Today I start a journey that I should have begun this year but it wasn't one of my goals. Today I begin the long path to Age Grouperdom. I have been 200+lbs for as long as I remember, maybe even longer. Going in to high school I was six feet tall and right around 210lbs. My football coach fell in love with me the moment he lay eyes on me and by my senior year with lots of weight training I was a top notch 250+lbs offensive lineman. I had learned to love the gym, weights and the soreness I felt the days after hard workouts. This didn't change after high school either. When I joined the military I kept lifting and kept gaining. The year before my service to this country ended I tipped the scales at a whopping 285lbs! No granted I was no tub of lard but I wasn't Ronnie Colman either.
Shortly thereafter I found endurance sports, forsake the cast iron love that I had once known and fell hard for a new mistress. Since then it has been a slow process coming back down in weight. By the end of my first year of running I was in the upper 230's and at the end of my first triathlon season I was in the 220's. Now with my second season of triathlon behind me I weigh in firmly in the mid teens.
With my eye on Clearwater for 2011 this excess weight just will not do. It was fine for the 2010 season where my goal was to rule the Clydesdale Division. Now though, every extra pound is precious energy that I need to either save or convert to forward motion. So with that said it is time to take a hard look at the CRAP that I am eating. But down that doughnut, pick up the salad fork and with the help of friends and fellow triathletes drop a solid 5lbs per month for the next 5 months till my first "A" race of 2011, New Orleans 70.3. My first chance to qualify for the 70.3 World Championships.