Spartan Race a Walk in the Park After Cancer Treatment

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Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein, 61, who is retired from the U.S. Army and is owner of The Health Colonel, just completed his first Super Spartan race of eight miles of obstacles at Oleta Park in North Miami on February 23, 2013 after radiation treatment and surgery for aggressive prostate cancer. He would have thought this to be an extreme challenge especially when he picked up his bib envelope which stated in big letters, "There is a real possibility YOU MAY DIE ..."

Never, ever apologize for being fatigued. You must meet my friend Fatigue before you can meet my friend Progress. Fatigue is the gatekeeper to Progress.

Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein, 61, who is retired from the U.S. Army, just completed his first Super Spartan race of eight miles of obstacles at Oleta Park in North Miami on February 23, 2013 after radiation treatment and surgery for aggressive prostate cancer. He would have thought this to be an extreme challenge especially when he picked up his bib envelope which stated in big letters, "There is a real possibility YOU MAY DIE ..."

This statement did not alarm him. In the fall of 2011 he was diagnosed with an aggressive type of prostate cancer. The thought of "You may die." occurred to him with this news. He had surgery in January 2012 which was successful and was monitored with PSA tests for any indicators of activity that should not have been present. Then, in October 2012, his PSA elevated again. He then received 39 radiation treatments which were completed in January 2013. He was warned that he may suffer from radiation fatigue for up to six months.

Colonel Weinstein ran in the elite male category which started at 8:00 AM, finished in 2 hours 16 minutes and came in second in his age category He is 61. “I think the same guy put me in second place that did during the Miami Zoo mud run last year. I’ll beat him out next time!”

Colonel Weinstein was asked what his life lessons are after his experience with cancer. "Keep things in perspective and understand what is most important and what is not. Faith in God and love of God and man and woman is the highest priority."

"Never, ever apologize for being fatigued. You must meet my friend Fatigue before you can meet my friend Progress. Fatigue is the gatekeeper to Progress."

Speaking of fatigue, there was plenty of that to go around during the Super Spartan Race. Whether it was dragging a big stone on a chain, carrying a heavy sandbag, overcoming walls up to 8 feet high or climbing up a rope 30 feet high and ringing a little bell, his friend Fatigue was constantly paying him a visit. Mile eight was the most challenging for him since his electrolytes were low and his calves were cramping.

About Lt. Col. Joseph "Bob" Weinstein, U.S. Army, retired:

Colonel Weinstein is owner of the business called The Health Colonel and is known by that name. He has conducted a military-style boot camp on Fort Lauderdale Beach in South Florida for over ten years and has been featured many times in the media, most notably The History Channel and Fox Sports Net. He is author of several books on health and fitness.
http://www.beachbootcamp.net

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