Thursday, December 23, 2010

1 year ago today...

wow! one year ago, i started this blog and what a year it has been. so happy blog-a-versary to 140.6!

to say i have been busy is an understatement but that's the nature of this time of year. i hope to be able to start catching up on my favorite blogs starting this weekend, specifically starting on saturday, christmas day. friday, christmas eve is my christmas. growing up in a hispanic family and marrying into one, we always celebrate on christmas eve, so  when christmas day rolls around, it's just another day, nothing special, therefore, i will have lots of free time to read blogs. i'd also like to start revamping mine a bit. i have a vision of what i'd like it to look like but haven't quite figured out how to format it. i'm challenged like that but come hell or high water, i WILL figure it all out.

i thought it would be fun to re-post my very first post. back when i had one follower, LOL! it is raw and unedited, copied and pasted, as is. i titled it the calm before the storm because i was enjoying the laziness of the end of the year, not much training going on but i knew that was about to come to an end, thus the storm...and what a good storm it was. enjoy!

december 23, 2009

the calm before the storm
after all these years of day dreaming about doing an ironman (or just an official ironman distance event), i've finally started to put all the pieces of the puzzle into action. i turn the big 4-0hh next year and wanted to do something special to commemorate/celebrate it since i believe in getting better with age. slowing down is not an option here. my goal is to do the great floridian race on october 23, 2010. this race is an ironman distance and in a very hilly part of florida too!

a little bit about me: i love to challenge myself and i'm my own worst critic. i expect the best out of myself. i was always very active as a child but once i got into the teen age years, it wasn't "cool" anymore, so i followed the crowd and became a couch potato. i didn't play any kind of sport in high school but was eventually talked into doing cross country my senior year so i could have something else listed in the yearbook besides just a class picture. needless to say, this couch potato could barely run 3 times around the track without gasping for air. so sad! i even remember my first c.c. meet and i think i finished 2nd to last and back then i believe that it was a 2 mile distance and if my memory serves me correctly, i finished in about 28-29 minutes. disgraceful! did i continue to run after that? hell no! back to couch potato status. eventually, i had an epiphany of sorts thanks to the most important person in my life, and decided to make some serious changes. i did not like the unhealthy road i was heading down. i joined a local fitness club on valentine's day 1989 (yes, i remember that day very well) and i have never looked back. i have worked out ever since and it has evolved widely. started out with just weight training, added a little stairmaster for cardio, bought a fully rigid mountain bike, started riding the trails at flatwoods before anyone hardly knew these trails existed, went to the university of south florida and got a degree in exercise physiology and made it my life's work. all of a sudden i found myself running a little, bought my first roadbike a steel lemond-alp'd'huez, started dabbling at north shore pool in the mid to late 90's and felt fit enough to do St. Anthony's a couple of times and a few sprint distance tri's. eventually, i lost my way to the pool (no secret that i'm not fond of swimming) and started really hammering out the marathons. to this day, i've done 4 boston mary's, 3 ultra marathons, and about 25 other marathons. but enough of the marathons already. i need more! and that leads me to now. with such a solid base of running and cycling (11,000+ miles to date for the year 2009), i am ready to add the swimming in...my weakest and most loathed activity. i sound negative about it but really, i'm looking forward to it very much and can't wait to get started. the love of my life asked me what i wanted for christmas and i asked for a year membership to the Y by our house so i can really work on the swim. i am determined now more than ever before to get it down this time around. i want to embrace swimming like i do the running and cycling. i will begin my swimming on January 4th and will be blogging about the good, the bad, and the ugly as i go along.
Much love and peace out!


merry christmas, happy holiday to all of my blog friends and stalkers!
~KC



21 comments:

  1. Wow, nice to go back and see "where it all started." You're such an inspiration KC!

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  2. I love the look back! What a year you have had. I am impressed by what you have done and I am excited to watch you do more!

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  3. Addictive this IM thing... isn't it?
    Hope to catch you at SA this upcoming year in our quests for different iron.

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  4. So - I just wanted to let you know how excited I am that you are doing IMFL. SO excited. Let me know if you want to come up for a training weekend!! I'll take you out on the course!

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  5. Happy Blog-Versary and Happy Holidays, KC!!!

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  6. you've made quite the splash in the blog world. happy blogiverary! And congrats on all you've accomplished in the past year. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Wow....that is a great look back.

    Being hispanic (Puerto Rican) myself when I told my wife that I'm running on Christmas day the look was of 'are you serious?'

    Just part of our culture. Christmas Eve was always bigger for us.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  8. Congratulations on a wonderful and successful year! :) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and PR-filled New Year!

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  9. Yay! Happy Blogiversary!!
    I hope you have a great Christmas Eve! :)

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  10. Happy blogaversary, Christmas and New Years!

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  11. Woo HOO !! SUCH AN INSPIRING TALE TOLD !

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  12. Flat out Inspiring!! Happy Bloversary!! Merry Christmas!

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  13. Happy blogvsary!

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  14. Happy Blogvsary!

    Just catching the new look, I love it!

    Hope you had a great holiday!

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  15. And what a great year you've had. Merry Christmas, KC!

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  16. Happy blog-iversary! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Good luck in the year to come.

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  17. Awesome!! Happy Blog-o-versary!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look. It is awesome.

    2011 is going to be rocking. I just know it. Can't wait to follow your journey!

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  18. Hello fellow FL triathlete. I grew up in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater area. I wish you luck on your upcoming races. I am going to try to do Gasparilla this year also.

    Kevin
    http://halftriing.blogspot.com/

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