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what? I'M the fast one in the pool?!?!!!!ONE
4/17/2014 8:53:46 AM,  6 COMMENTS

I went swimming yesterday after work. The tough thing about getting to the pool is just the ordeal of going over there, finding a place to park,...  Read more


Race minus 66 days - when your program seems to fall apart... remember the primary goals!
4/17/2014 7:49:56 AM,  11 COMMENTS

With limited Spark time this morning, I need to talk to my inner Polly Perfectionist. Most important thing I can do today. The primary objective...  Read more


Stand tall
4/17/2014 5:45:35 AM,  10 COMMENTS

I mean that literally - what is your posture like? Do you slouch and slump? do you walk with your head down and shoulders curved? If the answer t...  Read more


Daily Plan 04-16-2014
4/16/2014 8:32:05 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I used to be so organized, with little calanders with little flags and everything was all in this is what it has come to lol: I h...  Read more


First Time on Trainer (Day 52 of 100)... with 1st photo in a long time!
4/16/2014 7:37:14 PM,  5 COMMENTS

So, it's GORGEOUS out! It was 37 last night, but warmed up in the low 70's. I waited until after school (we homeschool) to do my exercise. I took my t...  Read more


Quick Update
4/16/2014 3:10:30 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Thanks for all the encouraging words on my last blog - I don't know why I was so upset, usually I can totally be my own best cheerleader...guess I was...  Read more


solved: the case of the missing coffee mugs
4/16/2014 1:32:46 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Granted the company provides us with serviceable coffee mugs. They are an unsatisfying and boring solid white. I suppose they work in that they hold c...  Read more


Race minus 67 days - an eye on the sky
4/16/2014 6:55:58 AM,  9 COMMENTS

I'm sitting here contemplating the first bike commute to work of the season, seeing the forecast says we're supposed to top out at 63F today, with a 2...  Read more


Trying Tae Bo (Day 51 of 100)
4/15/2014 11:16:43 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Yesterday was pretty bad, but today's a new day! I started out with about 8 minutes of kettlebell (including a warm up, so not a lot of kettlebel...  Read more


Race minus 68 days - the journey is the destination
4/15/2014 7:11:11 AM,  15 COMMENTS

Training for a triathlon is like studying for a final exam. You have to do it. It needs to be spread over time. And the studying is in fact, more i...  Read more


hot as BLAZES in yoga today
4/14/2014 4:24:20 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Is this supposed to be hot yoga? NO, no it is not. Heck it isn't even "yoga". It's this thing at the Y called body flow that is supposed to...  Read more


Tearful and Frustrated...
4/14/2014 12:17:21 PM,  7 COMMENTS

You know when you just have those weeks where you feel everything you're doing isn't good enough... Well I've been on that kick for about 2 weeks...  Read more


Should've Rested (Day 50 of 100)
4/14/2014 9:17:03 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I worked out so hard this weekend (25 mile bike ride when I haven't been riding; 3 mile run when I haven't been running; then brick workout when I hav...  Read more


Ten weeks out - meltdown?
4/14/2014 7:33:20 AM,  20 COMMENTS

This happens at some point in training for every event I've ever done. I get HUGE self-doubts. I succumb to the siren call of the 'fridge... I put t...  Read more


Brick Workout (Day 49 of 100... Part 2)
4/13/2014 6:07:28 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I ended up doing a second workout today. I did a brick workout with my friend who's training for her first triathlon. And, I guess I'm officially trai...  Read more


How to feel Good
4/13/2014 5:45:37 PM,  10 COMMENTS

Okay, you probably know how to feel good, eat right, exercise, spend time with your family, have reflective time (or faith), give a little back now an...  Read more


No More Whining! 2nd Blog of the Day
4/13/2014 5:32:22 PM,  12 COMMENTS

Thank you, everyone, for listening to me whine. I'm done now. I read all of your blogs with all your progress and victories and determination. I...  Read more


DogLady Cried Tears and Uncle
4/13/2014 2:31:39 PM,  14 COMMENTS

I've been sulking Sparkaloons. No way around it. The Good Times 5K is "Good Times" in part because the registration for the race is at a bar and...  Read more


Not 100% But Doing Okay.
4/13/2014 1:38:33 PM,  14 COMMENTS

I've been slowly resuming training. Today I had a great day, swam and ran, with good energy level. I haven't been back to see the doctor yet, but...  Read more


Another Duathlon??? (Day 49 of 100)
4/13/2014 11:40:44 AM,  2 COMMENTS

I carpooled with my friend to the bike ride yesterday. I knew she was training for her first triathlon, but didn't know when or where it'd be. Well, i...  Read more


