The 2012 Fight for Air Climb was awesome! As a team (Team Sherpa) we made a drastic improvement in time from last year. In 2011, we finished 91st out of 110 teams. This year, we finished in 39th place out of 109 teams. On a personal note, I set a personal best with a time of 12 minutes 50 seconds. This is 22 seconds faster than my previous time. I really think I can get into the 10-12 minute range with more/better training.
Here are the results for each member of the team:
Matt H.: 10:12
Matt M.: 12:26
The view from the top of the building is amazing, as you can see from the photos. Once I reach the top, its nice to take a look at the view and catch my breath as I wait for our team to gather for the team photo. This is a great event for a great cause and I’m proud to have been the captain of Team Sherpa for the last four years. We plan on continuing this as a yearly tradition.
Being Awesome (weight loss & fitness edition) is:
- Finishing a race/event no matter what your time is
- Working out regardless of your motivation level
- Not letting a temptation get the best of your (I’m talking to you Reeses Peanut Butter Cups)
- Setting a personal best at anything
- Seeing the scale show you a number you didn’t expect (excludes a larger number than you expected)
- Being asked to spot someone else at the gym
- Being a FitFluential Ambassador
- Waking up early to get a workout in (sucks at first however)
- Finishing a workout with nothing left in the tank
- Forming health/fitness related relationships with others (includes Facebook/Twitter/Blogs etc)
- Learning something new about yourself everyday
- Not being a health-related risk statistic
- Knowing you did your best and gave your all
I strive to be Awesome every day. Some days are better than others, but being Awesome feels…well…pretty Awesome!
Let me disclaim that this is my definition of Awesome. I’m sure that everyone has their own ideas what it means to be Awesome or to utilize Awesomeness.
How do you define “Being Awesome”?
It’s been a while since I posted. I suffered through a painful bout of Achilles Tendonitis. It started of as general soreness, not really a big deal but quickly escalated into a few days where I couldn’t walk. All-in-all, the injury lasted just over 4 weeks. I am a 100% now, which means I can workout and run again, which means I can get back to weight loss. There are a few valuable things I learned while being injured:
- I don’t like being injured
- I get frustrated when I am motivated and ready to workout but can’t due to an injury
- Diet is more important than ever when I can’t workout
- Trying to workout before I am healed prolongs the injury
- It’s hard to get motivated to workout after a layoff due to injury
- I don’t like being injured
The most important lesson that I learned is that eating right/healthy is key. If I can’t workout, I’m not burning calories and must watch what I eat more diligently than I do when I’m exercising. While this isn’t always easy to do, I’ve found that it’s mandatory for me as I eat when I get bored and its way too easy to cheat and end up in a downward spiral.
Now that I’m back to 100%, I’ve had to ease back into my exercise routine. A few weeks off from a routine disrupts that routine and makes it hard to get back into the flow of things. I’m looking forward to getting back into my routine full swing to see the results I was seeing before I got injured.
What lessons have you learned from being injured?