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Strong of Mind... Again

No.  The sky isn't falling -- though it might seem so with a second post in one day.  I just read a blog post, at Invictus, which really resonated with me.  Just to give appropriate credit, the entry was written by Sage Burgener (and her brother, Casey)

Go.  Now.  Read it.  (then come back).  I'll wait.  :)

The stuff he writes about commitment, and what it really means to commit to something.  I know that as committed as I may appear to be on some things, there are things which hold me back from committing fully.  These are my mental weaknesses. 

A portion of the letter reads, "Every decision you make should be a conscious one in becoming a better person. Every decision you make has meaning to it, and you pursue a better self constantly. The friends you choose, the people you surround yourself with... Surround yourself with people who want to make themselves better, and who in turn push you to make you better." 

I think this is one of the reasons I enjoy triathlon…

Happy Leap Year!

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Where's My Head?  So I have some responsibilities at work when the month ends... guess who came to work, super early, a full day early?!?  Ugh!  Leave it to me.  Happy Leap Year!

Training:  Training is going well and I've been fairly  consistent.  Mad spin is over and we start riding outside again beginning this weekend.  I'm looking forward to nothing longer than a 2 hour long ride this season. :)
Last weekend I ran the Kemah bridge for the first time.  Did a couple miles flat then an over and back.  I ran from the bottom to top without walking; I was very happy!  Plus my last 2 miles were faster than the first.  Yipee!  This weekend I have 2 over and backs on my schedule.  I'm determined to be ready for running this bridge since it's now part of the Kemah Triathlon run course.  No excuses; it's in my backyard.


I have what my coaches call a "crazy brick" in 2 weeks. It's usually a challenge that makes you feel like you are almost going to die, but…

Strength of Mind & Catch-up

"If you are going to win, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going." George S. Patton, a U.S. Army General & 1912 Olympian

Not much more to say about this than what it says, except that I am living proof of this very fact.  Everything about my body is in direct opposition to a typical triathlete.  There is really no physical reason why I should be able to make it through a 70.3.  I'm not built for speed, anyone can tell you that, but I'm strong physically and mentally -- probably my two biggest assets.

There I said something nice about myself. :)  Good deed for the day.

So I'm on day 24 of my Paleo eating …

Busy-busy

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Been busy-busy and lacking pretty well in the area of blogging.  Sad for the blog, but good for training and everything else. :)

First my Paleo progress has been good.  I'm down in weight each week, but more importantly I feel pretty good.  Energy for biking and swimming has been great!  Energy on runs was a little low it's coming together.  After a 2 hour bike yesterday, I negative split a 40 minute run.  I'd say that's a good thing.  :)

A bit bummed this past weekend though, in that I had to cancel a trip to Dallas to do the Hot Chocolate 15k with some friends.  I'm the Cookie Mom for my Daughter's troop and the "mega delivery" was this weekend.  I had to go out and get the troop's cookies.  Bummer.  The good thing is the BFF and I are looking for a more "eventful" event to do together.

The Cassinator is busy with swimming and gymnastics and today we're going to try out joining a "real" swim team.  This particular club of…

Going Paleo

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It goes without saying a large part of my challenges are weight related.  It holds me back in the head and holds me back physically.  I spend a large amount of time researching, reading and seeing doctors to learn to manage my issues.  It can get overwhelming because many professionals have quite steadfast opinions of what is a best practice, either based on their education or experiences. Every one of them sound like they know what they talk about... every one of them, so how can you choose?

I've tried many different "balances" of eating, from low-carb, good carbs, to just a balance of "clean" eating.  Nothing seems to change.  My thyroid numbers stay the same, yet I'm still symptomatic.  It's quiet disheartening in general, but even more so coming into training season again.

So I'm trying a new approach.  Something called Paleo.  Read about it here at Robb Wolf | The Paleo Solution. Or here Paleo Diet Lifestyle.  I tend more towards Robb Wolf'…