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first....first...first....clips and bike shoes are awesome!!

Friday, July 09, 2010

my first bike ride with clips, bike shoes and riding in the rain(unplanned)went 20 miles... i have been thinking about this moment for 1 year... watching the other ladies with shoes clipped to their bikes thinking.. "i dont think so" Even when i got the bike in Jan 2010-- i was quite hesitant to even get on it to put it on the trainer.. well, after 2 biathlons and manymiles later-- i was very ready to move out of cages.. i really got tired of feeling like i was struggling to catch up and i really got to the point of mastering my shifting... my mantra has been I AM NOT FALLING.. at least if i can help it..so that has been my approach.. super safe and only go to the next level when i have become completely bored with where i am at...

today was huge for me.. maybe even bigger than the biathlon...huge hurdle that i wasnt sure i could master but I DID!! VERY GREAT FEELING emoticon

  
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NUTRIGIRL08 7/12/2010 10:35AM

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MOMATHLON 7/10/2010 12:20PM

    I too have a fear of falling and sometimes just wish I would do it and get it over with already. My bike mechanic assured me, "Everyone falls. It's not that bad." I just have to keep reminding myself my feet are attached to my pedals!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 7/9/2010 11:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonCan't wait to see your times now... they will drop for sure!

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BSTAKINGACTION 7/9/2010 8:23PM

    Oh, how sweet it is....welcome to the clip club! Nicely done, Jen...and in your own special way! Enjoy the new found freedom!

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WHEEZELO 7/9/2010 8:03PM

    Oh, and one more thing, if you do ever start to fall don't put your arm straight out, just roll with it. That will keep you from potentially breaking your clavicle, which is the #1 most common broken bone with bicyclists.

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WHEEZELO 7/9/2010 7:59PM

    When I bought my first full suspension mtn. bike, 10 years ago, my buddies wouldn't let me ride with them just using my cages. I have been riding clipped in ever since. What a difference! Sure, there was a learning curve, and I did fall over, or "turtle," a couple of times, but the trade off is well worth the efficiency I get from being clipped in.


Good job and keep with it,
Brent

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TWOCANS 7/9/2010 7:40PM

    Way to go!!

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CPRENSCH 7/9/2010 7:35PM

    Congrats on your jump in bravery!

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JENNIFER124 7/9/2010 7:02PM

    EELYRAM7-- actually its the fear of pain that has made me so apprehensive about falling.. not so much about looking silly!! thanks for the comment!!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/9/2010 5:20PM

    Sweet!

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EELYRAM7 7/9/2010 4:42PM

    Yay! I have clips on my bike, and I must admit I have fallen a couple times. It didn't hurt, but something about being attached to your bike and then falling over is just so hilarious that each time it cracked me up. It wasn't as bad as I had imagined, so don't worry too much about it. If it happens, just laugh it off!
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he built a sandcastle...18 months of living clean from alcohol....

Saturday, July 03, 2010

we are currently on vacation at the beach.... yesterday my husband built a sandcastle with our kids.. not the "build a mound of sand; throw some wet buckets on top to build sand mounds".. this was an intricate castle, with a name, a moat, several pathways, rocks, shells and a flag on top.. it was something my son Dan was happy to walk away from.. this is really an analogy for life without alcohol for us..my husband actually brought up the fact that that was the first sandcastle he had worked on with gusto... i said to him..no its not.. but then i knew what he meant.. i said you know why that is right?? he said , yeah--its because i am not plopping myself on the beach and just vegging.. and that is totally how i felt too.. i was mobile yesterday... moving without effort... WANTING TO MOVE.. its the attitude as well as the physical that is different..
its the little things.. (and big things too) but now i am noticing the little things.. the extra effort, the overall better attitude.. having the mental energy to go the distance particularly with our little ones..
the bigger stuff was evident at first.. no hangovers, loss of weight....more money in my pocket.. would i have gotten into triathlon training if i had kept drinking?? would i have taken the other social "risks" that have enriched my life?
we are both experiencing intense anxiety right now with our financial situation right now. but doing so without sipping on wine..we talk ALOT.. and its not under the influence talk.. you know what i mean..
so happy 18 months.. i dont know if i will have a drink today tomorrow.. next week for today i am not going to... it doesnt fit anymore.. and that makes me feel so proud!!!

