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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: 78,666

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 hope you don't mind that I added you as a Spark friend. I find your blogs inspiring and entertaining :)
    312 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    Heya ~

    So the Tri I did was this past weekend ... on June 6th at Blue Lake near Portland, OR.

    It was a My First Tri thingy. Not quite a Sprint. The swim was half the distance. So a 1/4 mile swim. 12 mile ride. 5K run. It went pretty good.

    But - admittedly, I had to modify my original plans. I had planned on doing a Sprint in may and a Sprint in June and a Sprint in July and an Oly in August. But illness got the best of me and I had to give up the May Tri ... and make the June a MyFirstTri. I'm still planning on doing my 1st Sprint in about 5 weeks at the Columbia River Tri. But I think I will now have to modify my dreams of an Oly distance back to a Sprint again. Swimming is HARD!

    I did join a training team and that is fun and has made training rather fun.

    As far as time - meh ... I figure if I can finish and not drown I am doing pretty dang good!

    As for you - I'm glad you are going to keep pushing.

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    410 days ago
  • v ALICIA363
    I will miss you!
    Are you still headed for an Olympic Tri for your 50th in September? I so enjoy hearing your adventures ... but the time's probably better spent training. "Real life trumps the online, every time!"
    442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2015 7:46:53 PM
    Thanks so much for your inspiring comments on my 70.3 blog. I had read that KH quote before, and it does apply to this situation. Love hearing from my fellow triathletes. Keep up the good work.
    470 days ago
    Really excited about this 70.3. The marathons just weren't doing it for me in the excitement department. Thanks for your support.

    479 days ago
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