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It wasn't cheese, but someone moved it

Thursday, July 05, 2012

See inviting pool? It was empty when I got in it at 8 something this morning. It had a lovely lap clock sitting at the North end of the center lane, so I chose that one to swim in. I rejoiced, because swimming in that lane, with the clock right poolside, gave me the opportunity, even blind in my non-prescription goggles, to check my time more precisely.

I got down to business, settling my breathing, getting into my aquatic "stride" so to speak, and even checked my time when I got to 850 yards (20 yards further than the race distance) and it was a lovely 30 minutes, approximately. Imagine my surprise when I kept on swimming down and back and the next time I got to where the clock should be and paid attention... it had vanished!

Was I hallucinating? emoticon Nope, a water aerobics class was setting up next to my lane, and they moved the clock to where the class could see it to check their heart rates throughout their workout! What? The universe does NOT revolve around me? emoticon

Anyway, since I was slated to swim 1200 yards this morning, I just did like Dorrie, and kept on swimming. emoticon When I climbed out at the end, I peered at the now distant clock and figured my total time as approximately 42 minutes.

It was a great morning to swim. Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:28PM

    Sounds like you had a great swim! Nice pool!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2012 12:44PM

    Totally get you! Goodjob. Just keep swimming!

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DZDAZR2BGR8T 7/6/2012 8:39PM

    well, I'm surprised you didn't just jump the ropes and grab that clock and let that class know YOU were in training!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 7/6/2012 12:06PM

    Great blog!

Seems like you have the swim portion totally under control!

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LEANJEAN6 7/6/2012 8:28AM

    LOL--You are so dedicated--and the nerve of those people --coming into the pool--LOL---Keep on going---You are great!-Lynda

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KALIGIRL 7/6/2012 7:46AM

    emoticon you are so ready!

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SUNNYWBL 7/6/2012 12:22AM

    Awesome swim!

If the world really doesn't revolve around you, then who is the lucky one? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/5/2012 9:06PM

    Funny! I am blind without my glasses, if I fell in a lake or poll would probably swim away from shore or the pool edge.

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2012 9:04PM

    You are so funny: great that the exercise endorphins kicked in and extinguished the annoyance!!! Still: what a NERVE!!

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LJCANNON 7/5/2012 7:55PM

    emoticonI am Completely GABBERFLASTED!!! I Thought The Entire Universe revolved around US and Our Exercise!!!!

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CALLIKIA 7/5/2012 4:14PM

    *lol* How DARE they?!? ;) Great job continuing your swim even while distracted!

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ANDI571 7/5/2012 4:00PM

    So funny! emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 7/5/2012 2:44PM

    Your blog titles are the best. They catch my eye every time.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/5/2012 1:16PM

    Loved the title. (liked that cheese book years ago.) Enjoyed your blog. Good for you on such a swim and keeping going even when they moved your clock. Wish I could get into swimming again. Maybe if I just keep trying from time to time I'll find the key.

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 12:56PM

    Too funny. emoticon You are doing good!

So sorry about the time clock.

Hugs, Sunny

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 11:35AM

    AWESOME pool time!!! Its going to be hot this weekend, with humidex warnings, so my exercise is going to be in the pool! Its so refreshing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!!

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MSLZZY 7/5/2012 11:21AM

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MIZCATHI 7/5/2012 11:08AM

    I love swimming! Great stretching opportunity, great for upper body, and improves lung capacity!

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SMURFETE09 7/5/2012 11:02AM

    I miss swimming. I used to swim in HS. That was 12 years ago. The 500 was my event. I loved it. I wish I had a pool I could swim laps in again.

The other day I was going through some old boxes and found my swim cap and goggles. Made me think of the good ol' days.

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Celebrating Independence Day

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

As I rode my bike through rows of flags lining the park's path at the end of my morning exercise, I had a great sense of gratitude. Later in the day, I backed my son's car out of the garage, kept its motor running, and gave it a nice bath. Just doing my bit to do something real for one of the less than 1% of the population who step up, put on a uniform, and serve.

