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Basics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Basics. When I'm weary or worn out, it's the basics that will get me through the day. So today's pep talk is just that.

* Water. emoticon

* Breathe. emoticon

* Walk away periodically. emoticon

* Remember who is REALLY in charge. emoticon

and of course:
* Eat what's in the bag. emoticon

LIFE is good, foggy or clear: Spark on! emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 7/10/2013 7:17PM

    You have no idea how often I think of you when I am packing lunch. I try to pack food that I like so I will eat what is in it.

You are more than halfway through the week. You can make it. Friday is coming!

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MSLZZY 7/9/2013 10:44PM

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PATRICIAAK 7/9/2013 10:12PM

    Great coaches concentrate on the basics! You've got the makings of a coach.

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2013 9:39PM

    Basics are basically what make is possible to survive. And thrive.

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DALID414 7/9/2013 1:08PM

    The basics don't let auto-pilot lose control, especially the packed bag. Sometimes I don't remember what I packed, but by lunchtime I realize it was worth packing!

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CELIAMINER 7/9/2013 11:35AM

    I always need reminders for the basics...thanks!

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2013 9:45AM

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GABY1948 7/9/2013 8:50AM

    Live IS good and emoticon attitude!

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_LINDA 7/9/2013 8:25AM

    In the end, its your healthy habits that will pull you through the worst of it..
You go girl! You got this!

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KALIGIRL 7/9/2013 8:18AM

    Here's to taking charge of the basics - you rock my friend!
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KELLIEBEAN 7/9/2013 8:18AM

    I need a pep talk today!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2013 8:15AM

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ANDI571 7/9/2013 8:12AM

    I agree. For so long now the mojo just hasn't been there, but the basics are what is helping me maintain.

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MAGGIE101857 7/9/2013 8:08AM

    Hope the day goes well for you! emoticon

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NELLJONES 7/9/2013 8:01AM

    When in doubt go back to basics. When football players report to training they start out with the same drills as new players, even though they know all that stuff. It creates a rhythm, a fresh reminder of the starting point.

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Back to the overtime schedule

Monday, July 08, 2013

OK, little break over. Last week I only worked 32 hours: since I had a half day vacation already on the books, plus a holiday, and they only mandated 4 hours of OT, I did the minimum required, and as my blogs show, I took full advantage of the opportunity to be active. Which showed nothing more than that if I'm NOT working OT, and especially with an extra day off, I can do it. I can train well, rest well, and feel good about me.

This week, we're back to 8 hours OT mandated, and no holidays or vacation days. I am two weeks out from the Cornhusker State Games. I'm thinking my bike commutes may be the extent of my cycling, and if I get them in two or three days, I will call it good. Hoping for combining a brick run on the end of one of them, and maybe an after work jog on a day I drive. Defer swim to next Sunday, my next full day off.

So, that's the activity plan. As for the rest, standard work "line in the sand" pep talk:

* Remember to hydrate extra, it's Summertime, Summertime, sum-sum-summertime! emoticon

* Eat what's in the bag, it's full of healthy things you packed for that purpose. emoticon

* Remember to go to recess. It's good for the mind, not just the body. emoticon

* Prioritize what you work on, and remember Who the real boss is! emoticon

* And of course, get to bed on time! Rest is an important part of self-care, too. emoticon

Balance, people. LIFE is about balance. And it is *good*. Spark on! emoticon

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/9/2013 4:47AM

    Be proud, I ate what was in the bag!


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RONNIEHUEY 7/9/2013 3:30AM

    Great!

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MSLZZY 7/8/2013 10:51PM

    Nothing like mandatory OT to push you into making the most of what time you have and keeping a balance in your life is essential. HUGS!

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PATRICIAAK 7/8/2013 9:40PM

    Amen!

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DOGLADY13 7/8/2013 8:18PM

    Balance is good, indeed. My partner in crime at work dragged me out right at 5pm today.

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GABY1948 7/8/2013 3:56PM

    Have a great week, Barb...I love it when you are doing so well...it's absolutely contagious!

