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Reflecting on the journey

Thursday, September 03, 2015      2 comments

In April 2013, I decided I would celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. That race is this Saturday. My last workout was last night, and I’m using the downtime of taper to reflect on the journe... Read more

Today, I Sleep

Tuesday, August 04, 2015      6 comments

I am so tired. I've been having trouble getting enough sleep for the past few weeks. It's not uncommon for me to start the week sleep-deprived. This past weekend, I needed to be up around six a.m. (my work week waking time) on both Saturday... Read more

Huge Victory

Sunday, July 19, 2015      10 comments

I did the Race the River Sprint tri in Coeur d'Alene today. In sharp contrast to my last race, this one was AWESOME. I'm tired, so I'm just going to copy & paste the email I sent my coach : The water was a little choppy. Not bad, but I've ... Read more

Why I Will NEVER Do An Ironman

Tuesday, June 30, 2015      6 comments

This past weekend, I volunteered as an athlete catcher at the finish line of Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the last shift. Forget Disneyland: the happiest place on the earth is the finishers’ chute at an Ironman. Leading up to the event, I ... Read more

My Dreadful Race Report

Tuesday, June 09, 2015      5 comments

I returned to Tygh Valley for the Pine Hollow Sprint Tri this past weekend. I had an awful day. The irony is, I arrived full of confidence. My goal was to best last year's time. Should have been a cake walk. It wasn't. I skipped the we... Read more

Reports of My Imminent Departure Were Exaggerated ... by me

Sunday, May 10, 2015      7 comments

So I'm not giving up on SparkPeople just yet. It occurred to me that I haven't been blogging. My past blogs are great motivational tools (for me - they may be whiny boring blather to everyone else), and I need to get back to regular blogging. ... Read more

Experience Can Be a Painful Teacher

Sunday, April 05, 2015      3 comments

...but if I actually learn something, it's worth it! emoticon I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot ... Read more

You Gotta Be Cruel to Be Kind

Tuesday, March 17, 2015      8 comments

I had to be mean to myself yesterday. I was in a snacky mood. I ate a serving of trail mix - about a third of the package. I wanted more. No, I said, or you won't have any calories left over for dinner. I want more. Okay, but this means no... Read more

And Now, The Crunch Begins

Friday, March 13, 2015      1 comments

I'm keeping tabs on my body, as much coach asked me to do. I rode into work today and made it into a Brick workout. Ugh. I haven't done a Brick since the tri I did in August. My poor legs! I am at the point I need to throttle back on my "ex... Read more

My Body May Be Inflexible, But My Schedulde Is Not

Thursday, March 12, 2015      2 comments

A while back, I asked Coach CiCi if I can continue to do my walks at lunch and bike commutes on non-bike days. (Tuesdays, my commute is my workout.) She said yes, but ... She wants me keep tabs on my body and make sure I'm not over-doing it. ... Read more

Feeling Like a Slug

Wednesday, March 11, 2015      5 comments

Today's workout was a run: warm-up for fifteen minutes, run a mile as fast as I can, then walk for twenty minutes. It sucked. Last April, I ran a mile without stopping. It'd been at least a dozen years since I'd done that. I was so pro... Read more


Tuesday, March 10, 2015      5 comments

Coach CiCi has me doing swim drills as a part of every swim. I'm swimming at lunch today, and the drills take about as long as I have available during my lunch break. The advantage of the drills is they're less boring than just following the lin... Read more

Indoor Triathlon

Monday, March 02, 2015      5 comments

I did an indoor tri last Saturday, and it was a blast! I intend to do the same event next year, and I'm hopeful my enthusiasm - and the fact they give away finisher's medals - will encourage a few friends to do it with me. The organizers ca... Read more

How'm I Doin'?

Thursday, February 19, 2015      1 comments

Given how wretched I felt a week ago, I'm surprised by how good I feel right now. I swam this morning. I have an indoor triathlon in nine days, so my swims are focused on preparing for that event. I use fins for the floatation and I don't r... Read more

The Sickness Fog Has Lifted

Tuesday, February 17, 2015      2 comments

I have an indoor triathlon in a week & a half, and I haven't been in the pool in more than two weeks. The Hubs & I went to a backcountry resort the first weekend of the month. I started coming down with something that Saturday evening. It derail... Read more

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