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That was then, this is now

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I went to one of my events, and being me, started reading slogans on T-shirts. This one struck me: "Your workout is OUR warm-up".

Well, I could rephase that: "today's workout is tomorrow's warm-up". Or "Yesteryear's workout is today's warm-up".

Seriously, fitness is cumulative. Beginners, take heart if all you can do right now is something a "real" exerciser would just use as a warm-up. Someday, if you keep at it... it WILL be your warm-up.

It is now Summertime, for real. Temperatures are climbing into the 90's (F) and threatening to top the century mark tomorrow. Today was a running day, and not wanting to run in the after work 90's temperatures, I cajoled my body out of bed and out the door.

I did my full 9-minute warm up - 5 minutes brisk walk, followed by a minute jog, minute walk, twice, then started "running easy". The training plan said I was supposed to run 9 minutes, walk 45 seconds for the remainder of the run... I had not been doing the walking breaks, but this morning I decided I would give them a nod... and put in 30 second walking breaks at those spots.

Deal is: as I was running, being me, those random thoughts popped into my head. It dawned on me that things about my thought pattern related to the run have changed!

What's your thought / motivation when you look at your watch, for example? Used to be, I was thinking .oO(OMG, how much longer do I have to keep doing this before a break?) This morning, I found myself thinking .oO(I have X minutes left... how much farther can I go in that time?)

And I noticed something: my breathing was easier. And I found myself experimenting with lengthening my stride. Focusing on running quietly (something my trainer mentioned last winter).

And when I got to the end of the run, into the cool-down walk, it dawned on me I felt GOOOOD! I may be making the turn from jogger to runner? Is that even possible? Time will tell!

In any case, life is good here with the patriotic oats and the Spark coffee mug. Hope it's the same with all of you! Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/27/2012 8:59PM

    I find myself in wondering how long before it's over - haven't turned that corner. . .

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KALIGIRL 6/27/2012 8:30AM

    "life is good here with the patriotic oats and the Spark coffee mug" - glad to hear it my friend - sounds like every day you are getting stronger and I shall join you soon!

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/27/2012 1:16AM

    Envy you there... I have to admit that however consistant I have become in walking running or swimming I have never got to the point of chnged thinking, I just want it to be done, I just donīt like cardio!

Happy for you!

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LJCANNON 6/27/2012 1:02AM

    emoticonYes, it is amazing when I realize how much my Thought Process has changed!! It is kind of hard to believe taht it is ME!!

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2012 10:43PM

    What an inspiring blog! So cool that you have become so fit! Loved your comments on my eating disorders blog too, thank you!

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KARIDIAN1 6/26/2012 9:35PM

    You go girl!

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COMETER 6/26/2012 8:50PM

    Exercise--it can be fun! What a good thing.

Feels good.

And good to be open to a new point of view about it.

Thanks for posting!

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SUNNY332 6/26/2012 8:43PM

    Oh wow - I relate. Last year, I was biking at a 1 and 2 resistance - this year, I am on 4 and plan on being at level 5 by July 1st (right around the corner. The one and two is now my warm up...

Progress is being made on all fronts.

Woop - Woop - Woolp!

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SHEILA-45 6/26/2012 1:49PM

    WOW! I hope to be where you are someday... I'm still in the walking mode. Your enthusiasm is contagious! WOO-HOO! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2012 11:29AM

    YES! I power walk and my thought in the beginning -- P-L-E-A-S-E let this be over soon as I'd look @ my watch. Quit wearing my watch for awhile. My thoughts gradually turned to be much like yours! Ho much farther can I make in the time frame! Now I can wear the watch for the RIGHT reasons.

Love your sense of adventure and perseverance. You can do it!!

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MNTWINSGAL 6/26/2012 10:33AM

    Yea Barb! It looks like you have indeed turned a corner!

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EBEAMS 6/26/2012 8:51AM

    It holds true that if we don't look over our shoulders once in a while to see where we started out from, nothing ever seems like "enough". But taking the time to evaluate where we started from, where we are now and where we are headed is hugely important! It gives a snapshot of reality ... Keep up your fabulous work! By the way, I loved the "run 9 mins" and then take a walk break cycle. It made the 1/2 not so grueling!

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MIZCATHI 6/26/2012 8:41AM

    These changes you are experiencing are awesome! I love it when that happens. Yesterday when I visited friends at the building where I worked just 3 weeks ago (they have vacated now), I noted that I walked up 3 flights of stairs without the slightest twinge. 3 years ago that activity was a struggle. It's the small things that were once gigantic that add up to fitness - thanks for the reminder!

