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Friday, September 17, 2010

Last night I was again officiating volleyball. I was at Snell Junior High in Bayard, New Mexico. Bayard is right down the road (10 miles) from Silver. I am officiating there again tomorrow morning, afterwards I am going on a long bike ride.

I like officiating games close to home because it gives me time to do fun stuff like walk the dogs, fix dinner, water the garden, and watch and take pictures of a fantastically different sunset.

I hope each of you has a safe, active and happy weekend. Catch a rainbow, follow a dream and sing a tune!

**These picture were taken with a cell phone!**

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CZARINA_TV 9/22/2010 9:24AM

    Wow... Those look like some sort of special effects shot from a movie. Crazy!

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LINDAKAY228 9/20/2010 2:50PM

    Beautiful pics of the sunset!!

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DEVORA4 9/18/2010 2:25AM

  emoticonpictures Loved the "Catch a rainbow" I intend to use that, if I may. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 9/17/2010 4:48PM

  Nice! Thanks for sharing.


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    How Beautiful!! I've never seen a sunset like that one before.

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PALEAN 9/17/2010 1:17PM

    Extraordinary and beautiful! Thanks for posting them and sharing them!

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    Wow, and lucky you for having a camera on hand to capture the great pics! emoticon

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yesterday a good friend and I went to Animas, New Mexico to officiate a volleyball match. Animas is in the extreme southwest corner New Mexico. It is a small farming community that is just getting smaller because the copper mines in the state have closed and many people have sold out and moved on. I find these small towns depressing as I worry about the number of farms and farmers going broke. I love Agriculture and have a degree in it. I wish I was independantly wealthy and then I could afford to be a farmer.
Anyway, the volleybal matched were exciting and the trip home offered some wonderful clouds and a gorgeous sunset. I decided to share.

Hope everyone is having an active and productive week in a "losing" (weight) sort of way!

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JUNEPA 9/16/2010 1:18AM

    Did you grow up on a farm? I am guessing you were in 4-H as you know about all kinds of judging regarding agriculture. I have an Ag degree as well, and am working with my DH on the dairy farm my father started. In some places of the country, the value of the land continues to rise and is a farmer's retirement assets, in other areas, the value goes down and debt drowns the farm. Can be unfair for sure.

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CZARINA_TV 9/15/2010 6:26PM

    What a beautiful sunset... That's the one thing that makes me sad sometimes around here -- I don't always get to see it because I'm usually inside or the view is blocked.

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DEVORA4 9/15/2010 12:14PM

  Wherever there is a sporting event in New Mexico we cab almost be assured that you'll be there. How are your doggie's shingles? and your rash? Enjoy yourself.

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Patriot too!

Monday, September 13, 2010

My partner (shown above) and I traveled to the Patriot Triathlon this past weekend. The triathlon was in Rio Rancho, New Mexico which is a very close neighbor to Albuquerque.

This lovely picture (NOT!) shows me coming out of the pool. I was none too happy.
The lady seen here swam right over the top of me and then proceeded to flip over on her back and try to swim in a gap about three feet in length. This means she swam over the top of me and the individual right in front of me! The swim was in a small pool and not organized very well. We had no problems until this lady decided she "did not see" anyone in front of her. Amazingly she had swam behind all of us for 250 meters.....oh well, some people have no sportsmanship!

These pictures show me retrieving my trusty steed from the transition area, arriving at the "mount" line and beginning my 15mile bike journey. My son was taking the pictures for me. He had a tough job...mostly because I am not photogenic and because the venue was not set up for cheering club friendliness! I completed the bike in 1:00:23 and here I am coming into T2 to ready myself for the run.

The run took us up and down hills and through the desert sands. I was not having a good day with the hills and the sand was deep and tricky for me. I talked to myself long and hard for about 15 minutes, to convince myself to finish. There was a half of mile total in the run that was flat.

Here I am about 300 yards from the uphill finish line on the run. The run took me 53 minutes. I am not proud of this time..I realize I can't run this is slow! I finished 327th of 430 people. The finishing percentage overall for the race was 93%. The overall finishing percentage for women was 87% and the overall finishing percentage for Athenas (Short and puffies, of which I am a member) was 79%. I was the fourth place Athena.

