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Thursday, October 25, 2012

I'm heading to Rochester, NY in mid November. I'm really excited to be going, it is the first time I have been home in a very long time. As it fell out, I have the majority of November off, I need a rest, pure and simple. I am also looking forward to meeting up with some Spark buddies in Cleveland for the Fall Classic Half Marathon. This is gonna be cool. After that, it's the Turkey Trot in Webster, NY.

In spite of all the running, I will be very wary with my eating. It is far too easy for things to go crazy because I am on vacation. I didn't get this far by letting the wheels fall off simply because food was dangled in front of my nose but vacation always proves to be problematic since there is always the " now or never" trigger. It will be the last time I will have this opportunity to experience this XXX cuisine. It is even more true since I live in a small town without alot of variety, my senses have a tendency to go overload when I get to the big town.

Anyway, I am not very worried about it, I always have a plan. I have the drive, I will make it happen. I always have, or I wouldn't be where I am at now. While not I'm perfect, my drive is. I don't give up. I get discouraged and sometimes despondent but I always get back on the horse. I love what I feel when I am in a race and for that to continue, I must always put my shoulder to the plow, no matter what. I have what it takes to see this through.

When I get back, training begins in earnest.

Met with a trainer today and I feel inside that this is the big, final push. looking at 3x per week for 4 months with swimming and indoor cycle training on off days with 1 or 2 full rest days and 7 midnight shifts as rest days. All I ever do during mids is sleep, eat and work anyways, no workouts.

I feel that the next 4 months are going to be the most important ever. This will lay the foundation for my 70.3 next year. I have a quiet confidence that I will be successful in this event, no worries, no fear, but a quiet settled confidence that I got this, just let it unfold and do the work. This phase is where we strip off as much weight as possible and strength train. When I meet my goal of 25 lbs by Next April, I will have lost a total of 141 lbs. An additional 25 lbs will put me within range where it would be reasonable to begin pursuing my dream of the Ironman.

I am so close.

I am prepared to pay any price, make any sacrifice, and do what ever is necessary to see this phase to a successful completion. I have alot of evidence to support the belief that the Ironman is possible for me. Someone with the right courage and determination will always find a way in spite of the challenges.

I believe I am that man.

I will do this.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WONDERWOMAN 11/1/2012 10:04PM

    What? Are you saying pasties aren't enough variety? emoticon

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LMULLINS4LIFE 10/29/2012 8:53AM

    Did you mean this to be a blog? lol

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GINA180847 10/28/2012 4:32PM

    I love how postive you sound. Right now we are traveling through Mexico and that has its challenges food wise. But like you i know I can make my next goal happen. Once we are in a house I will stop maintaining and start losing again. It will happen!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/26/2012 12:04PM

    too bad you cant come a little farther north and see me!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/26/2012 11:47AM

    You go Robert!! You are that man!!

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GOING-STRONG 10/26/2012 11:15AM

    I'm sure you will do it too! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/26/2012 11:05AM

    The vacation time sounds so great! I also live in a small town and know the lure when in a big town to eat the things not available here. But we don't have to give in to it. Have fun and enjoy it all!

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CHANGINGSAM 10/26/2012 9:30AM

    Enjoy the vacation and the races! Happy training!

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LIV2RIDE 10/26/2012 9:27AM

    I love the anticipation of something new. You are on the path for another level of this journey mentally and physically. Hard work and determination will pay off. It's cool you a trainer and have an actual plan.

Don't let your time away derail your progress. Don't think of it as the last time you can have this or that. Think of it as the first time you will make a choice to remain on your path and eat healthy and not fill your body with all those foods that you will have to expel while training. Hopefully your taste has changed so much that those foods no longer appeal to you. Enjoy your time off!

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KBRADFORD88 10/26/2012 9:00AM

    I understand your last time mentality. We used to say we are going to civilization..better eat up. Maybe list some things you have to have and just have them. You sound so prepared. Bottle that would you!

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123ELAINE456 10/26/2012 8:35AM

  Have a Fabulous Fun Time on Your Vacation. Enjoy being home with your Family. And have a Safe Trip. You are doing a Fantastic Job. You Can Do It. Great plans for your Journey on your Weieght Loss to Iron Man. I have added you to my Friend List. Please add me to Yours. God Bless Your and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care.

