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Countdown Begins!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eighteen days until my next tri...and I believe I am more nervous about this one than any of the previous ones I have completed! The run is a little longer, the weather might be cooler, my knees are sore and achy.....the excuses could go on and on in my attempt to keep from thinking about the reason I am so nervous.
I have obviously lost a few pounds and I am in pretty good shape...if I do say so what's the problem?
At the Tour of Safford (here I am with a great friend), my HERO told me that she is going to do the Polar Bear Triathlon. OMG....I am petrified. This lady is absolutely mesmerizing, a friendly, fantastic person and the reason I got into triathlons in the first place. She used to be my doctor...she is a physician's assistant...but she is absolutely poetry in motion! I kinda feel like I have a third thumb when I am around her at an athletic event and I have done a triathlon as a relay with her. Huh...well at least we will not be in the same division...cuz I will be in the fat and puffies (Athenas) and she certainly will not.
School is not fun right now. The kids want out and I want them out as well. The weather is clear and cold and the tempers are short and hot!

The boys all want to fight and so do the girls and for once they are not even fighting over one another!
Why can't we all just be friends? We have "gang" land chicks with attitudes!

Gangs are an absolute pain!!!!!!!!!

But FRIENDS.......FRIENDS are priceless! I couldn't do it without all of you Spark friends!
Here's hoping you are all having a great week!

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IGNAZIA 12/6/2010 12:12PM

    How did it go? I wanna know!

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YW84FRIDAY 11/25/2010 9:40PM

  I sympathize with you about the kids. Been there, done that. Sounds like you need a break.

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/21/2010 9:21PM

    Counting counting.... YOU WILL BE AWESOME!

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CZARINA_TV 11/18/2010 10:21AM

    Hey, we don't all get to be supermodels but I'd like to run down the block without getting winded. Good luck with the tri and keep being proud of everything your body does!

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REBECCA1354 11/18/2010 9:45AM

    I admire you for having the strength and determination to go after a tri! Maybe one day I will have the courage to "tri" emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/17/2010 4:13PM

    Good luck on surviving school until the break LOL! Glad I don't work with kids. I'd probably kill 'em all! There's a reason why I work with the elderly. But we all have our different gifts and that's mine and kids are yours.
Good luck on your tri. I'm doing another 5k on THanksgiving Day in Deming, then coming home to help my daughter finish fixing dinner. We just keep at it don't we? Gives us something to live for LOL! Even if we are "fat and puffy" instead of the elite in our respective events.

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SCARECROWISCOOL 11/17/2010 11:08AM


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SOCKITTOME 11/17/2010 10:03AM

    Pat, you look great! And the triathlons you've done this year...totally amazing! Cut yourself some slack, okay? I haven't seen anyone else doing what you're doing. Golly jeepers -- go girl!

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BEYOURBEST1 11/17/2010 5:20AM

    You will do great. I will be rooting for you.
Short tempers are all over the place these days. A good example is on the commute back home. They drive as though it is bright and sunny when they can't see a thing!

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JUNEPA 11/17/2010 2:01AM

    You go girl, like you can and you have shown everyone in the past.

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DRB13_1 11/16/2010 11:57PM

    Enjoy the triathlon experience - everyone that shows up has already won, in my estimation.
Loved all the little cute photos, made my day!
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MOBETTAMERF 11/16/2010 11:51PM

    Good luck on your next triathlon! You're doing such an amazing job! Thanks for sharing the pictures, too. They made me smile. emoticon emoticon

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Money Well Spent!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I am saving money in order to by a new bike. I hate therefore to spend any money on my present set of wheels but just bite the bullet and do what has to be done!

I love my bike and it has a lot of sentimental value for me. When I replace her finally, I will still have her in the garage because I refuse to trade her in. Since I had my knees redone, I have some trouble pedaling because I have a "dead" stop where I can't push with either leg but I can pull with the leg that is not on the way down. I know this does not make a lot of sense but hear me out.
After lengthy discussions with my bike mechanic...who is the "bomb" and very supportive, we decided that I needed shorter pedal arms. That involved buying a new crank set up. She has the bike up and running and I took it for a short spin yesterday. The shifting is far superior to what I had and "we" think it will be easier on my knees. Only time will tell on that premise, but I am certainly raring to go find out!

Have a great weekend!

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YW84FRIDAY 11/25/2010 9:37PM

  Sounds like a good plan to me. Hope it works out the way you want it to.


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DEVORA4 11/20/2010 12:54AM

  go for it emoticon emoticon

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MICHELE5551 11/13/2010 5:30PM

    I hope this is better on your knees while saving for that new bike!

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RUSTBUCKET1 11/13/2010 12:06AM

    Hope that the new rig has you ready to go again!- RB1

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SOCKITTOME 11/12/2010 7:04PM

    I hope this does the trick for you! I've spent some time and money this summer trying to get my bike just right, and it's hard. Here's hoping you've got it until you get those new wheels.

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BLUEANDGOLD57 11/12/2010 3:16PM

    Hope you get your ride in. I keep putting off the tune up mine is going to need, because that pretty much means the season is over. I'm just not ready for it to be over, yet!

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LINDAKAY228 11/12/2010 3:15PM

    Hope it works out well when you hit the long rides!

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DRB13_1 11/12/2010 1:21PM

    having a well fitted bicycle is one of the most empowering things in the world. looking forward to hearing of your travels and workouts

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APIRLRAIN888 11/12/2010 1:17PM

    save save save! my daughter has a saving bank but she can only spend 10%. and I happy to report she purchase her very own $30 DS game she wanted in 11 months! hahahaha and I got 100% school work out of it!!!!

