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Always have a plan B

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yesterday I was scheduled to go to lunch with a friend who had retired from my workplace over a year ago. We made these plans a couple of months ago. As I was packing my lunch/snack bag, I pondered over whether to pack a salad and entrée for lunch "just in case"... but opted not to. I downsized a couple of the snacks to give me more wiggle room in the calorie count for lunch, too. This friend is very reliable, even though not a "phone each other at home" level of interaction... we're both introverted, and e-mailing one another on my work e-mail is more our style.

Anyway, midway through the morning, I got an e-mail from her that something had come up, and next week would work better for her. As it turns out, at that point with the usual "you took a day off" catch up, my reaction was "no problem, it will really work better for my day today, too." We rescheduled for next week, and I'm really looking forward to it. It's Sparking in person when you meet supportive friends!

That, however, left me with no packed lunch, and in need of a plan B. Plan B turned out to be a walk outdoors to a nearby Subway sandwich place. And my six inch turkey on wheat? Tasted oh, so good, and fit right in with my calorie and nutrient range needs. I even added the provolone cheese to it, because one of my snacks would normally have cheese and that's the bit I downsized on that snack.

Ended the day satisfied and in range... and with a little sunshine therapy. It was a gorgeous day. After work I had an early bedtime after Big Brother (yes, the Summertime obsession)... and got up bright and early this morning, ready to have another good day!

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. And it is at its best when my own journey touches that of kindred spirits at points along the way. Creatively (see, always have a plan B), consciously, and consistently making choices that support an active lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each, and every day.

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SHRINKBUG 9/17/2014 8:01PM

    Excellent! Again! Great advice/thinking. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 9/17/2014 6:59PM

    It's a good thing you had a Plan B----Well. the cat didn't throw up anymore----Perhaps I shouldn't "pill" him first thing in the morning--maybe wait till he eats---dunno!!---It was a bad day--but better after lunch when I drove to town----guess I needed to get away--Life is good tho Barb!!!! Lynda-Oh---A huge flock of geese flew over the house this morning --way too early!---Lynda

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SLENDERELLA61 9/17/2014 5:20PM

    Great Plan B. Glad you enjoyed it and have another week to look forward to lunch with your friend.

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LKWQUILTER 9/17/2014 2:57PM

    You did good!!

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LINDAKAY228 9/17/2014 2:56PM

    Glad it all worked out! I always need a Plan B too LOL!

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PRESBESS 9/17/2014 1:30PM

    Staying within your range... good job!
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KALIGIRL 9/17/2014 11:27AM

    Gotta love the universe!
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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2014 10:36AM

    Yes, always good to have a Plan B!

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LEWILL1982 9/17/2014 9:19AM

    I always bring my lunch when I have a lunch date scheduled; you just never know! SUbway is a great choice though and it all worked out for you! Enjoy your catch up with your friend next week!

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SUSANNAH31 9/17/2014 9:12AM

    For sure - having a plan B is the only way to go.
It keeps you flexible and adaptable.

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KANOE10 9/17/2014 8:53AM

    This is amusing ..as I am doing Plan B also today. Subway is my plan b and I am stopping to get lunch there. I enjoy their food also!

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GABY1948 9/17/2014 8:34AM

    It's always best to have a plan B for ANYTHING!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/17/2014 7:53AM

    always a good idea

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/17/2014 7:42AM

    Good thought. Plan B. Yes, I do have Plan B's for lots of things, but not everything....and maybe not good food choices. Thanks for the reminder!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/17/2014 7:23AM

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2014 7:21AM

    That Plan B thing is so necessary. Just think if you'd chosen to pout and feel hurt about your friend's change in plans and felt you "deserved" a restaurant lunch and then fell into the deep fat fryer instead!! Subway really does offer some healthy choices and is a go-to for me also in that situation -- there's one within a short walk of my office (and a small grocery store that sells salads which aren't as good as mine but can do in a pinch!!)

