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Did You Ever Wonder What You Are Capable Of? Maybe it's Time to Find Out

Saturday, June 15, 2013



What would you do if...
everyone knows the end of that sentence...if you knew you could not fail.
What if the reason we fail sometimes is because we expect to?

Let me tell you a little story of a conversation I had with a friend a few days ago:

Me: "I need to get started running again or I am not going to be able to race this summer."

Him: "What are you training for, 10K or a half?"

Me: "No just a 5K, then a sprint tri."

Him: "Why are you training for a 5k?"

Me: "I haven't run in over a year, since I had PF- I couldn't run a mile right now."

Him: "What is PF? Wait a minute...you actually believe that don't you?"

Me: "I know it. I can run for about 5 minutes before I feel like my lungs are on fire and I have to walk."

Him: "That's bull_____(insert spark unfriendly term here) Hollynn. You don't really believe that do you?"

Me: "Um, yeah...I think so"

Him: "So you cycled 60 miles yesterday and you think you can't run 3 miles. You're kidding right? You are in shape. Put on your shoes and just keep going. "

Me: "Really, you think I could run 3 miles? Without training? I am not a naturally athletic person like you are."

Yeah, that's where the conversation became silence. Followed by more conversation of "you don't really believe that do you." But I do, or....I did.

I went home and for two days I couldn't get that conversation out of my head. I have never liked running. My lungs burn, things jiggle and in general I hate every second because I feel clumsy and slow. It NEVER would have occurred to me that I could run that far without training. Now fellow sparks I am not advocating for advancing your running too fast or in general avoiding training, but you have to understand - I just wanted to know if he was right. I wanted to know if I was an "athletic person" who could just put on tennis shoes and run a 5K because I felt like it.

So tonight, I got on the treadmill.
I know you know where this is going...
But it is still amazing me...

I turned up the music on the ipod and tried to ignore the numbers. The first two minutes were hard, but I just focused on keeping my feet moving. After about 15 minutes I was amazed and actually started to settle down into a pattern. About 30 minutes in 1 felt a little tired but not so bad I had to stop, especially given I felt like I was doing so well. And the next thing I know - my 5K run is done. It wasn't my best 5K time ever, but it wasn't bad either.



So my brain is still reeling from the implications of this:
How long have I been able to do this?
Am I an athlete?
How much further could I have gone
Interesting questions
More importantly : I wonder what else I am capable of. Yeah, I totally want to find out.


ADDENDUM 6/16/13
Apparently this blog has created some negative feelings about me for a few people who commented on my now deleted status posts, posted here (some deleted) or sent emails.
To clarify:
I have run MANY 5K and 10K races as well as triathlon. That doesn't make me a confident runner necessarily. I do consider myself athletic in skiing and cycling, I just think that I still feel limited by my weight somewhat (I am still 30-40lbs overweight, even with my muscle mass and yes, I know what my fat percentage is and it isn't low - so things jiggle and shake). I am also asthmatic and quite honestly, running just makes me anxious. One of my long term goals is overcoming my aversion to running and I thought this was a positive step in the right direction - and I thought it was something others might identify with. It does NOT mean I have a huge self identity or self esteem problem. I try to keep my posts positive and was surprised by the backlash on this one. If you feel the need to write something negative please send to my email and don't post publicly.

  
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CAROBEAR1 7/27/2013 8:32AM

    Getting back on SP and reading this blog was perfect timing......I just did 2 5Ks in a weeknd late June...one running and one walking....working my way up to it with a C25K program...
Now one month later I talk myself out of being able to do 8 minutes of running....and while on the treadmill seem to negotiate myself down to only doing 6....
Going to have to think like this as well.....and should just do it!!

Hope you're feeling better....

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FABAT402009 7/2/2013 11:28PM

    Great job! :)

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SIMONEKP 7/2/2013 1:18PM

    Nicely done! I have PF and it makes me scared of running.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/29/2013 12:34AM

    Isn't this the most amazing journey of self discovery and self challenges?