  
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MARATHONMOM26.2 7/7/2010 11:12PM

    emoticon So happy that this major change has blossomed for good in so many ways in your life!

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HUSKERGAL27 7/6/2010 4:41PM

    That is a very powerful statement. Good for both of you!

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CHAOTICMOM4 7/6/2010 4:11PM

    Congratulations, hubby and I are in year 5 without alcohol and both our marriage and our children lives are so much better because of it. Hopefully as others suggested our money woes will dissipate soon as well.


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SORGIN 7/6/2010 2:08PM

    Awesome! It's like Megantris said above, financial woes are temporary but good nealth (and a clear view) should be forever! Way to go!

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EVETROY 7/6/2010 1:28PM

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So happy for you and the life you are living NOW!!!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/4/2010 10:23PM

    All I can say is congratulations! emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 7/3/2010 1:10PM

    Awesome Jen! So happy for you guys, the money stuff is temporary...

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ESBELL 7/3/2010 11:04AM

    Eighteen months is a great start to your life of sobriety. Wishing you continued success!

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SPWHITESTONE 7/3/2010 10:49AM

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family!

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JAZZYJB 7/3/2010 9:47AM

    what an inspiration you guys are! good for you and Jay

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FITMARY 7/3/2010 9:38AM

    Congratulations! That's huge progress, and you can be proud!

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SPARKLIESEL 7/3/2010 9:35AM

  Congratulations, both on the 18 months without alcohol and on taking the time to reflect on the benefits. So happy for you!

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LILPAT3 7/3/2010 9:29AM

    So proud of you! I quit drinking 4 years ago, wish hubby had. I had a beer three weeks ago after my triathlon....it was good and very cold. I was thrilled because I had no desire to drink anymore!

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BSTAKINGACTION 7/3/2010 9:15AM

    emoticon You both are so amazing. I'm happy to see you so proud. I hope someday I can reach that place with my dh. Enjoy this time together, Jen.

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NAVYMOM133 7/3/2010 9:07AM

    Alcohol really does take away so many things. Putting it aside reawakens the body and mind, slowly, back to full potential. I am SO happy to have the analogous picture in my head... intricate castles with flags flying at FULL STAFF, blowing in the beautiful breeze... and being able to FEEL that breeze, and recognize and be thankful for it.
Lots of love to you, Jen! Enjoy your vacation and your family to the fullest. Fist pumped in the air, sky-high, for Jay and you!!
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NWLIFESRC 7/3/2010 8:22AM

    I hear you, I have made a conscious effort to stop drinking myself. I could count on 1 hand the number of drinks I have had since Jan this year. I don't necessarily say I have quit I just don't care to at this time. I feel a lot better, like you said have more money in my pocket. and my relationship is better. Good luck

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BEANZFRD 7/3/2010 8:22AM

    Amazing, just amazing. That's all I can say. I'm so happy for you and your family! emoticon

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my biathlon report.. biking is bleeping hard!!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

i ran/biked the Westchester Medical Biathlon on 6/27 and i have to say i have a total new appreciation for the bike.. for bikers --- there is an incredible science to it all that doesnt exactly make sense yet to me... i am still in cages.. i am ready for clips and biking shoes but wanted to wait until after this race..

so here are the numbers--first run(2 miles)--16:38 transition 1 -- 1:08 bike (15 miles)1:02:08 transition 2--- 1:17 second run (2 miles) 17:31

so a couple of things.. my bike is not where i want it to be.. BUT i am without clips, i am totally just starting out and really overall am happy with the biking part of this race.. i could not have done any better with my knowledge base.. i didnt lose my chain and i didnt fall.. goals for me right now.. haha.. hills are a HUGE THING i have to work on and again i am assuming will come easier with clips and the shoes..

i am happy with the runs.. although we were training for a faster second run.. and i was surprised it wasnt faster as i felt strong in the second run but that will be something i will target as well.. this is the first race (of only two) so far that have given me splits of transition times.. and i KNOW i can get that down..

