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Mountain (biking) mama

Saturday, October 09, 2010



I can't think of a better way to kick the blues than to get outside and push myself to the limit. Yesterday, after blogging about needing new direction I wandered into the local bike store. I have been thinking about getting a mountain bike most of the summer since I had such a good time on a borrowed bike. And I there I saw it, a new women's model mountain bike with 29 inch knobby wheels. Nothing like a new toy to cheer a girl up.

So today Ron and I grabbed our bikes and headed out to Cooper's Rock state park to try to get back into the groove. Nothing beats pushing yourself, feeling the adrenaline and finding that feeling of calm that comes with being bone tired.
In short, it was a pretty wonderful day!

  
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ATROTTIER 10/11/2010 1:21PM

    YES! You deserve a new bike!! Looking GREAT!! =)

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ANNE7X7 10/11/2010 11:24AM

    That is SO awesome! Enjoy your new wheels!!

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PAMINHALF 10/11/2010 7:52AM

  Congrats on your new toy!

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JSTCHLIN 10/10/2010 11:34PM

    Great Job! Congrats on your new toy. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/10/2010 10:28PM

    Love it! Congrats on your new toy!

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BURKEBRIZ 10/10/2010 10:20PM

    Woohoo! It always feels good to get back in the saddle and do something you love. You always go to the most beautiful places, too! Glad you had a wonderful time!

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SPARROWAPRIL 10/10/2010 9:40PM

  Look's like a lot of fun!

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BIGMAMAT 10/10/2010 9:07PM

    Yay! Hope you took the milder trails, some of those are killers even on foot. lol. Bet it was beautiful there.


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SLBRANTLEY 10/10/2010 4:13PM

    Good for you! Enjoy the new toy! emoticon emoticon

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ANDREA0301 10/10/2010 3:36PM

    Yay!! Good for you!

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JODIANN421 10/10/2010 10:41AM

    So happy you kicked your own blues in the butt! Great purchase!!

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ELCIA_S 10/10/2010 9:38AM

    this is great!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/10/2010 8:24AM

    LOVE new toys, and it sounds like yiu had a great time breaking yours in!

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TRASEE 10/10/2010 7:22AM

    Way to get back on the saddle!!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/10/2010 4:08AM

    Good to see that you are back on the horse!
I knew you would do it!
BTW, nice ride!

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FLYSOHIGH 10/10/2010 1:05AM

    Hey Hollynn!
Awesome to hear about your new bike and about such a great day! May this be the first of your many fantastics bike rides this autumn!
I envy you this ride, my back keeps me from biking and generally now it's already too cold for me to even go jogging in the park. I am however going on a short mountain trip in south-eastern Europe, so I am gonna get some sun AND fresh air at the same time:-D And I might finally get to see a proper forest again! I always look at your photos in those state parks and m green with envy!:-D
Very glad you liked your goodie!:-)


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EXCUSELESS 10/10/2010 12:35AM

    Good for you! I'm glad to hear you found what was needed to push through your rut. Keep on biking!

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BAMBAM87 10/10/2010 12:03AM

    Aw dam that sounds like so much fun right now! ive never actually been mountain bike riding as i dont have a mountain handy i have bush land but i dont fancy my luck with the double Gs. I think you may have just sparked me into going for a ride! :D

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FABAT402009 10/9/2010 11:09PM

    Looks like fun!! Glad you had a great day!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 10/9/2010 11:02PM

    emoticon Sounds like a GREAT way to spend the day. How's the terrain , & what kind of trails are there? Are they pretty steep & rocky? Sure sounds like a lot of FUN!!

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DAISYDIVA74 10/9/2010 10:34PM

    Congrats on your bike!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! This is the time of year for bike riding for sure! You rock!!

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LAWRALOO 10/9/2010 10:20PM

    I'm glad you had a great time!
Awesome new toy. I bought one this summer and I'm not gonna lie...I think I used it 3 times. Bad Laura.

You'll be happy to hear I didn't break any bones ice skating today.
I didn't even fall down once! Woohoo!

Hope you got the bike broke in :)))

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TDKENT 10/9/2010 10:13PM

    Getting out and enjoying the mountains feels great. I haven't tried it on a bike yet. Maybe someday i will get the courage to do it.

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JEREMY723 10/9/2010 10:00PM

    Good for you! If your WV weather is anything like OH weather today it was a great day!

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MIA

Friday, October 08, 2010

Yup, I have been a little MIA. No major crisis or disaster occurred. I think that after completing my 1 year Sparkversary, 365 days of consecutive exercise and my first triathlon - I was just a little burned out. Without any specific goals and coming back from a luxury vacation I had a hard time climbing back on the horse. Like I said, nothing major bad happened, I have lacked motivation many times in the past, but never really lacked consistency before. I haven't really gained a lot of weight (stuck at 195, which unfortunately is a "comfortable" weight for me - I spent several years at this weight about 5 years ago). So there it is, where I have been. Not depressed, just not motivated. I think I am going to try to spend some time on the Spark this week reconnecting with my journey and try to come up with some reasonable short term goals.

  
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FELICE73 10/12/2010 2:01PM

    Ya burnout can happen quick! Looks like you found your solution though!

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BIGMAMAT 10/10/2010 9:12PM

    Psst. I know,I KNOW!!!! I know a wonderful short term goal for October. Go to Zumba with Bigmamat. lol. emoticon
Goals are super duper important my friend. Tuesday will be my 100 days of greater than 30 minutes exercise. (thank you for that team by the way).
I know there have been days that I didn't want to exercise but I did because I HAD to meet my goal. emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/9/2010 3:05PM

    Life happens. We will all still be here when you return, still rooting you on for the rest of your journey.

