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Reverb10 Catch-up!

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December 27th
Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

I don't believe I have a single ordinary moment where joy was involved. Finding joy in the ordinary, no longer makes the moment oridinary!

It sounds trite, but when I see my Daughter happy, proud of herself, truly and genuinely excited about something, it brings me joy.

When my Husband goes out of his way to do something special for me -- even if it's helping around the house, it brings me joy.

I find joy in doing for them as they do for me.

December 26th
Prompt: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth and touched your soul?

I'm going to have to pass on the true meaning of this prompt. I don't look at food in the same way I once did.  It's not a source of entertainment, although I do enjoy it.  I just enjoy the "experience" of it more n…

Reverb10 - New Name

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December 23rd
Prompt: New name. Let's meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?


In my mind, the name doesn't make the person.  There are many people who I'd like to be for a day... just to see what it feels like in their shoes.  I realize it's not the purpose of this Reverb10, but it's what immediately comes to mind.... and anything that makes you think about what it's like to be in another's shoes is a lesson in it of itself.

There are so many, but here are 10 folks I'd like to be for a day, and why....

1)  President Obama, to understand pressure, challenge, tenacity
2)  A spiritual leader, to know really know/understand what peace feels like.
3)  My Boss, to know what it's like to truly appreciate and share abundance.
4)  Okay, Oprah (or one of her "friends"), to know what it's like to have her resources at hand.
5)  Ellen DeGeneres, to …

Reverb10 - Travel

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December 22nd
Prompt: Travel. How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?
This prompt is like a break from writing today because travel in 2010 for me and my was pretty limited and therefore not much to write about. We traveled where we had to go, which was to Alabama where my mother-in-law lives.  Travel for the whole family by plane was very expensive this year so we didn't really do much at all. 

I did take a couple road trips to races.  1 to Bossier, LA for the River Cities Triathlon and one to Oklahoma City, OK for the Redman 70.3.  Those trips of course were for a purpose, and lots of fun.

In 2011, I hope to make it back to New Jersey to visit friends an family.  It's somewhat of a volatile time right now for my family -- lots of bad happenings lately, so it's not really the best time to visit.  My hope is things will calm down and we'll all be able to relax and spend some quality time together after all the bad juju has pas…

Day 1! Ironman 70.3 Texas Training Starts

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I said, "All I want for Christmas is my Ironman 70.3 Texas Race Entry fee."  Thanks to my bonus, my Christmas wishes came true :)  110 days away, as of today

I've been seeing Doc Thea for my groin re-injury and I think it's getting better.  At the least it's hurting in different spots, so the inflammation is trying to move it's way out.  I haven't done any track in two weeks, but I'm going to give a quick 3mi. track session a whirl tonight.   We'll see how it goes.

Day 1 of training was a swim.  Which I blew-off after getting home from the Doc last night.  I'll probably have to do it tomorrow at lunch, and that's fine.  Really though, who starts training the week of Xmas?  Ugh...

I'm considering some different options with training this time around. The changes would both be challenging but worth the payoff in the end:

- Strength training at lunch hour, 3 days a week. 
- Swimming during lunch hour.  A pain, but doable.
- Swimming in…

Reverb10: Future Self

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December 21st
Prompt: Future self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?


5 years from now?  It's so hard for me to look long-term and I really don't know why.  I've heard of folks having their 5 year plan, or their 10 year plan, but I've never really put the practice to work.  I mean, what's the point really?  Maybe I just don't have the patience for it?  I mean, just because you have a plan doesn't mean it will be executed the way you want.  Life has a way of crashing your party, changing your path and sending you off YOUR charted course. When I take time to make a plan and it doesn't go as I hoped, it's frustrating and I often skip a beat having to adapt.  Eventually I do adapt, but it's always a slight annoyance.

I've always thought it best for me to be in tune with what I ultimately want to achieve.  If I stay present, my decisions will present the appropriate path necess…

Reverb Catch-up!

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Wow.  I'm behind on my Reverb10.  I'll be playing quick catch-up today...  Still thoughtful.  Just short. :)

December 20th
Prompt: Beyond avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn't because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

After registering, I decided not to do the full marathon.  Though I really hated to make it, it was the best choice for me.  So often we come off a race and feel like we are invincible!  And, yeah, we are, but to a point.  When you have this *high* you just want to look toward the next bigger, badder, longer, harder goal.  Not always the smartest move to for your mind and body.  

