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I've Lost My Mind... Care To Join Me?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So it's been 10 days of on-plan eating with regular exercise and I'm starting to feel great again, aside from the copious farting. It's time to ramp up my exercise, quit making excuses and being afraid of stupid things. I need to kick things into gear and catch up on my mileage for the 2012 team.

I'm starting to get that old Jenn feeling back. I'm remembering how it felt to be hardcore, to accept no less than 6+ hours of cardio a week, doing kickboxing, swimming, eating super clean, weight training, C25K training, etc. I'm remembering what it felt like to be losing weight each and every week and moving forward like a weight loss machine. I remember, I'm almost there again and I like it. I like it a lot. It's a lot more fun to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

I'm feeling motivated. I'm feeling higher than a kite on veggie fuel. No more "this is your brain on drugs" it's now "this is your Jenn on exercise and freggies!"

I'm so energized that I'm kind of twitchy and my podmates would tell you that I'm kind of having this ADHD level energetic, spazzy/ twitchy and extremely annoying thing going on. That is in addition to the revolting farts that keep sending me out of the cube to avoid gassing my peeps out. I'm a freaking merry ray of sunshine delight to be around today. WOOT WOOT!

I'm doing a gym-based sprint triathlon on Friday.

What's that, you may be asking?

Technically speaking, it's the "starter drug" of triathlons that gets people headed toward a life of freakish physical fitness like full length triathlons and Ironmans.

A sprint triathlon is, according to Livestrong.com:
750 meter swim followed by a
20 kilometer bike followed by a
5 kilometer run

So that's what I will be doing on Friday, except not in that order and inside a gym.

You can too. Want to share the pain? Find two friends and do a virtual relay. Or just pick a leg and do it, but I hear that misery adores company.

I feel a Princess Bride quote coming on.... "To the pain!"


Here are the rules:
**Show up at some point this weekend.
**Do the stuff listed above, alone or with others. Outside or in a gym. On Friday, when I post about this again (if I'm not dead) you tell the world all about how awesome you are (or your team awesome) as a comment... or tell the world how awesome you are on your own page... or both.
**Feel the awesome welling up within you and bursting forth in the form of a tri-awesome-sauce.
**Tell the world how awesome you are.


Since I'm doing it at a gym, I'm not going to count transition time. I will be transitioning in a locker room and that seems kind of silly and not at all like the fairly cool and frantic shucking of clothes/application of shoes that happens during real tri transitions.

The facts:

**I'm going to be kinda slow and that's OK, cuz I'm going to be way faster than the lumps watching TV on the couch.
**I'm going to be using a stationary bike and a treadmill instead of the great outdoors and that's ok, too.
**I'm going to whine a lot. Luckily, it will be silently in my own head, because no one wants to hear it.
**I'm swimming last because the last time I got on a treadmill while moist I ended up with 3rd degree inner thigh skin removal due to massive chafing. (I made up that 3rd degree thing, there is no such chafing rating system, I just say these things to amuse myself).
**I will share my times. Not because I think I will be fast, but because I think I will be faster next month when I do it again.


So, who is with me this weekend?

I know SOUTHPONDCAMP is in... who has a few hours they would like to spend exercising this weekend? Who is willing to do a leg as part of a cyber relay? Wave your hand if you want to be part of a relay!

Before you tell me how you are too fat, too old, too PMSy, or too something else, please keep in mind that I was 287 at my last weigh in. Preacher, this is the choir.

Pretty please don't make us suffer alone. Sniffle. Whimper. Surely you can swim, or maybe bike, or perhaps a quick little jaunty walk or maybe a nice perky jog? Maybe you're a full-blown nutbag like me and you are willing to give it a whirl?

Maybe you already the awesomesauce and this will be no big deal for you, and that's not just ok, that's freaking righteous!

It's not like you have to be in the same gym with me while I have brussel sprouts farts, it isn't THAT bad! So spread the word. Push your limits. Earn the official Spark 2012 Gym Sprint Tri Team Shirt. Oh wait, there isn't one. Oops.

Drumroll please!!!!


I now declare the Spark 2012 January Cyber Sprint Tri Open. Spread the insanity. I mean word. Spread the word.


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ROMNEY3 1/11/2012 2:22PM

    ok new to your love the idea. So I will do the bike and the walk and maybe a rowing maching, (don't have pool access)


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LSPIZZA 1/11/2012 2:09PM

    Hey Jenn
I'm in for the bike and run probably Sunday. I'd swim too but I am getting over a nasty ear infection and I don't want to aggravate it. Thanks for the push!
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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/11/2012 2:04PM

    Hi: Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading the blog. Maybe next month I can actually partake in the challenge. Good luck to everyone who is doing this.

