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July in the South West...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We closed the pool today because of lightening. It was not raining where we were, but you could see the lightening and the rain. Enjoy the following pictures of the common southwestern "T*rd Float"-- (hint: starred word rhymes with herd) LOL.

I re-ordered a wetsuit today and it will be here before my next event. Today I swam about 400 meters and then I just played in the pool because it was so hot. Tomorrow at 5am I am going to ride the bike for an hour, run for an hour, go teach class, work and then back to the gym for a little lifting, core, yoga and pilates. Yes, I promise I will eat correctly and enough. Right now I am going to go enjoy my best reward...which I save calories for everyday...Peanutbutter Ice cream. Yummy!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/14/2010 4:53PM

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SAMODER 7/14/2010 12:33PM

    I love the pictures... There is nothing like a storm on flat land.

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/14/2010 11:07AM

    Oh how I miss those storms! But we get some exciting ones here in Oklahoma! Glad your wetsuit will be there in time for your race!! Sounds like training is going well!! Keep it strong!

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NAPITOVSFAME 7/14/2010 1:14AM

    And I thought I was a machine. How lucky to be able to spend that much time on yourself.

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DEVORA4 7/13/2010 11:25PM

  My brother is here and he is a professional photographer. I showed him some of your pictures from past blogs and these pics too. He concurs with me that you have{as he said] a photographer's eye.

You see, I am right about your pictures. You are an artist with your camera. emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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CZARINA_TV 7/13/2010 10:57PM

    It's crazy that you can see where it is and isn't raining! That's so cool... Enjoy your workout tomorrow.

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KETHYAR 7/13/2010 10:16PM

    haha, just the way i do it! save the calories so i can have a beer with dinner, or some small sweet pleasure without feeling like i'm giving in and splurging! glad i'm not the only one!

as for the rain, ugh! i wish it wasn't so selective! i hate seeing rain over there when i want it here!

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IMSMILEY88 7/13/2010 10:13PM

    Wow! Tomorrow's workout sounds intense! emoticon

Loved the photos!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

It was my 25th anniversary today. I know a lot of people give up before 25 me I understand. Marriage is more work for me than anything else.
Tried new wetsuit today...doesn't fit, it is too big so I have to send it back tomorrow and see if I can get a new one in time.
Got hubby a sterling silver chain and a star shaped earing with diamonds. He gave me a diamond pendant.
I was cranky at the pool today and I am tired. I have four sore spots from the tri....right inner knee, left outer thigh and both shins. Found my dream bike yesterday and as soon as I win the lottery.............
Hope you all had a great day and have another tomorrow!

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1DEBIE1 7/13/2010 11:19AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary...the determination is because both of you work at the marriage, and that's awesome!

I was married for 28, before I escaped.

Loving that you are doing the Tri, despite your knee situations....good job.

EXCITING that the wetsuit is TOO BIG...oh yeah baby....loving that comment!!!!
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NUTRIGIRL08 7/13/2010 9:29AM

    Congrats! We've been married for 12 almost 13 and sometimes I think I'm going to kill him or be put in a mental institution!! I have a dream bike too! One of these days!

Sorry the wetsuit didn't fit! When is the race?

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SAMODER 7/12/2010 11:07PM

    Congratulations on 25 years. Marriage is work, but it is worth it. Just like raising kids!

Good luck finding a wet suit that fits. I am sure that can be a challenge.


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BEYOURBEST1 7/12/2010 10:51PM

    Happy anniversary!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/12/2010 10:50PM

  Congratulations on your anniversary.


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IMSMILEY88 7/12/2010 10:46PM

    25 years is wonderful! And, yes, it is hard work, isn't? emoticon We celebrated 17 years this year... we're quite a ways behind you. My husband's grandparents will celebrate 67 years next month!!! Can you imagine?

Again, congrats!

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PAMAPPLE 7/12/2010 10:36PM

    What nice gifts! Diamonds must be the gift to give for silver wedding anniversaries.

Quite a few years back, hubby bought me a great and light bike. On Saturday, my daughter and him bicycled together on the tandem and I rode on my speedy bike and blew them out of the water going up hills, but the tandem always wins on the downhill. We rode 21 miles at 13.8 mph for 90 minutes. I did the best I ever did...really surprised myself and felt so energetic afterwards.