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MAWMAWTAMERA 10/9/2010 11:38AM

    MIA or not sounds like you had a nice time living life and although no more pounds were shed, none were gained so good job! Sometimes we just need a moment, pause, or break whatever you want to call it. Personally, and selfishly, I am really glad you are back because you are such a great motivator! Hope you set and reach whatever your next goals are.

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LOOZINITNOW 10/9/2010 11:27AM

    That seems to be normal for many of us that have been on this journey for a while. I had my break, much too long, but am back at it full force. I know you will come of with some great goals and will make it happen. You are such an inspiration to so many. Here's to another fantastic year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FABAT402009 10/9/2010 8:55AM

    Something I learned from reading about your journey is "Motivation" will fail you every time. It's about consistency and a routine. Like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, breathing.

I know you will get back on board, you've accomplished too much not to!!

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JENNIFERKCM 10/9/2010 1:23AM

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, I did have a really nice day all around yesterday! Glad to see you back. I went MIA for 2 months. I was totally burned out and timed out. I am glad to be back, though! Hope getting back into the swing isn't too hard. Have a good one!

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WONDERJUL 10/9/2010 12:20AM

    But now you are back!! Yeah!! I always love hearing from you and hope you can gain some motivation! We are all here to support you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/8/2010 7:33PM

    So glad you're back. Glad you enjoyed the fabulous vaca! Just regroup and set some small goals and I'm sure you'll find your way back!

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THENEWDARLENE 10/8/2010 7:26PM

    So glad to see you back, Hollynn. Hang in there! We've here to support and encourage you just like you have encouraged all of us.

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SHERYLDS 10/8/2010 7:03PM

    You can't go MIA, we need YOU.
Welcome back

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LETMEBME 10/8/2010 5:20PM

    Even if you were MIA, the most important thing is that you're here now. Keep it up, and the motivation will come!

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CAROLDEDOO 10/8/2010 5:12PM

    emoticonAll the posts are sooo supportive and kind...and I agree with them all.

So, I'm going to say something else. I hope you don't mind. I feel like crying. I'm sooo glad you're back. AND that you're planning the small goals to get back into it. I feel like giving you a kick in the pants...and saying "DON'T BLOW IT!" girl! You did so good for a year! You've had a great year and met goals...BUT you're not there yet...and sliding is NOT a good thing. I know!...Don't slide...It's so hard to get back on the horse.

I'm so rooting for you to jump right in, log on every day, track every day, exercise and have another great year!! emoticonAnd then you can kick me in the pants back!! LOL

Keep on Sparkin' Carol

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JEANNETTE59 10/8/2010 4:26PM

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JULIEIRENE 10/8/2010 4:12PM

    Welcome back! I think we all go through that a little now and then - you had a majorly incredible year full of all kinds of activity! Now that you've rested a bit, I hope that reconnecting with Spark will help redefine some new goals and refresh your spirit. We're glad to see you!

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TJDOESLIFE 10/8/2010 3:06PM

    I don't often post comments but after reading your blog, I knew I had to.
You need to reread your blog from July 27th....please.
This single blog alone remotivated me on my own personal journey. I know you can do this, and you know it too! What a great blog it was.
We're all in this together!!!!! Keep it up!!!
Muah!!!
~TJ

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JSTCHLIN 10/8/2010 2:46PM

    I feel the same. I went almost one year and lost 100 lbs. I still have plenty to lose but with all the congratulations and compliments it started feeling comfortable and OK to be this weight. I was this heavy for a few years back a few years ago as well. Don't want to be here. We have to keep moving forward. You can do it. Enjoy your weekend.

Take care and stay healthy
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ATROTTIER 10/8/2010 2:44PM

    Hey you!! Thanks for checking in! I know after I got to my 1 year, I was kind of like feeling the lack of motivation as well and somewhat "checked out" for a bit. WE all need to figure it out in this journey and it's our life not a race. I actually feel pretty good in the 220's but I know I don't want to be here forever...I am eager to get to your 195 - whoohoo girl!! Have fun and enjoy it! =)

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DENI_ZEN 10/8/2010 2:36PM

    It's great to see you back! We all need a break now and then, a little time out. It helps us to regroup and get back in the saddle again, and you're in plenty of company. Welcome home! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/8/2010 2:35PM

    Glad to see you back! Hope your vacation was marvelous :)

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LESLIES537 10/8/2010 2:29PM

    emoticon Good to see you again!! I thought I was going to have to send out a search party or something! emoticon emoticon

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BURKEBRIZ 10/8/2010 2:20PM

    Sometimes we need that mental break before we can recommit and re-engineer what we want out of this journey. Glad you're back!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/8/2010 2:16PM

    I think that is a good idea. A series of short-term goals will do wonders as far as motivating you. As I get closer and closer to my goal weight I am concerned that I may fall into the same rut so I will be very interested on how you respond to this temporary set-back (and that's what it is, temporary!) Stay strong!

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ANNE7X7 10/8/2010 2:16PM

    I was really excited when I got them email that you had a new blog! Glad to know you are doing good, even if it's not as great as you'd wish! Sometimes we need a mental and physical break. I think once you set some new goals, you'll get the ball rolling again! Keep us posted!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/8/2010 2:07PM

    I fear I will have trouble with complacency once I get to onderland so I can understand. But if are at your comfortable weight, maybe it's time to up the ante on your non-weight related goals. You've done a tri...how about a HM? But there's nothing wrong with taking it easy as long as you are taking care of yourself. But we DO miss you!

