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West Point Triathlon

Monday, August 18, 2014

All I gotta say is taking a year off of training (darned work!) reeeaaallly shows.

Swim 28
Bike 1:11
Run 36

Aaaannnnddd for comparison
Swim 22
Bike 1:04
Run 32

Swim 21
Bike 1:04
Run 32

The water was a *fresh* 72 degrees so all the wetsuit people were happy. West Point continues to be the metric by which I measure all other races. The swag was not so good this year - I dont really need any more swag, but its nice to have an extra gel or two and a new water bottle to add to the collection (all of which came in previous bags but not this year.)

It was a beautiful location, waveless lake for the swim. We had a stunning rainbow on the drive in and during the set up that gave us a complete arc from horizon to horizon. I hit my fastest bike time on the downhill - 35mph. Whee!!

I'm dissapointed in my performance to say the least - I knew the run was a train wreck, but I felt good coming out of the bike, and I really hoped that I would have improved on my swim time. Alas, alack.

Went for a walk this morning to sooth out the aches which was nice. Now I'm doing my best to impersonate a normal person and clean up the house. (I'm not very good at being domestic.)

Here is a link to last year's blog (2013) which also links to my first experience (2012) which has pictures of the location:

Have a sparky day!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:53AM

    Keep it up! You'll get it back!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/21/2014 4:41PM

    I think you did awesome. You went out there & did it..that's all that matters :)

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BA5454 8/19/2014 6:49AM

    Congrats for the finish! You did terrific for not putting in all the training miles and hours ;-).

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PMRUNNER 8/19/2014 6:32AM

    I wanted to race in it this year, but was traveling to VA. Glad you were able to race, even if it didn't go as well as you would have hoped. Hope to see you out there next summer! I will be doing the storm king 10k on rte 218 this weekend.

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RAINA413 8/18/2014 11:48PM

    Don't be disapointed in your performance. YOU DID IT!! And you did it regardless of having crazy amounts of time to train. I am so PROUD of you!! You should be too!! These accomplishments, regardless of time, is something no one can take away from you!

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LESLIELENORE 8/18/2014 8:38PM

    Maybe... But you DID IT! Considering the differences in your training from last year I think you did great. Maybe for next year you will be able to train more?

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:27PM

    We all have years when we don't train as well. But there's always next year, with renewed resolve and hopefully a more training-friendly work schedule. You did very well under difficult conditions! Hold your head high, you've earned it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 6:19PM

    I think you did great!

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GHK1962 8/18/2014 4:11PM

    For non training I think that's pretty good!

I clicked the link and looked at the previous years and the photos. It looks like an AWESOME place for a Tri.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/18/2014 10:34AM

    But you got it done. That is huge without training. Give yourself some credit.

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Victory over the Cake (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If you have not read Part 1 - none of this will make sense. Actually, this is more of an epilogue than anything else.

I went over yesterday to tutor again (Cramming! Its not just for college students!). The husband kindly brought over a cup of tea and then an apple pie. However he very carefully brought over the whole pie, a plate, fork and knife so I could cut my own piece.

Nope. Thank you kindly, but store bought pie is not where I am going to "spend" my calories.

So perhaps, as NancyAnne warned, he saw the cake in the garbage. I know his hospitality was in the right place. I love this family. My friend (the mom) is a lovely person and her son (my client) works really hard when he is with me. However, I'm really glad I quietly stood up for myself and equally glad that the message was received.

Food pushers (as OneKidsMom said) are everywhere and FREQUENTLY their hearts are in the right place. Food = love. This *is* the challenge we face. We need to find ways to reject their offerings without rejecting their affection. I was lucky this time. I'm so happy I was able to send a message and it was received without any dishonor. If we can find a way to send this message to others in our lives, we begin to take control and rebuild in a positive sense.

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RAINA413 8/16/2014 11:49PM

    Glad he got the message. I kinda wish that he brought you a cup of tea and an apple, but at least he is making progress!

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LESLIELENORE 8/13/2014 9:01PM

    Sounds like he got the message... and no hard feelings. Way to go.

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GHK1962 8/13/2014 8:20PM

    No way man. I would have been all, "Get that frickin cake outta here!" And then I would have tossed it at him ... and then tossed more at the kid. And then I would have had the tutor kid derive an equation on the splatter pattern the tossed cake had just made.


Just kidding. You TOTALLY handled that awesomely :) Both the previous two commenter were right about stuffs. I also like the "I'm in training excuse that OnekidsMom mentioned too!

(After rereading my first paragraph comment here ... I think I am beginning to suspect why my wife does not want me around when she is tutoring. Hmmm....)

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2014 8:07PM

    No, thank you, the tea is delicious, but no pie today. I'm in training. I play that training card regularly. With repetition of the message and my constant resolve, the food pushers learn I'm not their market.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/13/2014 8:07PM

    You are doing things exactly right. With food pushers I like I make certain to say thanks anyway.

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Victory over the Cake

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I tutor occasionally for a friend. Yesterday we were crunching away on Algebra (which I actually like - go ahead, judge away) and first the husband brought me a bottle of water. Then he brought over some candy bar type cookies. Yes I had the water and I had one of the bars.

Finally he brought over a slice of cake the size of a 3x5 index card. Enormous. It looked like a napoleon only made with pudding and whipped cream. He joked with me that "Ha-ha! I'm going to make you run extra miles with that!"

