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Thursday, August 23, 2012

As I write this, I am rapidly approaching my 43rd birthday (August 28th). For most of us, the looming specter of our forties is the kiss of death to any illusions of youth, vitality, and for some, hope for change. Everywhere blogs abound speaking of the urgency of accomplishing this or that before I hit the dreaded 40 as if at the stroke of midnight, the death angel will come and steal away all hopes and dreams with a single blow.

At 38, I was in the same boat.

Here I am 5 years later on top of the world. It has taken dedication and a commitment to cause that borders on fanaticism. When I was in the Air Force, I worked the flight line. How awesome it was to watch the FB-111 take off in full afterburner. Your chest would shake from the roar, the brilliant purple flame rocketing it's passengers to thousands of feet within seconds. Then they would have to refuel right away..... Wow, how come? It takes far less fuel to maintain altitude than it does to break the bonds of gravity.

It seems as if our forties is a time of reckoning with the years of careless, excuse filled living. One day we wake up and what we see in the mirror scares us. Like the fighter jet, to break the bonds that holds us down, will require maximum single minded effort. I found in my journey it isn't perfection that gets you there, it is the hard core, Hell or high water, never quit no matter what attitude that wins. I have screwed up so bad sometimes one would wonder if I was even trying but I never gave up....still don't.

I guess all of this train of thought came about because I was searching my own heart for something to be thankful for. I look back and I realize that I have beaten the odds. It wasn't a random, gosh you are sure lucky sort of occurrence. It happened because although discouraged, I never quit. I love what I do too much. It is this love for the bike, then the run, then ultimately the swim that has given me so much focus.

I have OWNED my forties. These are the best years of my life...ever. I am in the best shape of my life, don't let the spare tire fool you. I am a work in progress for sure but I am a champion, a warrior for my age group.

Friday, I finished a 53 mile ride in 3 hrs 30 min with a max speed at almost 36 mph average of 15. Just yesterday, after work, I decided to go for a ride. What started as a simple ride turned into the final two legs of an Olympic distance triathlon. On a wild hair I just went with the flow and did 26+miles on the bike then transitioned to a 10k run....insane right?? Today, I felt great at work. For sure I am taking today off but I mean who does stuff like that just for fun???

I do.

I did it because it flies in the face of my past where I had chest pains and wheezed just climbing stairs. I did it because I celebrate my freedom by pushing my limits, it's just in me to do it. I can get like that, leap without looking, just do it. I dunno, sometimes I just gotta.

I guess for me, being in my forties means being old enough to know better but still young enough to do it anyway...

I digress. I'm really not some dude with a chip on his shoulder or something to prove ...except...to himself.

I will never recapture the wasted years of my thirties. I refer to them as the lost decade. However, this one thing I will do, I will never quit, never give up, and never lay my sword down. I will never accept someone else's standard for my life, neither will I accept any less out of myself than the very best I can do. Life is too short to do any less.

This is the very heart of what it is to be an Ironman...

The essence of I WILL.
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TRYINGHARD54 8/26/2012 7:53AM

    Great blog.

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SOAVEZEFIRETTO 8/26/2012 6:48AM

    Thanks for sharing this blog! I turned 38 this week, so I really needed to hear this. emoticon

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THETROUT 8/26/2012 6:42AM

    Thanks for the encouragement to never give up.

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PATTOMMC3 8/26/2012 6:02AM

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READE2MOVE2012 8/26/2012 5:28AM

  Age iButs just a number. At 48, I did not want to go into my 50's fat and out of shape and I did not. However, I did not know that it is work to keep from going back. Now at 66 I will not go into my 70's weighing 300+.

However, I am fully aware that in the end taking the weight off will seem like a walk in the park compared to the maintenance of weight loss.