Keep rockin' the journey Hollynn!

{P.S. I was formerly Fitby50too - I changed my name because my brain wanted to explode every time I saw it emoticon }

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CHANDTE 6/23/2013 7:55PM

    That's seriously awesome!! Very inspirational and I can TOTALLY relate!! :) Great job!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/18/2013 6:13PM

    Love, love, love! Way to go, you MUST feel fantastic.

Your question, "What if the reason we fail sometimes is because we expect to?" speaks loudly to me for multiple reasons. Now that someone has actually asked the question I must look deep within.

Ya You! Ya me for self reflection.

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FITFOODIE806 6/18/2013 7:42AM

    What an awesome blog! I love finding such inspiring new sparkfriends. And I love when we surprise ourselves. High five!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 6/17/2013 10:10PM

    Your ROCK and inspire so many, myself included! Some people are just miserable in life and project it on to others! YOU GO GIRL!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/17/2013 6:37PM

    This girl is on fire!!! emoticon

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MYWALK2FITNESS 6/17/2013 10:23AM

    Good for you for trying to see and explore that side....you are so brave!!!! Can't wait to hear more about your runs because I think you will now add this to your best friends list! :) I'm too an asthmatic and I fear to explore in certain activities....how do you deal with your asthma?

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/16/2013 7:29PM

    I SWEAR to you, I've been having the same conversation with people, and I love that you wrote this blog! You are so right, we can do so much more than we think we're capable of. WHY does it take someone else to point it out?!? You riding 60 miles, you can totally do a 5k... if your mind will let you do it. That's always been my biggest issue. Physically, like you, I know we can probably do anything really, but it's my head that takes over and says, "yeah, no you can't." Hollynn, I'm SOOO happy you did that 5k to prove to YOURSELF that you can do it. And PS, you ARE an athlete!
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CAMAEL100 6/16/2013 3:41PM

    I think the frightening thing would be to find out what we are really capable of but are not trying for fear of failure! Or being convinced we can't. I too am amazed that you can cycle 60 miles and yet didn't think you could run 3.1 miles. It just goes to show how much we miss out on because our heads tell us we couldn't!!



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MUMMY22BOYS 6/16/2013 12:18PM

    My mother has PF so I totally get that!! Way to go on conquering if!!

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GIANTOCR1 6/16/2013 8:18AM

    I hear things like this all the time from friends. I pride myself at being a strong rider but running to me is tough. I did the same thing you did a few years ago. Put on my shoes and went running. I could do it kept popping into my thoughts. I too wonder just how far one can push themselves. I will find that out this fall since I signed up for an ironman.
I will train with you all summer and we will push each other. I know that is what I need. You want to train with me?
Great job on the 5K....
Keep pushing yourself.
Marty

PS: seeing your smile and all that sweat. Now that is a good look...

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KATYDID412 6/16/2013 12:04AM

    Good for you! I think sometimes it takes true action for us to overcome our insecurities, and that's what you accomplished today. Great revelation about yourself!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/15/2013 10:43PM

    Frankly I'm a little shocked that you thought you couldn't run 3 miles when you can bike 60 miles. It seems ridiculously obvious to me.

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MOBYCARP 6/15/2013 3:29PM

    I could believe that PF would keep you from running; but not your cardiovascular conditioning, if you can bike 60 miles! Foot hurts after 5 minutes, believable. Lungs on fire after 5 minutes, you're running too hard. Just slow down to something sustainable.

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RENZRYD 6/15/2013 1:55PM

    Yay Sweetie!!! You are doing better than me, I haven't been able to run non-stop for a while you crush my time! WAY TO GO! On that note I have not done any training after my last HM last month and tomorrow I am just going to put one foot in front of the other for my last HM of the season! We CAN do it!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/15/2013 1:18PM

    Your only limitations Hollynn is you. I love this blog! I agree with your friend, you bike for long distances, a 3+ mile run (at ANY pace!) was and is within the realm of doable! Way to go!
BTW, congrats on continuing to lose pounds you are deep into onederland!!