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My first triathlon: Sprint, Splash & Spin

Tuesday, September 21, 2010




I never thought I would do a triathlon.
Who does?
Perhaps more importantly, I never thought I would *want* to do one
(In truth, I sorta thought the people who did them might have a slight craziness problem)

I remember the end of May, I was absolutely high off my first 5K
My friend Lindsey (thin, pert, crazy athletic girl... too nice to hold it against her) challenged me to do a local triathlon.
Um...have you seen me...not thin yet
Her answer: so what?
Really?
Really??
I thought about it a lot that night
Swim: check I can do that
Bike: check, I *love* doing that
Run: check, now I can do that (still waiting to love it)
So I signed up

The next 11 weeks went by so fast! It seemed like race day snuck up, but I wasn't too nervous...I knew I had trained. I practiced bricks (biking followed by running), did another four 5K runs and kept working toward it. I also practiced transition changes (see my actual race set up on race day below)



I spent a lot of time envisioning the race, and I was lucky - it went exactly as I pictured. The morning was misty and cool. I warmed up at poolside. The swim was over in no time (sprint distance 1/4 mile) and I was running toward transition to grab my bike -12 miles of fun!


I had practiced not going all out because I thought I needed to save some energy for the 5K, but on race day, I just let it all out, trusting adrenaline to bring me through the run (it did, it was my fasted time ever by 30 seconds).

Exactly 1 hour 29 minutes after my start time I crossed the finish line (a full 10 minutes faster than predicted).

My first thought was:
"Really? That's it? I thought it would be harder"

LOL...isn't it amazing what our bodies can do with time, energy and training
Think you can't do it?
Think you will never want to??
You might just surprise yourself
I did


Thank you to my wonderful husband Ron, who learned how to swim so he could run next to me and support me. He is always right beside me




Sprint, Splash & Spin
Sprint Distance Tri, Morgantown WV
August 28, 2010




  
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ROBYN168 10/13/2010 4:04PM

    I know you posted this a while back - but I just stumbled across your page - and wanted to congratulate you on your tri.

I love the Sprints...I've done 6, and I'm slow and steady but I love them....and can't wait until next Summer so I can do a couple more.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 10/2/2010 11:34PM

    That is awesome! Excellent job. This is very motivating - it's something I never thought I could do either, but maybe it is possible after all. I love how your husband is right there with you. That is too cool.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

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LAGREBE 9/26/2010 7:39PM

    You are an inspiration, thanks!

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BAYBELIEVER 9/25/2010 11:50PM

    How wonderful! You did it and with no trouble at all! And by the way, you are really rocking that tri outfit! You look amazing and like you have been doing this all your life. Way to go Ron for learning to swim so he could be right there with you! That's love!
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DENI_ZEN 9/24/2010 7:23PM

    Congratulations to you and Ron on a job VERY well done! The smiles on your faces at the end are so gratifying, too ...:) I bet you're sooo proud of yourselves AND each other! There's something about a triathlon that has me more in awe of it than I am of a marathon! It just seems like more of a complete event...and whenever the next one comes along, you know we're all rootin' for ya! - Sandi emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 9/23/2010 11:39PM

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Well done!!!
so when's the next one???!! hehehe

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RAINBOWANGEL99 9/23/2010 6:44PM

    WOW!!! You did sooo well. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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KISSIMS19 9/23/2010 10:53AM

    FANTASTIC :) I am so proud of you!!!

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LOSINGAMBER 9/23/2010 9:42AM

    WTG!!!! How incredibly sweet of your guy to be there to support you all the way!

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PAMINHALF 9/23/2010 7:45AM

  Wow that was a great blog. Congratulations and what a wonderful husband you have to join you on that adventure. emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 9/22/2010 9:01PM

    Wowsers! Your first tri in less than 1h30m. I think that is fantastic. And I love the picture of the two of you smiling so, so, so much. It is very special. Here's a frame for it (just tape the picture over the mirror!)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/22/2010 5:30PM

    wow that is totally emoticon, emoticonto both you and your husband for not only doing but finishing it,i think you are a very lucky lady and must also be very special for your husband to learn swimming at such a late age just to keep you company and spur you on.i think you are both great and both very lucky to have one another.the question now is,what next?half marathon?full marathon?another triathlon?whatever it is i wish you every luck.keep up the good work.

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/22/2010 5:03PM

    WOW what an amazing time you must of had. Keep up the get work!
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KITHKINCAID 9/22/2010 1:54PM

    Yey! Way to go!

I'm going to do a triathlon next year for sure. My goal was to do one in Hawaii (just a Sprint - no IronMan for me!) - but we'll see about that.

Congrats on your finishing time! That's amazing!

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ANNE7X7 9/22/2010 1:52PM

    SO SO SO awesome! You look absolutely amazing, and you did so well. I will admit, triathlon scare me a little (plus I don't own a bike), so you are seriously my hero!!

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JULIEIRENE 9/22/2010 12:57PM

    Congratulations! I love reading this - it is inspiring me to maybe try a Tri! Congratulations on your finish, and I love your reflection on how amazingly our bodies can do things we never expected. So true!

