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Survey #5: Favorite Things in Threes

Monday, January 24, 2011

With thanks from nanhbh, luckydogfarm, btrthaneve, and pelesjewel

The names I go by:
- Sam
- FooPa
- TriGramps

Three places I've lived in the past:
- San Jose
- Huntsville
- Pemaquid Point ME

Three sports I have played:
- Triathlon
- Racquetball
- Skiing

Three things I love to watch:
- Grandkids
- My wife
- Ocean

Three places I have visited:
- Hawaii
- Alaska
- Laos

Three people I love:
- Wife, and all the rest of our family
- Casimer (my Grandkids other grandpa)
- Miguel (a friend)

Three things I love to eat:
- Blueberries, and most any other fruit
- Kashi U, and most any other whole grain cereal: quinoa, oatmeal, grits, polenta
- Feta cheese, and most any other cheese

Three things I am looking forward to:
- Heaven
- Becoming better organized
- Being a Certified Personal Trainer

Three songs that I like:
- 'How He Loves' by John Mark Mcmillan - "if grace is an ocean, we're all sinking. so heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss. and my heart turns violently inside of my chest ..."
- 'Open Wide' by Future Of Forestry - "open wide the arms you're given, you're too alive to just stand still"
- 'Dive' by Steven Curtis Chapman = "so sink or swim, Im diving in"

That's another short summary my life. How about copying and pasting this and sharing some things about you with your friends?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LYCABEL 3/1/2011 10:41PM

    Love it when people actually blog =) Thanks for sharing!

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FLBEACHBUM14 1/27/2011 12:35AM

    I like your answers and these questions... I think I will do this one within a few days. Thanks for sharing!

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BTWCOACH 1/24/2011 10:13AM

    I love the song Dive too!!! I turn it up loud when I'm in the car and sing!

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LKEITHO 1/24/2011 9:21AM

    I like it! Thanks for sharing!

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Bike Tales #11: Why Don't You Get Some Pants On

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Like many of my blogs, this one has a lesson to learn: you will rue the day that you made fun of your Spark Team Leader.

To the story, we are in Ohio, it is January, it should be cold, it is not. I am focused on rearranging the furniture and cleaning the bedrooms, so that I can turn one of them into an office. But, presto, the sun comes out, and I become a madman, wanting to go bike riding. So, I get down a bike and change into bike clothes. I start with a muscle shirt and spandex shorts, but what next?

Diverting a little, just before Christmas, JMERLAU, Spark Team Leader extraordinaire, posted this message:
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Very cryptic, but TODDJAMES deciphered it: (to the turn of Xmas Tree)
Oh Running Man
Oh Running Man
Why don't you put some pants on!

(to which I added) His legs are trim: he goes without!
When he goes out, his team all shout:

Oh Running Man
Oh Running Man
Why don't you put some pants on!

Anyway, back to today, I figure that I need something over the shirt, so I put on a light windbreaker. I get down a pair of jogging pants, but I think, "these will be a pain to keep away from the chain, it's warm out, just look at the sun!" So, I forget the pants, and complete the outfit with a pair of wool socks and my everyday Merril gym shoes. Fortunately, I also put on a head scarf around my ears, under my helmet, and a pair of bike winter mittens. As I am leaving, I'm thinking that it is colder than I thought (not to mention the 11 mph wind). About 5 miles out, this song came to me (again to the tune of O Xmas Tree):

Oh Biking Man,
Oh Biking Man,
Why don't you get some pants on!

The sun is out, but it's not warm.
The wind is strong, you should be warned:

Oh Biking Man,
Oh Biking Man,
Why don't you get some pants on!

Anyway, I survived the 14 miles, then showered until we ran out of hot water.

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MEGA_MILES 1/4/2011 11:34AM

    Sam, that blog was spectacular, I haven't laughed that hard in quite some time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EUPHRATES 1/4/2011 1:19AM

    BWAHAHAHA! That's awesome!
*waves from chilly Cincinnati - dude, you're a braver man than I!*

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RJ-CYCLES 1/4/2011 12:18AM

    I got to hear Sam sing this - hilarious!

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/3/2011 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am glad I didn't find this until after Jerome commented......

Now....I am picking myself up off the floor....

Where do you guys come up with this stuff????? I love it.....

Comment edited on: 1/3/2011 10:53:36 PM

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JMERLAU 1/3/2011 10:10PM

    OH MY GOSH...wait...I'll be back..........

OK...whew...I had to pick myself up off the FLOOR!!!

SAM - YOU CRACK ME UP my friend!!! SO funny!!!!

Oh Biking Sam
Oh Biking Sam
You should have put your pants on!

That scarf you wore up on your head
oh what a sight
you must have been

Oh Biking Sam
Oh Biking Sam
You should have put your pants on!

