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35 days to TRI (Read then view.) (Blog #224)


Sunday, August 01, 2010


OH GOLLY, AUGUST IS NOW IN THE BUILDING!

PHOTOS in this VIDEO:
This little video blog is against the backdrop of my mountain. emoticon. On Friday morning I got up at 5:00 a.m. and the mountain was just starting to show her colors. The clouds were just spectacular and they moved quickly. It was also like watching the back scene work during a musical. The changing of the clouds was rapid and mesmerizing. Every picture here was taken between 5:00 a.m. and about 6:45 a.m. LOL. I was almost late to work because I did not want to miss anything. I was off the hook when at about 6;45 a.m. the fog rolled in completely and the mountain disappeared and temptation to stick around lifted.

MUSIC: Ensemble Pachmama

A FEW WORDS before you watch the video:
When I welcome new SP members, I often let them know that setting up their SP page and writing blogs is one of the best avenues to give and get support. It's one of the key ways that our sphere of influence and friendship expands. I am fairly certain that were it not for all the comments that I get consistently on SP, my journey would have taken some detours several times.

Often when I have been down or frustrated, the tide turned when I got a pick-me-up from a friend here. And, the words that are shared become part of the fabric of who I am. As I was thinking about my August goals, I realized that my Sp friends were front and center. I decided to include quotes from several of my SP friends because the ARE part of my motivation. Here I am at Blog 224 and so much of what you have said has resonated and lifted me up.

DISCLAIMER: The danger in putting something like this together is that I may hurt someone's feelings for not including them. I simply ran out of space. Please know that I appreciate every comment that is posted. I want to thank all of the following whom I did not include in the video.. I could not have done this without you.

I tried adding slides with ALL your names, but I was limited to 80 characters so the video got too long. So I've included you here for posterity. THANK YOU: 4DOGNIGHT, AMBUDMAN, ANNE1123, ARCHIMEDESII, BBAHONORS, BILLTMAN, BKWHITE3, BOOKAPHILE, BUGGYS, CAPETERSON, CAWESTY, CHRYS13, CORNWALLCATE, DENIJA, FITMARY, GEODAWG, GERBALMAMMA, GIANTPANDA, GILDEDCROW, GINGER1OF16, GOOFYGIRL48, HAVALOVER, HEALTHY4ME, HOKIEJEN13, HRSECRZY, IMSMILEY88, IUSECRAYONS, KIMBERLEY60, KLEONIKI, KOFFEENUT, KRISKECK, LBIMAMMA, MEGANGOWENS, MONTANA_ED, MOVINITMORE, MRSJERRYBUSH, OLDMOM3, PATRISNA, PRINCESSNURSE, PUTOFFPUTON, ROCKYCPA, ROOT4HOME, SUSIEMILO, STARTWME, THIAGRAM, THINRONNA, WILDFLOWERR_, WINE4GIRL, WYWIWOMAN
, BAGGYPANTS5, BETH-CAN-DO-IT, CALIFSHEWOLF, COOKME123, EATOMANY, ELSEEBEE, GEINAHG0757, HAWKEYERANT, JULIEIRENE, JUNEPA, KALIGIRL, KASEYCOFF, LIVE2RUN4LIFE, LKEITHO, MARENAMOO, MERALO, MMS354, MONTY68, NEW-CAZ, OLD_WINDBAG, PENNYAN45, REJ7777, SEEHOLZ, SHERLYN-WILL, SHERWOODCYCLER, SUGIRL06, WALKINGANNIE, MVRANA, RITAROSE, PUDLECRAZY
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QUOTE: "Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you." ~Madeline Bridges

MANTRA: FAITH. FIT: FOCUS:

TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train. Today is Day 65. Days til race #1: 34!
Long Bike Ride

PHOTO OF THE DAY: See above emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ARCHIMEDESII 10/8/2010 11:15AM

    Gosh, why do I always miss the GOOD STUFF !! LOL !!! Hey there lady !! I had no idea I'd missed your wonderful Spark video blog.

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You did a fabulous job and I'm thrilled to be included in your list of shout outs !!

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KIN59VARA 10/3/2010 7:04PM

    What a amazing video! I love your mountain.

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REJ7777 8/10/2010 6:50PM

    Thank you for this precious gift. It was so much fun to read everyone's comments, with your beautiful mountain and lovely music in the background. I'm proud to be part of your "support" team. I learn so much from your blogs! I find them motivating, upbeat, instructive and challenging. What more could one ask for from a blog! emoticon

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/5/2010 4:34AM

    awesome awesome blog!! Thank you for including me!! I feel honored!

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MVRANA 8/3/2010 2:20PM

    That was lovely and you are welcome...I am enjoying the adventure in "Japan" as well.
I have been so busy with the work on the house that I have been skimming my way through spark...I am glad you sent me the goodie message. Thanks so much.

