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Guest Post At Vivathlete


May 2013

I was contacted by the editor of last week who asked if I’d do a guest post for their awesome triathlon site (I also follow the wordpress site).  I hadn’t written a really good “my story” post in quite a while so it was an interesting challenge…  What to include, what to leave out?  I re-wrote the thing twice and then took the better part of Monday and Tuesday to edit it down to its final form that can be read here.

An excerpt, and probably one of my favorite paragraphs of the post:

For me, training is one of two options:  It’s either train or do as my buddy Grateful Jim suggests:  “We can all head down to the local donut shop and tell each other lies about why we’re overweight and miserable and have a grand old time”.  I have tried the latter one time, standing in front of the mirror more than a decade ago…  That period lasted less than 24 hours – it just isn’t for me.

Generally, while I do think highly of myself, I have a problem with tooting my own horn – or more aptly stated, with self-promotion.  I find it rather distasteful.  On the other hand I really like that post.  I had to abridge it quite a bit but it covers a lot of my recovery in a relatively short period.  If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you’ve probably read most of the story already but if you were wondering where I came from and what makes me tick, that post is a great place to start.


  1. JustI says:

    Love the guest post! It’s great to have the ability to inspire and motivate others through your writing and life experiences. Keep up the great job!

    p.s. I don’t think you’ve mentioned your age on your blog…or I missed it, but I wanted to share that my son will be turning 44yrs in December. My legs really ARE older than yours 🙂 but I can attest to the benefits of cycling and the lovely endorphin ‘sense of well-being’ that comes with it.

  2. meganjanicke says:

    A really great post, Jim. I don’t share a lot of what Ive been through in the past 10 years very often, especially publicly. But, I think that we have a similar personality type in that when we do things we do them fully committed and at full speed. I sincerely believe that if I had not changed the direction of the course I was barreling down when I was 21 I would not be here today. Now I am on a healthier and more satisfying track of fitness. I feel better and am so much happier. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Megan, it is absolutely my pleasure. I am always okay with sharing it. In this day and age, it is scary to share too much – too many people could take advantage of the honesty. On the other hand, some fella I’ve never met, could never know, read my post on cycling being my Ritalin… And wrote that he’s hoping my post will help his grandson find balance in his life. Same goes for comments like yours…

      I’ll sacrifice a little anonymity for helping someone else or helping another feel good about their story any day of the week. It’s worth the risk.

  3. The Guat says:

    This guest post was great. I absolutely loved it. I’m not one for tooting my own horn, but you totally need to sometimes and this was great way to do it. Very inspiring that you were able to switch gears and really enjoy life at another level. But no only living a longer life, but a better one. Congrats to you and your journey.

  4. Sandra says:

    Excellent post, incredibly motivating. While not everyone could make such quick gains, you truly are an inspiration! 🙂
    Nothing like seeing a photograph of yourself to motivate! Yay wife!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Sandra! I love the smiles – I can’t ever remember smiling so much. A blog friend of mine pointed that out last summer and now every time I see a picture of me on my bike or running, sure enough, I’m smiling big.

  5. kruzmeister says:

    Inspirational post my friend! – Simone

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