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At A Crossroads

Friday, December 28, 2012

A lot has been going on inside of the last 30+ days. Between losing my job (and trying to find a new one), unexpected other loss, having to commute to a job again....the stars are not in alignment. Further, I really do not know what I want to do regarding fitness. I wake each morning with my caloric range in my head, and I am making good choices based on what I know. I respect the range and I am grateful for that. I am not motivated to sign up for a specific race, and right now I feel like the race fees are out of control. I want to really have that passion for a particular race if I am going to invest in it. Right now, it just isn't there. The sprint races would cost a lot, and so I am not motivated to register for those either. Without something to strive for, I feel like I'm stuck in peanut butter. Do I go and do that same old thing and wait for something to catch my eye? I just don't know. I thought about swimming get better with that for a while and then think on what is next. I know I need to do something. emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 1/4/2013 5:35AM

    What about virtual racing? I know there is a team on there somewhere that does that. I mean... it could be motivating enough and its definitely free-LOL. Or look out for very low key races - trail races are usually cheaper too ( even though on the East Coast, things are always just a tad more expensive from limited experience)

I love spinning - it's great cross training.
Another cheap option is a mini Indoor Tri--- or joining the Tri club or local cycling club. The memberships are super cheap and you can get all the workouts in - who says you have to race- and maybe that one race will catch your eye and you'll save up for it by putting away a little each week.... or asking for it as your birthday gift?

Then there are always workout DVD's, all kinds of free Crossfit workouts on the internet that you can do at your own convenience, along with challenging TM workouts for pace/time or I think NerdFitness has a ton of free workouts too, which keep you motivated.

I'd go surf the net until you find something that's both free or really inexpensive and makes you WANT to do it! For real though.. the options are almost unlimited!

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JOPAPGH 1/3/2013 6:11PM

    Lots of my friends are doing virtual races. They sign up, run the race distance then get a race tee shirt and medal via mail. The cost is much smaller but they stay motivated and cheer each other on virtually.

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    Perhaps you can trade volunteering for race entries

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123ELAINE456 12/29/2012 1:36AM

  I hope You and the Family had a Very Merry Christmas. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season. May You Have a Happy Year. And Have a Good Healthy, Happy, and Peaceful 2013. Take your time and try different idea and things out. You will find something that You will want to do and try. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/29/2012 1:33AM

    Understandable to not want to fork over higher fees (donations) for things you're not 100% behind. I hope you find that something that Sparks you, giving you something to push toward.

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JO88BAKO 12/28/2012 7:46PM

    Julie- hope you and the family had a nice Christmas. I'm doing a lot of pondering also. I like what you said about waiting till something really grabs you, or jumps out. That's what I think about a lot of things lately. Sorry you have to drive so far for work. Hope next year brings you lots of good things, you sure deserve it! Hope to see you at the campfire. Hugs!

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Attitude of Gratitude

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

We all should really try to look at each day in a positive way. Some days are harder than others. For day:

Woke up! - positive
Fed the kids - positive
Made all required lunches - positive
Got the kids off to school - positive
Recycle guy picked up all of our recycles - positive (i recycle a lot!)
Made all my scheduled meetings - positive
No calls from school - positive
Attended the PTA meeting - positive (maybe? lol)
Ran the dishwasher - positive
Ran the washer - positive
AAA towed my car for nothing - positive
Car is fixed - positive

Ten things I can be positive about today!

Things that did not go my way:

Badly burnt a delicious bagel
Car stalled in the intersection
Was not on site for tag up meeting

The list of positives is definitely a lot longer, eh? emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/8/2012 3:26PM


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123ELAINE456 10/3/2012 11:22AM

  Awesome!!! Love all of your Positives things. Nice way to look at things. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Day. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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    Love reading your up-beat positive blogs.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/3/2012 2:08AM

    emoticon way to look at it!

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JUDYHELP 10/2/2012 10:02PM

  emoticon your right we need to be more positive on understanding and looking at situations. Thanks for pointing that out. I should make a list at the end of the day. Wonderful attitude. emoticon Judy

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BOBOBOBBI 10/2/2012 9:57PM

    Great attitude! :) Thanks for sharing!

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Slow Down

Monday, October 01, 2012

I've been having fun finding the appropriate Beatles song for my blogs emoticon

Today was about slowing down. Not in many ways, really. Just in movement. It is something that, unless you want to get injured again, you have to do after a race. I've been injured, and don't want to be again. So I had to slow down today.

