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Not that there's nothing to say...

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.
* Breathe!

You're alive on the planet! Spark on! emoticon

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/26/2013 6:41AM

    Very insightful! I love that quote. It really says it all.
Keep on blogging!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/25/2013 5:11AM

    Well, there's MY life!

You are indeed insightful, my Spark friend. I blog to crow, to whine and get pats on the back that I don't get in "real" life. Sometimes sweating the small stuff removes a bit of the burden on the big stuff.

I ate what was in the bag, skipped recess but drank my water.

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PATRICIAAK 7/24/2013 11:46PM

    insightful

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SLENDERELLA61 7/24/2013 9:42PM

    Today I went to recess -- twice -- and I thought of you! I didn't eat what was in my bag, though, because I had walking shoes. Next week I will take some healthy snacks; yes, I will.

Your point about being able to plod through is profound and a sentiment I haven't read or thought about recently. That quote about comparing someone else's highlight reel to my detailed life is a great point, too. Thanks for that statement. This was a really good one!!

When I first lost the weight and then achieved a lower weight than I thought possible and then I was making great fitness gains, I had a tremendous need to blog. I wanted to share and convert everyone. I had so much to say. But I came to accept that each person has to find their own way. I can't do it for anyone else. My solutions may not work for someone else. I now blog for me and for motivation. I love to celebrate and share my highlights. I don't always share everything I've plodded through, but when I've wanted input from SparkFriends, it has always been helpful and accepting.

And, Barb, I think it's fine to share highlights and successes and celebrations. I don't think we have to share any heartaches or challenges or problems we don't want to share. We don't have any obligation to represent our lives in totality. We share what helps. You have the wisdom to know when it will be helpful to you or others and when it is just better to just focus on the positive! Again, thanks.

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CONCHA77 7/24/2013 9:19PM

    BLOG On!!!!

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KLMEIRING 7/24/2013 8:03PM

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GABY1948 7/24/2013 5:38PM

    This is a GREAT blog, Barb. You always are a straight shooter! I like that and we need that! emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/24/2013 3:33PM

    Love the quote. And though both the highlight reels and the behind-the-scenes collections are unique to us all, I think it's the daily stuff that reveals our common human-ness. We are most relatable in the small stuff sometimes. Thought of you also because Wednesday mornings during summer break I ride the 10 miles to our local Starbucks for coffee. However, I pack my own banana and Greek yogurt because Starbucks food, though tempting, is not on Emma's approved eating list. So, while reading, I am eating what's in the bag! Have a great day!

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_LINDA 7/24/2013 2:17PM

    Love that 'highlight reel' Spot on! Very few people would want to talk about their innermost troubles, feeling it would put off people. We would rather hear good news then bad.. But while its nice to put out those sunny everything coming up roses blogs, that doesn't let your friends know when you could use some help and support. Its not the true reality you are facing. The Spark community is very compassionate and caring. They are quick to support and rarely, if ever, critical. Its a rare treat to hang out in such a warm, loving, uplifting online community!

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DALID414 7/24/2013 1:51PM

    Love that motivational saying.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/24/2013 1:42PM

    What a great quote. This weekend I read over my old blogs and felt so good about where I have been in the last few years of Sparking. I find blogging so helpful, no matter the minutiae, it is my lfe and shining a light on it helps me to make the changes I need to make, and to see where other changes need to be. But it is so quotidian, I'm surprised that others want to read it too.
Except that we are all toiling along finding a way to get by as best we can, and that daily stuff is ...what we have!
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VIXSTERLU 7/24/2013 1:39PM

    Good point! I sometimes feel that my 'behind the scenes' is too negative and don't put them out there but journal instead. But you make a good point! Thanks for the insight :)

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2013 11:21AM

    AWESOME! HUGS

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DLDMIL 7/24/2013 11:05AM

    A great blog. I love reading your blogs, they truly hit home with me. Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts with us here on Spark. Have a wonderful day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/24/2013 10:29AM

    Thank you for reminding me why not to compare myself with others. "Behind the scenes vs highlights reel" ... a precious, precious meditation.

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LEWILL1982 7/24/2013 10:21AM

    I love that! Your blog just gave me chills. I am so guilty of comparing myself to everyone else. I just need to focus on being me, that's all any of us can ever ask for!

