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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gearing up for that triathlon swim-bike coming up in July...

Started the swim workouts on Wednesday, and you know what? Going 100% in intervals kicked my @$$ big-time. At first I felt bad about that because it made me realize how far I have to go. Then a light went off in my head - if just a lap of freestyle all-out killed me like that, then I have hit the MOTHER LODE of calorie-burning. Because even spinning doesn't wipe me like that.

So, BRING IT ON, baby! I am thrilled to have found something that will work me so hard in a short period of time.

And on the cycling front, I did my first outdoor ride this morning with the local bike shop "women's" ride (20 miles, ~15mph) and did it on my old Peugeot U-O9 which is steel and weighs half a ton. And aside from falling over THREE times because I'm still not used to stopping in the clip-in pedals, it was too slow and too short.

I could have gone faster, and I could have gone farther. I think I'm ready for their Tuesday night 30-mile rides (with -gasp- MEN! LOL) www.genevabikes.com/new/news.html

Afterward I went into the bike store where we'd met and dropped lots of ca$h: leg warmers, a gore-tex jacket, new lycra shorts (I'm shrinking out of the current ones), and a NEW BIKE.

I'll shower, take a nap with the kitties, and then I think I'll go back out again this afternoon and see how it goes. This new ride is very very very light and sweet.

I'll continue to train on the old heavy bike since it's good practice, and possibly start commuting the 15 miles each way to work on it. I've got a rack and panniers so I could even do my shopping if I need to.


UPDATE: Here are pictures of me on the old bike on Saturday taken by the ride leader and employee at the shop, Suzanne:

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CCKELLY3 3/25/2010 5:40AM

    wow, you're a step ahead of me on water and now land, too! LOL. I'm waiting for the bike I ordered to come in sometime this week or next. Not that it's anything compared to the beauty you got. But I'll just be happy if I can ride it and sit later...had issues long time ago, could never find a seat that worked for me. So we'll have to swap war wound stories sometime soon. Let me know when you'll be out Rochester way :)

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STEVIECAT4 3/22/2010 3:21PM

    The bike is GORGEOUS!!!!

You are the epitome of success! Congratulations!!!

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FISHING88 3/21/2010 2:22PM

    Wishing you the best as you train and go for your goal in the triathlon! What a fun excuse to get a new bike and gear!

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WALKWITME 3/21/2010 2:17PM

    emoticon still making Strides !

Hmmm! Go Figure knew you were up to something Miss Skinny Minnie !

Pedal right on to Va...lol

That way I can Give you A Great Big Hug in person.

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S318830 3/21/2010 10:36AM

    Oh man! I have total bike envy! I have a mountain bike from 10 years ago that I put road tires on. Still heavy and clunky but I can't justify the cost to get a new bike since I'm not biking enough.

I love that your reaction to the difficult swimming workout was elation that you found something that kicks your butt. I get so tired of seeing people at the gym not putting out any real effort.

Woo hoo on the new shorts!

And very cool on moving up to the Tuesday night coed ride. That's awesome. My local bike shop has similar rides, but I can't do them because of the kids and my schedule. I can't wait til the kids are older and more self-sufficient.

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GRACEFULIFE 3/21/2010 10:22AM

    Awesome. I'd love to eventually do a tri, and I lust over the sweet trials bikes. Although I think not until recently would it have been comfortable to get into their position, and it will only get more comfortable...

Also, kickass about the swimming. Certainly triathlon improves your general fitness a lot due to the variety!

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CARRIE1948 3/21/2010 8:08AM

    Good for you. You really are turning into one bad ass

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DDOORN 3/21/2010 1:19AM

    My son has a Giant and has been happy with it. I rented a Giant last summer when I rode 45 miles down the Kal-Haven trail in MI and found it to be a great bike. I went with the Specialized as it was my local bike shop's brand and recommendation...along with a buddy of mine who owns THREE of 'em...!

Had an awesome ride of around 24 miles today myself...reclaiming my bicycle legs and posterior...lol!

Your Giant looks very similarly designed to my Specialized.


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GEE-KNEE 3/20/2010 6:51PM

    Good luck on that triathlon. That sounds like fun. I have a beach cruisers, and 15 miles an hour seems so fast to me. I think if I peddled with all my might, i can get up to maybe 12 mph. I guess that is why it is called a beach cruiser, it's made for cruising.

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DOLLIE6 3/20/2010 2:11PM

    emoticon Look at her go!! Good for you.

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 3/20/2010 1:13PM

    Awesome! Way to go!

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How is weight maintenance even defined?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

...turns out there isn't a universal definition out there, even for the scientists studying it!