In short, I really began to feel like I'm just not ready.  Truly, there is no race to do a full marathon.  there is nothing riding on my completion of it, and truthfully doing a full marathon is not the same as running the full marathon in an Ironman.  Couple all that with the fact that I jus…

Reverb10 - Lesson Learned

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December 17th
Prompt: Lesson learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
I think the most valuable thing I learned is to trust my gut and be persistent.

This pertains, in particular, to my thyroid challenges.  I've always felt like something was off in spite of docs telling me that nothing is wrong, "your TSH levels are fine."  Even before choosing to have RNY.

When things changed drastically in year 4 post-RNY, I didn't give up and worked with my PCP, who sent me to a new Endo who quickly found a problem by doing a TRH test.  Winner-Winner!  We  have a new hypothyroid patient.  Let's give you Levoxyl.

While under treatment you want to believe you are feeling better.  You get tired of not feeling well, and you definitely get tired of having to answer "I've been better", every time someone asks you what's wrong.  The reality is generally different.  Some days you…

Reverb10 - Friendship

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December 16th
Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
Unfortunately for me it was gradual... after she was gone the loss of her friendship taught me better.

In this very blog I used to wish to find someone to train and race with.  Someone my speed.  A few months later I got an email from Elysha.  I think the first sentence read something like, "Really, I'm not a stalker..."  It was like my call was manifested!  She was around my age and even lived in the same town as me.  Of all the people on the Internet with a blog, she found me.

And anyway, she had me at "I'm not a stalker."  :)

Our friendship grew close fast.  We had soooo much in common, it was pretty darned freaky.  She even had RNY also!  She was like a long-lost Sister to me in many ways.  We each suffered through some huge challenges in our lives and I think that made for a common bond which gave us quick comfo…

Junonia Aquasport Crossback Tank Swimsuit

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I've been meaning to write this review for a while now.  However I thought it only fair to swim in it more than just once to really offer my opinion on the swimsuit.  I will say I heard a lot about this suit from other plus sized athletes, but I kept putting it off because there were always other things I needed more.  Eventually my Speedos died and I had to replace two of them.

Just FYI, I  purchased this swimsuit, so this is an unsolicited review.  I have a genuine interest in helping other plus sized athletes find sport/training apparel that fits well.  Clothing that makes us feel confident and helps us perform our best.  That's the reason I share the info here. 
The pictures above were snipped from Junonia's website.  Hope they don't mind!
On their website they describe the suit with the following: "Cross-strap design creates a unique cut-out back for easy-moving style. Front shelf bra for shaping and support. Our brand new, quick-drying AquaSport™ fabric is a …

Be Seen For Life

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Just making a  note here, so I don't forget....

When I did Rivercities this Summer, we were standing in line waiting to talk to Dave Scott.  In front of us was a couple with a reflective shirt.  It was an awesome orange color with a ginormous reflective logo on it. It was a gift to Dave Scott, from their company.

Anyway, I loved the shirt and had been trying to find their site for some time.  I just did.  Very happy!  If you're looking for reflective running shirts (remember it does get dark earlier),  Check them out!

Pssst, there's a chance to win one on the main page of their website.

http://www.beseenforlife.com/

Sick and Tired.

Have I mentioned how tired I am of being sick and tired?  Here we go again.  I was on the upswing at the end of last week, but I guess the stress of the half marathon sent me spiraling backwards.  Great.  Just what I need. 

Last night it was like a freight train hit me and was visited by nice little white patches on my tonsils and throat.  I woke this morning gagging and vomiting from congestion.  Always a pleasure.  Right after the race ended my throat was really sore. I just figured it was sore from breathing in that cold air for 3 hours.  

I decided enough.  Time to get to the doc.  She says Tonsilitis.. so I'm on the mend with some antibiotics and some cough/expectorant... hopefully.

They also said my ears were super clogged; they cleaned them out for me. 

I hear everything now. :) No whispering behind my back.

Blast Calories and Relax with this Amazing Kettlebell Yoga Workout

Blast Calories and Relax with this Amazing Kettlebell Yoga Workout

Courtney turned me on to Megan at Meals and Miles. She has lots of tasty healthy food ideas.

Today, though, I saw this in kettlebell workout in her blog, by Shape Magazine.

It looks interesting. I just got a kettlebell. It's not been doing much, other than populating a cubby in my organizer.

:)

Reverb10 - 5 minutes

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December 15th
Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
The love and support from my Husband.

Hubs hugs. :)

My Daughter's unconditional love.

All of my Dauighter's firsts in 2010.  First day of School, in particular.

Family outings and visits from family.

Beth's excitement and positive attitude about her next chapter in life.  

And, well, Beth and Elysha.  Can't forget them.

Elysha's last camping trip with us. 

