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Spokes of Hope

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Over the past year, you have heard me refer to Spokes of hope. This week the website went live

Spokes of hope is a series of events which combined makes bikerides across the country with the message cancer is not contageous - hope is. The message ultimately will go to Capitol Hill in DC to ensure our lawmakers maintain cancer as an agenda item.... it also unite cancer patients, as the 95 of the participants are cancer survivors and give hope ...

The website is not complete yet, but you will find a lot of information. Should you be in one of the areas where they visit - let me know.

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IRISHLASS117 8/22/2010 7:51AM

    Thanks for spreading the word and spreading the hope Warrior!

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DDOORN 8/21/2010 9:38PM

    The Spokes are quite fortunate to have an ambassador such as yourself out there...!

Always wonderful to hear of your charitable efforts Jan!


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Pirates tri (local sprint tri)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Several of my team in training friends and TnT participants in the Greater Cleveland tri met this morning for the Pirates tri, a great local sprint tri).

The weather decided to tease and show up with high winds and thunderstorms, but with a late start we got going. Despite getting soaked it was fun and I had a blast ....

I can get into this - and I have no aspiration of any podium placements ... I am just out there to have a good time and get some exercises.

Ohh, of course we all ran in team in training outfit - towards the end of the run a young lady passed me and said - thanks for what you do, and she proceeded to tell me - her brother died from leukemia at the age of 12. It reminds me of my email signature
swim 2 live
ride 2 live
run 2 live
three disciplines - one mission - one goal.

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HEALTHYCHIC 8/1/2010 8:08PM

    This is wonderful. You are always participating for a higher cause. So so admirable.

Thanks again for the beginner tips. I ordered a trainer, road shoes, pedals, cleats etc from Performance Bike. Thank you so much for pointing me in that direction. I'm in CT, we don't have one, the closest is probably Pennsylvania, but that's no obstacle with the internet!

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DDOORN 7/29/2010 7:33AM

    Go Jan GO!

Thx again for the add!


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    Jan you are amazing. You are doing well with tris

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SEEHOLZ 7/26/2010 10:03AM

    What an awesome event!

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AMCG2002 7/25/2010 8:56PM

    You're comment about, "I could get into this," is exactly why I'm afraid to try a tri! I'm afraid I'd get just as hooked as I am on running and biking! lol I don't know if my family could handle me adding another discipline. I am glad that you had a good time. Sometimes these events that have the "interesting" weather can be the most fun to recall later. Rest up!

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LAURIE5658 7/25/2010 8:10PM

    Jan, what a wonderful day you had!! I also was soaked to the skin during my race but I had the time of my life!!! I am also very proud of you for doing what you do with TnT. As you know our family was touched with cancer and so I am all things pink and you are all things purple. You rock!

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BILLALEX70 7/25/2010 7:52PM

    You kick @$$ friend!

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CHERYLD02 7/25/2010 5:16PM

    What an insparation you are! Love the 3 disciplines.

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IRISHLASS117 7/25/2010 1:49PM

    Hero to say many. Thanks Warrior.

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Vacation is over

Saturday, July 03, 2010

If you have been wondering why I have been quiet, it is because I was in Europe for almost two weeks. My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

I had a magnificent time.

The weather was phenomenal both weeks - sunshine and temps in the low seventies.

Got to run a few times. Ran with my sister, my brother in law, and yesterday with my 18 year old nephew - and a couple of times by myself.

I think I am going to wait a day or two with the scale - I can feel the water retention. However, if you own a pair of compression tights or compression socks - use them when you fly long distance - it makes a world of difference.

It is great to be back - and a Happy 4th of July to all.

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RENA1965 7/13/2010 11:24PM

    Congrats with your parents! Yeah we have had some great weather in denmark, until the storms yesterday! Alot of lightening and fires on Sjælland..
I ain't watching the tour d´france biking this year.. Love it now that famous drug abuse detective is on the cases of a few people this time..
They need to screw down the pace so people can do the race without needing drugs to avoid dropping dead..

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/7/2010 10:56PM

    Great idea on the compression tights! I have a long trip coming up to Canada and the US and will definately look into using a pair for the trip!

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SEEHOLZ 7/6/2010 9:51AM

    I used my compression socks and love, love, love them! We flew through Copenhagen and it made me think of you... I just got back from Europe myself and had a magnificient time and awesome, but hot weather.

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    Welcome Home. Glad you had a great time. Where in Europe were you?

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BILLALEX70 7/4/2010 9:38AM

    Glad you had a great trip and are back safely.

I stayed pretty active during our trip, but eating was a HUGE challenge. I did pick up some books for beginner triathletes that I'm anxious to get reading.

Welcome back and we'll start looking for something we can meet up for.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/4/2010 6:27AM

    Welcome back! It sounds like a wonderful trip. Congrats to your parents.

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L3DESIGNS 7/4/2010 12:37AM

    Congrats to your parents! Wow 60 years! Sounds like you had a great family vacation!

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CHERYLD02 7/3/2010 8:13PM

    Sixty years! Congratulations to your parents and may they have many more years to come.

I'm glad you had an enjoyable vacation. Welcome back home!

