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Too Much Negativity!

Friday, November 21, 2014

I've been reading a lot of negativity today. Isn't it amazing when you embrace the positive, you can either see it coming in yourself or you read it between the lines of someone else!

It tries to bring me down then I overload in "Positive Waves!"









Have a POSITIVE Weekend!
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DEBBYFROMMT 11/22/2014 9:22PM

    You are absolutely right! Negative people suck all the energy out of me. One reason I always try to stay positive!!! More energy more stuff gets done!

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KERRYG155 11/21/2014 8:47PM

    Thanks! I like that last one.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/21/2014 8:38PM

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GABY1948 11/21/2014 4:46PM

    emoticon I agree with you totally...actually the world seems FULL of negativity anymore!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/21/2014 2:01PM

    I try to follow the Biblical injunction "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

It helps.

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2014 Inaugural Honeymoon Half!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Race Site Dawn at Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL,

D & I support a lot of our local races! Our BFF, Suzanne, created this new race and caused a lot of excitement because of it! This year, she included a Half Marathon, a 10K, and a 5K to give everyone a feel for which will become an exclusive annual Half Marathon!
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Because I would be doing the TriRock the next day, (Didn't know I would DNS due to disability), I only did the 10K. Even though D trained for the Half, she decided to do the 10K as well.

Sunrise at Honeymoon Island



D & I started the race together. I planned on staying with her but her walk speed was killing me. Another lady, who I swim train with, was keeping up with D so I decided to do a light jog, stop take photos, jog a little and repeat throughout the 10K. I was really having fun with it, and cheered on all my friends as we shared the same course with Half racers.



I'm going to guess that D was pointing out the plungers used for course lane markers!


Coming back into Honeymoon Island from Dunedin Causeway, I ran into longtime local SparkFriend, TIAGAYEPFA! I laughed so hard when we both stopped mid-race as she said we had to take a selfie! THAT's Enjoying the Journey!


My TriBud, Brad caught me crossing the finish!


D's Official Finish Shot!


D made Podium for the first time!

I think she liked it up there.

So many of our race community attended and it was definitely a family affair!

The Blonde in the middle is our close friend and new Mayor of Dunedin!


This is how we roll!


There was a Scott Bike donated for silent auction by Outspokin, My Tri Team Sponsor. D saw it & wanted it. I put a bid on it earlier in the day. Later, D wanted to mess with me so she had our friends, Fred & Suzi, overbid me by 50 CENTS! I turned it on them and said they could have it. DOH! After making them sweat a bit, I won the bike, we just put it on my bike rack, and D had a new ride! This is after we had a good laugh!



The Bling (4 1/2" x 4") says it all!

A party with a Half Marathon thrown in!

Wanna see more? Log in to Facebook then click the link.
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Thanks for stopping by!
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MBTEPP 11/21/2014 9:04PM

    You sure know how to have fun at the races!

You rock!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/20/2014 11:16AM

    What a great race! And D's bike! LOL!!! I hope you are ok! But it looks like that race was so much fun! (we wait until March before our race season starts and only hope it's not in the snow)

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DSSECRETS 11/20/2014 9:21AM

    Glad you know that's MY bike!!!

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/19/2014 10:08AM

    Great report! Hope whatever caused your DNF is better!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/18/2014 9:26PM

    Fun in the sun!

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KERRYG155 11/18/2014 7:49PM

    You have SO much fun at all your races!!! One day I hope to get back into it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/18/2014 7:34PM

    What a fun time! BTW, you must have your FB set to "friends only" and we're not... so couldn't access the link at the bottom. Still, great bling & great friends and the new ride... it's all good!

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    GREAT pics and yes, going to go see the rest!

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Inaugural East Lake Fire Rescue 5K

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ever since 9-11, I realized the utmost respect for our First Responders! They serve & protect us every day in our own backyards! When I found out my friend Suzanna was Race Director of this new race, I was in!
D was at Honeymoon Island doing her training long run of 11 miles so I represented at this race. Another friend, Ashley worked some great race photography and shared with me.