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_LINDA 6/26/2012 8:35AM

    Isn't it awesome to be fit and fabulous?? You rock!!
So agree with culmulitive fitness :) When I was in Radium Hot Springs, I did four hikes up a steep mountain (its near the top in the middle of the mountains so not much choice lol) and just getting up to our hotel room meant climbing up a steep incline. My Mom said she had soreness in her calves the first two days she was there. The old guy who owned the motel took one look at me and thought I would be hurting the next day too, (I was tired from my usual lack of sleep, not the hikes) but I wasn't, not even a twinge :) All those step classes had paid off! But one error my Mom makes is she never stretches after a hike, and I wasn't going to make the same mistake.
I do so envy you the freedom of jogging/running as that is something I will never be able to do, as its too hard on my joints. I make due with my short bursts of high intensity cardio to give me that rush :)
Enjoy your wonderful body and have a great day!

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DZDAZR2BGR8T 6/26/2012 7:52AM

    Love your enthusiasm...and yes, it is progressive & my outlook as changed as I've progressed along my healthy journey...thanks for sharing....what's your background Pic??? emoticon

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Rest Day and patriotic breakfast

Monday, June 25, 2012

The fresh fruits (blueberries and strawberries both) are in season here, and I just had to show off my breakfast, because it almost qualifies in the "food as art" category today.

It's a rest day on the training schedule, and I am ready for it. I have plans for the week ahead, part of which is doing my brick workout (Thursday) from my sister's house. I love my bike, you see. I don't want to change its tires. But my sister has a hybrid bike, that would be better for the tri... if it fits me and I can adapt to it.

So, Thursday after work, I'm going to go do the front half of my brick on her bike from her house, then run in her neighborhood. HINT: Changing things up also alleviates getting bored with the training workouts.

If things go well, I will borrow her bike the week of the race, get it tuned up, and ride it for my bike leg. For those of you who were wondering what happened to the plan to ride son's bike for that leg (also a hybrid, and one I've ridden before)... that's still a back up plan. But this one is a women's bike and there are slight differences. I figure I'm also exploring my options, getting information in case one day I might want to add a second bike to my garage. And as a bonus, I get to see my sister before she leaves to spend the 4th with her daughter's family.

Saw one of my other sisters and family yesterday afternoon (between my bike workout and my evening "active recovery" brisk walk). We went to the Melodramas, hosted by my brother in law. My sister was in an impish mood and taunted the villian. emoticon Warning: if you're gonna taunt the villian in a melodrama, be prepared by wearing washable clothing. You might just find yourself covered in emoticon popcorn when he retaliates! Short version: a good time was had by all.

The cream on top? E-mail and IM's from son. What more could a mom want from a weekend?

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2012 10:46PM

    Mmmmmmm. Love my berries too (generaly with fat free Greek yogourt). The local strawberries are the best!!

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KARIDIAN1 6/25/2012 11:54PM

    Nice looking breakfast! Good luck on the bike hunt. I do like my recumbent bicycle. The Melodramas sound fun.

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SHARON10002 6/25/2012 9:32PM

    Love your patriotic breakfast? Do you have ESP? My blog for today was about berries! Great minds think alike! Love those emails, IMs and calls from our sons (or daughters)! Just makes us moms glow. . .
Hope your sister's bike works out for you! Have a great week!!!! Sounds like it's gonna be a hot one!

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COMPUCATHY 6/25/2012 9:26PM

    Sounds like and EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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EBEAMS 6/25/2012 8:14PM

    Good for you! I love bricks ... I need to do them more often! In fact, I'm thinking I might do one in the morning ... There you go! Inspiring me again!

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LEANJEAN6 6/25/2012 7:34PM

    Wow--nice looking breakfast--I am happy to read that you ""sorta"" rest once in awhile--*S*--- Thanks for all the support --I do appreciate it so much-Lynda

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/25/2012 4:23PM

    Yea for hearing from your son. I love the strawberries artistically arranged in breakfast. I switced from a mountain bike to hybrid road bike. My time went from 8 min mile on MTB to 5 min mile on hybrid, with way less effort. I also love that my new bike is the correct frame size for me, women's XS. Now if I can just get used to those pesky clip-pedals! You're such an inspiration!

