Thursday, July 25, 2013
Here's the story: I had signed up for these three events, and then the overtime mandate came down, and I had "a plan". I would do my first two events as "the last long workout(s)" before the tri. And then have a taper week in between.
Only problem is: first couple of days after the bike ride... exhausted, and focus was on sleep and nutrition. Now, Thursday, I feel me coming back... that "coiled spring" feeling. I want to run, or swim, or bike... but there is the overtime thing going on.
So... we shall see how it works out. Maybe a quick run after work tonight? Not a long one, but something to let the coils relax a bit. Because Thursday/Friday is two days too soon to be in this state.
My fellow Sparkers... take good care of you today. Make your decisions consciously about what to do:
* Drink that water.
* Breathe and be aware of the air around you, coming in, going out.
* Stretch, get up and move around: remember to go to recess.
* Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it.
* And rejoice in being alive... there is much to be grateful for.
My fellow Sparklers: each and every one of you is worthy of a full and healthy life. Do your best to support it with how you think about, talk to, and nurture yourself today!
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.
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