Monday, July 30, 2012
This is my brother in law, your host, "splaining" what a melodrama is (audience participation) and welcoming you to the show up at Mahoney State Park. I went with my sister (his wife) and neice (his daughter). Now something you should be interested in, Spark buds, is that this particular BIL lost some significant pounds himself last year, to get off medications and manage a family history of diabetes. Besides being a funny guy, author, actor and producer... and working a day job to support his family, too.
Now I'm going to show you just a piece of the fun... this particular offering is called "Robber's Roost". And yes, our favorite villian, played by Hunter Larrison (remember the name, for when he hits the big time) targeting MY lap for retaliatory popcorn dumping! He's a stitch... they all are.
Any locals out there... don't miss this year's fun, this cast is just superb in how well they play against one another and feed on audience energy.
So that's my plug for "having fun"... it's so important to have non-food rewards and fun in our lives, because it's not ALL about nutrition and exercise. It's about having full lives and living them. Nutrition and exercise just make the rest of it both easier and feel more like a reward.
Ever punish yourself by withholding "life" for being "bad" with food? I used to do this warped thing, once upon a time. Now? Not so much.
Here's to living our lives, one day at a time, fully, with joy, and love in our hearts, and sharing that love by giving encouragement to others!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
This is where the transition area was set up yesterday. This morning, less than 24 hours later, only thing left is the garbage and the porta-pots.
And the beach where the swim start/finish was, similarly bare less than 24 hours later. I think I need to drive over with my garbage bags... in about ten minutes I intend to.
Edited To Add: I did go over, and discovered that what I from a distance assumed was leftover trash from yesterday was NOT... more likely the remains of a 15- 17- year old male "outing"... it was obviously what was left from a shaving cream "fight". I picked up a garbage bag full of shaving cream cans they had left laying on the beach... and a couple of other pieces of litter on my way back to the garbage cans. Beach cleaner. I feel better. Did my bit.
Today I went walking at sunrise, about a five mile loop, gently, peacefully, taking time to drink in the views and take a few snaps. I was reliving a bit of yesterday while giving my body gentle recovery activity.
What I have observed this morning: triathlon is not as hard on the body as a half marathon ALL on foot. Cross training is a HUGE advantage. Despite the fall (yes, washed, bandaged, etc). I feel pretty good.
This afternoon I'll be headed to the Melodramas with my kid sis and pitching popcorn at the villian. A great way to top off the sporting weekend.
And... of COURSE I'm watching Olympic coverage! Woo-Hoo... the women's cycling road race is on the TV just now. I love the games, there is something so special about them.
Life is indeed good, friends. Spark on!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
JUST_TRI_IT will recognize the pre-sunrise transition area as the excited participants set up before a triathlon. She'll also recognize the laid out gear:
By the time this shot was taken, I already had my goggles, swim cap, ear plugs, swim socks and nose clip in use or in hand.
Lined up and walking to the start, you can't see me, as I KNOW I'm a slow swimmer and am lagging at the back, examining the ages on the right rear calves, hunting for the other gal in my age group. There was only one other. Silly competitor, Barb... I did find her, just because. She looked in good shape to me... deep breath, you're just going to do your thing!
I used the tip that MIZCATHI gave me and licked the inside and outside of the goggles right before entering the water. It worked, by the way... no fogged over goggles today, leading to a much calmer swim. I did not panic, even as people overtook and passed me, and after the half way point, I actually passed a few myself. Shock! Makes a difference between a true swim race and a triathlon, because for the tri, not everyone is expert to the same degree in each of the sports, and even a duffer like me can be better than some others in one leg or another.
Now all the waves are in the water in this next shot... even the relay swimmers. Most of these will pass me, even though I started 4 minutes sooner, in the women's wave.
I finished the swim, and am on my way to the bike in this shot.
Then here I am at the mounting line:
And toiling away finishing the second of three loops in the bike route:
Transitioning to the run:
And finally, in the finish chute, proving my time to be under 2 hours, which was my unspoken dream time:
But it was not without cost... I managed to trip very close to the finish, and scrape up the knees. Here's the shot we call taking one for the team, cleaning up after I picked myself up, kept on running, and finished.
And many, many thanks to my supporters, on line and in person... here's one who is both, photo taken by one of my sisters before the race started... KALIGIRL held my glasses and some of the photos were taken by her and some by one or another of two sisters who showed up to support.
It was a HUGE high... live your dreams, Sparkers. Life's good... Spark on!
Friday, July 27, 2012
I'm back from my last abbreviated taper-down workout. I swam 400 yards, trying out the rinse your goggles with your own saliva deal... worked pretty well, actually. Then I changed into running togs, drove to the park where the race will really be held, and did my 15 minute walk/jog on the trail where the 5K foot portion will actually be held.
I was able to observe the transition area under construction, the chute to the running course being set up, the racks for the bikes, the chute into the water for the swim... it's all becoming very real now. So now I am like that proverbial race horse (even a plugger) that needs to be kept hydrated but not overly so, well fed but not overfed, and rested overnight leading to the starting line.
Thinking especially today of Diane JUST_TRI_IT, who was my initial inspiration to do this. Thinking of Becky KALIGIRL who encouraged me when I first voiced it last Summer. Thinking of my son doing his thing overseas. Of the athletes in the big show of the London Olympics. And of all others like me who are on the journey of following dreams, one day at a time.
To us, the dreamers who begin to take on doing what we dream!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
This morning I read a blog entry by DRB13_1, in which, among other interesting Olympic details (and great photos... drop on by!) she quotes the Olympic Athlete's Oath:
"In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams "
I took a similar oath at the opening ceremonies of the Cornhusker State Games last Friday:
"We, the athletes of the Cornhusker State Games..." it begins. We all (in the stands) raised our hands and repeated after the UNL track and field athletes. It goes on but contains a different sort of pledge: "we shall strive to win, but be proud just to have done our best."
Me. An athlete. Of an organized collection of games. It kind of sent tingles up my spine. I'm glad I went to the symbolic opening. I may not be an olympian, but I am out there, doing my best, and feeling the fellowship of others who love their sports. Tomorrow evening, when the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics air, I will have my spirits lifted along with many others around the globe... and I'll also be comparing it to my own little experience in these local games.
Life is good... Spark on!
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