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Victory - concentration

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Remember how I was having my little spat with Polly Perfectionist on Tuesday about losing track of the lap count? Today I was NOT going to go through that again. So I carefully concentrated on a different element for each 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool = 100). The first hundred was just concentrating on getting that little warm up, on going easy. The second was triumphantly knowing I hadn't lost count YET! emoticon

The third I set my focus on my kick. The fourth on smooth breathing... etc. Pick an element for each 4 length rotation.

In the end, I finished my 1200 in 43 minutes, which is about when I called time on myself on Tuesday. And I feel good! emoticon Take THAT, Polly!

Oh, and yes, I got my 15 miles on the bike in after work, but I chose a bike path whose twists and turns slow me down. Probably a good thing, as it was rather warm... our little break from the heat seems to be over for now. Or at least, now being separated from those 100's by a few days, the 90's are feeling hot again.

In short, life's still good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 7/14/2012 11:53PM

    emoticonovercoming Polly's pontificating! All that swimming and a bike ride too! I get tired just reading about all you're doing, Barb!

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LEANJEAN6 7/13/2012 7:21AM

    Tweek that workout--but enjoy yoyur rest day Barb!-Lynda

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_LINDA 7/12/2012 11:27PM

    Well done!! Was wondering how you were going to do it! A bike paths with twists and turns sounds good -must be scenic and would be more fun then a straight boring path..
Keep up the fabulous work!! I so wish I could be there in person to cheer you on in that Tri!!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/12/2012 1:15PM

    You are just doing great on thistri training! Thanks for sharing the details. I like your method to keep track of your laps. I may just use that sometime if I can get a little more comfy in the water. (I'm comfy backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke, but the crawl gives me the willies for some reason)


As you say, Spark On!! -Marsha

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KARIDIAN1 7/12/2012 10:11AM

    You got Polly that time!

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MSLZZY 7/12/2012 10:10AM

    Yeah, Polly can be a nuisance but I think you shut
her up quite well. Congrats on keeping count AND
the bike ride. You are one awesome lady! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 7/12/2012 9:54AM

    Yepper - Take that Polly!

Your Rocked it!

Hugs to you, Sunny

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LEANJEAN6 7/12/2012 8:17AM

    I knew you could tweek your workout--wink wink--LOL---- Barb you are amazing--You just keep at it-Lynda

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2012 8:14AM

    Good for you for popping Polly Perfectionist properly! HEE HEE Good job.

You're rocking this!! Proud of you.

Hugs

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Slowing it down

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yesterday after work I did the requisite "run 30 minutes" from the training schedule. My way. I respected the run 8 minutes / walk 15 seconds cycle, but I went a little longer... i.e. I didn't count the 9 minute warm up as part of the 30, and I finished out the fourth 8 minutes.

Today's schedule calls for a 15 mile bike workout. Well! Whenever it says "bike" but not "brick", the temptation is to make my work commute part of the bike. Problem: the bike commute figures out to somewhere between 6.2 and 6.7 miles... even doubled that doesn't make 15.

Plus the bike commute adds the complication of wardrobe changes & carrying a lock cable, and all that rot. So... between that and listening to the body which would like a little more recovery time after the run... I'm opting out of trying to combine the commute into the picture. I will bike AFTER work.

And I will... I have a cute new "tri" suit to try out on the bike... and tomorrow I'll try it on my walk portion of the workout. I intend to wear it for the open water swim in a week and a half. Nothing should be "new" on race day... all equipment should be tried and tested.

By the way, those swim socks? I was impressed with how well they dried off in my kitchen during my work day. And they did not impede my kick in the water, although I was conscious of them. Tomorrow, I'll wear them again for my morning swim.

I am starting to think about the tapering process... I haven't really been tapering THIS week, as the color run isn't a "real race"... it's "just another workout". But I'm thinking I might taper a little bit on the swim workouts next week, in preparation for the open water swim (which is essentially a dress rehearsal).

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 7/14/2012 11:50PM

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Barb, I am truly amazed at your preparation detail! Can't wait to see your new tri-outfit!
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KARIDIAN1 7/11/2012 7:13PM

    You need to post a picture of your new tri suit. Don't over do- you want to be rest and not sore for the event.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2012 1:44PM

    You are such a smart planner! Good luck with your bike. Glad that the swim sox are working out.

HUGS!