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SUGIRL06 8/3/2010 7:28AM

    I had to wait until I got home last night to watch this! What a tease! Thanks for including me emoticon emoticon
It was really inspirational to see everything that your spark friends have said! Who knew that normal every day people could give such inspiration to their friends? I will have to watch this again and write some down to put on my collage! Beautiful slides!
~Ang

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MONTY68 8/2/2010 11:17PM

    Diane
I continue to be amazed at all that you are and do. This piece of art that is called a video. The beautiful shots of your mountain, now I understand why you were concerned about being late for work. The music you chose is fantastic and the quotes that you chose. Thank you for including me. I feel honored.
No matter what goals you may have , what ideas that you create, you are already a success in life. Your attitude, motivation and desire will absolutely assure continued success.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog.

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JUNEPA 8/2/2010 9:50PM

   
Great video coreographing with your spark friends support a multitude of great quotes!! I like ELSEEBEE's about doing things at 63 she never even thought to try at 33, too cute.

Very best wishes continuing your training and going into your first tri !!!

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RITAROSE 8/2/2010 8:39PM

  WOW! That was beautiful! Part of the journey is looking back to mull over things that have been said to us that helped us at a particular point. You are working so hard on your journey, I am so thankful I can benefit from your efforts. You motivate and inspire me to do more and better.

Thank you for including me! I've been on the fast track getting ready for my son's wedding on Saturday. Thankfully, when i made my to-do list I included exercise for each day. I NEED that!

I'm praying for your training and will be cheering you on race day!! You will make us proud of our spark sister!

Hugs, Ritarose

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JEMPOWER 8/2/2010 8:03PM

    Great Blog and I loved the music and knowing that you thought I said something important.

Jem

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LKEITHO 8/2/2010 5:33PM

    A great idea and a great video! It is so true that the comments I have gotten on this site have helped get me through. Congratulations on your progress so far! You're going to great on Sept 4!

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PUDLECRAZY 8/2/2010 4:47PM

    Woohoo! That is an awesome video you put together! It is really very inspiring to read the quotes you selected from your friends' collective wisdom. The background is gorgeous, and the music delightful. Thank you, my friend, for putting this together and for sharing it.

Chris

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2010 4:24PM

    and thank you Diane for the motivation, wonderful music that I will ever associate with your journey and blogs.
You are one amazing lady and I am in awe of your video abilities.
I can't believe that in just over a month you'll be doing your first TRI good luck and thanks for the gift emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 8/2/2010 2:57PM

    Great way of sharing what we all have together, and how this community has contributed to YOUR well-being - I'm glad I'm sharing this journey with you, Diane! (Nice background music, too.) :-D

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PENNYAN45 8/2/2010 1:31PM

    This is a beautiful blog. Thank you for it.

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MARENAMOO 8/2/2010 1:08PM

    I love how you pulled together all of the thoughts that were important to you at this point. The ones that caught your attention are so related to where you are on your journey. Thoughts of motivation, exploring the health, endurance, capacity and strength of your mind and body. The comment of mine you pulled out was not one that I would have thought of as significant. But it was to you.

I think that is what is so interesting. Our thoughts and perceptions change so much throughout this journey. What we pass by one day might be the exact thing we need a month later - because we have journeyed to that point. A blog from me might not mean something but recycled through the viewpoint of someone who read my blog and presents it with their frame of reference might be on right on target. I just can't get enough of it - the shifts in framing and perceptions. So interesting.

What I am pulling right now is what is the essence of the life I want to live. What do I want to achieve, experience, savor, love. Is it what I have now that needs to be seen in a new light or do I need to expand my horizons. The quote I pulled from your slide show was BETH_CAN_DO_IT "I stopped worrying about how someone else might do it." No more worrying about the judges in our lives - I am the sole judge for me.

Another quote that really has me thinking - If you do not like how your life looks - change the way you look at it. Again the framing and perceptions.

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HAWKEYERANT 8/2/2010 1:04PM

    Beautiful - thank you for including me - I feel very honoured! I really loved LIVETORUN4LIFE. That quote was really what I needed to hear today.

I'm coming back from the dark side (Post to come) but am so glad this is the first thing I saw this morning on SP. Thank you!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/2/2010 1:04PM

    Diane,

You got a lot of great comments here--- I have really not much to say, but THANK YOU!

I'm so glad we got to be buds, because we helped each other-- it's a 2 way street honey and you sure know your way pretty well!
Hahaha about the awkward running gait. I hope someday we'll meet and can compare-LOL... seriously... if you ever end up in the midwest, you are always WELCOME!

I hope we can really do another challenge together.. maybe after your Tri!

HUGS,

Patty

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MERALO 8/2/2010 12:22PM

    Di, this is just too beautiful! I have no words to add...

Thanks for sending me the SPMail and making sure I saw it...and THANKS for the mention! And thank you too, for being there for us...September 5 we want a full update on that Tri experience!

Go get it!

xxx


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SUNNYBR 8/2/2010 11:56AM

    oh my goodness. That was powerful. Thank you thank you thank you.
I am learning every day and i am so grateful for my Spark friends, and I totally agree that using the blogs and community here will catapult us toward our goals. I am inspired again by so many of our mutual friends and your beautiful video - love the quotes, love the pictures, love the music.

