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tis the season of planning the season

Friday, March 02, 2012

Plantar fasciitis is gone and my running is pain free, (well sort of, running a long time at a fast pace still hurts)

I have just finalized my race season and will be doing less triathlons this year, as much as I enjoy them they are hard to do 3 or 4 in a month, so I am doing 3 sprints and 1 full. As for running I am doing 1 50k, 3 half marathons and 1 full marathon along with a handful of 5k's. It will be less training then normal but I think I will be the better for it and still having fun.

That being said I still need to drop some weight and this is proving to be much harder then I thought, I am cutting my carbs slowly and so the weight is coming off slowly, but I am going to stay patient and maintain a discipline that will produce a leaner and stronger me in 3 months time and not a fast weight loss that proves to be unhealthy and short lived. I am eating 50% of my calories from carbs (more complex carbs and less simple)and 30% from protein and 20% from fat. It is work in progress and I am moving my intake to follow my work outs more closely then in the past. So as my mileage creeps up and the fuel demand follows it, my body should have what it needs and less junk to process.

I am finishing week 5 of P90X2 and recovery week next so yeah for that.
next week should be interesting as my mileage will climb to a 40 mile week.

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BOPPY_ 4/11/2013 4:46PM

    Sigh. I miss running, sports, throwing. emoticon

But, I don't miss the 110+ pounds. emoticon

Congratulations on your fitness and program. But, remember, it is better to do less, longer, than to do more, "shorter"!


Lee emoticon

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63KEEPONGOING 4/8/2013 5:48PM

  That is a lot of running! Best in recovery and hope you continue to run like the wind.

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HAKAPES 1/3/2013 2:42AM

    I like the title! :-)
Do you follow some special nutritional regime, or is this just a rule that you had set for yourself?

I'm amazed by the amount of races you do - at this level even the nomination fees add up... Keep it up!

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TESS504 10/2/2012 12:59PM

    Great Plan!!! emoticon

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GRILLDADDY 3/26/2012 2:50PM

    That's some schedule and you say that's cutting down. Way to go, 50 K sounds insane.

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BADASSBLONDIE 3/2/2012 12:35PM

    Those sound like some good plans!

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the simple things

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I just have to blog this,It is the simple things that make life so rewarding. the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning made me think of this. I can only say that if you take the time and just look around you, at different times of the day you will be amazed at what you are missing. The feeling of your heart beating before you get out of bed, the look on your pets face when you get ready to leave and when you get home The look on a childs face when the are playing. The sights and sounds that we never hear or see because we never stop and listen or look. It takes less then 15 seconds and we have lots of moments that we can. so take a few minutes out of each day and just stop and be aware of everything around you, sometimes it can make you smile and that makes the day a little better.

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SHIROIHANA 2/4/2012 5:39PM

    emoticon Thanks for cheering the small things in life with me Gary. I'm glad to see the list of what you're grateful for. We take small but important things for granted everyday. Simply waking up with good health each morning is reason to be thankful. Many people don't have these luxuries.

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MIMIDOT 2/4/2012 11:28AM

    Neat blog. You're soooo right! Thanks for the reminder.

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My How Time Fly's

Friday, January 27, 2012

I just realized how long it has been since my last blog. ( That word just sounds so weird for writing a entry into a journal) So I decided to sit down and do one right now, It helps that I am at work, it is Friday and I am waiting for the county inspector so show up and so his thing at the shop. I could recap everything that has taken place since the last Blog, but will start with the here and now and cover the old stuff as time goes by. First off my weight loss is going great, down a solid 5 lbs since the 1st and I owe that to the SP food tracker, once you get going on it , it will save you from going over. It shows you where you are failing and also reinforces where you are doing great. I just finish the P90x/Insanity Hybrid 90 program and after this week on R&R I will start the P90X2 90 day work out on Monday. Combine that with my slow progress back to running and a ultra- marathon in May and you have a recipe for big gains in all areas of my overall health. So I will leave it at that and continue on with a new Blog weekly.

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CALGALFOX 1/28/2012 9:00AM

    Hey stranger, it's good to hear what you're up to. You're doing an ultra in May? That is so cool! I bet that training will be fun and what a great goal.

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/27/2012 2:04PM

    That's just about how I blog - who has time! I am too busy doing stuff... I have about a 1,000 blog ideas, no time to write (need someone sitting in my brain writing)... congrats on the 5 lbs... can't wait to hear about the ultra-marathon.

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SHIROIHANA 1/27/2012 11:01AM

    Congrats on your first 2012 blog, on your 5lb weight loss, on completing the Beachbody hybrid, on doing awesome on your ultra-marathon training, and for being a motivator! The nutrition tracker and fitness tracker are my favorite SP tools. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have joined. Am looking forward to reading your upcoming blogs, especially the May one that covers the ultra marathon.