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Worldrun II

Saturday, June 12, 2010

There are lots of ways to achieve notariety. Well, a fellow Dane did just that - first he ran around the world (Worldrun I) clockwise. The last couple of years he has been at it again running worldrun II - from the northern tip of Norway to the tip of South Africa. A run report of the second run is on

As nuts as it is - it is pretty fascinating reading.

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SYNCHRODAD 6/26/2010 1:26PM

    Reminds me of Forrest Gump's run....

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BILLALEX70 6/13/2010 2:04PM

    Dare to dream!

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HEALTHYCHIC 6/12/2010 9:59AM

    That's really an amazing thing to do. I once thought of doing the "50 states" but realized, if i did one marathon a year, i wouldn't probably make it in my lifetime :). That definitely takes a lot of fortitude.

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    I will never understand the desires of some people. It is amazing to have that much fortitude to do something like that.

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Some thoughts

Sunday, June 06, 2010

A couple of years ago there was a letter to the editor of Triathlete magazine. The reader asked it it was OK to yoga on your rest day? The reply was - what is it about 'rest' you don't understand?

I love getting inspiration from other people's blogs, but I have to say, I am very concerned about how people are abusing their bodies, and although I am not surprised, I am concerned that people are sustaining (potential) preventable injuries because of their - pardon me - stupidity!

Elite athletes does not train 7/365. Why do you think the Tour de France has a day off every Monday? Your body is not build to this kind of 'abuse'. More is not necessarily better.

What I also see is people are 'living in the present' - what will happen to the body 5+ years from now when the novelty of SPARK wears off? I read all this I want to lose weight, and many time what see is - healthier life style = lose weight. Now if you live a healthier lifestyle - your weight comes off automatically.

I want all my sparkers to be happy, healthy, and injury free.

On the thought of injuries. A couple of words of caution. Recently I read about a sparker who recently had an unspecified heart procedure and wanted to run a half marathon. The copy cat ' you can do it' and where to find training kept coming in. Not one person asked - have you talked with your cardiologist or who ever did the procedure if it was safe. When you give advise, read the whole thing. If you watch the biggest loser - what is one of the disclaimers. They are under medical supervision. We should be under medical supervision as well - talking to our own physician/NP or whomever we see.

Not to brag, but recently I suggested to a fellow sparker to see her phyisican after some complaints of ankle pain. I am glad I did - she had a partially ruptured achilles tendon - which required surgery.

My fellow sparkers - let common sense and careful planning prevail, and you will still succeed - and less likely to sustain injuries.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/31/2010 7:21PM

    I know this is an old blog, but since I just read it I thought I'd let you know:
I'll take a rest day 1x a week

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TRAINOF4 6/17/2010 1:57AM

    Amen Jan - I often think the same things about some posts I read here. It worries me when someone with pneumonia figures it's OK to "just" run 10 miles instead of 20 that day. Or telling themselves (or others) to 'push through' the pain. The only pain anyone - women actually - should "push through" is childbirth.

Pain, fever, vomiting, all those things are our bodies' way of telling us something is wrong. And it takes energy for our bodies to do heal properly. TOo much exercise or exercise of too much intensity for our current fitness level can be harmful and so can exercise when we are injured or unwell.

You always word things so well - thank you for reminding us all to take good care of our bodies in progress. emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/9/2010 5:43AM

    Words of wisdom, Jan.

I just hope that other Sparkers out there see this. I have learned the hard way about overdoing things, and it's good to see someone else have similar thoughts.

I really, really love riding the bike and swimming, but when my body screams "REST!" I usually have the sense to listen to it. When I don't, I really, really pay for it. I have been lucky so far in that it hasn't caused a serious injury, but when I overdo it, I find that when I don't stop and rest, it sets me back.

I'm trying to be a better listener of my own body, but, I'll be honest, sometimes I let the fun that I'm having these days get the better of me - I haven't been this active in years! But I know I have to do things within the limits of my older (sigh) body.

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    Jan - Hopefully you are speaking to me right now. Yes, I will never again question going to see a doctor if after a few days of rest the pain doesn't go away - or if after rest the pain disappears, but reappears again after exercising. You probably saved me from many more months of not running. emoticon

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PURPLEALLY 6/6/2010 4:08PM

    yoga is rest to me, guess I have an easy class

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CHERYLD02 6/6/2010 11:00AM

    I agree with you whole heartedly! That's why my jogging is limited to every other day. Don't want to overdo the shins and get those nasty shin splints again. I always find at least one if not two days to rest each week and rest I do!

I also checked with my physician to see if I could enter that 5K I did in May and she said sure, just take it easy and I took her advice.

Thanks for sharing all you share with us!

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B-N-ME 6/6/2010 7:52AM

    Great Blog Jan!
The journey and sustainability of health is far more than the number on the scale. As I have recently said it is accepting what your body is physically capable of, and working to be the best you can be within those parameters.
Health is a gift-period! It is easy to take that for granted until you lose it!
Taking care of what we have been given is a responsibility, that includes listening to our body, feeding it the right fuel and building up abilities over a period of time.
emoticon for sharing!

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