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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: 76,542

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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