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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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KPETSCHE 10/30/2014 12:48AM

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Thanks for the great race report Monty!
You ROCK!
Kelly

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/29/2014 11:32PM

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

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KERRYG155 10/29/2014 9:10PM

    Great job getting through it all while encouraging others to do better. emoticon

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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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MJREIMERS 10/29/2014 6:19PM

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GABY1948 10/29/2014 5:35PM

    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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Stop Wasting Your Time...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

...on what was! You can even turn THAT into an excuse! Nobody wants to hear negative! FOCUS!



AND always look for ways to improve!



Every day will get better and better!
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Much love...
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KPETSCHE 10/28/2014 12:57AM

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INBRAZILFORNOW 10/25/2014 8:47AM

    Amen to that!

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PRESBESS 10/23/2014 11:47AM

    Those must be words of wisdom from a champion. I love it!

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KERRYG155 10/23/2014 10:28AM

    Those are both really good!! Should hang them on the mirror!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/23/2014 9:56AM

    Some Great Advise!
I needed that this Morning!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/23/2014 9:27AM

    Absolutely right! It's windy and going to rain, but it's not raining yet! I'm going out!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/23/2014 8:46AM

    Yes it will

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RICKHANN 10/23/2014 8:09AM

    Great motivator. We think way too much of the past.

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REJOHNSON3 10/23/2014 7:57AM

    I am ready. I am willing and I am able. Let's just do it!

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EVILCECIL 10/23/2014 7:29AM

  Rock on!

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My 4th SparkVersary!

Friday, October 17, 2014

After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE!



Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season.

All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then you know my story. Similar to many, less challenging to a few, but it's mine and I'm winning!

The most important person in my life saved me. She brought me to SparkPeople by taking her first step to a healthy lifestyle! She did it by example!

I noticed her making changes in her life over 1 1/2 months. I asked what she was doing and told her I would support her. at first it was talk. Then, I visited SparkPeople, signed up on Oct 17,2010, and started to walk with her. We set a goal to walk the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot and started training for it. THAT changed my life forever!

She truly is my queen!

DSSECRETS & I taking the throne at the 2014 Excalibur 10 Miler!

I never truly knew we would be where we are today! All I know now is that I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life. We're celebrating today by doing the Bayway Bridge Bash in St Pete Beach! We'll celebrate with our run family!

Simply put, the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless. It's about a longer life with my family! What more can I say?
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I own it and I put my name on it!




Much love to all my SparkFriends who support me and give me positive waves! Never quit!
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SUNBUNNI 10/23/2014 12:35PM

    Congratulations! That is an amazing story! Such an inspiration!

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JUNEPA 10/18/2014 10:11AM

    Amazing
I had never seen the before photo, you have really transformed!!
Love your family values, your cheerful positivity and your healthy life style choices
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/17/2014 9:42PM

    Happy Sparkversary!
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/17/2014 7:02PM

    I don't think I'd ever seen your "before", before. Tell D she's great (although I know you do, every day)! I totally agree with this statement, and was bubbling all over at the Dr.'s office this morning: "the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless". It truly, truly is (says the member of the choir, here).

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KRISZTA11 10/17/2014 5:54PM

    emoticon to your 4th SparkVersary!
Your success and persistence is an example to us all.
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    emoticon emoticon I would NOT recognize that the same person is in both pictures! That is emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/17/2014 11:44AM

    Congratulations Monty! You are doing a fabulous job. Reading your blog was encouraging and right on time.

Keep making it happen!
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KERRYG155 10/17/2014 11:11AM

    You are definitely both winners in the game of life!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/17/2014 10:36AM

    Fantastic blog!!!! HAPPY SPARKVERSARY!!!

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JAROL7 10/17/2014 10:23AM

    Way to go! You are a member of the 5% Club. You could add to the article, "5 Secrets of the 5% Club." It's the best article in SP but yours is an amazing story.

