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Ah-one and ah-two and ah-three

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ah-one: Decision to TRI. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Ah-two: The day after aha moment... you really WERE coming down with something. emoticon

Ah-three: arise and shine, and appreciate that the fitness you have worked so hard to achieve speeds recovery from illness. emoticon

I'm up. I'm rested (of course staying in bed most of yesterday probably contributes to that, along with going to bed on time last night). The bag with the snacks and lunch is packed. The Spark mug is full of coffee, and breakfast is on its way.

I shall treat myself gently today... it's back to work. VERY grateful I took yesterday as vacation, planning ahead for recovery is a good thing. Today, we shall see what things were discovered during testing yesterday, and hopefully have a determination as to whether the OT has been backed off to optional, not mandatory.

Fitness is SO worth it. It helps in just about every area of life. Doesn't stop one from succumbing to illness, but certainly helps in the recovery!

Take good care of YOU today. YOU are worth it! LIFE is good. Spark on.

Oh, yeah, and especially important today for me: HYDRATE! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 7/30/2013 10:26PM

    Glad to read you are feeling better, Barb! emoticon Hope your OT is no longer mandatory so that you can restore some balance to your life. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 7/30/2013 8:09PM

    Oh, yes. Taking Monday off after a big weekend is a wise decision, even if your Monday isn't spent quite as you had envisioned. Glad you could bounce back quickly, and it's good you could rest yesterday!

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SPINNINGJW 7/30/2013 12:34PM

    So sorry you had a rough "day after." So glad you had the day off to rest and recuperate. Hope you are feeling much better today. Remember to go to recess.

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DLDMIL 7/30/2013 12:19PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better, have a great day (gentle work day).

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2013 11:47AM

    Gently indeed Barb emoticon

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GABY1948 7/30/2013 10:48AM

    Glad you are feeling good today and have a very positive attitude! Have a great day!

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LESLIELENORE 7/30/2013 9:36AM

    Treat yourself gently!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2013 9:28AM

  Glad you're getting back to feeling better! HUGS and here's to a good Tuesday.

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MSLZZY 7/30/2013 9:24AM

    By taking care of yourself yesterday, you have made it possible to feel better today. Make it a productive day and continue to treat yourself gently! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2013 8:48AM

    Gently indeed: here's hoping that OT is going to be reduced. And: so true that fitness helps absolutely every area of life.

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EBEAMS 7/30/2013 8:45AM

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KELLIEBEAN 7/30/2013 8:23AM

    Wishing you healhty, over-time free days very soon!

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MIRAGE727 7/30/2013 8:20AM

    Barb, wait until you see my race report! I think it will sway you to the Tri side! Hope you have a road bike!
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MJREIMERS 7/30/2013 8:17AM

    I'm glad you are feeling better! Exercise is the key to so much in regards to our health! I hope the OT will be coming to an end sooner than later and you can start to spend more time the way you'd like. Take it easy a day or two more to get back to 100%. Drink water and have a great day!

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KALIGIRL 7/30/2013 7:52AM

    Glad you are back in the 'pink' - hope OT is voluntary and you can get back to 'normalcy' - whatever that is...

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DEBRITA01 7/30/2013 7:31AM

    Glad you're on the road to recovery...take care and have a good day! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 7/30/2013 7:24AM

  Barb

Glad to here you are better! Take it easy and make sure you are 100% before going at it again.

Love the Aha's -- sign from above that I read the first one -- off to TRI once more again today!



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GOLFGMA 7/30/2013 7:23AM

    Glad the illness was very short term. Being fit certainly helps! emoticon

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JSTETSER 7/30/2013 6:48AM

    Feel better
and Better
and better.

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PATRICIAAK 7/30/2013 6:47AM

    glad you've improved

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LEANJEAN6 7/30/2013 6:41AM

    Oh Barb!--You ARE better--sorta!--Happy to hear that!---Take-er cool!-Lynda emoticon

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Paying the price and the decision process

Monday, July 29, 2013

I bubbled about the good things about athletics yesterday. Today I'm coming out from under my shelf of blankets I hid under for pretty much all of today and blogging about the tough decisions that we sometimes make as competitors.

