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Successful 2nd Olympic Triathlon. Short Race Report.

Monday, September 15, 2014


I was concerned that I was doing this olympic tri a bit too soon after my first one, one month ago. But, it was local and I enjoyed the first so much, I was excited to try again.

After the first one, I rested for several days and got right back into training. I believe I trained adequately for this race. Plus, I took a nice 3 day break just before the event. For me, that give me plenty of energy on race day, for these 'longer' events.

I was kind of disappointed at the small amount of people who showed up. There were only 13 oly event athletes for this race. Strangely, there were 2 of us in the 65 - 69 y.o. age group.

This course has a pancake flat bike portion, and a decent run through a campground/park where it's mostly shaded. Boy, when I ran from shade to sun, it really made a difference. But, I do train a lot in the sun and heat, so it was not so bad. I knew what to expect.

DW decided to stay home for this one, again. The novelty has worn off for her, I suppose. What was once a big deal, has become a typical thing for her. She's very supportive and thrilled to hear my race stories after the events, but not enough to keep her away from her craft fairs, estate sales and other weekend events of her own. So, I had no one there to take photos. I found one photo of me on the race site. Here I am on the bike just getting started on the 25 mile ride. Still fresh and ready to ride.



Felt good throughout the race until the very end, where the heat and humidity began to take their toll. No problem, I finished strong and even beat my previous time by 6 minutes. I was ecstatic with the results, 3:03:26.

My legs are a little sore this morning, not too bad. Just enough to remind me that I did a good job and pushed just hard enough on the course. Can't wait to do another.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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BIGPAWSUP 9/19/2014 7:09PM

    You are amazing and such an inspiration. I'm so glad you share this with us.

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CRYSBROWN1 9/19/2014 2:07PM

    Great job on another olympic tri finish!

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JUNEPA 9/18/2014 12:05AM

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Tri - Awesome !!!

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RAINEMARIE214 9/17/2014 4:00PM

    Great job on beating your previous time!!!

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    Awesome job!! emoticon emoticon

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MASRITE 9/16/2014 2:39PM

    awesome job on beating your time. Sorry the heat got to you, but at least it was at the end and not the whole time. So, when is your next race? I know you too well not to ask!! emoticon

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KANOE10 9/16/2014 7:45AM

    Good for you beating your time by 6 minutes..even with the humidity. Way to go. All of your training has paid off!

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DALID414 9/16/2014 12:30AM

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ROXYZMOM 9/15/2014 9:30PM

    Congratulations! You did fantastic. That's a great picture.

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HILLSLUG98239 9/15/2014 7:55PM

    It sounds like you had a great event! My goal is to celebrate my 50th birthday next September by completing an Olympic-distance tri. After that, who knows? I sure hope to be one of those competing in the 65-69 age group. I may actually win my age group in that case.

A fellow Athena did a half-Ironman last weekend. She described her performance as "I was the last winner to finish." I love that!

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DAISYBELL6 9/15/2014 3:09PM

    Great job!

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APONI_KB 9/15/2014 2:49PM

    that is fantastic
nicely done

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2014 1:52PM

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/15/2014 12:40PM

    emoticon Looking good and good work!

I think it's safe to say that the entire state is hoping for some relief from the heat and humidity.



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LEWILL1982 9/15/2014 12:31PM

    Congratulations on a strong race, I love your race reports. It looks like you've figured out your proper taper and what is working for you. So many lessons to learn in training and racing; other than the mechanics of *how" to do each event.

I have a goal to do an Olympic Tri next year- need to work on the swimming first!

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MBTEPP 9/15/2014 11:17AM

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Keep up the great training!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/15/2014 10:52AM

    Hi Vic,

You may have only found one photo. However, it is a great photo. You look like you are riding strongly!

Thanks, Bruce

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ONMYMEDS 9/15/2014 10:38AM

    Nice job, Vic!!! You're a star!!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 9/15/2014 10:19AM

    Great job on another race well done!

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Olympic Triathlon at Moss Park Orlando FL

Thursday, August 28, 2014


A 4 minute video of my recent Oly Tri. You will see a beat up old guy at 3:30, coming from the top of the screen. Thats me - not looking like the youngsters you'd seen previously in this vid. But, hey I'm not perfect, just persistent. Thanks for watching.

  
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MARGARITTM 9/7/2014 7:00AM

    Yesterday I swam across the lake and back - made my sister row along beside me - it was only .4 miles and it was still hard! I am still in awe of your accomplishment.

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MASRITE 8/29/2014 10:36PM

    My hero!!! Congrats on finishing and just doing it!!!

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 8:21AM

    You look fit and did very well. Thanks for sharing!

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ROXYZMOM 8/29/2014 6:53AM

    I love this! You did great! Congratulations!!

