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History does NOT Repeat if you PLAN!

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

The "Redbud" is an annual weekend of fitness that involves one day of cycling (10, 33 and 50 miles).. and the 2nd day is running... Here's my blog entry from 3 years ago...


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Yeah. You read right. I showed up to the Redbud but never got out of the car. I was so defeated. it's been three years and that moment in my life haunted me as just one more time I failed.. one more time I didn't do what I said I would do...

This year I entered the Redbud - again. But I set my mind that this time would be different because I would PLAN it that way..

The last time, I went alone. This time my precious niece came with me to ride with me and make sure I got out of the dern car!

The last time I was overwhelmed by the thousand+ people there - all in their spandex, looking all spiffy and.. well.. a bit serios and intimidating. This time I saw them as "role models" for where I want to be someday.. I admired their physiques and marveled at the various shapes, sizes and ages of all the people. Really, there were the very very fit and those who were clearly beginners, like me.



It was only 10 miles.. but very hilly on a very windy day (you know the song about Oklahoma "where the wind comes sweeping down the plain".. there's a reason for it! HA).. anyhoo.. I don't say that to whine... I say it to BRAG! Because I did it... and I didn't walk one of those hills, not one! And, for me, it was HARD. And do you know that they gave out medals to the finishers?? MEDALS... and I received my first medal!! Me!!



I was so proud of my medal that I wore it ALL-DAY-LONG.. even to the grocery store.. and I'm not gonna lie. I slept with it on. I just couldn't help it.. it represents "do-overs" and the success that can eventually come if I'll just keep trying. I could have been so intimidated that I never tried again... ever. That is so sad to even think about because I would have missed out on that "medal moment" and the extreme amount of satisfaction of doing something I'd previously quit.



And lest you think it was easy for me... here's my heart rate... and the spikes?? those would be the HILLS!





I did not go fast but I did go.

And did I mention that I did not walk any of the hills! NONE.. I rode them even if it was at 3mph. I powered up them, giving it 100% effort! No mercy! I think that's another reason the medal was so sweet... because I worked for it.

Now? I'm signing up for my next ride... 12 miles... and I can't wait!

131 days til Africa
60lb goal with 43lbs to go

Annie
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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/1/2013 8:36AM

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KAB7801 4/12/2013 10:11PM

    Fantabulous!

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GMINYARD 4/11/2013 10:55PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I love you blog - it was such great encouragement. I am going to be doing a 5k and I dread the beginning were everyone seems more fit, etc. I like that you called them role models...note to self. emoticon

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KAREN_NY 4/11/2013 12:55PM

    You darlin' are a KICK-@$$ hero!!!! Bam!
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    emoticon Good for you!!!

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SUEAZZI 4/9/2013 9:16PM

    emoticon I love adventure goals, fear facing goals... nothing like that feeling of accomplishment. Keep going!

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TRIXIETEXAS 4/9/2013 8:19PM

    Wow! I am so excited for you! Your story about sleeping with the medal on totally cracked me up.

I am doing C25K training, and seeing your blog reminds me that I CAN DO IT!

You are amazing! Godspeed!

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DOCAHOLL 4/9/2013 6:52PM

    You. Are. Awesome! What an inspiration and what a brave step to sign up for such an intimdating race! Congratulations - for much more than just completing the race... for all that goes along with it: signing up again, not quiting, opening up to someone (your niece) and taking her along, for not being ashamed of wearing your medal that you worked hard to earn... and the list goes on!

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CONNIEKANDOIT 4/9/2013 4:45PM

    Congratulations for never being defeated.

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GODSBEST 4/9/2013 3:31PM

    So proud of your for gettin it done !!

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ONTHEPATH2 4/9/2013 3:25PM

    Congrats on finishing! I know how hard riding up those hills can be! Even the small ones take me out right now. I aspire to be in your shoes someday. Nothing like the feeling of accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/9/2013 2:25PM

    I always tell my children "IF YOU DON'T PLAN YOUR LIFE, LIFE WILL PLAN YOU."

Also, NO DECISION IS A DECISION.

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JOHNSJ1 4/9/2013 2:19PM

    That is very courageous and awesome Congratulations

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FARIS71 4/9/2013 2:03PM

    THAT is awesome! Keep wearing that medal!!!!

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MANILUS 4/9/2013 12:57PM

    You are awesome, congratulation on doing the race and winning that medal! You are courageous for sharing your failure and for overcoming your fears!

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CAROLLEE57 4/9/2013 11:37AM

    Thanks for the inspiring blog!

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CATHYLC 4/9/2013 11:04AM

    Hey fellow Okie....you are AWESOME!

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MARYJEANSL 4/9/2013 12:10AM

  Congratulations on your success! That is just awesome!

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You knew you could do it and you did!!! WOO HOO!! Way to go!!

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NETTYDAWG 4/9/2013 12:05AM

    Wow - what an awesome accomplishment. You have every right to be so proud of yourself and what an inspiration for your niece and for so many sparkers.

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SHOAPIE 4/8/2013 11:33PM

    Great

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    That's the best part of being on SP - we are here to support each other and cheer people onto the finish line emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 4/8/2013 11:19PM

    WOW!
I am so impressed. you biked up every hill? that is some hard work.

I would have worn my metal at least that long. That is an awesome accomplishment.
I actually have tears in my eyes.

You believed in yourself- you did it!! I say this because of your background. Believing in yourself is a big part of the battle. WTG! emoticon

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    Way to go!

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PAMLICO-DAZE 4/8/2013 9:15PM

    Enjoyed your amazing blog.

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ISLANDNESTER 4/8/2013 8:34PM

  So awesome! There are so many points to think about. I love that you let us know you slept with your medal,touching and funny, because that's what I would do too. Thank you for making yourself an inspiration,for paying the price and laying out details of how we can do it too.
Africa....wow!

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KARRENLYNN 4/8/2013 8:07PM

    I'm so happy and excited for you. You could have given up and not tried again but you didn't. Congratulations on your accomplishment so far and your upcoming races!


Karen

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    I dont know you but i am so proud for you ... You rock emoticon

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    Kudos

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    You ROCK!!! Good for you! Woo Hoo!

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    Woo Hoo!!!! Look at you... and with a medal!!!
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