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This one and the old CoolRunning, that is. For me, it's fairly interesting:<br><br>
o Racing - CoolRunning is where I got the idea to race (5K). At the time, I was getting a little burned out on running, so I started poking around the internet and came across CR. "Racing, huh? I could do that." Bam - no more motivational problems!<br><br>
o Training - CR, and now KR, has really helped me to hold <i>back</i>, which believe me, is a good thing. I tend to push myself until something gives (in case you haven't noticed), but last year I managed to make it all the way to winter before my knees decided they'd had enough. That's pretty good!<br><br>
o Diet - These daily dinner threads have actually helped quite a bit (and that's what got me thinking about this thread). DW and I are having fun perusing our cookbooks and looking for new meal ideas, but even before that we've really cleaned things up and have been eating a lot more fish and vegetables in the last couple years. Those foods are just SO much better as fuel. Amazing.<br><br>
o Comrades - It really is pretty amazing and heartwarming to know there are people all over the country who would be thrilled if I told them I was coming to town, and <i>especially</i> thrilled if I told them I was bringing my bike and/or my running shoes. How cool is that?!!<br><br>
What am I missing? Probably lots. Help me out here....
 

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I can say without a doubt that I would not have ventured into triathlon like I have without this forum. I would probally still be standing on the sidelines just watching the tris, while still only running and doing a few road races. I may have started biking for cross training, but I certainly would not have gotten into swimming.<br><br>
And I also know that there is no way that I would have signed up for an Ironman. That would still be a long forgotten dream tucked away somewhere, never to be realized.<br><br>
I would have never met some "virtual friends" in the real world. One of which helped me find my first bike (thanks Kathleen) and another of which has my DD watching her IM finish line video over and over (thanks tithers).<br><br>
...I'm missing some too, it's late... I'll think of more tomorrow.
 

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I now have an endless well of motivation to get and stay fit. Who knew that *training* is way more fun than just *working out*? That racing as a goal makes me want to get out there time & time again.<br><br>
I had the courage to try triathlon and have embraced running and cycling, two sports that I never thought I'd love.<br><br>
I now have a permanent seat on the crazy train, at least to my friends and family who aren't endurance athletes. They are supportive as all heck and as proud of my accomplishments as I am but I'm still *the one who [fill in the blank, I know you can]* <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
The chance to meet so many people that I'm honored to consider my friends, both virtual friends and ones I've met face to face through these boards. You guys are awesome and I know without the support I get here, I wouldn't be where I am now.
 

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It's the social network that people too busy to have a social network can have.<br><br>
I have met so many cool people from across the country, both online and in person - it's a lot of fun! Even if it's swinging by for a quick swim or run while I'm travelling I find that a lot of fun.<br><br>
And inspirational too. Plenty of good stuff.
 

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Ah! Typed and lost it...<br><br>
The social aspect-you all have helped my self esteem so much, both in triathlon and elsewhere.<br><br>
The information and motivation-I'm TRAINING for a race rather than just setting a goal. I'm making it happen.<br><br>
Bringing you along on my journey, helping me to get through my workouts. An example: on my swim test (tough and fast) I just kept thinking 'hang on to Ron's feet, Yoshiko and Jane are at my side and John is trying to catch my feet--keep moving faster!' That's just one example of taking you guys with me<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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information from experts is +75% of the board's value to me. there are so many generous ppl willing to share their years of hard-earned experience for no apparent personal gain. books are good of course, but you cant beat having a direct question get answered with various options from someone who knows his or her onions.<br><br>
the other 20% is inspiration/motivation (the RRs, etc, and the encouragement).<br><br>
then there's the humour. the being bored at work.<br><br>
and the dancing banana has probably earned a mention. he puts in the hours.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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I agree with you all - motivational, informational, and great dinner ideas. Specifically, the most helpful aspect has been about bike training - how to make the most of my time in the saddle. I also get some good swim workouts from you guys as well.
 

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Was a long time lurker on CR befrore I decided to jump in here, but anyways....<br><br>
These forums have changed my life by making me see that real people, fast, slow, overweight, thin, moms, dads, people with jobs, all kinds of people enter and finish races.<br><br>
If you had of asked me 5 years ago who does ironman races, I would have said, oh, that's only for athletes. Real people don't do that. Well, now I know different, except I know that the real people <i>are</i> athletes. I never would have thought that one day I would be doing an IM, but guess what? I am, and I know I can because of all you fine people out there who have proven to me over and over again that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
 

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Whenever I race, knowing I will have to write a race report motivates me to go faster.<br><br>
I have learned, like Matt, to not over train.<br><br>
I have learned how to do some simple things on my bike, THANKS JR.<br><br>
But most importantly, I feel like part of a "team". I joined a tri club last year which has helped a little with that but in reality, off-line in large groups I am rather shy. Get me one and one and I won't shut up but larger groups I tend to be a wall flower. But here, I feel a part of something, especially through my HIM training and race last year. I actually felt like people were thinking about me that day and awaiting my results. I thought about that alot during that 7 hours 2 minutes of that race.<br><br>
HUGS to my tri peeps!!
 