May your day have the trappings of the Holiday, and a sense of what it takes to keep "the great experiment" that is our Nation alive, and a pause for thought of what will make it thrive into the future. Happy Birthday, USA.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:26PM

    Spent the 4th with my son and DIL who are both serving! It's amazing how few step up to do their part to defend our country and preserve our freedom. Thanks to your son and all our Blue Stars who are out there shining brightly!

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ANDI571 7/5/2012 3:59PM

    Wow, only 1%? I didn't know it was that low. emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 7/5/2012 2:55PM

    Happy 4th of July!

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 10:45AM

    What a great bike ride. I would have loved it.

I too am Christian and not ashamed of it.

Thank you to all of our soldiers as they sacrafice so much to serve.

Hugs to you, Sunny

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MSLZZY 7/5/2012 9:49AM

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Hope you notice the new icons like I just did!

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KALIGIRL 7/5/2012 8:11AM

    Less than 1% - no wonder we're so removed...
Giving thanks for people like your son emoticon emoticon
and a little emoticon too!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/5/2012 8:08AM

    Without our kids serving we would not be free

Tell your Son thanks for serving
Leah comes home from Kuwait the end of July
Samuel leaves for AFG the first week of Aug

God Bless our Troops

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 12:45AM

    Happy 4th!! Great way to celebrate! Many thanks to your son and others doing their part to keeping your great nation free!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/4/2012 10:16PM

    Arrived safe & sound in MO to attend Famikly DAy tomorrow and then graduation Friday. Can't wait to see DS tomorrow. Wahoo.

Happy 4th to you!

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KARIDIAN1 7/4/2012 9:26PM

    Happy 4th of July!

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COMETER 7/4/2012 6:27PM

    Happy Independence Day back at you! With an added wish for your son.

I admire your positive attitude, and thank you for posting regularly. I look forward to your blogs.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/4/2012 3:45PM

    Great move to celebrate the 4th with a car wash for your son who is serving! Proud to be an American!! -Marsha

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DANAWALKER4 7/4/2012 3:03PM

  Happy 4th of July. American and proud of it! Christian and not ahsmaed of it! I try to always so thankyou to those who served and are serving when I meet them. They deserve it.

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Monday pep talk: take rest day seriously!

Monday, July 02, 2012

It's now less than four weeks to my tri, and the training schedule is shifting once again. From here on out the workouts are longer / more intense... but there are TWO rest days on each week's schedule. The goal now is to allow the body the recovery time, and avoid injury!

So, that's the plan, Stan.

On the home front, reading news of power outages and thinking of Spark friends who might be affected. When I mentioned it being all over the news that folks are without AC to my son, he commented that there are lots of soldiers without AC in the heat of Afghanistan... and asked if that made the news, too?

Got the message loud and clear, Son: Remember that we are not the center of the universe... we've sent these guys and gals into conditions we whine about if we see them here. They don't have power crews working around the clock to "fix" it... it's just not there. Don't forget that they ARE there. It's easy to be complacent here at home, and focus on our "first world" problems.

Meantime, I swim, bike, and run away from my maternal worries. Yesterday morning, I biked on the MoPac trail, out into the countryside, in the relative cool of the morning. In my mind I ran a comparison to the trail I rode in Wisconsin a couple weeks back. This close to town, ours is a little better maintained, and more used. I encountered several other cyclists, several joggers, a handful of dog-walkers... all pre-8 a.m. on a Sunday.

The day heated up as predicted, and my second outing, a "brisk walk, 30 minutes" was not my speediest brisk pace at 6:15 p.m.

emoticon And this morning, I'm off to work, with a stop at the post office to ship a few things to my son, including a birthday card, in the hopes it reaches him by the day itself, mid-month.

