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I Want To Be That Other Guy.


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Sunday, September 30, 2012

I went for a ride after work on Friday. In a word, simply epic. The path to get to such a place was tough though. I went home knowing that such beautiful days with perfect temps and conditions are going to be few and far between, especially when you lose alot of them working on the off shifts. In spite of my desire to go, i was coming up with every excuse in the world why i couldnt go.

It isnt as simple as just hopping on and going, i have to drive to an area where the road conditions are suitable for a racing bike...ie pot holes, debris, wide shoulder to safely ride etc...

As the number of things i had to do to make this happen mounted, so did the internal resistance, mental bargaining, and exercise promissory notes (ever write yourself any of those?) I finally dragged myself out there....reluctantly.

With my gear and fuel on board, i clipped in and went.

Awkward, unfamiliar, estranged. No woo hoo, just dutifully cranking. My internal environment, uncooperative. Some things you do because you want to, others because if you dont, the opportunity to do so will be lost. I went because I knew I needed to, not because I felt like it. After all, the good weather days up here will be few and far between and will become unpredictable.

Then after a few miles I came face to face with the REAL reason why I do what I do.

It's because of the other guy.

The other guy is who I become when I am engaged in endurance sports. Something happens to me while I'm out there. In ''real life'' I'm a procrastinator, sometimes hairbrained, awkward at times and totally without confidence when it comes to home improvement. Heck, I can't even commit to mowing the lawn until I have to don a safari hat....well it sure seems like it anyway.

But when I'm out there.....

I'm focused, confident, strong and willing to take it to the next level. I produce results whereby I manage to earn my own self respect with a determination that is admirable, even by my own standards.

Almost like Clark Kent finding a phone booth.

Nothing is more empowering that walking away from a swim, a bike, or a run having given it my all, even after a tough day. To be able to do distances with the grace and strength that whispers hope to my heart, that my dream of a Half Ironman is slowly coming true, mile by mile, step by step.

To find the focus that puts me into the zone. Hard to describe this state but if you're even remotely serious about endurance sports, no explanation is necessary. I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times i have mentally run up the finishers chute. The cheers, the clanging of cowbells, the joy that only triumph can bring.

Someday dreams will be reality. To prove that obesity can not only be overcome but it can be dominated, owned, and brought into submission. To do something that fat people aren't expected to do...win.

Things in life will come and go but some things can never be taken from you. One of those is the knowledge that one day you found your inner superhero and overcame the impossible against long odds.

This is who I want to be...I want to be that other guy. When I'm out there, I am him, but I'm only visiting.

I feel the euphoria of a job well done and will talk the ear off anyone who can stand to listen because it is such a big deal to me. It tells the world ''I'm strong'' and reinforces my worth to myself.

Then, in the morning, i get dressed, grab my lunch, and before i boogie out the door i look in the mirror. I am looking at my own reflection through Clark Kent glasses.

Someday, i will outgrow the perscription but for now, i am looking forward to my next visit..with him.

Btw, my ride results... 42 miles in 2hrs 29 minutes. Average speed 16.9 mph, max speed 38.6mph (yes, that was quite a hill!)

Superman would be proud.
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ESME25 10/8/2012 10:57AM

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L1ZB3TH354 10/7/2012 6:50PM

    Great ride! Great post! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 10/6/2012 6:46PM

  Good for you!! ( I know about the lawn and the safari hat, btw...been there, done that...going to do it again this afternoon).

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BJAVIER1 10/6/2012 6:39PM

  What a great blog!! emoticon

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CORINA-MOMOF4 10/6/2012 12:00AM

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JAMER123 10/4/2012 6:31PM

    Wonderful post!! You will be that other guy as you are working hard at getting to that goal!! Good for you!! Hang in there and keep it going!!

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HEARTS116 10/4/2012 2:17PM

    Great post!!
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HFAYE81 10/4/2012 2:07PM

    So awesome!!! I know what you mean, I wish that my "wonder woman" was my personality on AND off the running trail!! emoticon

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CATMAGNET 10/4/2012 12:57PM

    Great post. :) Thank you!!!

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GALINAZ 10/4/2012 12:22PM

    "To prove that obesity can not only be overcome but it can be dominated, owned, and brought into submission. To do something that fat people aren't expected to do...win. "

I nominate this quote for the BEST of SPARKS 2012!!

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LODESTONE 10/4/2012 11:04AM

    Clark Kent just hides his "light" under a bushel basket. The beams are shining through the cracks. Sounds like you are getting there under your own steam. Up, up and away! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLARALAW 10/4/2012 10:51AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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BILLIERED 10/4/2012 10:28AM

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DEBJAE 10/4/2012 9:59AM

    Wow, this is by far one of the best, most inspiring blogs I've read in a long time...yay for finding that inner superhero...we all have one :)

And I love that you are choosing to "dominate" and overcome those old insecurities...eventually it won't be a struggle...it will just be who you are, the new Superman!

