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Warning: Most of my blogs are written for my own benefit. Unless I specifically ask for advice, I am not looking for advice. If you offer advice, and your advice is something I think is really dumb, or completely unsupported by empirical evidence, I will snicker to myself.

If you've been interacting with me for some time, and I've figured out your sense of humor, you get a pass.

Member Since: 11/14/2012

Fitness Minutes: 82,705

My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

I completed that Oly last September. It was my first dead last finish. I view that DLF the same way I view turning fifty: it is a privilege denied to many.

This spring, I ran my first half-marathon; I'm already signed up for another. I've also discovered I love trail running. Over this summer and into fall, I will be evaluating if I'm prepared to train for the Badger Mountain Challenge 50K next spring. (5500' of elevation gain & loss - whew!) I ran a 15K with about 1200' of elevation gain and loss in May, and it gave me a good gauge of where I am and where I need to be.

Regardless, I'm always looking forward to the next challenge.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

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I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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    I can do interval walk/running on the treadmill and actually get myself to run harder/faster with that belt making me run. better than pushing myself to do so than outside.. outside is more fun for sure, and sometimes at work I do hill run repeats to get conditioning in, but on days I work from home, the treadmill/dreadmill is kind of a nice option for me.. I tell myself 15 mins at least and end up doing 25 mins yesterday.

    I've been off running due to the PF in my feet, which is finally getting better, and find interval running something I can motivate myself to do!

    39 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    If you're looking for my blogs, I now have a blog at Wordpress under the username HillSlug98239.

    I no longer do much on this page as it seems a little moribund. emoticon
    81 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    I don't mind people reading my stuff. I enjoy the interactions. I just think it's fair to warn people that I'm likely to ignore their well-intentioned but ill-advised advice. emoticon
    225 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2016 11:53:35 PM
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    My apologies. Please ignore the Spark goodie I just gave you as I sent it to you before I read your SparkPage that clearly states that you don't want any input from anyone.

    You know you can change your settings so that people do not have access to your page, and thus cannot leave comments or read your blogs, etc. and that way your page is kept private for your own entertainment.

    Again, my apologies.
    225 days ago
    Thanks so much for commenting on my Marathon Distance for Cycling message board post! I appreciate the info you shared!
    233 days ago
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