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This thread has been tugging at me all morning. I could easily jot down a few thousand words detailing just how amazing the people of this forum have been for me in making me not only a triathlete but also a better person, making me not only someone who had a few goals but also someone who cared enough to reach for them, making me not only someone who wants to get faster than even my wildest imaginings but also someone who genuinely wants to help others do the same and keep them motivated. This forum has allowed me to bloom and grow as a triathlete, runner, and person. And it has guided me towards achieving my dreams and wanting to make them happen. It's given me the life lesson of knowing that if I want something and I want it bad enough, the only thing in my way of fears is for me to decide to Make it Happen. This forum has done so much for me -- from your kind words, your great insights, your wealth of knowledge -- that as ultimate payback I have come full cirlce to learn sport and life and help spread the beauty of our sport and life. I have taken so much from this forum in how it has motivated me to want to be more that I feel an honest kinship with it and you. So much have I benefited that I consider myself a poster boy for the notion that you get out of something what you put in.<br><br>
Thank you, CRMS/KRMS... Keep up the GREAT work!
 

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I woulda never met Sheldon...Mr. Smart coach...<br><br>
If I cont. on w/other coach...I woulda ended up overworked and injured and not (maybe) an Ironman.<br><br>
Tons of friends...I'm friendly...you're friendly...I like me some friendly people!
 

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Hmmmm.....<br>
Let's see......<br>
Now I have people who "get it" that I can ask questions and talk to about gettin' "all hot and sweaty"<br>
Now I have people that I could/can hook up with when I travel for work (although, I've only had one meet up so far.........that one was fun, the others that will be coming should also be fun!)<br>
Now I have a "measuring stick" to use to judge progress....and keep myself in perspective.<br>
Where else can we go to hear this many poop/puke stories? I mean, I tell ya.....the entertainment value is the highest in this forum!
 

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As I sit here and write this, DH and I are going through a very emotionally draining and difficult time right now with his health. Even though I have not shared this life chaos with anyone but my family, I have thought about what all of you would say to me. And please forgive me if this doesn't make much sense.<br>
It is has been a struggle to get out and run, or put my butt on my trainer within the past two weeks. But more so, it's been difficult to just get out of bed. Each and every day I have heard all of you talk to me and tell me to take care of myself, to just get out there and see what happens, to cut myself some slack and the big one- to trust myself.<br>
I appreciate all of you for the inspiration, motivation, education, and humor that you have to offer- in life and in racing.
 

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I spend a lot more time typing on the computer.<br><br>
I refer to my real life friends by their "handles". My wife thinks it's sexy when I call her "Gator Girl".<br><br>
Rather than relaxing after a morning run, I have to race to my computer to try to get that first post in the workout thread.<br><br>
I have an audiance for my dumb jokes - even if I can't hear them laughing. (You are laughing, right?? No - don't tell me.)<br><br>
And I have all these imaginary people in my head to think about through the day...
 

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Hang in there Tammy. DW and I went through a health scare a couple years ago, boy is that stressful. Just remember, these workouts really help your body deal with the stress. You may feel selfish going to the gym, but it's important to get some good sweat going a few times each week. Plus, you just need a little "me" time when the going gets tough.<br><br>
We're thinking of you!
 

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I don't know yet. But I am a LRR fan of his goofiness. So I guess, I can say this forum puts me in a better mood. That's always good.
 

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I don't think I have been posting long enough for a life change. However, as a newbie I do appreciate the collective wisdom and advice. I also like posting in the daily workout because it motivates me to get out the door and also reminds me that I need to swim.
 

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Hugs Tammy! Sending positive vibes your way. {{{Tammy}}}
 

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Robert Putnam's book "Bowling Alone" (re: the decline of social contact/capital in our society) didn't include the social contact that has arisen online.<br><br>
I was running 3 miles a week when I found CR. 9 months later, I ran my first marathon.<br><br>
I could write a book on how fun these last 3 years have been, with these constant conversations with "imaginary friends." And yes, I've met 57 of them in person (I am NOT OC, Mbannon!). They buy me beer and I give them Oregon socks and it's great fun!<br><br>
But dang, my research productivity at work has really suffered. <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 
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