we hung out after the race and went to a diner and talked about how it went.. i read a blog today about doing things differently.. i know several of these women superficially and so its different for me to hang out .... but it felt good and was enjoyable!!


i just have a HUGE appreciation for the bike.. its hard and its a unbelievable workout and to master it is going to take years.. but i have years so that is cool!!! time is on my side.. emoticon

  
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BSTAKINGACTION 7/2/2010 9:48AM

    Go, Jen, Go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARATHONMOM26.2 7/1/2010 12:37PM

    Congratulations! Your times are really great, your transitions are f.a.s.t. and I think once you get your clips your hills will get better too. I hate hills, tend to just spin up them rather than punch into them, but I'm not nearly as fit as you and I tend to quit a bit on hills.

I laughed at NutriGirl's post, we call them duathlons too... biathlons out here are the XC skiing/rifle shooting competitions LOL! Can you imagine yourself doing that? emoticon No matter what you call them, I can see that you will soon be a force to be reckoned with at these events! Other competitors will be checking the racks to see if "that Jennifer gal" is entered!
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NAVYMOM133 7/1/2010 7:40AM

    It looks like you are in very good company here!! I cannot believe this is your second biathlon - GREAT JOB!! You are making this happen EVERY day, Jen. Very proud of your continued successes!
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NUTRIGIRL08 6/30/2010 10:10AM

    That is funny how your race is called a biathlon and around here we call them duathlons! Duathlons (biathlons) are tougher mentally I think! I have one next weekend 5K/24K/5K. I just got clipless pedals this year (3rd season racing) and they did make a difference but the bike is my strong event. Just stay constant in pedaling push/pull when you get your pedals and it will all come together!! emoticon

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SORGIN 6/29/2010 5:52PM

    Congrats on another successful biathlon! Your run times are awesome and the fact that you can ride a bike with all those people and not fall is impressive as heck to me! I don't know anything about biking but I do hear the clips will make all the difference in the world, full mobility so to speak. Most importantly, congrats on putting a plan in place and accomplishing your goals! Can you believe you just completed your second biathlon?! That is awesome and probably something that wasn't on your radar screen two years ago. YOU GO GIRL!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/29/2010 4:38PM

    I hear ya on the bike part, I only just ventured into this territory & I thought it would be soooooo easy! You did really well for your first biathlon so congratulations on your times!

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NAPITOVSFAME 6/29/2010 3:52PM

    That's funny. I love the bike and hate the run. Your run times are really good, especially getting off the bike. We all have parts of a multisport that we are better at. We just have to keep training. have fun.

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NAPITOVSFAME 6/29/2010 3:51PM

    That's funny. I love the bike and hate the run. Your run times are really good, especially getting off the bike. We all have parts of a multisport that we are better at. We just have to keep training. have fun.

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LASOLLER 6/29/2010 2:00PM

    Enjoyed your race report, sounds like a good race! I need to work on my bike too. I have clips, but I am a back of the pack rider. I need to work on getting a lot stronger on the bike, need more hill riding.


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LIVESTRONG2010 6/29/2010 1:43PM

    Enjoy mastering the bike. It is so much fun. Clips are the way to go. Good Luck and I am going to make you a friend to see how things go for you.
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EELYRAM7 6/29/2010 11:56AM

    The clips will make a really big difference, especially on the hills. Great job on the race, your times are great!
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i wanted this one REAL BAD... major PR!! and 10K report

Sunday, June 13, 2010

i didnt talk about this too much.. like not at all.. i was scheduled to run the Classic 10K today and wanted to run under 60 min..

i get nervous with races, too much pressure... i try to relax now... not get too worked up about time, what someone else is doing..

my coach said twice in the last couple of days.. "i feel a PR coming" and i just smiled... i really kinda winced when she said it.. i just didnt want to think about what if, could i really think that big... but i have been training that big.. there should be no reason NOT to PR.. i have been doing speedwork for about 3 months and hitting my mark each time... 2 min 400's; 4min 800's.. these past two weeks.. i trained more specifically for the 10k.. run slower around the track.. 2:15 400's ; 4:30 800's...