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FITMARY 6/15/2013 10:10AM

    You are DEFINITELY an athlete! And great picture by the way!
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DALID414 6/15/2013 9:46AM

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Bring us along as you discover what else you're capable of!

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JSTCHLIN 6/15/2013 9:38AM

    emoticon Awesome Blog! emoticon

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JEREMY723 6/15/2013 8:53AM

    Great job:)

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 6/15/2013 7:27AM

    AWESOME!!

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ISLAMOM 6/15/2013 6:57AM

    Wonderful!! And very inspiring!!

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KONRAD695 6/15/2013 4:16AM

    Congrats on another victory!!

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KONRAD695 6/15/2013 3:29AM

    Well done!

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Rabies, Pierces and a Ride

Friday, April 26, 2013



Yes, I promise Ghana blog is still coming...I always have a little reverse culture shock when I return to the states and it takes me a week or two to process the disparities in the world. I have great pics and stories and look forward to sharing them.

In the meantime - my most eventful things this week include
1. The joy of getting rabies shots (yeah, I know I am a doctor but I am still afraid of needles)
2. Two new pierces - love 'em (ironic, I am afraid of needles, but have many pierces)
3. Finally got back on my cycle today after a month away - 35 miles in!

Rabies:

There were about 50 of these bats in the tree outside our house in Ghana - that didn't bother me too much - it was the one living in our house - swooping around that made me nervous. That and the fact that I have had several patients there die of rabies. Rabies take 60 days to develop and is 100% lethal. So...the first thing I did on arrival from the airport was go to the ED and get rabies shots...
Yeah, that was super fun

And that was just the shots on day 1! Additional shots days 3, 7 and 14

Pierces:
Yep, I am a typical Gen- Xer in that I enjoy body modification as a way of expression. No tattoos, but plenty of pierces. After seeing very beautiful body modifications in Ghana (scarification, tattoos, waist beads, etc) I decided that it was time for some new jewelry myself. I replaced a vertical tragus pierce that rejected several years ago (picture one - purple bar in front of my ear canal) and I got a pierce I have wanted for years - nape of the neck. Say what you want but I *love* it - pics below

In answer to the obvious question...Yes, it hurt

Ride Today:
Took a virtual ride with Marty (GIANTOCR1) today. This was my first time on the cycle in the past month - so it felt a lot like a first ride of spring - need to get back on the bike more this week! Despite this, still managed to get in 35 miles of beautiful WV country roads. The air was crisp (mid 50s) but it was sunny and beautiful. Hope you enjoy the photos from my ride.



Hope you enjoyed my adventures this week
Lots of love
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


  
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FABAT402009 6/2/2013 7:53AM

    Not sure how I missed this blog update but as usual looks like you had an awesome ride.


Piercings are cute!!

I'm a big baby when it comes to pain but I used to want a ring in my eyebrow... Now figure I'm too old for it.

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KIKKI-G 5/26/2013 11:26PM

    Love the piercings! I always wanted to get my collar bones done (similar to your nape) and cant even tell you why i never did...I have the same piercings in my ear as you, I LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK! fabulous!

as for the bats...super cute but I could see why that'd be scary, i'd rush to get shots too.


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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/26/2013 7:26PM

    You look so beautiful! I'm so happy for you!! Thank you for being such a wonderful, genuine person! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2013 9:00AM

    Nice blog and great pictures.
You continue to be AWESOME Hollynn!

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JAHINTZY 5/1/2013 2:12PM

    I'm a needle phobe and I have two tattoos with plans for more... its just different, I hear ya :)

congrats on the piercings and not having rabies!

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SADWHITEWOLF 5/1/2013 1:07PM

    I am also needle phobic and yet I have 11 holes in my ears!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/30/2013 1:39AM

    Awesome pics of your ride!

