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Today Was A Hard Day...more class prep..


Sunday, May 05, 2013



Today, I said my goodbyes to my trainer. He is moving to Texas to better his personal training career and to pursue his masters degree in the exercise sciences. I am really happy for him know it is the best move he could make. He is also like an adopted son to me and it hurts to see him go. I know he will come back and visit but its not the same. While he is like a son to me, he is sort of like a father to me as well. He mentored me in strength training (he is also an amateur bodybuilder as well and competes). I would come in for my sessions and tell him all about my week, the highs, lows, breakthroughs and the breakwiths. I was also looking forward to coming back to the gym after my 70.3 and show him my medal. I am going to miss him terribly. Although he is almost half my age, we have really connected and he really encouraged me to pursue this class I will be teaching shortly.

This is bittersweet because more than anything, I wish he could be there when I give my first presentation. Mario was/is special to me and a selfish part of me wishes we could just keep training and he could be with me as I move forward obtaining my own certification and ultimately, my own practice and niche. You know, sorta like buddies..

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All the more reason to do him proud. I want more than ever now to finish strong so I can tell him all about how his "dad" finished his first long course triathlon, taught his first seminar and how he inspired people to get in the game and stay there. As there are much more troublesome things in the world today, my heart hurts over watching a friend leave. He will be missed. However, how proud I will be of him when he comes back with his masters and he tells me of all his adventures and successes. Man, I am going to miss this kid.

After I got back from my goodbye breakfast, I got to work on my class. After meeting with the gym manager a week or so ago, she set a tentative plan in motion. This month I do a staff presentation then in June, we are looking at doing a 1 to 1 1/2 hr seminar for the membership with the idea of doing it in all three locations. Then after this, start a monthly class co-presenting with a trainer. Next year, when I finish my personal trainers certification, I am looking at starting a couch to 5k program and ultimately a half marathon training group. The whole focus is primarily starting a running group based out of the gym and meet to run, encourage new runners and get them established on the same path that so radically changed things for me.

It's kinda crazy how things have changed from just a dream and an idea to finally becoming reality. Something worthwhile that is totally my own, to shape, create, and make it whatever my heart wants it to be in light of the greater good. I'm not following someone else's ideas or program, this is 100% me.

Man, I never thought things would turn out like this :)

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MONTREAL12 8/12/2013 11:19AM

  Your former trainer sounds like an exceptional person; I'm sure that he'll do well in pursuing his Master's program. Now it's up to you to continue the great work that you have been doing. emoticon

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GREENVALLEYS 5/7/2013 8:42PM

    Things are for ever sifting, changing, we adjust to the changes in our lives, our bodies, but our friendships will stay constant. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/6/2013 10:43PM

    emoticon You're the STAR emoticon in the Spark Mail. Wonderful to see your blog featured. What an honor. emoticon

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JAMER123 5/6/2013 10:36PM

    He will be missed but it is easy today to stay in contact with people. Hope you meet your goals as you have set them and then can share them with him. Best of luck to you in the future!!
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HEARTS116 5/6/2013 9:43PM

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MIMIDOT 5/6/2013 6:41PM

    You'll miss him. But I'm sure you will also make him proud! Keep up the good work!

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SLIMLEAF 5/6/2013 6:29PM

    It's great to hear of your continued progress.

Best wishes.

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SUSIEMT 5/6/2013 5:15PM

    YEA YOU! You are both moving on to better and bigger things. Your baby (class) is getting ready to walk. You go guy!

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MOMMY445 5/6/2013 5:07PM

    you will definitely do your trainer proud! congrats on the progress plans for your class! you can do this! you are so worth it!

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CHARTHESTAR 5/6/2013 4:43PM

    it is so hard to have someone you care about and that has inspired you in so many ways move on to a different phase of their life.
the positive note is is a different phase of their life and you can still connect with them on occasion.
Not the same. but life doesn't stay the same. we are constantly changing - hopefully in a positive way on our life journey.


Congratulations on you success and achieving more steps towards your goal to a PT!

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LISA_FRAME 5/6/2013 4:15PM

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SHOAPIE 5/6/2013 3:06PM

    You'll miss him but you will still be able to here his voice in your head encouraging you on.

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/6/2013 2:42PM

  What a super tribute. So moving.

PLEASE pardon me, but he got to see a new life being birthed. And ow the things that you are doing... it's like watching ones kid graduate. All those dreams and all that unreal potential, you have developed.

I hope you can share a least snippets of your class. I totally loved the series you wrote before. If you write it into a book or workbook emoticon emoticon emoticon , I'd read it...