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LINDAKAY228 7/24/2013 10:20AM

    Great blog and so true! I get as much out of the struggle blogs I read as I do out of the celebration ones. Reminds me that we are all human and I'm not the only struggling.

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DOGLADY13 7/24/2013 10:11AM

    I often think that my behind the scenes events are more boring than the highlight reel. And my highlight reel ain't nothing specisl. I am grateful for my friends who stick with me.

Thank you for your writings. Always worth the time.

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LESLIELENORE 7/24/2013 10:05AM

    Awesome blog! So true.

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DOGLADY13 7/24/2013 10:01AM

    I often think that my behind the scenes events are more boring than the highlight reel. And my highlight reel ain't nothing specisl. I am grateful for my friends who stick with me.

Thank you for your writings. Always worth the time.

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MSLZZY 7/24/2013 9:21AM

    The inner life and the outer life. What we share and what we keep to ourselves are vastly different. Thanks for making me reflect today. HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 7/24/2013 8:50AM

    Oh Barb!--Yer blog is so timely!--Whatta morning I've had!--- Himself is a lot older than I am--and continuously ""puts me down""--I think it's him seeing hisself losing ground, so to speak, so he takes it out on me--I almost didn't blog this morning as I didn't want it to come out in my writing!----- I try to keep the blog upbeat and happy------some days are very hard for me living with this man----then I read yer blog, and I'm sitting here blubbering--So , in case you don't realize it, yer blogs help me--very much!!!--- I feel like someone in this world understands----Thank-you so much-Lynda

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2013 8:40AM

    A great blog Barb, I love your attitude! emoticon

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AUNTB63 7/24/2013 8:34AM

    I really liked the quote and your thoughts about it. Today this hit home for me and I realize how true your words are. Thank you for sharing this. Have a wonderful Wednesday. emoticon

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NINJALINDA 7/24/2013 8:30AM

    I like that comparison between the behind the scenes and the highlight reel. ?That's giving me something to ponder for the day - thanks!

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2013 8:15AM

    I truly enjoy your blogs, Barb! I preach our mindset! It helps the soul and we are stronger for it!
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DEBRITA01 7/24/2013 8:13AM

    A great blog to start my day...thanks for taking the time to share today! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2013 8:09AM

    What a brilliant blog . . . so love that "highlight reel" concept. The struggles of the inner life are continuous, and the outer life: edited for sure. Not to be misleading so much, I think, as to provide that motivation and pep talk primarily for ourselves. So glad you made the time to write this today.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2013 8:04AM

    Wonderful blog!

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One more mugga, then off to work...

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! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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KLMEIRING 7/24/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks, Barb!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/24/2013 7:36AM

    Being present for every minute = great words! Thanks again, Barb.

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DOGLADY13 7/23/2013 6:22PM

    It's some 12 hours since you posted this. We are having severe storms right now. I decided to stay put at the office to put in a little extra time. We also needed the rain, but it's better when it comes down slow and steady.

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EBEAMS 7/23/2013 6:06PM

    I love the rain too although there isn't rain anywhere in sight for here. Oh well ... I love that your work is interesting to you! It makes it more fun that way!

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PATRICIAAK 7/23/2013 5:10PM

    Our rain was peppered with hail.

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DLDMIL 7/23/2013 3:14PM

    Gratitude for all that we have. Enjoy your day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2013 11:34AM

    Ah so glad you are getting some rain! I definitely know how you feel after we go through such dry conditions, when the rain finally does come! Enjoy it.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/23/2013 11:06AM

    Hahahah "Prisoner" - I like that! Our feline was not pleased to be indoors yesterday during our rain. She also has the "feline disgust" look, actually pretty close to Elvis' sneer look...

And I have got to get her to a groomer. I think my dust mop looks more attractive than her fur. She LOVES to drag her shaggy long fur under the spruce and juniper trees and it all gets sap over and in her fur. Nasty!

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ANDI571 7/23/2013 10:34AM

    I know that look from the king of our household! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/23/2013 10:30AM

    Cats are good at that!

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SPINNINGJW 7/23/2013 10:06AM

    Yes, that glare that only cats can give, like you can do something about the drops of water coming from the sky. I am grateful for the rain, even if Prisoner is not.