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SPINNINGJW 7/8/2013 11:47AM

    If you want, I will take you to a lake next Sunday for an "open water" swim. Harder to judge distance, but I know how to set up a "course"

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 11:33AM

    Here's to the REAL boss!
Will catch up soon.
Absolutely emoticon emoticon and with all the food and drink didn't gain a pound!
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LESLIELENORE 7/8/2013 11:02AM

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LINDAKAY228 7/8/2013 10:04AM

    Some weeks have more free time than others. Glad you were able to get in a lot last week.

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CHIRPGIRL 7/8/2013 8:49AM

    Yup. It's all about balance... emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2013 8:33AM

    Great pep talk. Yes, you're the boss!!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/8/2013 8:31AM

    I always like your pep talks. Gets me on the right track for the day.

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LEANJEAN6 7/8/2013 8:13AM

    naps are good too-----LOL------You are a very active person!------A good day is one where yu get a workout in eh?--Lynda emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/8/2013 7:54AM

    Great plan Barbara


HAVE A GREAT WEEK BABES emoticon

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SABLENESS 7/8/2013 7:52AM

    You're lucky you can commute on your bike. I used to be able to walk to work, but not with present job. Hang in there with the overtime and take care of yourself. emoticon

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CONCHA77 7/8/2013 7:51AM

    Great plan! I am also getting back into the groove and will be trying my "balancing act" with work and sparking. Have a great week!

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Victory over the front door

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Today was a swim day on my training schedule. I had been having trouble getting myself out the door on Sundays to meet those swim expectations.

I pulled out one of the oldest Spark tricks in the book. I asked someone to go with me! Now, swimming is inherently a solo activity. You're not going to be doing a lot of talking as you work out. So a part of me felt a twinge guilty asking SPINNNINGJW to meet me at the gym (I had a guest pass), since she's a diver, not a lap swimmer. And the only thing I can think of more boring than swimming laps is watching someone ELSE swim them.

But she assured me after the fact that she was figuring out aquatic therapy in the pool while I was doing my 1350 yards of back and forth. Then we did a quick tour of the gym facilities, to remind me, as much as show her, that the pool isn't ALL the gym has to offer.

And now I can call my holiday weekend complete: I got in a long and slow run (Thursday), a longish (for me) bike ride yesterday, and a lovely swim today. Plus I learned a bit about how my bicycle fits together (Friday).

Now... to decompress in the cave: laundry, and a grocery run, prep for the week of overtime ahead.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 7/9/2013 2:47PM

    emoticon That Front Door didn't stand a chance against You!!! WTG!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2013 7:44AM

    Good Morning to yu!!!
Good morning to yu!!!!-----KEEP on SPARKING! emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/7/2013 9:26PM

    I need to get back to swimming too, as I have wild aspirations for a tri somewhere down the road. It's been 20+ years since I did any lap swimming, and I know I just need to get out and DO IT! Thanks for reminding me that I have no good reason to not actively train for a triathalon :-)

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MOBYCARP 7/7/2013 8:21PM

    I thought of you as I went and looked at gyms today. I signed up with the one that had a pool, though I didn't get into the pool today.

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WATERMELLEN 7/7/2013 4:41PM

    Oh there's nothing like self-trickery when necessary!! All best for your week ahead Barb!

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SPINNINGJW 7/7/2013 3:57PM

    Watching the lap swimmers was actually quite interesting. The one guy looked like he had possibly been a competitor at one time (or still) and was flipping his turns. The other gal was only breathing on the one side, and she had a very methodical method of getting into the pool. While I was in the pool, I was contemplating the resistance of water, the buoyancy of water and the principles we learned about aquatic therapy. I also did some walking in the water, focusing on which muscles were working. So, even though Barb may consider it "boring" to watch people lap swim, I found ways to entertain myself.

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NEW-CAZ 7/7/2013 3:27PM

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PATRICIAAK 7/7/2013 2:29PM

    Super!

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MJREIMERS 7/7/2013 1:05PM

    emoticon job on your exercise and emoticon job making sure you swam today. You ROCK! I hope you get some relaxation today and I hope your week is a good one. (Even with the overtime!) Keep at it!

