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I'm really bad at remembering names so I thought this thread would make it easier for all of us to identify ourselves. (Can we make this a sticky please so we can keep track of who's who?) C'mon folks, post your pics, one non-athletic, one athletic, and of your kids and pets too!<br><br><b>Real name:</b> Bonnie<br><b>Occupation:</b> flaky actor who likes to live outside the box, too much so<br><br><b>Short bio:</b> I learned how to ride a bike at 4 years old. I was crushed when my dad ran over my little red bike. I ran a bit of track in public school 'cause I liked extra-curricular activities. Ditto for joining the cross country running team. Running was hard. Running made me pant and sometimes it hurt.<br><br>
I grew up and ran sporadically throughout my teens and early 20's to keep fit and also learned that I didn't have to run so fast. I also cycled lots in my early 20's when I finally bought a new bike. Then I got married and had kids and gained lots of weight. Decided it was time to run again.<br><br>
Started with a 2.2k loop around the mountain. I was proud that I didn't have to walk it at all. Bought some real running shoes, and then the daily mileage started going up. 5k. 7k (I felt like a machine!), 10k, then one day 16k, then wow, my first 22k (up and down the mountain twice). Running rocked and I was back in my element.<br><br>
Then I sprained my ankle and was off for 4 months. Started running again and played with a dream I had of one day running a marathon. Then I needed an operation. After I healed, I said, "I ain't gonna let this beat me!" and less than four months later, ran my first marathon. I quickly became a marathon junkie and realised I love to collect shiny finisher's medals ... I started raising money for blood cancer research as a member of Team In Training.<br><br>
The idea of Ironman kept popping into my head but I was afraid of water and didn't swim well (face in the water, can't touch bottom ... no way!) I said, "I ain't gonna let this beat me!" I joined Team Diabetes and then learned how to swim. Then I had a really bad car accident and had to take 2 months off and was in a lot of pain. Then again, I said "I ain't gonna let this beat me!", trained real intensely with what time I had left, then did Ironman Canada 2006.<br><br>
Now I'm gearing up to do Ironman Kentucky, whom I dedicate to my mother who has cancer. I hope to raise lots of money and awareness for cancer while doing this. I've even created a team <a href="http://www.operationtriumph.com" target="_blank">www.operationtriumph.com</a> to help me ... website will be finished soon!<br><br>
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I have two sons whom I adore, Toulouse 12 & Gustav 10. This pic was taken at my old workplace last summer but now Toulouse is my height and wears size 10 1/2 shoes. His voice is cracking ... oh my baby's growing up! Gustav is usually a clown, don't know why he's so serious here ...<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb254/silly_sally8/BCCM-OpenHousesmall.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
Here I am through the eyes of <a href="http://www.art-clark.com" target="_blank">Jonathan Clark</a>:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb254/silly_sally8/PARTY.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
And here I am at the most incredible finish line I've experienced so far (that's me roaring in exaltation, not in pain ... pain started way earlier during the run):<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb254/silly_sally8/FINISH1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I'm not big on being on that side of the camera, I usually like to take the pics, not be in them <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> But...here you go anyway...<br><br>
OK...I guess I should edit this and actually say something about myself ~<br><br>
After running for several years, couple of marathons and hm's in there, I came into tris last season and was completely hooked! Did my first tri last fall as an oly, and I'm doing a sprint, oly, and an HIM this summer, possibly another sprint or oly in the fall, and maaaaybe Richmond marathon in November if I'm not too burnt out from the training.<br><br>
Married for going on 9 (!) years and we have an awesome (albeit slightly sassy at the moment) 5 year old. I work as a study manager planning an implementing epidemiologic studies with a government contractor.<br><br>
Me and DD on Orcas Island last summer:<br><img alt="" src="http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd82/hstaub47/Orcas2007_2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Finishing my oly last October:<br><img alt="" src="http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd82/hstaub47/PinehurstTriathlon013.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Hey, I'm Dave. In Marketing in Frisco, TX. Married to the most wonderful girl in the world for 7 years. Running for 15 years or so. I've done one tri so far. I'm switching to tris full time this year - marathons are too monotonous.<br><br>
Anyhow, here I am with my wife and kids, DS5 and DD3.<br><img alt="" src="http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v204/68/22/768213146/n768213146_315044_1048.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
Here I am finishing the 2006 Wichita Marathon. I take the WORST running pictures ever. I could be at mile 2 and I'm still gonna look like I'm dying.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v204/68/22/768213146/n768213146_315049_3623.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
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<b>Real name:</b> Chris<br><b>Age:</b> 31<br><b>Occupation:</b> Computer programmer, business owner, real estate investor, nationally-ranked triathlete.<br><b>Short Bio:<br></b>I haven't done much sports between 8th grade and the age of 28. I was totally out of shape, although I'd play tennis, ski and do a few other leisurely activities. But fitness level was 0, too bad for someone who liked sports so much. DW and a couple of friends convinces me to join the gym, which I'd never wanted to do. First visit - couldn't run for more than 5 minutes. After a week, I ran a mile in 12 minutes. I got the idea of trying a race, a 5K, and in about 3 months I could cover the distance, but I had to take walking break at the race. I kept raising my goals, next year I ran 5M, 10K, then an HM which was a bad experience cause I bonked, but was forever proud about it. Ran my first Marathon before turning 30. Last winter, I was preparing for my 3rd Marathon, when we planned an Italy trip which would finish just before the Marathon. I needed some other goal, and found a triathlon a month later. Biggest point was that it was in a lake, since I can't swim where there is live seafood around me (it's something mental, I'd get scared of jelly fishes at an aquarium...). So I did the sprint, then an Oly, then another sprint, and now I'm ready for the first HIM. To put it in brief, the Italians are guilty for turning me to triathlons.<br><br><br>
My non-tri pictures are from my Italy trip, since it's been a recent topic here.<br><br>
First two, from Tuscany, trying to save the tower, then all dizzy at a wine tasting in Montepulciano.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
On a boat off the shore of Positano, and then on the bike at my first Oly.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris4.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
Sprinting to the finish of the NYC Marathon and at the end of my first ever Tri (just 8 month ago)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris5.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://chris.fotache.us/running/who/chris6.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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4boysmom here. I don't use my real name on line. I'm a mom of four boys, ages 15, 13, 11, and 9. We home school, which makes life interesting!<br><br>
I started bicycling in '83 when I was in high school. My first riding group was with my Grandma and her group of friends. Didn't learn much technique from them, but if you every wanna hear juicy gossip... I also rode with another group in the evenings and weekends. After moving down here for college, I've ridden solo. My oldest son now does long rides with me. The younger ones will do 'ice cream rides' (32m round trip with a stop for ice cream!) in the summer.<br><br>
I started running about 4 years ago. My first race was a HM, and I was hooked! I prefer longer races, but tend to do better in shorter races. Go figure. And my kids are starting to run with me. In our first two races, my oldest son beat me. Finally got him in our third! Youngest son should be ready for a 5K later this season.<br><br>
I didn't learn to swim until last summer. Now, although it's my worst event, I am enjoying it. ALthough, I MUCH prefer OW to the fish bowl!<br><br>
I don't have any photos to post, but that's me in the avatar. It was taken at Columbus Half in August.
 