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Anatomy of a good recovery day

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I took yesterday as vacation. I scheduled it well in advance, because I know that after a big event, I need to pay particular attention to my recovery, both mental and physical.

On the mental side it is a day to assimilate the event into my identity. I am now a woman who has completed two Olympic distance triathlons. Before Sunday, I was not.

On the mental side, I need to go back over my memories of the race day, and re-assess without the rush of adrenaline and endorphins. I need to savor the good things and learn from the bad ones. By the way, SPINNINGJW did find time after her work day to share her photos, and that helps, too. I here present the swim exit - my left leg is the one that cramped, and you can see I'm a bit shaky getting my land legs back:



Twelve and a half minutes later, she captured me starting out on the bike. I'm not feeling terribly confident at this point, well aware of my relative position in the group. I did not clip in until I turned the first corner, then clipped only on the right side for a while. Added the left leg clip out on the main loop. Unclipped the left as I was getting done with the second big loop, unclipped the right not too long after, and was "mashing" (i.e. riding unclipped) for the traffic laden ride in to transition (about 2 miles worth).



Jen caught me at the run start, too, and I kind of like this photo. It captures how the sun is now out... love the way the light plays in this photo. The run did not have me feeling cold (I was chilly for the first loop of the bike). By now things are looking up in my head.



The finish line shot is on my Spark Page, and several of you have already commented on it... thank you. I'm kind of proud of that time. Not bad for "A little old lady in training". emoticon

On the physical side, I need to remember to get up and move around gently. I took two walks outside, short and slow. The furnace guy came and pronounced that it needs a part, so when the part gets in I'll have to schedule its installation. I ran errands... to the grocery store... got my eyes checked... made an appointment for my annual physical check up. In short, I am returning to the normal routine.

Today, I'm heading back to work. The gentle walks yesterday did what they needed to do... I'm not as stiff today as I was yesterday. I can feel the physical recovery. I'll feed my soul at lunch today with a former co-worker who is now retired.

LIFE is good. It is better when I'm fit. It is at its best in those moments when my journey touches those of kindred spirits. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices to support this CHOSEN lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

Namaste, my friends! emoticon

  
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MJREIMERS 9/16/2014 9:56PM

    You are emoticon ! You are an inspiration to me and so many more!

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DALID414 9/16/2014 8:52PM

    She took great photos!
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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2014 8:12PM

    Nice reflection and assimilation -- nice pictures!! This is who you are . . . a very accomplished athlete!!

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GABY1948 9/16/2014 3:58PM

    You IMPRESS EVERYONE....and rightly so! I saw Jen's pictures first and now yours they are SO emoticon as are YOU! I laugh at your "little old lady" all the time because you are little and a lady but you sure are NOT old! You ROCK for sure and are such an inspiration for us "real" little old ladies!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/16/2014 2:15PM

    Nice recovery plan and great photos. I love the one of you on the run. It looks like the caption should be "Look out, I'm comin for ya!"

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46SHADOW 9/16/2014 11:51AM

    You are an inspiration!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/16/2014 11:50AM

    It is wonderful to give yourself the time to recover and reflect, both of which you seem to have done admirably. Two triathlons puts you in rare company indeed!

Go, Barb!

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DLDMIL 9/16/2014 10:55AM

    What a great accomplishment. You rock. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 10:47AM

    That's the take away to me . . . you are NOW the Barb who has done two Tri's! That's awesome.

HUGS and glad you had a good recovery day.

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LINDAKAY228 9/16/2014 10:35AM

    So glad that you took a day to rest and recover and think about it. You really are amazing! Glad you are not so stiff. Enjoy the lunch!

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LEWILL1982 9/16/2014 10:08AM

    I love how Zen like your blog was- it felt like a recovery day. Great job!

