The Best Shape of My Life (coming soon)
Jenny has taken an assitant track-n-field coaching position at Catalina Foothills HS and has been showing me some of the plyometric drills they do. It’s brought back memories of a time when I was in the best shape of my life. That was the summer after my senior year. I was heading to UC to continue my track-n-field career. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the first track meet before I became obsessed with computers and stopped going to track practice.
I tell myself that I knew I would never be a world class athlete and that while continuing with track-n-field would have been a great experience, it would never pay the bills (I forgot about the coaching option). Instead, I focused on learning as much as I could about computers and the internet. I dropped out of college, worked at a dot-com startup, a marketing company, and got married. Most of that time I tried to remain physically active by running, hiking, and rock climbing, but I wouldn’t call any of it actual “training”. And therein lies the problem. I’m motivated to “train” when I have something to “train” for.
I need a carrot in front of me.
I haven’t found the carrot I’m looking for yet, but I (we) have started a work out program. I’m currently researching the sport of “Adventure Racing”, but I would need to find a team to join, or try to recruit some other insane people to join me. Another option is a Triathlon since it’s more of an individual sport.
For the past two days Jenny and I have been getting up at 4:45am and spending the 5 o’clock hour putting our bodies through a mini-hell. I was partly inspired by John Stone, a network admistrator that has gone through a pretty radical body change over the past year. He’s got an amazing will, a great attitude, as well as some really great information on weight training and nutrition.
Like I said, I’m still looking for the carrot, but hopefully I’ll be able to continue these morning workouts until I find a good motivator. Jenny does it for the love of it, which I think is crazy, but I’m grateful to have her as a workout partner.
I’ll keep everyone posted. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll post some before and after photos — but not daily like John does.
Originally published on Tuesday February 3, 2004 at 1:41 pm
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