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As I looked back at my life, I realized that I had never really put in effort. Not just toward fitness, but toward anything. I had spent 24 years coasting through life on my cleverness. But not anymore. Not after what happened yesterday.

 

I was sitting in my comfortable home in the village when I saw smoke rising in the distance. There was way too much smoke to be just a campfire. I started running. Forest fires are terrible things if they get out of hand, and it was up to everyone to do their part to prevent them. Unfortunately, I was terribly out of shape and was panting and had to slow down to a walk before long. I swore at myself. "If this is bad, it's your fault. If you could run further you might have been able to stop it." I hadn't even seen what was going on yet and already I was blaming myself. So I forced myself on as fast as I could, jogging when possible and walking when I was too tired. Once I covered the ground I saw that there seemed to be some kind of fight going on. A group of all kinds were fighting against a dragon. Despite their numbers, they kept being driven back. But no matter how many times they fell down they kept getting up. Some of them had grievous wounds and I was amazed at their perseverance. After I stood and stared for a while one of them noticed me. "We could use a little help, you know," the stranger said, with the slightest smile on his face, as if this were just another day. At this point I realized that I knew nothing that could help them. Faced with a life or death situation, I realized that my quick wit had absolutely no value. Filled with embarrassment that I was of no use whatsoever, I hung my head. I think the stranger knew what that meant, because he went back to fighting the dragon. Shortly after this, the beast was slain.

 

Knowing basic first aid I tried to help tend to the wounded. I was amazed that despite the fact that I had done nothing to help these people seemed to accept and encourage me. After a short time the stranger approached me. "I'm so--" I started, but the stranger cut me off. "There's no need to apologize. Everyone starts somewhere. Just promise me one thing." "What's that?" "The next time you find us, come prepared." I nodded, and he walked away. The people were all leaving, most of their own accord. The ones who were having trouble were being supported by others. I was a truly inspiring site. When I got back to my village I learned that those were the fabled guilds. I had always thought that they were separate and that there was great competition between them but I learned that when it was necessary they would work together flawlessly, putting any and all animosity aside for the greater good.

 

So today when I woke up, I started to develop a plan. A plan to get into shape. A plan to be able to both cover distance quickly and have the strength to fight afterward. Eventually I would pick which guild I wanted to join, but for now I just had to get started. But I had learned from others' mistakes: I knew I had to start slowly. So here, written down, is my plan.

 

MAIN GOAL: Run a Tough Mudder

A friend of mine is trying to convince me to sign up for one in September. I'll decide at the end of this challenge if I want to sign up for that one or wait a while before trying one. I'd also like to lose fat and gain muscle, but that will come with the training.

 

The first thing to do is to stop poisoning myself.

Diet Goal: Drink Less Soda

Week 1,2: <=4 sodas/week

Week 3,4: <= 3 sodas/week

Week 5,6: <= 2 sodas/week

 

The second thing I need to do is learn how to cover any distance.

Fitness Goal: Ride My Bike

Week 1: Ride my bike one-way (to or from work) once

Week 2: Ride round-trip once

Week 3,4: Ride round-trip once, and one-way once

Week 5,6: Ride round-trip twice

 

The third thing I need to do is gain speed, so I can cover the distance quicker.

Fitness Goal: Sprint

Week 1: Beep test

Week 2,3: Sprint workout once

Week 4,5: Sprint workout twice

Week 6: Sprint workout twice + beep test

 

Grading for all goals is the same:

A for all 6 weeks on target

B for 5 weeks on target

C for 4 weeks on target

 

Starting Stats (as of 4/16/14)

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 156.6 lbs.

Neck: 15.125"

Chest: 39.875"

Waist: 34.5"

Bicep: 12"

Thigh: 21.5"

 

As I looked over my plan, it seemed like it could work. Next time, I'll be ready.

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Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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Hey, I'm training for a TM also.  I was actually the one to inspire my friends to sign up, but I'm probably the least prepared for it.  :chargrined: July 12th though, that's when I have to do it!

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Great story and goals! Building things in little by little is the way to go. And signing up for the Tough Mudder is a fantastic way of motivating yourself!

 

I'll be looking in to see your progress every so often. :)

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If you need help just ask. I've ran a Zombie 5k and Super Spartan.

How's it going so far?

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You have set a great challenge for yourself! (And your story was great!)

 

I did a race here in Sweden last year called "tough viking" which was basically a tough Mudder rip off. What i noticed whilst doing that is that it is 100% in your head. You can walk, you can crawl, you can cry... as long as you finish! I would say sign up regardless off anything this challenge. Because I know that you can do it!

And if you are completely destroyed by it, then sign up for another one and crush that =) They are so much FUN!

 

Looks like that won't be an issue though since you have great goals as well, and when that mudder comes around the guilds will be there watching you slay it!

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I'm a huge fan of mud runs/ obstacle course runs, so I'll gladly encourage you to do it. I'm training for my Spartan Beast in July and have a few others lined up as well. They're great fun.

 

I drove back the cola demon a few years ago, so I sympathize with you there. I was at the point where I was drinking them just to stay awake. Now, they're gone and I've never regretted it.

 

It sounds like you've got a great plan. I don't know what your sprint training is like, but I and many others on here are huge fans of Zombies, Run! If you need a little extra incentive to move faster, hordes of undead usually do the trick. :)

 

I love the backstory. And I can relate as well- move fast, strike hard. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Quirky DM

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"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure."

 

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Thanks for all of the encouragement! I've run a Zombie 5k and a couple of mud runs in the past couple of years, though I haven't completed any of them without walking a bit.

