Doubters, Doubters… Everywhere!

If you’re a true Virtusite, then I’m sure you already know about the little ALPO Challenge that Bob and I have thrown down for ourselves.  And if you’re not familiar with it, then shame on you.  Go read that post and get caught up.

I can’t say it’s been easy for me so far.  Post-ride meals and beverages are always tempting.  Pre-ride “carb-loading” (aka-stuffing my face thinking I’ll burn it all off in training) has been a challenge as well.  Eating out several times last week with Casey and his family in town was a bit of a struggle, too.  My grandma’s 90th birthday party was ridiculous:

Dessert Table of Temptation


With all that said, I’ve done a pretty good job thus far.  As of this morning, which is just 12 days after we came up with this terrible idea, I am down 7 pounds from 218.5.  So at 211.5, I have 6.5 more pounds to go to get to 205 before March 24th.  I know what you’re thinking.  No problem.  That’s easy.  Right?

Well, the first few pounds are always the easiest.  The closer you get to your goal, however, the more difficult the weight loss becomes.  You’re hungry, you’re a little tired, your metabolism is down-regulating in response to the caloric deficit, your will power is weakening, etc., etc.

What makes this challenge so much easier, though, is knowing that all of our friends are rooting for us.  For example, a few minutes ago I went to get the mail.  I found a small package in my mailbox.  I didn’t remember ordering anything, and my wife rarely orders anything.  Weird…

Then I noticed it was addressed to Lukas Lamb & Bob Jenkins.  Even weirder… Now, Bob and I are very close, but despite the rumors, we have NOT moved in together… Yet.  I looked at the return address, and I realized that the mystery package was from our good friends from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Cool!  I thought it must be a WTF t-shirt that I was promised after Brian gave their only extra one to Bob at last year’s adventure racing camp.  But then I realized it wouldn’t have been addressed to me AND Bob if it was my t-shirt.  Plus I shook the package, and something was rattling around in it.  So, I ran into the house with the anticipation of a kid on Christmas morning.  I tore the package open to find this:

WTFAR Package of Candy

Click the image to read the lovely note of encouragement.

After I was done laughing my chubby butt off, I ate every piece of candy just to spite them.  Okay, that’s not true.  I appreciate the kind gesture, but I have not, and will not, consume any of these goodies.  Although, the Nick Jonas Chocolate Chip granola bar is especially tempting.  I mean, you can never get enough of the most talented Jonas Brother, can you?

And this was just 1 day after we plugged the WTFAR facebook page:


Yeah, they were at 75 “Likes” before the power of all of you Virtusites helped push them towards 100.  And as a thank you, we get a slap in the face with a package full of junk food?  Wow.  We have now become frenemies.  This means war, WTFAR!  Watch your backs, ladies.  You’d better come to the CAC prepared.  We just might have a “special” course especially for you guys.

I know there are other doubters out there, and that’s to be expected.  In fact, I know some of you are hoping we end up eating the dog food.  I don’t blame you.  I would absolutely be doubting us if I were you.  In fact, I do have doubts about this whole thing.  And that’s okay, because I also have commitment.  Here’s a good quote I’d like to leave you with:

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.”Rollo May

So stay tuned to find out how this all shakes out.  It should be interesting.  And to up the ante, I’ll eat a can of dog food if I don’t get below 200 pounds before LBL.  How’s that for commitment?  Or is it just stupidity?  You decide.

About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on February 27, 2012, in Nonsense and Tomfoolery and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. So lay off the sweets and join me at BWW!

  2. I just ate a bag of Cheetos….mmmmm……the cheese that goes…..CRUNCH! Want some?

  3. I was checking your website and FB ALL DAY waiting for some sort of sign that you got our package.

    Make sure you share those tasty treats with Bob and don’t hog them all for yourself. When I found that probably-years-old Jonas Brothers bar jammed between the seats in my old truck it just screamed Team Virtus to me. I figured it was pretty safe to assume you guys were big fans.

    I’m glad you got a laugh out of it. I was laughing my ass off as I jammed as much candy into that box as I could. Don’t worry, we’ll be ready for the CAC, just don’t do anything to make Todd cry. It’s always so embarrassing when he does that.

    Seriously, you guys will kill the Alpo Challenge. We just couldn’t pass up a good joke.

    • Brian, I definitely got a good laugh out of it. And thanks for the words of encouragement. We know the “care” package was sent with love.

      And I know what you mean about laughing your ass off doing something like this. It just so happens that we sort of pulled something like this on Bob. Waiting to hear the reaction is the best and the worst part… but you’ll have to wait for another blog post to hear about that. Coming soon…

  4. Bring the candy to LBL. We can thank WTF for the boost as we kick ass all over Tennessee…and if it’s our own asses being kicked, at least we’ll be well fed.

    BTW, that’s an awesome quote and one I should have hung up all over as I train for this stupid 50k. Commitment and doubt, indeed. I SHOULD be committed.

    • I’ll definitely bring the candy to LBL (minus the Jonas Brothers Granola Bar since that seems to be uh… missing).

      And that quote is definitely fitting for you and all of the things you sign up for before really thinking them through. That’s why you’re a good fit for Team Virtus. You jump right in and figure the rest out as you go.

  5. The weigh in is with ALL gear on

  6. Not doubting your will power…. Someone is eating dog food though. At least eat a dog biscuit!

  7. Sometimes I think the whole world is against us.

    I think if we both make weight Robby should eat the dogfood. I mean, he clearly stated “someone is eating dogfood.” Way to step up, Robby Brown.

    OR he has to eat dogfood if his narrow ass can’t GAIN 15 pounds in a month. I’d say that’s more than fair:)

    You WTF’ers are gonna get a big surprise from the CAC.

  8. Bring the candy to the TNT ride. The weather should be great. How about we do the ride to Tebbetts?

  9. sounds good to me. I think Luke & I are gonna ride Binder sometime during the day, so a nice flat ride would be good for me. Name your time and I’m there

  10. Does “don’t throw that box away” translate from Virtus-speak to English as “Hey Luke, save me a Twinkie and a bite of the Jonas Brothers bar?”

    (Am I setting up Todd and Beau for a beat down at the CAC or what?)

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