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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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JESS_HARRIS 4/1/2013 11:35PM

  Way to go! Thanks for writing and sharing your journey with others. It is encouraging to read and relate! emoticon

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JESS_HARRIS 4/1/2013 11:34PM

  Way to go! Thanks for writing and sharing your journey with others. It is encouraging to read and relate! emoticon

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MANILUS 4/1/2013 11:14PM

    Great work Robert, very important lesson! Keep going!

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STLADEE 4/1/2013 10:11PM

    Glad you are feeling better, it's all about getting back to it isn't it! emoticon

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KFH3107 4/1/2013 10:02PM

    Great post. From a person to is living it every day - I thank you for the blog. What really matters is as you said - you are giving things your 100% effort and put your heart into it (whatever it is) all the time. Keep pushing you will reach your goals.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 4/1/2013 8:22PM

    Hey sounds like you are trying way hard! We all need to get good at new beginnings. Injury is the biggest thing I have set myself up for when I play the " I remember when I was 22 game". I like you definition of 100% routed realistically in the now!

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KATHLEEN0222 4/1/2013 7:31PM

    Thank you for this important lesson! I, too, am making a comeback!!

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FRABBIT 4/1/2013 5:51PM

  inspiring!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/1/2013 4:40PM

    You are doing great.

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/1/2013 3:00PM

    You are absolutely incredible! You have went through a lot of emotional and physical upheaval in the past few months. Where most people would have just given up at the first sign of trouble, you have persevered and given it your all. I admire your mental toughness: we really don't know what we are capable of until we are faced with adversity. THAT is what makes us strong. I have no doubt you are going to rock your tri training and you are going to kill it come August!

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DTCATSPARK 4/1/2013 2:09PM

    Great stuff! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/1/2013 1:17PM

    Great Job

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BRITTTURTLE 4/1/2013 12:47PM

  good luck

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LSPIZZA 4/1/2013 12:37PM

    I have been doing the same thing. Comparing my pre-surgery self to now. And you are right. I give it my 100% and every time. And I should be happy with it. I am not completely back yet, this was really difficult surgery, but I will be if I keep working at it. This was really good for me to read. Thanks! emoticon

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LEWILL1982 4/1/2013 11:17AM

    Thank you so much for that reminder. We are giving it 100% and maybe more in the exact present moment that we are in. When we've had set backs, it isn't fair to compare to before. I'm in a similar spot right now, 2 weeks back into exercising after taking off pretty much 5 weeks for a minor surgery. My running isnt at it's best, my stamina isn't where it used to be but I'm in there and I'm doing the best I can until I get back to what I know I used to be able to do. Sounds like an awesome, intense work out plan for the week, get it!!

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BANDMOM2012 4/1/2013 10:55AM

    Awesome!

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SMILEBHAPPY 4/1/2013 10:53AM

  emoticon glad you are feeling better & able to get back at your training :)
Where did you get your bike trainer?? Good luck with your Triathlon!



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NEWMOM20121 4/1/2013 10:51AM

    Great job. Way to go.

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PANIK257 4/1/2013 10:01AM

    I like that definition!

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REBIRTHDIVA 4/1/2013 9:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon so very inspiring and motivating! be present now! emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/1/2013 9:29AM

    You did fabulous! You can take pride in your accomplishments!

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HLOCHRIDGE 4/1/2013 9:10AM

    WHOO HOO!! Glad you are doing better and what an awesome blog!!!

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MAUREENS356 4/1/2013 8:54AM

    your motivation is very inspiring...hoping to tap into mine...the best to you!

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MARITIMER3 4/1/2013 8:41AM

    Yours is a wonderful success story! You've learned somthing really important during the month you were "out of commission". You learned to do 100% of your best now, not to compare your results with what they used to be. Congratulations! Great that you're feeling better and that you had positive results in both weight loss and muscle gain.
Gail

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/1/2013 8:41AM

    Way to go... Look forward, not back!

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LORIVIOLA 4/1/2013 8:39AM

    thank you for sharing this.
i like the "new" way of thinking of 100%.
it really all does depend on where you are on that day.
GOOD LUCK!

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JANEMARIE77 4/1/2013 8:07AM

    sounds great good for you you can do it

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    Glad you are back.

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JERICHO1991 3/31/2013 11:39PM

    Keep giving that 100%!

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CM_GARDNER78 3/31/2013 10:50PM

    This is great stuff!!! I can't wait to hear how your class goes - with this kind of material, it will be AMAZING!!! :-)

Glad to hear you are doing better though...especially working at 100%! ;-)

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/31/2013 10:48PM

    Hooray!! I am so happy for you and totally impressed!! GREAT job! :)

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    Good job! You have the right attitude, you will succeed. emoticon emoticon

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Great blog and inspiring to many!! Keep up the great work in weight loss!! That's fantastic!!

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BANNERMAN 3/31/2013 10:04PM

  Keep on thinking this way and your goals will come easier.

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Thanks for this blog I often find myself comparing things I used to be able to do with what I am able to do now and your blog shows me that it is about present not the past. Thanks!

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