A couple weeks ago, I was down in Rochester, NY, for the Golden Horseshoe Business Challenge as part of the MBET program (see my report here). At the event, I met an interesting gentleman by the name of Ron Gordon. Ron was very interested in HealthSpoke, my startup company, as he does personal training with executives. We got to chatting, and he told me about competing in some of the early Ironman races in Kona, Hawaii, back in the early 1980’s. He had some great stories about 200 mile training rides!!

Anyway, one of the things that Ron mentioned to me is that he is in the middle of doing 300 straight days of exercise, for at least half an hour per day. I’ve been slacking off lately on my training, and am feeling out of shape. I keep telling myself that I’m busy with school and trying to start a business, but now it’s time to kick my own ass!!

Inspired by Ron, I have started my own “100 Days of Exercise” challenge. The rules are simple – 30 minutes of exercise per day, for 100 days straight. I’ve allowed for the fact that a “workout” could involve 30 minutes of stretching and core work, to ensure that I am able to give my body a little bit of a once in a while. But for the most part, I expect to mix up swimming, biking and running most days, and throw in weights once or twice a week for good measure.

I am now 4 days into my challenge – here’s what I’ve done so far this week:

Day 1: Monday, June 11: Bike for 40km, approximately 70 minutes.

Day 2: Tuesday, June 12: Brick workout. First time for this in a LONG time. Bike 40km, run 5km. It was brutally hot, didn’t take any gels or bars with me, and died on the run. Total time – approximately 100 minutes.

Day 3: Wednesday, June 13: Had a long busy day, but still pushed myself to get out for a run. Did a quick 7km. Could feel the legs getting sore, but managed to finish in 29 minutes.

Day 4: Thursday, June 14: Gave the legs a break and got into the weights today. 45 minute upper body workout. Haven’t lifted weights in a while, so I quite enjoyed this one!!

Anyway, I will try to post periodically and see if I can keep this up! Only 96 days to go!! And if there’s anyone out there reading this who wants to join in, post your own challenge to yourself in the comments!! Let’s see if we can get some more people in on this!!

How’s this for inspiration? A friend in my class sent me this link about father and son, Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick is Dick’s disabled son. Together, they have completed eight Ironman’s and 85 marathons, including a best of 2:40 in Boston. Check it out here: http://cjcphoto.com/can/. Watch the video at the end too… I hate to admit it, but it brought a tear to my eye. 🙂

PS – If you have trouble with that link, the video is also on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE.

I came across a post on the Waterloo Cycling Club Triathlon forum the other day. There is a new documentarty being released profiling 4 elite triathletes as they prepare for Kona in 2005.

The movie is called “What It Takes”. Check out the website, http://www.witmovie.com.

Looking at the cities in which it is being released to theatres, it doesn’t look like it’s coming out around here (strange because 3/4 athletes profiled are Canadian). I’m definitely considering ordering it though. The trailer looks pretty good. Check it out here: http://www.witmovie.com/media/wit-teaser-small.mov. You’ll need Quicktime to view it.

If anyone reading this has seen this movie, maybe you can post a review for us. I’m sure it would be motivating to watch, especially through the winter when I’m finding it tough to get pumped up about training!

Do you ever find that the hardest part of accomplishing anything seems to be getting started? Sometimes it seems that it takes as long just to start working on something as it does to actually finish it! This article was no exception. All day I’d been telling myself that I needed to write something, since there’s not much point in having a weblog with nothing on it, is there?

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