Yesterday when I had trouble sleeping and got up early, it was also with the niggling feeling that all was not well with the body. Headache. A little nausea. But this can be "nerves" or it can be "coming down with something".

As with most days and going to work, or in this case, doing an event I look forward to all year, I acted as if I was going to do it... and I went and did it! And it was in fact, great. But then I was spent... puttered around the house, but still had the headache stuff going on while I blogged and posted photos.

It's a tough decision: to compete when you're not at the top of your form. But all the training that you do, and the residual fitness, the excitement of the day... pulls you forward. I know from experience what a let-down it was when I skipped a 5K when I wasn't feeling well. So... I went. Of course if my symptoms had been more severe, it might have been a different choice... I'm not a complete fool... just halfway there.

Today, I ended up canceling two appointments and drugging up and trying to be unconscious for the day. I'm still not at the top of my game, but I knew I had to get up and eat a little something, and keep trying to hydrate.

The good news? TRI is so much easier on legs and joints and muscles in general... than running long distance, I feel no ill effects of that sort at all. Once I get over the cruds? Back to keeping that balance, which y'all know, includes back to training.

But first... tomorrow, hopefully fully rested and recuperated... back to work!

LIFE is good, even when not 100%. Spark on! emoticon

  
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-SHOREIDO- 7/31/2013 9:47PM

    Great Blogs you are such a trooper!! Thanks for the this and thats and mostly for taking the time to share and giving us a peek into the "TRI" event.
Hope you enjoyed the good moments!!
Heal quickly. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/30/2013 9:35AM

    You are a champion!

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2013 8:47AM

    Very sensible . . hope that your recuperation has been successful!

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MIRAGE727 7/30/2013 8:33AM

    Training when "under the weather' borders on a fine line. We take it individually and carefully. I know too well as I had to recover from breaking down my immune system two years ago. This is one of the reasons I don't train too hard just consistently. I also embrace recovery days as holy days! But you know all that. Oh, and pacing one's s elf is critical especially doing a Tri! All the best, Barb!
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KALIGIRL 7/30/2013 7:56AM

    Glad it only lasted a day!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/30/2013 5:46AM

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PATRICIAAK 7/30/2013 5:02AM

    Take it easy

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2013 1:51AM

    Glaf you're feeling better Barb, take it slow! emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/29/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon Barb for pushing forward, and completing your race.
I hope that you'll soon be feeling back to normal. emoticon
Sending you lots of healing vibes . . . emoticon

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DALID414 7/29/2013 11:03PM

    Namaste

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MSLZZY 7/29/2013 10:46PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Take care so you don't have a relapse. I think you work way too hard.

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MAGGIE101857 7/29/2013 10:12PM

    Feel better! Best to listen to your body (and not your mind!) emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/29/2013 10:07PM

    rest, eat, hydrate is the best cure emoticon


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LEANJEAN6 7/29/2013 10:06PM

    Oh no!---Getting sick is awful!!!!!----I am sorry-----You can get better!--You are a strong Lady!-Lynda emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/29/2013 9:59PM

    You pushed through and completed your Tri, and now you had the good sense to recuperate well today. Glad you had this day of rest before going back to the ol' grind!

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MOBYCARP 7/29/2013 9:38PM

    Rest well, and get better!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2013 9:34PM

    Get well. I wondered if this ailment was part of recovery, but no, you pushed through it to compete. I suspect you know yourself well enough that you made the right call. And now you've rested and done all you can do to get well. Hoping you feel truly well tomorrow. By the way, it makes that PR and silver medal look even more impressive!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2013 9:22PM

  Hope you're feeling better, Barb! It is amazing to me how mind and body are connected! Definitely! Even feeing "not quite right" I am the same way . . . soldier on, get thru whatever in good order THEN fall apart!

HUGS and chicken soup!

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2013 9:22PM

    I hope you feel 100% soon! I really appreciate the honesty that you put into your blogs. I also admire your grit!! I am so proud and pleased to call you friend!

Hang in there!

