The Positive Spin Zone

August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

It has been suggested to me that I needed to write more positive posts. The exact term was “I hope to read more Happy Go Go Posts soon” What took me aback was that I thought I was writing positive posts, but I think my positive is not the same as most people’s. To me, being positive is recognizing the negative, putting the negative out there on paper, or in words, and dealing with it. For [...]

Training and Life Balance

August 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

The worst aspect of training for triathlons is the sheer amount of time it consumes in the day. It is not an activity that can be approached from a weekend warrior type of mindset, if you really want to be competitive. To get better, and to get ‘good’ it takes a lot of time and planning. It affects all aspects of your life. Late request from the boss for a report? Sorry … I have a masters [...]

Kiss Me Fat Boy: The Issue of Body Image

August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

What do you see when YOU look in the mirror? Do you see someone who is dedicated to being healthy, to changing their lives, to helping others, to being the best that they can possible be? Or do you see the same Fat Slow Triathlete that stared back at you five years ago when you were over 300 pounds? I still see the fat guy. I know I am no longer that person. I currently weight 265 pounds. I am [...]

Pulling a John: Acceptance of Coaching

August 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

A part I really like about being involved in triathlon and endurance sports is the helping aspect of it. I enjoy getting input and guidance from others I have met through the racing and I especially enjoy the planning of workouts and figuring out training schedules. This is probably due to my analytically wired nature. I love crunching numbers after a workout, uploading from my watch to Garmin [...]

Carrying That Weight

August 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

It started out so well … I was very thin when I was growing up. My grandmother would always tell me “manji manji” as soon as I walked in her door. She was so worried about me being skinny. You can see for yourself what I looked liked at 14. Hard to believe looking at that picture that I was a summer away from playing football and three years away from boot camp. I was actually [...]

Race Report – Central Florida Triathlon Series 3 (2015)

August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have never been one to put much stock in using positive energy for a race. I have always believed that preparation and training overcomes the mental part of it. I think, after this race, I may have to reconsider. As Jennifer and I stood on the beach, after getting a warm up swim in for about 10 minutes, waiting for the first wave to get going, I didn’t feel right. Something was off. I [...]

Realism: Setting Goals

August 7, 2015 | 4 Comments

I had such lofty goals when I started this journey in 2010. I was going to be an Ironman. Everything I did was focused on that goal. Being an Ironman, and being one as quickly as possible. I raced through 2011, and though I had my issues I pushed to sign up for my first 70.3 race in 2012. Florida Ironman 70.3 in Haines City. Huge issue in the swim, a slow bike, and a brutal run … but I [...]

Model Behavior

August 4, 2015 | 4 Comments

After our ride on Sunday Jennifer and I went to get something to eat, leaving my car at the park. Afterwards upon my return to pick it up we were chatting a bit and a car pulled up in front of us, parking, and we watched two young women get out with a young boy, maybe three years old. No big deal right? It’s a park. They were both smoking. And I just don’t get that. When I first [...]

Someday I’ll be Saturday Night

July 27, 2015 | 4 Comments

Hey man I’m alive I’m takin’ each day and night at a time Yeah I’m down, but I know I’ll get by Hey hey hey hey, man gotta live my life Like I ain’t got nothin’ but this roll of the dice I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night Yeah I have been in a slump lately. If you follow this blog or my various social media [...]

Reality Bites

July 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

OK, after recording the podcast the other night I walked into the living room, where the TV was left on (of course) with “Extreme Weight Loss” playing. I have found this show much better than the Biggest Loser in the past, so stopped and to watch a portion. It was the person’s first weight in (90 days) and she was tasked to lose 91 pounds (1 pound a day). She did not make the [...]
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