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Tour of the Gila Podium Picture, etc.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

My friend, that just recently moved back home to Australia, sent me a podium picture from the Tour of the Gila Citizens Race. I am the short, heavy one on the right.

Mary, the winner in the middle is a totally awesome biker. I will miss her!
So, I start a new job after the Ft. Bayard Wilderness Run this morning. I will be lifeguarding at the Hurley pool. It is a rough place with a lot of gang activity. We really push getting the kids active in the pool, so they don't terrorize the rest of the villa.

As adults we have to be very alert. We supply lots of toys to the swimmers...

and we have lots of food and snacks available. I have found that the easiest way to a "tough" kids heart is through the stomach.

So I'll use sunscreen and sunglasses and I'll have new pictures concerning the run and pool tomorrow.

Have a good one!

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CZARINA_TV 5/30/2010 2:51AM

    I totally recognize your body type -- my mom has it too! She's also healthy as a horse and runs around all day doing yard work and still has energy to burn at night.

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YW84FRIDAY 5/29/2010 5:03PM

  Cute! And you're right, the gangsta kids likes to eat too! I've found that individually, they're usually decent kids but when they get with the group, they have to keep up their rep. Good for you for taking a job that is hard and for making a difference in those kids' lives. You're pretty awesome.


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PAMAPPLE 5/29/2010 4:46PM

    Congrats on the tour! I wish my legs looked like that in my biking pants. I became a lifeguard for the YMCA after taking a swimming class at Oakland University. We had inner city kids come in for swimming lessons but they were only in elementary ed and just happy to be able to get to swim! You'll be great!

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DEVORA4 5/29/2010 8:57AM

  Hey buddy, Love, love, love the pics once again. My fav is, "None shall pass." That is one mean dude or didette. I am in the market for a bike, what do you recommend? I will tell you why, when I have read about your awesome bike trips I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous. Have a great Memorial Day. emoticon emoticondebby

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JHADZHIA 5/29/2010 8:31AM

    You don't look that heavy to me. Bikers should have heavier thighs, its the muscles they work the most! To me that is a powerful photo! Victory!!
Most guys turn softies when you wave a good treat in front of their face. Hope you don't have any trouble. Plenty of sunscreen. Reflection from the pool water is a double whammy!

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A Little About Me

Friday, May 28, 2010

I have mentioned that I was having my chariot rebuilt. She isn't much but to me she is special. When I add the aerobars she is fleet, sleek and comfortable.

Today I will clean up my room and prepare for the summer. Have to take care of grade verification forms and perhaps a parent or two.

This afternoon I am going for a bike ride. I love to ride. I enjoy the freedom and I can be a tad cranky when I don't get to go.

I love summer for the most part. I like sun and my knees love the sun. Believe it or not, I have a sunny disposition most of the time.

I am ornery but caring, a joker but trustworthy. I enjoy people even when they do not understand my dry sense of humor.

Lastly, like most people I hate to be stereotyped. If you do that to me...sorry, you're on your own!

Remember what this holiday is for. We would not enjoy what we currently have if it were not for those that fought for us!
Happy Holiday Spark People.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 5/28/2010 1:03PM

    Have a good time!!!

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PAMAPPLE 5/28/2010 12:03PM

    Just imagine how much faster you'll ride with your new components! Thanks for the encouragment! Have a wonderful Memorial weekend and enjoy your ride! emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/28/2010 11:15AM

  Have a ball Happy Holiday my friend emoticon You are a true champion emoticon debby

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CZARINA_TV 5/28/2010 10:47AM

    Have fun out there!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/28/2010 10:27AM

    Enjoy your rides.

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    Have a great bike ride tonight!! emoticon We wouldn't want you to get cranky!! LOL

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My Thursday

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It started as normal with Spanky waking me at 4:20 this morning. He let me sleep in for 20 minutes. Gotta love him!

I went to the gym and I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes and just over 10 miles and then I jumped on the ARC machine and ran for an hour. I did not swim this morning because I am "banned" from the pool. Long story I'll relate some day.
At school the kids were all ready for their final tests.

I could not believe how well they did on their tests.

Yup, they were certainly wide awake and ready to go.
The weather today was wonderful and really hot.

Sunscreen helped a little but only if I kept re-applying it. I am well toasted, to say the least from lifeguarding...a lot of the kids are really burnt.
The kids all really had a blast. The pool party was for 5th grade graduation.
There were clowns, good swimmers, bad swimmers and everything in between.

The food in the park that the parents cooked was great! I ate too much for the heat, but I survived the pool. Currently I am sitting in front of the fan chilling and I don't plan to do much else this evening.

Hope all of you Sparkers had a great day!

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K8NJKSMOM 5/28/2010 11:20AM

    You're going to have to get Spanky a little sleep mask for over his eyes...maybe get another hour or so in! Nikki waits until at least 6:00 a.m. until he's raring to go!! LOL!! Who needs an alarm clock when they have dogs!!

Have a great weekend!!

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CSTRUB 5/28/2010 6:55AM

    oh this is great....Love the cat with happy tummy!

