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Warning: Most of my blogs are written for my own benefit. Unless I specifically ask for advice, I am not looking for advice. If you offer advice, and your advice is something I think is really dumb, or completely unsupported by empirical evidence, I will snicker to myself.

If you've been interacting with me for some time, and I've figured out your sense of humor, you get a pass.

Member Since: 11/14/2012

Fitness Minutes: 81,814

My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

I completed that Oly last September. It was my first dead last finish. I view that DLF the same way I view turning fifty: it is a privilege denied to many.

This spring, I ran my first half-marathon; I'm already signed up for another. I've also discovered I love trail running. Over this summer and into fall, I will be evaluating if I'm prepared to train for the Badger Mountain Challenge 50K next spring. (5500' of elevation gain & loss - whew!) I ran a 15K with about 1200' of elevation gain and loss in May, and it gave me a good gauge of where I am and where I need to be.

Regardless, I'm always looking forward to the next challenge.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

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I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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    I know how you feel. Each time I conquer one distance, it give me the will to go farther. I wish you well in your half marathon. Keep up the good work and never say never. emoticon
    284 days ago
  • v SIXFOOT1
    Just catching up on things from when I was out of town. Thanks for the note on my blog. Your comment about your scale made me laugh. It reminded me of "mirror mirror on the wall..."

    It sure would be nice if the scale could give us positive affirmations every once in a while. Drown out all that negative self-talk I am guilty of at times.
    306 days ago
  • v SIXFOOT1
    Thanks for the tip about the taping. I'll check out that website.
    320 days ago
    Thanks for the nice words on my triathlon blog today, it was tough but fun. I saw lots of others had quicker run times, too. Just wish my watch had been working, it would have given me a clue something was off. Like you said, I'm adding an asterisk. LOL
    327 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I hadn't thought of taping. One day I wore and ankle brace for most of the day to support the arch more. I've heard great things about that tape and will have to look for some! Glad you are getting your training in and finding a work around for the issues. Keep up the great work!

    329 days ago
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