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Instant connection in sports

Sunday, July 28, 2013

One of the things I love about being a "senior female athlete" is the instant connection I feel with other senior ladies to take it into their heads to become active. This is a "there are no excuses" pair of photos. Of these three depicted at the start with huge smiles? One of them is participating in her very first TRI. The others of us, it's our second.

This year they did NOT put our ages on our calves, but we managed to find one another anyway. My kid sis SPINNINGJW took the "before" shot, because by this time we all knew we'd all medal, it was just a question of what color hardware each would take home, since there were only three of us in the age group!



None of us had met one another before this morning, but here we are, laughing like old friends!

It was chilly out there... 51 F at the start. The water was warmer than the air, but still not horrible. And of course, once you're moving on the bike and with the run, the cool is appreciated!

I was the last getting onto the bike course in transition. Passed the gal who ended up with the bronze while on the bike and never looked back. Met the gal who took the gold as she was on her way back from the turnaround. She's a "real runner" with marathon(s) under her belt, and I've run in events where I'd seen her name ahead of mine before... so I knew she was faster on foot, just from having seen her name in the list: but get this... it was her very first TRI, and she took home a shiny gold medal. I could not be happier!

And I'm pleased with my silver, which I earned this year, improving my time on the same course as last year by a few minutes (don't have the official numbers in an e-mail yet).

And here we all are, after, still smiling. No excuses. Chase your dreams! You are worth it!

  
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BLUENOSE63 7/30/2013 7:28AM

  You should be very proud of yourself! Great job on the silver.

I am a baby senior athlete right now -- only 50 but still in the age group where people are usually getting ready to retire!

Great pics

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EMMACLAIRE5 7/30/2013 12:13AM

    Great job! Glad it went well for you :-)

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2013 9:19PM

    emoticon job and emoticon You are such an inspiration to me.

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ON2VICTORY 7/29/2013 11:07AM

    wow.. you ladies are packin some serious bling!!! congrats Barb :)

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2013 8:47AM

    Well done!
Love the photos

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FITFOODIE806 7/29/2013 8:02AM

    I kept seeing your name on my friend feed so I finally checked out this blog. So glad I did!! You are amazing. Congrats on the great event!

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OWL_20 7/29/2013 6:50AM

    This is so very cool! And motivating! Congrats to you and your new friends--who said exercise was a bad thing??

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/29/2013 6:15AM

    Congratulations on your training, the race and the hardware. I admire your determination very much. You're an inspiration to all of us at any age.

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PMRUNNER 7/29/2013 5:48AM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing! Stay out there and keep active, you are inspiring so many!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/29/2013 5:45AM

    The expressions say it all. Wonderful!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/29/2013 5:31AM

    You rock.
Awesome on the inside and outside, you are my motivation!

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 7/29/2013 12:21AM

    awesome inspiration! emoticon

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DALID414 7/28/2013 11:36PM

    That is so awesome! I want to be just like you ladies when I grow up!

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SHESMITH1 7/28/2013 8:42PM

    An inspiration to "mature" people; an inspiration to women; an inspiration to those seeking a healthier lifestyle. You rock!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/28/2013 8:06PM

    CONGRATS on your PR, Barb. Way to go!! And congrats on the silver medal, too. Your instant friends are awesome, too -- way to make friends like a young'un. That's great!! Again, congrats on your accomplishment. Very impressive. -Marsha

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LEANJEAN6 7/28/2013 5:39PM

    Wow Barb!-I think you really did well!----nice pics too----Lynda emoticon

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MOBYCARP 7/28/2013 5:26PM

    Congratulations on beating your time last year! That is a true accomplishment, given the training environment you had to work with.

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PATRICIAAK 7/28/2013 4:59PM

    terrific! was probably contributory to your challenges with sleeping last night - like a tot the night before Christmas!

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LESLIELENORE 7/28/2013 4:32PM

    It is great you improved your time despite the overtime that has cut into your training. You all look so happy!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2013 4:14PM

    I feel exhilarated just reading about it. Sounds like you had an awesome day, and beating your time from last year is just icing on the cake! Congrats on the silver!