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KALIGIRL 9/16/2014 10:05AM

    So glad to hear all is returning to 'normal' (whatever that is ...)
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HILLSLUG98239 9/16/2014 10:03AM

    You are in a very special club. Thanks for the description of your event and your wisely-handled transition back to "normal." I'm pretty sure the non-athletes around you can detect your aura, though. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/16/2014 9:51AM

    Great pictures and you do SUPER!!!! Congratulations.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/16/2014 9:00AM

    The photos are great. Thanks, Jen and Barb. Will check out the one on your page, too.

I like the way you divided the recovery into mental, ,which is not so obvious, and the physical, which is much more obvious. It does take both. I like that you took a day off, walked and did some productive errands. Good job!!

And you are now a person who has completed two Olympic distance triathlons! I'm very, very impressed!!

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SPINNINGJW 9/16/2014 7:42AM

    Now that my internet connection is not going out on me every 15-30 min, I got some of the other photos up on my blog. Evenings are full of lag, likely due to everyone in the apartment using the wi-fi.

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The splits, for the curious

Monday, September 15, 2014

The splits from yesterday's Oly triathlon are now in, and I'll mix them in with a few random thoughts about the experience.

Time: 4:05:04
Overall Place: 100 of 105 - so there were five people behind me... it was 3 runners I passed, confirmed.

Place in Gender: 29 of 34 - and they were all women, ranging in age from 19 to 37.

Place in Division F6064: 1 of 1 - we knew this already. On the way back to the car, I was chatting with some others, including a gal that looked like she might belong in the "senior" age groups, and fairly fit... and suggested she might want to do one sometime. I shared my dedication with her, when she said I was braver than she... because I'm not all that brave... I just have reasons to do this!

Swim: 53:06 Rate: 3:15 Place: 105 - of the 150 participants, only 106 were in the Olympic race, the remainder being in the Super sprint. I was dead last exiting the water, but my support crew tells me one guy panicked in the water early on, and they pulled him out.

Trn1: 12:22 - I needed this time. I think it was a good thing that the wetsuit was so stubborn coming off. My body needed to adjust to being on land, I needed the nutrition I took on. The deal about transition is that it is to prepare for your next sport. It is worth whatever time it takes to go out PREPARED for the next leg. I am grateful for how yesterday went. It held lessons in it that I needed to learn (or re-learn).

Bike: 1:50:37 Rate: 14.4 Place: 93 - You can see me making up time on the bike. I was 93rd fastest on the bike leg. While I was cold, I was also battling discouragement because I was being passed by people who were 13 miles ahead of me, on their second loop already as I started my first! It wasn't like the little CSG race where I knew the course, and it was short, and three loops... where you didn't really know how far ahead the folks who were lapping you were, and you could imagine that some of those you were passing were on your loop and you were making progress.

It truly is hard to come back from leaving the water last. When I passed that first biker on the back side of the second loop... no, even when I had her in sight as I started the second loop... I felt better. I wasn't THAT far behind. I would be OK.

The tail end of the bike, when I was going through running traffic on my way back to transition was particularly encouraging, as there were people I knew out on the run... my open water swim training buds... and they all had kind words for me as I passed (and I for them).

Awesome, awesome thing, the TRI community! We compete, yes... but with ourselves. This was Angie's first Olympic distance TRI. She did great (finished third in her AG, 35-39, young mom of two, in a bit more than an hour less than my time 3:04:27). So proud of this gal! Ken finished in 3:12:31, and was 11th in his AG of Men 35 - 39. His goal was to not panic in the water and have a better swim time... which he achieved. Proud of him, too, as he's had back issues to deal with. See? We all have our personal inner battles! Apparently joining TNT (Team Nebraska Triathlon) and meeting some of these folks has led to becoming better known among others who participate... I heard my name called by THEIR support teams, too! And we did NOT have names on our bibs this race.

Trn2: 4:29 - T2 is usually faster than T1... you're just changing shoes and headgear.

Run : 1:04:33 Pace: 10:24 Place: 83 - My strongest sport of the three, I improved my pace here over my race in Wisconsin by nearly five minutes. Which is good... I have more running training ahead of me, to get up to HM distance by November 9th. And stay there over the Winter.

