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post #701 of 752
gaye - this will come as no surprise, but i like fan #2 better. however, color is pretty important as it is the most visible factor and you don't want to be staring at it thinking 'it's just so dark'

mb -

whew we have so many decisions we're faced with right now [regarding job change and move], i feel like i need some life spreadsheet i am not equipped to map out. so many possible variables and outcomes...

nothing is ever black and white, so dh and i are doing our best to talk talk talk and hopefully some solution bubbles to the surface [which may mean doing nothing to change our current situation]. this economy [and the media freakout about it] sure has my head all bunched up.

ooooohhhhhm : [we need a meditation smiley around here]

speaking of, i would really like to do some yoga with those online videos but i think the muscles around my surgery site are still too sensitive. maybe there is yoga lite somewhere online.


:GOOD LUCK RACERS!!:
post #702 of 752
whew! 6 miles done although it involved lots of walking and water breaks

we're taking DD to the circus today and I'm kinda excited about that. it was last minute, a friend from church had some extra tix for a suite and several of Nora's little boyfriends from church are going

then going to a friends to swim tonite, i am so looking forward to that, I feel like I could melt right now!

Gaye - i like the style on the second, seems like it would go w/ mission style, which would be good for your use and if you stage your house w/ your current furniture whenever you sell it, but buyers might prefer the lighter shade...

I am looking forward to the race report tomorrow Gaye, good luck!!!!

CherylAnn - I was thinking some more about the hip thing when I was running, and one thing that has helped me is focusing on using the back of my leg- glutes/calves - when I push off, instead of pulling up w/ my quads (if that makes sense) - that in conjunction w/ the added strength in those areas from the PT exercises has helped me a little, although my hip still twinges a little at the end of a run if I don't really focus on my form...

poppy - :
post #703 of 752
Hi everyone!!! We're back from a great trip! I've done a cursory read of the posts from the last week but I'll have to check in later with personals.

I survived my race today! It was crazy yet fun. I put a race report on my blog (link in siggie).

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Oooh, and I the new smilie. :
post #704 of 752
Serial posting because I need a pick-me-up. I admittedly did not give today's race my all but now that results are posted I'm totally kicking myself. It's ugly but I'm bummed that my running partner beat me by about 8 minutes. I wish I had run harder.
post #705 of 752
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Originally Posted by towsonmama View Post
Serial posting because I need a pick-me-up. I admittedly did not give today's race my all but now that results are posted I'm totally kicking myself. It's ugly but I'm bummed that my running partner beat me by about 8 minutes. I wish I had run harder.
I'm sorry you are disappointed in your time, but I can only hope that I'll someday be able to run that fast.
I checked your blog and think you would probably make a fine coach. Racing is kinda like labor (NCB). Who wants to hear that no matter how hard you think things are now, that they are going to be a whole lot worse very shortly? That poor guy really needed to be shielded on the hill that was coming. You probably gave him just what he needed to face Kilimanjaro.

Linda
post #706 of 752
My swim coach was seriously concerned that if I took the Women's Only off my race calender that I would lose all motivation to train. Silly boy.

Just back from the Y and total probably did 1500 yds. Even with open swim and the cannonballer in the other side of the pool, I was happy as a clam.
Just kept pushing myself until I finally got to the point where my legs were cramping and my arms were sore. I thought I would have to stop mid-stroke.

The pressure is off to train, except for the oly bike distance, so I can happily devote serious time to building a solid base in all three sports.

YK how we were talking on last month's thread about recovery drinks? I'm finding that Bolthouse Farms mocha cappuccino protein drink is better than chocolate milk. There's more protein and it's a cross between an ice cap and choc. milk. I don't drink coffee, but that stuff is good!

Tomorrow is long bike day. Getting my camelback loaded and in the fridge.

mothercat

garden update: I was surprised to find the black raspberries starting to ripen last night. I planned my annual splurge of fresh berries over vanilla ice cream for tonight. Love how it turns the ice cream soup purple.
post #707 of 752
good job towsonmama! we have a few of those "dreaded" races around here. all hills, all the time. that's a GREAT time for that kind of a race! I KWYM about being disappointed, but that sounds like a fabulous effort. I'm all for encouragement on races, but not necessarily lies

I am taking the kids to work with me tomorrow and am a little nervous about it. It's a long drive (but I'm taking the DVD player : ) so should be okay..... I'm going to try to run early too mostly bc we are celebrating my b'day tomorrow which means going out to eat, etc (it's not my actual b'day yet!). and I need the calmness and patience to get through a Sunday with the kids in tow!
post #708 of 752
Great race, towsonmama! I don't think you should be bummed about your time at all. The hills sound brutal! I think you did a wonderful job .