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SCARECROWISCOOL 11/12/2010 12:58PM

    yay!!! Hope it works!!


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I'm Back!

Monday, November 08, 2010

I believe I am going to survive the sinus infection. I went for a 70 mile bike ride yesterday and to the gym and swimming this morning. My face is still a little sore but I sure feel a lot better!
Saturday I officiated the small school District Championship. 4 of us drove to Animas, officiated and drove back to Silver and had a little end of the season party.
I believe we all had a good time although some of us had more fun than we should have....thus the 70 miler the next morning. I had to get my head clear and back on track.
I am tired of the kids right now and I am looking forward to Thanksgiving break....not for the food but for one can't get too much stretching, rest and massages. I also look forward to hanging out with all of the family...quietly in the background watching and waiting for my chance to escape and go for a ride.

I got a new pair of running shoes and they are different but I think I am beginning to enjoy them. I kindalooked like a kid with new shoes....watching them as I walked

Hope you all are having a good day, because I KNOW that I am!

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SOCKITTOME 11/8/2010 10:19PM

    Wow...70-mile bike ride. Awesome! I keep hoping I'll be able to do those distances...maybe next year. The 48-mile ride I did a few weeks ago was pretty tough.

Glad to hear you're feeling better, too! Continue to take care of yourself so that infection can finish clearing up. Those are no fun at all!

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    You're soundin' mighty feisty. Go for it!

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GOHUSKERS2 11/8/2010 1:55PM

    Sounds like you didn't have time to be sick, but you are a toughy. A 70 mile like me biking between Columbus and Lincoln....not happening....I've said it before and I'll say it are amazing!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2010 11:54AM

    glad you are feeling better! 70 mile!!

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Friday, November 05, 2010

Starting to feel a little better. Went and had a massage. Bike is in the shop so no temptation there. Calling the little school district volleyball tournament tomorrow.

Everyone have a great weekend.

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IMSMILEY88 11/8/2010 8:18AM

    Hope you feel better quickly! And, I hope you have a wonderful week.

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GOHUSKERS2 11/6/2010 12:44PM

    Hope you're feeling up to par by game time! Take care!!! emoticon

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BELFASTBIKER 11/6/2010 12:41PM

    good luck...

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DRB13_1 11/6/2010 1:40AM

    sounds good.
I'm a big Vball fan, used to play all the time but finding adult leagues is so HARD! I officiate track, like you call Vball games emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 11/6/2010 12:27AM

  feel well emoticon

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MORRIS1989 11/6/2010 12:10AM

    Glad you are feeling better. That's nice I need me a massage have a good weekend.

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SOCKITTOME 11/6/2010 12:04AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better!

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FIRESTARINFINI 11/6/2010 12:03AM

    You too!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/6/2010 12:03AM

    nice! a massage sounds heavenly! maybe after kids go to college!

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November and some Goals

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Here it is, November already. Today is voting and then........? I kinda feel like I am voting to pick the best of the worst, if that makes sense.
So for all that vote...a high five. All of you that don't vote...NO COMPLAINING!
I started over at the gym this morning. Took a couple of days off after the race on Saturday. I felt great but my legs are still a little heavy, knees slightly stiff, etc. so I ran 6 miles for a warm up and then lifted upper body. One of my goals is to lift every Tuesday and Thursday for this month and then a light lifting workout on Sunday.

Second goal for the month...every Mon., Wed., and Friday morning at 4am I will be at the track to race walk....working on a quicker 5 mile time in preparation for the Polar Bear Triathlon on the 4th of December. I can run forever on a machine...but I can't run on my own because my knees still do not cooperate.

You work on what you can and accept what you absolutely have to!
I am also swimming Monday through Thursday at least once a day. I am working on increasing speed. For me this means upper body strength as kicking really bothers the knees after a while. My form is improving and so are my times as I become more comfortable, confident and stronger in the water.
Of course I still go for a regular massage every month. I am working on spending at least an hour a day on stretching and yoga.

I will keep improving my diet which means I am adding more beans and veggies and cutting down on meat unless it is fish. My goal is to drop five pounds this month. I promise that I will exercise by myself more this month and be happy with it.

We should have all figured out by now that some dietary changes can be a little challenging...LOL.
My next goal is to get a least 7 hours of rest a day. Since I start at four in the morning and have class sometimes until 8:30 at night...this will be my most challenging goal. I still have to have time to enjoy life's little things such as:

The above goals I think I can accomplish. They are always subject to change. What are your goals for the month?

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CAROJONES 11/6/2010 12:17AM

    This was so good & cute and motivational.

Question -- do you work outside the home?? How do you get all this done??

Inquiring minds want to know??

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GOHUSKERS2 11/3/2010 4:05PM

    Whole heartedly agree about voting. It's a privilege.

After reading your schedule, I'm I have to lay down! You are an amazing woman!!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/2/2010 10:44PM

    Amazing goals but then you always amaze me with how much you train. I would like to lose 5 lbs this month too. That would be a switch as for the last several months I haven't lost much of anything. Got to tighten up on my eating plan LOL!
I'm working also on longer walks and runs. Building my distance up again. We're going to get there. However that walking at 4 am at the track is not something I'm up for LOL. Too cold!

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    Good job on the voting, I agree with you, people who don't vote have no right to complain!

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DRB13_1 11/2/2010 7:45PM

    You are so creative!
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    Oh, those kittens have me in tears. And the squirrels! I was relieved to figure out that it's a massage, not squirrel porn. I really was surprised by you for a minute.
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APIRLRAIN888 11/2/2010 1:13PM

    you can do it

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