The way Cassie loves celebrating everyone else's birthday

The way Cassie truly loves to give as much, if not more, than receive.

My Husbands "firsts" with running and how proud he was.

Okay, material, but getting my iPad.  I was stunned -- totally didn't expect it. :)

Camping and the beach.  The smells, the sights, the friends.


This was harder than I thought.   When I tried to think back, I immediatel…

Reverb10 - Action

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December 13th
Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?

It's no secret here that one day I want to do an Ironman 140.6 --  The whole shebang!  There are a ton of things that need to fall in place in the next few years to make that a reality.  And, unless I wait 10 years, until my child is more indpenedent and I'm 53, things need to start shaping up sooner than later.  I would like to thing that 2012/2013 would be realistic for a full Ironman.

MC says, "the moment you decide you want to do a full Ironman, you start training for it."  That was a year ago when I actually said, out loud, for others to hear, "I want to do an Ironman."  I know.  Crazy!  From that moment, all my training has been on my A races, but also with the idea that there is a full Ironman in my future.

There are certain things which need to happen for this to be possible and I'm working on them.  For 2011 th…

Reverb10 - Body Integration

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December 12th
Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn't mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

Okay, this is completely ironic because the one time I feel the most integrated with my body, is doing the one of the things I least enjoy.  Running.

And maybe that's why I have this love-hate relationship with it?  I hate it, mostly because I suck at it.  I'm not yet in that place where I can just enjoy it and run with other people.  However I know the value of running to a healthy life.  I know it is good for both the body and mind.  

The one thing that gets me through it is being in-the-moment.  In-the-moment, reflecting on what it is I am doing right then and there.  It usually includes remembering 5 years ago whatever I'm doing right now wasn't physically possible and that I never will take it for granted. I listen to the sound of my breathing and rhythm of my …

RunGirl 13.1

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Yesterday was RunGirl 13.1. It was an inaugural event and the only all-women's half marathon in Texas.  It is a TriGirl Sports event, so it's always a well-run race. 

I was really thankful I was feeling better than I had been.  I'm still pretty much zonking out the moment I hit the couch in the evening, but the allergies/congestion/sinus crud I'd been dealing with is so much better.

I did something different on this race day.  After I woke up I got dressed and went outside for a quick 1 mile around the block.  The weather was cold, in the 30's and I was supposed to make sure my attire would be comfortable and just loosen my legs up a little.  I chose layers, in case the sun made it warmer and it paid off.  As I walked to the start line I wound up shedding my jacket and wore just a long sleeved tech tee and my new favorite, New Balance Control Capris.

That's Debbie, me and Cathy (from left-to-right), just before the race's start on a chilly and blustery mo…

A Look Back on Racing in 2010!

Houston Aramco Half Marathon - My first half-marathon!
Lucky Trails Half Marathon Relay Gateway to the Bay Olympic Relay Silverlake 1 mile Open Water Swim Race - First OWS race. Lonestar Triathlon Olympic Distance Silverlake Sprint Triathlon
Noon in June Half of a Half Marathon Y Freedom Sprint
Bayou Duathlon (Relay)
River Cities Triathlon Sprint
Redman Triathlon 70.3 - first half-Ironman distance
Luke's Locker/Koala Half Marathon
HMSA Classical 25K
RunGirl 13.1

14 races this year!  Somehow it never seems like it's all that much when it's happening!  I don't have anything else scheduled between now and the end of the year.  My next "A" race is the USA Fit Half Marathon in January, so I am officially "done" for the year. 

So here's what I learned this year:

1)  Do your best.  Always.  However, understand that what is your best for today, may not be the same as your best on any other day.  On race day everything needs to fall in line precisely, an…

Reverb10 - 11 Things I Don't Need in 2011

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December 11th
Things. What are 11 things your life doesn't need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

1)  Relationships that are not reciprocal.  Well, I covered this in my last post.  Not wasting time, heart and energy on underserving relationships will allow me to focus on improving my commitment to others.


2)  Unconscious actions or choices.  These choices are detrimental to the success of other goals.  These are the things I do impulsively, without thinking about the long term impact.  


3) An overabundance of stuff!  Stuff breeds more stuff.  This coming year I want to eliminate the material needs above and beyond what serve my family, interests and goals.  I am not a hoarder, though my husband might argue that point on shoes, but I definitely see places in my life where I could do with less in that I should re purpose/donate what I don't use..  


4)  Less Stress.  More Peace.  Really try to focus on letting…

#Reverb10 Wisdom

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December 10th
Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

I made the conscious decision to become more self-centered and let go of the one way relationships in my life; the relationships which did not offer potential to enrich my life.