This morning? I'm a little stiff. Moving slowly, but moving. I already had scheduled it as a vacation day, knowing I need a recovery day, both physically and mentally after an event like yesterday's.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when my journey touches those of kindred spirits at points along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support the long term change in my lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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SUSANNAH31 9/17/2014 9:07AM

    It's so good to hear how supportive you all are to one another. I like how you compete against yourself and your own previous performances.
Thanks for spelling out the self-talk and lessons learned. That's important stuff.
So much applies to life in general - not just the race - e.g. "It is worth whatever time it takes to go out PREPARED for the next leg."
Congrats on all!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/16/2014 6:30AM

    Did you ever imagine saying running was your strongest sport?
You rock, Barb!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/15/2014 11:45PM

    Great job! I am so far from every trying that! Keep up the great work!

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SANDICANE 9/15/2014 9:58PM

    namaste

And, you're a LITTLE sore today???? Well that in itself is a victory!!

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MSLZZY 9/15/2014 8:36PM

    All the little details that tell me you are taking delight in the little things and counting them as big successes, which they are. HUGS and hope you are all
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-SHOREIDO- 9/15/2014 7:49PM

    Greta blog. Love the detail! You really are amazing!

Congratulations!!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2014 6:29PM

    Just loved the details -- the thought that goes into this, the "lessons" that come out of this, and the esteem in which you are held (which you so richly deserve) and which of course has nothing to do with your times at all!!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/15/2014 6:10PM

    Great job!

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DLDMIL 9/15/2014 5:32PM

    Great Job Barb. Every event is different and you should be very proud of yourself. We are proud of you for training and completing this TRI event.

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KALIGIRL 9/15/2014 9:03AM

    So glad you had a successful event!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/15/2014 7:41AM

    When you consider the multiple variables that go into a sports performance like a tri, it makes sense that the only person you can really compete against is yourself. You're doing a good job competing too, Barb!

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GABY1948 9/15/2014 7:32AM

    So glad you took the day off. I loved this blog too....and I believe I would speak for many others....when I say you are NEVER dead last in anything to us! Love the, "Competing against ourselves"...that one will stick with me for sure!

I also love that you are FAMOUS among your peers...you do DESERVE that, and I have told you how I use that word VERY sparingly!

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SPINNINGJW 9/15/2014 7:31AM

    One of the guys cheering you by name was one I befriended helping call out bib numbers out of the water. A lot of athletes, especially the first ones out, stripped off their caps, and with full wetsuits, their number wasn't visible for the volunteers doing the tracking. I was trying to catch numbers before caps got stripped and call them ahead to the trackers. Got to talking with this guy with a big camera, who knew I was still waiting for you. He said he got some nice shots, and I had told him your name, which he apparently remembered when you came in at the finish line.

This guy with the big camera gave me his business card, and told me where to find photos on his website. Will have to do that after work as well.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2014 7:15AM

    Thoroughly enjoyed this recounting of your impressive event. Admire your tenacity, wisdom, perspective, and athletic skill. Congrats on the overall performance, on catching up on the bike, and really doing a great run. Enjoy your recovery day! -Marsha

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ELRIDDICK 9/15/2014 7:04AM

  Thanks for sharing

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LEANJEAN6 9/15/2014 7:04AM

    It's about yer best time I guess--against all odds-----rest up girl!!!!---Eat what's in yer frig!--LOL--Hugs-Lynda

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/15/2014 7:02AM

    I loved reading this. Competing against ourselves is really what it's all about.
Congratulations!

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It was ugly, but it's done.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The online splits are not yet available. The photos are sitting in SPINNINGJW's phone while she's sitting with car trouble getting repaired... ouch! But the race is in the bag. I'll do the word story here... but warning to those of you who are used to having me all bubbly and happy after a race... I'm going to let you in on something a little different this time: not all races are the block party, full day of joy that I normally experience.