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ATROTTIER 9/22/2010 12:18PM

    CONGRATS!! That is absolutly incredible!! YOu really deserve to bask in this for a while - how fantastic to not only complete this with energy leftover but in better time than expected! Hmm...maybe I want to do one of these someday! emoticon

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EXCUSELESS 9/22/2010 12:04PM

    Congrats!!! You both have so much to be proud of.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/22/2010 11:58AM

    congratulations! That's wonderful!

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JONEIL513 9/22/2010 11:55AM

    Way to go!! I love reading blogs about people doing things they never thought they could/would do! Great Job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANEL_BABE 9/22/2010 11:03AM

  So awesome! I just saw the Malibu Triathalon and understand how much of an accomplishment completing one is!

CONGRATS .... I'm sure there'll be many more! :-)

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HOUSMANS4 9/22/2010 10:59AM

    That is awesome! I am so pround and excited for you! Great Job!

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IAMARMSTRONG 9/22/2010 10:47AM

  Okay... maybe I'm still a little high from the endorphines of my last run, but that story made me a little misty eyed. Really!!! Thanks for sharing.

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BALDWINJ_03 9/22/2010 10:23AM

    WAY TO GO!!! You're so awesome!! How incredibly sweet that your husband learned to swim for you too!! Keep up the great work!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHICAT63 9/22/2010 9:58AM

    emoticon woohoo amazing ! You did totally great, kudos to you & hubby.

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JSTCHLIN 9/22/2010 9:50AM

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you both.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2010 9:49AM

    You are FULL Of emoticon sauce!!!

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KELLBELL51677 9/22/2010 9:36AM

    That is wonderful, it gave me chills. My husband and i are training for a 60 mile walk for Breast Cancer and I am so worried that I won't finish because I have a bad ankle I broke years ago but still have a ton of pain if on it for a long period of time. I'm very happy for you! Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing more.

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AFITJULIE 9/22/2010 9:05AM

    You are amazing!! Congratulations!!

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PSHANKEY 9/22/2010 8:54AM

    A great accomplishment and an inspiration to us all. Just 5 days ago a friend asked whether I wanted to do a Short Tri with her next September. My first thought was the same as yours....me? But now I'm thinking...and that's usually a dangerous sign! Way to go!

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PSHANKEY 9/22/2010 8:53AM

    A great accomplishment and an inspiration to us all. Just 5 days ago a friend asked whether I wanted to do a Short Tri with her next September. My first thought was the same as yours....me? But now I'm thinking...and that's usually a dangerous sign! Way to go!

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PSHANKEY 9/22/2010 8:53AM

    A great accomplishment and an inspiration to us all. Just 5 days ago a friend asked whether I wanted to do a Short Tri with her next September. My first thought was the same as yours....me? But now I'm thinking...and that's usually a dangerous sign! Way to go!

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CALLIKIA 9/22/2010 8:29AM

    You are both so amazing! I was thinking of you the entire day, wishing I could be there (and even tried to talk Hubs into getting up early to drive out there and support you until our van decided to have a meltdown). You inspire me every day to try new things and really push myself beyond what I *THINK* I can do! Thank you for that! Congrats to you and Congrats to Ron (be sure to pass that along! ;) )! You are both amazing ATHLETES!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/22/2010 8:27AM

    What a great husband! Congrats on your accomplishment. I am going to do a triathalon in 2011 as it's something I have always thought about and never thought I could either...until now!

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LULUTHELEO 9/22/2010 8:20AM

    You are amazing! I am totally doing one of these next summer. It looks so fun!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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JEREMY723 9/22/2010 8:18AM

    Great job and thanks for sharing!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 9/22/2010 8:05AM

    You are awesome girl!! You are doing such an amazing job and you have a wonderful supportive husband!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/22/2010 4:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are truly amazing!!

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-FEMALE- 9/22/2010 3:36AM

    YOU ROCK!!! I am so proud of you!! WTG!!!

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ALOFA0509 9/22/2010 1:14AM

   
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PENGUINROSS 9/22/2010 12:46AM

    What a story!! WooHoo!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/22/2010 12:10AM

    What an amazing adventure! Bless your hubby for learning to swim so he could participate too. Bless you for believing in you!

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HARMONYBLUE 9/21/2010 10:56PM

    What am amazing job! Ahead of schedule on such a challenging event! I am so proud of you; you are totally inspiring!

I am soo scared of road bikes. I think I would enjoy a tri because I like to swim, love to run and love to bike, but my bike is a forward pedal glorified beach comber that I have modified to ride light trails. I can't stand up to pedal hills ( bike not designed for it), tires are thick and knobby and seat is big and comfy. The hubby says maybe I'm ready to try a hybrid but we'll see. Skinny tires scare me.

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BIGMAMAT 9/21/2010 10:44PM

    Woohoo! You did it! Awesome!!!!! emoticon Congratulations!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/21/2010 10:38PM

    OUTSTANDING!

BRILLIANT!

INSPIRING!

TRIUMPHANT!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/21/2010 10:36PM

    You absolutely amaze me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Shame and what it does to you

Friday, September 17, 2010

So upon returning from vacation I hopped on the scale
It wiggled around for a minute before settling on 192
WTF? Excuse the bad language, but that can't be right!
So I said - whatever, it's water weight, next week it will be back to 187

But a week later it's not
And the whole time I have been filled with shame
Because if I am honest about my behavior on this trip...it should be higher
Usually I do so well on vacation, but not this time
And that little scale has so much POWER


AAAAaaaaarrrrrrrRRRRGGGGHHHH!
So, I spent a week avoiding the Spark, eating m&ms (skipping exercise for 2 full days-if you follow my blogs you will know that is like blasphemy to me) and in generally doing everything I could to make things worse

This is my attempt to stop the madness
So I am back on the Spark, and going to try to forgive myself for going completely off the wagon...something I really haven't done in my 13 months on the Spark

It is scary how easy it old habits show up
But I am not that person
And the stress eating, lollygagging around is over

Sorry for the negative post
It was a long week...
Next post will be on completing my first triathlon before my hedonistic vacation....

