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Wetsuit fits! :) And What It's All About...

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

It always seems like I'm taking a risk ordering things online since I don't have the chance to try it on. On top of the fact that I'm flubby in weird places due to weight loss and I can be a rather non-standard fit. I was delightfully surprised when I tried on my wetsuit that just came in and it fit perfect and feels good.

Now I have all of my essential triathlon gear...

Wow, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while...
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Anyway, it feels good that my gear isn't tight or overly embarrassing. Even my 2XU trisuit isn't too bad. Last year it looked like I was stuffing 10 lbs of Jello into a 5 lb bag, now its only about 8.5...

lol...

Anyway here it is.... the grand unveiling....



So you can see the brand name of the suit... this one is really great! :)






GRRRR It's Gonna Be EPIC!!!


The blue tri-suit is my "base layer". The wetsuit goes on on top of it for the swim, then when I transition to the bike, the wetsuit comes off and I go out on with my tri-suit then continue on into the run. I will, however, probably wear a long sleeve, thin white tech shirt over my tri-suit while on the run so I dont get roasted. Yes there is sunblock but too much exposure and I get really sick so I need to be careful. I will be out there between the swim, bike, and run for about 8.5 hrs maybe a tad less of I have a good tail wind.

For those just tuning in, the triathlon I am doing is 70.3 miles broken down to 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike, 13.1 miles on the run.

As I look at these photos, I need to remind myself that this is a LONG way from 385 pounds. Through participating in races, I have learned to shed a certain amount of my self consciousness. I have never felt judged or criticized while I have been out on the course and if anything, I get high fives from the more seasoned athletes. At the finish line, at what ever the distance, everyone knows what it took to get there. There is often a sense of mutual respect because of what we all had to overcome to get there.

Ultimately, it isn't about how you look externally. It's all about how much heart you bring to the course and people recognize that.

When you give it your best and leave it all out there. When you have fought the good fight, you earn the most important respect of all... your own.
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MONTREAL12 8/2/2013 4:35PM

  You're looking good; good luck! emoticon emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/29/2013 9:33AM

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/14/2013 12:06PM

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You look. Passed the wetsuit milestone!

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RENATA144 7/9/2013 11:10PM

  emoticon Lookin good !!! emoticon

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MAKBABE 7/9/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon emoticon You sent me an encouraging note when was just getting started and struggling with the couch potato to 5k training, Thanks it meant a lot to me, and I am still sticking with the training.
Way to rock that wet suit!

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SHERYLP461 7/8/2013 7:24AM

    perfectly!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/3/2013 10:37PM

    You should be heading for taperville soon!!!

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_JODI404 7/3/2013 5:40PM

    I love your sense of humor!

You are definitely looking the part. I agree 100%, it's all about the heart you put into it, and I know you are giving it your ALL! I love how supportive and encouraging athletes are for each other!

I am looking so forward to this race report, and I KNOW you will absolutely give it your best effort!! Wishing you well -- emoticon !!!!!

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LDRICHEL 7/3/2013 11:09AM

    Bet you're gettin' nervous.

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AUTUMNBRZ 7/3/2013 7:05AM

    Awesome! :)

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OPTIMIST1948 7/3/2013 5:46AM

    "A dream is a wish your heart makes"
"A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline"

May all your wishes, dreams and goals come to fruition! You've certainly done the work for it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/2/2013 10:26AM

    WOOHOO! You are on your way now, there's no stopping you! You look so proud in these pictures and have every right to be. Congrats on getting to this point.

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RAINBOWMF 7/1/2013 6:44PM

    I am so excited for you , wish I was doing it all too.

Proud of you.

Mary

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AMBER281 7/1/2013 2:13PM

    Great job. I am so excited for you!

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LEWILL1982 7/1/2013 1:10PM

    So excited for you, can't wait to continue to read about your successes and your training.

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GINA180847 7/1/2013 12:01PM

    Don't you just love it when things work well. The sad fact is that all too often they don't. I was just reminding my husband of the fact that our difficult dog only comes when my friend calls him and never does when I do. This is an example of that. I am seriously thinking of making a recording of her calling him and using it.
You look so athletic in both those suits. Woo woo!

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ANONSI 7/1/2013 10:07AM

    Exciting! Everything is coming together. You are going to do AWESOME at your race!

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NHES220 7/1/2013 9:53AM

    You look great. Have a great race and celebrate that finish - you worked hard to get there!
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SANDYCRANE 7/1/2013 7:26AM

    You are amazing. I do not think I could do any parts of that tri. That is a serious challenge. You look great and I can not wait to hear the race goes.

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MARYJEANSL 7/1/2013 12:19AM

  Go for it!!!!!

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JIBBIE49 7/1/2013 12:15AM

    You're the STAR.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/30/2013 10:31PM

    AWESOME!!! You're looking great!!! Love the pose in the last picture! Epic is the word that came to mind! :-)

How is the class coming along? When do you start? I hope the planning is going well for that too!!

You are such a great inspiration to so many!!! Keep it up - you are doing so awesome!! I'm proud of you! :-)

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MAJONES1225 6/30/2013 8:45PM

    emoticon thank you for sharing your story

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  emoticon You should be so very proud!!!

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CICELY360 6/30/2013 8:22PM

  good for you

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SIMONEKP 6/30/2013 7:22PM

    that's exciting, good luck with training and the race

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 6/30/2013 7:13PM

    Yes, as my buddy Boilham said, "your a beast". And coincidentally enough, a ham as well. If only you weren't so shy.
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and....your not flubby. It's not even a word. just saying.


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ALIHIKES 6/30/2013 6:18PM

    WOW congratulations! So glad you found gear that fits! Even more exciting is being ready for the triathlon emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 6/30/2013 6:05PM

    Respecting yourself is truly priceless!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/30/2013 5:13PM

  Astonishing , what your working toward!!!!!! So proud of You!!!! Wish I could watch. emoticon

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LSPIZZA 6/30/2013 3:59PM

    Awesome!!


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ANGELN325 6/30/2013 3:35PM

    You look great and ready to go!

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MAUREENGRACE1 6/30/2013 1:46PM

    Go get em tiger....

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JOANNHUNT 6/30/2013 1:36PM

    AWESOME JOB. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY AND GIVE IT YOUR ALL. OH YA!

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KIPPER15 6/30/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon Well done, way to go!

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    great job and great attitude!!!!! emoticon

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