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P90X and my road to a healthy body

I have always been very athletic.  I swam competitively from 8-18 years old.  I ran track through Jr. High and High school (long jump, triple jump, shotput, discus, sprints and hurdles).  In college it was my time in uniform and that had its own special demands.  It may not sound too athletic, but I was in the marching band all of high school and 3 years of college as well.  I have ridden my bicycle from Minneapolis to Chicago and then from Fairbanks to Anchorage.  and on and on …

But I have also injured myself pretty badly over the years.  Not broken bones, but injured joints.  I have sporadic pain in my hands (college pranks and years of cutting fish), my right shoulder (shot put), my back (working in the fish market), my right hip (thrown from my thoroughbred), my knees (childhood illness), my shins (running), my heels (bone spurs), my toes (bunions).

The pain in my back over the year of 2006 was finally at the point of unmanageable.  I was sure that I would need surgery but I found out a magical advance that occurred because we send people into space in a weightless environment.  So I was stretched.  I am an inch taller than I ever was before and my back pain is very manageable.

Now to rebuild.  I have been working over the last year to build my core muscles back up and I am starting to really feel a difference.

But the stress in my life has also taken a toll.  I was so stressed in 2007 that I lost A LOT of weight.  And very stressed in 2008 so the weight went back on.  I must admit I never really understood how stress could affect your body, but I am really starting to.

So to get myself really motivated I registered for the Red Ribbon Ride in Minneapolis this summer.  It is shorter than my other two bike rides, but I really want to be in excellent form for this one.

I have finally ramped up my training to P90X.  I tried this about a year ago and it really kicked my butt.  I dont think I even made it through the second day.  So this time I must admit I was very afraid of starting it, but start I have.

So here goes my journey for the next 90 days.  I would love to have you come along with me.

I am on Day 3, but here is what I remember of Day 1 and 2.
Day 1: Absolute fear of starting.  I have decided Sundays are my rest days as I am usually on travel on Sundays, so that means I had to start on a Monday.  I am afraid I won’t finish.  I am afraid of staying in the shape I am in currently.  I am afraid of not loosing this extra weight.  So I put the DVD in my computer and I pushed play.  I finished the work out. YEAH!

Day 2: I woke up sore.  Not too bad, but feeling the affects of Mondays workout.  And more afraid to put in the second DVD since I did not make it through this one before.  so I put the DVD in my computer and I pushed play.  It was tough.  I took a couple of extra little breaks, but I FINISHED the work out.  I even called my sister at 9:30 at night and told her how very tired I was.  Since I normally don’t make it to bed before midnight and most of this year it has been between 3-4 AM I was quite surprised.

Day 3: I woke up even more sore.  More body parts stiff and tight and complaining about my requests to move and get out of bed.  Today it was really my thighs.  Since Day 2 was Plyometrics (jump training) and Tony Horton kept calling it the mother of all workouts I was hopeful that today would be a little easier to get through.  Upper body – shoulders and arms – I like working that.  I have a lot of upper body strength!  So I am going to be sore tomorrow.  It is even a little tough to type right now.  I did good today though, I put the DVD in and pushed play.  One rep at a time and I finished the workout.

I think if I take it one rep at a time, one day at a time, one push play at a time, I will get through.  From what I have seen in 3 days – it will be worth it.

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And This Journey Begins

I am officially registered for the Red Ribbon Ride. I am proud of myself for stepping up and riding again. I am scared that I wont adequately train. I am honored that you would take the time to read this. I am thankful for my health when so many are battling HIV and AIDS in the US and around the world.


My last ride like this was in 2000 when I rode to raise money for a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. We chose to go to the ‘ends of the earth’ for that ride. So we rode from Fairbanks to Anchorage across two mountain ranges and 450 miles.
I am happy to know that I dont have any mountain ranges to cross on this ride, but I am also aware that riding 300+ miles is still going to be work.


So why? Why ride? My simplest answer is that I ride because I can. But the truth is that it goes so much deeper. I ride for those who cant. I ride to push myself to and through another limit that I have, for some illogical reason, placed on myself. I ride because I want to help raise money for those living with this disease, but I feel that I should work for your hard earned money that I am asking you for.


I have only been back on my bicycle a few times since I got off of it in Anchorage. I have been riding a recumbent for years since I have two degenerative discs in my lower back. My hope this year is to return to an upright bike. I love riding my ‘bent’ but at the same time I wish to strengthen my muscles to support my back. If I can ride an upright bike then I will have succeeded.


So training for the past few weeks has been intense core muscle strengthening. It is going well and I am happy to say that it looks like I will be able to choose which bike I really want to ride this summer!


So back to training for me 😉
If you wish to make a donation or wish to know more about this ride please go here
, or feel free to ask me for more info!

This ride is called The Red Ribbon Ride.  I have joined team Corn Cob with my dear friend Richard.