Your fan,

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A lesson in listening to the logical side of me

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ok, so I was injured this last June, just before the July 4 and a Half Marathon. I hurt my left foot and found out I have plantar fasciitis, soooo, I go into prevent mode and was able to continue my running and racing with some pain, but mostly after the race ( unable to walk right for a day or two). But I was getting better. But the training for the Medtonic Twin Cities Marathon, it proved to be to much. So I will be watching and cheering instead of running, although I kept think I would just push through it, my logical side spoke up and I soon realized that pushing through a marathon is hard enough starting out healthy, only a idiot (I know I fit into this category some times) would think of starting out hurt!
So after letting myself wrap my head around the fact that I would miss this years race, I am OK with it now, all the training is not wasted and the fun of the training and racing will be even sweeter next year, so for now it is take care of myself and be ready to race another day. I will still be working out, just biking and swimming more and use the no impact cardio equipment until my feet no longer are so angry. Life is full of ups and downs, I just am not going to let the downs last long and keep think positive and make the challenge work to make me a little better for it.

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HEATHHILL 10/2/2011 3:48PM

    Gary, you're an inspiration no matter if you can race your race or not. Heal up, and you'll be rocking that race next year!!!!

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    Ahh I saw this too late, we were looking for you at the race. I am so sorry to hear you have this too! DO NOT push it too soon, just working the fair that year on my foot was way too much too soon and why it took so long to heal. But, I am just now thinking of doing the 5k of the monster dash, one year and 4 months from the last race I ran. Do other stuff like you mention, I didn't and am paying dearly.
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BADASSBLONDIE 9/29/2011 2:06PM

    I'm sorry you're going to have to miss your race. I think you made the right choice, though, and I hope your PF decides to behave itself in the near future. I had to cancel my HM earlier this month b/c of an SI joint injury and I was devestated, so I undersatnd how you feel to some degree. *hugs* You're gonna ROCK that marathon next year!

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Half Ironman #4

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I just finished my 4 HI and I can honestly say, they do not get easier, you just get your mind right and know that you can keep going long after the mind tells you to stop. Through all of my races one thing stands out, you can never give up, you can do much more then you know, and you must train your body and your mind.
The start of the race was typical,I arrived and checked in, went to my assigned bike rack and found I had enough room for my bike and had to put my towel under the front wheel, ( this tri has the least amount of space) and put my bike stuff on one side and my run stuff on the other.
The start of the race was normal, started wave 7 and the weather was perfect. my swim went good, a little slow, but no worries. A first for me was getting out of the water they had wet suit strippers, and I was out of my wet suit in record time, makes T1 some much faster.
The bike was good, I told my self to hold back and save some for the run. I lost some time due to some very rough 8 miles of road, at on point one of my rear water bottles was ejected from the bike, never to be seen again. so I lost time having to slow down so as not to break something or blow a tire. I worked on eating and drinking something every 15 minutes to help keep energy level high for the run. Did I mention, the road was close to cobblestones, very rough.
And then comes the best part, the run. T2 goes ok but my transition area is in bad shape( my fellow competors seem to have help me in this) and I leave with out my electrolyte pills, they have them on the course but I was going to need them soon. It was around 11:00 and I had 2 hours of fun in the sun and the temps were in the 78 to 82 range. Full sun and no clouds. Everything is a struggle after mile 6, I had brought a bandanna so I could wrap it around my neck and pour water on it to help keep me cool. At one station they had ice, so I wrap it up in the bandanna and put it around my neck and it really helps, a lot. I will use this trick again. But the labors of the day started to wear on me and the run starts to get hard. I had to find something to get my mind off the subject, (that subject being Pain), and I find that slowing down just a little and chatting with some of the other runners proves to be the answer, and the next few miles melt by, and I am at mile 10 before you know it, so I get some fuel at the water station and get my electrolyte pills and I hammer down as best I can I make it to the end. but with out the help of the other runners and joking back and forth to each other, and offering encouragement to the runners we passed and to the runners that passed us, it would have been a very rough run.
I finish in 5:53:43. not a PR but close, and I learned some new tricks for the next one. I seem to remember saying just before I got off the bike," I am never doing one of these again". Now why would I say that?
So, I had the strength, but left unchecked the mind would have tried to shut me down, and that opens up a whole new level of training, and one that I hope will help me with my marathons also,get the mind out of the body and letting pain leave with it.
I felt good after the race and have no pains or problems the next day and today I will do some easy yoga and by the end of the week start my marathon training, hoping to find a way to turn off the mind when the going gets tough,and enjoy what I am doing while in the middle/end of a race and stop wondering why I am doing it. And if your not doing something that makes you feel good and hurts, start.

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SHIROIHANA 12/28/2011 1:00PM

    'I seem to remember saying just before I got off the bike," I am never doing one of these again".'
That is funny... it seems like it always crosses one's mind at least one time. But then we set our pain aside and move forward. Thanks for sharing Gary!

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CALGALFOX 7/29/2010 1:49PM

    Woo hoo Gary! Another one under the belt. I think your mind has gotten stronger just over the short time I've known you. You've tackled so many things that are new to you with the running, swimming and mind strengthening. It takes a truly courageous person to make all of the personal changes and attain all the goals you've set for yourself. You are an amazing person.

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    Way to go Gary! I bet you will have J doing these with you soon. You will definitely get your mind trained. Go Gary!

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KOBEBROWN 7/27/2010 9:21AM


Great race, great report. I had to chuckle about you losing a water bottle - when the commentators were talking before Ironman Lake Placid this past weekend the girl mentioned a spot in the ride to becareful b/c if you didn't slow down for it, it was a definate "bottle launcher". LOL were you in NY emoticon

Keep up the good work!

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