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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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For those of you who want to see ON2VICTORY in context of the larger event, he was one of the featured "age groupers" in the race video from Sunday. The link above will take you to it... in the final few frames, as he crosses the finish line, you can see the back of my head as I hang the medal 'round his neck. His is a seriously inspiring story! Not just his, but all the featured athletes have a story.

Woo-Hoo!

And now, back to the usual reminders to myself as I head back to work:

* Drink your water.
* Eat what's in the bag.
* Remember to prioritize and delegate where appropriate.
* Remember to GO TO RECESS... it helps you be more effective, and nothing is so urgent (on this job) that it won't wait on a 10 minute refreshing walk.
* Breathe, stretch... and remember...

YOU are worth nurturing!

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REJ7777 8/15/2013 9:35AM

    Thank you so much for that inspiring video. Very motivating! It was fun to see you in the video too. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/14/2013 11:24PM

    I will be thinking of your reminders when I transfer to my new store location at work. Will try not to stress.

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PATRICIAAK 8/14/2013 10:07PM

    thanks

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WATERMELLEN 8/14/2013 6:56PM

    What a great video: so moving! Loved those last few minutes!!

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MSLZZY 8/14/2013 4:52PM

    Great video! Hope you have a SParktacular day!

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GABY1948 8/14/2013 4:43PM

    Great video...and thanks for sharing it with us! emoticon

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DLDMIL 8/14/2013 1:44PM

    What a great video, thanks for sharing with us. The video shows a great side view of you placing his medal and towel.

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DALID414 8/14/2013 11:13AM

    Oh my gosh, I should've waited to watch at home, I'm sobbing at work!
So awesome, thanks for sharing it.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2013 9:35AM

    Cool! Thanks for the link. Appreciate you sharing it. HUGS

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BLUENOSE63 8/14/2013 8:37AM

  Thanks for the link....it brought tears to my eyes! I am going to go nominate Rob as a Motivator.

Cheryl

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KALIGIRL 8/14/2013 8:30AM

    So cool to see you give him his metal...

Here's to recess!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/14/2013 8:03AM

    Wow, I have tears. Thanks for sharing that. He is amazing.

This makes my day and it's only 7am!

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CELIAMINER 8/14/2013 7:58AM

    Brought tears to my eyes to see Robert's finish! Thank you for volunteering!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/14/2013 7:46AM

    that was a cool video your a great supporter keep up the great work and thanks for being my sparks friend
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ONMYMEDS 8/14/2013 7:45AM

    OUTSTANDING!!!

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And... tomorrow it will be back to work!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I slept in this morning... correction, I got up, took my pill, went back to bed. I did three meditation sessions throughout the morning, because having been offline over the weekend I missed several. Got up for good about 6 a.m.

Ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill, not feeling like leaving the house, but needing to move. Mid-morning the blood bank called to see if I could donate... and since I'm still off work today, I snagged their last appointment of the day, at 1:30.

Woo-hoo, my iron levels were up, blood pressure expectedly excellent, and pulse just barely fast enough to donate. The downside to being a runner is having a "runner's pulse" and my blood bank doesn't let you donate if you're not 50 or over on the pulse... so I usually try to be a little bit active going in, but I also recover quickly. But I was over 50, and she got a good stick on the first try... smooth sailing. Always makes me feel "virtuous" when they get a full donation.

On the way home yesterday I picked up some fresh Wisconsin cheese curds... and tonight melted an ounce of them over my cauliflower for supper. Excellent flavor, you can't beat fresh from the farm stuff.

After that, I rewarded myself with a new book... oh, yeah... can you guess? I could not resist: The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel. Wonder how long it would take to get ME into 70.3 Tri shape? Yeah, dreaming big... keeps a body going.

But before that... long before that... Double Half Mary is only 3 1/2 weeks away. I can read, but not going to change training before THAT is out of the way.

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LESLIELENORE 8/15/2013 12:00AM

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GABY1948 8/14/2013 4:45PM

    I'm just now catching up...we have been gone to the UP of Michigan...you really are sounding pumped...it's good to hear you so up! The OT was getting you and now your sound ready to GO again! GOOD!

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KALIGIRL 8/14/2013 8:39AM

    Here's to the next challenge!
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LEANJEAN6 8/14/2013 6:59AM

    You sound so "UP" Barb!--Nice to hear!---Looks like an interesting book--Lynda emoticon

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KPETSCHE 8/14/2013 5:49AM

    Hey - I'm running the Saturday half of the Double Mary Half Marathon (my first half). Are you doing both? If you're there on Saturday I'd love to meet you!
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KASEYCOFF 8/14/2013 4:57AM

    Whoza bizzy gurl, then? lol... (Sum uv us R lernin catspeak!)
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NEW-CAZ 8/14/2013 2:20AM

    Good luck with your training Barb emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/13/2013 10:44PM

    Sleeping in, taking it easy and new reading material. It doesn't get any better than that!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/13/2013 10:12PM

    Keep dreaming big. Good luck with your training!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2013 9:42PM

    Happy reading and happy training! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 8/13/2013 9:29PM

    Very virtuous giving blood! Good giving!! Just love your TRI dream. That is a big challenge to shoot for. Smart to get yourself that book for information and inspiration. I'm sure it won't be easy, but I'm betting you will achieve it. Working through all that stress without giving up your athletics shows you can do almost anything!!

