Because I made up my mind!
Back in the olden or should I say Golden days I was not very active. I was in the U.S. Navy working hard loading bombs onto planes to fly into Vietnam until the age of 28. Then while stationed in Hawaii, (1972 – 1982) one of my fellow sailors asked me to run 2 miles with him. It was really difficult, but it was the first time I made up my mind to move. Running again, brought back golden memories of my High School days as a track team member running the mile and two miles along with cross country.
It was not long after that I was running 10 miles a day just for fun. I also got to participate in 2 marathons, and several relays around Oahu. Also, while there I had the opportunity to volunteer at the very first Ironman competition held on Oahu. I was convinced they were all crazy. In hindsight I should have reached for the opportunity to participate.
Then I got more involved in my career in the United States Navy. I achieved the rank of Master Chief. I continued to work out on board ships but then Navy retirement came along, and my second career with Federal Service. Returning to Hawaii in 1991 I again participated in many running events and did my third marathon, also participated in 14 Great Aloha Runs. But then my running days took a back seat because of the stress on my knees from working out on steel deck Navy ships and with being a college and high school baseball umpire. I PUT ON A LOT OF WEIGHT, I JUST PLAIN GOT LAZY! That is until a personal trainer caught up with me in Iwakuni, Japan and started me on a spin, walking, and weight program along with proper diet, I have to say Barbara Roman was the reason I go back in the flow of a healthy body.
It was inspiring to see them and their camaraderie. It looked like fun! I wanted to participate, but didn’t feel I could. But, the suggestion came up to ride the Seattle to Portland Bicycle classic. It sounded good to me since I could not run, but I could ride. So, bought a bike with a little help from my friends and I made up my mind to do STP and set out on a training plan. Listened to my coaches I succeeded! So, I signed up for more local rides. I also participated in two RSVP’s (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada and Party) one with my new riding buddy Jerry Carpenter. It was a total blast for me to accomplish that feat.
I got through that and decided to bite off a bigger chunk and do a 70.3 relay with my cousin. Unfortunately, that did not turn out as planned.
I found out that life has many obstacles to overcome. There are disappointments. But, with hard work and a made-up mind, those obstacles can be dealt with.
Will continue to train and enter local Sprint Triathlons maybe an Olympic Triathlon and I intend to take another shot and bite off my biggest project yet next year!