Live your life! Remember others, but also take care of YOU. Don't take a single day for granted. Spark on! emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:23PM

    So many take for granted what they have as our sons and daughters are living and fighting in extreme conditions every day. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/3/2012 10:33PM

    Be careful and don;t overdo!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/3/2012 2:00PM

    Ah yes, how quickly we are to complain about the little inconveniences in life. Thank you for reminding me/us about the MANY sacrifices the men and women in our armed forces are making for us each day.

On another topic, I am slowly starting to dip my big toe back into the SP water. As frustrated and depressed as I get over the slips and slides backwards, I have learned that if I never give up there is always hope.

Here's to hope and a happy 4th! May God continue to bless this nation of ours.

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    THANK YOU! to all our men and women in tough places. Your son gets a "mental"handshake from me. I appreciate the service and sacrifice.

As to the storm, it hit Dad's trees in a big way. Of course I needn't worry about him any more, he's safe somewhere I can't go yet. I can show before/after pictures later.
The wind took 1/3 of the greater than 100 year old maple andsent it across the yard...away from the house thank goodness!

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APRILLSCOTT 7/2/2012 8:21PM

    I feel so ashamed I was talking yesterday about how bad this heat is. How bad it is on the older people, and how I did not want to step outside because it takes your breathe away. Just trying to breath in it is a chore. I do feel so bad for those without power. I would hate to be one of them. Your son is so correct. Our guys that are over there protecting our country are out in this type of weather everyday. We need to be so thankful and remember how much they do for us.

I also feel bad for my husband this morning as he was told he had to sign a paper stating that he has to work this week, and if there are complications from this weather that the company is not liable in any way shape or form. He had to do this or not have a job this morning. I thought it was pretty sorry of the company he works for. He works on the roads and they are pretty use to hot weather. All I can say is I am so thankful for him and all he does to keep this family a float. I guess American men can rough all kinds of things for their families and their countries.

Wishing you the best on your training for the Tri. Please be careful and don't overdo! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/2/2012 3:08PM

    My daughter is one of those affected by the derecho weather system that went through a 670 mile radius. Wow. No, it's not Afghanistan. He's got a huge point.

Makes me feel kind of guilty sitting in my AC office having fun on my computer!

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_LINDA 7/2/2012 3:07PM

    Good for your son reminding us we actually have it easy here, and its all thanks to the military protecting us and giving us our freedom! I personally, would never use A/C, think its bad for my health and the enviroment. We are having high humidity here and I am not used to the sweat pouring off me when working out, but will never put any excuses up and still will just get it done. The gyms I go to also do not have A/C.
Good for you taking the rest days -this is something I have trouble doing. I feel if I don't move it I will lose it..
Good luck with your training, water being your new best friend to ward off the effects of that heat..

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2012 3:03PM

    You're so right about how easy it is to overdo it, especially when the temps climb - sounds like your plan is right on track, tho. Do you think someone could take a bit of video so you can post us a clip of The Big Event?

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PENNYAN45 7/2/2012 2:09PM

    Your son had a good message for all of us - with a new perspective on all our 'problems.'

And you, too, Barb, are a real inspiration for us.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views with us each day.

You are a bright shining light leading the way.


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SLENDERELLA61 7/2/2012 2:02PM

    Taking the rest days seriously is good advice. I was really tired yesterday. Not sure if it was my run on Sunday, didn't eat enough, didn't sleep well enough, or perhaps fighting off a cold - my throat's kind of scratchy and DD and DGKs have coughs. Anyway, I rested, and enjoyed my run today.

Thanks for reminding us of our young men and women who serve. Bless them.

Sounds like you are totally committed and right on track on your training. Good job!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/2/2012 1:53PM

    Not taking a single day for granted. And: thanks to your son for the reminder. All best to him and all his buddies. It's not a job anyone wants to do, but it's a job that has to be done.