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2013 3:46PM

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LJCANNON 7/28/2013 3:25PM

    emoticon So Proud of you, and Thrilled to be sharing your Journey with you. You remind me Every Day to Accept No Excuses!!

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DEBRITA01 7/28/2013 3:23PM

    Keep chasing your dreams...and smiling! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2013 3:09PM

  Awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 7/28/2013 2:56PM

    Congrats to you!! Not just on the medal . . . but on the instant connection. I experience that even on a routine day at the gym when I encounter other "mad women" there at 5:30 a.m.!! And also on persevering in the face of unreasonable OT: you did it your way and anyway!!

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KRISZTA11 7/28/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon to your second TRI!
I loved your before and after pictures and the race report very much.
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KASEYCOFF 7/28/2013 2:29PM

    Silver looks good on ya, kiddo--!!!
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DLDMIL 7/28/2013 2:14PM

    Fantastic emoticon

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GOLFGMA 7/28/2013 2:09PM

    Congrats to all of you! emoticon

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MADEIT3 7/28/2013 1:52PM

    Absolutely super!! And great pics. You are an inspiration!!

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SPINNINGJW 7/28/2013 1:32PM

    Actually, a tri does sound like fun, except for the running part. I don't particularly like running. I suppose that could change. Right now I am working on the consistency of doing something active each day.

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46SHADOW 7/28/2013 1:21PM

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ONMYMEDS 7/28/2013 1:18PM

    Awesome!! Congrats to you all!!

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Prepping as a casual triathlete

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I promised the OT would not take my happy away. It has been tempting, this taper week. It's always tempting to second guess oneself during taper week. I did a brief 1 mile on the treadmill Thursday after work, to loosen the coils a bit. Other than that, it's been a straight overtime work week.

Now, the evening before, I find I am having to do the "pack it up" plan... because TRI is not a sport where you just show and go. Any one of the three, independently, one can do that. You can show up with your suit and goggles and swim. You can show up with your bike and helmet and pedal. Or you can show up in your running shoes and shorts and run a road race.

But to TRI... you have to be prepared to do all of the above, and to make the transitions from one sport to the next. Fortunately, I have all the gear I need, thanks to making the purchases LAST year for my first TRI. I did not upgrade ANYTHING this year, and in fact, my training was very spotty, as I have whined before.

But I have my bucket. I have my swim socks. I have a beach towel, my goggles, noseclip and ear plugs. Cap will be provided.

I have my core tri suit, which I will wear throughout. I have a SPI belt this year, that makes it possible to wear the number on the back while biking and shuffle to the front while running, without having to worry about whether I'm going to put a shirt over top of the tri suit or not.

I have the running shoes that I'll wear for both the bike and the run. I don't do clips (yet). And I have my trusty Brenda Starr Trek, the fitness hybrid bicycle, fresh from last weekend's cycle tour, ready to do duty. I have the helmet and gloves, and a sweatband for under the helmet. I have my snazzy short haircut.

I have my glasses and prescription sun glasses. Sunblock. I have the camelback hydration system, which I hope to REMEMBER this year to slip into when transitioning onto the bike.

Guess I have it all... remembering to get it all into the car, and from the car to transition is tomorrow's task. If I succeed in that mission, guess I'm all set to do a "casual" tri. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MIRAGE727 7/30/2013 8:37AM

    Ya know what, Barb! I love that "casual Tri" concept. Wait until you see my photos. My face definitely shows it! Good job!
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BLUENOSE63 7/30/2013 7:26AM

  You go girl! From one trichick to another -- just do the best that you can do and make sure to take some gels with you for replenishment!

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GABY1948 7/28/2013 2:53PM

    You do sound ready to go and well prepared! I wish you well!

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LINDAKAY228 7/28/2013 12:45PM

    Sure is a lot to pack and remember! It's Sunday now as I read this, so I'm sure you are already way into it. Good luck!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/28/2013 7:03AM

    You sound well prepared :-)

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DEBRITA01 7/28/2013 6:08AM

    emoticon Good luck and enjoy your event! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/28/2013 3:34AM

    You are extremely well organized, as always.
Good luck to the race!
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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2013 2:39AM

    Have fun Barb, hope it goes well, good luck emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2013 1:09AM

    Can't wait to hear the results tomorrow. Break a leg! (Not literally, of course, lol)

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DALID414 7/28/2013 1:08AM

    Not that it needs to be said, but have fun!

