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Enter the Idita-Splash!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Want some extra motivation for your workouts, plus a beautiful shirt, plus help some kids in a frozen part of the world enjoy a healthful activity? Step right this way and join the Idita-splash!

The Idita-splash is a cousin of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race iditarod.com/ a 1049 mile mushing race across most of the state of Alaska run in early March each year. It begins near Anchorage and ends in Nome. The town of Nome is near the Arctic Circle and is accessible only by sea and air (and dogsled)--no roads! Imagine how expensive it is for a swim team to attend a meet!

Here's what happens: You go to the web site www.idita-splash.com and read all about it, look at the pictures of the Nome swimmer kids, and sign up for the splash. Then between January 1 and March 31, 2013 you log at least 1049 minutes of any kind of water activity--swimming, water aerobics, playing with the kids at the pool, whatever. You can track online at the web site or print out paper tracking sheets. If you've paid for your t-shirt or hoodie, your shirt will come along in the mail this spring, and all money beyond the cost of the shirts will benefit the Nome swimming teams. A win-win-win!

If your outdoor pool is closed for the winter, or you're not a water exerciser, you can go over to the Idita-Walk web site www.idita-walk.com for a similar land-based scheme. And your dog can be included in the Idita-Walk!

Do it! It's fun; it's extra motivation; the shirts are beautiful (royal blue this year); and the Nome kids can really use the funds.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/17/2013 8:19PM

    I might have to do Idita-walk with my baby girl (my dog that is). Is it too late? I will have to check it out.

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MEALMAKER 1/3/2013 6:59PM

  I've registered and started my workouts today! Looking forward to it again this year; I was an Idita-Splash finisher in 2012. I really like that I'm helping encourage the Nome & Nanook H.S. swim teams in their efforts (and I like my cool t-shirt, too!). Thanks for spreading the word. emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/1/2013 6:55PM

    This sound great. Thanks!

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GEORGE815 12/14/2012 7:33PM

    Great program. I will look at the web site. The T-shirt looks killer.

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Digital Snow Day x 4!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The big wind storm in Anchorage knocked out our power supply for 4 days! I'm just now catching up with all the online stuff. I blogged the experience on my other blog, and you can see it at ptarmiganptracks.blogspot.com/

We're now back to nearly normal, with a healthier respect for the forces of nature vs. human technology. Just grateful it wasn't winter time! emoticon

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CHRIS3874 10/10/2012 8:55PM

    Yeah, we got snow today - really stupid early this year we usually do NOT get it until after Halloween. I know it isn't going to stay but its still frustrating.

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OTEN36 9/20/2012 2:18AM

    Very cold temps for Northern Minnesota. I wonder what type of winter this will be.
Here's to your power staying on...

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LASKIE2 9/11/2012 6:00AM

    I am glad to learn that you and your love ones are okay!

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BEARGODDESS 9/10/2012 10:07PM

    Sorry to hear about the windstorm outages! Another friend is in Alaska, experienced the wind storm, but thankfully didn't lose power. The ideas on your other blog are very good. We occasionally lose power for a couple of days due to heavy wet snowfall and I frequently fill pitchers and the bathtub when I think we might lose power. We're on well water too. We have a swimming pool which we use for flushing-the-toilet water, and also boiled and cooled we've used it to bathe and wash our hair. We use a woodstove for cooking and heating water. Some of our neighbors have generators which come on automatically to run some of their electric appliances. We have a generator too, but not one which comes on automatically! Lol!
I had a tall pine miss the house by a couple of feet in a high windstorm, and had to have a friend come rescue me with his chain saw.
I'm glad that everyone came through it safely, and that it wasn't winter as you've said.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Whew! I did it! Gave a water aerobics instructor masterclass for my fellow teachers at the health club to share some of the ideas and techniques I got from the conference I attended in May. (blogged at http://subptropical.blogspot.com/)

Most people's big fear is speaking in public. Now add to that being in a bathing suit. And not young and definitely not cute! The antidote for that supposedly is to imagine your audience naked or in their underwear. But they were already in bathing suits, too!

Anyway, it went well; I had more material prepared than I had time to deliver, which is the best way round for that equation. And they were a very eager and collaborative audience.

I had a hard time deciding what to pick out of a week's worth of conference workshops to try to distill into my 45 minute pool time, but eventually chose themes that I had heard from more than one presenter, as these are likely to be emerging trends. So: incorporating diagonal movement into workouts, alternatives to the supine abdominal crunch, and a little taste of Ai Chi.

I did it; it was good; and yay! it's over! Kind of like exercise in general--the best part is being done!

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ARLENE_MOVES 8/20/2012 9:08PM

    Good for you. Wish I could have heard it!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/20/2012 5:44PM

    Good for you! It sounds as if you did an excellent job! I think that Wet Ptarmigans are rock-stars!

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BEARGODDESS 8/20/2012 11:50AM

    Congratulations! You're right talking in public AND in a swimsuit would be a challenge. Wonderful that you were a great success at it!

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It's always better to show up at the pool!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Just had to share this with fellow Sparkers, especially the Water Aerobics Team.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/2/2013 7:12PM

    This image reminded me of the feeling I get when I turn up at the pool and there is the water all inviting, I love it!

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LASKIE2 8/8/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon I love it! And it's so true.

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DEBBIELCG 8/8/2012 12:26PM

    thanks for sharing

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Working Out Sucks!

Monday, June 11, 2012

I recently stumbled on this book at the library and just had to pick it up. www.amazon.com/Working-Out-Sucks-Doe

It's a humorous yet well-grounded boost for your motivation. The basic format is "Working out sucks, but...X... sucks more." Some examples:

Working out sucks...but your excuses suck more.

Working out sucks...but having low self-worth sucks more.

Working out sucks...but raising unhealthy kids sucks more.

Working out sucks...but cardiovascular disease sucks more.

Working out sucks...but paying more for health insurance sucks more.

Working out sucks...but self-pity sucks more.

Working out sucks...but if your weight-loss strategy is dictated by a celebrity (or you're waiting to be chosen for a reality TV show), that sucks even more.

And to sum it all up--
Working out sucks...but letting it make everything else suck, sucks more.

This kick in the motivation pants is followed up by solid advice about diet and exercise that won't be big news to a sparker, but is well written and worth reviewing. And one of the new little nuggets I found is that there is now a new area of study call inactivity physiology. And these scientists have discovered too much sitting has its own independent health risks regardless of your overall activity level. Wow!

Anyway, I recommend this as a worthwhile and entertaining read. (maybe read it standing up?) emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 1:09PM

    Thank you! It's a great perspective on the suck factor of life.

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LOVESLIFE48 6/15/2012 10:27AM

    Love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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IDEBORAH 6/12/2012 12:12PM

    I recently saw a tagline that read: Embrace the suck. Now I know what they meant. Thank you for posting this. I'm thinking of my own list of suck mores and this is really motivating.

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