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Saturday, March 30, 2013

I am finally back to my old self after a triple whammy of illness, injury, and other issues that left me out of commission for about a month. Through all of this, I have learned what truly defines 100%. In short, 100% is defined by how you do in your present condition not by how you used to do.

100% is based on the here and now, not by previous best.

In the times of my life where I have been sidelined, I struggled, always remembering what I used to be before what ever it was happened. If I was to run, it was always be against the times I used to have. If I was to lift weights, it was compared against my previous bests.

Such comparisons are fruitless and undermining.

100% is defined by the effort and heart you put into what you do based on the present tense.

During my back strain, I had to hang on to the walls to make it down the hall to the bathroom. No lifting, no workouts at all.. I was out of the game. When I was recovered from that issue, I got bronchitis. A mile at 3mph left me sweating profusely and gasping. My scheduled workouts were reduced to minimal and what I did, was done in a state of total depletion. I could see the concern in my trainers face as I would stop in the middle of an exercise, wheezing, coughing, and trying to clear my airway. Don't get me wrong, I was in no way being pushed, I was doing what I could to maintain some sort of momentum. Trust me, there were no heroics. I would stop, use my inhaler, recover, and get back the best I could.

During those workouts, I gave it 100% every time, all the time, even though I was only at a minute fraction of what I am truly capable of. I pushed through doubt, fear of lost fitness and my fear of weight gain during my down time.

After the illness was all over with, I felt like a lump of jelly with no endurance, like I was starting all over from square one.

Yesterday was my turn around.

I hopped on the treadmill at home and eased from a walk to a jog and then to intervals ending in a 4 mile effort at full bore. My breathing was excellent and I was sweaty and full of awesome. I then went for my 1 hr workout and killed it.

I'm back :) .

Some of my favorite "Go Get It" music I listened to to make my run EPIC...
**** I fixed the links.. they work now... ****
Sanctus Immortale
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
m60-e-DDrjo

Invictus
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
F7CaZfe5z20

Spiritus Omnia
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
NWkEh7SNBnE


Maybe I have a really fertile imagination but I always envision myself in the heat of a race and really pour it on... I tap my inner champion and it feels really good :)




Now for the good stuff...

-I am down 3 pounds
-I got measured and I have gained 1" in my biceps, thighs, and lost 1" from my waist.

I am just a couple pounds away from 120 lbs lost. Yup, that is EPIC :)

My 70.3 Triathlon is coming up August 11th, approximately 4 months to train before taper. Can I do it?

YUP!

When I trained for my marathon, I was marathon ready in 4 months. While losing all of this time was a setback for sure, I am not out of the game. I feel strong and am ready to move forward. Careful periodization, rest, and recovery in my training is key. No room for heroics and overdoing it, just a slow, careful ramping up of distance and intensity.

How can I fail when I am giving it 100%?

Ebook and blog at..
mailboxes2miles.blogspot
.com/



**** Just added ****


Today - 5k treadmill...20 min bike = A 100% Epic second day of training.
Sunday... Kettlebells / Cycling
Monday..Personal Training Session 10am 1 hr / Cycling
Tuesday- Swimming / Treadmill Running / Cycling
Weds - Personal Training Session 10 am 1 hr / Cycling
Thurs - Swimming - Goal- 1 mile / Treadmill running
Friday - Personal Training Session 930am 1 hr / Cycling
Saturday - Long run
Sunday - REST :)
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CATNCAG 1/2/2014 6:54PM

    Wow u are absolutely amazing!

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SUPERSYLPH 8/2/2013 10:44AM

    You teach us all to never give up! Thank you!

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  Thanks for sharing.

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KATHIC2 4/4/2013 7:27AM

  Good for you! I enjoy your insight.

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GARDENCHRIS 4/4/2013 7:18AM

    glad you're "back" ! Enjoyed the music!

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SHERYLP461 4/4/2013 6:55AM

    Fantastic!

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GRANDMA125212 4/4/2013 1:26AM

    I think thats really a great way to consider a current situation that happens to many. You're blog was very motivational, especially to people who have down times from illness more than they would like.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 4/3/2013 6:43PM

    Welcome back!

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CFMOSS 4/3/2013 3:43PM

    Way to keep on going.

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FIRECOM 4/3/2013 12:55PM

    I have just started a month long PT program intended to increase my strength and balance issues. I hope it works because I am so darn sore I can barely walk.

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Seriously, I am really impressed with you attitude and results.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/3/2013 11:00AM

    You are ... emoticon ,!

I so needed to hear this blog.

Thanks for sharing!

Congrats on the down 120 and have fun training for August!

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Keep rockin' the journey

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PT.JEFFGIRL 4/2/2013 9:02PM

    100% is doing the best you can where you are-I like that concept. My hat is off to you for doing what you did under difficult physical circumstances-just giving it your all at that time. I can understand your doubts on losing ground. However, you persevered and came out the other side. Good for you.

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MARYJEANSL 4/2/2013 8:43PM

  Good job - congrats to you for giving it your all!

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    I so understand where you've been and love your attitude! emoticon

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DOTTY7267 4/2/2013 11:40AM

    Very impressive and a great perspective on 100%. I know you'll do great!

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MOMOSG 4/2/2013 11:00AM

    Excellent point. 100% is your best right now under whatever circumstances that might be! Being in the moment is critical to happiness. Sure we need goals or we may never progress. It can be a problem though when the reaching the goals becomes more important than enjoying the journey.

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ATSESSION 4/2/2013 10:58AM

    EPIC!

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KA_JUN 4/2/2013 10:12AM

    Congrats and high five to your inner champion! Good luck on your training, saw your stationary trainer...I will be glad when the weather is no longer prohibitive for riding outside! emoticon

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MIQUEY73 4/2/2013 9:15AM

    You're awesome!

And thank you for the reminder that I need to focus on the here and now and not what used to be. Things happen and we need to deal with it the best we can.

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LOPEYP 4/2/2013 9:13AM

    Great blog!
It's great how you put everything into perspective. Glad that you are back on your game. Thanks for sharing the music. I think that's what I need for my 5K training and the actual race.


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THEIS58 4/2/2013 8:55AM

    Love it!

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CALVERTM 4/2/2013 7:17AM

    True perseverance! You hung in there through a very difficult and I'm sure at times dark time. Much success to you in coming back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NVRGIVINGUP 4/2/2013 1:47AM

  Awesome post! Just curious...where did you get those things that your bike is stationary on and what are they called?
You are truly an inspiration.
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in this world!
Can I get an AMEN!

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