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_LINDA 7/11/2012 12:26PM

    You have GOT to post a photo of your new tri outfit!!
Hope its not too hot for your after work bike ride, or that you can find a nice shady trail.. Glad the socks are working out!! Looks like everything is going A OK for you!
Life is good -especially since I am finding nice workouts to replace the ones I have lost :)

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MSLZZY 7/11/2012 9:43AM

    Just another workout and a dress rehearsal!
Sounds like good cardio and fun to boot. Have
a SParktacular day!
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KALIGIRL 7/11/2012 9:19AM

    New equipment sounds super as does your workout!

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ALOHAEV1 7/11/2012 8:27AM

    Yes, slow it down...besides, you're wearing the rest of us out! You are thinking ahead of everything, guess the rest of us should be taking notes. Wouldn't think of most of what you're doing even if I were going to try a tri!

Interesting about the swim socks, I was wondering about them. That's going on the gift list for the kids. Have a pair of water shoes wore them swimming one time, yes, they aren't made for swimming- work well with water spinning.

Yes, life is good!

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And the winner is...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Uma Rockie Vertigo! Combined a couple of the suggestions from the comments to yesterday's blog. For short I can call her Uma, or Rockie, depending on the sound track in my head.

This morning's challenge? Tamping down Polly the Perfectionist who is stamping her little foot in frustration at me for losing track of the swim laps. I swam for about 43 minutes but since I wasn't doing rest stops between the 4-lap hundred yard bits... managed to allow my mind to drift and lost track. I know I did at least 1100 yards, as I took a conservative bend on where I was in the count, rather than risk shorting it. I was supposed to do 1200 but stopped myself for time. That is the one thing about swimming before work, there is a cut-off.

Got the pet porter out of the shed and have it up on the deck for the kitties to explore today. They are up for their annual shots and too big to both fit in the box they rode in last year. They were very curious about it. I'll just leave it there today, clean it up at some point before we make the trip on Friday.

Oh, and about the swim... tried out a new bit of gear today: swim socks. They are supposed to be wearable in the swim, and protect the feet going to transition from the lake to the bike. I wore them in the pool today, just to see how they'd do. Not bad, not bad. I can see where they would be a great aid if the lake were cold (I don't think this one will be by the 28th).

Out of time, gotta go! Spark on, and live LIFE!

  
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KARIDIAN1 7/10/2012 11:36PM

    Great name for the bike. My new hoop is being shipped so will need to have a cool name for her when she arrives. This is my first hoop so this is the big experiment.

Never heard of swim socks, but I bet they will be nice for your feet.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:09PM

    Polly Perfectionist is a regular visitor for me too. I have a very hard time getting rid of her. Love your bike's new name! Those swim socks sound like a great idea. Would be good for swimming in some of the lakes I've been in.

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EBEAMS 7/10/2012 7:09PM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2012 1:13PM

    Love the name. Good choice. Smart to try out the gear beforehand. I am impressed that you can get a swim in before work. That is commitment. Good for you!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/10/2012 11:28AM

    Thanks for the mention of the swim socks! The bottoms of my feet are tender, protection would be nice. Great plan to get the kitties acclimated to the pet carrier. Counting laps is tedious! Before I went to my watch, i would put a small hair band on my finger, move it to the next finger when I finished a lap. Now, I swim for a set time most days. Even with the lap counter on my watch I sometimes forget to click it. Ignore Polly! In the grand scheme, you put in a good workout while still meeting your work duties for the day!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2012 10:35AM

    Oh beating down that Polly Perfectionist is a job!! That's a daily battle here too.

LOVE the name Uma Rockie Vertigo!

Well, hope it's a good Tuesday for you.

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MSLZZY 7/10/2012 9:50AM

    Love the name and the swim socks sound interesting.
If you get cold feet on the 28th, you are swimming
in some very cold water LOL!

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_LINDA 7/10/2012 9:15AM

    Great name, I like it!
I absolutely have no idea how you could possibly manage to keep track of your laps. I practically lose count of repetitions when I am doing exercises almost immediately as I am usually paying more attention to the music and what I am doing. Numbers just don't register with me.
Swim socks? If they are what I think they are, soft upper with a rubber sole, I would have thought they would feel like lead weights on your feet. But does sound good for transition, nothing worse then going barefoot over gravel or rocks.
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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KALIGIRL 7/10/2012 8:16AM

    Socks sound super!

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2012 8:06AM

    Swim socks: too cool! You ARE having fun!!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/10/2012 7:55AM

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Naming inanimate objects

Monday, July 09, 2012

Some of you have been around long enough to see me name my car and now my bicycle. It might seem silly to some, but I used to do this all the time... and then I stopped. I was married to a man who did not have that element of whimsey, and I was a mother and a career woman, and felt I was too... I don't know, busy? Grown-up? Or did I just lose my inner child for a while?

