Well, it’s been 2 years since I last did this race. I told myself I wasn’t going to do it again, yet here I am. I don’t have the same feelings for the race that I did my first time around (I’ll read my race report later). I know I can do it, there isn’t any doubt in myself about that. I know the course, I know the people, and most of all I love the excitement and energy at the race. I approached this race much differently than the first time. I’m much more confident in myself. I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll finish, and I’m looking to beat my 6:24:03 time as well. I’ve trained a little bit differently, and my nutrition has been more dialed in then ever. On race day back in 2014 I was about 245lbs and this morning I was 207 lbs at a 15% body fat. I’ve been running easier than ever and I’ve been riding amazing. I just got my bike MEP done and I’m burning primarily fat well around 190 watts. I’m not doing any warmup Olympic distance triathlons and I haven’t done any OWS’ yet. I’ll probably jump in the 19th for a nice swim from the shores. We’ll see.
I’ve got the San Diego Half Marathon this Sunday, and I’m going to try and break that 2 hour mark. I’m lighter, fasters, and I really want that qualification letter for the USA Half Marathon. Even though I can’t race it, I want to know I qualified. The previous 2 half marathons I casually ran them. The first one I was cruising at nice 10:30 pace and felt great the entire time. In fact I picked up the pace into the 9:30’s the last 3 miles. It didn’t help that I rode a hard day the Saturday before that either.
On the weight loss side of life, I’ve been hovering around 205-210lbs which is pretty healthy. I’m body fat % is still sitting pretty at 15% instead of the 10% that I’d like it to be. I know why, I’ve been casual with some of my diet. I’ve had the occasional dessert at dinner, or candy bar at the store. I didn’t live and die by those macro numbers that I “KNOW” I should eat by to drop weight. Am I angry about it? No. Should I be? No! The reason why I shouldn’t be angry about it is simple. When I look back when I first started, I had a body fat % of 40, yes 40%! I don’t let an of these numbers define who I am or what I can do. Don’t you let those numbers define you either. You are in charge of what defines you. I let my actions define me, I let my accomplishments define me. I am in charge of my life and who I am. When you say “I _____ ” you declare to yourself something. If I say “I am in charge of my life and who I am.” I just declared to myself and everyone around me that I’m in charge, not them.