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<p>Good morning, TEAM LIT!</p>
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<p>Still hot and humid here in the northeast. Broke down and installed two AC units in the house. First time in my entire life that I've owned AC. Might install two more to cover the entire house. That's how hot it is. And with a water ban in town, the grass is burning from the sun and already giving off a straw smell.</p>
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<p>niemsco: I didn't stick around to find out the "rest of the story" with the bear, but I will get the full scoop on Sunday at the last race of the series. As the race leader was starting the toughest climb on the course, a bear, probably searching for wild strawberries found in that section and wild flowers, meandered across the course. The photographer had stationed himself in the middle of the climb and, as it happened, encountered the bear a half hour earlier as he nestled in to a good shooting point (for pictures). So he got the race leader coming up the trail as the bear cut across his view. Scott Mason, the photographer, has a series of photographs as the bear goes by, stops to look at the race leader, all before the leader sees the bear, and then the final shot of the leader looking up and seeing the bear. Priceless. See this series here: <a href="http://www.scottmasonphoto.com/USATF-NE-Mountain-Series-2010/Loon-Mountain-2010" target="_blank">http://www.scottmasonphoto.com/USATF-NE-Mountain-Series-2010/Loon-Mountain-2010</a></p>
<p>Pictures with bear start on the 10th picture and go through 14.</p>
<p>I'll get full story on Sunday on what the leader thought when he saw the bear.</p>
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<p>Me...</p>
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<p>6 mile trail run early this morning with the Diesel and Joe Trails. Tried out a new pair of trail shoes. Good stuff. Great grip. More flies than you can count. Killed about 96 of them while the other 96,000 buzzed around our heads.</p>
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<p>Followed immediately by...</p>
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<p>16 mile bike. Avg'd 20.6 mph. No flies.</p>
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<p>Great day, Tri-peeps!</p>
 

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<p>Thor, that might be the only time I've ever seen you NOT smiling in a race. Of course, usually I'm seeing you finish, or standing there cheering for me after a LONG rest after your race. </p>
 

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<p>I'm posting this one for xflbk43 since the new board software won't let him post from his iPhone ....</p>
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<p>2200yd straight swim this morning in 33:30 included:<br>
200 warmup,<br>
1800 straight,<br>
200 cooldown.<br><br>
Nothing more today. Great workouts to all!</p>
 

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<p>Thor--nice photos!</p>
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<p>Fishbowl for me this morning.  Just an easy 2000m steady, focus on breathing bilateral.  Averaged 12:00/500.  Yah, slow, but that's about 2:00 faster than I have been doign.</p>
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<p>I head over to Bloomington to pick up son1 in just a bit.  Can't wait to hear all about his adventures!  What more could a mom ask for on her birthday?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AdCo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68668/thursday-july-8-workouts#post_1919012"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Thor, that might be the only time I've ever seen you NOT smiling in a race. Of course, usually I'm seeing you finish, or standing there cheering for me after a LONG rest after your race. </p>
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Saw those pictures, too, eh?!</p>
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<p>Let me tell you. Those races are harder than any road race I've ever done. My heart pounds so much harder climbing up those mountains than it does on even the steepest road climb outside of an autoroad up a mountain. They are crazy hard. There is no smiling. Too tough. I swear when I say that you are surviving, stuck in survival mode and in the moment, as present as ever, which is exactly why they are so rewarding and fun and crazy challenging!</p>
 

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<p>Ugh!  flies and gnats make me CRAZY!! </p>
<p>You're a bigger runner than I (in so many ways) in being able to run through the buggies.  blech.</p>
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<p>5 miles tempo today....held pace from last week.  Considering that it's at least 15 degrees hotter this week than last (or, it feels like it!), I think that is a decent amount of progress.</p>
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<p>Then, off to work with Lisa.</p>
<p>Um, yeah...I was TRASHED from the hot run. </p>
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<p>On the othe hand, my back and neck are finally starting to calm down.  I have had two straight days of below a "1" on the pain scale for the first time in 6 weeks.  I didn't realize how nasty I felt until I finally made it in to ATL to see the sports chiro guy.  He found some amazing things going on in my neck and shoulder the resulted from my run in with a tree while visiting Tithers.  Now, when the occasional tweaks from odd twists go away, I'll feel totally 100% in the neck end of things.</p>
 

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<p>Nothing again today.  It's a transition day -- headed from home to lake -- which always means hours of packing, cleaning, organizing, etc.  I wouldn't go for a run around here anyway. </p>
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<p>This weather has bred millions of deerflies and even just wheeling the garbage to the curb means being swarmed with dozens of them in your hair, eyes, ears, etc.  We've lived here about 8 years now and this is by far the worst I've seen it.  The only thing to do is go running after dark or if it's cool enough, wear a hat that's been sprayed down with 40% DEET. </p>
 

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<p>3,000M in the pool this morning....the farthest swim session that I have ever done.<img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" style="width:26px;height:28px;" title=""></p>
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<p>500M warm up, 8 x 50 drills, 4 x 200M @ 20 sec, 6 x 100M @ 15 seconds, 8 x 50 drills, 300M cool down.</p>
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<p>I have a 1:15 ride tonight with some speed mixed in (@ :15, 5 x 1 min easy pick up @ 1 min spin), most likely to be done in the basement.  It is still "wicked" hot out there (that is for you Massachussets folks), so a lunch time ride is not in the cards for today.</p>
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<p>Stay cool out there everyone!</p>
 

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<p>Failed to start this morning.  Hmph!  Too hot to be doing much more than swimming this evening, so might just sacrifice tomorrow's rest day to pick up today botched trainer/brick session.</p>
 

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<p>Thor: It looks like the bear just kept moving.  Those are great photos. </p>
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<p>Masters swim:  Lots of sprinting and kick sprinting.  I hate kick sprints, a good way to go anaerobic in the pool though.  Only like 2000m but some good quality.  Actually swam outside while it rained a bit, coach got wet but didn't care.</p>
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<p>Then a tempo run afterwards, held 6:44min/mil for 31 minutes after 15 minute warmup.  That gave me about 10K for 46 minutes, then cooled down for 14 minutes or so.</p>
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<p>I may get on my bike later.  Thinking about signing up for the DOOR county half iron in a few weeks since I was shut out of Racine.</p>
 

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<p>4bm- Just wondering who you compare yourself too when you consider your swim times.  Personally, I think you are too hard on yourself.   </p>
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<p>Thor- Way cool!!!  We have a momma and baby bear now living in the woods behind our house.  </p>
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<p>My day sounds just like Matt's.  Swimming this afternoon only as I too failed to wake up this morning. </p>
 

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<p>Planning on going for a spin tonight after work. That's all for me.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tri-Tammy</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68668/thursday-july-8-workouts#post_1919218"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>4bm- Just wondering who you compare yourself too when you consider your swim times.  Personally, I think you are too hard on yourself.    </p>
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That's a good point.. I was talking with Monica last night about how when I look at my goal times, I get caught between feeling slow - when I look at Thor, Mike, and Scott, among others - and looking at really slow people.  I will never be fast, but I try to go into most races trying to beat my last time or what I think I can do.  When it comes to swimming, I do look at what others are doing, but know I'm "ok" and getting faster. </p>
 

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<p>34 min OWS at Walden Pond FIB an 8.6 mile short ride.  All done before 8:30 am, so temps weren't at all bad.</p>
 
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