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_LINDA 6/25/2012 3:28PM

    What a wonderful weekend!! Glad you had such a great one! Not sure what you mean by a hybrid bike, but would have thought one you were used to would be best..
I am always have blueberries and strawberries for breakfast -they are my favorites, and I also have a banana, makes the best fruit shake!
Enjoy your rest day -you earned it!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/25/2012 12:23PM

    Life is good! And you are so into it!! Hope that sister's bike fits you like a glove . Looking forward to hearing all about your tri training and tri experience. Don't know that I'd ever want to do one, but I never say never. You are doing a great job of blogging to share your excitement and commitment. Take care. Enjoy your rest day. You certainly deserve it!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/25/2012 12:13PM

    Yeah for the IM and e-mail from your son! Definitely the creme de la creme for the weekend.

Your Melodrama made me laugh out loud! My brother and I just cannot behave like adults when we're together!! LOL

Good luck with your training today! What an inspiration!

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MIZCATHI 6/25/2012 10:50AM

    Reading your blogs makes me want to push myself a bit more... from the background page of athletes in their wet suits, to the celebration of the summer with your red, white, and blue theme, to discussions on which bike feels better for your upcoming athletic event.

It makes me realize that the power in me does exist, and that I just need to do it. Doing it is what counts.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/25/2012 10:46AM

    Sounds like a fun, productive weekend!

And I love your red-white-and-blue breakfast!

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SUNNY1432 6/25/2012 9:12AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and have a busy week planned. Good luck and thanks for sharing the picture, I may have to change my breakfast plan. emoticon

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 6/25/2012 9:05AM

    Your breakfast looks delicious -- have a great Monday!

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LJCANNON 6/25/2012 8:48AM

    emoticonSounds like an Awesome weekend, and I love that your Sister taunted the Villain!! I love the shows where they interact with the audience members.
emoticonIt is always a good idea to have a 'Plan B' and I am looking forward to hearing more about your Tri.
emoticonYour Breakfast looks so good I don't even want to talk about it!! I am already drooling on the computer (and I am at Work!!)

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JENNIFERH625 6/25/2012 8:13AM

    That looks delicious!

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SUNNY332 6/25/2012 8:06AM

    I love melodramas but like you - know you should not taunt the villain. What fun!

Enjoy your rest day. Loved the Patriotic Breakfast.

Awesome that you heard from your soldier over the weekend. That would be the cream on the top of everything else.

Have a Marvelous Monday!

Hugs, Sunny

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AZMOMXTWO 6/25/2012 7:50AM

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By Special Request (for Cathy)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cathy (Karidian1) commented on yesterday's blog: "So looking back say two years ago, would you ever thought you would be doing a triathlon, or all the other fun and exciting things you have done the last year or so? "

That is the inspiration for today's reverie! So, for you, Cathy, and anyone else who might be wondering or peeking into your own futures in terms of what you'll do / how your life will be in YOUR maintenance... fear not... you need not be QUITE as nuts as me, but you can have every bit as much fun in your maintenance, by simply doing it YOUR way!

Two years ago I was at the beginning of my maintenance phase. My son was deployed. His unit had suffered a significant loss. I wanted to participate in some way in the memorial that was going to happen on the one year anniversary of that loss, in November. The memorial event was to be a half marathon, a significant distance (13.1 miles), as it was to honor 13 service members and one unborn child whose lives were lost that day.

Two problems: one, there was NO WAY I was half marathon ready, or with my work schedule thought I could GET half marathon ready in time. And the event was several states away. Fortunately the event also had an attached 5K. I at least felt I could GET ready for that. By November, my son would be home. So, about two years ago, I was starting to think about participating in events. But did I envision all the way to a "real" triathlon, i.e. one with chips and timing? Heck no.

I achieved my goal of doing a 5K on the memorial race day, although I did it with my son, remote, right here in town. I added some elements to make it meaningful (balloon release with the names attached, wore the unit's number on my shirt even though it wasn't a real bib, etc.) And then it became a question of "what's next"?

Enter some Spark inspirations: JUST_TRI_IT (Diane) blogged her way to her first triathlon. In December HOT4FITNESS (Deanna) Spark-mailed me and challenged me to walk the Lincoln Half Marathon with her in May 2011... and suddenly that half marathon distance didn't seem quite so daunting. If I WALKED it. But Deanna is a fast walker... she doesn't just walk, she speed-walks!