Fresh cheese curds sound interesting. Meditation is noble and healthy and wise. (I need to get consistent in that area!!) /and what is a double half mary? Two half marathons?? Whatever it is I'm bet you rock it!! -Marsha

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WATERMELLEN 8/13/2013 9:09PM

    Really like your new profile pic!! And (as a person who's needed transfusions) thanks for giving blood!

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    Nice profile pic. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 8/13/2013 7:49PM

    You are amazing, I'm so inspired by you!

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DLDMIL 8/13/2013 6:40PM

    Glad to hear that you made it home and slept in a little this morning.

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Channeling the 'rents

Monday, August 12, 2013

Yesterday during my finish line volunteer gig, I found myself channeling my mom. The instructions for finish line volunteers said what was required was lots of enthusiasm in congratulating the athletes as they arrived off the course. And there was a great announcer (named Shawn or Sean, depending on how he spells it)... rocking some terrific music, including at one point Queen's "We will Rock You!"

So I found myself dancing and exchanging moves with him throughout that number. Later I requested that he play "We are Young" by Fun... and he made a deal of it being requested by someone who was NOT a kid. He chose to play it when a special runner was crossing the finish line, someone he knew. So cool.

The athletes (I should not say runners, as they swam, then biked before the run part, of course) finished some totally spent, some with bounce remaining. Family members/supporters were allowed to run through the chute with them if they chose. One guy carried his dog across, several runners (moms and dads alike) were accompanied by their kids. One enthusiastic young woman had the energy left to do a cartwheel! And one fella dropped to his knees to kiss the ground.

I did not mention this in yesterday's entry, but it started to rain partway through the swim leg, and continued into making it a very dangerous bike leg... the word I heard most at the finish from the lips of the participants was that the bike leg was "brutal".

I was so proud of every single finisher. This volunteer gig was joyous, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

This morning, I channeled Dad... up at 3:30, on the road before 5 a.m. This after telling Robert and Katherine that I would sleep in until "at least 6". HA! Nope, I am my father's daughter.

Anyway, I'm holding back to let Robert tell his OWN race day stories, but that was mine. I'm now still a bit East of Des Moines and taking a break from the highway to have my "eat what's in the bag" lunch. Yes, I packed the bag for the road trip, out, back and while there. Now I need to pack up, take a leg-stretcher and get back on the road. There's another 3 1/2 hours on the road to home!

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LESLIELENORE 8/13/2013 1:42PM

    I volunteer as a safety boat in my kayak for various events. The athletes really seem to appreciate an encouraging word or two.

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LEWILL1982 8/13/2013 10:57AM

    Great story, thanks for sharing. I might need to volunteer for an event sometime in the near future. Would be great to see it from both sides!

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KALIGIRL 8/13/2013 8:26AM

    A wonderful day!

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BLUENOSE63 8/13/2013 8:23AM

  Barb

As one who also volunteers at a number of races, I love to get involved with the athletes and they always look surprised when I call them by name ! They are so into it that they forget they are wearing a bib with there name on it!

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GABY1948 8/13/2013 7:44AM

    What an exciting day! You have some of the greatest times of your life now! I sometimes wish I could run...but my knees prevent it totally! So I enjoy running through your great blogs! emoticon emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 8/13/2013 7:31AM

    Hope those that have in past said, oh you just volunteered changes their mind after reading this. It is fun, and it's great you still let the kid in you out to play - keeps one young!



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SHARON10002 8/12/2013 10:58PM

    It's so cool that your parents spirits are with you! So very glad you had fun! You must have made everyone smile that crossed that finish line! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/12/2013 10:08PM

    Holy Cow Barb!!!!--You are so amazing!!--It sounds like so much fun! I can feel the endorphins from here!--Yeah------Get home safely!!!--Proud of yu!-Lynda emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/12/2013 9:40PM

    How inspiring that must have been! Awesome!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2013 8:49PM

    Well, Barb, your parents did a great job!

HUGS and arrive home safely.

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SPINNINGJW 8/12/2013 8:22PM

    Yep, you are your parent's daughter. I had so much fun when I volunteered at the MS 150 back in the early 90's. One of those stints was at the finish line to congratulate the riders and direct them to where they needed to go.

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PATRICIAAK 8/12/2013 7:57PM

    sounds fantastic

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WATERMELLEN 8/12/2013 6:59PM

    Welcome home, glad you're back safely. I'm sure you provided a huge welcoming presence . . . and lots of encouragement to fellow Sparkie!!