I looked at my client (the kid) and said "I really dont want to offend your dad, but I cant eat that. Its too much." I did have a few bites to taste. It was good enough, but not worth more than a few forkfuls. Once the Dad left for his meeting, I scraped it into the trash and put the dish in the sink.

Victory for me over the cake!

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RAINA413 8/13/2014 4:53PM

    Woo!! Hoo!!! AWESOME!! Not only are you teaching the child algebra (ick) but also proper eating habits! YOU ROCK!!!

And, I was reading quickly, so the first time I read this my brain interpreted it as, "It looked like napoleon" and I'm thinking, "Wow!! That is so cool! Wonder if the Dad is a history teacher." Ha! Ha!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/13/2014 10:51AM

    WooHoo!!! Way to go

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/12/2014 11:04PM

    emoticon Way to take care of YOUR needs, in the face of food pushers.

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    That was awesome! Doesn't it make you feel good?

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BIGPAWSUP 8/12/2014 2:25PM

    Awesome job

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2014 12:52PM

    Good for you!

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GHK1962 8/12/2014 12:05PM

    My wife tutors math too! She has mostly kids in the 13 - 16 year range. So not going to judge you . At least not anymore than I judge my wife haha. She LOVES math. She will watch tv at night sometimes, and while watching she will practice math problems ... its her way of relaxing.

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UNSWEETMAMA 8/12/2014 10:45AM

    Well done!

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NANCYANNE55 8/12/2014 8:38AM

    Good for you, but I'm hoping he doesn't find it in the garbage. emoticon

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Countdown to Triathlon

Thursday, August 07, 2014

August 17th - West Point Triathlon

I let myself go completely over this winter. New job ate all my exercise time and I didnt anticipate the number of cupcakes that jumped into my mouth. I'm estimating 10 pounds of cupcakes but I'm afraid to go near the scale (yes, really). I *will* be better about the cupcakes this year.

Anyway, I have been doing my best to get ready for my "signature" race - the one I want to do every year. I came really close to bailing this year, but I decided that I needed the motivation. So I screwed up my courage and plonked down the credit card.

Curiously, running has been really, really hard this year but I have made good progress on the swimming. Bike continues to be my struggle. I'm eyeballing a "Say No to Cupcakes" Reward of a new bike.

Anyway, the date is approaching. Not a coiled spring in sight. Just an ordinary Optimist putting one food in front of another.

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RAINA413 8/10/2014 12:01PM

    I am so proud of you for not bailing and for truly putting forth the effort and doing this! Regadless of the cupcakes (which are totally my kryptonite as well) you are a triathlete and no one can take that away from you!!

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    You are making it happen!

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BOILHAM 8/8/2014 8:56AM

    Good job on signing up for the tri. Keeps us motivated when we have future events looming. I hear you on the bike - it's my weak point for sure, though I'm showing slow improvement. Keep up the optimist attitude, I too am a glass half full person.
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ROXYZMOM 8/8/2014 8:14AM

    I know you can do it! Can't wait to read about your trainings.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/7/2014 9:20PM

    There is a lot to be said for one foot in front of the other, with optimism! You're still among my tri-heroes! Get out there and rock it... swim, bike, and run strong!

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GHK1962 8/7/2014 5:30PM

    I'm new to the Tri thing ... they are addictive!

I just wanted to say good luck on the 17th!

Swiim-Bike-Run !!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/7/2014 3:11PM

    Good for you in signing up! I am with you with those cupcakes (or in my case it is cookies). let us know how the triathlon goes for you. I look forward to your blogs about events!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/7/2014 2:31PM

    Yay!! Congrats on not bailing & signing up! Doesn't matter if your slower..you there doing it..that's all that matters :) Can't wait to read a race report!! Good luck!

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The Sporty Mom

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Went to child birthday party at the roller skating rink. I brought my roller blades.

It seemed like I was *the only* parent there on the floor with wheels on my feet. In a chat later, I asked some of the others "Was I the only one to bring skates?" they confirmed that yep, I was the only "Sporty Mom"

1) I like the idea of being the "Sporty Mom" in the class *and*
2) Why dont you people want to have fun with your kids??

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PMRUNNER 7/11/2014 6:26AM

    Love it! That is too cool!

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DOGLADY13 6/21/2014 10:26AM

    I was the last child in a large family so my parents were close in age with many of my friends' grandparents. They weren't "sporty" but they played with all of us kids in ways that they enjoyed: bike riding (Daddy), roller skating (both of them), jump rope (Mommy), swimming (Daddy). It was twice as much fun when they were with us.

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RAINA413 6/18/2014 2:19PM

    Sporty Mom!! I love it!!
You are also the Cool Mom, if you ask me!

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SIXFOOT1 6/18/2014 1:10PM

    That's the way to be!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/17/2014 10:56PM

    Sporty Mom = Awesome emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/15/2014 3:55PM

    I love the idea of the sporty mom. You go for it.

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    Great and good for you!
I am now the "sporty Nana". Should seen me playing basketball last week!

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LESLIELENORE 6/15/2014 12:59AM

    It is great you are known as the Sporty mom! You will create great memories with your family.

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STEVEN2GO2 6/14/2014 8:44PM

    It is great that you were a Sporty Mom! You must of had a wonderful time with your kids!

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    What a fun way to get some exercise and have fun with your kid :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2014 7:00PM

    I never have understood just standing around while the kids have fun! That's what second childhood is all about. My son was kind of amused / bemused that his friends thought his mom was "cool" because of this attitude.

Skate on!

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MITECU 6/14/2014 6:45PM

    I'm sure your son was proud of his "Sporty Mom"!

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