 

Yesterday was pretty good. I talked myself out of a soda in the afternoon (with help from the Universe in the fact that the vending machine was out of Mountain Dew) and then talked myself out of going and getting fast food for dinner. My dinner wasn't healthy, but it was certainly better than if I had gone out for Taco Bell.

 

And you all have gotten me excited for doing the Tough Mudder. I'm looking at two different ones I could go to depending on who I go with. Both of them are in September, so I've got some time to train.

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Stupid internet double posting. I'm just going to pretend that it's because I'm responding to the last post. ;)

 

I had Zombies, Run! on my old phone and loved it. But then I broke my phone and so I got a work phone to cut costs, but it's a Blackberry. Ewww. So now I can't use ZR because there isn't an app for stupid phones.

Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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The breeze blowing through my hair was wonderful. I couldn't figure out how I had never enjoyed this before. Having ridden yesterday wasn't enough. I got back on Hasufel and rode again this morning. It started out being tough, as I was a little stiff from last night. But once I found my groove it was great. I pushed myself, though I know I could have ridden harder. But I would get there.

 

I've had two drinks of Slurm over the past few days, which fits almost perfectly with my plan to wean myself from that poison. All I have left to do this week is to do my running. I did a bit yesterday, out playing this new sport with some friends of mine. They called it 'softball,' though I'm not sure why, since the ball hurt quite a bit when it struck me in the leg.

 

Slurm | 2/4 | 0/4 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 2/18

Cycle | 2/1 | 0/2 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/4 | 0/4 | 2/17

Sprint | 0/1 | 0/1 | 0/1 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 0/3 | 0/10

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Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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I don't get that either. A softball is just a giant hard version of a baseball! I say nay nay!

Great job with the cycling, and knowing you could've tried harder is awesome :D

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I don't get that either. A softball is just a giant hard version of a baseball! I say nay nay!

Great job with the cycling, and knowing you could've tried harder is awesome :D

I think they call it softball because it was supposed to be a softer version of baseball.  30ft shorter base paths, underhand pitching, 10 fielders.  It definitely grew up to be as competitive as baseball though.  And i'm not biased or anything (as both a coach and player) but I totally believe it when they said softball is more difficult than baseball.

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Tough Mudder, that is very cool.

 

I'm scout ambassador primeval, and I see you have some sprints and racing as part of your goals! Excellent. Scouts are all about endurance sports like running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc. Some of us also do strength activities and, dun dun dun, yoga :) If you've any questions, feel free to drop by the Scout Tavern ( http://rebellion.ner...-and-questions/)  and say hello, but I'll pop in here from time to time and see how you're doing.

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I spent the last few days visiting my family, who live in a different village. It was a good weekend and it was nice to see everyone, though I had pushed off my sprinting for too long and, as a result, didn't get in any official training. The other goals were achieved, though. And the riding goal had gone unexpectedly well. I can already see some improvement in the effort that it takes to ride long distances, and that is a great motivator. And the kind words of others has no equal. I thank them all profusely.


 


Slurm | 4/4 | 0/4 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 4/18


Cycle | 2/1 | 1/2 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/4 | 0/4 | 2/17


Sprint | 0/1 | 0/1 | 0/1 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 0/3 | 0/10


Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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Most of your goals are checked-- and this is just a first week yet. That is neat!

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As I recovered from a busy week and an even busier weekend, I was glad of what I had managed to accomplish. I had ridden hard the one time I had the opportunity, and I had managed to stay on track getting rid of the poison I was drinking, despite going out of town to a wedding over the weekend. I never did get my sprinting in, and for that I was disappointed. But yesterday I had worked on my speed, so the bad streak has ended. Unfortunately, the weather has not been favorable to riding so far this week. This morning my town was covered in fog, which makes riding too dangerous. According to the prophets it should be warm tomorrow, but with a decent chance of rain, which makes for pretty nice riding. Of course, personally, I've never trusted them.

 

 

 

 

Slurm | 4/44/4 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 8/18

Cycle | 2/1 | 2/2 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/4 | 0/4 | 4/17

Sprint | 0/10/1 | 1/1 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 0/3 | 1/10

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Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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Those prophecies are crazy things. They're totally self-fulfilling. Like if they say it's supposed to rain today, it's maybe going to be sunny all day, which makes everyone water their lawn and you accidentally get sprayed on the way to work and get soaked. Thus the prophecy is fulfilled. Never trust those sooth sayers.

 

Glad to see you're still going strong. That was a good week. Do you have the equipment to do a beep test? I guess it's really just a few markers and a phone or laptop. It only take a few minutes and might help kickstart your sprint training.

Quirky DM

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I sat back against a tree and reflected. My mind first went to my accomplishments. I had sprinted twice, even if neither session was particularly long. I had battled my addiction and have not yet failed in that goal. But after reveling in my successes for a moment, I turned my thoughts to where I needed to improve. I had failed to ride even once. And while the weather hadn't cooperated, I knew deep down that that was merely an excuse. I would have to push harder and do better this week. I knew that it isn't good to end meditation on a bad note, so I then remembered that my softball team had won both of our games on Thursday, made all the more impressive due to the fact that we didn't win a single game last year. As I ended, I felt that this is going to be a good week.


 


Slurm | 4/4 | 4/4 | 3/3 | 0/3 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 11/18


Cycle | 2/1 | 2/2 | 0/3 | 0/3 | 0/4 | 0/4 | 4/17


Sprint | 0/1 | 0/1 | 2/1 | 0/2 | 0/2 | 0/3 | 2/10

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Peekay - Level 1 - Hobbit Adventurer


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