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SWIMLOVER 4/28/2013 8:33AM

  Love the pictures of the country side! I am glad that you wanted to be safe from rabies but sorry about the shots. However, it is better safe than sorry!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/27/2013 8:04PM

    I can't wait to see pics of your trip! Kudos to you on the piercings, they're really cool. I have 7 tattoos, but only one unconventional piercing, my nose! And by today's standards, that''s not even that unconventional anymore, lol! Sorry to hear about the rabies shots, YIKES!

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GIANTOCR1 4/27/2013 3:27AM

    Great blight. Most of all I love the ride pictures. Beautiful country. We have areas like that around here but I have to ride 40 miles north before I hit it. Very flat around me. Perfect for my time trial training.
Piercings are something I don't have but I really like yours. I really like the one on your neck. And I was going to ask if it hurt. Lol

I will try and get some ride pics this weekend.

So sorry I missed our ride. Maybe some day we can really ride the rodes.

Take care.
Marty

PS: great smile and always looking good. Just something about a pretty woman on a bike.

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JSTCHLIN 4/26/2013 11:51AM

    Looks like a snake bite on your neck, nice! I remember hearing about rabies shots when I was a kid and never looked forward to it... hopefully I will never have to. Sorry you had but better safe then sorry. I think you should be a travel agent for bicyclists. All I want to do is move and ride my bike there. As I was hit by a car years ago while riding my bike (which started my weight gain) I'm just reluctant to go out anymore here on Long Island. And the drivers are getting worse by the day.

Take care and stay healthy

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RENZRYD 4/26/2013 11:26AM

    Well I was picturing something TOTALLY different for your nape of the neck, I like the actually much better than what I was thinking. Glad you won't die from rabies :) I'll be doing my 2nd Half tomorrow, I will be thinking of you around hour 3 to keep me going to the finish line!

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MANLEYSANDY 4/26/2013 11:20AM

    I love the piercing! Can't wait to hear more about the trip!

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LILPAT3 4/26/2013 10:46AM

    You go girl on that piercing stuff! I'll stick to tattoos. Stay away from rabies and enjoy the bike riding. emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 4/26/2013 8:28AM

    I bet that piercing did hurt! Great for you that you got back on your bike so quickly. How's your overall fitness going?

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/26/2013 6:47AM

    You are looking amazing and the piercings are nice (not for me) but nice... I'm too much of a whimp and when I tried the belly button piercing - my body rejected it twice. What is the waist beads you speak of?

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JANTWO 4/26/2013 12:53AM

    Ouch!!!! The piercings look like they hurt!!!!

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PENGUITO 4/26/2013 12:29AM

    Awesome ride today! Looking good! Love the new pierces.
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DALID414 4/26/2013 12:25AM

    Ouch, ouch, and wow, your pix look like post cards!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/26/2013 12:17AM

    Congrats on your new piercings! Glad to hear you will not be succumbing to rabies any time soon!

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Back from Ghana!

Friday, April 19, 2013



Greetings Sparkies!
This is just a quick note to let you all know that I am back from Ghana. I missed all of you and being able to catch up with things on Spark. Got home yesterday and promptly went to the ER for rabies shots since I had a bat living in the house with me in Ghana and think I got bit. 7 huge shots - ouchie! Today I am a bit jet lagged and trying to get unpacked and organized -back to work tomorrow!

I promise to put some pics up from my time in Ghana, but I need a little time to process things.
Right now - just happy to be back
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BOPPY_ 6/8/2013 10:13PM

    It is an honor to know you!

signed,

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FEELINGFITERIN 5/18/2013 9:02AM

    I'm interested to hear about your trip! Are you a nurse or a dr? I would love to go on a medical missions trip someday... Our church supports an orphanage in the Phillipines, so I always though that I would like to go there. I just finished reading the book "Kisses From Katie" about the missionary in Uganda, very inspiring! Sorry you had to get all those shots! Sounds painful!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope you don't have any side effects and your shots do the trick! Can't wait to check back and read about your trip!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/22/2013 1:09PM

    Bitten by a bat?! Not exactly bucket list material but you can at least consider yourself in rare company stateside! How many of us can say we've been bitten by a bat?! emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/22/2013 8:22AM

    Welcome back!

