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Reflections 11.25.10

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Coach Nancy's status today read 'Celebrate the simple things in life, like sharing a nice morning coffee and talking...those are things we cannot replace'

I have read it again, again, and again for a number of reasons.

First I think it was a very powerful statement.

Second, tomorrow - black friday - the materialistic mayhem starts ...

Third, our lives are so consumed by hiding behind computer screens to connect with our cyber friends,

I am involved with families at critical points of their lives, and I have many times sat in front of a family member who wish they had sat down for that 'morning coffee and talking'

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B-N-ME 11/26/2010 1:05PM

    When I read this my thoughts went to my 16th birthday-I know it was a while ago....
I used to visit my grandma everyday. I had not been to see her for a week (a little hurt over something she said).
I called her on my birthday 'cause I missed her. The voice on the other end of the phone told me she had passed away! I remember feeling devastated at the thought my grandma may not have known how much I loved her...
From that day on, I make a point of ensuring my interactions with people that matter are as if it could be my last one. I never want anyone doubting what they mean to me.
So sorry to maybe be a downer on your blog, but this is a is short. Maybe Jan, we will have coffee someday :) but either way I know you understand I think you are a gem.
Thanks for giving us something to think about!

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FUNFROG79 11/26/2010 8:23AM

    Agreed! emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/25/2010 8:46PM

    I agree 100%. Those times spent just sitting with someone one on one are the things that are missed the most. Don't ever lose an opportunity to let someone know that you love them and are happy they are in your life.

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Reflections 11.23.10

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I spend a lot of time reading blogs, and I learn a lot. I also have received comments on comments I make ... some of the comments are some times unkind. Hey I am a 'big boy' - and i can handle it.

However, there are some things that bother me a great deal. One of the things I do a lot is - read. I read about nutrition. I read about exercise physiology. I read about a lot of stuff which is related to this journey, and when I advise people, I am generally well prepared. I usually don't comment or give advise, if I am not sure.

Recently I saw a post by someone who had worked out several hundred days in a row. To me that is a disaster waiting to happen. Your joints gets fatigued, your bones runs the risk of fractures (based on a concept similar to metal fatigue), your muscles does not get time to recover. There is a reason why coaches 'prescribe' rest days for people who work out. Not only do your bones, ligaments, and muscle get a rest and a chance to rebuild - there is also data to support subsequent workouts are stronger.

Chris Carmichael, Lance's coach, has a book called 'eat right - train right' i think, no matter we are doing to reach our goals, Carmichael concept is what we all should apply - no matter what level we are.

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RUNDARCYRUN 11/26/2010 3:44AM

    Jan, (I still think that's funny that you share the same name as my hubby!) you have commented on a few things I've posted, and I have found your advice and articles EXTREMELY helpful, and your tips well-researched! Also you came across very non-abrasive and non-pushy, which is a skill some people lack when it comes to handing out their advice. Thanks for your help... I appreciate someone who does a lot of reading, and had well-prepared, well-researched answers... ;) Keep it up!

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    You said it well, but you for got your brain needs a rest - after a rest day - you are mentally more prepare to continue to train.

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RENA1965 11/25/2010 8:15AM

    Jan when I read this blog, I am with you.. We all see them, gangho and over doing it.. I have told Sparksguy, I hope he will forgive me writing tough love at times.. Some people have no idea what they are doing to themselfs, and well I think if we didn't give jack we would just say flip it and on to the next page..
Some people don't understand we use time and soul to write a reply just to get those comments you talk about.. Jan I know your heart is in what you do, sorry you had a bum deal mate!
Please keep up the good work and your allowed to kick my ass when you feel I need it.. I appreciate honesty, sometimes honesty is too much for some people.. I dislike people whom lie to me because if it back fires- I ain't silent anymore about it..
Rena emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/24/2010 9:22AM

    Agreed, rest days are so important to success! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ALYFITN 11/24/2010 7:31AM

    JanóIím over 50, new, and plan to exercise regularly the rest of my life. I do weight lifting and cardio. My hero is Frank Zane who is 60. You are spot on with seasonal changeótraining to maintenance. I LOVE your blogs. Maybe someday, Iíll see you in a run. You are an inspiration!
Keep it fresh!-Aly

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DDOORN 11/24/2010 6:53AM

    Couldn't agree more! Not to mention that our lives should be more three dimensional than to be totally focused on working out...


