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Good To Be Back

Friday, March 28, 2014      0 comments

So, for the last couple of years, I havenít once logged into Spark. I also didnít log into face book. Funny, of the two, it was Spark that I felt the need to return to. I really have no good excuse for not logging in to Spark. None. Sure, ... Read more

What NOT to do in a marathon! San Antonio melt down.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011      15 comments

I knew going into Sunday's marathon that it was going to be hot. This is a bad thing for me because I sweat a lot. Having lost 10 lbs and more in a single run so I have to protect myself from hot runs/tris. Weather forecast for Sunday in San Ant... Read more

Tap-n-Run "Race" Recap

Monday, October 31, 2011      7 comments

OK - so before I ever lined up for the Half Ironman that the stress was getting crazy. I needed a fun break. I did manage to keep the triathlon fun but there were so many things to remember, time lines for drop offs, check ins, participant meeti... Read more

Spark Marathon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011      18 comments

I thought I posted this yesterday...hmmm...I'll try again! OK so the nominees for next year's marathons are: One in Maryland (I've got to research this one a bit...I'm certain there are some fun runs there). Wine Glass in New York... Read more

Checking the list...

Friday, October 21, 2011      20 comments

I was thinking...why don't we all run together. We support each other all year long on SP but end up running alone? emoticonRead more

Blame it on the Rain

Wednesday, October 19, 2011      6 comments

Cue Milli Vanilli (OK so don't - I never liked the song). So I was planning a nice swim run brick yesterday, anticipating a short meeting and some extra time in the schedule. Fail The meeting lasted much longer than anticipated so I de... Read more

Ironman - the aftermath!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011      10 comments

OK, so a few things I learned or discovered in the aftermath of the race. 1. Hop on the bike and ride it through the gears on race morning - could save you a lot of pain to fix anything that could be an issue while the bike support group is... Read more


Tuesday, October 11, 2011      16 comments

Well when I first decided it would be a good idea to participate in an Ironman...I must have lost my mind! It was however the perfect target for my fitness goals and provided an excellent incentive to break me out of the training rut I had falle... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Chasing the Sun

Wednesday, October 05, 2011      9 comments

Last night I wanted to ride outside instead of on the trainer. Problem is that I was scheduled a 40 mile bike ride and I wouldn't complete my evening commute until 6:00. I knew that wouldn't be enough time to get in an "easy paced" 40 miler. ... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Gettin' Twitchy!

Friday, September 30, 2011      8 comments

When I started this little journey, the idea of an Ironman was still a distant dream. Something I wanted - someday. A fellow sparker encouraged me to go ahead and make a plan. Move this dream forward into reality. So I did. I found a training p... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: The Courage to Try

Thursday, September 22, 2011      8 comments

Iíve read fantastic stories about fellow Spark People who conquer their fears and tried something new and allowed themselves to be pushed outside their comfort zone. Each and every one of these stories fills me with the courage to push past my d... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Pay it Forward

Wednesday, September 21, 2011      5 comments
ents-and-adult-mentors.html I hope that link works (some have trouble opening it at first - our local newspaper). I try to initiate a few activities each year ... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Heart of Steel - Legs of Rubber!

Monday, September 19, 2011      6 comments

What a week! The cumulative effects of this training started to take its toll last week. By Sunday afternoon, all I wanted to do was sleep! It didnít help that my carbohydrates were a little low Saturday Ė a mistake I noticed after logging in my... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Pool Moon!

Monday, September 12, 2011      5 comments

I canít believe it. I have been running marathons for over a decade (not to mention 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half marathon and ultras), but Iím already nervous about a triathlon that is still almost a month away! I feel silly, but every time I the web ... Read more

Doughboy to Ironman: Just need to lighten up!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011      8 comments

The pool is open again!!! It has a nice smooth surface and is clean(er). Iíve already jumped back into my swim work outs Ė literally Ė but have decided to ramp back up to my previous mileage over the next two weeks. I donít want to injure a shou... Read more

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