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MSLZZY 7/23/2013 9:42AM

    So glad you are getting some rain. It looks to be
sliding past us to the west but the temps are cool
so we will be patient and wait. Have a great day!

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GABY1948 7/23/2013 9:34AM

    We are getting rain also and needed it badly! Have a great day!

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LJCANNON 7/23/2013 8:34AM

    emoticon Congratulations on getting some rain -- Sorry about the King's Cattitude, LOL!! I'm not sure any other Animal can Glare at you with the same effect as a Cat does!

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KALIGIRL 7/23/2013 8:28AM

    Here's to a prayer of gratitude - life is GOOD!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2013 8:12AM

    I know -- rain makes the outside activities difficult, but we sure do need it!

HUGS and here's to a good day for you, Barb.

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Monday of a taper week...

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! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/23/2013 11:04PM

    You have a tremendous following. Just look at all these great comments! Your following is well deserved. You always have good blogs, good perspective, clearly stated, helpful fitness/maintenance ideas. Keep it up! You are a role model for many. Life is good. Spark On!

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LESLIELENORE 7/23/2013 10:29AM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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LEANJEAN6 7/23/2013 7:55AM

    Good morning Barb!--What great comments on my blog----GET rid of the excess food while we chat--LOL-----Enjoy the day--tis hot AGAIN!P_LYNDA

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/23/2013 5:56AM

    Good, looks like you has some fun down time.

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PATRICIAAK 7/23/2013 1:59AM

    With the OT, you are making the best of it.

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DOGLADY13 7/23/2013 1:02AM

    Thank you for the update on Kelsey.

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WATERMELLEN 7/22/2013 8:01PM

    Enough of them ARE good . . . that is right, and we've just gotta notice them!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2013 2:56PM

    Glad that Kelsey is closer to home so she can see her baby more often! That really does help!

Looks like you all had a great time @ the pool party! I had to laugh out loud . . . "related by cat. . . "! That's too funny.

Hugs and smiles.

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DLDMIL 7/22/2013 11:46AM

    Great pictures and thanks for the update on Kelsey. Have a great day

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DALID414 7/22/2013 10:59AM

    You always look like you're having fun in your photos.

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LINDAKAY228 7/22/2013 10:19AM

    The weekends just aren't long enough! And sometimes it seems that everything is scheduled at one time and then nothing another weekend. Looks like the pool party was a blast!

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MIRAGE727 7/22/2013 9:55AM

    You just reminded me to stay focused on this race week leading to my first Tri, Barb! Hydrate, fuel clean, get good sleep, and light training top the list! Stay strong!
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Oh, thanks for putting that little bug in Marsha's head. Now she's trying to talk me into coming to Lincoln for "The Games." I'll bite...where can I get more info on this?
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GABY1948 7/22/2013 9:48AM

    And a GREAT time was had by all! You look so happy!

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DEBRITA01 7/22/2013 8:51AM

    You've found a way to balance the OT and getting your exercise in...good for you! The pool party is a fun way to be active...and stay cool. Glad to hear that Kelsey is making progress and she was able to enjoy some time with her DD (an excellent motivator, I'm sure). I will continue to pray for her full recovery. Have a Sparkly Monday, Barb! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/22/2013 8:45AM

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

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LEANJEAN6 7/22/2013 7:39AM

    Related by cat---pretty funny!-You are always into some neat trainin emoticon g session--pretty inspiring--and I hope yer neice continues to improve-Lynda

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KELLIEBEAN 7/22/2013 7:36AM

    I'm very glad to hear about Kelsey's progress!

Way a fun way to celebrate a birthday. You look great.

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MJREIMERS 7/22/2013 7:27AM

    Yay for Kelsey! Seeing her daughter would be a huge motivator and I hope she continues to do improve!

I love the family time at the pool. Your suit is really cute! I'm still looking for one. It's very true about the activities and it's sometimes hard to choose.

I will be grateful for every moment! (I needed that reminder after being in a car with four teenagers for 13 hours!)

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NELLJONES 7/22/2013 7:23AM

    I love your last injunction: Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.

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Bonus blog... what do you get when you mix sunscreen and...