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REBECCAMA 10/4/2012 9:28AM

  Awesome blog! Congratulations!

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HLOCHRIDGE 10/4/2012 9:22AM

    Great blog!!!!!! You are doing wonderful!!! Keep up the good work!

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WALLINMW 10/4/2012 8:41AM

  Thanks for sharing. One pound at a time.!

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KALANTHA 10/4/2012 8:23AM

    Amazing and inspirational don't begin to describe how reading this blog made me feel! Thank you for writing it!

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LAURIE-RN 10/4/2012 8:04AM

    Thanks so much for helping to put to words what I couldn't describe. Great motivation!

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COOKIE_AT_51 10/4/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon I love the honesty that you put out there ... I find myself in the same thoughts, the same battle. Thank you! emoticon

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IDLETYME 10/4/2012 7:16AM

    Great blog - Thanks!!!

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THEIS58 10/4/2012 7:08AM

    Awesome!!

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MARTINGAVINSMOM 10/4/2012 7:06AM

    Thank you for this. It just made my day!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 10/4/2012 6:51AM

    You are doing great! You're YOU and that other guy is YOU.

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FARIS71 10/4/2012 6:07AM

    Gosh that was a great blog. Overcoming all that internal yuk to get out there and ride like the wind. Awesome!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/4/2012 5:42AM

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Robert, I can definitely relate to this! You have fantastically put into words what many are still trying to figure out. I get that high feeling of confidence when I'm working out or talking about fitness, but the rest of the time it's hit or miss. You are doing so well on your journey, there are only emoticon things yet to come! That half ironman will be a wonderful thing for you to accomplish and I know you will with flying colors.

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SINNIBLONDE 10/4/2012 5:35AM

    Really motivating -- I am thrilled for you and glad you wrote this!

Debb :)

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ADELE66 10/4/2012 3:32AM

    I love this - I completely identify with what you wrote - there is something particular about challenging yourself physically.

Thank you for sharing - and keep up the good work!

:o)

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IFEOMA4 10/4/2012 2:25AM

  You are that other guy.

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CHARTHESTAR 10/4/2012 12:11AM

    Cheers to both guys. From my view both are pretty wonderful, full of determination and inspiration.

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ALEX3440 10/3/2012 10:18PM

    wow.......I just rejoined Spark people because I still, still, still have 30 lbs to lose (may not sound like much but I"m only 5ft. 1 in. tall).......and I was browsing around the blogs to find motivation.....found it here, thank you

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FORBANDE 10/3/2012 7:54PM

    "Things in life will come and go but some things can never be taken from you. One of those is the knowledge that one day you found your inner superhero and overcame the impossible against long odds."

I LOVE this. The concept and dream of the inner superhero is what so many of us fantasize about and cannot wait to become.

And maybe it's not so much two different guys but more of a Jekyll and Hyde thing where you have to let the good side overtake and control the bad.

As always, wonderful blog!!

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SARAWALKS 10/3/2012 7:29PM

    what REVSERENA said...
YOU are looking GREAT, guy!
Just keep on keepin' on...
NO DOUBT you will get there! emoticon emoticon

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REVSERENA 10/3/2012 3:21PM

    What if that "other guy" is the real you, and the slothful excuse maker is just an imposter who takes control of your body when your guard is down? Keep liberating the Superman within, and maybe Clark will quit putting in an appearance!

Really inspiring. Thanks!

(Wonder woman is sending me an SOS!)

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CAYCESMOM 10/3/2012 11:21AM

    Great post!! emoticon

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AUNTJAM 10/3/2012 11:19AM

    Best and most important line: " I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times i have mentally run up the finishers chute. The cheers, the clanging of cowbells, the joy that only triumph can bring." I'm coming to understand the power of our own minds. It is key in achieving your goals. Thank you for the inspiration and keep going strong!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/3/2012 11:19AM

    emoticon blog!

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FIRECOM 10/3/2012 11:09AM

    At the ripe old age of 77, I know that such achievments that you have accomplished are not in my future but it has stimulated me to do what is possible for me. Thanks.

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MARGARITTM 10/3/2012 10:45AM

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Nice Blog - again - love to follow your progress!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/3/2012 10:24AM

    Great post

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JEWELMAKER1 10/3/2012 10:03AM

    emoticon Go Clark Kent!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/3/2012 9:35AM

    WOOHOOO Robert! I can't relate to this on a physical level, but you wrote it so well, I almost thought I was empathizing and it makes me want that, too. :) Very inspiring!

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NEWMOM20121 10/3/2012 8:22AM

    Well done


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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/3/2012 7:59AM

  Awesome job!

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JPONCIN 10/2/2012 9:32PM

    You already ARE that guy. Ironman. :)

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COFFEELADY68 10/2/2012 12:19PM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you! You pushed through the excuses and came out victorious! You are such an encouragement! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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