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MSLZZY 7/28/2013 12:15AM

    emoticon Hope you have a fantastic TRI!

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MJREIMERS 7/27/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon You are prepared gear wise and it sounds like you are prepared mentally! I will be thinking about you all day!! I wish I could be there to support you like you did for my first "real" run! Please know I am their in spirit!

I can't wait to hear about the event! Just swim, bike, run your race! emoticon and a big emoticon !

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/27/2013 10:04PM

    Happy, happy, happy.
You ARE in a good place.
Good luck, Barb

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_LINDA 7/27/2013 9:50PM

    In my mind, a tri is no casual event, it takes a superb athlete to be able to compete in all three events, never mind just one. Causal no. Extreme athlete yes. You are. An amazing athlete.
Imagine, a person with a sedentary desk job accomplishing this feat. Truly inspirational and impressive!
You ROCK!

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EBEAMS 7/27/2013 9:40PM

    You go, girl ... I'll be cheering you on ... from work .. on overtime! LOL ...


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KALIGIRL 7/27/2013 9:31PM

    You will do emoticon
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MOBYCARP 7/27/2013 9:03PM

    I'll think of you on my way to church tomorrow. If I were local to you, it would be worth skipping church to watch.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/27/2013 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing what goes into these things. Really!!

Get some R&R and ZZZZZZZZ!! emoticon

Enjoy the moments!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2013 7:54PM

  Barb, you've got it all together. Good luck to you! I know we'll hear all about your adventures and can't wait!

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    I'm sure you'll just casually ace this and have a terrific time too. Take that, OT!! Don't even try to usurp Barb's tri!!

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PATRICIAAK 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    Enjoy the challenge

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DLDMIL 7/27/2013 7:16PM

    Sounds like you have everything you need. Good Luck, I will be thinking about you, can't wait to hear how you did.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/27/2013 7:06PM

    I don't think I could ever put "casual" and "triathlete" in the same sentence knowing what kind of training goes into it.

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you.

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LEWILL1982 7/27/2013 6:57PM

    Tried to respond to this and my computer died, anyway, good luck tomorrow, can't wait to read about your race! I'm doing my first sprint tri in August so I loved reading about your gear and the transition part. I'm really nervous about that.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/27/2013 6:35PM

    I think you are in the same mental space I was about tris. I remember before my first, I was a total *wreck*, checking and rechecking my gear using internet printout lists. My last one, last year was a 15 min packing process. Casual indeed! Do NOT let OT take away your happy place. We work to live, not the other way around.

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Have I mentioned lately that I detest finish lines...

Friday, July 26, 2013

I should qualify. I have a love-hate relationship with finish lines. Or anything resembling them. I have used this analogy related to "goal weight". I have used it quite literally with athletic "big goals" and achieving them. I now use it related to a work project... we are meeting our date into the next testing tier. The "reason" for the mandatory overtime is about to evaporate... unless there are problems, redesigns in test, or any of the myriad things that can "go wrong" in a development project at this stage.

A perfect storm: the virtual finish line at work is coinciding with the tri's day in the sun.

During a taper week... into the impending vacuum pours the self-evaluation of my performance, which is the most problematic of all. This is the self-conversation about "what is my purpose in life?", and "am I fulfilling it?" Being busy, these thoughts can be shoved aside... when the finish line is crossed, they must be addressed.

I feel... weary. I feel the voices of Polly Perfectionist and the People Pleaser going round and round. But for today... I will put one foot in front of another. I will listen quietly for the truth of my purpose, for a direction that lets me serve my Maker's purpose, not my own wilfulness, and not some other human being's desire to use me in ways that drain me. I will pray for wisdom, serenity and courage... to live life, fully.

This too shall pass. And while it is doing so... I must remember to take the best care of me that I can:

* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag... excess food will NOT make the angst go away. And might make it worse.
* Remember to breathe... and listen. There *is* a guiding voice that's NOT the wilful, the perfectionist, or the people pleasers... but you have to wait for it. When "busyness" stops, I have to be really, really careful about this.
* GO TO RECESS, already! It opens the ears.