There are a couple of things I need to work on. My next event is on the 26th of this month and I am in a relay for the Elephant Man Olympic distance event. I know I will do well on the bike. I also know I have to take a few days and recover. My knees are screaming in rage at me and they are very sore. They really did not like the sand and the constant uphill and downhill. They will have to get over it as I now know what I am going to train on!

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IMSMILEY88 9/16/2010 10:53PM

    Great job! I enjoy reading about your tris.... and seeing the photos, too! Congrats!

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MMS354 9/16/2010 1:05PM

    I love reading about your tris. That sand sounds scary hard - way to persist! My first tri is on Sunday. Yikes.

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SUZANL 9/15/2010 9:05PM

    Great Job! An olympic distance next, Wow - that's wonderful, I'm in awe!

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DRB13_1 9/15/2010 12:35AM

    I am truly impressed with your tri after knee replacements - thanks so much for sharing your experience and the photos! Sounds like the race directors can use feedback on how to improve this event, FOR REAL! All my tri's were either in waves or timed swim starts in an effort to reduce that type of problem, but then again open water swims like the ironman (and many Olympic distance) events are real free-for-alls. I couldn't have done the bike in that time, great going!
emoticon that you finished - I keep reminding people it's not where you place out of the entrants, it's the fact that there are literally MILLIONS of people who will never have the guts to even enter. To be the 4th Athena is QUITE the accomplishment! (I liked being an Athena because then they didn't write my age on my calf, LOL)
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YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Best wishes on your next event - take care of your knees.

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LINDAKAY228 9/14/2010 7:49PM

    Congratulations on finishing it in spite of unsportmanlike swimmers, sand, and knees screamig at you as well as the strong desire to just quit. You didn't though and that's awesome!!

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CSTRUB 9/14/2010 1:14PM

    Congrats on a good race and have fun at Olympic distance...woohoo!

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NUTRIGIRL08 9/14/2010 11:27AM

    I think you did great!! Athenas hear us roar!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 9/13/2010 11:12PM

    OH YEAH!!!
WAY WAY WAY cool!!!

congrats on finishing. What a feat! Deep sand? ARGH! And you are off to do more in no time flat :)

Bug hug!!!!!!! emoticon

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MPALMER15 9/13/2010 10:09PM

    emoticon Totally amazing!

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DRPOOH63 9/13/2010 9:15PM

    I love reading about others triathlons. Thanks for sharing and we can't all be good runners but at least you are a good sport!!

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SOCKITTOME 9/13/2010 7:59PM

    Congrats on finishing yet another tri! Too bad about that idiot woman...some people are not good sports, like you said, and they don't care who they trample on.

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BEYOURBEST1 9/13/2010 7:23PM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing, we got to enjoy seeing some of the action.
You must be very proud of yourself.

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YW84FRIDAY 9/13/2010 6:50PM

  Be proud of yourself for finishing, for exhibiting good sportsmanship and for being a good example for those of us who think we can't.


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8KAREN 9/13/2010 5:41PM

    Be proud, It was hard but you didn't quit!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Keep doing what you are doing. I am awestruck by what you do.

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AUDIKAT007 9/13/2010 2:29PM

    WOW that sounded brutal! Great job keeping your composure while dealing with such a rude swimmer AND you finished AND you placed! CONGRATS!

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DEVORA4 9/13/2010 12:44PM

  emoticonon your race. I don't care where a person finishes, just the fact that they did. I am amazed by your statement that you are not photogenic. I saw another pic of you with your doggie and I say you looked sweet. Don't belittle yourself. emoticondeb

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CZARINA_TV 9/13/2010 12:00PM

    Good for you! I wouldn't worry about finishing the running part slowly. That part of the race just sounds really rough, so I'd be happy to finish 4th in your category! Fourth!

That one woman sounds so weird! Why would you risk doing all that for a slightly faster time? What if she'd kicked someone in the face? Ugh.

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JUNEPA 9/13/2010 11:49AM

    What a gruelling event, the kind that builds character, awesome for you for finishing a very tough race. Good of your son to take photos for you!!

