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My Body Is My Finishers Medal.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just a few quick thoughts before I finally get to bed. I did my first real workout since the 70.3 and it felt really good to get back in there and mix it up. As expected I'm a tad tender but that's ok. On the one hand, it feels kinda sad that the race I have worked so hard for is now in the rear view mirror but at the same time, I have been looking forward to the day when I can concentrate on finishing my journey. If I mange to drop another 40+ lbs, that will put me in striking distance of being able to train successfully for a 140.6 mile triathlon. That would also put me at about a 155-160 lb weight loss and quite frankly, that's enough... Ill be happy with that.

Even though I do get surgery to remove loose skin and such, I'll never look like a fitness model and to be honest, I don't care. This is about far more than trying to sport a 6 pack. Would I like one? Would I like to be cut and buff? Sure I do, who wouldn't ? But it's not important. What is important to me is to finish this and to get fit enough to accomplish my ultimate goal of a full Iron distance triathlon. The issues I had during the race did little to extinguish my desire to go all the way. If anything, they just wet my whistle. I must be a tri-maniac... Not even a day after the race and I was already formulating battle plans, looking at elevation charts, and plotting my next adventure.

I feel like a different person when I'm out there. I feel strong and capable and its because i love what I feel when I'm out there that I want to take a period of time and really hammer this out until I'm done so I can go on and reach for the big goals.

Ultimately when it is all said and done, my body IS my finishers medal and my ultimate reward for a job well done. that is one finish line I can't wait to cross.
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LRSILVER 8/22/2013 4:55AM

    Awesome.

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NASFKAB 8/22/2013 4:14AM

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ASMARTERWAY 8/22/2013 3:32AM

    Keep it up. Your body is reward enough and it's a great reward. Cling to your dream and it will spur you on.

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LOULENE 8/22/2013 3:14AM

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JUNEAU2010 8/21/2013 8:30PM

    GREAT! But, in a larger sense, you'll never be finished because, with this new lifestyle that you love, you'll be doing it for the rest of your life! (And I hope that is very a very, very, very long and healthy time!)

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DUXGRL1 8/21/2013 7:47PM

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MSLZZY 8/21/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon Very positive attitude about your current success. So glad you have a great handle on body image as well.

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MOBYCARP 8/21/2013 4:37PM

    "If I mange to drop another 40+ lbs, that will put me in striking distance of being able to train successfully for a 140.6 mile triathlon. That would also put me at about a 155-160 lb weight loss and quite frankly, that's enough... Ill be happy with that. "

This struck me as an odd way to look at things, defining your weight by how much you have lost instead of by where you are now or where you want to get to. But I guess I shouldn't knock it if it's working for you.

For sure, you've demonstrated tenacity and focus in completing the half ironman. Those traits will serve you well as you pursue your next set of goals.

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GEORGE815 8/21/2013 4:35PM

    Here's to finishing that race!

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LEWILL1982 8/21/2013 4:26PM

    You have a winning spirit. We are different people on the race course, adrenaline and determination kick in and we typically exceed our every expectation. When I say we, I mean all athletes, people who compete. You'll get off that 40 pounds in no time and by the Spring, we'll be reading about your training plans. 140.3 or bust!!

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WORLDSERIES11 8/21/2013 3:27PM

    You have much to be proud of and much more to look forward to!!
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SPINNINGJW 8/21/2013 1:01PM

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I have been so inspired by your journey.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/21/2013 12:47PM

    All I can say to this is "AMEN"

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/21/2013 12:07PM

    I am so proud of you. I love that you are doing something you truly love, enjoy and will endure much for. That kind of dedication will serve you well in all aspects of your life.

Have fun on your next adventure. I look forward to watching the journey and gain inspiration to find my own.

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NDKARIKARI 8/21/2013 11:45AM

    Awesome idea. My body is my finisher's medal. It's such a motivating idea. Every time I read your blogs, I get a jolt of inspiration and energy. Your words, story and progress are powerful!

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KARRENLYNN 8/21/2013 11:44AM

    What a great attitude! Enjoying what you've accomplished while reaching for more. It's taken me a long to time realize it's about way more than the scale number and that the cool life doesn't start at the goal line. It starts the minute you choose to.

