Friday, May 11, 2007

Before and, well, still working on it...

Most will wish they didn't have the opportunity to see this - if any children are present in the room, have them turn away, and if you are prone to nightmares easily, stop looking now. People ask all the time what got me into this sport - I should just hold up this picture and say, "here I am after losing 35 lbs, competing in my first triathlon - I weigh about 270lbs". This is me after 400 of the most grueling yards of swimming I thought possible. I side stroked most of it on September 4th, 2005:
Hopefully there's a difference after a few triathlons (and another 25 lbs); running out of the water after 3,281 yards non-stop freestyle, May 6th, 2007 - just 20 months later...
I sort of was using this One-O-One race as a litmus test to Ironman distance, specifically if I'd upgrade to the GFT instead of doing the Florida Challenge in November. I'm pretty sure now that I'm still a Tri-infant, and need the rest of this season to train and grow and build a base worthy of Iron distance. I'll retest, hopefully, in an end-of-season race of Tri One O One Woodlands, and make that my "A" race for the second 27 weeks of this season.


If you are having a hard time figuring my workout schedule - I start my season after my last race of the prior year. It makes sense to me since it's the time to transition to pure base training. Anyway, with the 1st 101 done and the first half of the year gone - its time to see what's possible for the second half of '07. I still intend to sign up for IMCdA08 - next June me and Mrs. B will be looking forward to a great VACA and trip out west to see some of our blogger and tri-friends and celebrate this joy that is triathlon! Perhaps we'll meet a few of you at Woodlands, and bring it on home Texas style - yeeee haaaaa!

16 comments:

Curly Su said...

wow, those are amazing before and after pictures. congratulations.

i'll be at the woodlands; hope to meet you there!

Anonymous said...

I have a major man crush on you right now! Ryan

stronger said...

Check out the abs!

Myles said...

Great pics! I think we will have a great time at the Woodlands. Misty and Di are apparently planning a lot of noise making on our behalf!

art2di4@aol.com said...

Eeeeeezzzyyy Ryan - he's spoken for!
;)
Mrs. B

Duane said...

Inspirational! IM CD in 2008? Might have to drive up there and ring a cowbell with Mrs Bigun to cheer you on (of course, you have to let me buy a few brews too!).

momo said...

bigun - i think this is great! you have obviously worked hard, you can see it in the weightloss, but also in how well you're doing. big j has lost about 40 lbs in the past eight months (he started about where you did at 310). as the weight is coming off, he started working out with my trainer but i still can't convince him to take up triathlon. maybe one of us in the family is enough, come to think of it.

great, great job! you'll do just fine at cda.

Shelley said...

I love pics like that..thanks!! It really shows your determination to have a wonderful life.

Anonymous said...

Hey great report. And you really did have a solid tri finish time for a very hot day! Congrats.

Spokane Al said...

Great progress! I will be looking forward to meeting you at IM CDA 08.

greeneyedlady said...

Stop or soon you'll be half the man you used to be! These pictures are very inspiring. I've got a few pounds to lose myself. What's your secret? Oh no, please don't tell me I would have to swim, bike, and run! ;)

tri-mama said...

What Stronger said- you've got abs! No wonder Mrs. Bigun sherpa's for you-she' gotta keep the tri chicks away :-)

Bolder said...

outstanding progress!

i bet your times show it too...

well.done.

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

Tri Mama is right!! I have to make sure my man isn't getting hit on by all those tri hotties!! LOL
The cowbells serve 2 purposes, lots of cheering noise and a good solid head banger for those girls if they get frisky with the Bigun!! LOL

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on your transformation!

My DH was also quite large a couple years ago (260#) and has slimmed down to a svelt 220# after I got him back on his bike about a year ago. It's one of the reasons I love tris :-)

Comm's said...

You'll be back to fighting weight very soon it looks like. Now with your much more active job, no problemo.