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Got in another workout.... Leaving soon...

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

I got to go over to Kevin's house to workout today. (Mobycarp).
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I was pretty excited about it since I was really wanting to get a feel for the heavier kettlebells. I can't get anything over 25 lbs where I am at unless I order them online and that can be a crapshoot. As expensive as it is to ship something that weighs that much, I don't want to be ordering a bunch just as an experiment. I stopped at a sporting goods store and they had some up to 60 pounds. I played with some the and felt the ones in the 45-55 lb range felt challenging for the swings, cleans, and squats. My 25 is just too light and I am doing tons of reps rather than heavy weight, few reps which is what I am wanting but I need to workout with them to really get a feel for it.

Kevin had a 35 and a 45 pound kettlebell along with a very complete set of dumbbells on a rack and barbells.

I did a short circuit since I had obligations but worked out for about an hour or so.

Kettlebell -started with 35 then quickly moved up to 45
-swings
-Cleans with squats

-Core twists with 5 and 10 barbell plates- seated in partial sit up position, feet off the ground balanced on my rear then twist with weight, arms extended. Pretty challenging to stay balanced and do them but I've gotten pretty decent at it...my core is getting stronger.

Dumbbell
-bench presses
-flys
-tricep extensions

It felt amazing to really push the heavier weight kettlebells.

What was even better is my overall habit change. It was tough to get in a workout while in the act of getting from one place to another but I did somewhat. However, as soon as I landed, I was immediately trying to establish a "beachhead" and get some sort of traction to keep my momentum and it came naturally, not forced or obligatory. I know this will sound strange but I wear my Road ID bracelet as a reminder. There is something about it that reminds me that I am not just anybody, I am an athlete in training and I have a vision, a goal, a new identification. To achieve my goal of my Half Ironman and ultimately, The Ironman, I need the daily focus. The war is won or lost, not in the epic moments, but in the daily decisions, at the dinner table, the moment in choose to workout or not to. Mentally, I am in that place and it feels good, feel natural. I don't want my old "normal", my new life is what I embrace with all of my heart and I will never go back to my weakness.

I am kinda ready to go back home now. Not that I don't want to see my family and I am certainly not anxious to go back to "the hole" (the mine), but I am starting to feel like a refugee rather than a guy on vacation and want to use the rest of my time off to enjoy an exercise routine without the distraction of work.

Here are some pics from my day yesterday with Kevin.. Not many...too busy getting it done to worry about pics but we got a couple anyway...

On my way over to Kevin's.... Not too bad for a car shot..LOVE my Livestrong hoodie :)


**kettlebells. 45 and 35 **

**Kevin doing weighted lunges **

** Me doing dumbbell bench presses




Make it EPIC....




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TERRIJ7 11/28/2012 12:35PM

    That looks like a nice weight room your friend has. It's nice of him to share his space and nice for you to be able to try out the kettleballs.

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CATIATM 11/27/2012 9:40PM

    emoticon Wow... I use 4 lb. kettlebells. 45? emoticon Incredible! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 11/27/2012 3:17PM

    It's great to read about your hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and progress. Well done!

I can't find the inner strength to follow your lead at the moment, but I'm not giving up.

Best wishes

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ALOFA0509 11/27/2012 9:45AM

    U always amaze me Brutha!!!!!

Hugs,
Alofa

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MARYJEANSL 11/26/2012 9:38PM

  Wow! Very impressive - keep up the hard work!

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NEWCHINELO 11/26/2012 5:56PM

    This is beautiful


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NEWTINK 11/26/2012 5:51AM

    I am happy for you and the changes that you are making in your life and routine .. It really lets us know we are on the right track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 11/26/2012 12:18AM

    Good for you - changing it up is so important.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/25/2012 11:54PM

    Hi Robert,
Very cool that you could get a feel for the heavier kettleballs without wasting the money. Is there a store or even a gym ,nearby that can order the equipment for you so you don't have to pay the extra shipping? Or even if you can have them shipped to you, care of your job (which is a bona fide business), many times shipping is cheaper that way than it is out to a residence (especially if you live out in the sticks. Being as I used to live out in the sticks years ago, I'm speaking from my experience as Mail Order Queen...!). Just a thought!!

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PCASEY7 11/25/2012 11:23PM

    Well done

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REENIE131 11/25/2012 9:19PM

    Great job!

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/25/2012 3:17PM

    EPIC it shall be!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/25/2012 2:34PM

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/25/2012 2:33PM

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CM_GARDNER78 11/25/2012 1:34PM

    Robert, that is awesome! I hear ya on the ordering stuff that we can't get up here - especially things like the kettleballs that are heavy! I have a FIVE POUND one! :-/ UGH. I know I can get them a little heavier - even just at Walmart, but......ugh. What are you gonna do?? ;-) Hope the rest of your trip is uneventful, although you will be (unpleasantly?) surprised by how much snow has gotten dumped on the UP by the time you get back! Another snow advisory - at least for the Keweenaw - for tonight into tomorrow! (((HUGS))) to your precious family!

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DIANNEMT 11/25/2012 1:02PM

    I'd love to find someone certified to teach me proper form for kettlebells but haven't found anyone local. Good luck in the Ironman--my brother will be there, too!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 11:58AM

    What a terrific idea to have that bracelet serve as a reminder of your "change of identity", that you are becoming who you want to be rather than settling for who you once were.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/25/2012 11:45AM

    Where were you this morning - you should have come trail running with Darryl and I. OK I know, not as fun as playing with kettlebells. I got myself a 35lb yesterday.

Look at the cities you are driving through - they may have a 'play-it-again sports' where you can purchase used equipment at a discounted price.

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NEWMOM20121 11/25/2012 10:59AM

    Well done


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MOMMY445 11/25/2012 10:10AM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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MIMIDOT 11/25/2012 10:00AM

    Great blog! Keep up the good work.

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WALLINMW 11/25/2012 9:46AM

  Stay motivated!

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KARRENLYNN 11/25/2012 9:45AM

    Hi,

Sounds like you're having a great vacation and you found a great friend.You're point about the win being in all the little daily decisions and not in "the moment". I don't know if you are into reading, but I like a book that illustrates this point exactly. It's called The Slight Edge - by Jeff Olson. You can apply it to any part of your life. It's a great book for reinforcing your belief.

I'm looking forward to cheering you on to your ironman goals as I'm sure you're going to accomplish that!

Happy Sunday,

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PENOWOK 11/25/2012 9:35AM

    WOW!!

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JPONCIN 11/25/2012 8:55AM

    You've done a great job on your vacation! :D

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JANEMARIE77 11/25/2012 8:53AM

    great job keep up the good work

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2012 8:53AM

    Love kettlebells. emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/25/2012 8:10AM

    Sounds great. Thanks for the info about the kettlebell weights.

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CICELY360 11/25/2012 8:09AM

  good blog

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NCSUE0514 11/25/2012 7:06AM

    Have fun

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TRYINGHARD54 11/25/2012 7:03AM

    emoticon emoticon that was a good picture of you by the way..

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KATHIC2 11/25/2012 6:47AM

  You are an endurance athlete and living it!

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GRAMPIAN 11/25/2012 4:37AM

  Well done!

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