i got some insight on Saturday as i swam the mile in the lake.. there was nothing i could do but keep swimming and relax if i wanted to make it to the other side of the lake... so with that fresh in my head.. my chi running approach needed to be in full force.. this is the biggest race around here.. a big deal to the local running clubs.. Frank Shorter(Olympic legend) was here today at the race.. he put the race on the map as he is a native Orange Co resident.. so again, having to put aside expectations ... i set out to run this race..

i had just watched my son come into the stadium running a 5K and stating that he had fun doing it.. that lifted my spirits..

so off we went... one of the ladies i train with said she was going to pace with me and so it went.. pushing each other.. talking to each other.. one more down -- relax-- slow down-- slow and steady-- got to mile 5 at 45 min and i said to Alicia that there was no way we were running a 15 min mile.. we had it.. just keep it together..
got to the race track.. big finish.. one 400 left.. i am running around the race track... just like every Wed.. and i know when to let it go.. we train for the a strong finish.. and so with 200 left i started sprinting.. i hear Barb in the background Jennnnnnnnnn (last name).......Jennnnnnnn (last name) -- she has a super loud voice... and its just like at our little track and i am suddenly not at the race any longer.. i start passing person after person.. i think i flew and i mean flew by 15 people... it was weird(still getting used to being able to sprint)and finished under 60... 56:10 to be exact!! so happy!!! so exciting to have them all cheering me into the finish line... a total high...

very happy with my race today.. got my training schedule from Barb tonite and we are on to this next week.. not too much time to dwell on this success-haha! but its big and its meaningful in that the work that we are doing IS paying off...
ONWARD!

  
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RAWKNRUN 6/20/2010 10:10AM

    YAY that's so awesome!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/15/2010 6:33PM

    What a great feeling to know that your hard word paid off, congratulations on shattering your record & getting a PR!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 6/15/2010 9:09AM

    AWESOME!!!! All your hard work paid off!! Congrats!!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 6/14/2010 9:43PM

    Amazing, awesome, tremendous, inspiring, exciting, rewarding, super!! Not enough words to describe this one... Way to go!!

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FISHING88 6/14/2010 9:52AM

    Congrats!!

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250STRONG 6/14/2010 9:49AM

    Way to go!

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AQUAPOWERS 6/14/2010 8:42AM

    Congrats, that's awesome!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 6/14/2010 8:15AM

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations on your PR!

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TODOLIST 6/14/2010 6:15AM

    That's fantastic! What a great time! How on earth did you do it?? emoticon

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Great job! You were under an hour by almost 4 minutes shattering that goal!
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MARATHON_MOM 6/14/2010 5:45AM

    Awesome job on your new PR! Congratulations!!!

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/14/2010 5:27AM

    Awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 6/14/2010 3:58AM

    The way you've been running, your PR does not surprise me AT ALL!
Great job!!!

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LAURAKOHORST 6/14/2010 12:11AM

    emoticon You rock, Congratulations!

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/13/2010 11:45PM

    I am so impressed! You did so well. Yes, your efforts and hard work paid off.
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POKERDONK 6/13/2010 11:26PM

    That's awesome! Great report too. Keep up the great work! Congrats!

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JEM0622 6/13/2010 10:44PM

    Congrats on your PR! Believe in you! You rocked it! ~Julie

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LASOLLER 6/13/2010 10:39PM

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Believe in the process! Days like these make all the hard work worth it!!!

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NINJALINDA 6/13/2010 10:27PM

    What an AWESOME 10k time! In fact, I'd be pretty happy to get that time in an 8k I have coming up. you GO girl!

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SORGIN 6/13/2010 10:15PM

    Jen, this is AWESOME! There just aren't enough words for how totally excited I am for you! To start with your son's positive 5K experience and end with the incredible sprint - WOW! It's all coming together! YAY! Just know how incredibly happy I am for you. You rock, Jen!

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BSTAKINGACTION 6/13/2010 10:03PM

    Again...you are a total rock star...my fitness hero. Congratulations, Jen...this is a well-earned success. Keep up the awesome work!