This one was the other kind. Yesterday afternoon I had trouble controlling my eating... I justified it as "carb loading" but it probably was not the best idea.

This morning, on the good news front, my furnace had actually worked overnight (it refused to start yesterday even though the thermostat was set lower than the ambient temperature in the room holding it by about 5 degrees). I put on flannel p.j.'s and put my winter blanket on the bed. Slept very well... so that was good news.

I methodically packed the car, and got to the race site. There was fog on the way, and the lake looked like a giant hot tub, with the fog rising off it. The water was going to be warmer than the air, and we knew it.

The wet suit (Eliza the Sleek) slipped on easily in the chilly air, using the plastic bag trick. My friends who had been open water swim training with me racked their bikes near mine, and there was lots of room in transition. There were 150 entrants... a good turnout.

My cheering section showed up before the race began, SPINNINGJW was staying with a different friend this weekend, who lives very near the lake of the event, so she had no trouble getting there on time. Also, after the race, she helped me schlep everything back to Dexter for the ride home, serving as my Sherpa as well as the photographer.

So... to the race itself. This is the lake, a shot from yesterday when I did a little preview of the course.



I tried to find a spot toward the back of the swim crowd. It was a mass start of a single wave for the open water swim. Before I even got to the first buoy, there were thoughts in my head "what was I thinking? This is a LONG swim. Can I take it back?" I found myself fighting my inner dialog the whole swim long. I kept having to remind myself of who I was doing it for. I kept having to remind myself that I HAVE trained for this. What I'd do differently next time? Taper better... I hadn't been in the pool OR the open water for about 3 weeks!

So, I was indeed the LAST Olympic distance swimmer out of the water... AND... my left leg cramped really badly JUST as I was trying to stand up and get out. I ended up having to flip over onto my bottom and work out the cramp before I could dizzily pull it together and head up to transition.

Worst Transition 1 EVER! I had a horrible time taking the wetsuit off. The legs especially, and probably that cramp contributed to the trouble. I have no idea how long I was in transition, but I took my time. Slurped a GU, which I really needed at that point. Tried to check out the potty... and it was in use, and I decided to go out on the bike course without stopping to pee.

As it turned out, I went all the way through a 26.4 mile bike ride and peeing during Transition 2, from bike to run. The big gaffe of the technology day was that I hit the lap button and the stop button, but failed to "OK" the change of sport... so that bike ride was recorded by the Garmin as a second Open Water Swim, and I couldn't change it once it was done... sigh. Still, because I *did* hit the lap button, I *do* know how the entire bike ride went.

So... now, out on the bike. I was cold. You say Nebraska doesn't have hills? Hah! This course was ALL hills. And I went up and down and up and down... around the lake twice, OFTEN having to invoke Carol's name and remember who I'm doing this for. But the scenery was pretty... glimpses of the lake, sometimes long vistas... sunflowers in one spot, and Sophia (my bike) *is* a sweet ride. And at about mile 20 (in the second loop around the lake)... I caught up with two other bikers, and passed them... and things began to get better in my mind. I didn't have to talk myself out of giving up from then on... I knew I would finish. I only had 6 bike miles and a 10K run to go. It's like when that horse knows the barn is ahead on the trail ride.

Coming down the road to transition (about 2 miles from the loop road to the transition area) I was in traffic. There were runners coming out, and runners heading back. And HUGE old campers and trailers trying to exit the park. Yuck! Still I made it back to transition, and I was NOT the last biker into T2.

Speaking of Transition 2, it was much better than T1. Took care of the potty stop (they were out of TP... ewwww... but any port in a storm, folks, and it was 3 hours post start by now). Switched to the running shoes, slurped another GU (which I needed at that point), changed water sources to the fuel belt, and slapped my cap on in place of the bike helmet. Headed out. Started relatively fast, having been high from finishing the bike, and feeling hope from having passed two bikers. And knowing that the run is still my strong suit in triathlon.

