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I got my post published :) and training starts today...

Monday, April 29, 2013

A few months back I submitted a short blog post to Ben Greenfield Fitness. For those that do not know, Ben Greenfield is a HUGE name in sports nutrition, triathlon and endurance sports..... Ok, ok, ok....a personal idol of mine. He also is on several weekly podcasts including Endurance Planet.

Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment....

Link to my post...

Today, Spring is finally here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We had our first officially epic weekend where it actually was in the 60's and even 70 :)

What that means is not just the final end to an obscenely long winter but the beginning of outdoor training for my upcoming triathlon. I can finally run outside, start cycling, and maybe in a month or two, I can hit open water to put the finishing touches on my swimming. This is where it's getting real. I have a little over 3 months and I am going to be hitting it hard.

I have also had some really uncomfortable moments where I have laid awake second guessing myself. Doubts whether I will actually be able to do this and train effectively after such a late start. There is no room for mistakes and that makes me nervous because I know how I am. What if I can't produce? What if it isn't enough?

I have had to sit down, do some deep breathing, and take mental inventory of what my strengths are and assess where I am at. I feel my probability of success is fairly high but I have to do things right the first time... No reset button here, no do-overs.

The other thing that makes this difficult is that I do not have a plan to follow. My work schedule makes that impossible. Everything I do is like a picture on a frozen dinner that says "serving suggestion". I can never follow a literal training plan that says that on week 3 day 2, I should be doing this or that....not in my life. When it says I should be swimming today, well, let's see..... I don't have access to a pool for another few weeks, or I'm just getting done with 12 hr midnights and I can barely stand up, or my favorite...I would but the lakes are still frozen over.

The only thing I can really do is study a training plan and grasp the concept of periodized training and ramp up my efforts accordingly in a safe manner. The one thing I must really avoid is the temptation to log a ton of junk mileage then waste precious time recovering from my un-needed Herculean effort. For example, if I run 10 miles, I will push myself until I hit 13.1 so I will go away feeling good about doing a half marathon in training. If I ride 40 miles, I will push to 56 so I can do a half iron distance ride. My 2 mile swim a while ago? I wanted 2.4 so I could walk away with an iron distance swim under my belt but couldn't take the chlorine anymore.

I can't submit to the temptations anymore. I have to train smart, recover quickly, get back to training again. Logging tons of miles only delays my recovery, slows down my training, and if I get over.

Anyway, that's what's on my mind.

Time to grow up Robert and start training like an athlete.

******* forgot to add this *********
Weight loss class update...
I have been asked a few times how my class was going or what was the latest.

I met with the manger at my local Anytime Fitness and tentatively I will be doing my first presentation to the staff at the end of May and then a 1-2 hr seminar for the membership in June. If all goes well, I will continue doing presentations in all 3 locations. Also, once I get my ACE certification, I will start a couch to 5k program tentatively spring '14 and then a half marathon training group also in '14.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JPONCIN 5/6/2013 12:48PM

  Congrats. :)

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CATIATM 5/4/2013 10:49AM

    Woo hoo indeed! Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 5/1/2013 7:25PM

    Sounds like a plan.

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DUXGRL1 4/30/2013 8:02PM

    You will somehow find a way to do it. I have faith!

Great article, by the way!

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LIVEDAILY 4/30/2013 7:16PM

If visual reminders help you, why not make an outline that you can refer to, as a visual aid, not necessarily one that is written in stone that you HAVE to do, but a general schematic to help your mind set....?

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BBECKER1955 4/30/2013 6:33PM

    Great job! You da man.
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ALIDOSHA 4/30/2013 4:20PM

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MPWILKINSON 4/30/2013 4:09PM

  Congrats Robert! Also, your post was republished on Corinne Crabtree's Phit-n-Phat blog:

So, you are reaching more people than you realize - great work! emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/30/2013 1:21PM

    Excellent Robert!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/30/2013 1:09PM

    That's it... slow and careful. don't overtrain, don't skimp either. The fact that you can't swim right now is not a huge problem if you work those muscles in other ways until the pool is open. You CAN do this. And if something happens that you don't, remember that the Wright Brothers didn't fly the first time they tried. We shot a lot of people into space before we got to the moon. I have complete confidence in you being able to do this.

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/30/2013 7:55AM

    "...because I know how I am. What if I can't produce? What if it isn't enough?"

Robert: I'm wondering if you'd suggest to me or anyone else who reads your blogs that, unless we went another .4 in the pool or added three miles to the run or pushed for 20 more miles on the bike, we might not "produce" or "do enough."