I trained, and she trained, and we met for the first time at a local 10 mile prep race... and then did that half together. After that Half... I did the fun things... I had fun things among my goals for the year, you know the ones, the ice skates, the horseback ride...

Real life inspirations also contributed to my craziness: my son saying he thought I'd be able to pass the Army physical fitness test for my age and gender... so of course I had to set that as a goal and work my way up to it. Took me eight months to get to the point where I could pass the sit ups test (have I mentioned I hate abs workouts?), but the running and push-ups were not an issue.

Meeting other Sparkers in real life, KaliGirl (Becky), Loves_2_Laugh (Mary) also kept me inspired. I'm really no different from any other Sparker: we're all here because we have something we want to do or achieve, and Spark gives us the tools to work on it, and a place to find and inspire one another.

The tri? I've had a tri in my heart since the first time I saw the grand Hawaiian IronMan covered on television. NEVER thought I could do it... but once I found out they had shorter distances? Hee-hee...

Baby steps, Spark friends, baby steps! In 2007 I challenged my siblings to a private triathlon. We swam half a mile in the gym pool, then drove to our sister's home, biked a 10 mile out and back, then walked/jogged a 5K in the August heat. But I still have wanted to put a real one under my belt.

Two years ago did I have a clue? Heck no. But I had a private, deep in my heart desire... one I wouldn't even let out into the thought arena maybe... but waiting for the spark.

Thank you, Diane, for the Spark for the TRI. Thank you every Sparker for being here, for reading and commenting and writing your own stories. Because we all have dreams and hopes. Some we believe to be impossible; as we grow we find they are achievable.

Achieving those dreams is all about preparation, planning, and execution... one little step at at a time. Life IS good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    What's next?

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_LINDA 6/25/2012 1:29AM

    Wow! What a great way to get into maintaining mode -ever reaching out for new goals and being helped and inspired by such awesome Spark friends! You are for sure showing all of us that we can truly set out to do what ever we really feel we can accomplish! No goal is too big. And doing it all in spite of working full time!! That is one amazing feat!! You rock!!

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EBEAMS 6/24/2012 10:45PM

    May I just say again ... You inspire me to keep going when I think about just giving it all up and going back to be inert. You are my hero!

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KARIDIAN1 6/24/2012 10:15PM

    Wow! You wrote a great blog from my question. You really have worked hard to stay motivated and focused. And the reasons for how you got going on the walks and marathons is also a comment to your incredible spirit.

Keep it up and keep motivating everyone!

Cathy (Karidian1)

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SUNNY332 6/24/2012 9:16PM

    That is one amazing testimony from one amazing woman.



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MIZCATHI 6/24/2012 2:42PM

    Thank you for sharing your personal story - it is indeed an inspiration, and by sharing it you make me realize it is possible, doable, and can be permanent, though not necessarily without sacrifice and struggle. Big Hugs.

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LJCANNON 6/24/2012 9:31AM

    emoticonWhere would we be without Spark Friends!? I know that YOU did the hard work, but having Spark Friends Cheering us on, Reading our Blogs, and sharing the HARD Days really does make it more Fun!!
emoticon emoticonTHANK YOU for Sharing My Journey with me, and Sharing Yours with Me!!

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COMETER 6/24/2012 9:14AM

    You ARE an inspiration--combining work with fun and meaningfulness.

And healthful results.--I almost forgot about those!

THANKS for blogging. I get a lot out of it.

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NELLJONES 6/24/2012 9:05AM

    Amazing story!

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BD3269PM 6/24/2012 8:40AM

    You are truly an inspiration! keep on Sparking emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 6/24/2012 8:08AM

    You really inspire me--especially when I went back and looked at your ""before"" picture----totally unbelievable how you have turned your life around---Lynda

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1CRAZYDOG 6/24/2012 7:52AM

    This is totally awesome. I didn't know what your motivation was, but this story is absolutely, totally motivating.

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LINDAJOYWK 6/24/2012 7:41AM

    As always-you inspire!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/24/2012 7:14AM

    good girl! emoticon

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Committed for sure now...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

After having a conversation with a triathlete who has competed in his fair share last weekend, I decided to make sure 1) I knew the rules for the CSG triathlon I'm registered for, and 2) if allowed, rent myself a wetsuit for the event.