Riding "in" the MS150 (Day 48 of 100)
4/13/2014 11:33:49 AM,  2 COMMENTS

No, I didn't ride the MS150 here in Texas this weekend. But, I did join my cycling group of a ride - I haven't rode with them in about 2 months! And,...  Read more


"Rest" Day (Day 47 of 100)
4/13/2014 11:28:27 AM,  0 COMMENTS

For my "rest day" on Friday, I did Fitness Blender's 10 minute "stress busting" workout which is a light combination of yoga & Pilates. I do this work...  Read more


Race minus 70 days and the skipped workouts
4/13/2014 9:32:58 AM,  16 COMMENTS

OK, not skipped, necessarily... delayed. I got through some preliminary steps... got the bike rack put on the car (by myself - success!), got the bik...  Read more


Picking myself up
4/12/2014 2:58:54 PM,  15 COMMENTS

Ok, so anyone who has read my blogs recently knows that 2014 has been difficult for me. In fact, at some point I actually started feeling like...  Read more


why I take the train to work
4/11/2014 9:51:29 AM,  2 COMMENTS

It took 4 months and I was starting to think it was never going to happen but finally the Jeep Trailhawk I ordered came in. Itís a really dark blue so...  Read more


Race minus 72 days - this week's adjustments
4/11/2014 7:59:34 AM,  18 COMMENTS

I started week 8 of the 14 week plan last Saturday. I'm going to make that week last through this coming Sunday, a 9 day training week. The first ad...  Read more


Bonus Workouts... with My Daughter! (Day 46 of 100)
4/10/2014 10:06:52 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I started the day with a warm up and then did some lower body strength training concentrating on glutes. Then, I did a kettlebell workout... with modi...  Read more


Race minus 73 days - sometimes workouts are just plain a job
4/10/2014 7:55:28 AM,  19 COMMENTS

I know I write a lot of bubbly endorphin blogs, but let me give you a dose of reality. Not all workouts are a joy, even for me, even now. Some of th...  Read more


Finally, a blog report---
4/9/2014 1:39:56 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Hey guys, Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged. I haven't forgotten about anyone. I last blogged about the possibility of being offered a...  Read more


You Can't Out-Exercise Poor Nutrition (Day 45 of 100)
4/9/2014 10:16:03 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I am still eating poorly...45 days into this! That's CRAZY!! We had a rough weekend and we ended up going to two movies and I ate lots of popcorn and...  Read more


Race minus 74 days - long workouts and Zen mode
4/9/2014 7:50:23 AM,  16 COMMENTS

A triathlete trains long. While some train in groups for rides and runs, many times I'm out solo. This can be due to how one fits it all in around a...  Read more


Waddled a 5K
4/8/2014 10:30:05 PM,  16 COMMENTS

Today was the first Good Times 5K in my fair city. I made up my mind that I wasn't going. I haven't run once outside this year. 99% of the time when I...  Read more


Random thoughts
4/8/2014 4:01:01 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I'm goofing off at lunch. I cannot remember the last time I did this that I wasn't sick. I don't have to go to court, so I'm not going to the club to...  Read more


Daily Cardio, ST, & Stretching (Day 44 of 100)
4/8/2014 11:16:39 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I've mentioned Fitness Blenders over & over during my 100 days challenge. It is the 'core' of my workouts right now! And, I fill like I'm really getti...  Read more


Race minus 75 days - the other end of the maintenance equation
4/8/2014 7:58:25 AM,  17 COMMENTS

I had to adjust my Spark calorie range manually, because I don't link my trackers, and I was still losing weight, even though their "recommended range...  Read more


Kettlebells (Day 43 of 100)
4/7/2014 9:47:52 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Another stressful day, but I just finished my workout! I bought a kettlebell this weekend and used the free DVD to learn the exercises tonight. I did...  Read more


Still Acting Tough
4/7/2014 9:10:21 PM,  12 COMMENTS

Not much excitement out here, Sparkers. I'm doing my thing. Took Sunday off. I needed to rest, rest, rest. Spent most of my afternoon camped out on th...  Read more


Relaxing Workouts (Days 41 & 42 of 100)
4/7/2014 2:56:57 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I had a rough weekend. We got a call that kind of turned our world upside down for a bit. Thankfully, the world is now back on track, but it was a tou...  Read more


Happy Spring Break
4/7/2014 11:37:29 AM,  4 COMMENTS

This year I am a teacher on special assignment. This means that I am not in the classroom, but instead work in professional development. It also means...  Read more


Race minus 76 days Plotting to give back to my home race
4/7/2014 7:27:09 AM,  20 COMMENTS

I consider the Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon my "home race". It's the first one I deliberately set out to be a spectator for. It's the first HM...  Read more


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