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MDBUTTERFLY 10/26/2012 8:08AM

    I have EVERY confidence that you will reach each and every dream and goal you set my friend! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 10/26/2012 7:45AM

    You have done so well,believe in you and your dreams
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KATHIC2 10/26/2012 7:18AM

  You are that man. No doubt.

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POLSKARENIA 10/26/2012 3:21AM

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NADINEL 10/26/2012 12:52AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 10/25/2012 11:33PM

    I hope you have a great time on your vacation! The Northeast is bracing for some nasty weather this weekend...hope you plan on traveling afterwards! Take some time to re-explore old neighborhoods in your hometown. There might be a good walk hidden there!!

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LINDAK25 10/25/2012 10:51PM


Great plan! Have a great November, too!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/25/2012 10:22PM

    You are this man, you can do this. emoticon emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 10/25/2012 10:08PM

    Yes you will. Indeed!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/25/2012 9:56PM

    You ARE that man, Man!
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DOGDOC76 10/25/2012 8:15PM

    Boy can I relate to the food fest that sometimes results when you take a trip back home! I'm from Chicago and everytime I go home I almost OD on good chinese food, pizza, hotdogs, and italian beef. I'm drooling at the very thought. I have no doubt you have learned the skills it takes to enjoy in moderation, then just walk away. You are such an inspiration to the rest of us, and I know you will be successful in this next year!! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 10/25/2012 7:58PM

  You ARE that man. Really exciting to hear about your training plans and meeting with a trainer - that's awesome. I'm from upstate NY (2 hours North of Syracuse), too, and can totally relate to the limited dining options of a small town. You should try to be a vegetarian AND healthy up there. emoticon Now I only visit about once a year. At any rate, I hope you enjoy your vacation and time up there!

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MOBYCARP 10/25/2012 7:58PM

    It's kind of a surprise to see someone actually traveling to get to a 4.4 mile race! It's local for me, but the projected crowds scared me out of that one last year. This year, they have a size limit; but I'll be doing the 10K Race with Grace in Spencerport instead. Found that last year, and it worked well for me. This year, it will be a father-daughter team.

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WORLDSERIES11 10/25/2012 7:23PM

    Robert, you are such a positive force!! Enjoy your vacation! Look forward to hearing about your progress!!
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SPIRIT42013 10/25/2012 7:20PM

    Enjoy your vacation! The best of lucky with your training! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/25/2012 7:12PM

    I love your definite confidence! Enjoy your time off!

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SLIMLEAF 10/25/2012 7:06PM

    You ARE Mr Determination!

Good on you! Live your dreams!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2012 7:01PM

    I do believe you will be doing the same Turkey Trot as my brother, MOBYCARP! He lives in Henrietta, NY, and his daughter nudged him into this one. He's recuperating from running injuries earlier in the year... so be on the lookout & think of me when you go for that outing.

Still thinking about joining you in the Wisconsin Dells to do the Oly distance tri that day. I'm not ready for half iron yet, but I have time to train for the next step up... still haven't signed on the dotted line, though. Bucket lists are marvelous motivators.

Spark on.

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LMULLINS4LIFE 10/25/2012 6:26PM

    We will both be in Base Phase at the same time...with the same type of workout even. I know exactly how you feel. I am SO excited about my next 3 months of training because I KNOW that if I do this work, I have potential to lose SO much weight!!!

Looking forward to doing this alongside you, buddy!!! Good for you for planning a real training program. Proud of you, Robert!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/25/2012 6:23PM

    You WILL find a way to have balance, "IF" you
want it Bad Enough!

Don't give up all your favorites but plan for them,
take only your most favorite. Leave the rest alone


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SARAWALKS 10/25/2012 6:22PM

    YOU WILL! We believe in you and more importantly, YOU believe in you!
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NSMANN 10/25/2012 6:20PM

    It sounds like someone lit a fire in your heart and it inspires me to hear you talk about your ambitious goals. You sound super motivated to stay on track so I am sure you will achieve all that you've dreamed of. emoticon emoticon

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KICK-CULO 10/25/2012 6:18PM

  I read the comments to your blog for the first time yesterday, and just read this one. Have to say you have a very positive attitude and are an inspiration to many people. Hard work, determination, does pay off. Congradulations on your success.

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