We're back from 4 days in St. Louis, including a great 20 mile bike ride through my old stomping grounds with my old tri club. Great time, and a hard workout! I tried to run the next day but pooped out after 3 miles due to nasty humidity and stomach cramps. We saw a ton of friends, ate out way too much, and generally had a blast. This afternoon I took DD1 to a swimming birthday party which was just a great time too. I'm looking forward to eating well and having a great bike workout tomorrow though. It's nice to be home again.
post #709 of 752
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gaye - this will come as no surprise, but i like fan #2 better. however, color is pretty important as it is the most visible factor and you don't want to be staring at it thinking 'it's just so dark'.
That's the thing, the color is what's getting me. That's why I didn't end up getting the one you have. The color looked way darker in the picture on your blog, and even the Lowe's picture, but IRL it was super light. That said, I think I'm going to end up going with #2. It's 50/50 here, but my IRL friends have all voted for #2. I think it will be fine once it gets up. Gah, I hate that I have so much difficulty making decisions!

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Originally Posted by towsonmama View Post
Serial posting because I need a pick-me-up. I admittedly did not give today's race my all but now that results are posted I'm totally kicking myself. It's ugly but I'm bummed that my running partner beat me by about 8 minutes. I wish I had run harder.
You did great!!!! That race looks HARD. I can't even imagine running a race that hilly, and I think your time is fantastic for a race like that. Your running partner totally smoked it! WTG!!! :


I went out to pick up my race packet this morning (got a deal on a super-cool transition bag at the expo) and stuck around for the course overview. I almost didn't since I did this race last year and there really weren't significant course changes, other than shortening the bike by about 2 miles. Good thing I did...I found out that the water temperature is MUCH colder than is normal for this time of year. SIXTY-FREAKING-ONE DEGREES. : Um, yeah, I wasn't planning on wearing a wetsuit. They are actually shortening the swim, cutting it in half really, to 400 yds. I think because this race is so geared to first-timers, and many may not be wearing wetsuits, they want to make sure nobody has a major freak-out or dies of hypothermia or anything. On my way out of the park I called the local bike shop in a panic to see if they had any wetsuits available, and they didn't. So I called a friend (who was racing today) to see if I could borrow hers, and I can, thank goodness! Seems almost silly to bother with a wetsuit for an 8 minute swim, but damn that's cold! : Brrr...


After I got my race packet, it was down to Colorado Springs to meet up with Wendy (Geofizz). It was so fun to have a dingo meet-up! We had a nice time talking over lunch, then I took her on a super short tour of one of the local tourist attractions before she needed to get to the airport. She should be somewhere over the midwest by now!


Off to get my race stuff laid out and packed up in my spiffy new bag...
post #710 of 752
Hi Dingos!

Nice job, towson. Hey, your 10K time beat mine--and it sounds like your hills were WAY worse than our little gentle rolling stuff. I say . My dh got 2 comments on his 10K T-shirt today (it's my shirt, but I never wear the race shirts, so I got it in his size). I sort of hope it makes him consider running one of these days.

I have 14 miles planned for tomorrow. Out and back, alone. Hope to get out on the road before 7, but I am not going to worry too much. I'm kind of psyched for it. I have not run since Thursday, and I feel like I have plenty of power for it. As long as I get some sleep.

Today was eaten up by visitors and business. And OMG Dingos I met the nicest mama today! : We sold our tractor (idonwannatalkubouddit) to a family from quite a drive away. They came, and don't you know, SO NICE, and bakers to boot, brought dee-lish danish and real butter butter cookies for tea, and boy, they could have spent the night and I wouldn't have minded a bit. AND, the mama's a RUNNER! No kidding! I gave her not the greatest instructions on how to find the Dingos, and I would be happy to see her pop in here. It really turned out to be a nice day for me.

Good luck, tjs!
post #711 of 752
Thanks, mamas. I'm feeling better about it today. And, my legs aren't sore at all, even after that many hills. That's what I was going for. I'm going to kill that race next year though!

:: GO GAYE!! ::

That surfer smilie is standing in for a swimmer.
post #712 of 752
I might my travel karma might have been restored. One mishap with getting picked up at the airport which was super annoying, but otherwise I made it all in one piece. I even got home 45 minutes earlier than I'd expected.
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I had a blast with Gaye yesterday! It just made me wish we'd had more time together. She picked me up at the hotel (pretty but sterile), out to lunch (middle eastern ) and then a driving trip through some red rock formations. She dropped me at the airport (thereby avoiding the hotel's not-so-reliable shuttle) and that was it! Except I voted on the fan with the dark wood because it looked like it would collect less dust and bugs. My flight to Denver had 30 people on it, 15 from the meeting. I had this morbid thought that "If this plane goes down, high pressure physics goes down with it."
post #713 of 752
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Honey I'm home!!

So we went to my family's for a few days for my nieces wedding. Gah she is the most gorgeous woman I've ever seen, well her younger sister was just as stunning. It was an outside wedding with lightening and thunder illuminating the sky, what an auspicious start to a marriage, eh?

After that we went on to myrtle beach with the pop up. We stayed there for 4 nights. The days were awesome. Just spent in the ocean, digging in the sand. The nights, not so good. Little E truly is the undoing of us. I don't think dh and I did so well coming up with a plan to take care of each other given his nightime issues. We talked about it and I think we'll come up with a better plan for the next vaca if this is ongoing. It was a nice trip, we stayed in virginia on our way home and that was amazing! I was laying in the bed with dd reading Harry Potter and watching the sun set through trees over the mountains. I could totally live in Virginia, it is just such a pretty state. Don't know much about the politics, economics, etc. though.