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Speaking from the Heart!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same.
She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she came to Run Club. We raced for two different teams but I emphasized the fact that we are all Tri family and we supported each other regardless.
By the end of the night, several of our group joined us and just strengthened our bond as a family!
THIS is what it's all about! We come together in different circles and we support each other!
If you are lurking, not active in this virtual family, and are not reaching your goals, then open up and let us know! We are all on the same journey. We should be supporting each other and doing what we can to help!
Just sayin'!

  
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KERRYG155 10/16/2014 10:20PM

    emoticon and well said. Glad she didn't make the decision to stay home. Exercise and being with others while doing it really does help deal with emotions. Glad you were able to be there!

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SPEDED2 10/16/2014 9:13PM

    Wonderful blog and so true.

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/16/2014 9:47AM

    There is a special bond between runners and a special bond between sparkers! You are amazing in supporting everyone! Thank you Monty!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/16/2014 8:58AM

    Runners and tri's are bonded in a special way -- it's great you got together!

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 8:46AM

    WOW! What a great blog and great thing to do for the young lady! You truly are special and THANK YOU...I never thought of it quite like this. I am pretty shy at heart about "inside" stuff!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/16/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon Spoken from the heart, and my heart resonates. Spark, like the running community, is Family! Here for each other. I know you put a great deal into supporting others, Monty... it's just who you are!

Thanks for being there for everyone... local to you, and virtual on line... and may the support echo back to you and D!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/16/2014 6:39AM

    Running Groups are so much more than Running. I love the expression,
"We are Family".. A Wonderful time to Run, Talk, Releases Frustrations and just Have Fun.

I wish I could get my 24 year old son back to running.. And with a running group.

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STEPHLOKI 10/16/2014 1:44AM

    True nothing to bring people together like sweating yourselves through the same grueling kilometers.
I stopped going to the running club (Hash House Harriers) for 2 years now, due to time pressure and the fact that I can't do long runs any more. I also don't drink alcohol any more.

But I still have the same bond with them. if we meet we pick up conversations where we left them off, we help each other and on FB we make fun of each other.

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2014 12:47AM

    Positive support is great!

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KPETSCHE 10/15/2014 11:17PM

    Thanks for being there for your running club teammate! I'm sure she appreciated the time to talk through a little bit and take her mind off of unhappy thoughts. I use my runs as a chance to release some frustrations and use the endorphins to get me out of a bad mood!
Kelly

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Patience

Monday, October 06, 2014

Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again.

We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago.
I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself!



Today, inspired by a dear SparkFriend's status, I'm sharing this with everyone. I hope it works for you!

  
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STEPHLOKI 10/7/2014 1:50AM

    I totally agree with you. But as much as you come out of every trial stronger and a bit more patient, those lessons on patience are not easy..... Can't remember the number of times I have looked in the mirror and called myself a failure, until I slapped myself (not literally....LOL) and reminded myself to focus on the goal and on the distance covered and not on the difficulties ahead.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/6/2014 7:49PM

    emoticon A challenge oh, so many of us face!

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MJREIMERS 10/6/2014 7:37PM

    I love it! Thanks!

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SANDICANE 10/6/2014 6:43PM

    Patience is the thing I "pray" for more often than anything else...and I pray for it to come RIGHT NOW!!

Thanks for your blog!

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KERRYG155 10/6/2014 6:34PM

    A great thing to remember and maybe post somewhere.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/6/2014 6:09PM

    Patience is a wonderful quality to cultivate and, as my husband tells me, the world provides us a lot of opportunity to practice!

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GABY1948 10/6/2014 5:37PM

    This is GREAT! My DH would totally love that someone else is telling me this! LOL

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/6/2014 5:06PM

    Patience as in, maybe, not running every race in your neck of the woods?
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SLENDERELLA61 10/6/2014 4:58PM

    Embrace anticipation and master patience!! Brilliant! Thanks so much. I am embracing....

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/6/2014 4:19PM

    Unfortunately patience is one thing I have not mastered!

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