The run course was also hilly. But remember last week's Buffalo Run? Hills are our friends, remember? I kept telling myself that. I started passing other run/walkers sometime between mile 2 and 3 on the out and back route. I think I passed three or four runners. So that makes about five or six folks now BEHIND me.

When I got to mile 6, I could see the finish line, only two tenths of a mile away. By then, many of the folks who had already finished were heading to their cars, pushing their bikes and holding their awards. Jen was there to take a photo of me almost ready to pass under the gun time clock, which at that point read 4:05:04. Amazing. That's two minutes UNDER my Wisconsin Dells time from June, and with a bike course two miles longer. (As it turns out, since it was a mass start, Gun time = chip time!)

Oh, my, Goodness! It works. You don't HAVE to be walking, running, swimming, or biking on air to have a race come together for you. Did I have lessons learned today? You bet! They abound.

But in the end, the important things remained the same: LIFE is good. It is better when I am fit. It is at its best when my journey touches those of kindred spirits in the process. Creatively, consistently (not perfectly), and consciously (every step of the way) making choices that support that healthier lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

Oh, and one more photo:


Yep, I was the only little old lady in my age group... but I EARNED it. And when SPINNINGJW gets access and uploads them, we'll see the action shots.

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MARYJEANSL 9/16/2014 11:55PM

  Congratulations! Any way you look at it, that was a huge accomplishment. :-)

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MJREIMERS 9/16/2014 9:59PM

    You are amazing!! All I can really say is, "WOW!"

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JSEATTLE 9/16/2014 1:48AM

  I am so proud of you!! What an accomplishment. I wish I was a better swimmer, I've only done the bike-run segments before.

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LINDAK25 9/15/2014 7:21PM

    FANTASTIC!

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    emoticon emoticon My hats off to you. I can't even do a emoticon because of my knees and back. I am afraid of water over my head. You are so impressive.

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NONNAOF2 9/15/2014 4:14PM

  You are unbelievably tenacious when it comes to completion of your goal for that day, you should be so very proud of yourself! What a well done job in completing the course and in a record time from previously, too! Yahoo!! :-)

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LINDAKAY228 9/15/2014 3:19PM

    When I was running races I know I had one 10k when I fought the urge to just quit and sneak out all the way through but I didn't. Turned out when I got there that there were about 30 people total in this race and I was slow so naturally I was the last one. I came in last but I came in. I won a first place award in my age group because there was no other female in that group. I walked away feeling disgusted and that I would never tell anyone about that medal. But then after I left I started thinking about it and that I did work hard and I did finish and if I was the only one that had the courage to do that 10k in my age group then I definitely deserved that medal! I learned lessons through it and some events just don't go anything like we planned. You finished and that's an awesome feat!! One I couldn't have done I don't think even before a stroke! So be happy with yourself even if it wasn't anywhere near where you wanted it. You still did it!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/15/2014 2:31PM

  Ok, so it seems it was hard, and some struggles. But YOU DID IT!!! and finished. What does it say about being the 1st in your age group, a tough lady... Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/15/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon Congratulations on Finishing, and on the Lessons Learned. Any Race that you Complete in an upright position is a Win, in my opinion!

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LCRUMLEY81 9/15/2014 1:02PM

  Well DOne

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 9/15/2014 11:29AM

    Congratulations on a great job!

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TUTUNAN 9/15/2014 11:09AM

    Wow, what an achievement! Congrats!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/15/2014 10:22AM

  This doesn't sound like fun to me, but to each her own. I'm glad you enjoyed it and it was for a good cause. It certainly got your heart pumping and provided lots of good exercise. More power to you!

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LEWILL1982 9/15/2014 9:38AM

    Congratulations on a big race and solid finish! I think that's my goal for next year, as I come down off of the marathon high. I am not a swimmer and that will be my biggest task to conquer!

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NANCY- 9/15/2014 9:00AM

    Love your perseverance.


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SHERYLP461 9/15/2014 8:50AM

    congrats!!

