Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Comeback #33.

The title of the blog says it all. I have had more comebacks (attempts at getting back in shape) than years in my life. I'll be 33 on August 9th, which is one day before my wedding. I was always pretty athletic during my childhood and adolescent years. I played soccer since I was 6, shot hoops almost daily since about that age, and participated in 3 sports my senior year of high school. During my freshman year at URI, I played at least 6 intramural sports: outdoor soccer, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, indoor soccer, basketball, and softball. Sprinkle in running and weightlifting, and I became fairly fit. I even walked onto the cross country team my junior year. I wore the Rhody Blues for one race before an injury ended my short lived career as a Division 1 athlete.
I didn't have my first comeback until I was 23 years old. I needed it. I had just quit a job where I travelled around the country, ate 20 ounce steaks, drank 100's of ounces of beer, and did ZERO ounces of activity. At this time I developed lower back problems. Over the next 9+ years my fitness would seesaw back and forth, but ultimately lethargy would always prevail.
I've done things that would make it seem like I was still an athletic and healthy guy. I've run numerous trail races, including the Pisgah 50k in 2007. I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2004. Yet tremendous setbacks have been mixed in with my triumphs. In 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, and this May, I learned my chronic lower back problems were because I have Anklosing Spondylitis.
All this has made me realize that I need comeback 33 to be the final comeback. Enough is enough. I can't even spell one of my conditions. I'm not too old and too sick to have an enjoyable life. I want to be able to live a long and happy life with Gina(my future wife). I want to be able to call up my friends and shoot some hoops or go fishing comfortably in a canoe. I want to be able to run and hike with my family...
In the past ten years I've learned an important truth about life and comebacks:

Lethargy breeds lethargy... and

Yaddaftatattin breeds Yaddaftatattin!


  1. Well said. Lethargy does indeed breed lethargy and the inverse is also true. Now let's go get huge.

  2. Glenny - awesome post! I had to copy and read it in Word - there are some issues with your layout - but you'll figure it out. I'm glad you and Greg decided to do this!!

  3. August 10 is a great day to get married. It's the day my wife and I tied the knot. Nothing but good times. Married life is the best. I wish you well in marriage and your comeback.

  4. Thanks Kevin. I can't wait to get married. Gina is really great. I'll be rooting for all the CMS boys this weekend. Go get 'em!

  5. Glenn, nice job!! Just make sure the majority of your workouts are focused on practicing the fine art of crossing the eyes of 65lbers!!!