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I was thinking that might be you in the Avatar, but said, "No way! That's a school girl!" I can't believe you are a mom of four ... and wow about that home schooling. That's a lot of work.<br><br>
I started doing those ice cream rides with my sons too, though they haven't been as far as yours! I'm impressed with your boys and think it's marvellous that you are so active with them. I hope to run a half marathon with my boys when they hit their late teens. I can't wait until the day they realise that triathlon is a cool sport and want to join me ...<br><br>
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Ah, the pig tails... they've helped me out a couple times. I've passed someone late in a race. They see pig tails and thing "naw... she can't be in my AG!" Yep. I am on the wrong side of 39! I ended up with the hardware and they didn't!
 

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Haha, Sally, I thought the same thing about 4BM, that's it's her high school daughter, until I realized what her nickname literally means. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Sally, what about a "short bio" thread... also like 4BM did, where everybody can say a few lines about who they are, how they started...
 

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It is too hilarious that you post that pic, Chris. I received an e-mail joke entitled "Why women don't take vacations with their husbands ..." that included a lot of funny shots of men on vacation including this one ...<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb254/silly_sally8/Tuscany.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Wait a minute ... looks like ... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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That's a good idea, Chris, why don't we just back up a bit and make it here too ... easier to keep track that way.<br><br>
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Ha! I have a fat pic of myself "holding" the special bits of a naked male statue.
 