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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/23/2010 11:47PM

    Rest days are god and help you to take time to focus on the upcoming training ahead. I always appreciate your advice, even look forward to it. I cannot wait to get my new books and start reading them.

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CALIDREAMER76 11/23/2010 10:57PM

    Good Advice from a reliable source! Thanks Jan

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/23/2010 9:44PM

    The more mature people (like this old dude) should probably even take two days off, according to some experts.

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LILPAT3 11/23/2010 9:42PM

    I also agree. I train very hard three days a week. Two days a week I have short, easy workouts. On the weekend I will go for a long and slow bike ride and possibly a little swim. I take one day a week totally off and when I say an easy workout....usually mostly stretching and maybe 15 minutes of easy spinning.

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LAURIE5658 11/23/2010 9:39PM

    Amen Brutha! I work out and REALLY REALLY REALLY look forward to my REST days. I have been doing my Operation Mickey Mouse AND the SparkPeople 28 day Bootcamp all at once. I am now in week 4 and there have been signs of overtraining as in difficulty in sleeping and I have made adjustments accordingly. People! Read your body cues cuz they are telling you something. My point is...there is NOTHING healthy with working out THAT many days in a row. I do not applaud you at all and I am not impressed.

Stepping off my soapbox now.


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JENN26POINT2 11/23/2010 9:34PM

    I agree with you 100%. But, probably this person has read The Spark and are following Chris's lead... he mentions in the Spark that he did exactly that... I take at least one complete rest day per week, and one moderate rest day (physcial therapy days - all I do is a few hip flexor isolation exercises). Rest days are vitally important!

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IRISHLASS117 11/23/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks for the reminder Warrior, your advise is always spot on and accurate. I love my rest day.

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RMX988 11/23/2010 9:04PM

    Agreed! Can't wait until my rest day on Thursday! haha.

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Thanksgiving - Part 2.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My dear Sparkfriends....

Another year has passed. My life is so much richer - thanks to you. I continue to be healthy - thanks the challenge of keeping up with you.

It is really difficult to pinpoint all the thing about my spark friends which makes this such a uniqe and rich experience.

So, I am going to sum it up by saying Thank you for allowing me to be who I am and post on your site, write you and email - run with you - bike with you or what ever we have done together. Thank you for commenting on my blog, posting on my site, sending SP mail - but most importantly thank you for being you.

Have a most wonderful thanksgiving and reflect on the year that has passed, rather than how many calories you should or shouldn't eat. Remember the meaning of why the native americans celebrated thanksgiving.

with love and appreciation

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/22/2010 10:11PM

    Jan, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving as well! Thank you for always being so positive and willing to share your knowledge. You have really helped me to start thinking in a whole different way. Someday in 2011, we will go running together! I can't wait, but I need to train some more so I can at least attempt to keep up with you!

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    Jan - I need to thank you for being here....where would I be without you.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/22/2010 12:22PM

    It's hard to imagine life without our community. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. Have a wonderful holiday!

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JENN26POINT2 11/22/2010 12:17PM

    I agree that it is hard to distinguish what makes this community so unique, but it is truly. I have friends, and then I have Spark Friends. Spark Friends are just as important and my friends, except my Spark Friends usually know more about me. I think it's because it's easier to disclose personal thoughts and insights when we're not face to face, but it could also be because everyone here is so understanding and supportive. We're all here for similar reasons and I think that helps to draw us all closer.

