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Yesterday, today, and tomorrow...

Friday, July 20, 2012

I got the training plan covered yesterday with the pool swim in the morning before work, and a 45 minute treadmill walk in the evening (as opposed to walking in 100 degree outdoors).

This morning I woke to disturbing news stories that I had to turn off, as they brought back echoes of feelings that were just too... to relive. I took on day five of the meditation challenge, calming myself before heading to work.

After work, picked up my packets for the Cornhusker State Games activities, tomorrow's Open Water Swim and next weekend's Sprint distance Triathlon. Came home to find that my rental wetsuit was waiting at the local FedEx drop. I went and got it, and wrestled my way into it. OK, sizing good... strips off easier than it goes on, which is good from a competition point of view.

The opening ceremonies for the games are soon to start... I didn't go last year, as I was doing the 10K Volkswalk early the next morning, like as soon as it would open! I'm thinking I might just go now, though.

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SUNNYWBL 7/28/2012 5:41PM

    You continue to amaze me! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/21/2012 8:40AM

    Ready to go - woohoo!

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MSLZZY 7/21/2012 8:39AM

    Have a wonderful day! HUGS!

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PROFMOM4 7/21/2012 8:27AM

    Have a great time! You'll be awesome! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/21/2012 7:34AM

    You've worked so hard to train for this event - hope everything goes off without a hitch! I am happy for you.

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PUDLECRAZY 7/21/2012 7:12AM

    Wishing you the best!

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    i am exercising vicariously through you. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/21/2012 12:52AM

    This is a good sign things are coming together for you -awesome with the wet suit!!
All the best with the Open Water Swim -bet you will rock it -just visualize its just you and the water -and Jaws coming up behind you, that will get your motor rnning ;)
Swim, Barb SWIM!!
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LJCANNON 7/21/2012 12:17AM

    emoticonJust reading about your Training Schedule makes me tired!!
emoticonCongratulations on the wetsuit!! Glad that it arrived on time and that it FITS!!
emoticonGood Luck tomorrow!!

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SUNNY1432 7/20/2012 11:39PM

    Sound like you have fun-filled days ahead! Keep working hard! emoticon

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ANDI571 7/20/2012 10:06PM

    I love your enthusiasm. emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 7/20/2012 10:03PM

    You are amazing! Wishing you good luck and, more important, a wonderful time!

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KARIDIAN1 7/20/2012 9:52PM

    Sounds like you are getting all ready and prepared for anything.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/20/2012 9:19PM

    Busy, busy busy! Good luck,but I dont think you need it. Let us know how everything goes!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2012 9:00PM

    It's getting closer! Wishing you good luck, Barb. You've really worked so hard.

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LEANJEAN6 7/20/2012 8:26PM

    Wow! You are so dedicated!--so good!!! Enjoy the open water swim to-morrow--Lynda emoticon

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Now that I've tried it on all three sports: tri suit review

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Of course, the one I bought on line is not the only such suit available. But for those who commented about comfort: it is comfy except for ONE troublesome feature. The built in bra is hard to clip and hard to keep the netting from twisting. It worked OK for the bike but that bra made it hard to make a potty stop "quick".

I wore it running Tuesday after work in the heat, and between that feature and the camel back water I carried, I ended up with a rub-cut right where the built in bra strap twists if you don't get it "just so".

This morning, before wearing it for a swim... I took my sewing scissors (I have sewing scissors even though I don't sew)... and snipped that feature right out of the suit. I substituted an ImpactFitnessWear (R) Signature sports bra under the tri suit for my swim and I think I have the solution now!

So... for fashion statement... great. For wicking, terrific. For the built in bra? F-

Could it have been a "size" issue? I don't think so, I think it's material for the use. Other than that, great suit.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/22/2012 7:21PM

    Good for you for fixing the problem! I didn't even now they made tri suits. So glad to know they do. Makes sense. Glad you've got one that will work for you now.

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ALOHAEV1 7/20/2012 9:03AM

    Ouch on the rub cut, Hooray you found a solution.