  
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A-NEW-PAULA 9/22/2010 2:16AM

    I did the same thing this past weekend and have been avoiding SP and my program until today. I don't know how you went a whole year without missing exercise or falling off the wagon! I think it was the 5 lb. gain on Monday that shocked me and shamed me the most. I need to get over it and get back on track but I can't seem to find my spark! Do you know where it is?!?! lol
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LAROSEBAUGH 9/21/2010 12:20PM

    You know what though, it happens. I went 2 weeks not working out last month and felt the same way. I was tired of it all, and not seeing any change on the scale. We are only human- but you will pick yourself up and get back on track soon enough!! I just know it. Sometimes it's good to take a little break because you come back more focused.

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CALLIKIA 9/21/2010 12:15PM

    Well, shoot. This just proves it....you're human like the rest of us. Honestly though, I'm so glad you're back! (I missed you!!) And just think, this tiny set-back is nothing compared to the huge one from which this "journey" began. Plus, you know you've got all the tools necessary to make it happen. So...you're back. Let's get to work! ;)

You still planning Auggie's on 10/16?

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KISSIMS19 9/21/2010 10:59AM

    Sigh. Boy do I understand. I'm off the wagon currently as well :( Hope you are feeling the spark again! Lets pick right up where we left off!!! You are an inspiration to many - remember how far you've come and how truly impressive you are and inspire yourself!

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FRENCHTOSD 9/20/2010 10:17AM

    I'm sure that was a momentary blip in the chart. Start slow and do what you can do - advice I need to give myself as well.

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AFITJULIE 9/20/2010 8:53AM

    You were missed, glad you're back! Shake it off and jump back into it...there's no stopping you!!


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ATROTTIER 9/19/2010 8:22PM

    SO TRUE! Those old bad habits can show their face and actions before you even realize it sometimes! I have to always be on top of it and when I'm not I just have to realize that it's ok and go back to Spark and focus on my goals! Just remember you are human...haha...sometimes us "superwomen" find it hard to believe! You are doing great and thanks for venting, I bet you feel better already - that is what we are hear for!!! emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 9/18/2010 4:10PM

    It can definitely be scary to see old habits pop back up, but just by posting here and coming back today you are showing yourself how powerful your new habits are as well! I am so familiar with that power of shame and I so often let it do the same to me. I'm so proud of you for posting so honestly and vulnerably here - I know you will continue to strengthen your new good habits! Time to forgive yourself and move on! You can do it!

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KLT5057 9/18/2010 3:01PM

    It happens to the best of us girl! You're amazing and you'll get back to where you were n Then further! 2steps forward, one step back, and you're still ahead! Congrats on noticing what was happening and putting an end to it. Everyone forgives you, now forgive yourself! Have a great week!

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ANNE7X7 9/18/2010 1:53PM

    As far as I'm concerned, you have already jumped back on that wagon with two feet (and then did a few squats for good measure!). The fact that you came clean, and decided to put a stop to it NOW, instead of letting the negative get you down even more is sign that this is no longer your lifestyle. You are that woman that exercises every day, you are that woman that eats well, feels great and looks so freakin incredible!



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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/18/2010 1:30PM

    I can so relate to how you are feeling. I came back from a 'weekend' with 8 pounds back on and they have not left me yet (and it's 2 weeks later). I did the same, avoided SP, fell back into old habits... so like you, need to forgive myself and jump back on the health wagon.

Let's focus on the NOW and get back to SParking like we know we can!!

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JEANNETTE59 9/18/2010 1:00PM

  Honesty isn't negativity. You're back and that's what matters. We're human we stumble, we're strong we get up, we dust ourselves off and we continue on the journey to health and happiness emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/18/2010 12:27PM

    I am so glad you are back! You are back in the drivers seat babe, take control again and lets get movin!!! P.S. we will shake those unwanted pounds off together! Lets make our date and go to Zumba! Big Hugs. Tricia emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 9/18/2010 12:11PM

    There's nothing negative here. There's honesty, ownership, integrity, and determination. I think that's pretty darned cool.
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Keep on rockin'! You're an inspiration to so many of us.
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CUATROMOMMY 9/18/2010 11:31AM

    I'm just like you. When things aren't going well I stay away from spark. There's something I'm learning though...hiding from spark does make things worse. A lot like you said you were making choices that made you feel worse.

I'm soooo glad you are back.

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JONEIL513 9/18/2010 11:22AM

    Everyone falls down, The fact that is the first time you fell completely off the wagon during your journey is amazing! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, get back on the wagon and the weight will come right back off! emoticon emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 9/18/2010 10:30AM

    Look at it this way... you spent a week off spark and doing things that might not have been the best choices for your health.

but it was ONE week. Not 1 month or 1 year. You put the breaks on. You came back.

