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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...
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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 :)
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  • v DUXGRL1
    I'm sure that it feels great to be back!
    1215 days ago
    No Doubt!
    1215 days ago
    Yes! You are so right - 100% is based on the here and now! Glad to see you feeling better and BACK!
    1215 days ago
    So glad you are feeling so much better!!! Isn't it great to get rid of the stinkin thinkin?!?!? emoticon
    1215 days ago
  • v DALID414
    I get scared of losing speed and strength too, but its easier to get back to it than we think. It's not exactly starting back at square one, more like 2 or 3, but then you make the giant leap back to where you were before you got interrupted emoticon
    1215 days ago
    It's great to hear that you're doing so well, both mentally and physically, after such a rough period.

    I can really identify with your blog today about having to adjust our goals and expectations according to what our injured or ill bodies can do on a particular day. I broke my ankle at the end of January and it's taking a long time to heal. I've hated not being able to run, swim, get to the gym, drive a car, do my own shopping etc. I've gained weight despite really cutting down on my calorie intake. It's really disheartening.

    And yet, I know the bone will heal eventually and I will be able to get back to my running one day. Until then, I will enjoy sharing in YOUR victories!

    Keep up the good work, Robert (but don't overdo it of course!).
    1215 days ago
    Love your definition of 100%! It's never stationary, since WE are always changing. Great insight!

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments, past, present and future!
    1215 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
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    1215 days ago
    I know JUST what you mean! Spark on at 100% of where you are TODAY! emoticon
    1215 days ago
  • v GINA180847
    Oh Robert, you have my whole hearted sympathy. I have had bronchitis several times and it knocked me down so much. But your spirit is in good shape and what more can you want? So glad you are on the mend. 120 lbs. that is huge. Imagine 120 lbs. of butter, that is a small mountain.
    1215 days ago

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