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STRIVERONE 8/29/2014 12:18AM

    I'm sure less than one in ten thousand people has ever started one of these, much less finished. Awesome!

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    Nice video.
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LISAINMS 8/28/2014 1:00PM

    It's all about persistence!

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HILLSLUG98239 8/28/2014 11:04AM

    Woo hoo! You're a tiger!

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MARGARITTM 8/28/2014 10:07AM

    That is great!!!!! I would not EVEN attempt the olympic distances!

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MBTEPP 8/28/2014 10:04AM

    So COOL! Great course. Saw a shadow of the drown! That is taking event shots to a whole new level. Good show!

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BERGBA7 8/28/2014 9:06AM

    Fantastic that you did it - I don't see that you look any different than the other guys running there! Bravo for the effort!
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NATPLUMMER 8/28/2014 8:59AM

    You look great!!

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It's Good to Fail

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I failed. My time stunk, I was tired and hot. My legs cramped up and forced me to walk. My race was a failure. I failed.

"Failure is not an option" is a quote from the Apollo 13 movie. Supposedly spoken by flight director, Gene Krantz. I don't like this quote. I believe failure is imperative.

You learn from failure, you will find a better way. Your victory is much sweeter once you continue past failure and succeed.

When you fail, you are given an opportunity to reassess and learn from it. No one is immune to failure. Embrace it, learn from it, get tough and forge ahead.

It is said that Edison attempted 1,000 times to invent the light bulb. Apparently, he wasn't deterred in his quest for victory. He forged on to victory.

Never give up. Never quit. Forge ahead.

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/28/2014 10:34AM

    You finished! Yay!

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MARGARITTM 8/28/2014 10:02AM

    Ummmmm I don't call what you accomplished a failure at all! Interesting that the one who is the most hard on ourselves is often ourselves!

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RORYLYONS 8/27/2014 1:43AM

    The best part is you went over the finish line ...You are a success...never a failure...Keep up the good work..you are a winner... emoticon emoticon

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MBTEPP 8/25/2014 2:46PM

    “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” Babe Ruth

I would not be who I am today had I not failed many times. It still hurts, but the older I get, the more accepting I am to learn from my failures.

Kudos to you. You are stronger today than you were yesterday.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/24/2014 5:28PM

    obvious you didn't fail - you just didn't perform to your desire. It is tough here in Florida. That is why after 15 years of running/racing we don't do that during the summer months.


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KANOE10 8/24/2014 12:08PM

    That is a great blog. You did not fail. You just learned what you need to do next time to avoid those leg cramps. I am sorry that happened but your positive spirit will keep you going. Good job on turning to walking!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:17AM

    I love this blog!

I totally agree - failing makes victory so much sweeter!!



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SLENDERELLA61 8/24/2014 9:01AM

    Great philosophy. Real wisdom in your words. Thanks.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/24/2014 6:43AM

    No...you were not successful but that does not equal failure. Failure is giving up, throwing in the towel and quitting. You did none of these things; you did not fail by any stretch of the imagination!

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MASRITE 8/23/2014 11:53PM

    You finished the race. Isn't that what matters?

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/23/2014 7:54PM

    So true!

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1JACKIE542 8/23/2014 7:07PM

    You said it right in your last sentence.
I think to never try is being a failure and from what I can see you are always out there, so no, you are NOT a failure

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 5:52PM

    Ah well. Onto the next race.



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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2014 3:01PM

    If you finished, you didn't fail!

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PMRUNNER 8/23/2014 2:41PM

    Keep pushing!

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STRIVERONE 8/23/2014 2:04PM

    If you failed at anything, it was spacing your contests with enough rest in between, but we all do that from time to time. I'm registered for the Empire State Marathon on Oct. 18th and the Marine Corps Marathon on the 25th. If I come in dead last in Virginia, I still won't consider it a failure. But I will revise my unrealistic scheduling. "Failures" are only continuing education.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/23/2014 1:05PM

    I can never see you as a failure! You are a stunning success in my book, you just had a bad day. Suprise everyone - he's human after all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/23/2014 1:05PM

    Everybody has a bad day, but you already know that. You "failed" to reach the goal you set for yourself, but you didn't "fail." You took the smarter option and walked.

I'm assuming that you got to the finish line, successfully, upright and ahead of the "sag wagon" and not in it. Those my DH's goals LOL.

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REMEMBER2BME 8/23/2014 1:05PM

    I think everyone's definition of failure is different too.
You are a winner in my book emoticon because you participated and did what you could at the time.
Great blog!

