wise. i dont have my laptime handy because the watch is in the truck and i dont really feel like going out to get it... imagine that.... but i will post it later after some rest and Ibuprofen ...lol....

BTW-- Polar HRM avg hr 121, max 156 , calories 3850... yowza!


***CORRECTION******

The Half Ironman cutoff time is 4hrs 30 min depending on the event.... The time I cycled did NOT make cutoff time but still was darn close.
MY TIME WAS 56 miles in 4 hrs 48 min 21 sec ---18 min 21 sec past cutoff...
- not a bad piece of work for someone who was not racing or initially trying to make it though :)

***CORRECTION******
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IMSMILEY88 8/1/2011 10:46PM

    That is SO wonderful! And, I guess you ride on your own? My longest ride has been 20 miles...but it was around & around my neighborhood & really boring. I'm not sure I could ride that long/far on my own!

Great job!

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ASIAMORA 7/12/2011 9:02AM

    So cool!!! I'm thinking about doing a tri myself... not at that distance, just a sprint. You so can get your dreams. Don't let anything stop you.

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WANNABFIT34 7/11/2011 12:30AM

    Rock it out man chase your dreams! Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today cause you never know when you might get hit by a bus lol!!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 7/8/2011 1:27PM

    Oh, how I would LOVE a 5 hour bike ride!!! And I'm LOVING the amount of calories burned, wow! I'm so jealous!

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CARROT143 7/8/2011 10:31AM

    That is wonderful my friend - you are amazing and can achieve ANYTHING you put your mind to...I am always inspired to walk and bike and move more after I read your blogs.

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MIQUEY73 7/7/2011 11:00PM

    Totally emoticon !

I laughed at your comment about the bumblebee. :) I love riding my bicycle and dream of riding long distance. I know I can do 11 miles, probably could have done more but I didn't want to be too long. I'll have to push myself next time. I'm thinking this Saturday. Thanks for inspiring me to get back out there!

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IMIN2GENES 7/6/2011 9:12PM

    Awesome! You are totally going to make that Tri soon!
Chris
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MDBUTTERFLY 7/5/2011 9:55PM

    Holy crap Robert!!!!
You always...ALWAYS...inspire me! You do have a ton of heart and you can do this!!!
HUGS my friend =)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/5/2011 6:28PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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DAISYTERRI 7/5/2011 11:43AM

    Congrats!!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!!

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CAZADORES 7/5/2011 5:51AM

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Well done!

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2WHEELER 7/4/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon Way to go!! You're going to break that HM time!

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DAD2GETFIT 7/4/2011 7:23PM

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LAURIE5658 7/4/2011 4:34PM

    Robert, simply said...

RAWK!!!!!!!

A
nd I mean that!

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MOMONTHERUN1 7/4/2011 4:20PM

    A*W*E*S*O*M*E!!!!!! 60 miles woo hoo! I agree with Jan. You need to start swimming and then you can do a triathlon!! You go with your bad self - I am in awe and inspired to ride my bike more now!!

Lianne

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LUVMYK9S 7/4/2011 4:14PM

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You are such an inspiration and motivator! AWESOME accomplishment!
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ABSOLUTZER0 7/4/2011 3:47PM

    YOU KILLED IT!!! Totally amazing! You are going to get that Half Ironman and also an Ironman! Like I said, don't forget to tell me about it. I would like to be there and help out as much as possible! Keep it up!

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KAMAPERRY 7/4/2011 2:07PM

    Go. Robert, Go, Robert, Go, ROBERT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAMROLA 7/4/2011 12:22PM

    You continue to be an inspiration to me! The power of believing in yourself is clear--carpe diem!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/4/2011 11:16AM

    Great job.

Love this ... "I guess the moral of the story is dont wait until you are ideal before you start chasing your dreams."



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BLUEROSE73 7/4/2011 10:48AM

    Way to go. That is a great accomplishment. I can't wait to hear about your HIM success. It'll happen sooner than you think!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/4/2011 10:27AM

    Robert, you never seize to amaze me. Now we just have to get you in the pool and have you do some bricks and by next summer you should be good to go ... HIM. Good job on the bike. You may want to consider a lighter bike than a mountain bike for the HIM. We'll talk.

You are one heck of a guy!!! What HIM are you planning to do? Perhaps I will come and do it with you.



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JENJESS48 7/4/2011 10:20AM

    Wow, what an accomplishment! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2011 10:04AM

    That is awesome! I bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail most summers about 50 miles - and I do it SLOWLY with lots of stops and end up in tremendous pain! You must be in fantastic shape, no matter what your weight is.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/4/2011 9:59AM

    Robert, you are such a success emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/4/2011 9:58AM

    Great job! You are inspiring me to try and push my distance!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/4/2011 9:34AM

    Robert I am so darned proud of you i could BUST!!! thats FANTASTIC!! you are doing it..you are THE MAN!!

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FUZZYMOTO 7/4/2011 9:31AM

    Dude, after reading a lot of your posts, I thought that you were already training for the Ironman. I guess you may have been headed that way yourself, deep down, because you show all of us that you are capable of doing it. Sure you will need to train more but you can do it. We believe in you. emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 7/4/2011 9:25AM

    Wow, awesome job! Good for you!

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DRB13_1 7/4/2011 9:21AM

    emoticon Your dreams are blossoming like a flower - the more you do, the more you see you are capable of achieving.
So extremely proud of you!
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OWENSAUNT1 7/4/2011 9:12AM

    Go for it! You WILL surprise yourself with your abilities (just like you did today!) We are capable of so much more than we let ourselves believe.

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ERLYWA 7/4/2011 8:45AM

    That is absolutely incredible!! I can't wait for the day that we all get to read your report after completing the Half Ironman. That dream WILL become a reality for you, given the heart and grit and determination that you demonstrate all the time with your training. Way to go!

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ELYMWX 7/4/2011 8:09AM

    Great ride, Robert!

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LOGOULD 7/4/2011 7:48AM

    You NEVER cease to amaze me! You have more drive and determination than anyone I know! WAY TO GO ROBERT! You are already an Ironman in my books!

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EDWINA172 7/4/2011 6:58AM

    Yay! Awesome Robert! I love how you think! Be proud.

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TRUE-NESS 7/4/2011 6:40AM

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RUN4FOOD 7/4/2011 6:12AM

    Congratulations. Great ride. Did the Tour de France inspire you? Glad to hear you are back at it. There is no doubt with your present attitude you will be able to complete your marathon and your half ironman.
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SKYRUNHER 7/4/2011 5:08AM

    Go Bumblebee Go!!!! This post is way to cool for words! I think this is awesome and I find you inspiring!

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MUSICMAKER4GOD 7/4/2011 3:07AM

    Good for you sir, you are awesome. You helped to inspire me to begin training for either a 5k or a 10k, depending on which one I am ready for. Why wait until we are at goal weight to start living when we can start living today. Maybe one day we will be in a race together. Here's to living in the here and now.

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EUPHRATES 7/4/2011 2:29AM

    Good for you!

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BECOMESTRONGER 7/4/2011 1:47AM

    You totally rock! Go for that half Ironman!

My new mantra: THERE ARE NO DO-OVERS IN LIFE.

So live that dream and go for the gold! You have nothing to lose.

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