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SPINNINGJW 9/15/2014 7:25AM

    It wasn't as ugly as she describes, she finished upright with a smile on her face. By the time we got to the car, she was already making comments about what to do differently "next time." And musing that a half-iron was probably not in the cards for now.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/15/2014 7:19AM

    I'm reading the story backwards since I just read about your splits.
As I wrote to Slenderella, first place is first place!
Congratulations!

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LEANJEAN6 9/15/2014 6:58AM

    I hope when you post the pics--you post this blog too--LOL--sounds like it was difficult indeed-----but--YOU DID IT!--Lynda

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PENOWOK 9/15/2014 6:48AM

    So sorry things didn't go smoothly...but you didn't quit! That's what makes you who you are!

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CHERYLHURT 9/15/2014 6:46AM

  Amazing! Congratulation! I'll be thinking of you this morning when we go out on our tandem....you are MY INSPIRATION!

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BESSHAILE 9/15/2014 6:46AM

    YAA HOOO!

Congratulations on a special triumph. The kind of high that will give you will last all through the winter.

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TRYN2SURVIVE 9/15/2014 6:43AM

    Wow! I'm in awe. I hope I can even get to where I could just run the course. Way to Go!

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KANOE10 9/15/2014 6:11AM

    You were two minutes under your time and you did not give up. That was well done. It did not sound like an easy race, but was still a worthwhile event.

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SHRINKBUG 9/15/2014 5:14AM

    You stuck it out, and what an accomplishment! The harder-earned goals are more dear.

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KRISZTA11 9/15/2014 3:37AM

    Congrats to your race! Sounds like a tough one, especially the swimming part... but you are tougher!
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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/15/2014 3:29AM

    Of course you did it!
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KASEYCOFF 9/15/2014 1:57AM

    As my grandmother used to say, if a quilt didn't have some dark patches, you wouldn't appreciate the beauty of the bright ones. The occasional rough race will make the 'fun' ones all the more enjoyable.

You done good, kid...
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MRS.DOYLE 9/15/2014 1:54AM

    You are amazing. I feel tired just reading this. Very well done.
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For whom the race is run: reprise

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday I have my second outing in an Olympic distance triathlon. The bike course on this one is about two miles longer than the one in June. The temperature conditions are looking to be cooler. And I'm not as pumped up... this one was kind of an after thought.

It was spurred by getting together with other triathletes. You know you're in trouble when you start sharing memories of races and hopes for future races! LOL... you suddenly find yourself hitting "enter" on a registration form. But seriously, this one is to prove that the one in June was not a fluke.

And it's a local race, no destination or trip stuff, just getting to the lake with all my gear, and going out and doing it. I will be taking Monday off work to come down off the high or recover from the low, no matter what happens on Sunday.

Meantime, I've been pretty much tapering for three solid weeks this time. Even last Sunday's Buffalo Run of 5 miles was done as a training race, not a press for the best race. As usual, this week I've been second guessing everything... it's what I do during taper. But the truth is... I'm as ready as I'm going to be. What happens, happens.

And when the day is done, I will still be me. The goal is to cross the finish line, in an upright position, with a smile on my face, and wanting to do it again. The goal is to complete an event uninjured, and be able to continue training for the next one.

And to whom will I dedicate THIS outing? I'm thinking this one is for my late sister in law, Carol. Because she was one who stopped being able to do things, through no fault of her own. She passed away as a result of ALS, in 2013. As she was declining, I would tell her that I was running for her, and she would tell me that she could feel that. So, once again, another event for Carol. I do this because I can. I do it for those who cannot.

LIFE is good. It is better when I'm fit. It is at its best when my journey touches at points with those of kindred spirits. Encouraging others, and creatively, consistently and consciously making choices that support an active lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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ALOHAEV1 9/14/2014 8:10AM

    Thinking about you today, knowing that you will be just fine; that your Sis is right there with you and as Janet said, she will be a smidgen on your shoulder - so will many of us!
Will look for the recap.