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NEWTINK 5/6/2013 1:47PM

    You have already done awesome thing and now the world is just your oyster .... Stay strong emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 5/6/2013 1:08PM

    When a friend moves away it is hard. Men, especially, tend to not stay in touch as much. (I know that is a generalization, but men don't express their friendship in the same way women do) On the other hand, when you do see him again, you will be amazed at how you just take right up where you left off...

But how amazing it is that your dreams ARE happening! and YOU are making them happen! don't ever forget that. yes, we all have help along the way, but if you don't make the efforts, nothing happens. You have made the changes happen!!

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IDICEM 5/6/2013 1:05PM

  You will do Mario proud! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 5/6/2013 12:50PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/6/2013 12:41PM

    I have moved many times in my life. It really only gets harder to leave the dear friends I have made over the years. I ease my sadness by keeping in touch by phone and skype or facetime. I have been in contact with two friends since 1992. Our relationships have changed but they are still great and we are connected. Try to connect once a week or so. It really has helped me a lot.
Congratulations on your new career. How exciting.
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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/6/2013 11:39AM

    Ahhh I just got back from visiting Bluebonnets Territory in Abilene area. Maybe you can go visit? It's tough to lose a great friend and mentor and buddy. He was put there in your life at the right time for a specific reason and he will always have a special place in your heart!! Who knows? His working with you may have given him the inspiration and courage to go after some of his dreams!!?

You will soon be an inspiration to others - we already know that, but there will be more looking to you.

Cheers!!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/6/2013 11:37AM

  I know exactly what you are feeling, but you have the right idea of doing him proud with your continued accomplishments. emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 5/6/2013 11:00AM

    It's always difficult to say goodbye to a friend - particularly one who has been with you on such a journey! I bet he is crazy proud of you already.
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LEWILL1982 5/6/2013 10:15AM

    I have a trainer and we have a relationship. I can't imagine how I would feel if he left. At times, when I feel burn out, he's there to reel me back in. I get it and I know you will grow from this and become stronger. You might find out, you can fly on your own! Sounds like you already do. Also, way to take your transformation and pay it forward. So impressive! Congratulations to all of your accomplishments and achievements!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/6/2013 10:05AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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OFGREENGABLES 5/6/2013 10:03AM

    that was a lovely tribute!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/6/2013 10:01AM

    I told my personal trainer she can't retire, move, or die before me. I would be lost without her. Good luck finding another one.

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DJSHIP46 5/6/2013 9:55AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SJKENT1 5/6/2013 9:13AM

    Isn't it wonderful how we meet special people in our life exactly when we need to. What a blessing you are to each other. No it will not be the same... but what a precious time you have had.

I think the sadness is a good sign... shows how deep you care for each other.

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WALLINMW 5/6/2013 8:55AM

  Stay motivated!

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ROCKYCPA 5/6/2013 8:51AM

    You can do it - you'll still keep in touch. That will make it easier!

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CHERYLHURT 5/6/2013 8:23AM

  You both helped each other!

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BECCA315 5/6/2013 7:54AM

    I 'lost' my PT earlier this year when he moved on. Haven't found a replacement yet. These guys and gals become such a big part of our lives, and it's like a family member moving away. I wish you both luck! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 5/6/2013 7:27AM

    Mario has enriched your life, as I'm positively sure you enriched his! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 5/6/2013 7:06AM

    Always hard to let go.

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JENNAAW 5/6/2013 7:05AM

    What an awesome journey you have had; congrats and thanks for sharing with us! About 30 years ago I was given a series of sessions with a personal trainer as a gift. She was totally amazing and after a few sessions I developed a love for free weights and cardio that is still going strong today. A good trainer that is a good fit for you is priceless. I recently, after all these decades, met a trainer I really clicked with again. Really got me motivated to improve my routines!

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JANEMARIE77 5/6/2013 6:54AM

    keep thinking they will and they will turn out great way to go

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TINAJANE76 5/6/2013 6:32AM

    As someone who's been on the other side of your situation (the person who left), don't underestimate how hard this is going to be on Mario. It's really tough to follow your heart and your dreams and move so far away from so many people who love and support you, but your friendship is strong so it can and will continue to flourish in spite of your distance even if it's in a different way from what you're used to.

Continue to follow your dreams and do him proud. Then when you meet up again, you can marvel at everything you've both achieved.
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BESSHAILE 5/6/2013 6:21AM

    Ouch. I empathize with you - from time to time I've had to release beloved friends to a far away world - and even though the friendships continue - their absence takes a while to get used to.

But I am really excited to hear about your progress with the class. I hope one day to hear you've been able to completely transition into a new career. I know you'll be an inspiring teacher. Woo Woo for You!

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PENOWOK 5/6/2013 6:20AM

    How very exciting!!! Pictures will tell Mario!!

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