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<p>Great job this weekend everyone.  Rest-less rest day for me today.   ;)</p>
 

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<p>Greetings all.  Since I doubled up yesterday (weights + core + spinning + run) I'm taking the day off, as well.  I also need to figure out my taper plan with my next HM in 12 days, now.</p>
 

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Good morning.  Congrats to the weekend racers -- Bob, Litch, Mindi, Maria.  Even if your times weren't what you hoped for, congrats on getting out there!  The more I do this, the more I realize how courageous we all are for doing it.  Seriously.  We put ourselves through so much pain, anxiety, sweat, tears (sometimes).  All in the name of fun.</p>
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<p>Anyway.</p>
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<p>My tri was OK.  It was a cool morning but rather windy b/c of Earl.  I felt good in the swim and emerged from the water about 15 seconds faster than the same course in July (during the Splash and Dash from hell... or rather IN hell since it was 104 degrees that day!).  Took off on the bike and was averaging 20-21 mph the first half of the course... until I turned a corner into some MAJOR wind!  Egad!  I went from holding 20+ mph to barely maintaining 15-16 mph in a snap.  So much for my average pace!  I passed lots of people, though, and felt really good out there.  Reracked my bike and started out on the run.  Now, normally I TEAR IT UP the first running mile of a tri.  All the adrenaline, the joy of finally getting to the run and doing what I'm most comfortable doing...  I come out of T2 like my shorts are on fire.  Not this race, though.  My legs just didn't have anything.  I have been trying to figure it out the past two days.  Poor nutrition?  (Very possible since I left the house at 5:35 a.m. and couldn't force myself to eat my oatmeal before leaving.)  Poor training.  (Ummm, yeah.  We all know that's at least part of it!) :)  Worked too hard on the bike?  (Also possible.)  Whatever the reason, I started off at about an 8mm pace and slowed down from there, clocking in at 26:32 for the run and 1:15:28 total time.  (I was hoping for about a 1:11 or 1:12, so I wasn't that far off.  Still, that run was just embarrassing.)</p>
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<p>Overall, I was 10/28 in my age group.  Remember I said all the really speedy chicks were signed up for this race?  I looked up one of them yesterday.  1:03:xx!!!!  HOLY CRAP!! <br>
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<p>Congrats on the runs this weekend, guys!  <strong>Theia</strong> summed it up best!  And speaking of <strong>Theia,</strong> ass kicker!  Great job!</p>
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<p>I didn't run on saturday because of Earl.  It would have been too tough dodging all the falling branches and trees, not to mention power lines.  But I ran on sunday and it felt amazing.  I got to jump over all the fallen branches and trees, it added something to the workout.  : )  Took the kids on a bike ride yesterday.  Today I got 3 miles in with a big hill.</p>
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<p>I was asked by my Cabot Trail Relay team to take part in the Rum Runners Relay coming up in a couple of weeks.  I really like that one.  It's only a day long, doesn't go overnight.  The legs are shorter, for the most part.  But still challenging.  I think I'll do it, it'd be fun!</p>
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<p>Our Fiddlers Run is coming up on the 19th.  Anyone looking to come on up for that one?  Free accommodations at the Clare house!</p>
 

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<p>Nice job Theia!</p>
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<p>My alarm went off this am for my run and my poor hands were hurting SO bad.  So I rolled over and went back to sleep.  I may try to fit in a run tonight - otherwise I'll call it a rest day.</p>
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<p>On an insanely somber note, friend in hospital finally got the ventilator/breathing tube out and can speak.  Since he can now talk, he can also of course ask questions and his wife told him today about the loss of his family and paralysis.  :( </p>
 

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<p>Hola - back at work so I have time to fart around on the interweb!</p>
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<p>Only 11 days till Air Force - I'm feeling good about 2:55 which after this crappy summer of training I will gladly take.  I had a good race yesterday - 10k in 36:56.  Way off PR but I felt really good running 6:05-6:10 pace for the first 3 miles and we picked it up to around 5:48 pace for the last 3.  I got passed just before mile 6 and wound up 2nd but it was fun to be in an actual race.  There were 4 of us through about 4.5 miles, then one guy went out that I knew I had to stay with so I went ahead and tried to hold them off.  Didn't quite make it, but can't complain.</p>
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<p>The interesting thing about that race was the attire - I lost a bet to a friend (she broke 1:27 in the half on Sunday) so I had to run the race ina  pink plaid skirt.  It was quite swishy but I like to think I ran very pretty!  One friend got the funniest picture - I was passing the back of the 5k pack and this chunky kid wearing Vibrams said "I'm not letting THAT guy pass me!" so he took off, so he's in the background of this shot.  It was a pretty funny morning - I've never seen so many people with cameras at a local, rinky-dink 10k!</p>
 