I still packed up lunches, put out recycles, hung laundry, walked the dog, etc. etc. All that 'to do' stuff that is just a part of what has to be done. But I did not do 'purposeful' exercise. Unless you count massage? Yeah baby! I went for a heated massage tonight. It was nice. Ended with Bio Freeze. Party time. Woo hoo! emoticon

I did have a chance to talk to the massage therapist about the scar from my skin surgery that has really bummed me for months. So I signed up to go at least once a month to work on that problem.

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TRICIAE2 10/5/2012 10:19AM


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    Sounds like a busy day for being slow.

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123ELAINE456 10/2/2012 4:29AM

  You have to listen to your body and not injure it. You are doing Great. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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Carry That Weight

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Man does 0400 come early in the morning! But given my forgetfulness of last evening, it was best to get up, get my bearings, gather my stuff, remember the stuff I forgot, and get on the road.

A stale cup of coffee is still a stale cup of coffee, no matter the hour emoticon

But a tasty pumpkin pie bagel does warm the soul and move the soul out the door emoticon

You do know you are ambitious when you take very seriously the notification that transition opens at 5am and spots are not guaranteed. Guess who was one of the first to stage? emoticon

Good thing I did because one of the valves on my inner tube bit the dust. And then the mad scramble to find a good soul that knew how to resolve that emoticon

Next up was waiting for the building to open so we could use the facilities and wait in line for our swim rotation. I was about near at the end of the line due to yesterday's shenanigans. That resulted in standing around for about an hour, but I met a lot of friendly faces and even answered some first timer questions emoticon

It was very exciting to observe the swimmers ahead of me, and when it was my turn, I quickly got into my rythym (I haven't blogged about it, but this was a far better experience than the open water swim earlier in the month). I zipped out into the chilly outdoors, and dried off as best I could. I still wrestled with the knee brace (again) emoticon

The bike leg was gorgeous. A few challenging hills. Rather lonely, unfortunately (except the friendly faces who told me where to turn). As I finished out, the running leg was last. I would like to know my pacing. I felt like a bit of a slug, and had a moment or two of various things. It gave me quite the complex to feel like the caboose. However, I saw my results about 30 minutes after and was glad to see I didn't finish last in my age group, or last overall. Now, I would take whatever I got, but I just didn't feel as down on myself. Plus, I was surprised to see my time on all 3 elements. I would like to see what my swim time was, as well as all other parts.

Today was definitely about carrying my weight. So I thought this Beatles song was appropriate :)

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PKCTTS 10/2/2012 2:59PM

    Very impressive - just the courage to do it should make you feel very proud.

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NINJALINDA 10/1/2012 7:59PM

    I didn't know you were doing a tri - awesome! Planning to make a habit of them? They are pretty addictive.

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    I say you did awesome. Much better than I would do.

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TRICIAE2 10/1/2012 9:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/1/2012 6:38AM

  Congratulations on the Race. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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FLAMENM 9/30/2012 9:46PM

    Sounds like a great race day!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/30/2012 8:47PM

    Congratulations on a successful triathlon.
(and where did you get a pumpkin pie bagel? *drool*)

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That Means A Lot

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Did you know that is also a Beatles song? I did not. You learn something new all the time!

Anywho...busy day here. Girls had gymnastics, youngest boy had baseball, a birthday party, and then let me pick up my race packet. I saunter up to the table and announce my name.


sigh. anxiety. digging for email history on my phone. race director (that I know) is on the phone having her people check.



yep. nothing. no history at all.

I sit and profess how I joined the Y *just for this race*

I said I registered to pay by a certain time and was only planning to pay that price (not that I wouldn't have paid the highest price but that is $20 more).

Race director had ONE last bib. Guess who's bib that is? Yep. Mine.

Sad? No. Grateful? Yes. And guess what? Race waves are by race number. Guess who won't have people on her feet for the pool swim? This girl (wipes brow).

So thank you, Maria R. 'That Means A Lot'

Feet don't fail me now!

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TRICIAE2 10/1/2012 9:39AM

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/30/2012 10:48PM

    Bet that heart rate went up! LOL. Good luck.

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    Hope you had a great race.

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123ELAINE456 9/30/2012 3:25AM

  So glad you will be able to run in the race. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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FITNFUNJEN 9/29/2012 8:30PM

    Yay! So glad you get to participate in the race! Good luck!

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