Friday, October 17, 2014
After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE!
Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season.
All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then you know my story. Similar to many, less challenging to a few, but it's mine and I'm winning!
The most important person in my life saved me. She brought me to SparkPeople by taking her first step to a healthy lifestyle! She did it by example!
I noticed her making changes in her life over 1 1/2 months. I asked what she was doing and told her I would support her. at first it was talk. Then, I visited SparkPeople, signed up on Oct 17,2010, and started to walk with her. We set a goal to walk the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot and started training for it. THAT changed my life forever!
She truly is my queen!
DSSECRETS & I taking the throne at the 2014 Excalibur 10 Miler!
I never truly knew we would be where we are today! All I know now is that I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life. We're celebrating today by doing the Bayway Bridge Bash in St Pete Beach! We'll celebrate with our run family!
Simply put, the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless. It's about a longer life with my family! What more can I say?
I own it and I put my name on it!
Much love to all my SparkFriends who support me and give me positive waves! Never quit!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same.
She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she came to Run Club. We raced for two different teams but I emphasized the fact that we are all Tri family and we supported each other regardless.
By the end of the night, several of our group joined us and just strengthened our bond as a family!
THIS is what it's all about! We come together in different circles and we support each other!
If you are lurking, not active in this virtual family, and are not reaching your goals, then open up and let us know! We are all on the same journey. We should be supporting each other and doing what we can to help!
Monday, October 06, 2014
Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again.
We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago.
I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself!
Today, inspired by a dear SparkFriend's status, I'm sharing this with everyone. I hope it works for you!
Sunday, October 05, 2014
On MONDAY, Sep 22 I did the Hooters DBL (Du it Before Lunch) Duathlon! A local Race Director & close friend came up with an idea and went for it. Have a Duathlon on a Monday and see who shows up! Over 100 athletes showed up at 6:00am at Ft DeSoto, Fl.
My Dear Friend, Race Director & Multisport Cheerleader Extraordinaire, Suzanne!
At Packet Pickup!
I got up at 4:45am, Monday morning, got my gear, my bike, and my insanity into my SUV and headed to Ft DeSoto. Pulled into the Du site and it was dark and rainy...not giving it a second thought, I racked my bike
then waited out the few rain clouds & lightning in the car.
Our horses were ready...
...there was a finish line needing to be owned and we were ready to rock it!
A last minute briefing...
...and we were off on our first run!
I felt pretty good considering I looked like I'd been dropped off at race site by an EMT truck!
Came into Transition, hopped on my ride, and knocked off the 10 mile run of the peninsula!
When I dismounted my bike & hit my last Transition, I felt the pain! I started out on the final run. Two of my friends, who had just completed the 2nd run, (Both Elite Triathletes), came up to me! Tony said he was running with me. Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series, went and got me a bottle of water.
This is the quality of friends I have in the best athlete community I've ever been associated with!
Tony, who I swim & run train with, (we're also co-conspirators at post training parties!) was my "Wingman" on this last run. I love this shot!
After the race, Joette, Co-owner of RunVie Racing & International Duathlete/Triathlete, came up to me and said, "Monty, we gotta do a selfie!'
I'm the biggest fan of RunVie who isn't a RunVie team member!
This is the most appropriate post-race Hooters party shot!
Yeah! Awesome bling!
I'd do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat!
Thanks and keep embracing those challenges!
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