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Redemption - A Race Report

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I like to hedge my bets on my event result estimates. Especially on new events, I estimate my times conservatively, because I have no idea how my training times will compare to actual competitive times. Even so, I was totally surprised at how poorly I did on my trail marathon. You who know me may be tired of hearing about it, but it shook me up that I was not ready for that kind of event, and suffered during the last half, and ended with a poor finish time.

It shook my confidence, I suppose. Today was my first Olympic Triathlon, and I trained hard for it. Even so, my cycle times are not great, and swimming doesn't seem much better, though I enjoy doing both. I looked at this event as a new challenge and just wanted to do it, so I could say I did it.

I started the swim easily, nice pace, breathing correctly and not caring about speed at all. Being a smaller event, there wasn't too much thrashing around me, and getting bumped around. Triathletes call this the 'washing machine' effect, which can be an apt description in larger events. I was comfortable in the water and felt good throughout the 1500 meters. This was a continuous swim, not one where you exit the water at the end of the first loop and re-enter for the second loop. You just keep swimming. I did the 2 loops without stopping to rest, and felt good with it. I was conserving energy for the entire race. I felt strong as I exited the water, and ran to the transition to retrieve my bike. Many others were walking, perhaps having pushed too hard in the swim, or maybe they just weren't concerned about time at all.

I got to the bike transition, put on my cycling shoes, popped a GU with caffeine, and had some water, and walked the bike to the spot where you can jump on and ride. Again, I started kind of slowly, but the adrenaline was flowing, I felt great, and quickly got moving. My pace felt fine, no stress or excessive heart rate, and when I looked at the gps watch it showed I was doing 18 mph. OK, that's not fast for most, but very fast for me. I was genuinely surprised that I was doing so well, and not feeling stressed. Maybe it was downhill. So I continue on, finished the first loop rather quickly, and started the second loop, I was feeling it now, so I backed off just a bit on my effort, and enjoyed the ride to it's end.

Hopping off the bike, I walked it to the transition area easily. Sat down, changed to my running shoes. I left the watch on the bike handlebars. Screw it, I'll run without the watch and see how it goes. Took some salted water that I had made up prior to the race, put on my race belt and ran off.

I was going to do a run/walk as usual and that worked fine for me. I felt good for a while, but the temperature was creeping up now and it was sunny out, despite the supposedly "completely shaded run portion' that they advertised. I knew coming in that it was not going to really be shady, but it was not complete sun either, a good combination of both. But, it was dang hot! Finished the first loop fine, but feeling tired now. Plugging along I passed some runners and was passed by others. Everyone was cheerful and a lot of 'good jobs' were sent and received. Very friendly crowd. Around mile 4 my thigh started cramping, and I actually stopped to massage my leg for a couple of seconds. Then I just decided to shorten my stride and run slower. I only had about a mile to go, so I wasn't so worried, I could always walk the last mile if need be. I didn't have to do that, I just kept run/walking and finally approached the turn off to the finish line corridor. I crossed the finish line with a huge smile. I saw my number flashing, and I knew my real time would be even better than the number displayed, because the race started officially about 3 minutes before I did. Wow! what a good time.

Could this course have been shorter than standard? Or did my 3 day rest period and hard training really pay off that well?

They have not yet posted all the details, like individual swim, bike, run and transition times, but they did show me my official overall time.

Turns out I took second place in age group. My time was 3:09:27 seconds. I was originally told that I won first place, but that was later changed to second place due to some error. This picture was taken before they discovered the error.



Considering I would have been very pleased with a 3:30 time, I was shocked at my actual time. I was prepared to do about 3:30 - 3:45 and anything more I would have not considered good.

So there's my redemption after my crappy trail marathon time. We can't always excel but we certainly can continue to strive for excellence. We have good days and bad days, and I'm grateful for each of them. Today was a good day.

Thanks for reading and have a good day yourself!

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/28/2014 10:33AM

    Excellent!

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    Congrats on a job well done.

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    emoticon Awesome job! You should be proud of that time. We all have better and not-so-good times. It's all good and you proved to yourself that emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/20/2014 7:40AM

    Well done! its nice to have that ego boost after feeling put down.

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ONMYMEDS 8/19/2014 10:13PM

    Outstanding job, Vic, truly!! That's a great time for ANY age group.

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LEWILL1982 8/18/2014 4:32PM

    That's awesome! Congrats on a solid race. I think I'll attempt the Olympic distance next summer, need to work on my swimming though!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 8/18/2014 9:31AM

    Awesome job!

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MASRITE 8/17/2014 11:20PM

    You're #1 in my book!! Way to go!! So proud of you for doing an awesome job. Was your wife there to cheer you on? Now, rest up and take some days off!!

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PMRUNNER 8/17/2014 10:17PM

    Way to go! I am really impressed and inspired!