LIFE is good. Live it in the moment. emoticon Namaste.

  
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EBEAMS 7/27/2013 9:36AM

    Mental weariness is equal to physical weariness cuz where our brains go, our body tends to follow. I am delighted to hear your overtime should be receding, maybe your recess time can be expanding AND that you are in touch with the One who can bring serenity in the times of great chaos and clatter. You are absolutely correct .... just breathe and believe. You got this!

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PATRICIAAK 7/27/2013 12:14AM

    amen

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2013 9:15PM

    This is such a profoundly true blog: the finish line, so longed-for, also means the "end" of busyness and triggers the need to evaluate.

Wilful, people pleaser, polly perfectionist: all of those voices inside my head too.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/26/2013 7:02PM

    "listen quietly for the truth of my purpose" That phrase really grabbed me, Barb. Time for reflection and meditation. Time for the big questions. And we know, without a doubt, that life is good. But there is so much that I am unsure of. One foot in front of the other. Take care of ourselves. Listen Quietly. Be Still.

Best wishes for the project test to go just the way you would like. Hope you find much relief at this finish line and much satisfaction with your accomplishment. And although I hope others realize and value your contribution to the project, I believe that if you know, that can be enough.

Best wishes for success at the other finish line this week end, too. I know you'll do great!



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DLDMIL 7/26/2013 2:40PM

    You nailed it on the head today for me. Self doubt about what my purpose in life is. Tired of working, but can't afford to retire yet either. Pick myself up and carry on.

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2013 11:25AM

    Barb...........you ROCK!

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DALID414 7/26/2013 11:20AM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2013 10:59AM

  You rock in your approach, Barb. Definitely finish lines are a mixed bag! HUGS

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MSLZZY 7/26/2013 10:14AM

    Finish lines do not signal an end but a chance
for a new beginning. Take it all in stride, as only
you can do. Make the best of the end and plan
for the next bright goal on the horizon. HUGS!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/26/2013 9:32AM

    Currently sorting thru some exercise decisions. Basically, swimming event tomorrow. Do I take today easy or not? Still, your guiding principals (as always) are good advice for everyone.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/26/2013 9:04AM

    Love the "additional" foods will not make it go away thing!! This deserves its own Post It on my pantry door,cabinet and fridge!!
Go Barb!! THANKS! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 7/26/2013 9:01AM

    Yay for the extra overtime coming to an end. Good job focusing on one foot in front of the other. The rest is that "mind game" that we all have to battle. I think the mind is harder to deal with than the actual physical activity. I guess that's why it's a love/hate relationship with tri's or running.

Hang in there..focus and keep taking care of yourself. emoticon

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GABY1948 7/26/2013 9:00AM

    I love your blogs...they hit home, believe me. But the Remember lists are the emoticon

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MADEIT3 7/26/2013 8:58AM

    What a beautiful way to approach the finish line!! You go, girl!!

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MAGGIE101857 7/26/2013 8:39AM

    You are such a smart lady!!!! I hope you don't mind if I set a few reminders in my phone using your reminders:


* Drink that water. (every hour)
* Eat what's in the bag... excess food will NOT make the angst go away. And might make it worse. (Ignore the work cafeteria)
* Remember to breathe... and listen. There *is* a guiding voice that's NOT the wilful, the perfectionist, or the people pleasers... but you have to wait for it. When "busyness" stops, I have to be really, really careful about this. (SO IMPORTANT!!!)
* GO TO RECESS, already! It opens the ears. (MY FAVORITE!!!)

Thank you!!!! emoticon


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MIRAGE727 7/26/2013 8:35AM

    Believe it or not, yur blog is calming for my slight pre-Tri anxiety! I always like a bit of a jitter before any event. It reins me in and I focus more. Stay strong!
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KALIGIRL 7/26/2013 8:09AM

    Here's to listening and embracing the next step, the next emoticon
Glad to hear the overtime is winding down and you can take time to enjoy the activities you love.
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