You're in OHIO, don't you know
The cold comes down
I'd pay your wife
to get a PIC
of you in your head scarf wig

Oh Biking Sam
Oh Biking Sam
You should have put your pants on!

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MCSNYDER1 1/2/2011 7:29PM

    Sam, you are a riot! I cannot wait until Jerome responds to this!

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LEANNROCKS 1/2/2011 2:10PM

    H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!!!! Re-read the part when you put on "bike winter mittens" - that should have shouted "put some pants on"!

Still laughing,

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TODDJAMES 1/2/2011 1:29PM


See...I wasn't making fun at all...just pointing at least 44 of the 50...some type of longer and warmer attire is required during December - February!


Congrats on the ride, the BIG THAW, and the upcoming office!

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BTRTHANEVA 1/2/2011 6:54AM

    Too funny. I got the visual of this, both on the bike and you shivering in the shower... OUCH! Mind over matter persevered, or was your brain frozen even with the scarf and headgear?

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BTWCOACH 1/1/2011 11:21PM

    OMG, Sam - you are so funny!!!
You made my day!

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LKEITHO 1/1/2011 9:07PM

    I was dressed in three layers to go for a walk in AZ, today, so I can't imagine how cold you must have been! Good for you for getting the exercise, and I hope you have warmed up again by now!

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Tri-Tales #2: I Can Do It!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

This is a history tale from July 2008 just before my first triathlon in August. It is a follow-on to "Tri-Tales #1: Bricks"

By July 2008, I was 195 pounds and had a 13 minute pace for a 5K run after the swim & bike. Here is a post from then:

"I Can Do It!"
This is the old (62) guy again. Finally did a run thru of the Buck Creek tri and I made it, so I guess it's a go for the real thing at the end of next month. It felt really good to make it thru, even though I didn't press my self: total time was just under 2 hours which would have put in in fifth place last year (yep, there were only 4 in the over 60 bracket, LOL). I just spun thru the bike leg at a cadance of 85 and walked most of the 5 km run cause my knee has been giving me fits. BTW thanks to whomever recommended working out with a kettlebell. I got one and it forever wipes out any excuses for not doing any training today. Even with a bum knee, I can do a quick workout and have both strength training and cardo thrown in. Thanks again for all the encouragement!

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IMSMILEY88 9/11/2010 9:56PM

    I'm hoping to do my first tri in the spring, but starting to feel like I'll never find the time to train. Anyway, congrats on all you're doing! You are inspiring!

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COOP9002 9/6/2010 11:24AM

    Great attitude. It's obvious why you were successful in obtaining such a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).

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NAPITOVSFAME 9/5/2010 10:45PM

    What a difference in attitude and confidence. I am hoping to aquire more confidence through tri's and carry forward to my horse showing. We are already back from Ohio. I was thinking you were in Washington state. My mistake. We did have great weather and the area in really nice. Enjoyed great seats at the Reds game. Will be posting more on that soon.

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LKEITHO 9/4/2010 10:46PM

    Interesting to see how you were feeling approaching your first triathlon. I have my first one a week from today. I'm not sure how it will go, but I'm excited to get there!

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Tri-Tales #1: Bricks

Friday, September 03, 2010

This is a history tale from May 2008. Hopefully, you've read about me as a Couch Potato,
. My first major goal was a triathlon in the fall of 2008. The previous year, Nov 2007, I was 222 pounds and running a 13 minute mile. In May 2008, I was 207 pounds and running an 11 minute mile. One of the hard parts of a triathlon is the switch from one event to another. As part of your training, you often practice two events back-to-back, either swim/bike or bike/run. These are called bricks. Here is a copy of a post for help after my first attempt at a brick.

Is There Hope for an Old Guy?
I just had my 62nd birthday and am trying to prepare for a sprint triathlon this fall. Last year at this time, I was a typical old guy: 6'2", 235 pounds, and a 44 inch waist -- prime for a heart attack. I started participating in a bikers & hikers group and discovered how totally out of shape I was. Bought a good pair of shoes and started running & biking. In August, I added swimming & nautilus machines, and my friend said that I should do a tri with her. It was too late to do the training necessary for it, so I started saying that I would do it next year.

Well, next year is less than 4 months away and I'm 30 pounds lighter, but I need to be another 30 pounds lighter and my endurance is lousy. I can do any of the three: swimming, running, or biking for the required distance, but after that I can hardly walk. For example, I had a great bike ride and felt good about it, so I though I would see how well I could run. From my house, I run the first block up hill and at the top of the hill, I gave up: I could barely walk, no way I could keep running.

