Wednesday, July 24, 2013
but I'm running out of pre-work time to write stuff.
Seriously, I've had this running jumble of "why I blog", "I've been blogging pretty regularly since sometime in mid-2010", etc. I've blogged my way through two deployments of a son. I've blogged my way through celebrations, and whines, and about a ga-zillion pep talks to myself. Through half marathons, trips, triathlons, family sorrows... LIFE, in short, and all that can happen.
So have many of the folks whose blogs I follow. There's a lot going on out there in all our lives. The constant of blogging, to me, is all about motivation, and I have noticed over time, an evolution in what I need to blog about.
It's all about where you are on the journey at the time. I've thought about how my blogs are similar to my dad's "Ken's Komments" columns that he wrote years ago for a small town newspaper, and later for an internal employee publication at the company he worked for. I've thought about the differences between a private journal and a blog where folks are able to see what one writes.
I went back and observed that I have 84 pages of blogs here on Spark, in "outline view". Some of them are probably pretty repetitive. I went back to some of the dates of significance in my life and found blogs that didn't mention those things AT ALL.
Bottom line, there's the inner life and there's the outer life. There's the public face. I so liked this motivational saying:
The behind the scenes is what we all truly live. The highlight reel is the celebration blogs! So if all you've ever read of someone are their successes, it doesn't really tell you what they plowed through to get there. Knowing that YOU are capable of plowing through, too... priceless.
So I guess I'm down to a quick set of reminders: YOU are worth taking care of TODAY. Remember what you really, really want: to be cared for, to be healthy... and then give yourself that gift.
* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag.
* Remember to go to recess.
You're alive on the planet! Spark on!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The cat is now on my lap. Prisoner had just asked to go outside, took one look at the pouring rain, and opted to stay indoors today. He is giving me the kind of feline glare that only the king of the house can give. He is not amused.
I, on the other hand, am rejoicing. We NEED this rain.
And just as the parched earth needs a good rain, we humans need our water, too... so on to the basic pep talk:
* Drink your water!
* Eat what's in that bag! Yes, that one with the healthy lunch and snacks you got up in time to pack for the workday!
* As fascinating as that work puzzle may be, remember to go to recess... it helps your body function better, but it also helps your MIND!
* Breathe and stretch from time to time.
* And lift a little prayer of gratitude while you're at it. LIFE is good. It is precious and fragile, and well worth being PRESENT for, each and every moment.
Spark on, dear friends. You're worth it!
Monday, July 22, 2013
All my weeks of late have been taper weeks. I've kind of lapsed into being a "weekend warrior" because of the OT, and how I decided to cope with it. Break walks and hold the line during the week. On the weekends have more active fun.
The good thing about Summer is that there are LOTS of activities to choose from. The sad thing about Summer is that you have to pick and choose. One person cannot be in multiple places at once. So, while I was out doing my Cornhusker State Games events, there was an "Uplifting Athletes" run down at Memorial Stadium that I had to bypass. And there was the annual Relay for Life that I had to miss, too... my kid sis SPINNINGJW represented the family at THAT important event.
Since I haven't mentioned it in a while... Kelsey progress... this past week they moved her to a local rehab facility, where she is receiving physical therapy and continuing her recovery. I have to believe that seeing her daughter the week of July 4th really spurred her recovery motivation strongly... and of course now that she's local, she sees the babe more often. Over the weekend, for the first time in a while, she posted FOR HERSELF on FaceBook, saying simply that she is doing well. The gratitude on the part of this whole family is immense. To those of you who have continued to pray through this: THANK YOU!
And speaking of family, that's how my weekend ended, with a family and friends birthday / pool party, in honor of one of my niece's 16th birthday a couple of weeks ago. We all had fun, and SPINNINGJW got up on the diving board to show us she still has what it takes, trying out a few dives for the first time in a couple of years, she says. Nowadays few pools support diving boards, due to liability risks, and for someone who loves to dive (as Jen does), this is a problem. Hard to find training venues if you're not an elite.
The second photo is proof I was there, taken by the mom of the niece. The other gal in the photo is a family friend who we say is "related by cat" because she adopted our dad's cat after he passed and no one else was able to take Mindy in.
And now, back to life as we love it:
* Drink that water.
* Remember to go to recess.
* Be grateful for every good moment, and accept that not every moment may be good, but ENOUGH of them ARE.
* Eat what's in that bag, it's why you packed it.
LIFE if good. Live it to the full. YOU are worth it. Spark on!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
road dirt? This:
I did not notice the dirt until I was pedaling up the last hill toward the finish area. And then I almost burst out laughing. This was one of those self-guided semi-organized events... they had the turns marked on the pavement, but once you checked in, you just took off to do whichever distance you had picked. There was a bronze distance (the one I did, 27.9 miles), and silver distance (59.1 miles) and a gold distance (94.1 miles). They all just started taking off as soon as they got their names checked off... just like the Volkswalk KALIGIRL and I did two years ago.
Well... this was unfamiliar territory for me, so I looked around for someone else who was doing the bronze distance, in the hope of "not missing the turns". Because in Nebraska, if you miss a turn at a mile road... you're going at least another mile before you figure it out. I found someone who works in the same building as I do... we introduced ourselves, and I asked could I tag along, since she seemed to know where all the turns were.
Only... when we got started... it was obvious I needed to go faster than she and her companion could manage on their equipment. I wasn't planning on taking more than 3 hours. So... after lending her my sunscreen at the start, I soon pulled away and didn't look back until the finish, when I'd loaded the bike in the car and drove the route in reverse to assure myself that these two ladies were in fact doing just fine, and looking strong, a few miles back. Then I came home, showered, and here I am.
As for my future and cycle tours? I might just do another some time ... or maybe this is just a step to a longer distance TRI next year? Olympic distance is still on my bucket list, and this bike ride would have put me in that category... still got to double yesterday's swim, though, to be there.
Dreaming dreams on endorphins, no? Have a great Sparkly day, all... and now I'll head into the final taper week before my sprint TRI.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Last night, believe it or not, I was like a kid before the first day of school. Correction, I was like *me* as a kid before the first day of school. I often had trouble sleeping the night before the first day of the school year. I was having that problem last night.
Anyway, for those of you who like to see the bling, this year's CSG medal is cooler than the last two years, in my humble opinion. Check out the cut out:
I added my Boston wristband and my Support Our Troops wristband to my swim costume, since they are both plastic / waterproof... and left my Hero bracelet (metal) at home. The conditions were perfect... water smooth as glass. Warm but not overly hot in the ambient air.
There were clouds out in the distance. They held us for five minutes to ensure there was no visible lightning, and gave us the warning about monitoring the storm and if we heard the air horn, swim for the nearest shore. The warning was not needed. We finished the swim without incident. By the way? The lake in the background photo is the one we swam in... and the water temps were lovely.
I finished slower than last year, because I was just relaxing into it. There was one total new to open water swimmer who finished behind me... halfway in, she was having trouble navigating, and the kayaks came and guided her, same as they did me a year ago. These support folks rock, people!
Now, the bike tires are checked. It and the helmet are in the car, as is the sunscreen. The camelback is packed, and I've had my breakfast a bit early. This is a "non-competitive" event, it's a just go and enjoy the ride deal. But it will be the first time I've taken Brenda Starr Trek out on the highway. At the distance I have chosen (bronze distance - 27.9 miles) I will be going better than twice the distance today, compared to the bike leg of the triathlon a week from today. A good prep event for me.
Wish me luck, and fun. Life's good. Spark a great day!
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