Sunday, January 6, 2013

Back in Black: My plan for 2013

I'm fortunate enough to be selected to as an Official Cleveland Marathon for a 3rd year.  I'd like to thank the marathon staff for giving me this opportunity to promote your race and share my training experience.  Each year I feel more pressure to be more inspirational than the year before and I hope I can continue to do that this year.

For those of you how are new to this blog, My name is Beal.  Beal is my last name and has been my nickname for as long as I can remember.  I started blogging about 26 months ago to meet new people interested in living a healthy lifestyle and share experiences in my weight loss journey.  I used to weigh over 300 pounds and look like this!!!  Yikes!!

I have since adopted a healthy life along with loosing over a 100 pounds.  During that time I have swam, biked, and ran over 20,000 miles including multiple 100 mile bike rides, 13 half marathons, 3 triathlons, and 2 Cleveland Marathons.  I now look like this....

For a more in depth look at my weight loss journey and how I was inspired, check out this post Welcome

Enough talk about the past.  Lets look to the future!!!!  This year I will not be running the marathon.  After running my 2nd last year.  I felt like I had finished that chapter in my life and it was time to take on another challenge.  That challenge is Ironman.  Last June I began my multi-sport training with a plan to complete a half ironman in 2013 and full ironman in 2014.

I will have 2 main goals in 2013:

1) To complete my first Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run) at Revolution 3 Sandusky on September 8th.

2) To qualify for the Revolution 3 Age Group Championship race.
      - I will be attempting to snag one of the ten available Clydesdale division slots.  

With these lofty goals, my Spring will be centered around one word...SPEED!!!  I've been laying a foundation of training the past two months and will be specializing on speed training during the next couple months.  Since I will not be doing much distance running, I will be competing in the Cleveland Marathon 10K event this year.  By training for a shorter distance.  I will be able to better prepare for multi-sport events this May.  My Cleveland Marathon blogs this will be more focused on the benefits of cross-training, speedwork and how they can help your running.  I'm excited for this year and looking forward to a different approach to training, blogging and racing this year.  I hope everyone joins in on the hard work as we will punish those who try to keep up with our SPEED!!!!



stephplus4 said...

YAY! No matter how many times I've read about your weight loss journey, I still get inspired by it. Great job, Beal, and excited to hear about your Ironman endeavors!

Thomas Costello said...

20,000 miles? Holy crap that's crazy! Way to go. I'm getting into tris this year with a full ironman in a couple years. Looking forward to future posts!

mojamala2 said...

I love seeing how far you've come with your weight loss and how you've kept up with it. I still remember when you started this blog. It was one of the first that I read and instantly went into my google reader.
I'm so excited for you to start your Ironman journey. It's crazy awesome and you're going to rock it!

Jacquie said...

Very cool Beal and I want to thank you for your inspiration and encouragement to me as well!!!

James Ford said...

Good luck this year! I think you can grab one of those spots!

Caratunk Girl said...

BEAL! You are awesome. You have some awesome plans for 2013, best of luck!

SMK Photography said...

Great blog! Very inspiring and reminds me of my boyfriends journey. He too is a triathlete who did his first half last year and will try his first full next year. I may even be going to Rev 3 in Ohio with him in September. Check out my blog it will be my first marathon and first time in Cleveland, any advice?!