Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up!
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Pleasant Prairie, WI
Division finish: 5 out of 6
Overall finish: 370 out of 409
T 1: 6:23
T 2: 5:01
Total time: 2:10:35
1/2 mile swim/20K bike/5K run
Look at the ripples in the water! It was a windy, but hot and humid day.
This was a tough race. The temperature was in the 80's, it was windy, and the humidity was high. My coach tells me never to compare results from one race to another because of all the variables involved. But, it's hard not to!
My total triathlon time on Sunday was 5 minutes longer than two weeks ago. The open water swim was the main reason - that took me 11 minutes longer. Without swimming lanes, I was all over the place. I probably swam half again the distance that I needed to!
My bike time improved by 8 minutes with the new bike - even though the course was somewhat hilly and windy. The clip-in pedals were awesome! Just when I thought I couldn't push one more time up one of those hills, I remembered to pull on the pedals! Now, to get in that habit all the time.
My run time was 4 minutes slower due to the heat and humidity. I walked a lot of the 5K. I shaved 2 minutes off of my transition times, but I can still do better. I still took 5 times longer in transition than some of the top finishers. All in all, I'm pleased with the results. I know where I need to improve.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Esprit de She Triathlon
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Division finish: 14 out of 21
Overall finish: 1015 out of 1229
Total time: 2:05:19
I did it! I completed my first sprint distance triathlon - 1/2 mile swim, 14.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. I did one other triathlon last year - a super sprint distance, which is half the distance of the sprint race. The sprint distance was a challenge, but I had a blast!
The forecast was for a cool, cloudy, and overcast morning. But as you can see from the photos, we had nothing but sunshine!
The water temperature was 68*, so my investment in a wet-suit was well worth it. Plus, it added to my buoyancy.
I have a 27-year-old Peugeot hybrid bike. It was like pedaling a Mack truck! I had the opportunity to ride a new Giant fitness bike the night before my race. Man, was it ever light, fast, and required a lot less effort to pedal than my old bike. I think I will make the investment in a new bike - soon.
My peeps didn't get photos of me running or at the finish line. I apparently ran right past them without us seeing each other. Here's a photo after the race. Lempa was the name of another girl who participated in the triathlon.
I've come a long way since doing the super sprint triathlon last year. I got some awesome training from the coaches at Experience Triathlon. Coach Joe helped me "Run to Become." And Coach Suzy helped (and continues to help) me with my swimming technique. I will have to admit to Coach Suzy that I did a lot of sidestroking and backstroking during the swim portion. I think the adrenalin had me gasping so much, I would have inhaled water if I put my face under water!
My next triathlon will be on Sunday, June 23 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. This is the site of where I did my super-sprint triathlon last year, so I am familiar with the lake. I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully can improve on some of my times - especially the transition times. And, if I get a new bike, there should be improvement there!
Friday, May 10, 2013
For my strength training class project, I read the book "Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's a book that I will re-read every year - the information is just that important that I don't want to forget it. It's an engaging read. The men's version is "Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond."
Here is the link to my summary of the book -- all great suggestions for us Sparkers! Enjoy.
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