The first step

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This photo reminded me of a quote from John Bingham that you’ll see at every race & health expo before a big race.. It is “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

Let’s Go Clubbing!!!

No, I don’t mean night clubbing or gym clubs, but local clubs!  Here in Augusta, I first joined Augusta Striders which is a running club.  Unfortunately, I never participated with the group because most of the meet-ups/group runs were about 25 minutes away.  I couldn’t justify driving more time than I was gonna spend actually working out.

The biggest benefit though was finding out about local events.  I did TONS of 5k’s and 10k’s when I got back in shape.

Then when I decided to get into triathlons, I found a triathlon club here, TriAugusta.  The club has been great for me.  There are tons of meet-ups for open water swims.  It’s important because its not very safe to try to open water swim in a river or lake by yourself. The other great thing about the club is the amazing discounts we get.  We get 15% off an online running store, 50%+ off wetsuits, and discounts on certain races.  The cost of the club can be covered just by buying two pairs of running shoes!

Many cities have Jeff Galloway Training Groups which use his run/walk method.  They meet up regularly and even do his time trials to determine your estimated finish times using his “magic mile.”  I ran in Albany, GA with a bunch of people doing the Jeff Galloway program.  They were SO nice and treated me like one of their own.  It was so great considering I was out of town and on my own.

And with all clubs, the best benefit is the socializing!  You’ll be amazed what you’ll learn from others.  Not to mention the new friends, jobs, etc you can get out it!

Finish Line: find a club to join.  You’ll benefit greatly with the knowledge and discounts you can get!

Negative Energy and Cloudy Heads

Ok.  So I got some really bad news about a friend last night.  I thought I’d use the negative energy and get my long bike ride in (3:15).

I got up at 7:45.  I let the buzz about the news on Facebook get the best of me.  By the time I hopped on the bike, it was 9:47.  Yep, more than 2 hours later.

I planned poorly for my workout.  I forgot to make water bottles up and freeze them, lay clothes out, watch, etc the night before.

The result?  A horrible workout.  I managed to knock out 43 miles.  It sounds like amazing distance for being relatively new, but it was just  13.7 MPH.  I can usually average 15-16 MPH at the longer distances.

What else happened?  I missed a turn.  And I didn’t miss it by a few hundred yards.   I missed it by over 10 miles!   Instead of doing my planned modified loop I did a straight out and back.  I rode 21.7 miles straight out and then back.  It was frustrating because I had to stop and check on my phone to see where I was geographically.  Yep, way overshot the turn.

Big deal, right?  Well with all the frustration from the past 24 hours, stopping, and the heat increasing by the minute, it was so tempting to just pick up the phone, call the wife, and call it a day.  I didn’t, but the last 60 minutes of the ride was definitely “junk miles.”  I don’t have to think that.  The GPS says it all…

I did burn 2500 calories on the ride though. Which was pretty much all consumed back at a pizza buffet. :p

Finish Line: while working out is a great way to get rid of negative energy, don’t let the negative thoughts fog your thoughts and ruin your workout.

The Fire within

While I can say without a doubt my pure motivation in working out is living a long life for my kids and wife, there is a specific inspiration that started this.

Everybody has a reason.  Everybody wants to do it or needs to do it. However, there is that one thing that makes you get off your butt and actually do it.

One day I was at a leadership training session. The session was on teamwork. The instructor showed a video called Together that will have forever changed my life.

The video is of Dick and Rick Hoyt also known as Team Hoyt. I could tell you all about it, but the video says it all. Watch the video and see for yourself what is inspirational…