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So Am I Crazy at 50

Saturday, February 20, 2010

So I just turned 49 a few weeks ago. My youngest daughter pointed out some aging points to me: such as you know you're old when you sprain your wrist brushing your teeth (and yes that happened to me 2X in the past year. You strain your back buckling your shoes in the morning (and yes that happened a couple of weeks ago to me as well).

Yes, my knees creak and my hips pop but I am in the best shape of my life, ok most days. I have been able to push the boundaries of what "I" thought I was physically able of. I plan to "RUN" my first 5K for my 50th birthday next year…but what am I really capable of?

So, to give you a little background, I have been overweight, obese and yes, morbidly obese for the majority of my teens and adult life. I hated gym class as a kid and took Yoga and Pilates in college to meet my PhysEd requirements. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with Yoga and Pilates, I love them both. But I figured that if I could meet my college requirements of PhysEd by lying on a mat, those were the classes for me.

So here I am decades later with a new a body that can move, that can lift weights and yes look damn good in a little black dress (according to my husbands' eyes). Knowing that, what do I do with this person who is half the size she was for most of her life? I always envied people who could run a marathon, ski down a mountain (not that I am ready to send myself flying down a mountainside, yet), you know, "The Athletes".

Last night my oldest daughter asked me if I would consider doing the AidsLifecycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles next year (2011) with her. It's a 6-day, 600-mile bike ride. No, she's not an athlete, she does have over 100 pounds to lose and pending back surgery. But she got me thinking, can I physically and mentally do such a ride at the age of 50. I know lots of people over the age of 50 take on such challenges. Am I up for it? Can I see myself training for such a bike ride for the next year, plus? This type of challenge would certainly out do any 49 burpies at the gym.

My bike has rested in the garage for several years. My excuses for not doing this challenge have really no merit other than the mind game. This has got me thinking. It would be the biggest, longest and hardest physical challenge.

So today, this week, the rest of this month I will ponder, dream and wonder. I need to remind myself of my two mentors (1) A journey of a thousand steps begins with a single step, and (2) One just needs to set the goal. Even if we don't succeed, it's the effort that counts.

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  • no profile photo CD6906266
    I really liked this blog and I think if you want to do this YOU can do it. With what you already do this should'nt be too hard.
    God Bless You,
    Mary emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3789 days ago
  • COTTRELL11
    Thank you so for the inspiration. I've been walking daily for 2 months, but my fantasy is to run. Even if it's just a little bit. At 52, I need role models, and you fit the bill. Keep going for your dreams.
    3857 days ago
  • TDHFIFTY
    I think you can do it. Honestly, it is NOT out of the question to bike 15 mph and that would be a full day of biking. You should really begin training using a road bike, however, the weight difference is amazing. And it is much easier to ride for that distance. You could set a training objective for yourself, like after achieiving five 20 mile rides, you will reward yourself with a roadbike.... they are NOT cheap, but this IS your health.... Go to REI (join as a member). They have decent bikes that are not outrageously priced and do maintenance as well.....

    Good luck and let us know what you decide! GO 50!!
    3889 days ago
  • BETTYBAY
    I think you are fantastic!!! Love your new goal (5k) and biking dream!!! Wish I could ride again I use to love it. For my big 50 last year I got my family togather for a big party! My sister made me queen for the day & a over the hill hat (with candles on top! We did have healthier cake & ice cream. Almost everyone is on a diet of some kind! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work!! emoticon
    3931 days ago
  • SKINNYINMYHEAD
    Not crazy at all.. you're a woman with a dream!

    "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to it's fulfillment."
    ~ Earl Nightengale

    You and I have much in common... if you get a chance check out my blog at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
    ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
    og_id=2851477 - the title of the blog (just in case that copying the link doesn't work) is "It-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named"... I turn 50 in 769 days (interestingly, the day I decided to look to see how long until I turned 50 the ticker said 999.. I took it as a good omen)... but my mind is churning on what I want to do for my 50th.. whatever it is, I know it will BIG and BODACIOUS.. and a little bit CRAZY!!

    anyhoo, I'm going to do something big for my 50th too.. and I SO think if you train appropriately you can do this! Saddle time, Saddle time, Saddle time.. Go ahead - set that BIG BODACIOUS GOAL.. put it out there for everyone to see (and be prepared for naysayers).. I say, well, actually someone else said it but I BELIEVE that if you can DREAM it you can ACHIEVE it!!

    Your new motto or mantra is "I've got the DRIVE OF AN ATHLETE"... notice how there's no parenthesis around athlete?? Who says who's a athlete?? I say the person themselves says their an athlete.. so sister?? ARE YOU AN ATHLETE??

    One more quote and I'll quit.. but I LOVE the quote by Richard Bach that says "If you argue for your limitation, sure enough they're yours" it's from his book "illusions: Confessions of a Reluctant Messiah"... so, drink more water to "oil" up those joints.. start stretching or whatever you have to do to not hurt yourself doing regular stuff (I gotta tell ya it made me laugh!).. YOU CAN DO THIS! YOU CAN **SO** DO THIS!!

    Battle On,
    Annie
    3933 days ago
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