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Weena, Me, and Life

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Earlier this week I reported that Weena, our dachshund had hives. She is much better but I still can't take outside for very long without her breaking out in hives again. There are so many things growing and blooming, it is impossible to know what is bothering her. I am carful to take her on walks, not letting her stray into the weeds very much.

I am tapering and for me that means lots more stretching and core work..pilates, yoga and less running, biking, swimming. Good thing I basically live alone because I am fidgety, anxious, cranky and raring to go. My daughter is doing her best to ignore me right now!

I am managing to get life back on track, balancing everything. I am tracking, eating less, sleeping more. I am beginning to establish a set routine which will change at the end of Oct. with volleyball season being over. I will then have more time to remodel my mom's house for my daughter and her girl friend that she has been all the way through school with. I am still married...not sure why at the moment, but I am guessing it has something to do with finances. LOL

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YW84FRIDAY 9/11/2010 10:45PM

  Hope Weena gets better! It's so hard when they don't feel good--they're just like little kids wanting mom to make it feel better.

Hope you have a good weekend.


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DEVORA4 9/10/2010 12:10PM

  glad your doggie is better and take care during your busy life. I now have a bike and ride for an hour or so.

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LINDAKAY228 9/10/2010 10:54AM

    Have fun at your tri and good luck!

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SOCKITTOME 9/9/2010 11:48PM

    Good luck with your tri this weekend!!! And poor poochie -- it's got to be miserable to have hives, poor baby! Hopefully whatever is causing them will go away soon.

My big Sunday bike ride was canceled because of the wildfire, so I'm doing my own ride elsewhere on Saturday. Looking forward to it, too! I hope it goes as well as your tri goes!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/9/2010 1:08PM

    You have a lot on your plate the way it sounds! Hang in there.

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HOPERISING 9/9/2010 12:30PM

    Poor Weena! Sounds like you've got a good handle on things, fidgets and all.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Today I only exercised for 270 minutes and I feel nervous and edgy. I hate tapering! On the other hand, it is imperative that I hang close to the house. Weena (black and tan dachsund) broke out in hives and I have been having to give her childrens Benadryl. I have been around animals of all kinds...pigs, horses, cattle, dogs, cats, sheep, goats. I have even helped a wild doe deliver a set of twins in my front yard, but in 47 years, I have never seen a dog with hives!

Hope you had a great weekend and that the rest of the week is active, fun, productive, and safe!

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HALLALUYAH 9/9/2010 11:15AM

Love,Luyah emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon.....Here, have a cup of water and have a blessed day my friend emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 9/9/2010 2:52AM

    Wow if 270 is tapering then what is your training day like! emoticon Well you are more than ready! In fact you may need to do TWO tris that day.
Also, I hope that your pup feels better soon. POor baby. -Best RB1

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IMSMILEY88 9/8/2010 6:57PM

    I can't imagine 270 minutes either... and that's your taper? Wow!!! You are amazing! And I hope your dog is better soon!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/8/2010 12:06PM

    Hives are miserable for a human so i imagine it's nasty for her too. You call 270 minutes tapering....let's see that would be 4 and a half hours by my calculations. If I ever get to 4 and a half hours of exercise in one day I'll be taking out a full page ad in the local paper!

Good luck in the tri!

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PAMAPPLE 9/8/2010 11:45AM

    Hope Weena gets well soon!

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LINDAKAY228 9/8/2010 10:09AM

    Ah poor baby. I've never heard of a dog with hives either. Sorry you only managed to get in 270 minutes of exercise. I know how it feels when I don't get in more than that. NOT. You are super woman.

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SOCKITTOME 9/8/2010 9:56AM

    Hope the poochy feels better soon! And good luck with your tri -- hope it goes very well for you!

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CSTRUB 9/8/2010 8:54AM

    Keep us updated on the dog!
And I know tapering sucks but you will probably be pleased with the result!!!

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DEVORA4 9/7/2010 11:46PM

  OMG How sad for your doggie. I feel bad when there is a sick animal they can't tell us what hurts etc Good luck

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MPALMER15 9/7/2010 11:22PM

    Poor baby! Hope she feels better soon!

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NANCYLAPEACH 9/7/2010 11:00PM

    270 minutes is tapering? my do you do anything else? Hope your little Weena is okay. I am an animal lover, too. Hate to see them uncomfortable. Have a great week!

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