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DEVORA4 7/12/2010 10:30PM

  emoticonon this happy day. Many many many more. emoticon emoticondebby

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Steelhead Triathlon-lots of pics

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The weather was perfect for the event. Ft. Huachuca is in the southwest desert of Arizona and it is usually pretty warm. It was warm but overcast, which means I lucked out and did not have to endure scorching temperatures. We started swimming at 6am.
The clouds started to burn off towards the end of the run and I did work up a good sweat.
Tina, my swim coach was supposed to compete but she has a sinus infection and is "dizzy" so we figured it was not a good idea. She was a tremendous cheering section and she did come out and jog the last 1/2 mile with me.
This tent was right past the finish line. It was lined with fans in the front and underneath there was iced water bottles and all kinds of the usually snacks: cookies, bananas, apples, watermelon, oranges, and very polite people. This was the first triathlon I have ever done on a military base and a few things were very different.
First, you have to check in to get on base, all the people are very clean and well-shaven, short hair, hair tied back, etc. While competing, I am used to people saying...keep it up, almost done, good job, etc. Now add ma'am after all of the comments or sir if male and you will hear what I heard all day. Pleasant for a change!
This is me about 10 minutes after finishing.
My time was 1:38:35, not spectacular but an improvement of 48 minutes over the Milkman Triathlon! Can't quite compare the two straight across. Milkman was open water and 500m swim, this was 825m in a pool and cold! Bike was 12.5 and both had hills although the pavement at this one was much nicer, also much hillier but the hills were not steep, just long and drawn out. 5K run with both...mostly flat.
The trip home was interesting as the scenery is beautiful (in its own way) and it was stormy. Hope you enjoy the following pictures:

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FISHINGLADY66 7/12/2010 1:00PM

    Nice pictures. Such beautiful scenery and landscape. Congratulations to you.

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/12/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations!!! That was not too far from where we used to live! I miss the desert!!

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CZARINA_TV 7/12/2010 9:53AM

    Congratulations on completing another successful tri!

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SUNNYBR 7/12/2010 9:52AM

    Thanks for sharing your tri experience and pix - beautiful!
I have only done tri's in one location, you have me thinking about branching a little further out from home.

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K8NJKSMOM 7/12/2010 8:52AM

    Congratulations on your successful tri! Great time!! Just loved the pictures. Such beautiful scenery and landscape.

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LINDAKAY228 7/12/2010 8:11AM

    Congratultions on your tri and your time!!! My son lived for a while several years ago in Sierra Vista, which of course is the town by the base. Familiar with the area. Great pics! Love to read your stories of your tris and your training. They inspire me!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/12/2010 12:53AM

    OH.. I've heard of the ones at indoor pools. Sounds interesting.. but it was cold... OH NO!

That is a great time... My hunch is I will be over 2 hours. So far my bike rides are way slower than I woudl like.

Do you have your next one planned?

OH.. question.. What do you do for WATER and ENERGY? Do you use gel packs? I;ve never used them.. Not sure what they do or what they taste like...

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SAMODER 7/11/2010 11:02PM

    Way to go on your tri... emoticon emoticon emoticonBoy you could make a lot of pictures out of those clouds on the way home. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 7/11/2010 9:00PM

    Congrats! And, great job!

And, I love the photos. It reminds me of our recent trip to New Mexico. I loved it!

Now, I hope you get some much needed rest! emoticon

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POKERDONK 7/11/2010 5:24PM

    Congratulations! Keep this up and you'll have to move up in class and do an OLYTRI :-) emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 7/11/2010 4:43PM

    Awesome job girl!!

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SYNCHRODAD 7/11/2010 4:33PM

    Thanks for the blog. You have enough Steelhead in NM to name a triathlon after a fish? Or does the Steelhead refer to something else?

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PAMAPPLE 7/11/2010 4:18PM

    Way to go! All of your training paid off! What a good experience! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 7/11/2010 3:19PM

  Good job! I think that is totally awesome that you even compete. I wouldn't even think of trying one of those. Maybe, just maybe, I might do a 5k some day, but I'll have to think about it...LOL!


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STRIVE4BALANCE1 7/11/2010 2:30PM

    Way to go!!!! You rocked that--seriously.

