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A swim and a bike workout

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Last night, believe it or not, I was like a kid before the first day of school. Correction, I was like *me* as a kid before the first day of school. I often had trouble sleeping the night before the first day of the school year. I was having that problem last night.

Anyway, for those of you who like to see the bling, this year's CSG medal is cooler than the last two years, in my humble opinion. Check out the cut out:


I added my Boston wristband and my Support Our Troops wristband to my swim costume, since they are both plastic / waterproof... and left my Hero bracelet (metal) at home. The conditions were perfect... water smooth as glass. Warm but not overly hot in the ambient air.

There were clouds out in the distance. They held us for five minutes to ensure there was no visible lightning, and gave us the warning about monitoring the storm and if we heard the air horn, swim for the nearest shore. The warning was not needed. We finished the swim without incident. By the way? The lake in the background photo is the one we swam in... and the water temps were lovely.

I finished slower than last year, because I was just relaxing into it. There was one total new to open water swimmer who finished behind me... halfway in, she was having trouble navigating, and the kayaks came and guided her, same as they did me a year ago. These support folks rock, people!

Now, the bike tires are checked. It and the helmet are in the car, as is the sunscreen. The camelback is packed, and I've had my breakfast a bit early. This is a "non-competitive" event, it's a just go and enjoy the ride deal. But it will be the first time I've taken Brenda Starr Trek out on the highway. At the distance I have chosen (bronze distance - 27.9 miles) I will be going better than twice the distance today, compared to the bike leg of the triathlon a week from today. A good prep event for me.

Wish me luck, and fun. Life's good. Spark a great day! emoticon
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KALIGIRL 7/22/2013 9:00AM

    Much cooler bling - and second to last emoticon
Will miss the tri Sunday, but know you'll have fun! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/21/2013 7:19PM

    Bling like that is cool!

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DEIDRESH 7/21/2013 2:28PM

    good luck and have fun!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 2:01PM

    I do wish you luck: and am vicariously enjoying your "little kid" enthusiasm. So wonderful that it never leaves us!!

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DLDMIL 7/21/2013 1:04PM

    emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 7/21/2013 11:55AM

    Good luck and fun!

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DOGLADY13 7/21/2013 11:29AM

    What a great, low-key way to prepare mentally for the triathlon. I'm glad you were excited about this morning's swim. It's so much fun when you have that kind of anticipation. For me there is definitely a difference between nerves and anticipation. Anticipation is much, much better.

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/21/2013 10:57AM

    You keep on inspiring me! Hope the ride was fun! Have a great week looking forward to the triathlon next week!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/21/2013 9:46AM

    I hope you and Brenda Starr Trek have a great day. Good luck!

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BOILHAM 7/21/2013 9:17AM

    Good luck on the long ride today. Nice bling.

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GABY1948 7/21/2013 9:00AM

    You definitely have my best wishes for Victory!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/21/2013 8:53AM

    Your successes make me happy!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2013 8:50AM

  That "bling" is awesome! Good luck today to you & Brenda Starr Trek! Have an awesome ride.

HUGS and smiles. You are a rock star, Barb!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2013 8:35AM

    Good luck, Barb, and have fun. Great picture of the bling. Very impressive!! Enjoy your bike ride today.

I finally found the Sunshine State Games. Looks like the longest running distance here is 1500 meters, just under one mile. Not sure I'm competitive at that distance. I may just have to try it and see. Coming to Lincoln in 2015 sounds wonderful! Hope it works out. -Marsha

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MSLZZY 7/21/2013 7:47AM

    emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/21/2013 7:45AM

    Enjoy! And congrats!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/21/2013 7:38AM

    good luck

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PATRICIAAK 7/21/2013 7:30AM

    Like the bling! Press on (or should it be 'bike on'?)

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MOBYCARP 7/21/2013 6:56AM

    Enjoy your prep event! Maybe I'll get out on the bike later today; looks like I'll have good weather for it.

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RAPUNZEL53 7/21/2013 6:26AM

  Good Luck!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/21/2013 6:24AM

    The bling is VERY cool. Enjoy your bike ride. You deserve it.

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