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BIGMAMAT 4/22/2013 6:59AM

    Can't wait to hear about your trip! Welcome back.

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ROCKMAN6797 4/21/2013 6:13PM

    Welcome home Hollynn!

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FITMARY 4/20/2013 10:27AM

    We missed you! Great picture!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/20/2013 9:34AM

    Welcome home!

Looking forward to reading about your adventures.



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MYWALK2FITNESS 4/20/2013 8:10AM

    Welcome back! Glad to know you made it back in one piece minus the bat bites lol...recover soon from your trip! Can't wait to see all the nice pictures and share your experience with us!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 4/20/2013 7:05AM

    Glad you are back.

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NGCHILD 4/19/2013 7:17PM

    Yikes!! Get your rest. Can't wait to hear about your trip!!

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DALID414 4/19/2013 6:17PM

    emoticon bite, huh? That makes you a emoticon now. You're not jet lagged, you're supposed to sleep during the day emoticon I kid, I kid. Shots are no fun.

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KITHKINCAID 4/19/2013 4:23PM

    Welcome home. Bat bites? Oh dear. Glad you had a great time though!

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JSTCHLIN 4/19/2013 4:22PM

    Welcome Home. Can't wait to hear about your travels. Great pics so far.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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RENZRYD 4/19/2013 4:07PM

    Sounds like a blast! More later,

-Renee

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/19/2013 3:48PM

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ISLAMOM 4/19/2013 3:45PM

    Glad to have you back!!

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Sneaking in a quick ride

Friday, March 29, 2013



I really didn't have time to ride today. The last 24 hours have been spent rushing around trying to make sure that all of my last minute things are in line for my trip to Ghana.
Antimalaria pills, antibiotics - check
Sunscreen - check
Medical supplies - check
etc, etc, etc
Flight leaves tomorrow at 4pm and I won't be back until April 18th!

However, peaking outside I noticed a few rays of sunshine trying to break through the clouds and decided that a quick ride was exactly what I needed. Geared up and headed out. I only managed to sneak in a 20 mile quick ride, but already my stress feels better.

I am willing to bet I am MORE productive tonight because of that ride!
Hopefully by the time I return from Ghana I won't have to wear my winter cycling gear anymore!

Happy weekend & Happy Easter everyone!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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SIMONEKP 4/19/2013 2:24PM

    welcome back, hope you had a great trip

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35ANGELS 4/2/2013 2:44PM

    Have an awesome trip, and take lots of pics.

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/1/2013 9:17AM

    Safe Travels!

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SBHPATRICK 3/31/2013 8:00PM

    Have a wonderful trip!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/30/2013 3:26PM

    Have a safe trip and be safe there!


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JSTCHLIN 3/30/2013 7:26AM

    Great Job! Enjoy your trip, be safe and Happy Easter!

Take care and stay healthy

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RENZRYD 3/30/2013 1:14AM

    WOW! That will sure be an adventure...have safe travels. Happy Sparking!
-Renee

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/29/2013 8:54PM

    Smart move! Enjoy your travels!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2013 7:48PM

    emoticon Have a fun and safe trip!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 3/29/2013 7:28PM

    Wow! You can "see" the healthy you (plus the beautiful you) in that photo!

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Safe and fun journey!

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DALID414 3/29/2013 6:42PM

    You may not need that winter gear, despite the weather. I think Ghana will be hot enough to where you'll crave cooler weather. Safe travels!

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JEREMY723 3/29/2013 6:20PM

    ONLY 20 miles? ha ha

Have a great and safe trip. Please take lots of photos!