Or would you tell us to be smart, pace ourselves and work toward the long-range goal of doing the best we can so that we're ready for the actual race?

The best we can would be hampered by over-training. The best YOU can will be hampered by over-training.

Perhaps you might want to train yourself the way you'll train folks you're going to work with once you have your ACE certification--gently, with common sense and with a letting go of the fear that they, by default of who they are as people, aren't enough.

Just getting out there, just doing this, whether you "produce" or "do enough"is...enough.

You are enough.


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MARILYNROBERT 4/30/2013 1:36AM

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CLPURNELL 4/29/2013 11:17PM

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SHANECODER 4/29/2013 10:54PM

    Way to go Robert! That's awesome!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/29/2013 10:05PM

    So Awesome! I love reading and listening to Ben Greenfield! I've learned a lot from him. Very-very cool that you have been featured by Ben!

Good luck with your training and your class!

Very inspiring stuff!

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MOBYCARP 4/29/2013 9:14PM

    The thing I struggle the most with in training is . . . not doing too much. It sounds like I'm not the only one who needs to be careful with testosterone poisoning! I trust you'll figure out what works in training, drawing in part on the principles you articulated in the blog for Ben Greenfield.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/29/2013 7:45PM

    Training plans are kind of like battle plans, I figure. And I'll be out half marathoning with having followed less than half of my plan next Sunday. I know you've got this. I have faith in you... as someone said to me of MY second guessing last Saturday: it's that 10 days out jitters, that's all it is.

Expect a few of those uncomfy moments, train on as best you can... and you know I already scheduled my vacation time around your half iron, don't you? You have FANS, buddy!

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    i wish I had words of wisdom or advice but you are waaaaaay out of my ballywick.. so, I will just tell you that I can tell you are committed.... I can tell that you are doing the best you can given the knowledge you have and the barriers specific to your life... so, I think all you can do is, well, all you can do! Trust that your passion will come through on "the day"... and you will finish!!

and a big WOOT WOOT on your published blog... very cool indeed!

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MBSHAZZER 4/29/2013 6:23PM

    Great article that you posted. I had not heard of that website and I am excited to check it out. Thanks for sharing~!

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NILLAPEPSI 4/29/2013 5:58PM

    emoticon emoticon on your story being published!! That's so emoticon Your story is very inspiring!!

You can do this!! We'll be cheering you on!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 4/29/2013 4:58PM

    Good to read your update, Robert.

I'd encourage you not to worry about your Ironman race or, indeed, the training. By all means stay focused and do the best you can - you can't ask any more of yourself than that!

But IF something happens that prevents you for achieving your Ironman goal first time as planned - DON'T WORRY! You WILL get there - just like with everything else you've put your mind to.

I just don't want you to put yourself under too much pressure - it's the journey that counts and you're certainly excelling at that, potholes, bumps and all!

Keep up the good work, but be kind to yourself too.

Best wishes


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LADYGWEN25 4/29/2013 4:18PM

    robert... I could SERIOUSLY HUG YOU!!!! I have the same fears with my first Ironman Full distance( check out my blog from today).. heck ANYTHING new... Beginnings are scary... but the ending you will be VICTORIOUS!

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PMRUNNER 4/29/2013 2:58PM

    That's pretty cool! Great advice for a sensible approach to weight loss.

A comment about what you said about goals and goal setting. I do agree that setting a time frame for weight loss can be counterproductive, especially if one is apt to get discouraged. I think a target time frame for weight loss is OK if one is at the point where one can objectively and periodically assess progress along the way and be willing to adjust the goal and or time frame as needed without negative emotional consequences. Maybe thinking of them as milestones instead of goals.

Also, I do not think that endurance training and focused weight loss are compatible. While one may lose weight training for a marathon or other endurance race, the focus should be on the training and the refueling that is needed to support the training and the event. There is time enough to refocus on weight loss when the marathon is over!

Good luck on your half ironman! I have done sprint and olympic distance triathlons, but not the longer distances. Sounds like it will be a challenge to get all the training in. Be safe and stay healthy!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 4/29/2013 2:43PM

    Great article on Ben Greenfield's fitness blog. I'm a big fan of his also.

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    Congrats to you...

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_JODI404 4/29/2013 2:00PM


That is truly an *A*W*E*S*O*M*E* Wooo~Hoooo!!!!!


How exciting!! That is definitely something to be very proud of!!

Sounds like you are being very smart about your training. Stay strong and don't fall for your desires to over-do it. In the long run, the restraint will result in your SUCCESS!