I only ran twice. Once in NC while visiting family and once on the beach. I had to get at least one beach run in. Both under 30 minutes, but just. The beach run was nice. 6:30 am, other exercisers on the beach, not too many. Lots of fishermen. Pelicans, waves, and glittering sun on the ocean.

I'll find some pics to post later

It's good to see everyone and I'm really looking forward to camping with y'all.
post #714 of 752


I've been reading along, but for some reason thinking and typing seems too daunting and tiring for me these days.

I have been walking and biking some and we went kayaking mid-week when we camped out at a local campground with our pups. It was nice and relaxing. We plan on doing it again this week. I love having Tuesdays and Wednesdays off of work.

I guess we are going to Art in the Park this afternoon. One of my girl friends is performing with her dance studio. It should be a nice time. Have a great Sunday everyone!
post #715 of 752
I'm back! Kind of disappointed a little with how I did, but that's ok. There was just no way that the experience could live up to last year's, and I think I forgot that along the way. Last year was my first tri, and I had four of my best friends there with me. It was such a high, I didn't come down for days!

The water actually didn't feel all that cold, but I had a really rough swim. They super shortened it. I don't even know how long it was, but it couldn't have been much more than 200 yds. I think I tried to go out way too fast because of that and ended up having trouble breathing...felt like what I imagine an asthma attack feels like. Good thing it was such a short swim! The bike was pretty good, and the run was hard. I was really hoping to kick butt on the run, but my legs felt like lead and just didn't want to go. Until about half a mile from the finish, of course! I will be very interested to see what my time ends up being, and if they end up telling us exactly how long the swim actually was.

Now it's off to the doctor tomorrow to get my MRI results, which I have a feeling are not going to be good. My knee has been getting gradually worse, especially over the past couple of weeks.

I'll get a more detailed race report up on my blog later and post here when it's up.
post #716 of 752
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My flight to Denver had 30 people on it, 15 from the meeting. I had this morbid thought that "If this plane goes down, high pressure physics goes down with it."
And even after spending a couple of hours with you yesterday, I'm still not entirely sure what high pressure physics is! : We sure have some super smart dingoes!
post #717 of 752
towsonmama - What a race! I cannot imagine racing on hills like that... You are still super speedy in my book, I might have run that time on a flat course

tjsmama - Even though it was not as awesome as last year, I'm still so impressed with you tri mamas! I can't imagine running after the swim and bike!! good luck tomorrow w/ the MRI results :

Jaygee and BBM sounds like yall had good trips!

Happy early bday MB! When is the actual big day?
post #718 of 752

sorry for the off topic but i just witnessed something awful at my local target and i could use some advice on how you wise mamas [some trained in this kind of intervention] would have handled it. i feel just awful.

my dd and i were shopping in the shoe aisle at target and heard from a short distance a child crying loudly and a mother losing her cool about it. this is going to sound like i am exaggerating but i promise you i am not. as she passed by our aisle her approx 4 year old son was in the cart upset and crying and she says to him 'you better shut up. do i need to pull your pants down and whoop your ass?'

*edited to take out the ugly*

so i held my dd and tell her that i am sorry she had to hear that, i am trying really hard not to cry. i pass by the aisle and give her a long stare as in 'i can't believe you are doing that!' but she doesn't see me because she is still yelling at her crying child. she also is very large and looks like she could take me out if she wanted to.

anyway - what would you all have done? i was afraid to approach her, really and for that i am sad. i wish i could have talked to her calmly or something but i just got the vibe that she would tell me to stfu and just yell at me, which i didn't want my dd to witness either.

post #719 of 752
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anyway - what would you all have done? i was afraid to approach her, really and for that i am sad. i wish i could have talked to her calmly or something but i just got the vibe that she would tell me to stfu and just yell at me.

I'm pretty sure that approaching her with your child in tow would not have been a good idea. Yes, your LO would have seen you standing up for the child, but I would be worried that your child may be in harm's way. The woman sounds like she was seriously on the edge of completely irrational.

What about store security? They are always standing by the front doors. If that didn't work, you could have called police. If they didn't get there in time, getting the woman's license plate number would have given them a place to start. All of those would have avoided you confronting her.

As hard as it is to see that and feel powerless, the bigger picture is that if this woman is doing that in public, what is she doing in private?

Linda
post #720 of 752
thanks mothercat, you are right. i did look around for a store employee but didn't see one nearby. what's weird is that even though she was loud and clearly hitting her child while tucked away in the shoe aisles, she was not visibly out of control, which is even scarier to me. she acted like she was going through the motions. like raised voice, yes, but not upset herself, does that make sense? she would have stopped by the time i reached the front of the store, so i was wondering what in those situations could actually be done? but you know what, hopefully they are trained for that sort of thing and i shouldn't have really let that keep me from informing someone. oy i am just mad now that i didn't do anything
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