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3rd OWS -- 1 mile distance....wow!! that was long...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

today was overcast.,, not too cold... but just yucky.. so a bit harder to get into the water.. but in we went at 8am... cold water emoticonand then we were off.. this was the group of ladies that wins triathlons in my area.. so when i tell you that i kept up with them -- I AM SO PROUD!!! and when my coach said "Jen L. very good" after 1/2 mile into the swim--i was tickled!!!!.. so i really had no idea we were going to swim 1 mile today.. no clue.. maybe that is for the best.. it seemed like it took forever to get to the side of the lake we were aiming for..and deep water!! but i prefer that instead of swimming along the shore..

when we got to the 1/2 mile point, Barb said "lets give a hand to Jen and Rachel swimming their first mile" i guess that was her displacing faith--yay!!

so we headed back.. i felt like i was swimming in an ocean.. so much water.. cant see the bottom.. just put one hand into the water and work on breathing and staying relaxed.. twice i thought.. i HAVE to be relaxed.. i wont be able to swim if i dont.. and its the truth.. i start inhaling water if i start getting nervous , flustered.. so there is something called chi running-- this was chi swimming emoticonand it works!!! really focus on relaxing... and just let your body sort of go with the water.. dont fight it... and then i could breathe and be more effective in the water..
the other tip i learned today was to spit into my goggles.. they were fogging up something terrible on the 1/2 mile back and it really screwed me up with my focusing about where i was headed.. so next time i will know..

i was really happy at the end of this swim.. it helps hearing Barb say to me that she is impressed with how well i have taken to water because i have nothing to base my performance on...

we started out for a bike ride but it began to pour and that was the end of that...
the girls went out for coffee =-= i declined.. ugh!! that hurt but i needed to get back home to the kiddies!! in another life , i can be hanging out half the day -- not yet!!
while i was leaving, one of the ladies was mentioning that she was interested in selling her tri-bike... tempting emoticon and i could pay in installments..really tempting emoticon have to talk in over with my hubby...
i was looking at tri camps last night and was dreaming of a week of training.. but really i am doing it for a fraction of what i was looking at... still-- sounds so cool to go away and traiiiiiiiiiiin!! emoticon

in other news, my husband has lost his keys.. this is a huge upheaval.. i really need to find them and as the hours pass, its looking more bleak... say a prayer for us!! emoticon

  
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NUTRIGIRL08 6/13/2010 5:03PM

    Yeah on the swim!!!! I was doing the same thing this morning out in the water. Just relax one arm in front of the other!!!

Hope you found the keys!!

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JENNIFER124 6/13/2010 11:34AM

    we thankfully found the keys!!!!

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SORGIN 6/13/2010 10:36AM

    Congrats on your swim! That is very high praise when it comes from Barb and indeed, you should relish that! YAY! I liked how you talked about chi swimming. I was doing a bit of the same during my 10K yesterday. It's funny how we were addressing the same thing at the same time! (I am re-reading the book.) I cannot imagine swimming a mile in a pool much less in open water. You go girl! And keep dreaming about the training camp because I bet you could make it a reality. Just look at what you've done in two short years!

Sorry about the keys. Stuff like that never goes well. Please tell me they surfaced somewhere!

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LASOLLER 6/12/2010 11:21PM

    One day I hope to be as comfortable in the open water as you! Just a little goal to work towards!! Congratulations on getting a "shout out" from your coach! They are so motivating! I too, dream of one day going to a tri camp! Wouldn't be so much FUN! But for now, I am tickled pink to be training with with my group! Don't you find other triathletes so giving and supportive? Let us know if you buy the tri bike!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/12/2010 7:22PM

    Hope you find the keys!

Your swim sounds like it went really well & that you are making amazing progress. Kudos to you for having the coach recognize your talent too! I cannot even imagine a mile in the open water just yet but thanks for sharing some of those tips especially the relaxation part because that is so important. I actually did my first OWS today in similar weather, it was challenging but not as challenging as I thought it would be. I hope to get to your level soon though!

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