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the tough resort to ice cream......OK not really and I don't think we have any ice cream in the house anyway.Obviously the answer to that is that the tough get going and that is what I'm doing.  I'm going, going, going.  I don't have time to waste or sulk about what coulda, shoulda, woulda been.  I only have time to focus myself forward.  Forward thinking, forward actions.....moving life forward.That is why I have treated being unemployed as if it is a job.  I get up each morning and have breakfast and coffee like any o...

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Untitled by jbaha14 at Garmin Connect - DetailsThe above link is to a ride that I did with Robert on Wednesday July 21st. It was a great ride b/c it was the first time that Robert and I were actually able to get out on the open road without having to stop and start and stop and start repeatedly. In finding this route we have opened up the ability for us to test our speed on a course that is somewhat hilly but has a perfect black top surface. There was not a single pot hole or dip or rock on this course and it made the riding tall that more enjo...

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Had a very productive day today.  I haven't posted in some time so there is a lot to catch up on.As you know I was laid off on Friday but I am not letting that stop me from moving forward in life.On Friday I made some calls and emails to begin working my network and contacts list so that come Monday I was not just starting the process.  No time like the present I say.So over the weekend I created a to-do list and did some taper training and really got mentally prepared for the race on Sunday.....Disco Triathlon.The race would be my fi...

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What is the definition of an Ironman? When I first started training I thought of an Ironman as somebody who could do something that others would not dream of doing.  Something that puts the body through such rigors as to force one to contemplate the thought of 'why am I really doing this?'  This is a valid question for which there are so many answers and for each person their answer is the right answer. For me being able to complete and compete in an Ironman event means that I have persevered, I have trained, I have toughed it out when othe...

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I have been training for about 2 1/2 months now and I have never been so happy to have a recovery day as I am about tomorrow.This past week has been stressful with the dogs and work and throw in tough training and the recovery day is timed perfectly.I remember when I looked at this week's training and I thought that it was a lot of work just prior to a race.  I know that these races are nothing more then additional training for me but I was still somewhat surprised by what I was scheduled.Well, I looked again today b/c I knew that tomorrow...

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This morning I was tired.  The alarm went off at 4am and I turned it off and woke up around 4:30a.  I got a text message from Robert that he was not joining me and in that instant I almost went back to bed but I knew today was a session that would push me.  Today's training included hill climbs and interval running.I had my newest breakfast creation which is two slices of toast that have 1 tbsp of fat free cream cheese and 1/2 tbsp of sugar free dark cherry preserve.  So yummy!!!!!  Throw in 1/2 cup of coffee and 1/2 pr...

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Last night I had a feeling that I would get rained out of the long ride I was scheduled for today.  When I woke up there was some sprinkling and my excitement sunk a bit, but figured I would make the best of it.  I not only packed all my riding gear, I also packed all my gear for a long run that is scheduled for tomorrow.  I figured I would get in training one way or the other.As I started to head out after a breakfast of coffee, protein bar (Black Forest Cake - Promax) and a peanut butter, banana and strawberry sandwich I notice...

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Last night I got an email from Coach that she had been asked to help a 67 year old blind woman complete a triathlon, and in all places.....New York City.  I get so inspired by Coach when I hear about her accomplishments in terms of racing, but this email truly did inspire me.It made me think about how I could help somebody.  I know everybody says they are so busy they can't fit another thing in, and in some instances I agree but in other circumstances I think there is alway something that can be added.  I guess I'm just afraid to...

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What does that mean you might ask yourself.Well what it means is that my morning swim yesterday was horrendous.  It was not that I didn't do the swim, it is that it was much harder then it should have been.  I felt like I was struggling throughout the entire swim.  I could never get my mojo going.I will say that it was a stressful day of work on Monday and Tuesday so heading into the swim on Wednesday my mind was focused on the big conference call for that afternoon.  In addition to that I woke up later then I normally would...