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A New Direction

Saturday, February 27, 2010 2:00 PM

I had gotten very sick two weeks ago.  Some sort of throat infection that resulted in me being unable to swallow any liquids or solids (which included antibiotics).  I spent three days in the hospital recovering.  I hadn’t eaten or drank anything for four days prior to being admitted to the hospital and literally began fantasizing about glasses of water.  I couldn’t sleep because I began to choke and I was bordering on delirious.  It is these types of experiences that change people-or at least me.
Last year I had my appendix removed.  In hindsight not very serious, but still serious enough for me to reevaluate my life and what I wanted from it.  It resulted in me changing a lot about my lifestyle.  Since that surgery I haven’t had ANY fast food of any sort.  Since January I haven’t eaten at any national chain restaurants al la Outback, Applebee’s, etc. except for a weekly breakfast I have with some friends at IHOP where I normally only get scrambled eggs and cheese on whole wheat toast rather than their usual items on their artery clogging menu.
After this latest incident (I guess I’m due a new one once a year if this holds up) I have decided to get very serious about fitness.  Not the usual, oh I do Tae Kwon do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and workout at the gym somewhat regularly – but rather go back to basics that allowed me to accomplish so much of what I did in the past.  And that is basically to just sign up, commit to, and pay for things that are going to require me to perform.  That means from this moment on, every Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament, marathon, and triathlon type of event that I can work into my schedule I will.
The first thing I’ve signed up for is the Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run that is taking place on October 3rd (the day before my birthday) in New York at Pelham Bay Park at Orchard Beach.  I’m doing the 5K since I’ve never done anything like this before don’t want to jump into a 10k just yet.  Basically the description reads as follows:
The Merrell Down and Dirty National Mud Run Series features 5K and 10K off-road courses filled with:
•Military-style Obstacles
•Commanding cargo climbs
•Wild water crossings
•Mud, mud, and More Mud!
•Post-race BBQ and an awesome Tech Tee
So we’ll see what happens.  If all works out this blog will be filled with plenty of new adventures, hopefully absent of me injuring myself which seems all too common.

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