So when's the next one?

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TRIXEL 7/11/2010 1:28PM

    That does sound like a different (but pleasant) atmosphere on the base. Congratulations on another Triathlon under your belt. :)

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ERPARA 7/11/2010 1:01PM

    Nice pics! I can smell the desert air after a rain when I look at them...
Congratulations on finishing another triathlon - quite an accomplishment! Keep it up for sure!

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LAFAY1977 7/11/2010 12:27PM

    Wow u did a tri? My goal is to complete a tri next year. Wow this is emoticon. I have to keep up with your progress.

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8KAREN 7/11/2010 12:16PM

    Congrats and emoticon. You are an inspiration. I get tired even thinking about doing a tri. LOL.

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DEVORA4 7/11/2010 12:08PM

  emoticonon your time I think it was emoticon and after all it was better than the Milkman Triathalon. Your pics are fantastic. I felt as if I was there with you too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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BERNABEI203 7/11/2010 11:59AM

    WAY TO GO!! thats awesome! I dont think I could do that!lol

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SOCKITTOME 7/11/2010 11:57AM

    Well done! I've done only 1 sprint tri (8 years ago) and you beat my time by a full hour. And to do one in that totally rock!! Kudos to you!!!!!

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Ordinarily, I am a person that keeps their nervousness reasonable hidden under my "tough" demeanor. As I get older, I find I am more apt to snap at someone or go to great lengths to stay away from people when I am nervous. I often use exercise to deal with nervousness but when I taper, I can't really exercise.

I wanted to be far, far away from kids today so of course that was not possible. In fact there was a grandmother at the pool with 8 grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 to 15. Grandma is a principal so I would have thought she could handle the children better than she did. In ten minutes...I was ready to strangle the 15 year old with her cute little bikini and sassy mouth, drown the 8 year old and all of her screaming, superglue the 4 year olds feet to the deck so she could not run and slap the grandmother for pointing her finger and giving orders but not doing anything to help! Yoga and sunsalutations kept my body and hands occupied or I might have.....not really!

So I have packed and I am trying to get everything ready for tomorrows' little road trip. I think my swim coach is going to drive. She was going to do the tri as well but she has a sinus infection and can't swim without getting dizzy and trying to barf...which is frowned on by pool owners/operators. I have a really good friend that has done many tri's in his life. He has a problem with his health and he has been forced to retire. He is 72 and adorable! He gave me his new transition bag. I am so excited that I have packed it three times trying to decide where I should put things. Ten more times and I will probably have it figured out. My list includes: Helmet, bike shoes, running shoes, tri-suit, and a swimsuit and shorts should I change my mind, goggles, nose clip, transition bag, number belt, glide, pump, flat kit, bike, ID, USAT Card, Registration confirmation for event and motel, money, medicine, cytomax and water bottles, personal toiletries, towel, hat, shades and me. Only going for the one night so I guess I can leave the tent and the kitchen
You all have a wonderful Friday and say a little prayer that the heat does not slay me this Saturday!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/9/2010 6:59PM

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2010 6:49PM

    Hope you have an awesome event!!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/9/2010 2:52PM

    emoticonGood luck!! Looking forward to the race report!!

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CZARINA_TV 7/9/2010 11:27AM

    Good luck!

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SOCKITTOME 7/9/2010 12:24AM

    Best of luck to you!!! Have fun, too!!!!

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DEVORA4 7/8/2010 11:34PM

  I sincerely wish you good luck this week end and pray the weather will not be too bad for you. Let us know how you did.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2010 11:13PM

    emoticon Good luck.

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IMSMILEY88 7/8/2010 10:46PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time and I'll say a prayer for you right now! Relax (since I've never done a tri, I can say that emoticon), and have a wonderful time! I can't wait to hear how it goes.

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SAMODER 7/8/2010 10:42PM

    Good luck with your tri this weekend.
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BEYOURBEST1 7/8/2010 10:39PM

    Good luck at the tri! Have a great trip.