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DEVORA4 5/28/2010 12:01AM

  Do you know that you cost me money? Shaking your head now and wondering if I am crazy, right? I'll tell you how. The pictures you give us on your blogs are so
emoticon that I have to print many of them and I had to buy a colored ink gizmo for the printer. LOL emoticondebby

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FISHINGLADY66 5/27/2010 8:58PM

    I love Spanky, cause he's so cute. So glad you had a emoticon day, except for all the food. Chill out, rest, and keep Sparkin. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 5/27/2010 7:54PM

    A cute face to wake up to anyway! I get up at 4am for no particular reason and can't stand it, insomnia sucks!
That is an amazing photo of a bulldog underwater you found!
Glad you had a good day with exercise and food! I so wish it was hot enough here to get a sunburn. We have been having heavy rain, and might even get snow for Sunday!! Boo!!

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CZARINA_TV 5/27/2010 7:52PM

    Oooh! That sounds like a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I am sure we have all felt that "fluttery" feeling in our bellies that comes from anticipation. When I was younger, I could take a deep breath and the feeling would subside. As I have aged, the feeling hasn't really changed but it seems it is harder to get rid of it. A simple deep breath does not cut it!

I find myself praying a little more and I find myself doubting my physical prowess more. You learn a lot throughout life...and you know as you get older that your body often times has a mind of its own.

I will get my newly rebuilt bike this afternoon. same bike as seen in this picture but with all new and improved components. I still have a fluttery feeling about my next Tri.

I have a new swim suit or I might decide to wear my tri-suit. Regardless, I still have a fluttery feeling.

I have new running shoes that were professionally fitted. Lord knows that took some time as well as a little change. My knees are thanking me but I still have a fluttery feeling.
I am so looking forward to this triathlon (Milkman Triathlon), and I reckon my fluttery feeling will be my constant companion until I begin the swim. It really isen't too bad. The feeling keeps me on my toes. I have to concentrate so my mind doesn't wander and that's a good thing. After the triathlon my coach and I are taking a little side trip. She has a couple of job interviews in Texas...I will have my bike. All is good!

Happy Wednesday fellow Sparkers!

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    You seem ready! Good luck!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/26/2010 5:44PM

    You'll do emoticon and you'll look emoticon. Can't wait to see the picture of you as the winner.

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    You are going to do emoticon! Those fluttery feelings are giving you the edge you need to compete! emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/26/2010 12:29PM

  wow you're ready to rock, all fitted out like the pro you are. Take a picture in the winner's circle. Good luck. emoticon

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One of "Those" Days

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sometimes the best intentions just do not work!

The "beasties" or dogs when they are on my "happy" list got me up 25 minutes early this morning. 25 minutes my not sound like much...but to me it means less than 7 hours of sleep.
I dressed, packed a lunch and headed out the door to the gym. The gym DID NOT open this morning. Yes, that's right...someone else got to sleep in and it was not me!

Ordinarily I would have been furious...but I took five for a breathing period and decided to go to my gym at school and workout before I went swimming.

After my workout I was in a slightly better mood. I dried off and proceeded to drive across town to the pool. I was patting myself on the back...I improvised, changed plans, accomplished goals and all was back on track!

But NO! With a locker room full of patrons, the lifeguard DID NOT show up! Lightening can strike twice, but rarely does it have such a maddening effect. I was fit to be tied and more than a little annoyed. I just paid for a swimming pass yesterday and today.........

I showered dressed and came to school. I left three very angry patrons at the pool. They were waiting to talk to the pool manager and I know they will get the point across.
So, I have had breakfast and my cup of coffee. I have to go get my newly rebuilt bike and I have a school safety meeting later this afternoon. Won't get to ride my bike until possibly tomorrow...but the wind is supposed to be bad. Living in a smaller town is just not always great!
but at least I packed a tasty lunch!
Here's hoping you have a better Tuesday than me!

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MIPPY265 5/25/2010 10:05PM

    What a rough day. Sorry about the roadblocks you reached throughout your day. On the plus side, you get your bike back tomorrow. Even if its a little windy, maybe you can get a short ride in, just to try it out. Hope the rest of your week goes better!!

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SAMODER 5/25/2010 9:39PM

    What a frustrating start to your day! I hope you had a better rst of your day.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/25/2010 9:00PM

    Mommy said there would be days like that. LOL.. Sorry it started off bad, but you made the best of it with a positive attitude. emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 5/25/2010 5:22PM

  Don't ya just love mornings like that?? NOT! Fortunately they don't happen too often...

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    Yuck!! What a terrible morning. Hope the rest of your day was better! emoticon

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K8NJKSMOM 5/25/2010 3:41PM

    Wow - what a morning. Good thing you packed a tasty lunch! And, good for you to just keep moving on. Definitely hard to - with that amount of frustration! Loved, loved, loved the pics in your blog!!

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MOMMYFOTLAND 5/25/2010 1:36PM

    Hehe! I can tell by the photos you're keeping your sense of humor about it! Good for you! It's not "IF" these days happen, its "WHEN"... you met your quota! Hang in there!

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CZARINA_TV 5/25/2010 12:03PM

    I love the "Get 'em boys" photo!

I know this day didn't go as you wanted, but at least you were able to get in time at your school's gym. You were able to improvise and find workarounds rather than just give up. Give yourself a pat on the back for that one -- I chalk some days up to bad luck and try to just keep moving.


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DEVORA4 5/25/2010 11:53AM

  what a bummer of a morning. Hope the rest of your day goes well

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LINDAKAY228 5/25/2010 11:48AM

    There's a lot of things I love about this town but there's also a lot of things that I find very inconvenient at times. Sorry about the gym and the pool this morning. Hope the rest of the day goes better for you.

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