Being that my wife has been a counselor, marriage and family therapist, and now life and wellness coach, it would only make sense that our Jenga blocks are actually a therapeutic tool to share feelings. So Makaio, Stephanie, and Myself are playing with these blocks in our play room and we start asking each other the questions that are on them. Stephanie asked me, “What is the hardest thing you have ever done?” This stumped me.
Perplexed by the question, I thought back to all the things that I have done and if I thought they were hard. Many of the things that I have done other people would consider hard, but not myself. I have deployed to Iraq working 12-16 hour days 6-7 days a week for months in the middle of the Iraqi summer. I have been a successful athlete of many different sports. I have been the highest DPS mage on Frostmane in World of Warcraft before. I have successfully lived through a zombie 5k. I have taken calculus II, mathematical structures, and English 102. I have even created a profitable business. However, none of these accomplishments I have found to be very hard, except for maybe mathematical structures.
So I decided at age 30 I should probably do something hard, so I can tell my son that he can do anything, even if it is hard. I have chosen to do an Ironman. Now everyone might not know what an Ironman is, so let me explain. You start out with a light swim of 2.4 miles in an ocean or lake. Then you immediately proceed to hop on your bicycle for a breezy 112 miles, and for your cooldown you run a marathon 26.22 miles. Now your thinking, eh that’s not that bad. But you have a time limit on each segment that it needs to be completed by, otherwise you are disqualified. All in a days work, 7:00AM to Midnight.
So knowing that I am not even close to being in good enough shape to tough out an Ironman, like I did a 10k 20+ obstacle mud run. I will have to train hard for about 1.5 years, especially since I haven’t been on a regular workout routine since 2009. I don’t want to “just do an Ironman,” I want to do it without harmful supplements. While continuing my vegan lifestyle, but with much healthier choices than I have been over the past 3 years of my veganism.
So I want to take you on my journey through the only “hard” thing I have ever pursued in my life (physically at least). I will post regularly on my progress. These are my current measurements and photos, and I am excited to track and share my progress.
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 230.6 lbs.
Body fat: 21.7%
Chest: 45 in.
Waist belly button: 41.5 in.
Waist above hip bone: 42 in.
Glutes: 44 in.
Quad 6 in. above knee cap L: 23.75 in. R: 24 in.
Calf L: 17.5 in R: 17 in.
Bicep L: 14.25 in. R: 14.25 in.
Neck: 18 in.
This will also help me keep track of my symmetry, so I can make the old Arnold from Pumping Iron proud.
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