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STRIVERONE 8/12/2013 4:46PM

    Safe trip home.

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MSLZZY 8/12/2013 3:18PM

    Sounds like a perfectly wonderful day. Safe travels, my friend. HUGS!

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    glad to hear that you had a great time. Hope you make it home safely. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBRITA01 8/12/2013 2:25PM

    Glad it was a fun and inspiring experience for you.Take care on the roads and safe travels. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2013 1:41PM

    safe ride home Barb! emoticon

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CONCHA77 8/12/2013 1:36PM

    Have a safe ride home. Sounds like a fun-filled, healthy weekend. emoticon

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He did it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

You knew he would, and so did I.

Robert (ON2VICTORY) crossed the finish line about half an hour ago... a little longer. And no doubt he'll tell the tale himself, in outstanding fashion... but in case you were holding your breath... I *did* get to hang a finisher's medal on his neck. Can I get a huge woo-hoo?

Now trot on over to HIS Sparkpage and tell him what a Rockstar he is! emoticon emoticon

  
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LEANJEAN6 8/13/2013 8:59AM

    sounds like you had so much fun!--I see yu are online----right now-----me too!--LOL--but--I should be vacuuming-LOL-Lynda emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 8/13/2013 8:25AM

  Wow!!!!!

Thanks for the heads up that Ron had a great race! Glad you were there to award him his bling!

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Good going, Barb!! So glad you got to support him in your special way AND even give him his medal. That's fantastic!!

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    A huge emoticon coming his way!

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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EBEAMS 8/11/2013 9:40PM

    That's so cool! Woohoo!

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    super

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Love this whole story!

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This one's brief

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I'm between stops... internet access from my motel is non-existent. However, I'm at a friendly McDonald's (no, I'm NOT pigging out, but they have some pretty decent coffee, premium roast)... AND their internet access seems to work.

I HAVE been in contact with ON2VICTORY, and in fact, he and his wife and daughters hosted me to watermelon and rotisserie chicken last night. I went for a lovely walk this morning at sunrise in Wisconsin, and saw the lake for the swim portion of this TRI during a practice swim this morning. Lovely, sheltered lake... quite a nice venue if I decide to make this event next year's destination for an Olympic TRI.

I left Prisoner on his own with plenty of food and water and will be back to see him Monday afternoon/evening if all goes as planned. He came back inside just in time for me to leave.

AND I'm volunteering! I will get to hand out finisher's medals between noon and four p.m. tomorrow, and with any luck, I'll get to hang Robert's medal around his neck! Doesn't get much better. Now I have to head out... there's a professional Q&A at the expo in about half an hour & need to get my coffee.

Spark a great weekend friends... this one's shaping up nicely on this end.

  
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KALIGIRL 8/12/2013 8:54AM

    So great you went!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/11/2013 10:53AM

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy your coffee and the change of scenery, and congrats on getting the job of handing out medals. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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EBEAMS 8/11/2013 9:14AM

    That's awesome! Way to keep spreading your SPARK!!!

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MILLEDGE2 8/11/2013 8:04AM

    You are one GOOD Sparkfriend!

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PATRICIAAK 8/11/2013 3:38AM

    super

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DLDMIL 8/10/2013 10:51PM

    Have fun and enjoy your weekend.

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DALID414 8/10/2013 10:11PM

    How fun

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KARIDIAN1 8/10/2013 8:44PM

    Sounds like a fun trip. You are close by-I'm in MN- wave as you drive by.

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GABY1948 8/10/2013 6:03PM

    Glad you went to McD's...they do have awesome internet service! Have a great time...you certainly deserve it!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2013 4:57PM

    Awesome! Enjoy.

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2013 4:17PM

    Have fun volunteering, I volunteer for a charity and the girls I work with are a riot of fun and it's so rewarding!

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MOBYCARP 8/10/2013 3:36PM

    There's something I hadn't thought of! The idea of traveling to compete in an event doesn't excite me, what with hauling the gear and adding the travel overhead time to training time and competition time; but volunteering at the event on the other end sounds fun.

Hope you have a great time, and that work doesn't swamp you when you get back!

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MJREIMERS 8/10/2013 2:56PM

    I love volunteering especially when you could possibly get the "medal" someone you know! I also love McD's coffee! Have a great weekend and enjoy this time.

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SPINNINGJW 8/10/2013 2:47PM

    It is nice to be able to find a venue with internet access. Have fun volunteering!

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KKKAREN 8/10/2013 1:47PM

    have fun as a volunteer! It's always nice to give.

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2013 1:44PM

    McD coffee is the best thing on offer there! So great you're getting to volunteer and suss out the site for your own possible participation!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/10/2013 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing this adventure with your SparkFriends, Barb. So great that you volunteered. Bet you'll enjoy it. You are living your healthy lifestyle on the road, too. I expected you would. Good for you! Enjoy. -Marsha

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