Makes you wonder who actually tests these suits or what are they thinking. Aren't you glad you didn't get rid of those scissors. Glad you found a great substitute, sure many of us have filed this away for future needs.

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EBEAMS 7/19/2012 10:35PM

    Hurray for you for being a solution girl instead of a complainer! I love that!

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2012 9:01PM

    I'm big on snipping out anything that's uncomfortable including those pesky neck or side seam tags. I do have 3 golf shirts with built in bras which are just right for me: but I'm kinda "underendowed". When you're a serious athlete like you: if it's not feeling good it's gotta go!

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LEANJEAN6 7/19/2012 7:47PM

    Well, you are innovative--Wonderful Barb!!! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/19/2012 7:41PM

    Way to fix the problem! I can never wear built ins, doesn't work for me so couldn't buy one that has them. The bane of women's workout suits and swim suits -needing a bathroom quick -grr. My workout clothes as a consequence, are all loose and baggy style. For the pool, I wear a bra top and a pair of small boys track shorts -works for me lol.
Spark on!

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    Yet another skill demonstrated! emoticon

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ANDI571 7/19/2012 1:58PM

    It's amazing what you can do with a pair of scissors emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 7/19/2012 11:15AM

    Sounds like you created the perfect suit,giggle. Enjoy the day!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2012 10:24AM

    Wonderful that you found a solution. I always have trouble with the built in type bra systems, but you have the right solution!!


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KARIDIAN1 7/19/2012 9:59AM

    If it works and makes it more comfortable you did the right thing.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/19/2012 9:59AM

    I have large "girls" and found that I needed extra support during my tri. Rarely do "built-ins" support me. My solution was just to wear my super bra under the swimsuit. Money is an object, so I'm not getting a tri suit this year, but perhaps next. Thank you for your review as it gives me Things To Look For When Shopping.

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/19/2012 9:40AM

    Thanks for the info! Are you planning to bring your camelback on the tri? I was missing mine when I did the run part.

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MSLZZY 7/19/2012 9:39AM

    You can always modify it to suit for need AND
comfort. It wouldn't be the first time I fixed an
article of clothing for comfort. Hope all goes well
today! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2012 8:50AM

    Love it! Necessity IS the mother of invention!

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Happy Birthday, Son!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

28 years ago today, I became a mother. This is probably the single strongest motivation to get healthy that can exist on the planet. If we want to be there for our kids, we need to first take care of our own bodies. When my boy was about five years old, I marked the beginning of getting serious about getting my weight (and my eating habits) under control.

I was concerned, at that time, that if anything happened to him... a fall on a playground was what came to mind... I would not be able to get to him promptly, help him... be a good mom!

I did not succeed permanently the first time, as I recently told a beginning Sparker. A lot of us don't. So if you happen to lapse, don't find yourself an "A" student right out of the chute, struggle a bit, or whatever... know that you aren't alone. And know that it doesn't matter, in the long run. What matters is getting back up and continuing the journey.

Every day is a new chance... every moment holds the potential of a better decision. We only live one moment, one decision at a time.

Today, my son is half a world away. Now I'm taking care of my health knowing full well it won't help me "get to him" to rescue him... but knowing that worrying about his mom's health would only put him more at risk than his mission already does.

So, Son, today, may you have a smooth and easy birthday. And know you are in your mom's thoughts every day, not just today.

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LADY_BREN 7/20/2012 11:59PM

    Great blog post

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ALOHAEV1 7/20/2012 9:09AM

    How did I miss this celebration??? emoticon

I'll just keep the party going with Best Wishes for many many more emoticon

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CONCHA77 7/19/2012 9:36AM

    Happy Belated birthday to your son, Barb. emoticon

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SUNNY332 7/19/2012 9:06AM

    Hello and Happy Belated BD to your Son. His BD was the same day as Dad's.


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COMETER 7/18/2012 8:03PM

    Happy Birthday to your son! And may he have many happy returns of the day.

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MIZCATHI 7/18/2012 5:54PM

    Our children's BD is so important to us as their mother. Your son is so lucky to have you, especially healthy so that you are less of a worry or burden at this time in his life!