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SLENDERELLA61 9/13/2014 10:39PM

    You are going to do great, Barb! I'm feeling very confident for you. Bet you are feeling confident, too. You have set realistic goals for yourself; not too much pressure. So I think you will thrive!! Enjoy each facet of your race.

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JEANKNEE 9/13/2014 5:59PM

    Best wishes for a wonderful experience tomorrow.


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DLDMIL 9/13/2014 2:23PM

    Have a great day

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BOOKAPHILE 9/13/2014 10:59AM

    Enjoy the whole process, and let us know what happens. I'm glad you're taking Monday off to rest and return to normal.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/13/2014 9:40AM

    I think your run is for a lot of people who admire your fortitude.
Every time you run, I selfishly sit a smidgen on your shoulder

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PMRUNNER 9/13/2014 9:07AM

    Many blessings!

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LEANJEAN6 9/13/2014 7:42AM

    so---is the furnace working Barb?--Lynda

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/13/2014 7:30AM

    Wonderful! Good luck and enjoy the experience.

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SANDICANE 9/13/2014 6:58AM

    Can I just cut and paste Watermellen's comments??? I guess not eh? Well, you surely are an inspiration...to those who were sick and to those who are well, and to those who are somewhere in-between.



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LJCANNON 9/13/2014 12:43AM

    emoticon Really sounds as though everything is Right On Track!!
I know you will make us -- and Carol!! -- proud on Sunday! I'll be thinking of you!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/12/2014 7:16PM

    How moving (in both senses of the word): and love both the dedication and the goal, to finish upright and smiling and wanting to do it again . . . those are the key things for sure!

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DEBRITA01 9/12/2014 6:19PM

    "Proving that the one in June wasn't a fluke" must be a part of the second-guessing during the taper. You did it in June and you'll do it again. You'll have Carol with you and you'll finish upright with that smile on your face. Enjoy your Tri! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 9/12/2014 3:01PM

    That's a beautiful sentiment, doing the race for those who cannot. I know your SIL is smiling down on you from her spot in heaven!

AND, I think everyone questions their "readiness" during taper week! But your goal -- to finish upright, uninjured, with a smile is so pragmatic. The joy (at least for me) is in the ability to finish, not in the time.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/12/2014 3:01PM

    That's a beautiful sentiment, doing the race for those who cannot. I know your SIL is smiling down on you from her spot in heaven!

AND, I think everyone questions their "readiness" during taper week! But your goal -- to finish upright, uninjured, with a smile is so pragmatic. The joy (at least for me) is in the ability to finish, not in the time.

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DALID414 9/12/2014 1:09PM

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2014 11:48AM

    I love who you are doing it for! And whether you feel like doing the race or not, you are still such an inspiration because you get out there and do it anyway!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/12/2014 11:08AM

    A beautiful blog by beautiful you!!!

Thanks for sharing these beautiful "Words of the heart".

YOU my friend are one special gal!!

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LKWQUILTER 9/12/2014 9:39AM

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MSLZZY 9/12/2014 9:37AM

    Run for Carol and meet those goals when the day is done. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/12/2014 9:09AM

    And an awesome reason to do it! Good luck to you!

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GABY1948 9/12/2014 8:59AM

    I know you shall never forget Carol and what better way to remember her/anyone than the way you are doing it!

I also know you will cross that finish like with that great sunshiny smile of yours!

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LEANJEAN6 9/12/2014 8:23AM

    Here's to Carol too!----I know you will cross that line with a smile !-Lynda

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KANOE10 9/12/2014 8:14AM

    That is such a perfect dedication for your event. I am so glad your sister in law could feel happiness as you ran for her..and that you are again going to celebrate her by dedicating this tri to her.
Good luck on the tapering. You are ready for Sunday. I know you will enjoy it!

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KALIGIRL 9/12/2014 8:11AM

    Here's to Carol and crossing "the finish line, in an upright position, with a smile on my face, and wanting to do it again."
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