ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONEKIDSMOM ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Blog Challenge Day 22: What Is Your Style? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241695 Pick your favorite definition of style: from the literal "1 n sharp, slender, pointed instrument used by the ancients in writing on wax tablets, 2 any of several devices similar in shape or use (a pen, an etching needle, a phonograph stylus..." We get all the way to 6 before we get to "the current, fashionable way of dressing, speaking, acting, etc." <BR> <BR> I kind of like "9 sort, kind, variety, type"... <BR> <BR> So, what *is* my style? <BR> <BR> By definition 1 & 2, it's my keybo... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:28:31 EST Blog Challenge Day 21: Write About Your Most Embarrassing Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241075 Moments. Plural. <BR> <BR> My most embarrassing moments, without getting overly specific, have generally had to do with not being "normal", with not knowing the social norms, with failure to be perfect in that foreign arena known as human relationships, or with being unable to control my own body. <BR> <BR> To more specifics: <BR> <BR> Wetting pants at school when I was "old enough to know better", but afraid to excuse myself. I was deeply ashamed, and have since learned to duck out wh... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:03:01 EST Blog Challenge Day 20: What Are Your Hobbies? Why Do You Like Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240669 Hmmm... do I have hobbies? I normally think of hobbies as "crafts", something that produces something... things like knitting, or scrap-booking, or photography... playing a musical instrument. When I think of it that way, I scratch my head and question whether I even have any. But the Webster's tells me a hobby is simply: "something that one likes to do or study in one's spare time; favorite pastime or avocation". <BR> <BR> Well, then... Sparking is a hobby! Running is a hobby! Triathl... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:51:10 EST Blog Challenge Day 19: Who is your idol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240052 I write about my "heroes and sheroes" all the time. Don't want to repeat that... you know I am a huge fan-girl of Sister Madonna Buder, Leanda Cave, Mirinda Carfrae, etc. (all triathletes). But let's talk about the daily people whose lives I'd like to emulate. <BR> <BR> STRONGDAWG named the founder of her Focolare movement, a faith community to which she belongs. She also named an athletic model in Diana Nyad (one of mine, too). <BR> <BR> But I look at people who may not be famous... who... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:04:35 EST Blog Challenge Day 18: Write About Your Favorite Book, Movie, Song, Food, Color, Animal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238919 OK, short and sweet topics, but being me, things get complex: <BR> <BR> Favorite Book - if I had to pick ONE, as in to take to a desert island, and have ONLY one book for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be the Bible. Not because it is a work of religion, but because of its wealth of stories, poetry, and wisdom. But I read widely and "current favorite" can change on a daily basis: Love the John Grisham style legal thrillers. David Baldacci. The occasional romance. Some sci... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:29:55 EST Blog Challenge Day 17: Write About Someone/Something You Miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238678 Does anybody NOT know I miss my dog? Diamond had soul-filled almond-shaped eyes that would melt your heart, wrapped in the sleek athletic body of a German Short-haired Pointer. She would rest her head on my knee as I'd sit here at the computer, and bump my mouse wrist when she wanted attention. <BR> <BR> She was my running companion back when my son was 6 or 7 years old. She became HIS running companion years later. She had horrible separation anxiety due to being trained into it by my e... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:45:09 EST Blog Challenge Day 16: What Is Your Biggest Fear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238014 Haven't posted the link to the topics recently, but here it is, in case someone wants to borrow this list of 31 blog topics (originally written for December, for another online social media outlet, and clearly for youngsters navigating the passage to adulthood... but we've warped it to Sparkpeople and are having a blast adapting it to our own generation!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> So... what is my bigge... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:15:42 EST Blog Challenge Day 15: Write About Your First Kiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237545 A boring topic, to my way of thinking. We all had one, or more kisses that we considered "firsts". <BR> <BR> My first childhood kiss (a "movie star kiss", per the kisser), was delivered by a co-worker of my Dad when I was pre-double digits in age. I had a little crush on this guy, he didn't do anything outré, mind you, it was a chaste kind of "movie star kiss" such as a little girl would get as "romantic" but hardly sexual in content! With all the "inappropriate" commentary in the news th... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:53:47 EST Race Report - Harvest Moon Hustle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237255 We interrupt the Blog Challenge (I wasn't doing them on the numbered dates anyway and am a few days behind) to bring you yesterday's adventure: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca40b588-3c88-4680-97b5-fca56ea0288e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had never done this race before. It's billed as "Fast, Flat, and In the Dark". Which implies I am going to get there EARLY, and I did... this shot was taken about 5 p.m., and the race doesn't start until 7, but I had to find the place,... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:12:25 EST Blog Challenge Day 14: My favorite Holiday and why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236709 I have to admit I love the inner meanings of holidays... but not the external trappings that have become WAY too commercialized. Holidays mark the passage of time through the years... and sometimes it seems to me that they are flying by way too fast, and I miss a few, my head spinning with how fast time flies. <BR> <BR> Holidays have meaning. If I had to pick one favorite, it would be Thanksgiving... it has been so ever since I was a kid. Guess I was a bit of an odd duck that way, as most... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:11:12 EST Blog Challenge Day 13: Write About Something That Happened To You This Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236163 I thought this one would be easy... but then again... it's what I do all the time... write about stuff that happens in my week. But when I parse out "happened to you" and somehow can't get the "young people" view out of my head... I have to be me and twist it a bit: <BR> <BR> Do things really happy TO me? Or do they happen AROUND me? And does what I do influence those happenings... mainly what I write about is what I have done or am feeling... with some comments about the context in which... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:31:23 EST Blog Challenge Day 12: Who Are Your Best Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235612 And why, of course! <BR> <BR> Link to challenge topic blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> I've actually been dreading this topic. I don't want to repeat my answer to the Day 3 topic: Who Are You Closest To? (Explain.) And yet, when I think about my patterns of "friendship" a lot of the question comes down to how one defines friendship itself... how close is close enough to be a friend? What about a *best* friend?... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:02:48 EST Blog Challenge Day 11: What Is Your School Status? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235011 Here's another one that made me think the topic list was designed for youngsters... those still in high school or college. The hint after it says: Are you a nerd, jock, prep, bully, etc. If you don't have school, or are home-schooled, talk about what you would want your status to be. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've been in a standard classroom. So my school status today is as a graduate. But this is focused more on the social group you fit in with, on your social behavior, so l... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:55:47 EST Blog Challenge Day 10: Free Day. (Write about anything you choose.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234433 Link to the list of 31 topics: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> Today is a "free day"... so you get the grab bag of rattling thoughts! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got the classic "son check in with mom" weekly phone call. He vented about stuff in his life. I vented (or bubbled) about stuff in mine. I may have mentioned the odd phenomenon of becoming "recognized" within the running community, being capped by yesterday real... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:49:12 EST Blog Challenge Day 9: What Is One Thing You Use Every Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234122 I've been writing this blog in my head since somewhere in mile one of this morning's Buffalo Run. The Buffalo Run is a five mile race set on the hills of Pioneers Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the Lincoln Track Club's longest-running sponsored race... this was its 40th year. There was a lot of hype associated with this 40th running. They were giving gift certificates to Lincoln Running Company to every 40th runner across the line. The Road Runners Club of America named it their one "n... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:44:47 EST Blog Challenge Day 8: How Did You Discover SparkPeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233372 The challenge description link 31 days worth! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> I know I've written this tale before, but... I used to blog over on LiveJournal, under a different ID. I had a friend over there who started a "Healthy Lifestyle" challenge journal, and she recommended SparkPeople.com for tracking. At the time I was using a PC app that was in the process of converting to the Web, and I ended up with having t... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:03:34 EST Blog Challenge Day 7: What Type Of Music Do You Favor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232708 Here's another great "depends on the day" topic! I have a wide range of music that I listen to or shape into the background of my life (i.e. I hear it in my head, even if it's not playing). Love of music seems pretty natural. In my case it dates back to Broadway tunes my mother had on LP vinyl (remember LP vinyl) and music that was background to stories on albums (Peter and the Wolf, anyone?) or from movies (Star Wars, anyone?). Mom would make up lyrics that she couldn't remember. <BR> ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:49:27 EST Blog Challenge Day 6: What Is Your Favorite Quote? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232140 This one is like the old Lay's Potato chips commercial: betcha can't pick just one! <BR> <BR> I have many. But today, I'll just leave this one with you... it's among my top collection: <BR> <BR> "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> I picked this one because I've been having a rough time with motivation for about five days now... yep, started Saturday... I think the removal of those volunt... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:30:36 EST Blog Challenge Day 5: What Are Your Obsessions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231534 Bwuhahahahahah! Obsessions? As one might guess, I have rotating obsessions. I've obsessed about various and assorted things since childhood! <BR> <BR> Let's see... reading... 5 books a day when that was what the library would let me check out with my very first library card. I went through probably the entire children's section and even took on a few that were WAY beyond me... 2nd grade, would you believe "Ivanhoe"? Cut my teeth on biographies for kids: Marie Curie, Joan d'Arc... power... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 07:42:08 EST Blog Challenge Day 4: Write About One Of Your Biggest Secrets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230922 Secrets? What are those? <BR> <BR> Seriously, most of you here on Spark know my secrets. <BR> <BR> I suppose this one can be inferred, but I don't often voice it. And being me, I'm going to back into it. <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying that I fear being judged. This kind of goes hand in hand with being a people pleaser... something in me wants everyone to like me. So I tend to keep my mouth shut when people express strong opinions. This leads many folks to assume I agree with the... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 07:18:22 EST Blog Challenge Day 3: Who Are You Closest To? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230422 Link to the blog listing the topics: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> This one's easy for me. And matches some of what earlier bloggers on the topic included. My son's experience in the military taught him what it was like to have brothers and sisters, even though he is an "only child", and I thank God every day that he has them. Because the closest relationship among human beings on the planet is the sibling tie. ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:25:08 EST Blog Challenge Day 2: Your Dream Profession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229833 Link to the blog listing the topics: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 </link> <BR> <BR> Given some of the later topics and the instructions associated, I concluded that the challenge topics were written for young people still in school. I can envision all kinds of fantasies of the young, looking forward to their careers, the ones they are going to school to get into, to start. <BR> <BR> As a person with 305 working days to go before ha... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 06:56:26 EST Blog Challenge Day 1: Write Ten Facts About Yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229614 Per the instructions: You cannot do simple facts such as "I like cheese" and "Red is my favorite color." They must be long and you must explain each fact. <BR> <BR> OK, this takes some thought - <BR> <BR> 1) I grew up in what many people would consider to be a "cult", and did not have my first full non-pregnancy related physical until I was 54 years old. I was the last of my siblings to leave said religion, being mommy and daddy's "good little girl", and having married another in the same... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 17:42:13 EST STRONGDAWG has challenged us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 A 30 day blogging challenge... how perfect... for those of us who sometimes stare at the page and wonder what to write about! <BR> <BR> Here are the 30 topics: <BR> Day 1: Write Ten Facts About Yourself. (You cannot do simple facts such as "I like cheese" and "Red is my favorite color." They must be long and you must explain each fact.) <BR> Day 2: Your Dream Profession. (Go into detail and explain your answer.) <BR> Day 3: Who Are You Closest To? (Explain.) <BR> Day 4: Write About On... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:43:55 EST Some people fall in their own homes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228800 Not me! I have to pick adventurous spots... like last Saturday, on the beach, running from the water to the bike transition. And... just to make things interesting, there was a person with a camera, capturing my sand-encrusted transition from swim to bike! Being me, and since I wasn't really HURT (oh, heck, even had I been, be honest, Barb), I share them with you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90d913b6-57f5-4cdf-a278-d17fd91c5ecb.