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Hudson River Swim - Event Report
Sunday, July 28, 2013      14 comments

*Other* people PAY $1.50 to cross the Hudson. I swam across! It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Low 80, light breeze, water was in the mid 70. Very pleasant. Child was in the hands of Grandparents and "Splash in" time was 11:50... Read more
Considering Crossfit...(input requested!)
Saturday, July 27, 2013      10 comments

Last week I decided to switch up my run a little bit by going down THAT road instead my normal road. It didnt add any distance or elevation to my routine so I didnt think much of it. But it just so happens that I ran right past a CrossFit faci... Read more
Swimming across the Hudson River
Tuesday, July 23, 2013      6 comments

On Saturday. Its about a mile. Yesterday I finally put my money on the table. A few friends and family are fiscally supporting me, but unless you are in a kayak on the river, there's not going to be much to see. So if you dont hear fro... Read more
I dont enjoy working out
Sunday, July 21, 2013      9 comments

I dont enjoy working out. I enjoy not being fat. I enjoy a life without the limitations that weight put on me. And while my workout will end in a little bit, my fat was with me all the time. I'll take the momentary discomfort over those ... Read more
Sister of the Century
Thursday, July 18, 2013      8 comments

Regular readers know my sister. She gave me my Garmin, she was the official support squad for last year's triathlons and she continues to be one of my biggest "roosters" (they crow, so you dont have to). Example, we went biking on a local rail... Read more
6 months - Checking in with your New Year's Resolutions
Thursday, July 04, 2013      13 comments

6 months ago it was cold, snow on the ground (here in the North East) Perhaps you went to a big party, watched fireworks. And a great number of us made New Year's Resolutions. Since starting Spark last year (I've been on for 18 months) I'v... Read more
I bruised my ego in the pool
Friday, June 28, 2013      15 comments

Ow. ow. ow. One of the things that irks me is my endurance during the forward crawl, I usually end up doing back stroke during a portion of my swim. My next "race" is a swim across the Hudson River as a goal to address the weakness. T... Read more
picnic lunch
Tuesday, June 25, 2013      10 comments

Going to the park with Child today. Packed: 3 plums snack bag full of veggies PBJ (for him) Hummus and multigrain chips (for me) Juice for him Water for me I am feeling very virtuous. (It makes up for eating 3 slices of pizza... Read more
I get by with a little help from my friends
Sunday, June 23, 2013      6 comments

And with a few apologies to the Beatles. Most of this blog is for me, but the part for y'all is here at the beginning: dont be afraid to ask for help. Most of your friends are helpful people. That's why they are your friends. If you want... Read more
Race Report: Orange County Classic 10K
Sunday, June 16, 2013      12 comments

The Orange County Classic 10K has been going on for years and years and years. So I always knew about it, race weekend was always big coverage in the local newspaper. So when I decided to do it this year, it was a victory for me. I had *never... Read more
Seeking Biking Advice
Saturday, June 01, 2013      15 comments

My job is a total of 3 miles from my house. Occasionally I have to carry things, but usually its just me an my lunch. I would really like to start biking. Does any Sparkers have advice on this: particularly not arriving at work as a sweaty me... Read more
A few thoughts from yesterday's trail run
Monday, May 27, 2013      6 comments

Yesterday I did the trail run at my MILs house. Its been a while, and I remembered having an epiphany last year on this exact trail. (Blog date is Aug 6th "Aliens have eaten my brain") I realized that running was coming easier. Now that ... Read more
A fine day to bake some bacon
Sunday, May 19, 2013      19 comments

Bacon??!? I can hear the teeming millions gasp. Bacon is verboten on this website. Its evil incarnate! Delicious, fatty, smokey bacon.... Bacon is definitely a "sometimes food" I only buy it 1-2x per year. And today was a perfect day ... Read more
Race Report: Spring Dual Against CF
Thursday, May 09, 2013      11 comments

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Eammon who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Its a genetic disorder where your lung goo is extra thick and you are basically strangling on snot your entire life. You have a mother who loves you, b... Read more
Run slow, run long
Wednesday, May 08, 2013      10 comments

I've had something of a setback recently. Back in Feb. I developed a cough that wouldn't quit. I coughed so hard I strained a rib. I was in so much pain one night I almost took myself to the hospital. Through trial and error, I've learned t... Read more

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