I really believe that each party must bring something of value to the "table" for the friendship to be alive.  Real friends know how to bring the best out of you and aren't afraid to tell you the truth when it hurts.  If it is always one person being the saving grace of the friendship, is it really fair? As trite as it sounds, it's a give and take.  As we give and take we should be sharing joy, love, success as we honor one another with our gift of friendship.

OMG... I've gone all Oprah.  Can't help it... it's the subject matter. :)

Seriously though, I have learned that in many of my friendships I was the person who felt like they had to fix everything or come up with a solution to my f…

#Reverb10 What's Rocked Your Socks Off?

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December 9th
What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.

The best party for me in 2010?  I really want to be able to say it was my Daughter's 6th birthday, but that would be a lie.  Everyone knows that for a Mom execution of a birthday party for your kid isn't always that joyous -- it's a worth while ton of work!  Hey, I'm not super-Mom.  I'm just keeping it real!

So... the best party... best party... let me see.

Okay, it was in the last year, but it wasn't in 2010.  It was our '09 Annual Holiday "Drive-by".  It's kind of a come-and-go as you please kind of thing.  The kind of thing you can literally just swing by and enjoy a quick eat and drink, and be on your way to finish your holiday tasks at hand.

One funny thing was that Mom was in town and some of my real "country" friends were enamored by her accent -- and she by theirs.  They had spent some time in New …

Reverb10 for 12/8/10

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December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

It’s hard to think about what it is that’s different about me, let a alone beautiful, when I’ve spent the greater part of my life worrying about fitting in. I really don’t want to make this a lack-of-self-esteem kind of post, because that’s generally a given.  I’m a constant work-in process… but aren’t we all?

In recent years though, it’s mattered less – the fitting in part. I’m getting older, and age brings wisdom. And maybe that’s what it takes? Maturity?? At least I hope so, because I have plenty of aging to come! I’ve realized there’s far less satisfaction with working hard to fit in, when I will never please anyone, including myself, if I’m not doing what is “true” to me. Maybe that, in it of itself, makes me a little different from the major…

"It's okay...because I will be an Ironman"

A conversation between someone who is training for an Ironman and someone who is not. Perfectly true. :)

Ugh!

Friday night I managed to get in my 1400 yd. swim and a 40 minute easy run on the treadmill in the time I had  between leaving work and our holiday party.  I could feel it taking everything out of me, but I made it through. 

I went to the party and got home by 11.  Then proceeded the spend the next hour trying to find the key fob for my car.  Yep.  I lost it.  Inside the car.  Therefore, I couldn't lock the doors.  As long as th fob is in the car, it can be started and driven off without an actual key in the ignition!  I had to find the fob.  I wound up having to wake up Darren to help me.  Thankfully it wasn't easily found, but he was successful.

I was all ready to go to the RunGirl course for my 2:15 run, until I found out Darren had to go into work.  No biggie, I would just get my run in later.  This was fine with me because I still wasn't feeling all that great.  In fact I felt like I was nursing a hangover, without having drank. 

The day went on and I felt worse and w…

On The Mend...

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Been down for the count for about 2 days now with sinus crud, but am definitely on the upswing.  I actually slept from around 8pm to 4am yesterday -- I am so excited!  Trust me, it's much better than waking through the night then waking completely at 3am from sinus pressure.  I got a tip on some allergy specialists in the area, which I am going to examine this coming week, because this is just getting insane.

Since I've been down for 2 days, I'm behind on training.  Today I'm gong to get my easy run and a swim in, before I head out to my company's holiday dinner. 

Two new Food Finds!

Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread. Accidentally found this at my local Kroger's Organic food section.  I've seen dark chocolate peanut butter, but since I don't do peanuts (bad for my Thyroid), I was really glad to see the combination of chocolate with Almond butter.  I tried some on my homemade breakfast bars, and it was TDF!  Cass enjoyed some (tremendously!) with h…

Thursday Thirteen

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1) Ugh.  Sick, again, with allergy crud.  Seriously, I need to see an allergist. Nothing is giving me relief, but the last thing I need are steroid shots.  I've resorted to trying local honey in my tea everyday.  Supposedly people get some relief, but it has to be local stuff... made of the pollen that you're suffering from.

2)With regard to number 1, I'm not going into work today.  Yesterday was an absurdly long day.  I was busy and had a ton of work, but I also felt so crappy I didn't even want to drive home.  My head is just pounding! Yesterday I woke at 3:30 am, today 3:00 am, from the pressure.  I brought my laptop home so I can work from home today, and nap as needed.  I always get sick right before a race... RunGirl is a week from Sunday.