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BMCKEOW1 4/29/2013 1:09PM

    That's awesome that you were published. Way to go you. I think that you are willing to be flexible in your training shows lots of commiment and courage. No it won't be easy but you can do this. Remember to be your own cheerleader.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/29/2013 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your WOO HOO moment with us. Planning your training and being flexible shows a lot of commitment, especially when you have so many factors to contend with. You push yourself and do incredible things. Keep up the amazing work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/29/2013 12:12PM

  Awesome Blog. Read you Article on Greenfield Site. You Have a Great Plans. You Can Do It. This is the WAY TO GO!!! Keep It Up. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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LEWILL1982 4/29/2013 12:03PM

    You have alot going on, I love following you. What an inspiration. I work a regular 8 hour day, I should have no excuses! Good luck!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/29/2013 11:52AM

    WOOHOO! Congrats on getting published. You are making such great strides in reorganizing your life into a new focus.

I can understand your nerves and hesitations with pushing into something of this magnitude. However, you are smart and you know what you need to do in order to complete this. You know how to train smart.

In looking at many training programs for training for an event they never have you complete the entire distance. Work with your schedule and your body. You will succeed.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 4/29/2013 11:14AM

    emoticon So awesome! I read your article on the Greenfield site, great stuff! Although, all of us here already knew you were epic. emoticon

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LINDAK25 4/29/2013 11:07AM

    Good plan--train smart!

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SARAWALKS 4/29/2013 10:35AM

    Fantastic news!
I'm zeroing in on your paragraph "The other thing that makes this difficult is that I do not have a plan to follow. My work schedule makes that impossible. Everything I do is like a picture on a frozen dinner that says "serving suggestion"."
Oh, I feel your pain! My job is unpredictable like that too...not as bad in terms of shifts but I can never count on a particular time to be off. Flexibly determined to work in the have a great handle on this.
I know you will do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOE14250 4/29/2013 10:26AM

    you rule and roll!

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LIV2RIDE 4/29/2013 9:58AM

    emoticon It's so awesome that your story has been featured on Ben's site. I got the email this morning. Great article! Keep on pushing!

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BLUEROSE73 4/29/2013 9:55AM

    That is awesome. Its so wonderful you were published. And I cant wait to see your training pay off.

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LINDAKAY228 4/29/2013 9:39AM

    You have so much to celebrate! That is so awesome about your article. And also about the classes. Sometimes life doesn't let us follow a black and white plan. But you are putting the work in the best way you can and I have no doubt that you will be able to do your event. Don't give up on yourself!

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SHAPECHANGER 4/29/2013 9:38AM

    Congratulations on getting your post published. I read it and it's very insightful and inspiring. What instantly struck me were a few words from your #1 concept: the words slowly, gradually, patiently, time. Which ties in with #4, letting go of unrealistic goals and time frames. We live in a world of instant gratification, and too often that applies to our journeys of health and fitness. We either achieve success too rapidly, but it doesn't last, or we don't see the success we hoped we would fast enough, and we get discouraged. Your approach is the best, I think. Be patient, focus on doing better today, and all will fall into place. emoticon emoticon

On a side note, emoticon for a long awaited spring in the U.P. emoticon I thought it would never get here!

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CM_GARDNER78 4/29/2013 9:25AM

    Robert - that is fabulous!!! (About the class) Way to go!!!

Sounds like you just had to say your training ideas "out loud" to get them sorted in your mind. I have no doubt that you will rock this tri like a BOSS!

I have never been so happy or grateful for spring in my WHOLE LIFE! And I've been in the UP for my WHOLE life! HA! This seemed like an especially brutal winter....

You got this! We're behind you 110%!!

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JGIRL5799 4/29/2013 8:56AM

    how awesome is that!!!! Way to go athlete!!! emoticon

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GINA180847 4/29/2013 8:52AM

    Yes, it is like I say to my husband.....Time to join the real world. You do what you can and damn the consequences. You will catch a break here and there. I read your post on the Greenfield pg. and it is excellent.

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STARLIGHT615 4/29/2013 8:44AM

    That is AWESOME!! Congrats!! you are amazing!

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GINGERHAWK 4/29/2013 8:43AM

  Congrats on the blog post - that is fantastic! Just take your journey one day at a time - you can totally conquer this. Deep breath and enjoy the ride!

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DESERTJULZ 4/29/2013 8:40AM

    Congrats on having your post published! Make those goals reasonable and you will accomplish them. :D

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JUNEAU2010 4/29/2013 8:39AM

    Your last sentence is incomplete: " like an athlete that you are."

You ARE an athlete!

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