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ANDI571 7/2/2012 11:52AM

    Wow, your son makes one think doesn't he? We have a tendency to sit in our comfort and forget what our soldiers have to endure.

My daughter was without her electric for 12 hours on Friday, and several in the neighborhood they were still working on throughout the weekend. We were lucky and didn't lose it at all.

Again, you are awesome!

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MSLZZY 7/2/2012 11:29AM

    Live life in the here and now and count your
blessings. It all can change in the blink of an
eye. So glad you gave me something to think
on today. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2012 9:44AM

    Barb, you hit the nail on the head. My thoughts are with our soldiers enduring conditions we've sent them to. Wishing your son safety and a very happy birthday!!

I do feel very badly for those without power, displaced by storm damage and other results of the catastrophic weather for sure. Wishing them safety as well. But let's not forget our soldiers.

HUGS, Barb.

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KALIGIRL 7/2/2012 8:14AM

    Here's to living life gratefully!

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LEANJEAN6 7/2/2012 8:05AM

    Good advice Barb!!---- And Happy Birthday to son #1--(yers!)--Lynda

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BRASKIN 7/2/2012 7:46AM

  good luck with the workouts....

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GOLFERGIRL21 7/2/2012 7:42AM

    Thank you so much for this blog. My cousin just got back in April from a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan, and will be going back within the year.

Good luck with your workouts! And yes- REST is great :)

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Next four weeks will be busy

Sunday, July 01, 2012

This weekend I have no formal commitments, thank goodness. And I will probably try to lay low over the 4th of July holiday, too. I am preserving my personal energy for the events that are my own passion. Selfish? Maybe. Worth it? Yeah.

Two Sundays, starting next weekend, I have promised chauffeur services for my sis and her daughter to see the matinee of the Melodramas at a State Park nearby. That will satisfy my "see family" need.

I have three Saturday races in a row, starting two weeks from yesterday: a color run 5K (never done a color run before, this should be fun), the following Saturday the 750 meter Open Water Swim, and then a week later, the "main event", my first officially timed Sprint Distance triathlon.

The training plan is sitting at its longest distances for the next three weeks, then it will dial back to taper in the big race week. Am I a little concerned about tucking those two other races in the mix? Not really... the color run is on a day that would have a longer run on it... but I figure the fact it's a race makes it a speedwork day, instead. No biggie. The open water swim is at the start of the taper, and it's on a long run day, too... if I feel the need, I'll do a medium run that day in addition to the race... or not. There's time to make these decisions.

July is here! Getting close!

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:20PM

    I know you are getting psyched!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/2/2012 8:23AM

    Getting VERY close!

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    You are so energetic!

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SUNNY332 7/1/2012 10:37PM

    I am all for doing what you need to do for yourself. Look at all the years you put yourself last. You have a photo that reflects where this got you. Being your best always takes sacrifices so so what you have to do. The payoff has been and will continue to be worth it all.

Your ROCK!


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ALOHAEV1 7/1/2012 9:21PM

    Hmmm, color run - is that running with crayons? emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 7/1/2012 9:03PM

    Be sure to take some time for yourself.

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MSLZZY 7/1/2012 3:27PM

    You are going to have fun and challenging yourself
inbetween. You just have the time of your life and tell
us all about it. I know you will do awesome. HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/1/2012 2:13PM

    I can just feel your excitement as I read your words. This is going to be a blast for you. Keep up the good work - you make us all proud!

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_LINDA 7/1/2012 1:33PM

    Sounds like some great plans, these mini tune up races might just be the extra training boost to give you more confidence for the tri! Using your holiday weekend for a rest sounds good too. Enjoy!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/1/2012 12:42PM

    You can do it! You ARE doing it!

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I give up!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Gotcha! I give up hunting for the old blog entry I wanted to link and reference... can't seem to find it in my archives. But some of you may have tripped over one where I blogged about finding the "zen" in a swim and whining that I didn't know if I'd ever get to "zen" gear in jogging/running.