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Dogs Can't Morn?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

If you have ever visited my page, you have seen my little fur balls. Spanky, the Yorkie alarm clock, great protector, Mr. Personality....Weena the little black and tan dachsund...cuddler, blanket sleeper underer, fierce friend of Spanky. We had Weena "fixed" yesterday. She was pregnant and the vet was terribly concerned about her health carrying puppies because she has a digestive problem.
While Weena was in heat we did everything we could to keep her and Spanky from doing certain things and Weena wore a special doggie diaper and to make a long story short....things happened and Weena was pregnant and Spanky has been so protective of her. Weena came home today from the vet and Spanky was extremely happy to great her. He was supposedly unable to be a sire because of his heart problem. I guess love or mother nature or instinct...whatever allows both humans and dogs to overcome and do the "impossible".
Spanky and Weena have been sitting together looking out the door, head to head for about an hour. They are not playing, noisy, boisterous like normal. I truly believe they know what has happened. They are true companions and although they will not be parents, it is apparent that they are still madly in love with each other. Tomorrow will be another day in their friendship. I hope it will be a very long-lasting friendship and not just because I adore them!
True friends are hard to find. I am blessed because I have found many true friends here at Spark People. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday.

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/9/2010 2:50PM

    I don't know if I have mentioned before but we have a Doxie that is "Hotdog" and then a Chow/Retriver mix named Mandy! They are best of friends too!

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SOCKITTOME 7/9/2010 12:22AM

    Oh, this was a touching post tonight...your pooches sound like true sweethearts. Give them a scritch for me!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2010 5:13PM

    Doggies are just like humans. They are part of our family. They morn and we morn. My heart goes out to them. True Friend and doggie friends forever.

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LINDAKAY228 7/8/2010 11:19AM

    So sweet the bond they have. I only have one dog but being with my brother this week, who has 4 dogs and 2 cats, watching them interact has been so cute to watch. My dog needs a companion (besides me).

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TRIXEL 7/8/2010 1:51AM

    Poor little guys. It must have been hard for you too. Glad you've all got each other. :)

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/8/2010 12:47AM

    Awwwwww... Our furry family is just as important as anything else... Yes, they mourn... they love and they speak.

Hugs to da pups :)

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DEVORA4 7/7/2010 11:46PM

  Hi Pat,

I wish your doggie babies a very long life. Reading your blog, brought tears to my eyes as I have part of my heart missing still over the loss of my doggie baby, which was almost 2 years ago. There is NO friendship or love as endearing as that of a good dog.

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SAMODER 7/7/2010 11:13PM

    I don't know that dogs can't mourn. I think the Dog Whisperer says that they do, just not as long as we do. Plus I am sure that she has hormone ch

It is wonderful to have good friends. I know I am blessed.


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IMSMILEY88 7/7/2010 11:11PM

    I love how you tied this into human friendships, too.

By the way, I have to chihuahuas. Both are females. We've had one since she was a puppy and she is 5 now. Earlier this year, we went away for 4 nights. We have a teen that comes over 4 or 5 times a day to feed her, let her out, play with her, walk her, etc. Well, when we got home, my sweet baby was hoarse! It was so pitiful to hear her. My sister, a vet, told me that happens when they bark too long. It took almost a week for her voice to go back to normal! I felt so bad.

So, a few weeks later, a stray chihuahua (possibly mix) is dumped in our neighborhood. I decided my little girl needed a friend. I contacted those who had her and told them if they didn't find the owner (though we thought she was dumped), that we'd be happy to take her. Well, we got her and we've had her about 3 months.

We were surprised that she is almost twice as big as our first dog (who is 5 pounds). Also, she wasn't even a year old which was a surprise! But, they are doing well together. They aren't best friends, but they do hang out together... and play together... though they also fight sometimes.

I'm hoping they'll continue to grow to love each other more!

Anyway, that's the story of my 2 dogs. emoticon

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PEGGYJO44 7/7/2010 10:50PM

    Bitter sweet story. I have two Doxies too and they are best friends and very loyal to our family.... infact they ARE our family. We adopted almost 2 years ago so that we could have "human children" but Dutchess and Harley will always be our babies. God Bless you for giving them such a wonderful life together!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/7/2010 10:36PM

  Sweet. I think animals really do know. My dog, Jack, refused to even acknowledge my husband for three days after Clarence dropped him off to get fixed. The sad thing is that I was the one who insisted on the procedure even though Clarence wanted Jack to lead a "full" life.


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