I hope you too have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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BILLALEX70 11/22/2010 11:26AM

    I hope that you and Cathy have a great Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to a new year and new adventures with old friends.

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FUNFROG79 11/22/2010 8:20AM

    Thank you as well. You reached out to me and I really appreciate it. Thanks again! It meant a lot! emoticon

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DDOORN 11/22/2010 7:35AM

    Hey Jan,

Gratitude just keeps flowing around I don't know where I would be without my SparkFamily...and YOU as one of my heroes!

Let's keep it moving...! :-)


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B-N-ME 11/22/2010 6:53AM

    Jan, you reflections on the things that matter remind us of what it is really all about...
Thank you-for being YOU!

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HUNNNYBEE 11/22/2010 6:10AM

    I'm in complete agreement! I'm thankful for Spark - it has changed my life in so many good ways!

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/22/2010 5:47AM

    Back at you. Thanks for all your positive support and comments on my blogs. Your biking and fitness tips have been really helpful. Thanks again!

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GROEDER 11/22/2010 5:45AM

    I owe you a big thank you for all the encouragement, support, and the great hints you have given me for the last year!!!
I am truely grateful for having you as a friend and look forward to continuing to keep in touch in the future.
Thanks again and happy Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving - Part 1.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Since I started doing endurance events for Team in Training I have sent out an email of being thankful this time (ironically my niece was diagnosed with leukemia the weekend before Thanksgiving).

I want to share it with you _ while I ponder on a thanksgiving note for my SP friends.

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Dear friends.

The rest is mentioned in no particular order of importance because each one of you is equally important.
- my wife who is as supportive to me as she was when we embarked on the training for the first ride in 2003
- my three buddies, aka 'the mules'. John, Mark, and Scott. I think the quote ' all for one and one for all' sums up our friendship.
- my team mates and coach Tim from the Wildflower triathlon. Thanks for an incredible experience
- my honoree's and families of honorees thank you for being my continued inspiration
- my friends from the spokes of hope who spread the message of 'cancer is not contagious - hope can be'

as some of you know, I don't send holiday letters/cards, but I use the time of Thanksgiving to reflect the year which is about to turn, and again this year, I have many things to be thankful for, most of all my health, which enables me to continue participating in endurance events and raising money in the fight for cancer in general, blood cancers in particular and second - Cathy

The hi-light of the 2010 cancer fighting campaign is as follows
The half ironman distance at the Wildflower triathlon in Monterey,CA (May 1st). I thought it was tough, but when I read the Danish professional triathlete Torbjorn Sindballe's (aka Thunderbear) account of the event - I realized this was quite the accomplishment. Let me give you a hint - the run was renamed 'the death march'. There were 10 of us from Northern Ohio (coach and two staff included). We stayed in tents for 5 days. A great experience. I managed to be the 5th highest fundraiser at this event, and earned my second triple crown (completing a full marathon, 100 mile bike ride, and a triathlon + do the fund raising for LLS).

Two weeks later I ran the half marathon in Cleveland - but not fundraising. However, I was there to support a young man who was diagnosed with lymphoma and started treatment in April of 2009. After running the half I went out to meet him and got to run the last mile (or close to it) with him. An unforgettable experience.

This young man called me in August and asked me - 'did you sign up?' - he referring to wanting me to run the Columbus marathon because he was the team honoree. Well - how can this old man can say no to being challenged by someone 30 year my junior! So I raised the money - started training - trained - and ran the Columbus marathon in October.

(I am not sure why cancer doesn't get it ... we will prevail and beat you).

In August I made a contribution to OROC, raising money in the fight for ovarian cancer), and ran with two gynecologist-oncologists two nurse practitioners, and the nurse clinician from our gyn onc clinic.

In September I took part in the 'Spokes of Hope' first visit to Cleveland. The team who, through a variety of events - mostly related to cycling, are taking the message of cancer is not contagious - hope can be to the bedsides of patients receiving chemotherapy (most of the team have been there themselves) and ending the tour in Washington DC where the needs of cancer patients are shared with our lawmakers.

