I've come a LONG way since I started my #fitness#journey . Its been an awesome 9 years and while I've had ups and downs, I've learned a lot and got to do a bunch of things I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do otherwise. I've never taken steroids, and everything I've learned threw friends, YouTube and studying (mainly Arnold's Encyclopedia) myself. Which is not to brag, but to prove you dont need lots of money or trainers if you have a #will and #passion for #improvement of yourself.
Threw exercise I've learnt to be #diligent , more #structured and #accountable because it helps me reach my goals and effects other parts of who I am. What originally started as a way to get myself fit for touring with Rise For Order ballooned into something that influenced my life in more ways I can count.
And while there's been times I felt bigger, or stronger, or way leaner than I do right now; truth be told I often get discouraged, dont let my bravado in person say otherwise. There's many times when I don't want to go to the gym, don't want to fast another hour or don't feel like adhering to my diet. But it's a lifestyle. Even if I wake up the next day saying "Oh man did I really eat all that junk before bed again? Damn it!" I try to get back on it because today's another chance and #Ruffles Sour Cream and Bacon Chips are my #Achillesheel . (Omg so good!) That's the secret, at least to me. #consistency . Dont stop. Just push forward. Dont think, just push forward.
Well, I've got a few weeks until my next race. And a little time to rest and recover before I refocus on the grind.
Saturday's race was a trial by fire. I ran while still recovering from the previous weekend's groin pull. My whole inner thigh was swollen, tender, and bruised. I knew my pace wouldn't be where I wanted it to be, but I was on a mission. I wanted to redeem myself from my two obstacle failures of last year (the weaver, and the leap of faith). Speed and time were largely irrelevant as i knew between my injury and 6+miles with 32 obstacles including harsh terrain, steep hills, and water crossings, i wouldnt be moving quickly.
Managing to keep my band this year and redeem my failures from last year was a huge accomplishment. A trophy of determination, grit, and force of will. My faith has been restored. My motivation and drive boosted and renewed.
Tomorrow I return to the gym, the trails, the parks, playgrounds, and rocks to hone my skills and advance in my sport. I return with focus and purpose.
Now, with my shoulder nearly back to 100% and the pain in my thigh reduced to swelling and a dull ache, I know not only what I can do. But what I will do.