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Real name: Heather<br>
Occupation: was a personal trainer but soon to be MOM. (I'll be sahm)<br>
Short Bio: I started running in 1999 when I was 14 years old. I started bicycling just a couple years ago. (I'm 23 now.) I'm just learning how to "swim" though I know how to not drown and can move myself through the water-- you just have to watch long enough to be sure I am moving. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Running is my favorite activity ever, through bicycling is up there. I'm not good at either, but I love them so very much and try to do them as much as I can... I'm really more in it because I enjoy it than for competition or for the physical benefits. I'm 18 weeks pregnant right now and so my activity is quite reduced. I've completed a couple marathons and a century. I really want to do an Ironman, one day. I know, lofty goals! But, hey, everyone starts with a goal, right?<br><br>
Non-activity pic (last summer- those are bike jersey/short tan lines)<br><img alt="" src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h16/kriskelvin/100_2411.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Activity Pic (My first marathon! The last 10K is the easiest for me... I think I don't push myself hard enough)<br><img alt="" src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h16/kriskelvin/Chickamauga%20Marathon/startline.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Real Name: Sherry<br><br>
Occupation: Music Teacher<br><br>
Short Bio: I used to be really fat. I had gastric bypass in 03 and lost 170 pounds. I didn't want to go back to where I was...so started working out. I started running. Ran a marathon. Friends did triathlons. What's that. I was told to do one. I did it and hated it...but LOVED it as soon as I crossed the finish. I went from fat girl to Ironman!<br><br>
RL Photos:<br>
Fat Girl-don't recognize her...<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/SherryBefore.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Pic from Surgeon's Photoshoot:<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/sheriCU-new.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Getting my first tattoo...MDOT w/140.6<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/zoolanderzap.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Hawt dogmom!<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/JavelinDogs.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Sporty Spice Pics:<br>
IMFL Gatorade Swim<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/swimpractice.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Mile 3 of IMFL Marathon:<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/sherryrun2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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T-girl....you don't even look like the same person pre/post surgery.<br>
You've come a long way baby!!
 

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Real Name: Sara (see Avatar)<br>
Occupation: Professor<br>
Short bio: I was an "anti-sweater" as a kid, till college. Then I started diving lessons. The coach asked me to join the team when I got to the point that I wouldn't get better without more lessons, and he wanted to save me some money. I still didn't consider myself an athlete. Worked my way through school teaching swimming lessons, diving lessons, lifeguarding. Ended up in Phoenix for grad school, started doing athletic things 'cause that's what you did out there. Hiked, raquetball, cycled. Loved it. Moved to Alabama, became a moving target on the roads, stopped cycling. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> Learned to run from my trainer who said I was full of ca-ca thinking that I was physiologically incapable of running. 1 yr after learning to run, decided to do a marathon. Did it. Started swimming somewhere in there....found that I was reasonably good at it for never having been a swimmer. Started hearing about triathlons....huh? Should I do that? PEER PRESSURE! yes. So I am. Realized I totally don't know what I'm doing, so hired CS to tell me what to do.<br><br>
Non-Athletic pics:<br>
Me at my cousin's wedding in PHX last June.<br><img alt="" src="http://www.auburn.edu/~wolfsa1/images/june3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Me as a "Methodist Nun" in our church's production of Sound of Music. The guy's my "husband"/Nazi. We both played two roles. He was a bad guy and party guest...I was a singing nun and a party guest. Under MY habit, I have a long skirt and sparkly top.<br><img alt="" src="http://www.auburn.edu/~wolfsa1/images/rockinun.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://www.auburn.edu/~wolfsa1/images/rockinun2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
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My swim coach and I. She writes 'em...I swim 'em. This was before the slushfest half mary this year.<br><img alt="" src="http://www.auburn.edu/~wolfsa1/images/swc.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
This is just before mile 9 of the slushfest.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.auburn.edu/~wolfsa1/images/st2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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My life before triathlons:<br><br>
Mountain biking in Eastern Oregon<br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/Baker%20City%20Biking%202.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
First descent (by anyone) of Davis Creek in Washington<br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/davis_creek000.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Fry Canyon in Southern Utah<br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/fry_canyon1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Approaching the summit of Mt. Hood in Oregon<br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/Hood.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Rappelling in an undisclosed Oregon canyon<br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/Oneonta.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Filming my 15 minutes of <a href="http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/videos/view/32-Canyoneering" target="_blank">fame</a><br><img alt="" src="http://www.freewebs.com/mbannon/hagen_070818_372.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I like to stay busy.
 

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He took it from this and photoshopped it...it lookes like I'm having $ecks in this photo...<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/foothurts.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 
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