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Wetsuit fits! :) And What It's All About...

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

It always seems like I'm taking a risk ordering things online since I don't have the chance to try it on. On top of the fact that I'm flubby in weird places due to weight loss and I can be a rather non-standard fit. I was delightfully surprised when I tried on my wetsuit that just came in and it fit perfect and feels good.

Now I have all of my essential triathlon gear...

Wow, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while...
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Anyway, it feels good that my gear isn't tight or overly embarrassing. Even my 2XU trisuit isn't too bad. Last year it looked like I was stuffing 10 lbs of Jello into a 5 lb bag, now its only about 8.5...

lol...

Anyway here it is.... the grand unveiling....



So you can see the brand name of the suit... this one is really great! :)






GRRRR It's Gonna Be EPIC!!!


The blue tri-suit is my "base layer". The wetsuit goes on on top of it for the swim, then when I transition to the bike, the wetsuit comes off and I go out on with my tri-suit then continue on into the run. I will, however, probably wear a long sleeve, thin white tech shirt over my tri-suit while on the run so I dont get roasted. Yes there is sunblock but too much exposure and I get really sick so I need to be careful. I will be out there between the swim, bike, and run for about 8.5 hrs maybe a tad less of I have a good tail wind.

For those just tuning in, the triathlon I am doing is 70.3 miles broken down to 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike, 13.1 miles on the run.

As I look at these photos, I need to remind myself that this is a LONG way from 385 pounds. Through participating in races, I have learned to shed a certain amount of my self consciousness. I have never felt judged or criticized while I have been out on the course and if anything, I get high fives from the more seasoned athletes. At the finish line, at what ever the distance, everyone knows what it took to get there. There is often a sense of mutual respect because of what we all had to overcome to get there.

Ultimately, it isn't about how you look externally. It's all about how much heart you bring to the course and people recognize that.

When you give it your best and leave it all out there. When you have fought the good fight, you earn the most important respect of all... your own.
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JSEATTLE 6/30/2013 12:26PM

  Way to Go, I love that feeling of "Clothes found again"!!

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DIANNEMT 6/30/2013 11:43AM

    You look good! And you'll both look and feel great after you finish!!

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MINEA999 6/30/2013 11:32AM

    Wow! Amazing! What a challenge to take on. You're going to do awesome and look great doing it!!!!

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SHANNONY84 6/30/2013 11:18AM

    Way to go!

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DJSHIP46 6/30/2013 10:31AM

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JANEMARIE77 6/30/2013 10:26AM

    woohoo way to go best luck

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POUNDSAWAY73 6/30/2013 10:11AM

  Wow! You look fantastic!!! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 6/30/2013 10:03AM

    WOW so cool for you! GOOD job...... no one cares how you look, it is about how you feel on the inside and you must be very proud of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/30/2013 10:03AM

    You look great.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/30/2013 9:46AM

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SHOAPIE 6/30/2013 9:43AM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/30/2013 9:37AM

    Looks great!! You are going to look good while kicking butt in your triathlon. :)

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IDICEM 6/30/2013 9:34AM

  emoticon We'll be cheering you on!

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NEPTUNE1939 6/30/2013 9:26AM

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/30/2013 9:22AM

    emoticon Good luck! emoticon

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NWFL59 6/30/2013 9:06AM

    Excellent! You're going to dominate the tri! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 6/30/2013 9:00AM

    Looking good!!!! Loved your blog. You're right on! Keep up the good work.

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PENOWOK 6/30/2013 8:38AM

    Sounds and look as though you are more than READY!!!

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WANNABFIT34 6/30/2013 8:36AM

    Dude you really do look like you have less jello stuffed in there. Even if the scale hasn't moved I can really see the difference! Keep it up and I can't wait to hear the epic tale of the Tri when it's over!


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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/30/2013 8:26AM

    You look great. Wishing you lots of luck on your traithalon.

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BECKYANNE1 6/30/2013 8:23AM

    Way to Go! You look great for that Tri! It's always a risk ordering something online. I've sent many things back since my weight loss and it's always exciting when something comes and fits really good. You're gonna rock that Tri!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/30/2013 7:34AM

    You look simply wonderful. Check out that glorious smile on your face~!

"...Ultimately, it isn't about how you look externally. It's all about how much heart you bring to the course..."

Double Amen.

"When you give it your best and leave it all out there. When you have fought the good fight, you earn the most important respect of all... your own."

I think so many of us struggle hard with this. I have hated myself for eating junk even as I ate it. I have hated myself for sitting on the couch even as I sat there. I have hated myself so many ways and so many days that I exhausted myself.

Now I respect myself, not because I weigh so much less, but because I worked hard to get where I am now. I. respect. myself.

