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I Am Back???....Where Did I Go?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wow, Work, exercise and some more work is how my last 4 days have been. I have not fallen off the face of the earth and I am not mad or ignoring anyone. I have just met myself coming and going the last few days. The weekend is almost here, I might get to sleep a few hours, my hip is killing me, but I am a happy camper. Really!

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    Did you give yourself a hug when you passed? emoticon

Hope your hip is better soon!

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    Glad to hear from you! Hope your hip gets better soon.. try to take it easy & take good care of yourself. Have you gotten your new bed yet? emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/21/2011 11:32AM

    Know how those days go! Hope you can get some rest and your hip gets better soon.

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CZARINA_TV 4/21/2011 10:20AM

    Hope your hip stops hurting. Have a great weekend!

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DEVORA4 4/21/2011 1:33AM

  Happy Easter emoticon

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SOCKITTOME 4/20/2011 11:57PM

    Did you recognize yourself when you met yourself coming and going? emoticon

Hope you're able to get some sleep this weekend, and that your hip feels better after getting some rest!

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At Last.....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I sacrificed the day to go with hubby and pick out a new bed. We have a foam type bed and it really makes my hips hurt. I got to pick the bed today and although it is a type of memory foam and bamboo, I really liked the way it felt. I have to go back to Las Cruces on Tuesday to pick it up. I can hardly wait!

Tomorrow I am going to go ride Sapillo Creek in preparation for the Tour of The Gila Citizens bike races next weekend. The weather is supposed to be hot and calm until around 1pm so I will get up and go early. Should be about a 70 mile trip. WooHoo!

Have a safe, active and fun Sunday!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/19/2011 2:52PM

    emoticon on the new bed. Have a safe trip. It' mid 40's here, windy and rainy.

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    WOW!! I am so amazed by how much you exercise... you make me feel like a wimp.

Maybe with this new bed, you'll be so energized you'll be riding 200miles a pop?? emoticon

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STIPER23 4/18/2011 10:30AM

    Have a great ride!

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LINDAKAY228 4/18/2011 10:13AM

    Hope you got the ride in before the wind started yesterday. Conratulations on your new bed and I hope you totally enjoy it!

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MPALMER15 4/17/2011 9:40AM

    Enjoy your ride!

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IMSMILEY88 4/17/2011 9:14AM

    That's some ride! Enjoy!

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    Yeah for a new comfy bed!

Hope your ride goes well today. I think about the distance you cover and my legs turn to jello just thinking about it. Your an awesome testament!!!

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DRB13_1 4/16/2011 11:27PM

    having a comfortable bed is vital. Sending you good wishes for the bike ride... emoticon

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SOCKITTOME 4/16/2011 11:22PM

    Glad you have such gorgeous weather for riding. Enjoy that ride -- and I'm jealous of the distances you can do. You totally, girl, and I think it's awesome!

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BUBU54 4/16/2011 11:02PM

    Lucky you for hot weather. It rained here again today. April is half over and I still have to wear long sleeves. Good luck on your ride.

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Too, TOO Busy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I know the title sounds like an excuse but it is not meant to be. I am a relatively busy person and for over a year I have managed a very tight schedule. The last few weeks I have crammed even more into that tight schedule and last night I realized just how tight my schedule has become.

My normal schedule is something like: up at 4:20am to be at the gym by 5am. I am at the pool by 6am and at work from 7:30am to 2:35pm. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I teach at class at the local university from 3 to 4pm and again from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. I then return to the gym for a repeat performance and arrive home sometime around 8pm to eat, get ready for the following day, play with the dogs and reitre by 9:30pm

In the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to apply to an OPA program in San Diego, California and so I have added an observation at a physical therapist on Tues., Thurs., and Friday evenings. I think I have met myself coming and going on several occassions! Last night, on the drive home, it was not dark yet. Yes, I had a little extra time and it dawned on me that I am missing out.

One of my favorite things in the world is a good sunset and in the last several weeks (perhaps months) I have not seen one! I usually use a good sunset for quiet reflective time. Sunsets provide me with "ME" time and they are my own personal "MeTube", not "YouTube" but close, only better! The sunset last night was superb!

I stopped the truck, climbed a little hill and sat down and enjoyed MeTube to the fullest. I felt so calm and fulfilled. I needed this time very badly and I have vowed that I will arrange my schedule to allow me to indulge in this endeavor more frequently. I hope you enjoy the following pictures as much as I enjoyed the real thing.

AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, I feel so much better. Remember while you are feeding and exercising the body to reach it's greatest potential that you must allow for the brain to do the same. Whatever it is that trips your trigger or butters your bread, make time to participate. Life is just too short. Please don't be TOO busy!

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SOCKITTOME 4/16/2011 1:05AM

    Beautiful...and a wonderful reminder that we need to feed the soul as well as the bodies. Take care of yourself, girl -- you are one busy person!

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DESERTDREAMERS 4/12/2011 11:02PM

    Deep breath - Ahhhh - loved the pictures. Do you have an end in sight for all the hectic-ness? (Is that a word?)

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FISHINGLADY66 4/12/2011 8:04PM

    Hey (((Pat))) what do you do in your spare time? Wanna go for a ride or a walk? emoticon Live life to the fullest and enjoy it. emoticon Spark Friend.

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LINDAKAY228 4/12/2011 7:19PM

    Your schedule exhausts me just thinking about it! It is great to watch the sunset and I love to see beautiful ones also. Somehow I missed it last night. Thanks for sharing the pics and the reminder

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MPALMER15 4/12/2011 3:05PM

    emoticon Great reminder! Thanks, Pat! emoticon

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LUCYSRAIN 4/12/2011 1:13PM


Thank you LilPat!