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MADEIT3 7/7/2013 12:32PM

    Yay for you for finding a way to get this done. You really our an inspiration and motivate me to try and get in my six mile walk today and every day. Thanks!!

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LESLIELENORE 7/7/2013 12:24PM

    Awesome! Glad you found someone to go with you. I wish I had someone to run with. I know I push myself harder when I exercise with someone else.

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SUSANNAH31 7/7/2013 12:23PM

    Scheduling in a friend to join you is a GREAT way to make yourself go.

Thanks for doing this day - to - day, and for blogging about it. You are a real role model for me.

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SHESMITH1 7/7/2013 11:39AM

    You are such an inspiration. When is your tri? What are the distances of each event? When did you do your first one?

I have all these questions because I've signed up for my first one (just a sprint). I've wanted to do one since I volunteered for one about 15 years ago. It has taken this long for me to overcome my "I only try things I know I will win" competitive youthful (ie: immature) attitude. Now, I just want to finish!

Keep up the great work!


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Bonus blog: the shake down ride

Saturday, July 06, 2013

As promised, I took Brenda Starr Trek out for a shake-down spin, having successfully re-installed the repaired tire, and reattached the brake cable. This was the front wheel, so it should be the easy one... you know, with the click-it quick release and all that. Yeah, mechanical wimp here.

Being me, I opted to start out on the same side of town as the bike shop. Just in case. But I left the house so much earlier than the bike shop opens that it would not have made much difference.

Still, things went smoothly, and by the time I got to the turn off for the bike shop, I had pretty much made up my mind what kind of trip it would be: a 20 miler, at least. I was going to explore the connections between the bike trails and see if I could get all the way to my son's house. I wanted to see how much street travel might be involved in such a ride, and how awkward the transition between the trails that don't directly connect.

Turns out I was wise to allow myself a little leeway to get lost, because I explored a couple of nooks and crannies. But I did make it all the way to my son's house, with the odometer saying 12.5 miles when I cruised by. No, I did not ring the doorbell... I'm not that kind of a mother-in-law! emoticon It was too early for the kids to be receiving.

I just rode on by a bit, then turned around and explored my way home. Total miles on the day, about 23.5. Then I quick changed into running shorts and did a brief mile and a quarter of walk/jog... for my second brick of the season.

Yes, I may not have as stringent a training plan for my upcoming triathlon, and I may be doing it "just to finish" and "as a workout, not a race"... but I'm at least making sure I'm still fit enough to go the distance, as time allows.

LIFE is good. Active life is the best. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Spark on!

  
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DOGLADY13 7/7/2013 5:27PM

    Great work out! I swam and biked today, too.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/7/2013 8:45AM

    You make me tired!

Good work.

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LEANJEAN6 7/7/2013 8:17AM

    Oh you are amazing!!!--That's a great ride!----You are t emoticon ruly inspiring Barb!-Lynda

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LINDAKAY228 7/7/2013 7:30AM

    Awesome job!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/6/2013 7:40PM

    Good for you! I like the name of your bike. I was a Brenda Starr fan back in the day and Star Trek thereafter.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2013 6:56PM

    Glad Brenda Starr Trekk was in good shape for the shake down ride. You're a good Mom-in-law to have not rung the bell early! LOL

HUGS and hope you enjoyed your walk/run afterwards.



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MOBYCARP 7/6/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon Now if you keep inner tubes on hand, you can always change a tire! A front tire, anyway. Getting the wheel back on properly is the hardest part.

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LESLIELENORE 7/6/2013 5:49PM

    Way to go! Mechanical things intimidate the heck out of me.

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PATRICIAAK 7/6/2013 4:41PM

    Super! Sounds like you can be a mechanic-in-a-pinch!

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DALID414 7/6/2013 3:21PM

    I'm guessing you won't be celebrating National Fried Chicken Day emoticon emoticon (we're better off)

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2013 1:05PM

    emoticon Barb!

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SUSANNAH31 7/6/2013 12:46PM

    You sound like a real athlete to me.
Congratulations!

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Plans A-D... a comedy of learning?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Plan A for Friday was to commute via bicycle for my half day plus and hour OT. However, y'all know that warning they put on the walls of your bicycle tires? The one that says "do not overinflate"?