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WILMASOTO 7/18/2012 5:23PM

    Happy Birthday to your son and thank you so much! You are so truely amazing and such an inspiration!! Your son is surely proud of his mom and so are we!! emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/18/2012 12:45PM

    You are one wise lady. Happy birthday to your son. My oldest son (I have 3) will be 40 next month. Now that is scary. When your kid is 40, there is no way you can consider yourself anything but OLD. But I don't feel old.

Casey Koff sent me to you, trying to encourage me to get back on track. She said you were a shining example, and indeed you are!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2012 12:44PM

    Awwww, tears shed reading your blog! That's my motivation to continue on the path of healthy living as well. As our kids get older, you're right . . . we're not in the position always to "be there" physically to catch them if they fall. But I know as Mom's we sure move heaven and earth (and then some) to "be there" for them in other ways that require us to maintain our health too. To say the least, I have found out just how very important it is for me to do this for ME too!

Barb, sending your dear son the most sincere Happy Birthday Wishes and thanks for what he's doing.

HUGS to all our soldiers and us . . . the parents and families of our military personnel. God bless us all.

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LEANJEAN6 7/18/2012 8:20AM

    Happy Birthday Barb's son!!!! Enjoyed yer blog---
and-----"'The number of times you fall down is irrelevant. The number of times yuou have the courage to get back up is what matters.""
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KALIGIRL 7/18/2012 8:11AM

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You are both in my thoughts!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/18/2012 7:10AM

    Barb hard to have our kids have a birthday when they are at war both my kids have had to celebrate theirs over there too in fact my son Samuel's will be Aug 19 and he will be in AFG this will be the third time he has to have a birthday in the war zone - so please tell your son emoticonfrom the Luebbes and also tell him emoticonfor serving
God's Blessings

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_LINDA 7/18/2012 1:12AM

    Happy birthday to your son! Such a tender age to be fighting a war. I do not envy the constant worry you must have for your only child.
You are indeed a good Mom to want to be healthy so you can always be there for him when he returns..

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KARIDIAN1 7/17/2012 11:24PM

    Happy Birthday to your son, and congrats to you for being such a great mom.

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MSLZZY 7/17/2012 11:19PM

    Prayers for him, for safety and a return to his
mother and his life here. Prayers for you-for
strength and courage. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 7/17/2012 10:29PM

    Many prayers for his continued safety and for you! A good mom is a great blessing ... and children are surely one of the biggest blessings of all! :)

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MNTWINSGAL 7/17/2012 10:13PM

    Aw, nice blog, Barb. Happy Birthday to your son - I know he is your world. I hope you celebrated too.

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ANDI571 7/17/2012 9:29PM

    Happy Birthday to your son Barb, and hugs to you as you have to be away from him.

I think also of getting healthy so I won't be a burden to my daughter someday as I get older. There are things that are out of our control, but other things we can do to keep this ole body moving smoothly. There were times with my own dad that I wished he would have just taken control of in his health. So hopefully Kel will never have that thought.


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NEWKAREN43 7/17/2012 9:24PM

    Many blessings and bajillions more happy birthdays to your son! And my thanks to you and him for his service. Know he is in my thoughts, not just today but every day. Hugs to you Mom. Karen

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JILLITA55 7/17/2012 9:21PM

    My brothers b-day is today also. Happy to you!

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Rest day and meditation

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Chopra center is starting a new freebie 21 day meditation challenge today. My friend KALIGIRL blogged about it, and she had started me on the one last year, too, so I was looking forward to my moments of peaceful meditation this morning. It did not disappoint.

For me, there seems to be a natural balance between activity and quiet reflection. Anything that sets my focus on my breathing can put me in a meditative mode (which is why I lose track of those laps in the pool, my mind has gone somewhere else).

Looking forward to this challenge in particular because it will last beyond my athletic outings. I'm thinking it will be a very good thing to have in the third week, the week after the tri, as a transition to "whatever comes next"... to be open to that, to letting go and ready to grow.