You are awesome, inside and out, and I'm sure you'll be successful in whatever you choose to focus on!

Karen

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TRAVELGRRL 8/21/2013 11:37AM

    Your title says it all, and I'm going to remember it. We don't all have to look like MODELS and most of us never will.

I'm glad you are looking forward to your next challenge, but I think the real measure of success is how you've impacted your family. You can't tell me that having a fit and active and healthy dad doesn't have a profound influence on your children!!!

YOU ROCK!

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DALID414 8/21/2013 11:23AM

    You picked a great Spark name, very befitting of your ultimate goal.

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LINDAK25 8/21/2013 11:22AM

    Well, it sounds like you had better get busy working on your next goal--40 more pounds, then a training schedule and plan for a 140.6 mile triathlon! You can do it, you're already more than half way there!

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GOING-STRONG 8/21/2013 11:21AM

    I love it... "My body is my finisher's medal"!

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UWPALUM 8/21/2013 9:16AM

    Being healthy and strong is exactly the reward I'm enjoying for my hard work. I don't plan to do the adventures you are attempting, but it is still inspirational and motivating! Thanks for sharing!

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MARGARITTM 8/21/2013 9:16AM

    Sharing this Patton quote


"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian




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GINGERLY4 8/21/2013 9:15AM

    What a great thought...my body IS my finishers medal...

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OTTAWABOUND 8/21/2013 8:49AM

    Way to go. Can't imagine doing a triathalon, but it sure sounds like you love it. And that your body can do things that the weight prevented.

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KATHIC2 8/21/2013 8:01AM

  You are strong, brave and determined. Good for you!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/21/2013 8:00AM

    Listened to your interview this morning. You did a great job. The point of meeting small steps every day is one that everyone on Spark People needs to hear.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/21/2013 7:58AM

    Robert,

I know you realize that you're describing the RUSH that, even I get, when we exercise. However, with the Triathlon, you're hooked in a BIG way, and I'm champing at the bit, to see your next escapade, in this endeavor!!!

Yes, our body is our ultimate reward, in a job well done, and we can always tell, if we gave our all, or not. I love the way my body responds during and after my exercising. It's a very FEEL GOOD FEELING!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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KELLIEBEAN 8/21/2013 7:50AM

    I get such a rush out of being stronger than I used to be, having more stamina. I agree, our bodies are our best finishers medal!

I can't wait to see what you accomplish next!

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BLUEROSE73 8/21/2013 7:50AM

  That is awesome Robert. Congratulations on your accomplishment again. You have inspired me to keep reaching for my goals. I believe I can get there.

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BLUENOSE63 8/21/2013 7:42AM

  Robert

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! Keep your eyes straight ahead and your feet will follow.

Congrats on your life accomplishment. My race is next weekend, so I am in taper now and getting antsy.

Did you post a pic of your finishing medal? Just wanted to see the bling.

Take care and if you have a local triathlon club in your area, they are a great group to continue on with to your ultimate goal of a full Ironman.


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/21/2013 7:25AM

    Love it! So many people lose sight of WHY they're really doing this. It's all about us and our health, not about a reflection in the mirror! Well done Robert!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/21/2013 7:16AM

    As always, you are marching on 2 victory!

Go for it--based on your record thus far, there is no doubt you can do this.

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JPONCIN 8/21/2013 5:26AM

    You can do it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2013 5:01AM

    With your attitude, you cannot fail. On, on to Victory, Robert! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/21/2013 4:54AM

    Awesome blog to start my day! Thanks! You are doing fantastic! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2013 4:43AM

    wonderful!

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TAICHIDANCER 8/21/2013 4:11AM

    Good for you.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 8/21/2013 2:19AM

    You are amazing!

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SALLY_MANDER 8/21/2013 2:10AM

    I know exactly what you mean by the feeling you get when you're out there . . . it's how I feel when on a long run :) And I actually get giddy when checking out new races to register for.
And what do you mean, IF you drop the remaining weight?! I've never known anyone as determined as you are. It may take a while, but you WILL get there!

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