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<p>Since he can now talk, he can also of course ask questions and his wife told him today about the loss of his family and paralysis.  :( </p>
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<p>Ironically -- or perhaps very meaningfully -- I am listening to Better Days by Eddie Vedder as I type this.  "The future's paved with better days."  I have to believe that. <br>
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<p>morning</p>
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<p>Great job this weekend guys!  I didn't end up racing.  I woke up Monday morning with a migraine and a sour stomach.  I took some meds but still felt under the weather during the warm up and a bit clammy.  Coach suggested I pace someone else vs. try to race and I agreed.  It was her first 10K and she rocked it.  :)  She ran about the same pace as her 5k PR (even with a stop during the first mile to retie her shoe) and had an awesome kick for the last 0.2 putting her down to about an 8 min pace!  whoa! </p>
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<p>Oh, and then I lost the car key, had to get a ride home and then back with the spare, went to the team picnic afterward for a bit and then came home to sleep off the sick.  boo</p>
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<p>feeling a bit better today.  60 min easy run on tap for tonight.</p>
 

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<p>Great Job this weekend everyone!  Good or bad times you got out there and kicked ass.</p>
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<p>I got out yesterday for day 3 week 2.  I was going to also do Week 3 Day 1 but my right shin wasn't happy so I just did the 30 minute deal.  I'll be running tonight after work to do Week 3 Day 1.  Was supposed to do Yoga class at lunch but its cancelled so I'll try to followup my run with some tonight.</p>
 

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<p>Not sure how these will come out but here you go:</p>
<p><img alt="59308_1595439092711_1437983009_1591411_6577022_s.jpg" class="UIPhotoGrid_Image img" src="http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs313.ash2/59308_1595439092711_1437983009_1591411_6577022_s.jpg" title="Skirt boy"></p>
<p>This is my friend that won the bet.  She's a real wench!</p>
<p><img alt="59497_1386698823604_1116039803_30885480_759016_s.jpg" class="UIPhotoGrid_Image img" src="http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs615.snc4/59497_1386698823604_1116039803_30885480_759016_s.jpg" title="Pulling ahead of the kid in five fingers in the last mile."></p>
<p>With about 300m to go.</p>
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<p>NEVER EVER let it be said that I welsh on a bet or I don't have a sense of humor.</p>
 

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<p><strong>PC</strong> - pink is DEFINITELY your color!  Next time hit up the drugstore for some Nair pre-race tho, m'kay?  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/56621/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="pc skirt.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13893" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13893/width/604/height/453" style="; width: 604px; height: 453px"></a></p>
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<p>ah to really get the full effect this photo needed to be bigger.</p>
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<p>Every time I see this photo this song runs through my head:</p>
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<p>I feel pretty,<br>
Oh, so pretty,<br>
I feel pretty and witty and bright!<br>
And I pity<br>
Any girl who isn't me tonight.<br><br>
I feel charming,<br>
Oh, so charming<br>
It's alarming how charming I feel!<br>
And so pretty<br>
That I hardly can believe I'm real.<br><br>
See the pretty girl in that mirror there:<br>
Who can that attractive girl be?<br>
Such a pretty face,<br>
Such a pretty dress,<br>
Such a pretty smile,<br>
Such a pretty me!</p>
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Big G ROCKS!!!!! </p>
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<p>PC - you are one helluva good sport!<br>
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<p>ah to really get the full effect this photo needed to be bigger.</p>
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<p>Every time I see this photo this song runs through my head:</p>
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<p>I feel pretty,<br>
Oh, so pretty,<br>
I feel pretty and witty and bright!<br>
And I pity<br>
Any girl who isn't me tonight.<br><br>
I feel charming,<br>
Oh, so charming<br>
It's alarming how charming I feel!<br>
And so pretty<br>
That I hardly can believe I'm real.<br><br>
See the pretty girl in that mirror there:<br>
Who can that attractive girl be?<br>
Such a pretty face,<br>
Such a pretty dress,<br>
Such a pretty smile,<br>
Such a pretty me!</p>
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<p>Not gonna lie - the "I Feel Pretty" song was sung several times during my warm up.  Someone asked me what it felt like and the best description I could give was "Swishy."  It's my wife's skirt (honest!) and I was told there was no direct contact from my junk to her skirt, nor was I permitted to fart.  I told that to one of my friends and he said "Well, what about a queef?  Can you do that?"</p>
 
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