Life is good. May yours be balanced and full, and may you embrace that fullness. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/17/2012 7:29PM

    What a lovely idea...

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MSLZZY 7/16/2012 11:59PM

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KARIDIAN1 7/16/2012 11:44PM

    Go for it!

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_LINDA 7/16/2012 10:35PM

    Sounds like the same one GIANTPANDA is blogging about too -this is something I really need to get into. My life is all go, go, go. No wonder I have trouble sleeping!!
May you find that perfect balance of peace, work, fitness and fun!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2012 9:48PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan, Barb!

I have consciously done fcused breathing and it really does help me get "centered."

Good luck on your new venture!

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LEANJEAN6 7/16/2012 8:21PM

    Wow-You are so good to try new things!---- I know it will work--Hiow can it not??--- Meditate --It will make you live longer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2012 8:13PM

    Good balance!! Sounds like perfect timing . . . .

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ANDI571 7/16/2012 6:20PM

    I have tried to meditate, and my mind goes in 100 different directions. Meditate for me too. emoticon

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For those who asked, the tri-suit

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Trying to hide my still-red inner elbow, but the face wrinkles totally show:

I wore it biking this morning, 20.4 miles, including a mile and a half of a fitness trail that has all those little exercise stations on it, down in Briar Park area of town. I've been using my Sunday morning "long" rides to find these kinds of spurs / sections off the trail and explore them. Who knows? Once the tri is over I might want to go visit some of these places for fun, not so much for event training.

Hope all's well with all of you this Sunday! Life's good. Spark on!

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LADY_BREN 7/21/2012 12:01AM

    Wrinkles show that our face has been busy living!!

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ANDI571 7/19/2012 11:28PM

    You lead the way in letting us know what being confident is. I'm think you are awesome.

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SUNNY332 7/19/2012 9:07AM

    Wrinkles add character! You look amazing.

Love and Hugs, Sunny

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NEWKAREN43 7/17/2012 10:36PM

    You look fabulous and fit!! Good for you!!!

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EBEAMS 7/17/2012 10:30PM

    Wow ... you do look great! Keep inspiring!

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COMETER 7/16/2012 10:18PM

    You DO look great! I'm impressed by your doing the tri.

And I'm shallow enough to say that new clothes are fabulous!

But fitness clothes that work, even better!

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_LINDA 7/16/2012 1:28AM

    Looking Fantabulous! Looking fit as a fiddle and ready to rumble! You got this thing!!! Way to work it!!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/16/2012 12:01AM

    Pretty snazzy!

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SHARON10002 7/15/2012 10:31PM

    You look amazing in that suit, Barb! As far as your wrinkles they just show that you have and are living life to it's fullest! emoticon
Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be. - Lauren Hutton

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KARIDIAN1 7/15/2012 8:57PM

    You look great. Plus if it is comfortable for what you are doing you can't go wrong.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2012 8:07PM

    Barb, you look fantastic in your tri-suit. Comfort . . . that's the most important thing!

Wishing you a sparking good week. HUGS!

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MSLZZY 7/15/2012 5:49PM

    Looks comfortable. Does it keep you cool?
Don't mind the wrinkes~they show character,
endurance and determination. HUGS!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/15/2012 5:38PM

    Wow, you look amazing! That suit makes you look like a bada$$, if you'll pardon my French. And you know what? You ARE a bada$$. Way to go!!

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ONUTHIN125 7/15/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon You look great! WOW! It takes all I can do to walk 4 miles. Great job. Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 7/15/2012 5:00PM

    Haute dang gurl!!!

And I call my wrinkles growth rings - don't see your wrinkles whach tawkin' 'bout.

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BD3269PM 7/15/2012 2:38PM

    You look great! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/15/2012 1:28PM

    A lovely suit and you look great in it!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/15/2012 12:58PM

    Was it comphy? So awesome!

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COMPUCATHY 7/15/2012 11:58AM

    You look awesome! Love the suit! I'm so proud of you and inspired by you! Thanks for sharing and encouraging me always. I appreciate it more than you could know. Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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