Next column: taking a look at the past Biggest Loser contestants to see how they've done on maintenance.

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GRACEFULIFE 3/17/2010 11:05AM

    I don't like the idea that NWCR loosened the standard. I mean, I'm all for even moderate losses that are significant in terms of health benefits, but lowering standards to meet what people achieve doesn't seem like a good answer. And as far as I'm concerned, losses have little to do with maintenance. But me, I'm not really a "yay let me celebrate what I've done so far" sort of person, I'm more of a "I'm getting to X by hook or by crook" person (even if it often takes longer than initially expected or hoped for).

I'm going to take the Hacker's Diet standpoint and say that maintenance should just be for stabilization. At that rate it's more useful to say "body weight varies by no more than 5%". If one exceeds 105% of goal weight (or goes below 95%) then one has not successfully maintained. If you exceed but then lose it again, then you failed at maintenance but successfully lost again. Yes, I just pulled a number from the air but I kind of like 5% because it gives the smallest people what feels like a reasonable margin to me (100lb person gets +/-5lb). Also, I don't especially like the "one year", I like the "forever". Obviously a study will have to be over a certain period of time, but a year of maintenance, while perhaps correlated in the aggregate to likelihood of longer-term success, is useless if in an individual case the weight is then immediately regained over, say, a 3-month period. That's not successful maintenance.

Defining goal weight is a bit of a trick, but then that's a discussion for elsewhere.

For me, though, maintenance may be measured with BF% rather than weight or BMI (since I hope to lose down to a BF%). However I could see a definition based on weight being useful in the future also, if at some point I become less able to maintain my fitness, or as I age. I could also see the lower sensitivity of BF% making this less useful, so we will see. Let's put it this way, if I could gain 5lb of muscle I wouldn't turn it down. I wrote a long rant here on BMI before but deleted it...

Academically, I think terms should be fairly precise, and "loss" should not be confused with "maintenance". The loss-maintenance confusion is automatic in any definition that includes "keeping off x% or Xlb of starting body weight", and that doesn't strike me as a useful universal measure. So a term like "weight loss maintenance" seems a bit unsure of its meaning to me.

I guess I don't really like any of the cited measures, though the "within 5 lbs of goal" one is close. That one does not include one of the two basic parameters "The amount of weight lost" - which is good since I think none should.

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LEELYNN2 3/17/2010 9:39AM

    wow good stuff! I've been working toward the "within 5 lbs" goal for the last year and will keep up that momentum, but I never even thought to ask how other people define it.

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DDOORN 3/16/2010 9:59PM

    I'm betting with all the props pulled out from under those Biggest Loser folks don't fare so well afterwards...their set up is so artificial and lacking in the reality of day-to-day life!

Looking forward to what you've dug up! :-)


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    I take it One day at a time - the same way I lost the weight.

For me the defining is in how my jeans fit!

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JAY75REY 3/16/2010 4:07PM

    I liked your article on maintenance; very informative.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 3/16/2010 3:33PM

    I think what Rena says is very true. However I would like to elaborate on that. There are people who reach goal and APPEAR to remain thin, but aren't exercising to any great extent, and over the years actually lose muscle and gain fat. Their weight may stay the same on the scale, but their clothes get tighter. They are thin/fat. Looks ok, but as the years go by their metabolism gets slower and slower due to the muscle loss, and eventually they will gain weight on few calories - won't be able to stop the weight gain, unless and until they exercise and build muscle to boost their metabolism back up.


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RENA1965 3/16/2010 2:46PM

    Hi 4A,
I have a buffer zone I have a max high weight and low weight.. If my weight is to high in the morning when I weigh in no extra food I eat my basic food- if I am too low I eat more.. I am now up around the 2000 calories- we have to be active to do this.. I weight train 3 times a week and powerwalk my resthome circit of clients... I go for slow gentle swings on the scales..
I also watch which foods I can use as extras- fatty food makes the scales smack me in the chops.. I can better eat a little sweet now and again it burns off easier than heavy fatty food..
I eat to the high side the days I exercise hard and eat to the low end when not doing the exercise to warrant eating extra..
When on holiday I have to be careful I am out walking each day- or am down around 1500 calories in the lossing phase.. I have lost 176lbs and kept it off 3 years..
Good luck..

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The super-sized 43st (602 lb) mother who is determined to become the world's fattest woman

Monday, March 15, 2010


I'm not sure even where to start.

THIRTY medics were required for her Caesarean?!

She earns the money for food by running a website "where men pay her to watch her eat fast food"?!

Judging from what I briefly saw, it's more than eating on there. Adjectives fail me.

These are GOOD things?!

Oh honey, NO.