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LUVDOGZ 1/11/2012 1:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. I love the Princess Bride!!

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FIT_MIRIAM 1/11/2012 1:45PM

    Hey, congrats to getting those kinds of feelings back! I just got back on track too, and know exactely what you're talking about, and I love it :)

Happy week,
Miriam

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CULAINA 1/11/2012 1:32PM

    You are awesomesauce yourself (except for the farting part). I look forward to hearing about your degree of awesomeness and, if necessary, chafing. :D

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ANGEGOTENGAGED 1/11/2012 1:05PM

    I loved reading this!!! Thank you for the motivation! emoticon

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GODDESSELLIE07 1/11/2012 12:46PM

    I just want to say how awesome it is that when you reference "old Jenn" you are referring to a healthy one (not because now you are "unhealthy" but because you now consider the healthy Jenn your norm)! Good luck this weekend!

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JOEYKIRKWOOD 1/11/2012 11:49AM

  you go, girl!!

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MAMMER3 1/11/2012 11:19AM

    I am so in, is it ok if I do it on Sunday?? I will let you know how it goes. I am calling my gym now to see when the pool is open. I have decided to leave my son with my parents and my fitness trainer husband and I are going to try it (yes I know y am I overweight with a trainer husband?? it is easy to say no to your husband :)) I can not promise I will finish but I can promise I will try. I might walk and take a break but it is better to have tried and lost then never to have tried at all!!! :)
GOOD LUCK!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/11/2012 11:10AM

    Awesome Jen!! I'll join in for the 5km run & 20km bike on Friday! emoticon emoticon

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DECLETJ 1/11/2012 11:01AM

    Love the enthusiasm! And thanks for the laughs this morning!! Good Luck to ya!

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DISACK 1/11/2012 10:45AM

    I'm in. Might take me a couple days to get it done, though.

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 1/11/2012 10:40AM

    Enjoy the Sprint Tri! My fabulous running buddy and I have done this twice....it's a little addictive! emoticon

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MORGANSMOM52 1/11/2012 10:33AM

    Loved the Blog, made me laugh. I needed that. Have fun and good luck.

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WELSHES 1/11/2012 9:59AM

    Love it! Yeah to healthy stinky farts! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JK1261 1/11/2012 9:49AM

    woo hoo!! Good job.. keep it up. :)

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MARTHA_JEAN 1/11/2012 9:39AM

    I'm in training for a sprint triathlon so I will join you this weekend by increasing my bike and fast walk distance! (I can't run) Way to go and I love the to the pain quote.

You rock!!!!

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BECMICK1 1/11/2012 9:29AM

    You are crazy. I love your blogs. I love your awesome movie references too, DH an do do that quirky stuff all the time; just finished the Goblet of Fire....again.

Congrats on setting awesome goals for yourself, I can't wait to hear about it. I don't swim and I rarely bike but I do RUN. I'm in for a few 5k runs this weekend!!

Good Luck.

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LINDZW11 1/11/2012 9:19AM

    You can do it!!!

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JO_TO_JOWOW 1/11/2012 9:06AM

    I like your energy!! emoticon

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GRRARRGH 1/11/2012 8:21AM

    What a great idea!!! Good luck! I may join you one of these days if you're making it a monthly thing.

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FLYING2007 1/11/2012 7:54AM

    hmmm, are you doing this monthly? I would like to tri (hee) next month, this week I am doing a ski/zumba thing that makes my old legs need to rest for a week....

This is such a great idea! Can't wait to hear your times- I can't run a whole 5k yet but I can walk - am I right???

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THEIS58 1/11/2012 6:18AM

    Just great!

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DENNYDD 1/11/2012 6:17AM

  Just don't forget to have fun! :)

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MUPPETB 1/11/2012 5:15AM

    Woohoo!! Go Jenn!!

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FITNTHECITY 1/11/2012 5:04AM

  That sounds amazing, have fun and good luck ! I wish the gyms around here (NYC) had more pools, the ones that do cost over 150 bucks a month.

Also 3rd degree chaffing....priceless. I feel like a rating system for chaffing is a necessary measurement, you are on to something!