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:48:34 EST I was GOING to take a current photo... but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228213 (of the yard, not me)... BUT, when I got home from work, the volunteer trees and weeds were already gone! So the current one would look a lot like yesterday's offering of two years ago. <BR> <BR> Now the big puzzle is WHICH of the two tree services did the deed? They had both said "by the end of next week". Since I didn't talk to a real person to cancel of the one, had to leave messages (and left them on two different cell numbers)... well, you can see the conundrum. I expected the respo... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:41:40 EST Nagging Unfinished TaskS - NUTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227575 I admit it, I am a procrastinator. Particularly about things that I feel pressured to do for the sake of "appearances"... home maintenance being one of them. My roof has been replaced, but not my gutters and downspouts yet. I haven't called the guy back, because I know I need to have the volunteer trees cleared out again (had this done two years ago or so, but they are back in spades). Photo from the last time I had this done. Don't have the current one, but you don't want to see it! <BR... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:55:28 EST The recovery script... building in my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226967 Even though my experience is more anecdotal than the scientific approach that JEANKNEE is pristine in tracking, it helps me get closer to the solution of my own "experiment of ONE". <BR> <BR> I have not been tracking food for several months, but do MOSTLY stick to same foods and quantities over the course of a given week. I do monitor weight, daily, and track with averaging / rounding, etc. Six years of maintenance with this "control" gives you a pretty good idea of what your diet (i.e. wh... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:49:48 EST The real enemy is not lapses, it is panic over them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226332 I am working at figuring out the post-race recovery eating thing. Still. Every time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the day after the last triathlon of the year. I ate extra on race day, quite deliberately. The workout of the day yesterday was a slow run-walk-run 5K with the Galloway group. We actually achieve the goal for average pace... I was quite pleased, 13:17 minute miles on average. We made it work with the varying paces/fitness levels in the group, and 1:1 run/walk minute ratios. <BR>... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:49:02 EST THAT was a short season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226008 In case anybody missed it, I have done three triathlon races in the past five weeks: the Cornhusker State Games Sprint tri, the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship Olympic tri, and yesterday the last, the Major League Triathlon Sprint tri. Whew! Short but intense. Now, I am having to hold myself back from signing on to any more... to focus on that long-term goal for next May. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a facebook exchange between me, a back of the pack sprinter yesterday, and ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:40:45 EST Race Report - Major League Triathlon - Lincoln http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225548 I was intrigued by this race because it wasn't just about us local racers. It's part of a pro series done in a completely different relay format from normal triathlons. <BR> <BR> In a classic triathlon, the relay teams have one member performing each sport. In this newer form, they have teams of four, representing the cities of the circuit. Each athlete (2 men and two women on each team) does all three sports in a super sprint format - 300 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run - and tags off... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:06:01 EST Bonus blog - last minute decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224755 I didn't want to burn a vacation day, but assessing my level of fatigue (not sick), and knowing what the weekend holds... I am taking it as a spur of the moment vacation day. Things are fairly well buttoned down at work, they can live without me today. <BR> <BR> So... nap... maybe work a bit on deforestation. Call the roofer and find out what's up with the gutters they were SUPPOSED to come and install this week but did not! Prep for tomorrow's race. Yep, beats stressing about all this s... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:52:02 EST Another weekend, another race? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224711 I'm feeling completely unprepared for this Sprint triathlon coming up tomorrow. Today is packet pickup, after work. But between the family drama and lack of sleep the focus has not been there to prepare. So it will be a quick preparation after packet pickup and then hopefully an early bedtime, and it will be what it will be. <BR> <BR> Goals: Have fun. Cross finish line upright and smiling. And move on to the next training phase! <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:34:58 EST Most drama is inside our own heads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224169 Don't know about you, but there's constantly a script going on in my head. It's the story of my life, playing out, day to day. Sometimes we can go on auto-pilot and habit takes care of the routine maintenance of day to day living... and then our brains can take us in other directions: to do a job, to dream, or to replay past experience. <BR> <BR> As others come in and our of our lives, we write them into the script going on. We interpret their words and actions and write their character.... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:56:52 EST Tuesday was a REALLY long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223563 I was sitting here sipping my Spark mugga, thinking about a quick blog when the day began to have drama. Ever get one of those text messages that you don't quite parse right in your brain? That's how it all started. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we burned through routine, to plans B, C, and D before the day was done, and I didn't get home 'til 8 p.m. In the end, I have to give myself a good grade on adapting to what the military call "changing conditions on the ground"... and taking better care of my... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:48:21 EST Sunday became Down day number 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222355 And Sunday was a complete down day. As in under 3,000 steps. A FULL rest day. Ate extra protein, including red meat. Went through the remainder of in-race nutrition that I had just bought on Saturday... you know how you put it in the cart while the back of your mind KNOWS you're going to go through it before race day? Yep, there is sugar and caffeine in those "nutrition/protein/electrolyte replacement" things! It's candy for runners. <BR> <BR> Watched the men's Olympic marathon, cheeri... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:58:37 EST I needed a Down Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221612 Not sure how good a down day this was, since it started out with a group run, but as busy as the past couple of months has been, and for that matter, this week... I needed one! <BR> <BR> After an 8 mile Galloway group run-walk-run, at which I got to a closer approximation of the training pace with a little help from two others... I came home to text messages from a fellow triathlon fan who was watching the women's race in Rio... I warned her not to give me spoilers since I had it on "record"... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:08:44 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220761 I had put a number of things off until "after the big race". One was calling the roofer... and you saw where THAT got me... trapped (temporarily) in the house for a few hours on Wednesday. End of the day yesterday, they are mid-way through the project: the roof is done, the gutters and downspouts are coming next week. I changed shingle colors and wanted to see it in this half-finished state before I get the painters out... want to be sure I pick a paint color to go with the new green shin... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:01:01 EST Throw back Thursday - Nine Years Ago Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220158 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f42c80a3-b292-4dc6-be05-3c5c024b6069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In January 2007, I challenged my siblings to do a fitness challenge with me. I weighed in the 160's at that point in my roller coaster and knew I had to do something active and have a goal if I was going to maintain that loss and possibly keep on losing. <BR> <BR> So we set a date, August 18th, and were going to do an informal sibling-challenge triathlon. The sibs could do any, all or non... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:55:09 EST I'm supposed to be back at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219612 BUT... and here's the big butt... last night when I went out to the garage to head to go run with the Red Dirt group, the garage door did not open... it went up part way, stopped, and drifted back closed. Whaaaa? <BR> <BR> So I pushed the button again... it closed, then tried to reopen, then stopped, and drifted back down. I try to yank the chain that will allow the door to be opened manually... and it won't budge for me. <BR> <BR> What to do? Well, first, place a call to the garage door... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:19:59 EST Blog 5: After the ball is over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219536 yep, another song fragment... this one from even longer ago... <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtwYV<BR>vtOIuM </link> <BR> <BR> In my memory it comes from my ex's passion for old black and white films... but the phrase always comes to mind when I have crossed a finish line or met a goal. For some of you out there still in the weight-loss phase of transforming your lives, you may have this kind of thing come to mind when you get to your goal, or even as you approach it and contempl... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:55:24 EST Blog 4: Age Group National Championship Olympic distance triathlon run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219183 We left off on the way from transition 2 to the run. Now, I knew my swim would be slow, so I was not dissatisfied with that, at this point. I was still kind of shaking my head over the mental mistake on the bike, but was so relieved to be back safely, that I wasn't feeling too terrible. <BR> <BR> In fact, because I know that I'm a stronger runner than either of the other two sports, the word I use to describe the run leg of triathlon is "dessert!" Yep, if Eddie can give us hills for break... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:51:49 EST Blog 3: Age Group National Championship Olympic distance triathlon bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218861 One advantage of having a warm lake is that there are no wetsuits allowed. The official rule is water temperatures 78F and above, no wet suits allowed. The water temperature was 82F, if I remember rightly (I stopped paying attention once I knew there was little likelihood of needing wetsuits... and after the practice swim on Friday... VERY clear they would not be needed). <BR> <BR> So why does that make me happy? I swim a little slower without one! BUT, I'm not very good at stripping mys... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:06:58 EST Blog 2: Age Group National Championship Olympic distance triathlon swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218556 By the way, just so y'all know, on the real Olympics, down in Rio... the men's triathlon will be raced on Thursday the 18th, the women's on Saturday, the 20th. Those athletes are amazing and young and strong and wonderful competitors. <BR> <BR> When I talk about the Age Group National Championship put on by USA Triathlon, this is the governing body of the sport of triathlon for the United States. The official who spoke at the town hall meeting before the awards ceremony after our race wa... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:09:07 EST Blog 1: Walk a mile in my shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218287 If you have a song humming in your head, your age may be showing. Elvis version YouTube link: <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E-L4<BR>POgIAA </link> <BR> <BR> The title came to mind with something that happened on Saturday at the Age Group National Championships, the Olympic Distance triathlon. <BR> <BR> To set the scene, imagine a transition area full of bicycles, gear, and athletes. Somewhere between 2500 and 3000 of them, setting up their area, which is about 2 X 3 feet un... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:10:05 EST Local races that aren't really local http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216648 Rolling with the punches could be easier for those coming from a distance and staying at a hotel... because all the last minute adjustments sent out from the race organizers are kind of aimed at THAT kind of non-local, and naturally expecting the "locals" to know the street layout, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm "local" in that I'm close enough to sleep in my own bed, but still, while only 55 miles down the road, Omaha is kind of a foreign country to me. So neither set of directions is sufficient... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:34:15 EST How an introverted athlete prepares... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215986 I'm sure quite a few of you have been watching the Olympics. I know I have. Notice Michael Phelps, and what he's doing between races? I saw some footage of him looking at videos of a swim race... studying the form and strokes. Kind of like the football team watching films from their last game to learn lessons. <BR> <BR> He also had on headphones, to reduce distractions. He keeps himself focused on his events. <BR> <BR> This is a bit like me, as an introverted athlete... I need those qu... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:45:15 EST Summertime word images http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215383 The walk from the office to the car last night... very warm and humid... and I indulged in people watching. Since my office building is right across the street from some student apartments, there are young people around, often. One young man was squatted down at the curb, waiting to cross? Waiting for someone? <BR> <BR> A young lady in a WAY too short skirt (for my generation) was walking a bicycle toward that same corner. As I mused on these images and continued on my way, I saw anoth... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:48:24 EST Bonus blog - look who's coming to the party on Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215136 Or at least I hope so. Her name is in the starter list: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d27d170-5ede-4f44-94c1-9f3dfb78aaad.JPG"> <BR> <BR> In case it's too small to read: Buder, Madonna, Spokane, WA. <BR> <BR> Yes, people, a.k.a. "The Iron Nun", my all-time triathlon s-hero will be starting the race in the same wave as me: F 60+. She's alone in her age group, she's 86, according to a tweet I found from this month! I am among an even larger 60 - 64 age gr... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:58:59 EST Helen Keller said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214750 Among other things, Helen Keller came out with this gem, which I've held on to for many years. It's got me through many challenging times, when I might want to throw up my hands and whine "Why?" <BR> <BR> "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - Helen Keller <BR> <BR> It has got me through lettin... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:47:46 EST