Keep 'em coming!

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SHERLYN-WILL 8/2/2010 9:21AM

    Thank you for relaying a comment I said... it didn't matter to me if I was on there or not... because the comments you quoted were so fantastic... I enjoyed seeing the conglamorate of them all!

Love they background ever changing.. I HAD to watch it 3 times.. because the first time was reading it all, 2nd time was watching the background change, 3rd time was because I didn't have the volume up and noticed a comment from someone asking what music that was! LOL Cool though coz I got to read it again and meditate a minute on each comment!

So what is the music? Tell me please. I love it!

LOVE your blogs... I always read them... just sometimes later than I want too!


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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/2/2010 8:09AM

    This is awesome! SP should use it as a commercial. What's the music?

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LAGREBE 8/2/2010 7:36AM

    Wonderful! Thank you! Thank you!

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FITMARY 8/2/2010 5:48AM

    Very nice! You are awesome!

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BAGGYPANTS5 8/2/2010 3:00AM

    Wow! What a blog! I love that, and I'm honoured to be inluded. You are so right about the influence of SP friends, too. It's the most important thing here.
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GEINAHG0757 8/1/2010 11:24PM

    Wow...to be mentioned in your video is a REAL honor for me! I recognize
ENSEMBLE PACHAMAMA, too! I listen to that CD on the way home from work. It really keeps the driving vibes good.

I am taking your advice and trying to blog a little more often...see my last one if you get a chance.

You are down to a little over a month...go, go, GO!!! That TRI won't know what hit it!

Geinah

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PATRICIAAK 8/1/2010 11:21PM

    Terrific! My daughter has done a triathlon.

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CHAS1949 8/1/2010 11:13PM

    Great blog!
Thanks for sharing it!

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JEWITCH 8/1/2010 10:20PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing your blog with us at SP. Have a wonderful week. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.

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JKTENTATIVE 8/1/2010 10:07PM

    Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this...very inspirational!!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 8/1/2010 9:35PM

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KNITTABLES 8/1/2010 9:35PM

    What a great video, thanks for sharing this with us. So inspirational. emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/1/2010 9:07PM

    It's a tough weekend. My friend and co-worker lost her courageous fight against cancer. She fought hard to achieve the goals she had for her family and for herself. It's so important to reach for those goals, fight for those goals! There is such joy in that. And what impressive strength and joy you show in working toward race day!! I can feel your excitement!
Thanks for a wonderful video and the fantastic music, too!
Yea, for determination!

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ENUFF81020 8/1/2010 8:51PM

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This was quite touching!

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SHERWOODCYCLER 8/1/2010 8:45PM

    OK, I have to report the race resutls of my daughter's team. The Girls Heart Rockets were first female group in the Canadian Death Race. 125 kilometers, 17000 feet change in elevation, 5 young women, slightly less than 15 hours.

I am so proud.

I took today off (after my long run yesterday)....and took my dh and son for a walk at Tryon Creek park for an easy hour...but tomorrow I hope to both jog and go to a spinning class.

Keep on keepin on Diane...

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TRAVELNISTA 8/1/2010 7:20PM

    emoticon I wish there was a way to save blogs under favorites because this one would be a good one to come back to when feeling down.

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COOLMAMA11 8/1/2010 6:51PM

    Wonderful, I enjoyed it very much, I feel so blessed to have found Spark, and all the people who are making it so much better to find my way to a much healthier life!

Hugs
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L*I*T*A* 8/1/2010 6:48PM

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/1/2010 6:46PM

    wonderful blog!! thank you for sharing!!

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BKWHITE3 8/1/2010 6:41PM

    Thank you for the time it took you to put this together. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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METTAKARUNA 8/1/2010 6:39PM

    This was a beautiful tribute to the essence of spark and the people it represents. Excellent job, my friend.



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WALKINGANNIE 8/1/2010 6:21PM

    Your video is fabulous. Very creative with great words and pictures. It captures the essence of SP. I 'liked' this blog very much and hope that others do too. In fact I recommended it to members of the Community Team as I think it could help other people - and I think that the video should be seen by more people.

Thanks for sharing your inspirational journey.

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2010 2:15PM

    I am honored to be included in your video - you have been an inspiration to us all and we are thrilled to be 'along for the ride'. Here to September 4!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/1/2010 1:17PM

    Wow! Your race is coming up fast. You're going to do great! I'm convinced of that, and I am never wrong.
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JENMCALLISTER 8/1/2010 12:59PM

    Thanks for sharing your inspirations with us. It has been a great Sunday motivator for me!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/1/2010 11:55AM

    And thank you for this Sunday motivation!

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EATOMANY 8/1/2010 10:40AM

    Fantastic! Here's to a GREAT last month of training. You're going to do FABULOUSLY on the 4th of September

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 8/1/2010 10:13AM

    Awesome!

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AMBUDMAN 8/1/2010 10:11AM

    You are one emoticon amazing person. The video is just beautiful and brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy, because I have met so many wonderful people here. Working together we can all make a difference in this world. emoticon

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