Keep up the great work!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 1/11/2012 2:17AM

    I can't swim, no pool near but i sure as can do the bike part, count me in yea emoticon

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TERRYT55 1/11/2012 12:42AM

    I can't wait to read all about it! You go, Jenn. I'll do my best to join you in the running part of the tri.

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MIDGIEDAWN2 1/11/2012 12:15AM

    Good luck. I think I'll walk the 5k on saturday (I DO NOT RUN!)


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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/10/2012 10:52PM

    Love it! Ill bike and run! Go you gurrrrrlllll!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 1/10/2012 10:22PM

    Very inspiring, Jen.. I wish I had a gym to try it.. or even part of it. Ambitious and challenging and motivating. Yay you! Good luck!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 1/10/2012 10:07PM

    You're emoticon ! I hope you do this every month. I'm working towards being ready.

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MAMADWARF 1/10/2012 9:50PM

    Geez you fire me up!!!!! Gooooooooooo Jen!

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CHEFKAMALII 1/10/2012 8:41PM

    You rock it Jen!! I would love to give this a go, but I'm only 4 weeks out from a total knee reconstruction compete with a petello-femeral resurfacing, I have a feeling that my ortho would disapprove! Good luck on Friday and I hope to join you before too long!

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FITFOODIE806 1/10/2012 8:26PM

    Waving hands wildly! I'll bike and run. And fart.

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VIKINGBABE 1/10/2012 8:20PM

    Ok, I think I'm in - that is, I have no access to a bike or a pool, but I can do the 5k. Can jumping jacks in the shower count as a "swim"? Your excitement has me trying to figure this one out! I'll figure out my plan and post it on my blog.

Totally an inspiration to me, lady!

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RUTHANNE100 1/10/2012 7:29PM

    Wait! Wait--don't start without me!! I'm in for 2 out of 3. No pool access. But I'll do the run & bike. Maybe minus some poise, but definitely with a lot of heart!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/10/2012 7:20PM

    I LOVE a challenge and I'm crazy enough to say yes. Yes, to *biathlon* - the 5K & biking. Looks like Sunday morning will be my day . . . I have workout commitments every other day until then. Plus it will help me reach my 18,000 fitness minutes for 2012!

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EMMANYC 1/10/2012 7:14PM

    I have two questions. Does the instruction about "doing the stuff I listed above" include the farting?

And if it does include the farting, I'm pretty sure that doing it with others isn't going to be an option, even if I want to. At least not after the first few minutes.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 1/10/2012 6:55PM

    I don't know how to swim!!! I sink like I've got concrete boots - for real folks! Don't have access to a bike. I'm barely able to jog a few feet! I seriously just discovered jogging two days ago before I got sick as a dog! Now I'm barely moving at a slowwwwww pace just to go potty. I'm sick.
I love love your challenge though. I'll definitely keep it in mind for a later date.
You'll rock it! Woohoo! Go Go Go!

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MIPALADY23 1/10/2012 6:54PM

    In for two, no access to a pool :(

Not into swimming but I can run bike run !!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/10/2012 6:42PM

    Gurl, you are too hilarious! I couldn't past that "farting" line - I fart like it's going out of style.

I just dig your fabulous self!!

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FUZZYMOTO 1/10/2012 6:42PM

    I seem to have the farting problem too. Luckily no one at work has caught on to me yet though emoticon

A Spark article on this would be a good thing I do agree.

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HEATHERSTEW 1/10/2012 6:11PM

    I want to do a tri, but this weekend is out.
How about I run 8 miles on Saturday (ramping up for March AND April Half Marathons) and call it a half a half a marathon :)

Love your enthusiasm. Love having you back.

As Dr Emmett Brown would say, "Great STALK!"
;)

XOXO
H

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MONETRUBY 1/10/2012 6:03PM

    I will do this, someday. Just can't be this Saturday. Can I use the excuse that I don't belong to a gym, and there is no way I could buy a bike before Saturday? But I WILL make this a goal for myself!

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CARAFAE37 1/10/2012 5:43PM

    I really like the idea of doing a triathlon! Might have to copy it!

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CANNIE50 1/10/2012 5:40PM

    I predict the awakening of the tri-beast within you. Once you do this, there will be no stopping you. So, I will throw a 5k your way, okay? emoticon PS You best be careful, Miss StinkyPants. Your co-workers may pitch in and you buy you those charcoal undies....

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MARITIMER3 1/10/2012 5:37PM

    Has anyone told you recently that you're amazing? I get tired just reading your blog!

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