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March 2010: Yes, I'm still here even though I haven't updated in months. Some months back I had decided to train for a half marathon, but then I got signed up for the Escape from Alcatraz. I am so excited to do this triathlon. . .but frankly, this one SCARES me and I'm not sure I'll actually be ready by May 2. . . but until I decide, I'll keep training.

July09 update: Despite less than optimal training, I have completed my two Olympic distance triathlons. Hummm . . . what do I do next?

May 09 update: Since October 08, time available for training decreased precipitously and, if it's a choice between training and visiting this site, training wins hands down. Thus I am almost never here. I've gained a few pounds - skirts are tighter, pants are tighter - with my decreased time for physical activity.

Despite this, I am signed up for two Olympic distance triathlons this year. I am both worried and excited about the longer distance. One good point for training is that my work is a pleasant 10.5 mile bike ride (now that the weather is improving), mainly along a cycling path. So I'll try to fit that in as much as possible. I could make a brick out of the commute and tack a 30 minute run at the end of the ride to work.


Start: I'm fifty plus. I started on South Beach in June 07 and plan to follow this healthy way of eating (lots of veggies) for the rest of my life.

In July 07, I decided I wanted to complete a triathlon by spring or summer 08 and have now registered for three sprint distance triathlons for this summer. [THREE DOWN AND REGISTERED FOR A FOURTH!]

In the meantime, I have learned to swim winter 07-08 and really love swimming laps. But I am seriously slow and do sometimes get frustrated that improvement is so slow. In running, I have completed 5k, 4 mi, and 5 mi races. Again, I am seriously slow, but there is improvement. The big problem with running is that, while I enjoy races, I do not like training. For me, biking is more fun than running and I am finally getting a few miles on the bike. I don't know that my speed is improving, but I do know that rides that tired me last year are now quite easy.



Member Since: 7/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 38,463

My Goals:
2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado

Preparing for Escape from Alcatraz May 2010 - Done.

Will be cycling Colorado for 6 days in June 2010 -Done.

Sprint duathlon by October 2007- Done.

Learned to swim - Nov 07 to present
Completed 4 mi run - Nov 2007
Completed 5 mi run - Mar 2008
Completed 36 mi bike ride -April 2008
Completed 50 mi bike ride -May 2008
Completed 80 mi bike ride -May 2008

Completed Danskin June 2008. Completed 2nd tri in Aug 2008.
Completed 3rd tri Sep 2008 W/ personal best on the bike.
Completed 4th tri October 2008.

Completed 2 Olympic tris summer 2009.


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My program involves healthy eating and physical training, including strength, cardio, and endurance training, as well as training for running, swimming and cycling.




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  • v TEENY_BIKINI
    Thank you for being you. Happy holiday and thanks so much for my goodie.

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    Gobble, gobble ;)
    1769 days ago
  • v FREETHEGODDESS
    Look at you swimming toward that finish line...WooHoo! You are doing it! Fantastic job!

    I stopped by to thank you for the kettle bells. I recently bought one to try. I think I am supposed to use two at a time. Anyway, I am enjoying my strength training now. I actually see a muscle forming on my biceps. Yippey!

    Someone else gave me a tiara. I can just see me now, lifting my weights with my tiara on! LOL

    Have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1771 days ago
  • v MADHILDE
    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. I really appreciate it. It was hard to write this first one, since it's such an emotional topic. I'm thinking about the next one I'm going to post, and hope you enjoy it as well!

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    1805 days ago
  • v SHAPNUP
    Hi there,

    Thanks for commenting on my motivation blog. I think one of the secrets must be momentum. When I get the ball rolling in the right direction it becomes easier to do the next right thing.

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    1837 days ago
  • v DARKTHOR
    I really appreciate the comment on my blog (150 Pounds Lost - There is no stopping me). I love the support and feedback of this community. We have the power to change our lives and that makes us mighty.

    One day at a time, one choice at a time will do amazing things, given time.

    You have done some amazing things, you are really living life fully. Thanks for being a great example for us all.
    1909 days ago
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