It was sometime last year, that's all I know, and I scanned back to about page 14 of the blogs... so, as the church lady used to say on SNL, "never mind". We'll live without that link and trust that I once made such a statement here in a Spark blog!

The point I wanted to make in *today's* blog is that "I found it"! Zen gear while jog/running, that is! Let me explain, "zen" gear for me doesn't mean fast... it means long. There are some video games that have a "zen" mode in which score is not kept and you can just keep playing until you decide to stop. That's what running / swimming / biking in zen gear means to me.

And both Tuesday morning before work, and this morning on a long run, I seem to have found it! The gear where my mind can run free, and my body just keeps trucking. Where my breathing and my footfalls are easy, and I feel like I can just keep on forever. Of course we all know that's not true... and I will say that not every minute of my workout was in zen mode... but enough of it was for me to declare victory in my search for it.

Now, if only I felt as "zen" about the bike... that's the next goal!

Hope you're all staying safe in the heat and treating yourselves with kindness, living life full on! Life *is* good. Spark on!

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CHRIS3874 7/10/2012 9:42PM

    Yeah its frustrating sometimes. I had another email I had wanted to use as part of my blog and do you think I could find it? Of course NOT.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:18PM

    As your body becomes accustomed to it, you'll find the "zen biking" mode.

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MSLZZY 7/1/2012 7:19AM

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TREESA57 7/1/2012 7:19AM

    you had me there. I thought oh no !! she isnt giving up is she?? I am happy to read you have your zen. I have achieved mine in my walking and I love it. This too will come with your biking, I hear bike shorts are a major necessity! I plan on getting a pair and maybe I will ride my bike more too.
enjoy your day

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LJCANNON 7/1/2012 12:52AM

    cONGRATULATIONS! I have felt that same way when out for a Long Walk! it is hard to describe, but it is BEYOND Wonderful! I Am so happy for You!!!

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LJCANNON 7/1/2012 12:52AM

    Sorry!! Double Post!!

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LJCANNON 7/1/2012 12:52AM

    Sorry!! Had trouble with the Borrowed I-Pad I was using!!

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CANNIE50 6/30/2012 11:59PM

    I am going for a long"ish", slow run tomorrow morning and I will be counting on that Zen gear. I am happy for you, that you have found this, and I am happy for me and the other Sparklers, that you have written about it.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/30/2012 11:47PM

    You are a role model in persistance!

Stay safe yourself in this heat!

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EBEAMS 6/30/2012 11:03PM

    I know that feeling ... and I wish it showed up for all over my runs! I was amazed this morning that the first 4 miles of the ride were slightly miserable. I was whining to myself by the 4 mile mark but by the 6 mile mark, I knew I could keep going and at the 8 mile mark I was ready to punch it up to get those last two miles in. My thighs felt like jello when I got off the bike and I was sure that I couldn't have run if I wanted to but wow, what a great experience! I am committed to doing more bike riding! I like covering more distance in a shorter time! Keep up your great work ... You are phenomenal!

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KARIDIAN1 6/30/2012 10:04PM

    You will find the bike zen, just be careful if you are in traffic!

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SUNNY332 6/30/2012 9:57PM

    I am definitely living life full on.

You will find the zen of biking. Of that, I am sure.

Home from Kansas City and glad to be home. I am tired so off to bed early.

Hugs, Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2012 8:56PM

    We get these moments of bliss . . . now and zen!! Yay you! (And NO, I did not believe for one nanosecond that you were "giving up"!!)

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SUNNY1432 6/30/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon I hope the zen of biking comes to you soon! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2012 3:54PM

    Congrats on finding your running Zen gear!! Way to go. That is just great. Bet you'll find it often now --probably not every time. There are times I feel like I could just go on and on. Guess that's it!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2012 12:19PM

    Good for you!

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