Whatever, there were several years when the cars did not get names. They were just the ____ (fill in brand name... Subaru, Ford...).

Where am I going with this? My new bike has a name (Brenda Starr Trek), but my mountain bike does not! It's time she got one. Oh, yes, the mountain bike is definitely a she, too. She's blue but her brand doesn't give me much inspiration to work with (Univega?) She's taken me down rural trails and at one point in time allowed me to chase after a then BMX riding son (major reason at the time of her purchase).


Have to give this some thought. Suggestions are welcome.

Yesterday was my niece's birthday, and I went with her and her mom to go watch her dad perform on stage in a Melodrama. Great fun was had by all... followed by a carrot cake b-day cake. Knowing that was coming made me a little saner with the popcorn at the play.

Today is a rest day on the training schedule, and my body is cheering for it... definitely ready. The rest of the week will probably take me away from Spark except for the basics of logging in,tracking and spinning the wheel as I move into two a days with long swims in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday, and a medium bike ride on Wednesday between. Friday I'll need to drive to Omaha to pick up my Color Run packet... so if you don't see me around much... think of me being active and smile for me!

Life is good, if busy. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:38PM

    How about Blaze - for being a trail blazer . . .

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2012 8:09AM

    Totally agree about naming "things" to recognize their non-thingness. Definitely have named all my cars . . . DH has named all his golf clubs!

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KARIDIAN1 7/10/2012 12:07AM

    We have names for some of stuff too. I used to have a GMC 4x4 pickup named
" Truckie". Unfortunately, Truckie was totaled when we did a head on into a barrier after losing it on black ice. I felt bad about losing him, since he was 11 years old.
My current car is a Subaru Forester which is now 12 years old. Not really a name for this one, just Forester usually. One of my guitars is Ol' Blue.

I like the Brenda Starr Trek name. I'm a Trekker from way back.

How about Babe from Babe the Blue Ox- a Minnesota icon?



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MEDDYPEDDY 7/9/2012 11:49PM

    I want to start naming my vehicles too... thanks for inspiring me! The bike is definitely "gamla Bettan" but the car? maybe "the dying dandy"... I donīt think I will name it since I am going to change it as soon as possible.

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_LINDA 7/9/2012 8:12PM

    I think its a rather nifty idea. Uma Vertigo comes to mind as those BMX's go up and down and around and sometimes makes you dizzy :P

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SUNNYWBL 7/9/2012 8:09PM

    emoticonRock On! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/9/2012 1:56PM

    So glad you found your inner child again. I'll be smiling, thinking about you getting your packet and living life zestfully!! Best wishes for a great taper and the event to come!! Take care.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2012 11:00AM

    Not a good namer either, but I know you'll come up with something meaningful!



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CASEYTALK 7/9/2012 10:30AM

    AH! Now that you've listed her entire name, I get it.

Being a bear of very little brain does have its disadvantages.

I name inanimate objects all the time. The kids have named my car Thor (it's a Prius) and my viola is David (named about 45 years ago after the Bible's David, who sang songs of praise). My first car was a LeCar named K9 because of Who fandom and its shape. Why deal with things all the time when you can be interacting with characters!

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SUNNY332 7/9/2012 9:48AM

    Blazing Blue....



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NELLJONES 7/9/2012 9:37AM

    I only name inanimate objects when they become close friends. Love your bike's name!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/9/2012 9:29AM

    How about Martha? A good, old, strong (and stubborn?) German name? LOL!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/9/2012 9:16AM

    Nice bike. I'm not a good namer.

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LJCANNON 7/9/2012 9:13AM

    emoticonGrowing up, all of our Cars were named Nellie-Belle. No idea why. I definitely think your bike needs a name, but I haven't got any suggestions at the moment.
emoticonLove the Bike-Turtle Photo.
emoticonEnjoy your busy week. Looking forward to hearing all about your Color Run. I am signed up for one this Saturday.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/9/2012 9:06AM

    My bike is The Instrument of Fat Destruction.

Its not trademarked or anything. You can use it too.

What about AdventureSeeker?