Today I covered those two items. I checked the event website and it says both wetsuits and disk wheels are allowed. I am NOT a hard-core biker, so no disk wheels for me, but based on the additional buoyancy my source told me a wetsuit gives, I'm investing in a rental. Online businesses make this easy. It is a place that if I like the wetsuit and fall in love with TRI as a sport for me, I can purchase the suit they picked for me to try out.

Meantime, training goes on. Thursday I did my brick by commuting to work via bicycle, leaving bits of Wisconsin that had been stuck in the tires along the bike trails in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then I made my commute home the front half of the brick, running after. Friday morning, my breathing was smooth and the swim was zen, but then again, it was 5 a.m. and quiet at the pool, lots of room to manuever.

This morning it was doing the thunder, lightning, rain thing and I opted to do the "long" run on the treadmill. Not my favorite, but a mandated workout is a mandated workout. Tomorrow it will be a morning bike ride and an evening "brisk walk". Five weeks to race day... it's ON!

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KASEYCOFF 6/24/2012 10:16AM are you in the background picture, then?

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CONCHA77 6/24/2012 9:12AM

    You are a inspiration, Barb. emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 6/24/2012 8:55AM

    Two years ago who knew you'd be in a wet suit much less doing a Tri!!! What color cap are you wearing, we have to be able to pick you out.

As Barbaellen said, your blogs are not for naught - can't help but wonder how many you've helped with your way of approaching things.

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KRISZTA11 6/24/2012 5:17AM

    Your plan sounds great.
I love your new background picture - there is hardly anyone without a wetsuit, so that must be something very useful...

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SHARON10002 6/23/2012 11:36PM

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You are so well organized and planning out everything so well, Barb! The wet suit will indeed help you with the buoyancy factor for your swimming. That's a great idea!
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KARIDIAN1 6/23/2012 11:08PM

    So looking back say two years ago, would you ever thought you would be doing a triathlon, or all the other fun and exciting things you have done the last year or so?

I love and respect your dedication emoticon

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NETOPIASGAL 6/23/2012 8:44PM

    I'm impressed and inspired! You go girl!

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SUNNY332 6/23/2012 7:57PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me, Barb.

Way to go on the training.

Hugs, Sunny

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BARBAELLEN 6/23/2012 6:45PM

    Barb, your focus and determination outshine me by WAY far. Somehow, I think your blogs are creeping into my psyche. While I'm uber-competitive with most things - - - NEVER with physical activities. It's scary, but as I see more and more of the things you're accomplishing, I'm thinking about them even away from SP. Uh-oh, I'm even finding myself trying to outdo my own physical feats! What's worse, I've been riding my bike, AND LIKING IT! GADS! I just thought you should know that your blogs are not for naught. I believe you're having an effect on at least one little sparkie person out here. That would be me! Thanks!

Barb II

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_LINDA 6/23/2012 5:31PM

    That is awesome!!! Way to work out!!! Good on you for getting into the program's finer points. The Devil is in the Details I think that quote goes! A wet suit is a fabulous idea!! Nothing like trying things out before spending the time and money to commit to them!!
You rock!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/23/2012 5:00PM

    You are doing so well following your training plan and checking out all the details. The rental wet suit sounds like a good idea. Be sure to get pictures! I admire your discipline and persistence. I know you'll keep on!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2012 4:47PM

    You have such good strategic planning skills, Barb! You're going to do so well.

HUGS sand hope you have a good weekend.

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Ragged swim

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

As promised, after work I went to the gym to swim. I had originally thought to swim outside, and acclimate myself to having bodies around me in the water. Outside is where the kids congregate. I figured that would be good for me, to acclimate to swimming around others.

The weather, however, had other ideas, so I swam my laps indoors. Some of the kids came inside, so there certainly were other bodies around, a couple sharing my lane, and four or five one lane over.

I was a bit on the tired side... and it took until my 7th 100-yard stretch before my breathing evened out. While I was breathing ragged, I even did a half length as breast stroke, half a one crawl with my head up, and one of side stroke, trying to tamp down jitters.

The source of the jitters? An overactive imagination and the excitement of people around.

Last weekend I went to observe the triathlon, to scope out how intimidating a half ironman distance might look to me as a spectator. The one I'm doing next month is nowhere near that long, but one thinks about the future, you know?

The Spark page background is the start area of the race, while the swimmers were testing the depth and temperature, maybe ten or fifteen minutes before the actual start.