Do you know how strong and positive that is? Who is perfect and *never* slips up? (not me, thats for sure! lol)

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BOGUSANNIE 9/18/2010 9:56AM

    Congrats for coming back!!! YOU ARE STRONG!!!!
hey...maybe if you watch my vlog...you will see just how STRONG I think you are!!! you're in it :)
You are one of my strong women featured...I love your strength...
so don't beat yourself up too much...you are back and ready for action!!! YAY!!!

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2010 8:00AM

    knowing how to recover and get back on track is the most important part of the journey. Sounds like you're already there.

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JEREMY723 9/18/2010 7:49AM

    I agree that your blog is positive and that you're taking a very positive step by writing it. Be thankful for seeing Africa (lucky you!) and that you've been on this journey still lost so much weight. Welcome back!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/18/2010 7:39AM

    We all fall down! The best part is that you are ready to brush yourself off and get back on track.

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BBLUNDON 9/18/2010 7:07AM

    I always think about how much I WOULD have gained a year ago without spark and being aware .. sometimes we need to indulge and give ourselves a break

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CPESCE1 9/18/2010 6:33AM

    Your blog is not negative, in fact I think it is positive. Life happens and don't beat yourself up for having fun and gaining a little weight on your vacation. You're back on track now so don't worry about it. We can't change the past but we are in control of our future. Embrace the good time you had on vacation (that's is what vacations are for) and know that you have the control to eat healthy now! Best, Christine

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MOMMASAURUSREX 9/18/2010 6:20AM

    Sounds similar to my week..minus the vacation. Im struggling to get on the wagon once more also. At least that bag of m&m's is gone :)

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CHICAT63 9/18/2010 6:19AM

    You had a great vacation, you rested and now you are back. Today, this week is a new week look forward and not back.

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ZEFIRO 9/18/2010 6:17AM

    You are always an inspiration to me, I admire your honesty and courage!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/18/2010 2:35AM

    i am afraid i have to disagree with you and what you said about this being a negative blog.this is anything but negative.

#positive-that you wrote a blog at all
#positive-that you realised something needed to change
#positive that you knew what you needed to change
#positive that you forced yourself to get on the scale in the first place.
#positive in that you are stopping hitting yourself and getting back on the horse again,

so where is the negative there?i just see the positive and another positive that is not written there is IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK. emoticon

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LADY_JOSIELOT 9/18/2010 1:22AM

    Step 1: Admit it. (Check.) Step 2: Commit to fix it. (Check.) Step 3: Fix it. (Work in progress.) We all screw up sometimes, it's just important to realize we did, and just get back to reality (especially after a vacation). I have to agree, this confirms you are human, and we all screw up sometimes, but we can also fix things. :)

- Josie

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-FEMALE- 9/18/2010 1:16AM

    Don't worry about that gain. You had a good time on your vacation, didn't you? And you'll definitely lose it in no time. I gained 12 pounds after being off from surgery. I've been so upset with myself over it. But in the end there is no point in torturing yourself. I know its hard, but don't let it beat you up. You can do anything you point your mind too!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 9/18/2010 12:59AM

    Its definitely better to admit it, especially to yourself, and then just move on. I have had to deal with a gain recently also. Finally, after I accepted it and just keep going the weight is coming back off.
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KITHKINCAID 9/18/2010 12:55AM

    Glad to have you back!

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HARMONYBLUE 9/18/2010 12:07AM

    I think you were gone when I made my post about not feeling very sparky (my reasons were much the same as yours) and asked in my status comment how many people avoided spark when they were feeling spark guilt for not sticking to diet and exercise goals. I am still not back to my ticker loss (and refuse to change it) and feeling totally frustrated by the lie. 27 pounds from onederland and got to get my butt in gear. Back on the wagon we go!

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JSTCHLIN 9/17/2010 11:27PM

    I know I wouldn't want to hear what I'm about to tell you but it is the truth. It's life. And you should enjoy it. You put in all the hardwork and have done so much, to eat a few m&ms and gain some weight from enjoying the days we have here is what it's all about. And you have the knowledge and the willpower now to know when to say when and get back to working hard at staying there. Good Luck on your triathlon and enjoy your next vacation.

Take care and stay healthy
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LOOZINITNOW 9/17/2010 11:15PM

    You are such an inspiration and super amazing. This only proves that you are human like the rest of us. You are tough and will have the weight off in no time at all. 13 months of pure success without falling off the wagon; now that is what I call success and awesome!

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ROCKMAN6797 9/17/2010 10:45PM

    Chalk this up as experience and get back on the wagon! You have accomplished so much this past year. Remember a momentary setback is just that....momentary. The best thing you can do is be honest with yourself, learn from the experience and move forward.

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KARVY09 9/17/2010 10:36PM

    Don't feel too bad about it. You're back now. No shame, just moving forward!

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PAMATX 9/17/2010 10:36PM

    Thanks for your "negative" post. It's actually really important to know that even the most practiced Sparkers have slips, old habits do regain their hold on us rather easily, we always have to be on the lookout for that, but we can get back on track. The fact that you acknowledged it, blogged about it, sets an example for those of us who also slip up. We don't have to go hide in a cave and eat ourselves back to where we started. We can talk to our fellow Sparkers about our slips. It happens. We're human. This piece, right here, is so important. The getting back on track after a slip, for me, is going to be the key to my long-term success. I want to work on that now, even while I'm in the midst of losing and am not even halfway to my goal. So I thank you for this post. It's just as enlightening and helpful as the rah rah "positive" posts, and maybe even more so.

You've got this.