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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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/23/2013 5:54AM

    Dirt is good!

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PATRICIAAK 7/22/2013 4:48AM

    super

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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2013 10:25PM

    We will have to go biking some time, but you will probably have to slow down if we are to stay together.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2013 8:18PM

    Impressive bike ride. Evidently, you did find the turns. Good for you!! Dreams of that Olympic tri --- wonderful. I know you can do it with proper training and you've got the discipline to do the training even by yourself. And, hey, and isn't there a full marathon on your bucket list, too?

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KARIDIAN1 7/21/2013 7:18PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time still.

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SUNNYWBL 7/21/2013 5:42PM

    Just another vision of an active body!

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LJCANNON 7/21/2013 3:12PM

    emoticon Never thought about the Road Dirt, LOL!! I agree with what the others have said -- If you aren't Dirty at the End you either Didn't Do It Right or You Didn't Have Fun!!

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LINDAKAY228 7/21/2013 2:03PM

    Love the pic LOL! Great job!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 2:02PM

    When my kids were little, I used to say that if they weren't dirty at the end of the day we hadn't had any fun. Clearly: you had fun!!

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JUNEAU2010 7/21/2013 12:38PM

    I wish I could ride! I love what looks like such freedom of movement!

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DEBRITA01 7/21/2013 12:35PM

    Despite the road dirt, the legs look great! Getting dirty while having fun? Why not?! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 7/21/2013 12:31PM

    That sounds like so much fun. I'm off now for a solo bike ride on the rail trail. I'm wearing my running shoes. I may add a run. Those dang monkeys in my head won't shut up until I wear them out.

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MSLZZY 7/21/2013 12:10PM

    But that is a good kind of dirty! Your efforts paid off with a fantastic ride!

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A swim and a bike workout

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! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 7/22/2013 9:00AM

    Much cooler bling - and second to last emoticon
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KARIDIAN1 7/21/2013 7:19PM

    Bling like that is cool!

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DEIDRESH 7/21/2013 2:28PM

    good luck and have fun!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 2:01PM

    I do wish you luck: and am vicariously enjoying your "little kid" enthusiasm. So wonderful that it never leaves us!!

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DALID414 7/21/2013 11:55AM

    Good luck and fun!

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DOGLADY13 7/21/2013 11:29AM

    What a great, low-key way to prepare mentally for the triathlon. I'm glad you were excited about this morning's swim. It's so much fun when you have that kind of anticipation. For me there is definitely a difference between nerves and anticipation. Anticipation is much, much better.

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/21/2013 10:57AM

    You keep on inspiring me! Hope the ride was fun! Have a great week looking forward to the triathlon next week!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/21/2013 9:46AM

    I hope you and Brenda Starr Trek have a great day. Good luck!

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BOILHAM 7/21/2013 9:17AM

    Good luck on the long ride today. Nice bling.

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GABY1948 7/21/2013 9:00AM

    You definitely have my best wishes for Victory!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/21/2013 8:53AM

    Your successes make me happy!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2013 8:50AM

    That "bling" is awesome! Good luck today to you & Brenda Starr Trek! Have an awesome ride.

HUGS and smiles. You are a rock star, Barb!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2013 8:35AM

    Good luck, Barb, and have fun. Great picture of the bling. Very impressive!! Enjoy your bike ride today.

I finally found the Sunshine State Games. Looks like the longest running distance here is 1500 meters, just under one mile. Not sure I'm competitive at that distance. I may just have to try it and see. Coming to Lincoln in 2015 sounds wonderful! Hope it works out. -Marsha

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MSLZZY 7/21/2013 7:47AM

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ROXYZMOM 7/21/2013 7:45AM

    Enjoy! And congrats!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/21/2013 7:38AM

    good luck

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PATRICIAAK 7/21/2013 7:30AM

    Like the bling! Press on (or should it be 'bike on'?)

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MOBYCARP 7/21/2013 6:56AM

    Enjoy your prep event! Maybe I'll get out on the bike later today; looks like I'll have good weather for it.

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RAPUNZEL53 7/21/2013 6:26AM

  Good Luck!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/21/2013 6:24AM

    The bling is VERY cool. Enjoy your bike ride. You deserve it.

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