FIT CHALLENGE: Wessels returns to normal workout schedule

May 15, 2012


On the fourth of this month, Register reporter Tom Jackson wrote a blog referencing the qualities of Warren Harding, asking whether he was the greatest president of all time. I’m not going to argue the merits of President Harding, but I do want to thank him for providing me with my theme for this week’s blog.

Following World War I, Harding spoke of the country’s return to “normalcy,” like the times prior to the war.  This past week was my “return to normalcy.”  As you know, I’ve been battling through a sore knee and a pulled hamstring.  I muddled through that three-week period, nursing my hamstring, attempting to get myself healthy enough to compete in the last FIT Challenge.  I got through it, satisfied with my results, but left wondering, “what might have been” if I’d been healthy.  Oh well, it is water under the bridge now.

As far as my normalcy goes, this past week allowed me to get back to the nuts and bolts of my training.  I spent five days at the gym this week, all of them on the bike.  73 miles later, I can’t believe just how much I’d lost my “wind” during the time that I was getting my leg operational again.  I started out with 10.2 miles on Monday, more than 17 on both Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 miles on Thursday, and almost 17 miles on Sunday.  Friday and Saturday were spent working in the garden, as I was getting two of my vegetable beds ready for tomatoes and peppers.
I’m also down another 2 ½ pounds this week, after hitting and lingering on a plateau for a couple of weeks.  It certainly felt good to see the scale move downward for the first time in awhile. 

This has been a wonderful past week, as I was able to have my mother and mother-in-law here on Sunday.  It was a wonderful opportunity to have almost all of the family in the same place at the same time.  I want to take a minute to wish Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, my wife and my mother-in-law and all of the moms out there.  I hope Sunday was wonderful for all of you. 

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”  Ob Mandino