It didn't help that I also do off-road biking and I tried to ride down the cement stairs in my back yard. Do not try this at home, children! At a minimum, you lose about a month's worth of training. I think that my biggest problem is lack of diligence and will-power: it's just a lots more fun to drink a coke, eat a chocolate bar and play a computer game than run three miles.
I had lots of encouragement from that post. Here was my response:
Wow, I'm impressed with all of the comments. Thanks everyone! I'll just make one long response.

Re: "You can build endurance with longer, slower rides. And a slow comfortable ride would be perfect to follow up with a run. I would practice this until you feel good about running off the bike. It doesn't have to be the entire length of the run in your race, you just need to get used to running on tired legs. This is initially challenging for most people."

That does seem to be the case: I swam 0.3 mile this morning at my normal pace of a 68 minute mile, then tonight I biked for only 7 miles at a faster than normal pace of 15.5 mph. I stopped just long enough to record my heart rate from the monitor and then started to run. My legs said why & how, but after two blocks, they started to work again. I had to walk a little more than normal to keep my heart rate at a 142 average, but I walk faster than most people jog. I ran for 1.6 miles at just a little over a 12 minute mile, so I'm encouraged. I just need to increase my distances each time.

Re: "The more I exercise, the less I want to eat candy, drink coke, and play computer games."

That is exactly correct: there was no way that I wanted any supper after running and riding , so I've only drank water this evening and I'm ready for bed.

Re: "get a good HR monitor"

When I started last year, I first got a pair of Mizuno running shoes and then a Polar FS2 HRM. I try to stay in the 140's. The only time I go higher is with the off-road bike. A couple of times, I've ridden for an hour with an average rate of 150! I was too busy staying on the bike to look at the monitor.

Re: "find a race you want to do and sign up"

I will be in the Great Buckeye Challenge, 24 Aug. It's a 0.6 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I'm also thinking of a mini sprint before that, just to prove that I can do it.

Re: "If you're willing to try to ride down stairs, you've at least got some spunk. your biggest problem starting out will be holding back, I suspect."

Actually, I just got some stupid! I got the bike (a different one) for off-road trails in the woods and it is wonderful for that. It does not do steps. It went down them and I went down them, but we did not stay together. I will heal eventually and I will never do it again. However, there's some great rocks in the woods .....

Re: "If you watch a large race some time you will see a few other athletes in the age groups above 50 or so, and one of the things that always strikes me about them is that they look like they're having a great time."

When I watched them, what struck me was that they didn't have an ounce of fat on their body. Most of me is back to slim, but the waist is still 41 inches. Got to get rid of the fat belly!

Re: "one of the other perks of being in the older age groups - since there are so few competitors, you have a much better chance of placing"

Yep, last year, my friend finished first in her class: she was riding a Mt. Bike and there were only 2 in her class. LOL! There were only 3 guys in my age group last year and I think I can beat the third place guy.

Re: "Start running and loose the weight"

running really makes me loose weight, but I still really hate to run

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IMSMILEY88 9/11/2010 9:54PM

    I loved reading this post, too. You have learned a lot! And, I hope to be in your 'shoes' in a year or so. Thanks for sharing... maybe I can learn some things to do (and not to do... like riding down stairs) from what you've learned!

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DTSOBEL 9/4/2010 1:09AM

    You are AWESOME! And reading about your beginning is an inspiration! I can tell you I would never think about riding a bike down a flight of stairs! I keep asking dh to get my bike down but am afraid I won't be able to ride far. When I grow up, I want to be skinny and fast like you! emoticon

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LILPAT3 9/3/2010 8:25AM

    You are doing well and it seems that you have the necessary desire to stick with it. Good luck!

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JOYATLAST 9/3/2010 8:04AM

    You've come a long way! Good Job!

I enjoyed this peek into the beginning especially since that is where I am!

Thanks for sharing. It really helps.

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Survey #4: Family Feud Questions

Friday, August 13, 2010

You are ( not ) allowed to use my answers ... you must use different ones!!!

Remember, you can't use the same answers as the person who sent it to you....

1. Name something you use in the shower?... Water

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield?.... Bird poop

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? .... Flowers

4. What is something you cook in the microwave?....water for tea

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?.... sofa

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? ... she's nice (just like my 6 month older wife)

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner?.. barks

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for?.... urine

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?.... mile swim

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it?.... Home Sweet Home

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? .... Hockey

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day?.... Test

13. Name something that can brighten your day? .... Wife

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? .... Eagle

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? ....socks

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? .... soap

Remember...NO copying!!

Let me know if you decide to play so I can check on your blog for your answers...
This was stolen from BADMAMMAJAMMA1. You can see those answers,

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KAYZAKCX 8/23/2010 2:08AM

    I'm in.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/16/2010 1:07PM

    I'll be posting this today!!

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BOVEY63 8/13/2010 12:26PM

    I'm playing.

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DTSOBEL 8/13/2010 11:31AM

    I also played and had similar answers.

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