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LOGOULD 3/22/2010 4:22PM

    How VERY, VERY sad for her and her daughter! emoticon

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PRONTOPUP 3/22/2010 3:59PM

    Wow. That is sick. And sad. emoticon

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DARA52 3/22/2010 3:45PM

    What low self esteem she must have!

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STEVIECAT4 3/22/2010 3:38PM

    OMG, I shudder to think what her little daughter is going to look like too. What selfish arrogance to weigh 1,000 pounds and proclaim you are healthy.

It's completely mind blowing.

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THINWITHIN18 3/16/2010 10:08PM

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GR8CATSBY 3/16/2010 9:48PM

    That poor woman! How sad.

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    Speechless, I'm left speechless!

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SUNNIEDAES 3/16/2010 2:17PM

    So very sad. :(

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DANSAPPHI 3/16/2010 1:42PM

    I wonder if she gets SSI or something like that, beyond the website, if she does that would disgust me too, more than everything else already does.

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SPMOM2 3/16/2010 1:13PM

    I saw this on the news, this is sad and selfish, she will probably die before she reaches her goal, then who will take care of her daughter.

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MOONWILLOW1010 3/16/2010 1:10PM

    Wow...how sad is that?

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/16/2010 12:55PM

    I can't even find the words for how wrong and sad this is. I'm just floored. Her poor daughter.

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RHEADANIELLE 3/16/2010 12:53PM

    wooooow, what can I say, I guess it works for her and until she sees where it is wrong to treat her body like that, we can only pray for her, that she realizes she needs to put her health first or die.

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LORIBEL1 3/16/2010 12:32PM

    I saw this yesterday, too, and couldn't believe it!

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THENEWCINDY 3/16/2010 10:25AM

    That is horrible that she wants to get bigger!!! Her poor daughter is seeing this craziness...I hope when she gets older she seeks therapy!!!

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/16/2010 10:15AM

    I'm sorry ... she "insists she's healthy"??? It's one thing to have a weight problem ... it's another to purposely do something so unhealthy to yourself. She's risking her life, which is very irresponsible, especially considering she has a young daughter to think about.

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CRISPINI 3/16/2010 10:12AM

    Wow. Just wow.

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 3/16/2010 10:03AM

That's really all I can say.

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SATYAGRAHA 3/16/2010 9:57AM

    I don't even know what to say. I could say so many things about this, all horrible. All I'll say is she needs a serious intervention. Her poor child... HOW ARE PEOPLE ENCOURAGING THIS?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

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WILLOW49 3/16/2010 9:23AM

    How very, very sad. My heart goes out to her daughter...

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WANNABE751 3/16/2010 5:40AM

    Dedsperately sad...imagine the comments the poor child will get from her peers, it doesn't bear thinking about.

What a selfish woman!

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GRACEFULIFE 3/16/2010 1:02AM

    "Yet although she can only move 20ft before needing to sit down, she wants to be even bigger."

That is the part that offends me. Walking is one of the most basic of human activities, and people should be able to walk more or less continuously. Someone who can only walk 20ft is effectively non-functional.

I'll stop now before I go on some sort of neo-luddite rant.

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SHAUNTEMC 3/16/2010 12:29AM

    That is soooooooooo sad. I feel bad for her daughter because she will probably grow up without her. Shameful. She just motivated me to do 45 minutes of cardio tomorrow.

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KAYOTIC 3/15/2010 11:33PM

    This is so, so sad, especially for her daughter...

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DARKTHOR 3/15/2010 11:18PM

    That is sad and I am so offended that men are paying to watch her eat.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/15/2010 10:58PM

    I feel so blessed to have come to the point where I know that will never be me. How sad..... -Marsha

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FRECKS96 3/15/2010 10:49PM

    That truly makes me want to cry. Especially the pics with her daughter.

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BEVPRESLEY 3/15/2010 10:42PM

    That is just sad. There must be help somewhere for people like that.

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MAMAFISH1 3/15/2010 10:37PM

    Sad, is all I can say.

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MYLIFEROCKS 3/15/2010 10:37PM

    This is so sad and I feel really badly for her little daughter. She won't have a mother for very long if her mom keeps going like that.


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DDOORN 3/15/2010 10:35PM

    How perverted can the world get...?!?!

So mind-blowing and tragic...


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One year on SparkPeople

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Wow, has it really already been a year?

I joined on March 9, 2009 because a wellness program at work recommended the nutrition tracker for following our food intake.

It really did help to see what I was eating, because although I'd lost 40 lbs before I joined and started tracking my food, my body fat percentages hadn't really dropped much. Once I became aware of the macronutrient ratios, this changed in a hurry. You can see this, here. Notice the body fat is pretty high between December and March, and then all of a sudden starts going down...

