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What is 100%?

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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


Spiritus Omnia

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?


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..

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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 :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JSEATTLE 3/31/2013 9:01PM

  Wow, you really brought me back to the "present"!! It is a struggle for me to live in the moment, your insight has really given me a lift! Thank you and best of luck to you!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/31/2013 7:46PM

    Glad to see you have come through the "down time" rested and still sparked to get it on! Being sidelined is tough. I'm glad you continued to give it 100% every day. It is a revelation that 100% is not the same all the time. It varies with us and our physical/mental capabilities on any given day. You Rock!

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AISHAH7 3/31/2013 4:43PM

  Congrats! You are on a really good regime. Keep up the good work. Isha in Bermuda emoticon

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DIANNEMT 3/31/2013 4:21PM

    Great!! Just so NOT overdo too soon!!

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LESLIE2561 3/31/2013 4:18PM

    You've inspired me to get up and do my workout for the day, but I am going to go take a nap first. Good luck with your Triathlon!

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LJR4HEALTH 3/31/2013 4:16PM

    Great blog Very inspiring lesson of what it means 100% thanks for sharing your story

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CMFARRELL36 3/31/2013 4:06PM

The only thing I would disagree with you is part of one sentence: "a minute fraction of what I am truly capable of".
My disagreement is just that I find it contradictory. You give 100% of what you can at that point in time, then to me, that is what you are truly capable of. The way you worded it sounds a bit like the negative comparisons you used to make.

I'm really glad for you that you seem to be back to normal, now.
Just remember to continue to take care, not overdo things till you are completely past the danger or any relapse.


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CATHWREN 3/31/2013 3:54PM

    I like that you continued to do as much as you could but didn't beat yourself up that it wasn't as much as you were used to doing.

Good luck with your triathlon.

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PENOWOK 3/31/2013 3:43PM

    Good for you, but don't push it if you're not up to it.

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JOANPHIL1 3/31/2013 3:28PM

    Nothing tastes as good as 100% feels. Well done for getting through your trials and tribulations. Good luck for all your future endevours.

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RUBYEAGLE134 3/31/2013 3:12PM

    At least you kept on exercising when you had bronchitis. When I started my journey (again!) at the start of this year, I was walking. Two or three days after that, I caught the flu, then after that, bronchitis. I have just now, in the past month, gotten my strength back. Needless to say, I quit exercising & took a Spark break.

Thanks for being an example to the rest of us to keep going on.

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SPEEDY143 3/31/2013 2:07PM

    emoticon So glad you are feeling 100% again emoticon

I had to emoticon when I saw the title of your blog. DH and I just had this conversation and decided that, like 40 being the new 20, (which I call BS on) at 65 years of age 50% is the new 100% emoticon We no longer run... it's strolling time for us and that's A-OK emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/31/2013 2:07PM

    Robert you will never know what this blog means to me today. I am laying in bed, a machine moving my leg. When not in the machine I'm in a rigid brace, not allowed to put more than toe touch weight on my leg when I hobble along with the walker. I'm discouraged, was it really less than 3 weeks ago I was walking 3 miles a day with my new puppy? Will I ever walk again? If I do walk will it be without a walker or crutches?

You gave me hope today. JUST what was needed. Yes i will walk. Alone. No devices. Might take awhile but I WILL.

Congratulations my friend! You rock--we knew you did but you continue to!!!

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REALKIEKEY 3/31/2013 2:04PM

    emoticon emoticon One day at a time!

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/31/2013 1:50PM

    Happy Easter!

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TLGRNT 3/31/2013 1:40PM

  Great post !!!!

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HETZ51 3/31/2013 1:36PM

  Keeping an eye on today and not yesterday is a great path to be on.

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BARBARASDIET 3/31/2013 1:35PM

    Everything is relative!

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EVERLEARNING 3/31/2013 1:08PM

    THANKS for this post. I. too, am dealing with temporary limitations. This is just the reminder I needed!!

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SUSIEMT 3/31/2013 1:06PM

    I felt so much relief while reading your blog. I realized that you have truly learned from your journey. God bless you my dear! You are still the Triathlete you want to be and have always been from the start. Just more refined right now. Woo Hoo to you!

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KARRENLYNN 3/31/2013 12:48PM

    Great attitude and plan! You concentrate on what you can do right now and do what you can do.

Good luck on your triathlon training enjoy your Easter !


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ELLEKTRA 3/31/2013 12:36PM

    I can't tell you how reading this blog has just reassured me I will be fine.
My back went out on me Thursday night. I am a fitness junkie since I finally 'got it' 3 years ago and turned my quit (smoking) into a super fit and healthy me. I have been out of commission for the past 3 days (I know that is nothing compared to so many people who get injuries).
This is just something that really helped me realize I will be fine.
I am not going to go for my big Monday run tomorrow, but I will next week and I'll be back to me.
P.S. Have a great, well deserved rest today!!
Congrats on your accomplishments :)

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GAILRUU 3/31/2013 12:19PM

    It is nice to be back in action and have a plan. We can't stop trying. emoticon

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MARITZA_TIRADO 3/31/2013 12:12PM

    Great music!!!

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JUNEAU2010 3/31/2013 12:06PM

    I love this blog! I appreciate your perspective - it's common sense and I can create my starting point using that. I have chronic tendonitis and a minor handicap that always frustrates my efforts. With your words of wisdom, I can properly calibrate my 100% instead of being defeated before I start.

Most of all, I love the positive tone of your blog. Let the sun shine!
Glad you are back!
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FITWITHIN 3/31/2013 11:57AM

    I glad that your doing better, and on your way to training. Another great blog! Keep up the excellent work! Happy Easter!

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BSLMKH1954 3/31/2013 11:41AM

    Good for you. With that attitude you will meet all of your goals. emoticon

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THOMS1 3/31/2013 11:36AM

    emoticon But, take it easier and listen to your body. You don't want to relapse. Good luck training for the marathon. emoticon Also great blog. I know when I have an illness or surgery anything out of the ordinary that slows my fitness down I become a whiner. I will think of your blog the next time and just do 100% of what I am capable of in the situation I find myself in. emoticon

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    Love this! So inspirational that you kept pushing yourself, even when you hardly could. You are so strong, and your training is going to go great for your Tri.


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CHOCOHIPPO 3/31/2013 11:19AM

    Congratulations for powering through the rough times and keeping things moving forward at your new 100%. You've made great progress in spite of it all, and it sounds like your mojo is definitely back. Good luck on your tri training!

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GIRLINMOTION 3/31/2013 11:17AM

    Any effort when you are sideline is always 100 %, just like you realized for yourself.

I am glad your health is on track.

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BESCATS 3/31/2013 11:13AM

    Glad you are back, and getting better every day.

I'm have a real problem with a knee, and seeing a doctor next week. My fear is them telling me I can't do certain workouts. I am having a hard time realizing that I am older & have probably over-extended myself at some point. Hell getting old !!!

I'll try to remember your words of wisdom of what 100% really is. Thanks.

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CICELY360 3/31/2013 10:55AM

  good blog

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ROBB1N 3/31/2013 10:41AM

    Glad you're feeling 100%! Good luck with the marathon.

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JUNETTA2002 3/31/2013 10:32AM

    Great Blog so glad you made it through. sometimes you have to go through the valley to get to the mountain top.

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KANDOLAKER 3/31/2013 10:21AM

    Great blog! Glad you are on your way back. Best wishes with your tri training!!!

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