Posts Tagged ‘Motivation


Workout Wednesday


This week starts year two for Team Aspen Gym Rats. Last year our of 3000+ teams we came in 19th for activity hours. This year we gained a few members and look to crush that goal. Now the website was a lot better last year, still a few bugs to fix, but ready to track all those active minutes!

Let’s Go Rats!!



This year I feel that I need to kick it not into high gear, but EXPLOSIVE gear. I have done it again…NOT sure how it happens (would like to think it’s muscle) but I was 200 in Jan-2013 and now Jan-2014 I am at 204. Funny thing is I was down to like 183 lbs back in July. My goal is to get to 170 lbs before my 2nd Triathlon. I have taken some eating habits as necessary steps for this goal. 1st. I have continued to give up sweets (candy, cookies, cake, etc…) the only sweet all of last year I allowed myself was 3 things…A. Frozen Yogurt (with fruit on top), B. Plain Vanilla ice cream, and C. Dark Chocolate covered almonds. This year I have continued this trend, except I am adding PIE back to the table, because honestly, last year on RAGBRAI I didn’t have one slice and usually I have 1-2 per day. So…PIE is back on the table, but everything else I will continue to go without. 2nd. I have decided to go ALL year without fried food (tenderloins, fries, fried green beans, fries pickles, fried..ANYTHING) **Except I don’t count chips, some people say those are fried too…but I mean more like deep battered and fried food or aka BAR food** It has only been 21 days, and so far so good on the fried food, but the struggle will be when the BAR HOP Bicycle Part Rides start happening… Well, got off topic there, but the 3rd thing I will do to get more out of my exercise is by adding Two-A-Days to my workout routine. I have started a new lifting schedule of Mon/Wed I do Upper Body Lifts and Tues/Thurs I do lower body lifts. I am liking the routine. The Friday I do my cycling class with an instructor that KICKS MY ASS each time, Saturday I do Cycling class or just cardio, and Sundays I try to get in a Triathlon at the gym (Run/Bike/Swim). Now I will be adding some more running and swimming to my schedule. I will go back Tues/Thurs to run some at least 1-3 miles and then swim 10-15-20 laps. Wednesday I will go to Cycling class and get my ass kicked some more! I think the added cardio will help.

Overall the number 1 thing I need to do is Binge….Eating. I have a small problem when I am home, bored, watching TV of eating pointless snacks (some maybe healthy) but I eat 2-3 snacks mainly because I am bored. THIS IS A MUST QUIT for me…I need to stop this and get into finding an activity to do when I get snack hungry. (Advice? Tips? Comments? are always welcome!)  

HAHA I Saw this…Maybe this should be my Motivation Poster! 



Triathlon Training

Well, another Sunday…another day of TRI Training Day! So I usually do a Backwards Tri (Run/Bike/Swim) I went upstairs to run, finished another 5k (without stopping) time was 27:54. Biggest improvement since 2013. Last year at this time I could run 1-2 miles and be tired, and not able to run a full 5k without stopping. After that went to bike room to bike, just did 40 minutes. The bad part is I went to the pool and ALL lanes were double full, so I didn’t get to swim. OH WELL Was a good workout and just glad I can continue to run at a decent speed.

If you have any training tips, comments appreciated! image


Back At It!

So…back on July 6th I burned my hand pretty bad. I couldn’t squeeze, lift, touch or anything with my right dominant hand. So I slacked from the gym, and maybe gained a few pounds. I was able to manage during RAGBRAI without using my right hand, but now its back to the gym…Full Force. I got my lifting gloves out to help with the tender parts of my hand, but have to say no pain!

Usually this time after RAGBRAI is over I do some biking, go to the gym but then towards middle of fall and beginning of winter I slack off. Not this year, I had a goal of 170 lbs by July. I did not meet that goal, so the new goal is 170 by the end of the year!


90 Day Mark Ladies and Gentleman!

So, I was looking on my Droid Razr Maxx HD today…and noticed my final countdown app that has my countdowns for RAGBRAI and the Pigman Triathlon. Well from today it’s 90 days away. Since I had my set back with my knee, I need to step up the running and swimming to get back on track with those. Last time I swam I had my fastest time of 10:56 I believe, so maybe tonight I will try and beat that time. I kind of had the February Blues, not really meeting my weight loss goals, and not motivated plus the injury was a shitty set back. Since I am at the 90 day mark that means I need to kick it into high gear. I am going to do a March Cardio month where I focus more on Cardio to help shed a few more pounds. I weigh in today and last weight in I was 198, hoping to be the same or under…but that still 22 lbs away from where I want to be by June 2nd. 


Physical Therapy part 2

This morning I had my second round of Physical Therapy. I got on the bicycle (which it’s always fun to be on a bicycle) to do a 5 minute warm up. It felt good, not great, but good. I can still feel a little of the stretch-ness in my knee. I did some stretching and iced the knee. The P.T told me I will probably only need about 2-4 more sessions, and maybe less. I go back to the Doctor tomorrow to figure out if anything is different but it looks like I can get back into my routine of Triathlon Training. 1-week set back will hurt me wont stop me, it will only motivate me to work harder. I plan to go to the gym tonight. The P.T. said I could walk on the treadmill and bike along with my upper body lifts. I am also going to get in the pool and swim to see how that feels…plus that means I can sit in the hot tub afterwards. Image


The KING of POP Pushed me to a 5K

So today at the gym I prepared myself to do a 5K run. This is what i’ll need to do in my Pigman Triathlon. I was debating on music, should I go rap, mix, rock…ended up with the Michael Jackson folder. May he RIP, but he helped push me to the 5K. He kept telling me to Beat It, so I figured he wanted me to leave so I kept on running. When I started to feel some pain, he told the pain to Leave Me Alone. When I felt I was to a breaking point he told me, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. During the final run time he kept yelling in my ear that I was a Speed Demon. Then nothing like a cool down to being Invincible. Thank You MJ for pushing me to the 5K marker. The most I have ran in a single time.

I felt great afterwards and headed down to do my leg lifts before I sit in the sauna. This only means the next time I do a Backwards Triathlon I will be running the full 5K and not just 2 miles to really get my training going.

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October 2020