I didn't really start interacting with people here until the end of April when I lost a piece of my support network in real life. I'm not much of a "joiner" really, and neither is my Ithaca/Fingerlakes co-leader CARRIE1948 which is why it's so ironic that we ended up participating in and leading that team, LOL.

In the end, the support here has become very important in my loss and now my maintenance. I've met some really great people here, and even some in person and not just in NY.

I've learned so much over the past year and come so far:

March 9, 2009:

Ate 849 calories (19.6% protein, 66% carb, 14.4% fat, 11 g fiber)
Weighed 292 lbs
53.8 % body fat

March 9, 2010:

Ate 1679 calories (37% protein, 49% carb, 14% fat, 62 g fiber)
Weighed 152.6
18.5 % body fat

Thanks everyone!

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S318830 3/17/2010 3:22PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Your progress has been amazing. And it's been a pleasure getting to know you! Way to go!

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AMARAN 3/16/2010 7:57AM

    You are an amazing inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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AMAZINGANN 3/15/2010 11:10PM

    Totally awesome! That is an incredible one-year story. emoticon

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KAREN_01 3/15/2010 1:28PM

    Whoohoo!! Congratulations on your remarkable journey!

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WALKWITME 3/13/2010 7:08AM

    Happy SparkVersary emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

What a Transformation too

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GREENSCRAPCAT 3/10/2010 9:55PM

    WOW congrats on your anniversary and all you have accomplished! WOOT! Way to go!

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MOM5INFL 3/10/2010 7:29PM

    Congratulations! You are in it to win it! Keep going strong! Birdie.

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TELERIE 3/10/2010 4:52PM

    Happy Sparkiversary! I'm really glad I've "met" you here. Keep on maintaining and I'll join that particular challenge in a while! emoticon

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ALYFITN 3/10/2010 11:59AM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations on all your success!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/10/2010 11:22AM

    Happy emoticon! WTG on your progress! WooHoo!

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/10/2010 10:44AM

    emoticon on your Success.

I too was never a support type person, but a tragedy in my life changed that. I now find comfort in both giving an getting support. I think the giving is the best.

My first long term goal is my year anniversary and I look forward to my year post.

Best of Luck!

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KAYOTIC 3/10/2010 10:31AM

    Happy emoticon and congratulations on your success! What a great story, very inspirational!

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BUFFALOKAY 3/10/2010 10:11AM

    Congratulations and Happy SparkVersary!
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LEELYNN2 3/10/2010 9:29AM

    Let's make it a two year anniversary next year, we've loved having you! Oh by the way the kayak roll film is really cool, thanks for sharing.

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DIAMONDFOOLER 3/10/2010 9:22AM

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! emoticon
And also on your weight loss!! A true success story! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 3/10/2010 9:06AM

    I'm not much of a joiner either, but then we always have something to learn. I wish I'd joined Spark earlier, but it was still a pretty amazing ride watching you on PD last year. Great job, and keep it up! :)

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CARRIE1948 3/10/2010 8:22AM

    Way to go!!!!

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YARELL 3/10/2010 7:11AM

    that is awesome!!!!!!

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TDEMJANEC 3/10/2010 6:59AM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! emoticon Wishing you continued success.

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JAY75REY 3/10/2010 12:53AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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    Happy emoticon emoticon
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DDOORN 3/9/2010 11:41PM

    Thx for bringing all your enthusiasm and energy to our SparkFamily!

Congrats on your 1st year! :-)


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Kayaking burns calories, even in a pool, LOL

Monday, March 08, 2010

Continuing the kayak practice in pools in preparation for spring melt...

Total burn yesterday for two hours:
424 calories!
max HR 122
avg HR 93

I burned more while paddling around practicing my edging than I did in the rolling, but the rolling is more interesting - hence the choice of video, LOL

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/9/2010 3:16PM

    Very Interesting. I didn't know people practiced in a pool, but it sure makes sense.

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GEE-KNEE 3/9/2010 7:48AM

    That looks like fun.

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DDOORN 3/8/2010 9:29PM

    Bet this weather has you pumped up for getting back outside into the water...!

Can't believe all the long-term expeditions I'm hearing about on the IKC!

Don't know if I'd ever be up for something like that...all day maybe, but multiple days...? Whew! I'm saving THAT for working up my biking trips...lol!


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SWEETPEA92 3/8/2010 2:40PM

    Cool, that looks like fun!! That is what I look for when I exercise the fun factor. Makes exercise less boring!!! Way to go, enjoy your Kayaking!! emoticon

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