What a great blog and pics:)

We all need Me time so again, thank you for the reminder!

Have a wonderful Day,



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Howling Winds

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The winds have been really bad today. The roads to the interstates were closed and so were the interstates for a time. It is so dry and dusty here....just no moisture to speak of. Makes it tough to train outside!

Pray for a little rain or if you have too much, send it our way! LOL Everyone have a great weekend. Be safe, and active.

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FISHINGLADY66 4/10/2011 9:18PM

    I went fishing today and the wind almost blew me away. emoticon Well! It was really windy here in Missouri. I'm praying for rain for you.

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    I'll send some of our rain your way, but we have had the wind, too!! Stay safe!!

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BEYOURBEST1 4/10/2011 12:44PM

    Stay safe.

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LINDAKAY228 4/10/2011 11:39AM

    I think I've inhaled about 2 lbs of dust just going from my door to my car and other errands. Did my workout at the gym yesterday. My daughter was supposed to go to Deming yesterday but didn't and I'm so glad she didn't go because the winds got so bad. I don't think the roads were closed yet when she was going to leave but she would have gotten stuck down there or worse yet, had an accident in the blowing dust. I had high hopes for a little moisture yesterday with the clouds but that didn't come to pass.

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SOCKITTOME 4/10/2011 10:48AM

    I'm with you...we've had lots of wind and very little moisture. Praying for moisture and less wind for lots of us.

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CZARINA_TV 4/10/2011 10:16AM

    I wish I could just pack it up and send you some. We did have some intense winds the other day and the tall buildings here only make stuff like that worse.

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JOANNKW 4/10/2011 8:18AM

    And here I thought I was the only one who asked people to send their rain to us! If only it were that easy! The wind isn't supposed to be quite as bad today - but it still sounds like we are in for a typical NM spring day! I so wish Spark had a wind emoticon!

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DEVORA4 4/10/2011 12:11AM

  we had 4 days of rain that was intense so I can send some your way

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Mesilla Valley Triathlon..picture blog

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

My daughter took most of the following pictures. She took pictures of the random entrants, a young man (12), my friend Claudia and myself. Does anyone out there remember Henrietta Hippo...she was a cartoon character that wore lots of pink and purple. I think I looked like Henrietta, my daughter doesn't (I think she was being polite)? You can look closely and notice I even have matching shoes!
Here we go:

These are all pictures of the start of the race. This triathlon went backwards as we ran, biked, then swam.

The pack is now about 300 yards in front of me. I really have to focus on something else during the run. I am always so far behind since I can't run, that I could easily become depressed! If the colors is not good, well the shoes and dark purple, lavender and pink. They are brand new Nike Flywires and oh so comfy.

The young man above was the youngest competitor in the tri.

This is me arriving and getting ready to take off on the bike ride. Notice there is a distinct lack of bikes around

Claudia arriving and going to the swim. I am also arriving for the swim.

Here I am taking off my glove (looks like I am praying and probably should have been) and starting off towards the pool.

The pool was super refreshing, clean and wonderful. I had to hang on the side for a couple of minutes with an asthma attack and climbing out of the pool and crossing the finish line with Claudia cheering me on was awesome!

The end result shown above will be a lasting reminder of what a wonderful birthday I had. I WILL learn to swim faster. Competition beware! LOL

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ANGIERUNNER 4/21/2011 11:53AM

    emoticon emoticon I was going to do this race, but was afraid of falling on the bike ( I'm pregnant). Congrats on finishing! It looks like you where awesome!

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STIPER23 4/21/2011 11:38AM

    Great tri! A friend of mine did a tri in Rio Rancho last year and it was also run, bike, swim. Two other coworkers asked me to do a team tri with them this summer in Los Alamos.

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DEVORA4 4/10/2011 12:14AM

  belated best wishes on youre birthday You did well on your placing, I remember Henrietta and I loved her.

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CZARINA_TV 4/9/2011 9:38AM

    Third place! Congrats! What a great birthday gift from you to you...

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SM-ARTGIRL 4/7/2011 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I love your blog lilpat!
Enthusiasm, pride, humour- this is what making, training and doing a big goal is about- FUN!
Thank you for the photos, you look strong and shapely in your gorgeous purple & pink- gorgeous!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/7/2011 8:24PM

    This is emoticon How did I miss your blogs? Keep up the good work. Your doing emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 4/7/2011 2:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy Birthday, Pat! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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K8NJKSMOM 4/7/2011 2:21PM

    I think you look fantastic!!! Congratulations!!

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    Awesome job!!! (I don't know who Henrietta Hippo is, but you definitely do NOT look like a hippo!! Geesh! LOL)

Say hi to your friend, Claudia, for me. There aren't very many of us Claudias around.



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LINDAKAY228 4/6/2011 9:19AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and a great plaque as reminder! Thanks for sharing the pics.

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BEYOURBEST1 4/6/2011 6:03AM

    Great job! I think you are doing fantastic. That was a special birthday celebration. Congratulations!

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SOCKITTOME 4/6/2011 12:12AM

    You are so awesome, Pat! Congrats on a great finish!!!!

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MPALMER15 4/5/2011 11:05PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday, Pat!

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DRB13_1 4/5/2011 10:45PM

    So proud of you! And you look great.
You did what very few people will ever even try. emoticon

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FITNESSGIRL1020 4/5/2011 10:10PM

    Great job!! COngratulations!!

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APIRLRAIN888 4/5/2011 10:07PM

    so proud of you! that is awesome!!!!!! looks real fun!!!!

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