The changes in my life..without trying to be overly dramatic..have been..life changing. During the process I have lost contact with people that I thought were lifetime friends. I've questioned my values and my decisions. I have pretty much lost my identity. However, through the process I have relied on people who I know have my best interest at heart..both old and new friends. I am rediscovering myself and hopefully will be a better person. I have made changes that I never in a thousand years thought I would have the courage to do. Again, I relied on my friends and family to support me..and allow me to come to the best decision for me and my daughter. I also reconnected with family members I had fallen away from. So, there have been some blessings in the last few months.
I cannot express how important it is to have one or two people who believe in you and your actions..but at the same time are willing to tell you straight up when you are screwing up. I will never be able to express to them my gratitude for being in my corner although I will try.
This is a new chapter in my life and it is scary to say the least. I'm going to try and discover what Scott wants and needs. And more importantly how I can be the best father to my daughter. I'm hoping to have new adventures and meet new friends. I also hope to solidify friendships I have formed the last few months and be able to express my gratitude to those I leaned on.
I was able to have some memorable times the last ten months. My family came to Colorado for a wedding. It was the first time we have been together in a long time.
I mountain biked in Crested Butte...one of the coolest towns I have ever been to.
I attended a wedding and was able to show off my awesome dancing skills. Seriously..I was able to pull out the lawnmower and cabbage. (All pictures and or videos of the foregoing were confiscated and destroyed)
And I spent a lot of time reconnecting with people I had lost touch with. ( I also learned what chap stick, moisturizer and ear hair waxing are all about...but that's a whole post in itself..its such a strange new world)
All right..enough with the emotional crap. How about a synopsis of my training, racing and nutrition the last 10 months. Well I guess the word is going to be..pathetic. Wow..didn't take long for the blog to digress. Ok. I have lost 17 pounds since the beginning of the year..I'm at 225 right now. And I did do one race. The Spartan race at Fort Carson. I had the awesome idea to do this as a team with my buddies from work.
Well, this was stupid from the get go.First of all..everyone there..except possibly the three of us..looked like living advertisements for crossfit. I knew we were woefully under trained for the race when we had problems getting to the starting line. You had to crawl over a 4 foot wall to get to the starting line. Yep..pathetic was the word. It just went down hill from there. It was hot as hell out..no shade..on an army base. We actually ran into 3 rattle snakes on the course. Crawling under 30 yards of barbed wire was ridiculous. And I jacked up my leg on the second obstacle which caused a bit of discomfort.
But luckily the Spartan God's were on our side..and brought in a lightning and wind storm that closed the last 7 obstacles or so.. thus we were able to finish the course on our own and without the assistance of a medic. I think I would like to do another in the future. I definitely would need to do some more core and weight training.
Actually the worst injury of the day occurred at the pub afterward..one of my stalwart cohorts was squeezing a lemon into his water when the juice got into his eye..he cried like a little girl for about 5 minutes and I started choking on my food I was laughing so hard. The waitresses saw the crying and gagging and yet somehow ignored us. It was actually kind of sad.
If there is an interest I'll continue the blog..hell I'll do it even if there isn't. Being a Wisconsin native I am going to live the next chapter of my life by our state motto. Forward.