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2014 Top Gun Triathlon

Monday, August 11, 2014

I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, and Rob, my training bud, with me.

I gave D my smartphone and she shot all the photos here. She did a fab job!
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Arrived at the Race Site in Ft DeSoto at 5:45am...a bit late for my preference!
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Went straight to transition and got my gear & my thoughts together...


Then Sis & D shouted at me through the fence!

I was so glad my family was with me!

We all headed to the beach where the swim waves were getting ready to rock!

Pre-Tri Photo Op!

Rob instilled confidence and my focus on last year's first. Totally different vibe this year! Love this guy!

My wave went off, I hit the water, and...

I survived with so much more post-swim energy! Training works! That's my Sis, Linnie, to my right, cheering me on!
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We had to run quite a distance back to Transition (T1), then off on the Bike...


After an easy ride, made a good transition, was out of T2 and on the run...still smiling!


Have to admit, with a race bib issue and the heat, it wasn't my best run. We ran in the sun for a 1 1/2 miles then returned through the sand by the beach. During the beach run, I did catch up to a woman who was struggling a bit. We ran in together. I told her to take a good breath, get herself together, look pretty, and sprint through the finish! She did that asI followed her across the finish line! When you have so many to thank for getting you to goals and beyond...you pay it forward! THAT was my medal!



At the finish line, returned my time chip and I ran into my Physical Therapy Doctor, Eric. This is the man who suggested I do Triathlons and less Half Marathons. He also suggested I check out entry level Scott Tri bikes. (we both ride and love them now!)
He did my 1st Top Gun with me last year as well. This year, he volunteered. He always tells me how excited he is about how far I've traveled as an athlete this past year.

He took my wet cloth I got at the last run water stop, soaked it in ice cold water then gave it back to me.

Yes, we had a moment and, in an instant, shared the last year together. Amazing how emotional you get when you're physically spent! These are the people I have in my life and they are all amazing!

Finally, I got to see Swim Coach Leo, who conducts our Tuesday Night Open Water Swim Training. He is also on Outspokin Triathlon Team and We will do the Longleaf Triathlon together in October!
He was at the Swim Start for every wave earlier, giving good tips and instilling confidence to all! Now, it was more than appropriate to thank him for his guidance!

I couldn't have a better Coach!
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I learned a lot at this year's Top Gun, had another great learning experience, and can't wait to do it again next year! Now, it's time to get ready for the Courage to Tri on August 23 at Sand Key! Woo Hoo!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my report!
Much love...
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DEB9021 8/16/2014 10:02AM

    Sounds like a beautiful day! I would like to become a better swimmer, and try a tri. I love the water, but here in the land of lakes, I am more a a floater and dog paddler. Can be out in the water forever, but my favorite strokes are the back stroke or a lazy butterfly. Need to learn to breath through the crawl so I could actually cover some distance. But I enjoy planning my long runs to end at the nearby outdoor swimming pool or lake--both make perfect finish lines! :-)

I am doing my first half next weekend, and am already thinking about next summer's new goal. Perhaps a tri, a long trail run, or an obstacle run. Need something in mind to keep me schlepping through the winter snows. I enjoyed the cold and snowy runs last year, but had to really shorten my distances, so I sort of thought of it as keeping in shape for a summer goal than really making any new progress.

But let's not jump to winter yet ... The weather here suddenly turned to awesome fall temps. Perfect jogging weather!

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NATPLUMMER 8/12/2014 9:42AM

    Awesome!!

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KPETSCHE 8/12/2014 2:58AM

    Thanks for the amazing race report Monty! You rock!!!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/11/2014 8:35PM

    congrats.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/11/2014 8:06PM

    I look forward to every single race report... you are a man on a mission to make the most of LIFE! My hat's off to you, the pay it forward champ! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/11/2014 7:44PM

    Another great job, Monty, on both the triathlon and on the blog!! Thanks.

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RUNNERKDB 8/11/2014 7:14PM

    Great job!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/11/2014 6:50PM

    Well done!