The field of runners was smaller than most races I run. Regardless, the quality was still strong as several of our Elite from my two run clubs participated.

Had to check out the Finish Line so...


The race was unique as we left en masse from the Fire Station to the Starting Line, led by full flashing lights of the Engine Co. 57 fire truck and our Pinellas Country Sheriffs! I loved the hometown feel of this race!





Suzanne started us with an air horn, followed by the sirens of the fire engine, and we were off. Way cool!





The course was one of the prettiest, and easiest, running on closed streets through the park portion of a neighborhood bordered by Tarpon Lake!
I decided to just have fun with it, start my Garmin for distance, and not get hung up on pace. I embraced the run as a gift on a gorgeous morning. Focusing only on my Pose run style, it felt like I was on cruise control and came in to the finish strong.



Runners came to the finish line cheered on by family, friends, and cooks waiting to serve a fantastic pancake breakfast!



Post Breakfast Bling was served as well....



...and I was happy with the outcome.

I'm closing with a photo I shot showing how Race Directors will wind down and celebrate a successful race!

Needless to say, 'Zanna makes races fun for all!

Thanks for taking the time to read about one of my most fun races!
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MBTEPP 11/21/2014 9:10PM

    Congrats on a great finish!

What a great cause!

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KERRYG155 11/14/2014 10:16PM

    Looks like a really fun race. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/14/2014 7:18PM

    Love it, great race report, as usual. It's all about the fun, the bling is gravy! emoticon

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JEREMY723 11/14/2014 6:30PM

    Looks like a great event and what great weather!

(Written as I look outside at several inches of snow)

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon I love when races "have meaning." It sounds like a fun day and you looked great on the podium!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/14/2014 2:05PM

    Thanks for sharing that fun race -- you all look spectacular.

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/14/2014 1:39PM

    Very nice! Though I'm not so sure about the Nebraska gear.... emoticon

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Great Race.

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KRISZTA11 11/14/2014 11:36AM

    Great race, thank you for sharing!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/14/2014 11:20AM

    Great!

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2014 10:34AM

    Awesome!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/14/2014 10:29AM

    Great event!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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"What Doesn't Kill You ..."

Monday, November 10, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, I went to TriRock Clearwater Triathlon Packet Pickup. I came home and started my Pre-Tri Prep, dress rehearsing my Transition on my living room floor. During the day, I was not feeling 100% due to a permanent condition I thought I had control over. Reality check! It started to weigh on my mind. I couldn't sleep that evening.
At 2:00am Sunday morning, I had to make a very difficult decision. It was extremely hard to accept but it was the right thing to do. I had based it on past discussion with my training partners, experience, and reason. I also have the highest respect for the challenges of a Triathlon.




This morning, I have no regrets as I will race another day! I don't accept excuses or failure. I know now it was neither. A definition of common sense is "...good sense and sound judgment in practical matters." I also realized my priorities to my family.
I am stronger today because of the decisions I made. Stay strong, stay focused, and be well.

Much love..Monty
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KPETSCHE 11/11/2014 11:49PM

    I'm sorry you had to make that tough decision but I'm sure it was the right one for you at that moment in time. Hope that you are able to get back on the horse, so to speak, as soon as possible.
Take care Monty!
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GABY1948 11/10/2014 8:13PM

    The hard decisions like this one are the hardest for sure. But right is right and wrong is wrong and you did RIGHT! And as you said you are stronger because of it....

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KRISZTA11 11/10/2014 2:26PM

    Great job you listened and made a wise decision!
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KERRYG155 11/10/2014 1:08PM

    Much better to use common sense and do the right thing. Take care of yourself and you'll be out there soon!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/10/2014 11:53AM

    Taking care of yourself includes knowing "when to fold 'em." I'm glad you know when.