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KITHKINCAID 3/29/2013 6:20PM

    You are awesome. Have an amazing trip. Can't wait to hear about your time away!

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REI is a dangerous place!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Drove to Pittsburgh today for a hair appointment and decided to treat myself to a stop at REI for a new pair of Chacos sandals for my trip to Ghana later this week.

I walked in the door and it was all over! Right as you walk in is all of the shiny new cycling gear. Some of the prettiest cycling jerseys I have seen - clearly I should look it over. As I am about to walk away with my 3 must-have jerseys I spy the pair of Pearl Izumi clipless shoes I have been wanting...and they have them in my size. By now, DH is shopping as well. I remind him we are only here to get a pair of shoes and proceed upstairs to the shoe area. Sadly I must walk past ladies fitness apparel to get to the shoe department. I stop to check out a floppy hat (it is very sunny in Africa after all) when I notice the new Prana shirts. My husband tells me that they are "ridiculously expensive" for tshirts. I tell him that Ghana is hot and uncomfortable and that anything that makes me feel better there is worth the money. He sighs as I pick the colors I like best (purple, orange and blue). We finally reach shoes. I manage to only select one pair. Final damage occurs near the cash register when I see light weight frisbees and hacky sacks which I think will be fun for down time in Ghana.

Yeah, I am a sucker for REI. Happens every time...

Hope everyone is having a great day!



  
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GIANTOCR1 4/2/2013 7:29AM

    I am a sucker for that store as well.... I can never leave without getting something.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 3/29/2013 7:30PM

    Rockman is right -- the word vibrant! springs to mind.



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BTW, you are looking so vibrant Hollynn!

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CELIAMINER 3/28/2013 10:55AM

    Amen! And when I get my bonus, I end up spending way too much on my next trip! Dangerous is right.

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LILPAT3 3/28/2013 10:43AM

    I have only been in one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I live about 650 miles from it...thank God! I was in there for 5 hours when I went in to get "just a pair of bike shorts". Finally got the bill paid and I can't wait to go back! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 3/28/2013 9:37AM

    Oh me too. I just got my annual bonus from them too. So I know a trip is in order soon!

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SIMONEKP 3/28/2013 9:02AM

    me and almost every store I walk into

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VHALKYRIE 3/28/2013 8:42AM

    I miss having a nearby REI! But it's probably for the best, though!

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PMRUNNER 3/28/2013 7:48AM

    Glad you enjoyed your splurge! Quality gear is worth a little more, I am sure you will appreciate it in Ghana and beyond!

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KAYOTIC 3/27/2013 11:31PM

    Did you at least use your rebate money? They did just come out....And that type of shopping is the reason I went on a spending sabbatical this month, last time I went to REI to pick up a tank top I had ordered, I walked out with a bunch of stuff, including tops, sweaters, and a dress!

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DALID414 3/27/2013 11:11PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm supposed to have gotten myself a dress as my February reward for maintaining my goal weight, here we are nearing the end of March and no dress. Why? Because every store I go to I head straight for the workout clothes section!!

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KITTYKITTEMMING 3/27/2013 10:49PM

    I'm thinking I'm very glad I don't have one anywhere near me. Saves my pocketbook. :)

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PRETTYPITHY 3/27/2013 10:49PM

    Oooh, Ghana. What's the occasion for the trip? I love REI!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/27/2013 10:23PM

    I love and hate REI stores! But man, when they have their end of season sales....."Hello, Bank of America...what was my credit limit again?"

Good luck...enjoy your swag and enjoy Ghana!

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PASTAFARIAN 3/27/2013 10:14PM

    REI's return policy makes it worth the extra penny.

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KONRAD695 3/27/2013 10:04PM

    I would say it worked. I'm talking about the millions stores spend on how to lay out a store so you spend maximum money.

But- if it was fun, and you use it. Then, it's worth it.

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IDICEM 3/27/2013 9:56PM

  REI is fabulous, dangerous, and addictive. Glad you found what you needed for your trip!
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