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POORGIRL_DIET 8/26/2012 2:41AM

    Fantastic I am heading to my 40's and they say life begins. It would want to be much better than my 30'. But you have given me determination that you don't have to be in your teens or your 20' to achieve anything. emoticon emoticon

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SILLYLILME 8/26/2012 2:39AM

  You are so amazingly inspirational. Pushing ourselves harder every day to prove to ourselves that we can do it...thats what keeps me going. Keep up the awesome work.

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THINNYGINNY 8/25/2012 6:33PM

    And aren't you so glad, so grateful that you reclaimed your life?? That is how I feel these days - grateful that something inside me rose up and took over and steered me in a new direction...I love reading your blogs and hearing your exploits!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/25/2012 2:55PM

    emoticon you rock! Great job making NOW the best time of your life!! emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/25/2012 2:10PM

    Great blog ... from someone soon to be 60.

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FORBANDE 8/25/2012 10:41AM

    Awesome! And yes, you WILL.

I LOVE how you are LIVING and OWNING life now, not when "you lose the spare tire" or some other time and goal.

I'm just about to topple over to the 40's and am looking forward to it. And reading blogs like this confirm I'm doing it right.

Have an awesome weekend!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/25/2012 8:12AM

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2012 12:57AM

    I think the 40s decade is when we just start to 'get it' - hardly the 'kiss of death' but it sounds kind-of cute to hear you kids talk like that, haha!
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SPIRIT42013 8/24/2012 7:58PM

    I celebrate with you! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 8/24/2012 5:32PM

    It's only a number! I'll be 69 in a month and I've never been happier or healthier. You're doing great, and you and your wife are setting a wonderful example for your children.

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NANHBH 8/24/2012 5:17PM

    Dude,

I'm 59 going on 60 and I'm going to participate in my first triathlon sprint this weekend. So if you think 40s is old, just wait!

With that "I WILL" attitude, you will be doing Ironman competitions well into your senior years! You are such an inspiration to us. Keep up the good work!
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BECCA315 8/24/2012 3:27PM

    From a 50-yr-old who knows the best is still ahead of you: emoticon

Becca

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FUNFROG79 8/24/2012 3:04PM

    Kick ass! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2012 1:33PM

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YOU WILL succeed!
YOU WILL schieve!
YOU WILL accomplish!
YOU WILL triumph!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/24/2012 12:55PM

    You still have many many good years ahead of you - What you described as the specter of your 40s - I had that with my 50s last year....But that was the year I PR'ed in my 5K, 10K, and half. 50s are great.

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LINDAKAY228 8/24/2012 12:44PM

    Great blog! I am 57, and it wasn't until 3 years ago that I really started to pursue goals, exercise, lost some weight (I still have some to go) and begin to really live. I wish in some ways that I could go back and do over all the years I wasted and yet there are some things about them I wouldn't want to go through again LOL! But I think as we grow older we learn to be ourselves, find our goals, pursue them, and appreciate the pleasures that those goals bring. Happy Birthday a few days early! The best is yet to come!

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LOSING4LASTTIME 8/24/2012 11:12AM

    You are awesome!!!! Great blog!


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OSUBUCKI101 8/24/2012 10:13AM

    In support of your wonderful blog and your "I Will" attitude, I wanted to share the attached video with you. It was from Pelotonia last year - a huge fundraising bike ride for cancer in Columbus, OH and your message is similar yet still different. There are many reasons why to say "I WILL". Great job!

http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=Ou0IuX0GwzY


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LTMURPHY7 8/24/2012 10:06AM

 

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FRACKTHATNOISE 8/24/2012 9:55AM

    There are no more powerful words than "I will" and "I can."

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/24/2012 9:32AM

    Thank you. I look forward to you blogs with such hope and come away from them truly uplifted and inspired.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/24/2012 9:31AM

    I love your positive attitude! You can achieve anything you want with it. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 8/24/2012 9:27AM

  AWESOME!!! Great Blog!!! You have come along ways. You do have a Heart of a IRONMAN.This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY early.

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REGILIEH 8/24/2012 8:20AM

    WTG!!!!

