This is my fitness blog. Some people who knew me a long time ago may wonder, what the heck I’m doing writing a blog about fitness. Many of them wouldn’t imagine that I’d have anything to do with fitness. You see, up until age 34, I treated my body very poorly. I sat around at home, at work, at play. I ate junk food and lots of it. And the result was what you’d expect 5′4″ and 200 lbs with 36% body fat.
Then I decided to get healthy. I lost 50 lbs in 3 months. How? By working out 5 days a week 45-90min a day; and eating only 1200-1500 calories a day. Yes, it was extreme… and probably destined to start me on a yo-yo of weight gain and loss. But in the last three years I’ve kept it off.
The last several years I’ve really gotten into cycling, running, and triathlon. I have averaged over 5000 miles per year on my bike a couple years. The summer of 2006 I completed my first Ironman Triathlon. I came in 13th place overall, 4th in my age group.
My typical weight is now around 140lbs. And I’ve had my body fat tested at around 19%. This past summer I got down to around 135lbs, and I’d like to be at that weight with more core muscle strength.
My big goal for 2007 was to do the same Ironman, but 90mins faster. This was a crazy goal, and required running a 3:30 or less marathon (after already swimming 2.4 miles and cycling 112miles). I had also hoped to qualify for the 2008 Boston Marathon, which would require that I run a 3:15 solo marathon (without the 2.4 mile swim and 112mile bike ride… ) I worked hard on these goals, and had a great Injury free year. But alas, I came up short of both of my time goals.
In 2008, I did Silverman Ironman for the first time, it’s a great course, described by many as the hardest Iron distance course in the world. With over 10,000 feet of climbing on the bike and another 2,000 feet on the run, it’s hard. I also ran the Seattle Marathon in 2008.
In 2009, I took on Ultra Marathons. Running my first 50km race in the spring, then 40 miles on my 40th Birthday in June, then my first 50 mile race in July. In November I completed my 4th Ironman race, and my first back-to-back marathons to officially become a Marathon Maniac.
Goals for 2010 and beyond? Keep active… keep running every day, do an Ironman and STP, every year… and com