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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I so respect those of you who are working, raising children, tackling life's little problems that eat away at your time schedule yet still find time to do strenuous exercise training. Still find time to run, swim, walk, go to the gym, or jump on the treadmill several times a week. You are awesome.

I've been retired for 6 years now. I always exercised, sometimes before, sometimes after work. It was difficult for me, too, but I did it - I found time. But, I didn't train for a 10K, Half or Full Marathon or a Triathlon either. I do now, but I have free time. How do you do it? You are awesome.

I wondered if I had bit off more than I could chew when I registered for my first Triathlon. I know how to run now. I lived on the beach when I was a kid and swam everyday in the summer. Anyone can ride a bike, right? I can do this. So, I've been training. As always, I advanced quickly. I no longer choke and cough and run out of breath on my swims in the pool. I can now swim at least 800 yards without stopping, my most recent record. Not much, but way better than my first swim. My Walmart race bike allows me to pedal for 45 minutes at a brisk pace (cadence?) without knee, thigh or calf pain. And I still have some energy left to run. But, I'm retired. I have time to train. You guys and gals who are still working, how do you do this? You are awesome.

Oh yeah, I am also in training for another Marathon. That's in November - coming up soon. My new passion to participate in a Triathlon has disrupted my training somewhat, but I'm juggling things around. I'm still getting in my long runs, and finding time to swim and bike. It's time consuming, but I have time on my hands. I am retired. Those of you who do triathlons and marathons regularly and work and take care of life's little details, how do you do it? You are awesome.

I just love the freedom that retirement gives me. I have time to do what I enjoy. Time to plan my meals. I don't have to 'eat on the run', to eat what's convenient. God forbid, I am not forced to go to a fast food restaurant with all the temptations therein. I steer clear of them. Working folks are often forced to find a place to grab a quick meal. I remember, I worked for a living once. How do you manage to eat healthily and still do all that other stuff? You are awesome.

Keep up the good work, Sparkfriends who are still working. I so respect what you are doing. You 'are' putting all you can into your retirement plan, aren't you? If so, and you anticipate retiring at some time in the future, good for you. Then you will find all the time you need to exercise.

You are awesome!

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WONDERWOMAN 9/11/2013 9:20AM

    AGREED!!! I always say I could never have done this "running thing" while working.

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/10/2013 7:40PM

    Very cool! We are all awesome aren't we? It takes a lot of planning, a lot of patience and a ton of determination. I think that we are realizing we can do a lot more healthy then we ever could unhealthy! Yay for us!!!

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GREGGWEISBROD 9/10/2013 10:24AM

    Wow, what an incredibly heart-warming post. Every time you punctuated a paragraph with the words "you are awesome" you completely lifted my spirit higher and higher each time. I don't think I ever stopped to consider just how packed my days are now that I'm trying to do so much, it's like you do it out of a matter of necessity, and everything else just falls in line. You've made me feel incredibly 'awesome' for managing to accomplish it, and for that my friend, I thank you.

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IRONMOM39 9/10/2013 6:59AM

    What a nice blog. Kudos to you for using your retirement to embrace physical activity and try new things! I'm part of a Masters Cross-Country skiing group and some of our fastest skiers are the retirees - yes they have the time to train, but they also make training a priority when a lot of people would be sitting around - you're awesome too!

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DALID414 9/4/2013 3:01PM

    Staying healthy is a full time job in itself! Bit no one can do it for you.
I hope to live to see 100 so I may retire closer to 80 emoticon

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LEWILL1982 9/4/2013 1:05PM

    That's kind of funny that you would write about being retired. I wrote about that similarly, from the perspective of working and raising families (which I don't do yet) I work full time, but I'm not married and I dont have kids and I ignore my apt that needs to be deep cleaned, in favor of my work outs. I wonder all the time how people do it with spouses and kids and work and chores and team sports and getting dinner on the table and homework done, etc. I hope I can continue my healthy lifestyle when I get married and have a family one day. As it is, I cook alot on Sunday afternoons and eat breakfast and lunch on repeat 5 days a week. I do my long trainings on the weekends with smaller ones during the week, after work. You are awesome, that you have time time to devote to training and you take advantage of it. Those with families are awesome that they find the time to get it done. I think anybody that can make it work, deserves a big pat on the back.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/4/2013 11:53AM

    You will do awesome in your tri. Biking helps the running along with the swimming. Keep it up.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 9/4/2013 11:13AM

    I dream of the days when my head changes over to thinking of myself as an athlete and not a klutz! My husband, who will retire next year, works out 5 days a week, but he's a natural born athlete and can't wait to work out every day. He gets cranky if he doesn't. Me... planning the workout is a workout in itself!

I think half of the awesome people who work out while working are athletes who do it because they love to. And that is awesome.

The other half are people who do it because one day they looked in the mirror or woke up and felt terrible and realized they had to change. And that is awesome, too!

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COOP9002 9/4/2013 11:03AM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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NINJALINDA 9/4/2013 11:00AM

    I think I can, I think I can...make it to retirement! I'm starting to dream about it a LOT. Seven years until it becomes reality. Not sure if I will be able to fully retire at that time, but at least I'll be able to scale back to a part time job if I can't make it on my retirement alone. (That being said, I increase my deferred comp contribution every chance I get!)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/4/2013 10:52AM

    I'm looking forward to retirement - it's still a few years off. But as I read about my SparkFriends days, I have something to look forward to.

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WADINGMOOSE 9/4/2013 10:31AM

    I dream of retirement for this reason alone! For a morning run to not mean 4:30am. For time to swim with the pool isn't full. For time to relax on the deck with a cup of coffee after a run and think about pulling some weeds in the yard. Until then, I'll just live vicariously through others and increase my retirement savings.

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MASRITE 9/4/2013 9:44AM

    well put, my friend!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/4/2013 8:54AM

    Thanks for the great blog and the reminder that we are all in different places/stages of life. You are o pretty awesome yourself!

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MARATHON_MOM 9/4/2013 8:37AM

    It's definitely a challenge to get up at 3:15 every morning, get to the gym to work out and be at work by 6am. Then, run in the afternoons and take care of the marathon training stuff...
I'm lucky enough that my kids are older.. ranging in age from 15-20, but it's still hard.
I DO look forward to retirement one day!!

Way to rock that training!!

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