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JULIANNAROSE 9/17/2010 10:21PM

    You are amazing. We all stumble at some point, you just found your way back. You can't beat yourself up for yesterday or last week. Look forward to tomorrow, let go of yesterday and live for today!

You've been a great inspiration for me, and you still are. This just confirms your human. A fresh start is a good thing!

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BESTLIFE79 9/17/2010 10:06PM

    Wow, I am amazed you slipped! I hate that you feel so bad about it. ((hugs))

You are such an inspiration to me, it just makes you all that much stronger in my eyes. Glad you are back on your feet, and a negative blog now and then just makes you human. :):)

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SLBRANTLEY 9/17/2010 9:56PM

    So after 13 months of hard work and commitment, you had a great vacation and gained a mere 5#! You took off a couple days exercise after working out for over 365 days straight and inspiring a Team of us to follow your lead and start our own streaks!

I say: You're allowed! I give my permission! All is forgiven!

Now pick yourself up and get back to Sparking! You'll be just fine and back to yourself in a few days. Watch those pounds and more drop off as if they'd never happened.
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PLPEEP 9/17/2010 9:47PM

    As long as your back that is the biggest step to getting back in the routine. I ate an entire large chocolate bar at work on Thursday and I have been beating myself up since. We all have slips but I have to believe that as long as we keep coming back here we will continue to lose and keep it off. I am counting on this.

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JOCHEBED1 9/17/2010 9:43PM

    Well, you always have a new day to start fresh. Glad to hear that you finally came around, sooner rather than later. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders about getting health in perspective! Hope you continue to do great!

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SIXTEES 9/17/2010 9:42PM

    Just start making those good choices and soon you'll be in the swing again.

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The 5K race that (almost) didn't happen

Monday, August 23, 2010



Sunday morning I got up excited - we registered for our 5th 5K race and I thought it would be a great time to warm up for my 1st triathlon (Aug 28th). Ron and I got up at 6:30 am, got ready and headed out in the car - our destination a small town about an hour north of where we live. On the way there I chattered along happily about how excited I was about improving my time and the great feeling being part of a race gives me.

We arrived at destination and looked for parking. Wow - we must be early there were very few cars and we were excited to get good parking. We headed over to the pavillion...That was when I noticed that it we were alone. As in NOBODY else around. A lone police car cruised past, other than that it was a ghosttown. Are we early? No, the race is supposed to start in 30 minutes. Did I write down the wrong time? Maybe it starts later than I thought. I got the race info that I had printed online from the car: Main Street Classic, August 22, 2009 at 9am. Wait...2009...ummm...that's not good.

Yup, the race was YESTERDAY, August 21, 2010 and I printed the wrong info from the web site when I registered.

I will not subject you to some of the foul language that came out of my mouth...

We started the long ride back in the car, feeling dejected. I was so looking forward to a race today. I was so mad at myself for printing out the wrong info. I felt stupid because I even asked off of work to make sure I could be there. I was bummed that I was going to lose my "practice" run for the triathlon. That was when it occurred to me. The triathlon in my hometown is already marked with fresh paint on the rail trail including mile markers and turn around point. We could race there!

So that is what we did. We drove to the site of the upcoming tri and stood on the start line. Ron hit his stopwatch timer on his watch and we were off. I must admit I miss the crowds (and the water breaks) but even without them I still felt the pressure of the clock. As we neared the end, I imagined myself at the tri this weekend with a big crowd, finish sign ahead and went into an all out sprint for the last 100 meters.

Guess what: I finished in 37:55 which is the fastest I have ever run a 5K. Maybe somedays you don't need the crowds at all. Winning comes from within.

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/18/2010 2:30AM

    wow that is great.i missed this blog as i was still in hospital but i am glad i read it now.i think it is great that you didnīt give up.how did the triathlon go canīt see a blog about it?

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ESSENCEOFM 9/6/2010 9:31AM

    You wrote, "I will not subject you to some of the foul language that came out of my mouth..." OMGosh, I was so laughing when I read this line. Thanks for the giggle! I love it when a potentially crappy situation turns out to be great! M

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CALLIKIA 8/27/2010 8:26PM

    OMG! You lived my nightmare! I'm always so afraid I'm going to write down the dates and times of things wrong! I'm so proud of you two for making it happen in your own way and on your own time (though I expected no less from two wonderful people like you!!!). So psyched for you and Ron! I can't wait to hear about the Tri!

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SUSIE559 8/27/2010 2:53PM

    Wow you really turned last Saturday around! emoticon

Too bad about the race, but you got your practice in and really look fantastic in the picture.

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SUSIE559 8/27/2010 2:53PM

    Wow you really turned last Saturday around! emoticon

Too bad about the race, but you got your practice in and really look fantastic in the picture.

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ZEFIRO 8/27/2010 10:24AM

    Wow! What a great inspiration you are!!!!

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NACHOSMAMA 8/26/2010 9:50AM

    Rock on girl! You're gonna kick that tri's butt!

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BOGUSANNIE 8/25/2010 2:03PM

    WAY TO GO!!! awesome job! you are such a smart girl...I probably wouldn't have thought of doing that!!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/25/2010 4:44AM

    Good for you for doing the run on your own! You ROCK!

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TKAYSMILES 8/24/2010 5:39PM

    Great job!! Can't wait to hear about your Tri this weekend! You are doing awesome!

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AFITJULIE 8/24/2010 3:49PM

    love it! Best of luck this weekend!