3)  I have to take defensive driving on Sunday, to dismiss a ticket.  I can't even be all resentful, because I totally deserved the ticket (I hate that!).  I had a car full of people and we were yackin' it  up on the w…

Food Journal for 11/1 and "I made it!" Recipe

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I had to get to work super-early today, so I didn't do my normal b'fast.  I've been trying to cut the fat (a little) for breakfast by cutting down on the amount of half-and-half I use.  I love the creamy, rich goodness... but you know what they say about too much of a good thing.  I've cut it down to 2 measured Tablespoons, by adding milk too.  I haven't found the right balance yet, but it's made me cut down on my coffee... all except my Starbucks trip this morning... Nonfat milk, no whip and just 2 pumps of gingerbread in my grande latte. 

For breakfast I had som 0% Fage mixed with pumpkin puree.  I added a little cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg.  I would normally add vanilla too, but I was out.  It was still awesome.  Pumpkin is great for you.. and anything that tastes similar to pumpkin pie filling, can't be that bad, right?

My favorite part of breakfast are the breakfast bars I made.  This recipe is yummy.  It's old fashioned oats, nuts and cranberri…

'Tis the Season

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79 year old women being mugged in church parking lots.

In home Healthcare givers stealing $32k from 91 year olds they are caring for.

Babies being left on doorstep -- 2nd in the last few weeks.

It's all so horrible, and my thoughts are with those who survive these kinds of things and I pray that those violators will somehow be able to live with themselves and what they've done.  Chances are the latter won't matter much.  I just hate reading these kinds of things.  Although it makes me grateful for the blessings I do have and reminds me of how important it is to give back in some way.

Complete subject change..

Mom is home.  In fact she was on her way home around 11am yesterday.  They had to paralyze her from the waist down, but they were able to get the hip back in place without surgery, thank God!  Since Mom is a dancer, you could say her hips are super important.  Kind of ironic how it happened, since she was just casually bending over.  Yet all the kicking, dancing and sp…

Back to Journaling...

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Back to journaling... I'm blowing my Sodium (Na) intake out of the water, without even realizing it.  For me, this makes a difference with water retention.  This is an ongoing problem if you're one who is hormonally challenged like me.  When I see I've blown my Na intake for the day it's surprising, because I think I eat well.  I rarely add table salt to the foods I eat in general (like what you see here).  When I cook from scratch (and I mean more than making a salad) of course I use it... I don't think I go overboard... unless it's an accident.  LOL

I was surprised to learn how much sodium is in cheeses!  I knew deli meat was bad, but even low sodium deli meat has a ton.  Since we can't avoid everything, we just have to make daily choices.

I would be curious to know where my food stacks up on the new Weight Watchers plan.  I've heard a ton about it.  Personally I had a lot of success on Weight Watchers years ago.  I think it's a great way to chan…

Happy Monday!

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Wow!   4 days off gave me and my family lots of time to be productive.  It was all good and we were super-duper productive!

I did my 10K on Turkey Day and it was a good race for me, in spite of it being a little warmer than I would have liked.  I stuck to my plan and raced my race.  I wasn't lightening fast, but I finished in 1:24

After, a bunch of my "BAMily" (my husband's term for my tri club friends) came over for breakfast.  I made an egg casserole, among other things, and we shared a meal together.  It was fun and I got my cooking-for-Thanksgiving fix in :)  Later we headed to the brother of our best friend's house for the official Thanksgiving meal.

We opted to stay away from Black Friday shopping and instead visited Dewberry Farm and picked out our Christmas Tree.  She is very pretty, and probably very over priced, but Cassie really enjoys visiting and picking our own tree (Okay, so do Mom and Dad).

We pretty much spent Saturday and Sunday putting up the t…

Last Ironman finisher is the real winner

Last Ironman finisher is the real winner

When people ask my why I love triathlon, a big part of my answer is, the people.  I love how the age groupers, like me, can race in the same event with professionals.  I mean, where else could I chit-chat with Dave Scott before a race?  Just another example here...

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Last Ironman finisher is the real winnerBy Bob Young, The Arizona Republic

Rather than watch the Cardinals lose - again - on Sunday, we decided it might be fun to watch a winner in town at Ford Ironman Arizona.

Chrissie Wellington is dominating long-course triathlon like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong dominated their sport at the top of their game.

Wellington covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 36 minutes, 13 seconds, the fastest time ever by a woman in an Ironman branded race.


She's never lost at the distance, won three consecutive world championships before illness kept her from st…