Two days after I got home, I had occasion to go look up the race online, because I wanted to confirm the distances (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run) of the half ironman. When I did so, I discovered a news story that disturbed me.

You see, about the time the first half iron participant was finishing his swim, emergency personnel, lifeguards, etc. were floating a participant out of the water, putting him on a stretcher, and sending him off in an ambulance. I saw this, did not think much of it, because obviously the man was being attended to by people who were calm and professional.

Turns out, the man died. As I started my swim, being me, I'm imagining what it is like to panic in the water. And I was not getting my breathing right. It was disconcerting. I was indoors, in standing depth water, surrounded by people who would be able to help.

I felt silly. When I feel silly, I often talk aloud to myself. That wasn't practical. So I tried breathing every stroke, and changing strokes, and those things... and THINKING my self pep talk, reminding myself to be calm, that it's OK to float, or side stroke or breast stroke, or hold onto a buoy...

And I toughed it out. Fear faced. I am not that man. I am me.

I came home, and looked up the latest news story on the incident, which suggests that the man's wife told the race director that he in fact had a massive heart attack, there in the water, and had died within 90 seconds. He was a fitness nut, and had done this sort of race before. No question of inadequate preparation. But sometimes athletes have undiagnosed conditions that show up when exerting themselves.

I have observed in myself that in a timed event like a 5K, I *do* get jittery, and I have to remind myself to calm down, and run easy at the start. I could see this evening, in the pool, it's going to be even more vital in the swim leg of the tri.

My thoughts are with that man's family. But at the same time, as I wrote my son... if anything horrid SHOULD happen to me when I participate in such an event... know that it was my choice, that I prepared myself as best I could... do NOT go blaming the organizers! It is my responsibility to recognize if I do not feel safe.

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LINDAJOYWK 6/24/2012 7:39AM

    Please keep in mind-you do not know what caused that poor man to die-he may have
had a bad heart-there are so many scenerios-as you said-HE is not You! I am glad
you have faced the fear-the head part is the hardest!

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2012 4:06PM

    Sometimes the mental toughness to do a major project is harder to achieve than the physical toughness. But I have confidence that you'll manage to achieve both the mental and physical toughness needed for that tri.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/23/2012 3:09PM

    I am very, very impressed with your tenacity. Your ability to calm yourself and work through some very logical unhelpful thoughts and breathing pattern will serve you well. Fear faced. You should be very proud!!

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RONNIEHUEY 6/23/2012 1:18PM

    You can do it! Don't think about what ifs, only of of I will do it!

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MIZCATHI 6/22/2012 5:01PM

    What a dramatic event! That would have put me in a bit of panic, too, because after all we have to BREATHE while we are swimming since we are not fish. And that is definitely a skill, and takes a lot of practice.

It's sad the way the man died, but what a way to go! Doing what he loves, and fast and painless. Morbid, I know. His family and friends will miss him.

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LEANJEAN6 6/22/2012 8:44AM

    Nothing better happen to you!--The poor man tho!!-----Youy faced your fear-----Good for you!!

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ALOHAEV1 6/21/2012 7:34AM

    Bet if you talked to others doing this, they have the same fears. Our daughter-in-law said she felt really foolish had to talk herself out of fear of something happening in the water not used to swimming out that far in the ocean. Like Janet said, anything can happen any time any where.

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    Seems you have a good handle on your "fears". Hey, you could slip on a floor crack your head and never wake up!
When are we truely safe and prepared from all life's challeges?

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:23AM

    There was just recently a man fished out of the pool in one of our city's public indoor swimming pools. There has been no word on what happened, but of course, they are investigating. I can sure understand the fear. I too, saw Jaws when it first came out and was very affected by it for a long time, and it didn't even matter if I was near water or not lol.
You are strong to work your way through it!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2012 10:21PM

    Oh my! How awful for that man's family. But, you just don't know.

Glad you worked through those feelings, though. You are so smart to prepare as you did by scoping things out to get a sense of what to expect. VERY smart.

Good luck in your continued prep.

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KARIDIAN1 6/20/2012 9:53PM

    I can understand exactly how you felt. Years ago when the movie Jaws was released we saw it in the theater. A few days later I was swimming in the pool at our apartments and I just suddenly felt creepy and remembering parts of the movie. Seems really dumb in an indoor pool. I was alone and just felt like I was reliving the movie and like I couldn't swim all of a sudden. I got out of the pool and never went back in. I still remember that after all these years.

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