Counting Down to a Rebirth

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The dates are official.

The nutritionist started today, 2/23/10. I have to keep a food log for a week before she’ll even talk to me again. Kill me.

The training, through, starts on 3/31/10 in earnest – i.e., all the running, biking, swimming I’m doing now doesn’t count for shit. I mean, sure it does in the concept that any exercise I do is good for me… But compared to what I’m afraid they’re going to have me doing… Wow. It’s gonna be… Well, I’m training for a full Ironman. I’ve never done that before. So I don’t know what it’s gonna be. But I’m scared to death. But also incredibly excited. It’s going to be amazing. And I’m ready.

I need this.

I find myself in a similar sort of mental zone I was in pre-the 2006 NYC Marathon – the last time I truly, truly trained for months for something. I was miserable, frustrated with almost everything – I felt useless – impotent (in the metaphysical sense, thank you) – I felt like I was spinning my wheels. Anyone who has known me at all in my life knows that I hate two things enough to kill: cruelty to animals, and feeling like I’m spinning my wheels.

My answer in 2006 was to train with the NY Harriers. They got me ready, and they got it done – I crossed that finish line in 3:58, and I was reborn.

I need to be reborn again. And I think TriSmarter can help me. I just hope they know what they’re getting into. Because it ain’t gonna be easy.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. If nothing else, it’ll be damn interesting.

PS: Worthwhile remix from the last “Rocky” movie below. Got me through a lot.

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