Well... I... kinda sorta... tested that yesterday morning. One boom too far. One spooked, embarrassed old lady here.

So... Plan B... I would drive it over to the bike shop, get them to fix it, and still have time for the bike commute. And if worse came to worse and they had to keep it because they were too busy to fit it in right away? I could walk to work in the time I had, from the bike shop, walk back to pick up the bike after.

Only I got to the bike shop to discover it wasn't open yet. Its summer hours have it opening at 10 a.m.! Which is late for an early bird like me.

So, out comes plan C... I know why the bike is my least favorite leg of the triathlon, it is my fear of equipment failure. If I understood more of the mechanics, maybe I wouldn't be so nervous about it. I decided I would go home and try popping the wheel off and see if I might consider, have the right tools to replace the tube myself.

I got as far as getting the wheel off and reading the instruction manual for replacing a tube before my resolve poohed out. I'm scared of breaking it. So... plan D... walk to the bike shop, drop off the tire, walk to work, then walk home after? Buzzzzz... thank you for playing... the clock is ticking.

In the end, I drove to work, dropping the wheel off on the way, picked up the wheel on the way home, and figured out how to put it back on the bike. The real victory was getting the brake cable reconnected. The test will be this morning when I take it for a shake down spin.

Slowly, people, slowly... the old lady learns slowly. But she *does* learn.

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Oh, and I almost forgot to share some great news: Kelsey is OFF the heart-lung machine! Off the rvad, too. Still on a ventilator, still with tubes for drainage. But this is huge progress to be off those machines. It's been a month today since she first started having symptoms of what they have now called the hhv6 virus. I'm incredibly grateful, and still praying for continued recovery.
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LIFE is good. Spark on, my friends!
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DOGLADY13 7/7/2013 5:24PM

    Terrific news about Kelsey. Will continue to pray for her full recovery.

Sorry about the bike tire. I leave all bike related stuff to my husband. I figure the car is my responsibility, he can be responsible for the bike.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/7/2013 8:43AM

    How are your ears. emoticon
DH did the same to DD's bike a few weeks back.
I heard it inside the house and come out to see both holding their ears!
Long road ahead for Kelsey yet. This is a good start.

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MSLZZY 7/6/2013 5:59PM

    The challenge was there and you met it head on. Now that you've done it once, it will be easier the next time. Let's hope there isn't a next time. Woohoo for Kelsey! HUGS!

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MOBYCARP 7/6/2013 5:47PM

    I looked at hybrids when I was in the bike shop yesterday getting my tire replaced. It appears that even changing a front tire will be a bit different on new bikes than on the ones we grew up with. But I can worry about that when/if I budget money for a new bike. The 41 year old Schwinn I'm riding is still good enough for my needs.

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GABY1948 7/6/2013 2:49PM

    That is WONDERFUL news about Kelsey! Prayers continuing for her total recovery also.

We are SO alike...I am afraid of EVERYTHING until I "learn" it too! But I am older than you, I believe (65 this month) and you are also ahead of me in that you run.

Have a great remainder of your weekend!

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SIMONEKP 7/6/2013 12:18PM

    good news re Kelsey

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LESLIELENORE 7/6/2013 11:25AM

    I can relate to the fear of breaking it while trying to fix it! Glad to hear Kelsey is doing better.

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WATERMELLEN 7/6/2013 10:51AM

    Yay Kelsey: such great great news, a significant step forward.

And: you are NOT an "old lady", no you are not. You are a mature and seasoned and experienced person who's got it all going on and is able to figure it all out: which you just demonstrated. Yeah!!

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SANDICANE 7/6/2013 9:11AM

    Super news on Kelsey...ride on!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2013 8:22AM

    HUGS and prayers for Kelsey. So glad she's making progress.

Oh boy. I am no good when it comes to anything mechanical either. Good luck with your test drive today. Hope everything works!!

HUGS and smiles.

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PATRICIAAK 7/6/2013 8:10AM

    Will cont to pray for Kelsey.
Ride carefully today

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2013 8:01AM

    Great news on Kelsey, keeping her in my prayers Barb emoticon

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