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ROXYZMOM 8/17/2014 9:46PM

    OMG! You did great!! I don't even have the guts to try something like that!!
You are my hero!! actually, your poor wife is my hero!!

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MARGARITTM 8/17/2014 8:58PM

    Congrats on the awesome time and being in the hardware!

I know exactly what you mean about a "redemption" race.

Great job!

I am in awe!

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HDHAWK 8/17/2014 8:35PM

    Fantastic results! Just completing the race sounds like winning to me! You far exceed that no matter how you place. Congrats! emoticon

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DALID414 8/17/2014 7:20PM

    I don't event, but I'm sure the 3 days of rest played a part in your good day!
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BIGPAWSUP 8/17/2014 6:58PM

    I knew you were amazing!!! I'm so proud of you. Congratulations.

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STRIVERONE 8/17/2014 6:37PM

    You may have surprised yourself, but you didn't surprise me.
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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 2:21PM

    "We can't always excel but we certainly can continue to strive for excellence."

That sums it up. Good job. I probably would have been had pressed to even finish!

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HILLSLUG98239 8/17/2014 1:48PM

    That's terrific!

I did my second sprint yesterday. The distances were a little long for a sprint - half-mile swim, 19.5 mile ride, 3.8 mile run - but my time was 3:15. So you would have run circles (and definitely SWAM circles!) around me.

I'm glad you had a good event, especially after the trail marathon. It's nice to get that kind of boost after a disappointing result.

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Where Does the Time Go?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

S0, I'm going over my training schedule this afternoon. I'm not so good at record keeping, but it gets done eventually. I added in a couple of past days training and rest days to update it. It's a big calendar magnetised to my 'fridge.

Sometimes I'm training at my 'country home' and I don't have a calendar there, so I just add them when I get back 'home'. I especially like cycling at the country place, there are some sweet hills that really give me a workout. And, at home it is much more flat, so I get to switch it up a bit. But, I digress.

Today, I ran earlier for 6.5 miles. It was really hot and humid here in Florida. But, I did fine. I rested for a while then jumped in the pool for a short swim. I did 30 minutes, which is a good amount of time, since I'm tapering for a triathlon.

I added these numbers to my chart, and looked to see what was on the schedule for tomorrow. That's when I saw it, and it sunk in, I only have 2 more real training days before my triathlon. Nice - well, except I didn't realize it soon enough to savor my taper properly.

Anyway, I'm taking a full 3 days off before this event, 'cuz it's an Olympic distance and my first one at that. I'm almost always sore lately or at least feeling some kind of distress because I push so hard. I want to be 100% rested up for this event. As I understand it, the 3 days rest won't hold me back in any way, so I'm going to take it easy. I really suffered on my last event, a trail marathon for which I was not properly rested. Don't think I'll make that mistake again. Lesson learned.

Just wanted to say how quickly time flies. I'm just so used to training, I do it without thinking. I 'knew' my triathlon was looming, and surely was aware of how many days away it was, but it just wasn't registering properly, 'cuz I was genuinely surprised to note that I had a mere 2 more days of training!!

Soon this will be in the books and on to the next challenge, Which is, for now, a marathon in February 2015. Perhaps I'll find something else before that, who knows?

Yes, I will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/13/2014 10:46AM

    Awesome.. Can't wait to read your race report :) Good luck & have fun

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/11/2014 8:32PM

    Best of Luck!!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/11/2014 8:17PM

    You are going to be FANTASTIC!! So look forward to hearing all about it.

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ONMYMEDS 8/11/2014 3:42PM

    It's harder to keep track of time when you get to be a geezer. You should know this by now. SHAPE UP!!!

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KANOE10 8/11/2014 9:24AM

    Good luck on those rest days. They will help in your tri. I love your comment that you are so used to your training that you do it without thinking. This is a great step in your life. Hope your event goes well.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/10/2014 10:02PM

    Rest is definitely your friend!
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STRIVERONE 8/10/2014 9:13PM

    Amazing. Have a great race.

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HDHAWK 8/10/2014 8:59PM

    Get those rest days in and good luck on your tri!

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PMRUNNER 8/10/2014 8:57PM

    Good luck on your tri!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2014 8:15PM

    Good luck to you!

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SWEDE_SU 8/10/2014 7:56PM

    sounds like you've had a great plan and that you are ready! looking forward to reading about the triathlon!

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DALID414 8/10/2014 7:47PM

    Time flies when you're having fun!

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2014 7:46PM

    Time is just running past fast for me too . . . good plan to be thoroughly rested for this event!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/10/2014 7:31PM

    What a nice habit to have! You are going to do great! Where is the triathlon? I hope somewhere cool.

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MASRITE 8/10/2014 7:27PM

    Sending you good vibes for your triathlon. Can't wait to read all about it!!

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