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JEANNETTE59 8/24/2010 2:39PM

  A perfect silver lining emoticon

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ATROTTIER 8/24/2010 11:58AM

    That is an incredible achievement, not only to make your best time but to turn a possibly upsetting day into a victorious one! Way to go!!! emoticon

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KISSIMS19 8/24/2010 10:17AM

    What a great way to turn your day around :) and congrats on your time!!!!

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BALDWINJ_03 8/24/2010 9:19AM

    That is dedication!! Way to go---YOU ROCK and totally inspire me to be better!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/24/2010 8:05AM

    that's fantastic! congrats on the time!

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BUCKEYEGAL 8/24/2010 5:13AM

    Way to make lemonade! I had the same problem a few months ago....I got a bunch of friends to commit to running an event and found out the race was last year and would not be repeated...what a bummer! Thankfully there are so many 5Ks to choose from in our area...usually at least a few every weekend!

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MYLUCKCHARM 8/24/2010 3:02AM

    I'm very glad you made your own journey through the race course and improved your time. If it makes you feel any better I had off on saturday but we had a meeting and I stayed and worked the whole day and didn't even realize I was off the management didn't even notice! I was mad at myself because I had a lot of things to do! I never have off of work on Saturdays. The good thing about it is I get two days to spend with my husband this week Thurs and Friday.

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ALTHEA13 8/24/2010 1:58AM

    Haha, my husband and I turned up a day early for a party a couple of weeks ago, antipasto tray in hand, to the mystification of the couple expecting us the next day. I had entered it into my iphone on the wrong day. Set an alarm and everything. emoticon So I can certainly sympathize.

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KITHKINCAID 8/24/2010 12:44AM

    Ah man - I hate it when I do stuff like that. But way to go on your time! The tri is going to be GREAT!

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BUNKIE01 8/23/2010 11:12PM

  Good for you!! they say that sometimes things happen for a reason... sounds like you ended up on the happy side of things when all was said and done.. good luck with your next run!!

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NASCAR_CHICK 8/23/2010 11:03PM

    I could so see me doing that... LoL

Kudo's on the improvement on your time!

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DENI_ZEN 8/23/2010 10:36PM

    LOL!!! Well, most importantly of all, you made some kind of fantastic time there! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! - Sandi emoticon

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 8/23/2010 9:35PM

    AWESOME!! What a great ending to a not-so-good start!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 8/23/2010 8:59PM

    That's really good that you turned a bad thing into a good experience. :)

- Josie

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JSTCHLIN 8/23/2010 8:45PM

    You are like... WOW! AWESOME! I'm so proud of you for looking to get it done regardless. I have to admit I did laugh at the error. Congrats on your best time.

Take care and stay healthy

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ELCIA_S 8/23/2010 8:27PM

    lol, that's so silly but happens to everyone...glad u got to race

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NUBODY4ME 8/23/2010 8:22PM

    wow....great blog! and great time on your personal best!

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IPATRICIA 8/23/2010 7:55PM

    I just LOVE IT. emoticon

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BURKEBRIZ 8/23/2010 7:43PM

    YES! Winning does come from within. What a great idea you had to turn your missed race into a new opportunity!

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ANNE7X7 8/23/2010 7:38PM

    That is SO awesome! I love your positivity and ability to make the best out of a situation out of your control!!

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SLBRANTLEY 8/23/2010 7:04PM

    Good for you! It's never easy to make the best of a bad situation, but YOU DID IT! Good luck on the triathalon!
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SHERYLDS 8/23/2010 7:03PM

    WOW! YOU ARE AWESOMENESS PERSONIFIED. emoticon

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FAT2FITKECIA 8/23/2010 6:49PM

    WOW! You go girl! I love how you turned that situation around. Amazing determination! Inspirational! emoticon

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KARVY09 8/23/2010 6:38PM

    Cool that you turned a bad situation into something fun!

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DLEE27 8/23/2010 6:31PM

    You have the world's greatest attitude! Love it!!!

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SBHPATRICK 8/23/2010 6:26PM

    Sounds like you made some excellent lemonade - congratulations on your PR!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/23/2010 6:12PM

    Wow, what a great way to turn things around and to prepare for next weekend! I know you will do awesome in the triathlon; that's on my 'to do' list now after helping out at one last weekend.

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MYSHERIANN 8/23/2010 6:09PM

    What an awesome example of turning a negative TO A HUGE FAT POSITIVE!!! YOU GOOOOOOOO SISTA! emoticon emoticon

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JONEIL513 8/23/2010 5:58PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great idea to run your own race on the course! Congrats on your time! you rock!

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LOOZINITNOW 8/23/2010 5:56PM

    I love it! Winning comes from within! You are looking incredibly well!

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**BECKY** 8/23/2010 5:54PM

    How cool that you were able to run anyway :) I love your attitude! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 8/23/2010 5:47PM

    How awesome that you turned it around. You'll do great on the 28th for sure!

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JEREMY723 8/23/2010 5:47PM

    I have a woodworking forum where people will occassionally admit that they were a year late for an event or auction. Glad you made the best of it!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/23/2010 5:44PM

    Great job on turning that day around!
This struck home, "Winning comes from within. "
Nice Job. You're going to do great at the Tri

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CECE0330 8/23/2010 5:42PM

    Awesome that you were able to turn the experience into a positive one! (And printing out the wrong date SO, SO totally sounds like something I would do. Who the frick invented multi-tasking?)

I run my first 5K in 12 days, and will be super happy if I finish in the 37 minute range!

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