Today: 11.24.2015
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March 14, 2010
Success is determined by how determined you are to succeed
Every mountain can be climbed -- whether you reach its peak is squarely a matter of choice,
conviction, commitment, and will.  My mountain is health, happiness and Kona.  And I am 100% committed to reaching the summit of that mountain - the starting line at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona again.   There is nothing that I want more than to toe the starting line one more time on Alii drive and give that track everything I got. 

I had a huge leap forward this week.  While some people told me I would never run with the articular carilage damage that I have in my left knee, I knocked out in excess of 40 miles all on my own legs with 100% of my own body weight.  I even got out and ran one of my favorite loops with my buddy Maureen Hangac pictured below.  The loop is darn hilly and you will be pleased to know that it thoroughly kicked my butt.  Speaking of butt kicking, the loop that I ran was the identical loop that I ran the day I blew my knee out.  Fortunately for me there were no injuries this time but I did run it a tad slower than last time.  Slower may not be exactly the right description as I was fortunate to average just under 10 minute miles.  

Some way some how I have to stay positive.  I absolutely have to learn to live in the moment.  I can no longer afford to worry about how I was running before I destroyed my knee.  I absolutely cannot get depressed that I'm slow as ass now. Because if I focus on the now and how I am going to address my slow ass ness then that may change. If I wallow or take the why me approach then I am doomed and the only way I will ever see Kona again is on NBC.  

This is not going to be easy to do.  I ran 90 minutes on Sunday morning and I gotta say that the first five minutes were some of the most difficult athletic moments of my life.  I had to hop every four or five steps until my knee loosened up.  I felt bad for my buddy Adam as I am fairly certain that some folks thought he was running with some kind of pathetic reak.  Ultimately it did loosen up and I completed my run.  Once again, the run was very very very slow.  I believe that the knee will ultimately loosen up.  However, there is definitely a part of me that believes that I have run my last race. I do not say that lightly.  I am giving this effort a phenomenal amount of attention and at times I just cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

On Saturday, I got in some great work.  I knocked out a solid swim set then hit the roads for a while.  I knocked out 150K  (90 miles) and felt fairly strong throughout.  My average watts are starting to come up.  In fact, they were 15% higher this week and that was for a 10 mile longer ride with approx 2000 more feet of climbing.

I had a chance to ride with several of the Chris, Brandon, Kenny, Brian, etc.  We had a blast.  Pictured below is Brian and Kenny.

Billy Dean (always the jokester) stuck around for most of the day.  He certainly kept us entertained. 

After the ride, I headed out for a little run.  It took a minute or 5 for my knee to accept that after a solid 90 mile ride that I was actually going to ask it to run - it accepted.  I settled into a nice litte rhythm and left a little chicken on the bone for another day.  It was just great to be hitting it like that again.


This weeks addition to the things that I like category is  Orange Creme Sparkling Water.  I get it at Safeway and it is like having my own little dessert in a bottle.  There are no calories and the stuff is just delicious.  I flat love it!!!!!

Thanks for checking in.  Next week I have installment four of the shots in my knee.  I may put some shots up of that extremely fun and rewarding experience.

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