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    01.17 - Samson Stomp 5K
    04.24 - Deer Run 10K
    05.01 - Door County Half Marathon
    07.11 - Pewaukee Triathlon
    08.01 - Bradford Beach Tri
    09.11 - TosaFest 5K

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About Dave

Physical fitness is something that’s been a part of my life for a while.  But now I’ve decided to take it to a higher level.

After years of working out on and off (probably more off), I set a goal to run a 5K in the summer of 2008.  I hadn’t run beyond about a mile and half before so this was my first “stretch” goal.  The experience was positive enough that I set another goal to run a 10K the following summer.  After some prodding from my brother-in-law, the 10K turned into a half marathon.

For the first time, I was shooting for a goal I wasn’t sure I was going to reach.  I found myself running 5 days a week.  Whereas before I wasn’t sure I was going to finish a 5K, I was now regularly running distances of 20 miles a week or more and after four solid months of training, I finished the half marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes.

Now, I’m looking for the next challenge.  I want something that provides the complete head to toe level of fitness and performance that running alone could not and pushes my physical limits even further.  And I think I’ve found it – an Olympic distance triathlon.  A 1.5K swim.  A 40K bike.  A 10K run.  A race that will take about 3 hours to complete.

But that won’t be enough.

About two and a half years ago, I took up martial arts training as a means of getting a physical workout as well as channeling my inner Jason Bourne.  I started training in traditional karate and about a year later began practicing Okinawan Kobudo which is a form of Japanese weapons training.  Over this time, I’ve progressed up the ladder to the point where I anticipate testing for black belt in both disciplines.

So these are the goals for 2010:  one Olympic distance triathlon and two martial arts black belts.  They’ll require a level of fitness and endurance that I have yet to achieve.  And that’s why I’m here.

I’m going to push harder than I ever have before to achieve these goals and I want to document every step of the journey.  The training.  The nutrition.  The successes.  The failures.  By doing this, I hope to both help and inspire individuals who may be setting an exercise or fitness goal for the first time in 2010 as well as the more experienced fitness buffs who may enjoy learning some new and helpful tips along the way.  I’m hoping that my story is one that you, the reader, will be able to cheer for and use as motivation to achieve a goal above what you previously thought was possible.

But if I’m going to do this right, I’m going to need help.  To get me to my goals, I’ve hired a personal trainer.  She’s also a certified nutritionist, All-American gymnast in college and marathon finisher.  I’ll be working out with her twice a week for at least the first few months of the year to push me with hard workouts, new techniques, and nutrition advice – information that I’ll be passing on to you.  Additionally, my brother is a certified strength and conditioning coach at a major university so I feel like I’ll have some great resources for the journey.

How this story will end and the final results of this challenge are unknown.  But it will be a fun ride.  I hope you’ll come along for it.

Join me for my Ultimate Fit Challenge.

12 Responses

  1. Sorry, I forgot to include why I would like to say hello personally. I am also a CFA charterholder and I am a runner. I just completed my 14th marathon, the 1st without any training at all. Yikes…..

  2. I just read your guest post at The Sun Financial Diary and found your site. Send me an e-mail please. I’d like to say hello in a personal e-mail.

  3. Wow you are such an inspiration! I have just started my getting in shape journey, I would love it if you checked out my blog at 19david19.wordpress.com……. I need all the support I can get!

  4. Those are some serious goals! I love having fitness goals for myself, I’m trying to find the next one right now 😉

  5. Hey! I’m glad you found my blog. I really like your challenging goals you set for yourself.

    I keep toying with the idea to TRY and run a full marathon this fall (I’ve got my first 1/2 marathon in just a couple weeks).

    Challenges rock!

  6. Im glad you found my blog! Im really looking forward to reading more on yours.

  7. I am glad you posted on my blog so I could find yours. I am can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  8. Wow! What great goals! It sounds like you’re setting yourself up for success with the good plans and resources. I’m currently living in Okinawa, but haven’t broken onto the martial arts scene yet. Good luck!

  9. Excellent goals! Good luck in 2010.

  10. Great blog, Dave! Best of luck to you in your training. It certainly seems to be intense, but you seem like you have the pieces in place around you to help bring you to your ultimate goal. I’ll certainly check in throughout the year.

  11. Thanks for your comments on my blog! I love that you are channeling your “inner Jason Bourne,” so awesome!! Good luck on your endeavors…I will be checking in!
    adventures in tri-ing

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