One day, I took my 325 pound couch potato self to Disneyland for a vacation. It was around Christmas time in 2009 and I wanted to show the family a good time. Then, the unthinkable happened. My world came crashing down as I was kicked off of a ride in front of everyone because I was too big to fit in the seat. It was humiliating, embarrassing and unexpected. But, it changed my life.

I realized that my life needed to change. I also realized that I have missed out on so much in my own life because I never took control of my health. I missed out on serving in the military because I was too big, I missed becoming a police officer because I was too out of shape, and I missed achieving some of the dreams in my life.

Not any more. I threw away the fear of failure and dared to do something impossible. In one year, I lost over 100 pounds and did something that I never thought I could do – I ran a marathon. I achieved the impossible and it was the most amazing thing ever.

The next year, I traveled the country, seeing new cities 26.2 miles at a time on a marathon tour, all while training for the impossible - the title of IRONMAN!

On June 24, 2012, I crossed the Ironman finish line in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, listening to Mike Reilly announce me as an Ironman, after a long day and 140.6 miles.

I am continuing on my journey, getting through the ups and downs of maintaining a new, fit lifestyle. Life is good, and I want to live it to the fullest.

This blog celebrates our ability to achieve things that seem impossible.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tapering off for the race

After the run yesterday, I expected to be a little more sore right now that I actually am.  My legs are a little tired, but not aching like they usually are after a long run.  I guess the shoes helped and I hope they work well in the race in San Jose.  This week I am only running 21 miles (7 + 4 + 10) because I am tapering off before the half marathon.  Most training schedules have what is called a taper period before the race you are training for.  The taper period allows you to be at full strength for the race, but it is a tricky thing because too much taper and it will hurt your performance.  Tapering is tricky for me because this first race is not the ultimate race I am training for, so I am not exactly following a true taper schedule.  For the next race after this one, I'm not going to be tapering at all because my training schedule won't allow it.

However, now that the first taper week is here, I am really getting excited knowing the race is right around the corner.  Hopefully, I will be able to take a lot of pictures (after the run of course) and post all of them here.  I can't wait to cross that finish line!

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