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KMSIMMONS1 8/24/2012 7:19AM

  Thanks for blogging Spark buddy! Gave me an added kick out the door this morning! Love your writing. emoticon

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KDYLOSE 8/24/2012 6:50AM

    You are just a spring chicken! I had my daughter at 38 and remarried at 49. There's still so many good years ahead....

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LIV2RIDE 8/24/2012 6:40AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! emoticon emoticon I also turned 43 this year (August 13) and I feel amazing! I didn't have the same journey as you but understand what you mean about lost years. I'm now more healthy than I have ever been and going strong. Keep it up! You will ROCK your 40s.

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SWEDE_SU 8/24/2012 6:32AM

    awesome and inspirational! my 40s started off fine, but i started down the slippery slope as i approached 50. in my 50s, i had many ups and downs, including training for and running two half marathons at 55. now, at 60, i can probably say i am in the best shape of my life, and back to the same weight as... my 20s! own those 40s, and keep going - own those 50s and 60s too - it's all a gift!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/24/2012 2:45AM

    wow i am older than you love.should i get depressed ?NO i am just going to do what ou did before you were forty ,before i am 50 lol.i have 2 and 1" years to get into shape before the great 50.i wont say to get in the best shape of my life as it would be hard to beat my early fitness when i did high jump and long jump for my land and also competed in dancing etc in the uk and european championships,that is behind me but i can be in the best shape possible for now,my age and threemkids and 6 pregnancys later lol.thanks for the reminder robert.i know i will get there in the end and hopefully in the next 2.5 years.just like i know you will get to eaxactly where you want to be.keep on keeping on love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEENANATAF 8/24/2012 2:42AM

    Great. Great. Great.

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WORDGIRL830 8/24/2012 1:22AM

    Happy early birthday! It's so interesting that you talked about age 38; that's what I will turn two days after your birthday, August 30, Lord wlling. I want to be like you when I grow up. Have a great day!

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-STARRYEYED- 8/23/2012 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks again for another great blog! And early emoticon !!

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LINDAK25 8/23/2012 10:35PM

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Here's an early Happy Birthday!

I bet you could find some things that happened in your 30's that were good, but maybe the best is that you know you don't want to go back there. Been there, done that, don't ever want to do that again. So now you use that to motivate you. I know that's what I do. Whenever I start feeling bad or have doubts about myself, I think about what it was like before. I'm not EVER falling back into that abyss. I know you do that, too.

Take care of yourself.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/23/2012 10:20PM

    I am 43.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/23/2012 9:56PM

    You are an absolute inspiration! Excellent! Amazing! Keep moving!

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TERID816 8/23/2012 9:56PM

    I won't say my 40s were wasted years...just less focused on what is important to me now. As always, I enjoyed reading your blog. Don't think I will ever be a triathlete, just being able to run will be sufficient for me, but I admire that potential in others. emoticon

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VIRGINIAGRETA 8/23/2012 9:44PM

    Well, my fellow Virgo, I have to say I know exactly where this blog is coming from. My 43rd birthday is exactly 6 days after yours. This morning I went for a 3.5 mile run and then decided to swim a 1/4 mile. 10 years ago, you could never have convinced me that I would be running two half marathons this year and that this morning's workout would be a "light day.'
I constantly have people tell me they can't believe I am over 40. I say Let's keep making 40 something look good and feel great!


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KEIPONY 8/23/2012 9:39PM

    Have a wonderful birthday!!

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BRITCHES82 8/23/2012 8:49PM

    This was an amazing blog! Thank you for sharing!!! I feel the same way about my twenties...that they are my lost decade. I felt like I must have slept through half of it at least... in reality... I was being a mom and that was it. Now my kids are a bit older and I am focusing on me. Thanks for sharing your words of inspiration and wisdom!

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GOING-STRONG 8/23/2012 8:47PM

    Well spoken from a true Ironman! Do you by any chance follow Peter Shankman on Facebook? He trained a long time to be able to do an Ironman and now has the medal in the bag. Check it out when you have a chance.

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