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UMBILICAL 8/11/2014 5:12PM

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Geeking on The Run!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I've been reading over several running forums. I found a recurring theme of Personal Records (PR) & Personal Bests (PB) which made me think.
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I've now done enough Triathlons to try to compare my times The swim depended on the day's conditions. They've either been choppy and calm. The bike distance for a Sprint can range from 400 to 750 meters The run can always vary in distance from the fixed 3.1 miles and in altitude. So, I look at my performance relatively.
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I always forget, it's the same in any distance running race to a degree. The courses are never the exact distance due to a runner's path. Throw in variations of altitude, U-Turns, road composition, and weather conditions, and that finish time can mess your head!
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Did you know each certified course is measured on its shortest possible route, called the route line, or tangent? The goal is to produce road race courses of accurately measured distances. I've run the same course almost tangent perfect and almost lazily! Obviously my distance varies and so does my time.
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I love running in Safety Harbor here in Pinellas County. I have no idea what it is but I'm going to do a 5K in 28 or less when I let myself go and not pace myself. I've done PBs in my 5Ks as well as my Half Marathons. I really love running the area.
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Now I'm not concerned as much about my Personal Records but more my Personal Best at a certain event. I know I'm better when I run free. I know I need to train well. I step up my pace in all distances and keep on pace or a hair below during run training.
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But now, I keep a smile on my face and just run free at races. I never get bummed out anymore if my time isn't what I wanted. I just review the race and see where I need to improve. Normally, it's incident related. I just don't be come obsessed with speed anymore. I look at the challenge instead.
It's funny, I shared my thoughts after Run Club over beers last night. A Tri Bud of mine who is a great biker told me I might be more dangerous now. I said, "I still have to swim and bike!"
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I like the perspective of this World Class Olympic long-distance runner hero of mine....



I prefer to focus on how wonderful my life is!

Much love...
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SLENDERELLA61 8/10/2014 8:42PM

    Thanks, Monty! Great blog. Great perspective.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/9/2014 8:04PM

    You are doing so good in your journey. I just want the fall to get here sooner rather than later.

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KRISZTA11 8/9/2014 4:16PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/9/2014 4:04PM

    I had PRs in most of my races two year ago. Now I'm 2 year older (and 2 years slower) so I don't even try to PR. My only desire is to finish strong!

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KERRYG155 8/9/2014 12:58PM

    Love the way you put everything into perspective. My favorite run was when I was able to straighten my back, pull my shoulders back and felt like I was 'flying' through the course and past others. Now my goal is just to heal and manage to do a 5K.
Keep up the good work with the races and being so great with encouraging others.

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I totally agree with you..

I miss living in Safety Harbor!!!
I loved walking out my door and having the perfect running trail right before me.

Happy Trails!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/9/2014 6:01AM

    A great perspective, and one I can be totally on board with! emoticon

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GHK1962 8/8/2014 11:01PM

    Sometimes I wish Spark would let me hit he 'Like' button more than once.

I've done a few duatholons...and will be training for my first Tri next season ... and have run a lot of 5Ks this year ... and in the beginning it was about my time and getting faster. But it's interesting that within the span of less than a year (which is the total time I've been running or doing Du's), I've stopped worrying about my time and decided to just feel good that I am doing them. I find myself looking around as I run ... concentrating on breathing and form as I pedal .... and making friends at these events.

Tri's / Du's / Runs / Bike events ... they are GREAT for keeping in physical shape ...but they are also sooo much greater for the mental well being too.

I really, REALLY liked this blog you did. Thank you.

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FREE YOUR MIND!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I'm a Geek, a Nerd, and I've lived Big Bang Theory!



I've always been too analytical! I've always been intellectually sound. I've learned to be a bit better on this journey! It's not always about data! SO, it became important to go out of my comfort zone to try new ways of doing things. Holistic healing, yoga, and meditation come to mind! They are all realized in my journey now.



Enjoy the journey!
Much love...
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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 8/3/2014 10:27PM

    Happy you are exploring different things. I have enjoyed learning about Holistic Healing, Natural Healing and have gone to an Integrative Doctor since the 90's.

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KERRYG155 8/3/2014 7:53PM

    Great blog. It is time for me to get back to some of the holistic healing with this surgery.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/3/2014 7:05PM

    You are a good geek to have a friend.

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/3/2014 1:47PM

    I knew you were a geek! LOL! But that's ok. Like the Japanese say "there are many paths up Mt. Fuji".

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/3/2014 7:04AM

    emoticon Yes. To new experiences, realized.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/2/2014 11:23PM

    Namaste.

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I GOT THIS!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ya Just Gotta Believe!

  
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PRESBESS 7/30/2014 1:01PM

    That's the right attitude!

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TATERCAT 7/30/2014 11:43AM

    Nice!
Totally stealing it.
Keep going strong, Monty! You are truly an inspiration.

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    Love this

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MARYJOANNA 7/30/2014 5:40AM

  Wonderful list ti out on the frig,

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    I like the too determined to be defeated part. Glenn

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No Breaks!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I believe any lifestyle is 24/7!



  
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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 7/27/2014 1:40PM

    Well said and so true... I enjoyed over a 9 mile run on Saturday. Today I just had to do some Cardio, even on an off day. 27 minutes and weight training. No lazy weekends here..

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KERRYG155 7/27/2014 12:38PM

    I've been doing a lot of walking in the north Georgia mountains. Not super easy with the new hip and cane. Been doing 15-30 minutes a day at least. Lots of stairs and ramps, too. emoticon

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