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JUNEPA 11/10/2014 10:13AM

    Wise decision to respect the current situation and not push through regardless, I have something to learn from you. I have pushed and suffered consequences, I get an adrenaline rush from going ahead and sticking to the plan, a kind of heroic feeling, and have suffered needless injury as a result
And good point, there are plenty more races in your future

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/10/2014 9:51AM

    I'm glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself! Our health has to take priority. There will be other races, as you know so well.
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2014 9:27AM

    Tough call... right call. You are no quitter, but a practical man who knows how to make a decision!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/10/2014 9:24AM

    You made the right decision. To race today could have been bad. Hope your 100% soon! Yes, stay focused! You will race again!

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2014 Longleaf Triathlon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whoa! I'm behind in my race reports! Well, I'm finally going to catch up!
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I had several reasons to do this Tri. Others gave me reasons NOT to do it! A Race Director, also a fellow run & swim training mate, said to keep an open mind and form my opinion. Of course, the challenge was there and I would do it!
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I always suggest getting to the dance early. You go through check in, get set up in Transition then relax until it's time to rock 'n roll!
Body Marking at 5:30am!


Time drags before the start but eventually you finally get to enter the water! This was a time trial start and not a wave start. I liked it!


This was the source of negativity! Fact, we are spoiled by swimming the Gulf of Mexico, on the some of the best beaches in the US! This particular swim is in a lake. I tested it just before entering. My feet squished in mud and the lake grass was wrapping my legs. You also couldn't see your arms in the water! Hence, the term "black water!"
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Here''s proof I survived...


I made to the transition area where we were met with sprinklers to hose our feet off. Nice touch!


After getting my bike gear on, we're out of T1!




After a nice Saturday ride, I'm winding down...


and entering Transition City!


Leaving T2, I'm loving life on the run!


Now here's where a subplot begins.


I see the girl in blue ahead of me and notice her age, 32, on her right calf. I follow her a bit, see she's giving a good pace, and decide to draft her! A mile in the run. she moves to the right thinking I'm going to pass her. I tell her she's doing great and I'm into her pace. After 2 miles, she catches up to her girl friend. I hear "Jamie" say "we're doing a good pace!"
About a quarter of a mile to the Finish. I knew I had a good sprint in me. I told them they would cross the Finish Line before me, thanking them for the pace. I just thought it would be disrespectful.
We talked the rest of the way in. "Jamie," my pacer," thanked me as she was going to slow down a lot earlier in the run but continued. She said I inspired her to press on. (That was my medal!)
I told them to check their makeup, put a huge smile on, add a lil kick in their step, and get ready for the Finish Line shot! We laughed out loud together! They crossed, turned, saw me cross .04 sec behind them, clapping for me! We congratulated each other.



This was a surprise! My TriBro, Rob, got a medal, waited for me to finish. then presented it to me!

To the right, is Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series in Florida. He was the one who helped me with pain management over the last two Tris & a Duathlon! He was also the Longleaf Sprint Overall Winner. Still, he was there to see me finish! I am so grateful & blessed to have them as dear friends! Our TriFamily rocks hard!



Thanks for taking the time to read this report! Stay strong, embrace challenge, and never quit!
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DSSECRETS 11/7/2014 1:13PM

    Great pictures!

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You ROCK!
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DEBBYFROMMT 10/29/2014 11:32PM

    Wow Monty, you are an animal!! Way to go!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/29/2014 7:11PM

    You inspire me with every report, Monty! Way to say "ladies first"... and finish strong yourself, too. Oh, and two more comments: I LOVE time trial starts on the swim, it just makes things a little less hectic and GEE... I like that hat! emoticon

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    This was a GREAT report! I loved it! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/29/2014 4:15PM

    Monty, great report! Congrats. Great job. Black water doesn't sound like fun at all, but you did it. And did it well. Love the camaraderie in the race and at the finish line.

The quality of your pictures is great. You really captured it. Thanks so very much. Appreciate your support on my blog, too. Your message is truth! Thanks!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/29/2014 4:03PM

    Great report!
Ladybugs?

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