My friends - thank you for being there for me as an inspiration, thank you for putting up with me as a friend or team mate, and thank you for swimming, riding and running with me - three disciplines, one mission, and one goal.

Have a most wonderful thanksgiving - this turkey is in the process of developing ways to raise funds for one or perhaps two events in 2011 and start my training for either a run, bike ride or a triathlon ... which to be determined.

With love to all


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FVHORVATH 11/22/2010 11:45AM

    Wha t a wonderful year you have had and the accomplishments you have had are amazing!

May you have an even better year next year and keep up the great work that you do!

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FUNFROG79 11/22/2010 8:11AM

    Great blog, have a wonderful Thansgiving emoticon

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B-N-ME 11/22/2010 6:51AM

    WIshing you success and health, may you be well equipped to meet you goals are you work towards your mission!
Determination is a awesome character to have if used effectively...which is what you have done...
Keep on moving, you are making a difference!

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CALIDREAMER76 11/21/2010 11:26PM

    I, Jan, am Thankful to have met you at JASR and get to know you just a little bit better through sparkpeople - You are the most selfless person I've ever met - putting others you know and have never met ahead of yourself. With the likes of you Cancer doesn't have a chance and should just give up!

God Bless you and Cathy with a Peaceful, Healthy Thanksgiving!


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LKEITHO 11/21/2010 9:48PM

    What an amazing year! Congratulations on your accomplishments, and thank you for your great fund raising efforts! You're right - sooner or later cancer is going to realize it has been beaten! And it will be because of people like you.

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IRISHLASS117 11/21/2010 9:26PM

    Warrior, hero, healer, Friend.


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LAURIE5658 11/21/2010 8:54PM

    Jan, you are one of the most incredible individuals I have ever met and you have a heart the size of Texas. I thank God that I crossed your path and by doing so my life has been made richer.


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DEEJ4FITNESS 11/21/2010 8:49PM

    YOU Jan are the inspiration and a blessing to all who run with, bike with, swim with, chat with, and are supported by you, your efforts and your friendship!

Be blessed, stay safe, and may you have many years of blessings for which to be thankful as you use your health and your gratitude to help & motivate others!!!

What a cool blog! Life is good!! God is good!!!


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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/21/2010 8:49PM

    Wow! What an amazing person you are, very giving of yourself (and it sounds like your wife is too).
Thank you for sharing this information and giving me guidance. Maybe someday (sooner than later) I can run one of those races with you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Reflections 11.08.10 (follow up on 10.07.10)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Thank you all for chiming in with your comments. I love this dialogue on my reflections. The purpose of me posting them is to create some conversations and discussions. It is not necessarily about me and my accomplishments - but more reflections on things I come across in my readings on the website and elsewhere.

I know we all have different reasons and goals. We all want to do our best when we are out there running, riding, and tri-ing - and when I say 'best' - it is what you define as best.

For the longest time I was a self taught runner and cyclist, and I did well - if I must say so. However, once I got a better handle on training, nutrition, and hydration, and learned from books and magazine, a lot of things became much more enjoyable on many levels. My goal is - when I cross the start line is to finish and to finish without injury - and some times push the envelope.

I think we all want to apply the concept of 'good to great' - meaning we continue to strive for something better. In some small way I hope to come with some thoughts which might make you do a little thinking - or in this case seek more information.

One person said 'I think everyone is different and everyone needs to make their own choices, you know what's best for them. As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? ' I am not sure I agree.

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/9/2010 10:33AM

    " 'As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? ' I am not sure I agree."
A pretty broad statement. I agree, so long as it is meant to be taken within the bounds of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' I'd say not a single one of us can rightly make choices that cause damage to other people, or the Earth.

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IRISHLASS117 11/8/2010 8:51PM

    Sound, safe choices. Your advice is always welcome and delivered with great intentions. Thank you for sharing your strengths and knowledge Warrior.

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