What is your greatest physical accomplishment?

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    Jul 08, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    Mention what you did to prepare for it, and what you learned about yourself in the process.
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    I ran in 3 marathons and a couple of Triathlons....
    to prep for them I lost 230 pounds, trained for 4 years running, MANY miles, running MANY intervals, hitting many hills, lots of swimming, biking, lifting, climbing, etc....icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    The fact that I haven't died yet. This is quite an accomplishment given that I'm coming up on my 29th anniversary of living with HIV.

    What have I done? A whole lot of healthy things. Most importantly, I've lived a life of hope, purpose, and passion, in service to others.
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    Jul 08, 2013 12:12 PM GMT
    Cutting out 1/2 my diabetes (Type 2) meds on low gluten diet, working to eliminate the rest!

    What I learned -- if you can conceive it, you can achieve it!
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    Jul 08, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    competitive body builder and National competitor... I guess I was never active in Elementary, High school or College for that matter ... I just had to make up for lost time
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    Jul 08, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    onejock saidMention what you did to prepare for it, and what you learned about yourself in the process.

    Did a 165-mile bicycle event while in the middle of my cancer treatment 20 months ago. In fact, I scheduled the treatment to allow me the 2-day break I needed. Rode it again last year, and will this November, too.

    Another would be "maxing" (300 points) 2 Army PT tests back-to-back at age 35 as a Major. Actually did that several times. Would take the test alongside my Cadets, and immediately take it again with the next testing group, without a break. Few could even max 1 test, much less 2 in a row. But I also taught college phy ed at that time, was in excellent shape.

    What I UN-learned was the mistaken boyhood belief that I was weak, the runt of the litter, unable to compete. I first discovered this at age 20, when I was the top graduate in my 250-soldier Basic Training company, much of it based on physical performance, earning an advanced promotion and a special 3-day pass.

    Wimpy ME! I'm still trying to erase that childhood self-image with new challenges, and am still surprised whenever I succeed, some 44 years later.
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    Jul 08, 2013 1:37 PM GMT
    Checking a 259lb player he went down and I kept skating. He payed me a nice compliment and now I'm kidded in practice as "the wall".
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    Jul 08, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    Hit my highest bench of 320lb!!

    Just takes time, patients, and determination. I remember way back when I was 15 going to the gym with my buddy and benching for the first time not even being able to lift up the bar.
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    I fucked the same cunt for nearly 22 years and never cheated with another person - male or female.

    I learned I have a high tolerance
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    Ran three marathons, but the most meaningful accomplishment was competing in Tough Mudder. I really upped my weight lifting, joined a kickbox class, and increased my running mileage to be ready.
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
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    Climbing Ptarmigan Ridge in the North Cascades with my buddies, eating lunch in the above-the-clouds sunshine, then, heading back and not being able to find the trail through the driven snow. We got back to the timberline, searched for the head of the trail back down, to no avail. It was already a grueling hike up the mountain, through deep woodland, then in the alpine meadows, through snow.

    We regrouped, discussed our options, used our compass and topomaps, and decided to head down slope to see if we couldn't intersect with the trail at some point. We crossed through some pretty tough terrain, through snow and underbrush, stopping to consult our compass, and discuss further options. We stayed really focussed and worked as a team, sharing ideas and talking out contingencies. Once we got below the cloud-line, it became clear that it was getting dark fast, so we continued down slope.

    After about 45 minutes of rocky, loose, and now wet soil, we finally hit the improved trail. We patted each other on the back and smiled at each other. My friend Marc said he would rather be lost with us than anyone else in the world. We're all still great friends, though I don't live up there anymore.

    To prepare for it, I had been hiking since I was about 13, but really started gun-ho about 16, with my cousin and our friends. We would go anywhere in the North Cascades, especially out-of-the-way places where we would encounter NO other hikers. We were seasoned hikers and had been mildly lost before and we always had the right equipment, extra clothing, food, and water.

    I guess it's clear that we all learned that we could count on each other. We were all kind of freaked out at being lost so far into the wilderness. A couple of guys started to get a little anxious, so we talked them down and distracted them as best we could. We really worked as a team, supported each other, and exhibited the best of true brotherhood. This solidified our relationships. These guys are irreplaceable to me.
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    Jul 08, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    Achieved splits at 50. What I learned about myself was that I had a high pain threshold.

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    Jul 08, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    I bought these jeans online once and they were like 3 sizes too small than what I was expecting, so I starved myself until I fit into them.
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    Jul 08, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
    I won silver and bronze in the German under-18 national rowing championships, way back when...
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    Jul 08, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    ...I'VE REMAINED ALIVE 4 MORE THAN 1/2 CENTURY;

    secondly, I'm profoundly proud of having edited, annotated, and re-punctuated a book called:

    "The Sacred Tarot"
    (c.c. zain)
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    Jul 08, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    Completing my first triathlon. When I came to USA for university I arrived the week of the Chicago Triathlon. I'd had an interest in it, being a runner and swimmer and enjoying biking, but I'd never gotten into it. One of the RAs took me to see them finishing, and I vowed then I'd train and get there. And even though I didn't make it for the summer after my freshman year, I did it the summer after my sophomore year and most after that. It was a huge commitment in time for me, but it changed my life. Now if I can just climb Everest . . . icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Not really being a runner, I ran three marathons in 12 months in 2010 - 2011. It was fun, but a lot of training that year.

    It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but then again, I followed a solid training schedule without much deviation.
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    Jul 08, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    Completing my first Ironman at age 51. Trained for a year very intensely (generally 2 workouts a day/6 days a week) and finished in the top 20% of the field, despite coming off knee surgery the year prior and not being able to run for almost six months.

    Humbled me and taught me to let go of ego and embrace gratitude.
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    Jul 08, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    Running three marathons and doing century rides while dealing with ulcerative colitis.
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    Jul 08, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    I started out as a skinny, pale kid who had trouble walking on windy days, and transformed myself by age 18 into a point player on my university's water polo team. We were NCAA champions, or final four each year I was there. I did all this by getting tired of being picked on (bullied) and learning how to beef up, lift weights, cycle, swim, run, play tennis - and a whole lot more sports. I credit my high school and college coaching staffs with showing me how to set goals and work my ass off to achieve them.

    What I learned about myself throughout the process was how to lead a healthy, happy, active life - looking and feeling my absolute best - by staying in shape - taking very good care of the one body I have. I try to surround myself with great people - and let the other kind go. (That last advice was given to me by one of the best and brightest people I've ever met).
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    Jul 08, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    I didn't cry when my coach and teammates popped my shoulder back into socket on the rugby pitch... Does that count?