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KALIGIRL 7/9/2012 8:18AM

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DEBRITA01 7/9/2012 8:14AM

    Real life trumps Spark life...enjoy your busy week. Like the new Trek (I have a Trek mtn bike and love it) and her name :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/9/2012 8:01AM

    My first bike was Bessie-not sure why LOL!
SPark when you can but you've got a full week
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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2012 7:29AM

    I like the name Barb!---- She will carry you far!--Great sense of fun there!-Lynda emoticon

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OK, this has got to stop

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Somebody else has to start supporting the consumer economy, not just me. Nonetheless, the bike shop sale I *wasn't* going to bite for? Yeah, I bit. After riding my sister's "comfort hybrid" I was going to borrow it for the tri. But I got to thinking, then I dropped by "just to see what they have." Uh-huh.

Seeing what they have, turns into test rides (rode a couple of different models)... and long and short of it is that "Brenda" ended up in my garage and took me on our first training ride this morning. Extra credit goes to those who look at the photo and groan at the two degrees of separation in the pun of the name.



That said, Brenda and I took a nostalgia trip as part of a 22.8 mile tour de city. I ended up cycling in parts of town on residential streets that were part of my grade school through high school years. I zipped by the house my parents had rented when we first moved to town (I was 7), and up the hill that used to seem so huge to my first grader legs. I cruised past the house we lived in until I moved out, too... and up the *other* "big hill" that was the challenge of my middle childhood. Guess what? There are bigger hills than those close to my current home... and I grin and push myself up those, making the childhood hills seem smaller.

Anyway, this afternoon it will be the melodramas, then a birthday celebration for my niece, and finally a recovery walk in the evening before calling it a training week and prepping to go back to work tomorrow.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CHRIS3874 7/10/2012 9:38PM

    Reminds me I have to take my raleigh in to get fixed.

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SHARON10002 7/10/2012 9:36PM

    What a beautiful bike! I love the name - Brenda! It must have been something to ride past your previous homes and to relive some of those childhood memories. . .

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2012 10:55AM

    BRENDA! Sweet. What an awesome machine. You'll have many happy hours together, BRENDA and you.

Nothing like the "old test drive" pitch to reel you in like a fish on a hook, eh! You did good, though.

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WORDLILY 7/9/2012 9:28AM

    Ooh, fun! Looks like you're already enjoying your new bike! :)

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MAGGIE101857 7/9/2012 7:10AM

    What a great way to reward yourself! You have certainly earned this "prize"! Have fun with Brenda - you are going to become great friends!

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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2012 7:01AM

    I love the name Barb!!--BRENDA!!--And she is carrying you to great places!----She is lucky to have you!-Lynda

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_LINDA 7/9/2012 1:58AM

    Congrats on the new bike!! Sweet!! Riding your sister's wouldn't be quite the same in your first tri race.. A ride through memory lane -nice, what a perfect day! Have a fabulous week!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/9/2012 12:02AM

    Thorugh life I have learned that good equipment makes it a lot easier for me to make the right choices - as I love to bike I am seriously thinking about buying a real monutainbike as a complement to my ordinary ione...I think I need to test one first...

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MOBYCARP 7/8/2012 8:19PM

    On a cycling forum I irregularly read, the serious cyclists talk about the "n+1" principal: If you have n bikes, you need n+1.

Sounds like you ran into the n+1 principal. I guess you're a more serious cyclist than I am!

(Yes, I keep thinking about getting a hybrid; but the though has yet to progress to the point of budgeting dollars for one.)

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KARIDIAN1 7/8/2012 7:04PM

    Nice bike- looks very comfortable. I have noticed the same thing about the monster hills from when I was a kid. Now when I ride my bike they aren't so bad. Of course it does help to have 21 gears on my bike compared to no gears on my childhood bike. emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/8/2012 6:55PM

    Sweet machine you have there and making use
of her the first day. Funny how those "big" hills
now seem small. Must have been the difference
between our perceptions as children or maybe
just the memories. Have a great week. HUGS!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/8/2012 12:16PM

    Good for you! After all the positive steps and strides you've made in your journey to better health, I think you deserve this "treat." Remember back to the days when you used to reward yourself with food? Way to go, Barb!

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CASEYTALK 7/8/2012 11:56AM

    My poor brain is trying to work out the pun. Sometimes I can be pretty dense.

I tried biking here, but the roads are cobbled, the drivers are insane, and, well, I live in the Andes which means vertical streets. Definitely something I want to get back into when I'm on flatter terrain someday!

Thank you for doing your part to shore up the economy!

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DZDAZR2BGR8T 7/8/2012 11:15AM

    glad you and 'Brenda' are bonding!!! enjoy your week! emoticon

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