And I respect you, Robert. You are one of my all-time favorite inspirations.

GO FOR IT!!!!

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LRSILVER 6/30/2013 7:17AM

    Great. You do like a warrior. Keep pushing.

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CHERYLHURT 6/30/2013 6:59AM

  You look GREAT!

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TRYINGHARD54 6/30/2013 6:43AM

    you look fantastic! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/30/2013 4:11AM

  Awesome Blog. You look like a Pro in the Wetsuit. Good Pictures too. You are right on track. Keep It Up. and You will Make It. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. /hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PHEBESS 6/30/2013 2:20AM

    Wow, you look like a pro! And how exciting that you're doing a triathlon - way to go!!!

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DALID414 6/29/2013 11:45PM

    Awesome when online purchases fit well, but more awesome when its such an important piece of the puzzle. I'm excited for you!

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JUNEAU2010 6/29/2013 10:29PM

    I love your smile! I had never heard of a trisuit, so you explained something I wondered about.

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MOBYCARP 6/29/2013 9:28PM

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Yes, it's going to be epic! You've got the equipment, you've got the drive, you're into the training . . . and you're going to nail those 70.3 miles!

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WARRIOR11209 6/29/2013 9:17PM

    Great pics. The wetsuit is a perfect fit. You are going to kill the tri ! emoticon good luck


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LOPEYP 6/29/2013 7:51PM

    Impressive! Give 'em heck! emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/29/2013 7:43PM

    Totally - wetsuits can be umm lets just say less than falttering - they hide umm NOTHING... I swear I would wear SPANX under mine if I had to wear one... that said yours look GREAT, I cant believe you ordered online and they fit so well - RAWKKKK!!!
Love your pics so much - thank you for sharing them with us (-:
~*Grrrrrr - its gonna be EPIC - INDEED!!!*~ (-: soo happy for you!!
Susie*
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COCK-ROBIN 6/29/2013 7:38PM

    Wonderful!

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BOILHAM 6/29/2013 6:57PM

    You are a beast. Love the GRRR picture. I know you'll be bring plenty of heart to the event, and will give it all you have. What a great blog. Thanks.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 6/29/2013 6:55PM

    Robert, you look like a winner in epic sauce!

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LINDAK25 6/29/2013 6:47PM

    Fantastic! I love it! You're getting there! You've got your kit and all you need to do is keep training smart. When the day comes (and it will) you'll be ready! Yeah!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/29/2013 6:25PM

    Spray yourself with PAM before putting on wetsuit so it slips off easily.

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4RASCALS 6/29/2013 5:56PM

    Your looking good. No doubt that you will ace the triathlon. It takes courage to attempt something like that, so I just know you will do great.

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COLOR-BLUE 6/29/2013 4:53PM

    You look absolutely amazing!!! I know you're going to kill that 70.3 miles!!! Keep your shirt on, to protect yourself, stay safe, and be blessed, I'll see you on the other side!!!

- Nancy Jean -

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LIVEDAILY 6/29/2013 4:39PM

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The transformation, both inside and out, is spectacular!!!

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FITFOODIE806 6/29/2013 4:35PM

    70.3 here you come!! Looking good and ready for the challenge.

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HENLADY11 6/29/2013 3:24PM

  You look ready to kick some a#@% bro! WooHoo!!

What is the date of the triathlon? Us SparkPeople will all be cheering for you.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/29/2013 3:24PM

    This is awesome. Good luck on your triathalon! Glad you had luck buying online -- I just posted today that online clothing shopping is tough. I'm trying to find some specialty cold-weather clothing items that aren't in the stores here in the middle of summer -- oof. It's definitely been an exercise in frustration -- maybe I can enter than into my fitness counter!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/29/2013 3:23PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing your photos. You look like you're ready to go do a tri or something. emoticon

Oh, you need some background music. Here are some excerpts from your favorite Def Leppard tune:

Cry wolf, given mouth to mouth
Like a movin' heartbeat in the witching hour
I'm runnin' with the wind, a shadow in the dust
And like the drivin' rain, yeah, like the restless rust
I never sleep

And I want and I need
And I lust animal
And I want and I need
And I lust animal

~ Excerpts from Animal, Def Leppard ~

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LINDAKAY228 6/29/2013 3:05PM

    Awesome pics! You look great in them and like a true triathalete! WooHoo! It's coming up fast!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/29/2013 1:48PM

    "When you have fought the good fight, you earn the most important respect of all... your own. "

AbsoLUTEly!

And, you look wonderful and fit... you HAVE come a long way!

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DUXGRL1 6/29/2013 1:34PM

    You look great!

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KLMEIRING 6/29/2013 1:25PM

    Awesome! This is so exciting! emoticon

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