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Old 09-06-2012, 01:20 PM
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R4R you rock, 2 months!!!!! I am really happy for you. Hope your ankle will be okay, simply enjoy the running I hope you can make that half marathon in time, but the road towards the goal is more important then reaching the goal itself. Every minute you spend working towards a goal, whether it's sobriety, general health, a marathon, a short run or a work-out it's time well spent.



Busy day at work, pushing it up the hills 3 times, then back home stretching and sit-ups. I really like the effects of the stretching and core training over the last couple of weeks, no more back pain after work.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:21 PM
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R4R, Congrats on two months! That's great.

I made it to the gym finally to swim. Did 44 laps...I felt like an elephant. I finally got into the rhythm of things and felt pretty good. I have not started with the masters swim classes yet. I will start after my tri on Saturday. Spending the night with my two friends tomorrow night at a hotel near the race site. Looking forward to that.

Packed my race gear, new tri suit, and overnight bag so I won't be rushing tomorrow. Packing already makes me nervous! This will be my third race this year. Never would be able to do this if drinking!

I feel so blessed.
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R4R - really happy for you on the two months! I really hope that you're feeling good about it too.

Milestones like this can be big opportunities for your addiction to worm its way into your mind and convince you that you're ready for another shot at the title! Don't fall for it!

Make a commitment to never drink again in this lifetime and you'll be done with it...game over. No wriggle room. Just a non-drinker making her way through the world.

Again...great work. 60 days was hard. It was at that point that it started to get easier for me though. Keep it going!
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:46 PM
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I'll definitely post a pic of my new bike. Picking it up on Saturday!

I've already committed to a 70k ride Sunday morning...woo hoo!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:36 AM
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ran an easy 4 today. my hamstring is better but still not 100%.

While i was gasping for air and cooling off, I ran into a friend that I got sober with. He must have 15 years or so now. There was a "gang" of us that were all pretty new and we hung out together, rented movies, acted immature & silly, and helped each other stay sober. It was like college, only sober. Was a pleasant surprise to see him. Amazing how life gets better - he's now married with 2 kids, living in the suburbs. All because he didn't pick up a drink.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:31 PM
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Hello all! I've been training for triathlons around 4pm each day 7 days a week, heading home, showering up, then cracking open a bottle of wine sometimes two. Kind of silly isn't it? Anyways today is day one for me and I'm really looking to eliminate daily drinking from my life. Tomorrow when I wake up fresh and hit the pool to swim 2000m I'll be strong. Sunday when I head out for a 20 mile ride I'll be stupendous! How excited to be able to train without a hangover.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:54 PM
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Ivehadenough, jogging has really helped me quit drinking. Wish you the best. Congrats on day one!
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:34 PM
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Ivehadenough, jogging has really helped me quit drinking. Wish you the best. Congrats on day one!
Yes it can be addicting, so much so that I ended up with a stress fracture doing too much of it. It wasn't all bad since my fracture introduced me to triathlons. Running is hard on my already damaged knees from years of basketball. The swim/bike doesn't hurt my knees at all and I can limit my running to once per week. I have another month to go before I can get back to running and trails are my favorite!
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Ready for bed near the race. We went to the venue and checked out the swim and transition areas. We drove the bike course. Its through an old neighborhood and has some bumpy parts. Also 9 sharp turns! It will not be a fast race ...I just don't want to crash. The run is shaded and through the park...that will be nice.

I will let you all know how I do tomorrow!
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:18 PM
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Congrats on two months R4R!

Good luck tomorrow Tres!

Welcome ivehadenoughnow!

I did some cleans and jumping pull ups.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Tres View Post
Ready for bed near the race. We went to the venue and checked out the swim and transition areas. We drove the bike course. Its through an old neighborhood and has some bumpy parts. Also 9 sharp turns! It will not be a fast race ...I just don't want to crash. The run is shaded and through the park...that will be nice.

I will let you all know how I do tomorrow!
Good for you! Knock em dead tomorrow at the race and come back and tell us how you did! I can't wait to be done with this stress fracture so I can get back to racing.
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Welcome Enough! And congrats on staying sober today!

Tres.... you'll be in my prayers tomorrow morning.

Taking today and tomorrow off - Sunday afternoon, I'm going to do a technical trail and then the hilly sand run course -- haven't decided whether to go 10.5 or 12.5. Gotta try it though.

Thanks for congrats everyone..... you guys ROCK!
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Congrats R4R! You Rock
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:11 AM
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Stillsleeping, still doing your pebble runs? How's your turtle?

Navy, you alright? How's your stomach?

Inparticular, good job with the 5k run.

Geralt, got a kick out of runners coming from the dark side and cyclists being the good guys. Good job with your pr's.

Piotr, good job swimming with your daughter and rollerblading.

Mizzuno, good job with the 2 miles.

Pipparina, good job with the 4 miles.

Todayisgood, good job with the 8 miles.

Ghostly, good job with the front squats.

R4R, holy crap! Good job staying sober for 2 months. Meetings, getting a sponsor, working the steps, therapy, praying, sober recovery forum, exercising, all of these you mentioned that you've been doing, will only increase your chances of continuing to stay sober and recover.

Tres, good job with the 44 laps swimming.

Tippingpoint, good luck with the 70 k bike ride this Sunday.

Ivehadenoughnow, welcome. Good job with the triathlon training as well as attempting to give up alcohol.

Thurs evening: Jogged 7 minutes on treadmill.
Squats: 135 lbs x 5 reps, 225 x 5, 315 x 5.
Deadlifts: 315 x 5.
Seated shoulder press: 60 lb db's x 8 reps.
Barbell shrugs: 315 x 8.
Stability ball situps while holding 35 lb plate behind head x 20 reps.
Hanging leg raises while holding 8 lb med ball between legs x 10 reps.
Stretched out whole body for 20 min.
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Thanks Mizzuno!!! How are you?
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Thanks to you also, Unc
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:35 AM
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This Group Right Up My Alley

What a great group of fitness enthusiasts that I'm excited to be a part of and participate in. I have a triathlon coach that will see some massive improvements in me and likely won't know why. I may or may not tell him at some point but for now I'm gonna throw myself head first into completing each workout as before I'd always have some reason why I skipped this or skipped that. Truth is I was hungover and my body didn't want to swim 2000 yds and then do a bunch of drills to follow. I got stung by a bee on a trail ride 3 days ago and ended up with an infection which required two shots in my butt and so I took two days off in a row. I'm not sure if I'll hit the pool or do a ride later today but I want to start it around the witching hour today since it is a Saturday night.
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Ran a local 5k this morning and had a great time. A nice long hill in the race was a real butt kicker, the kind that makes me quizzy and weak kneed. My best hope was to break 23 minutes, because 22:59 sounds so much sexier than 23:01. I saw the finish line clock and gave it a gut busting sprint. Not sure if I got that 22:59 or not, but it was close. Like within the second. I'm waiting patiently for the web site to post results today. It will be a PR either way. Previous 5k time was 23:17, so a good improvement.
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Today is Good -I hope you get your under 23. I PRd in a marathon. Tell everyone it was a sub 4. But I eked through with 12 seconds to spare. No one needs to know how close it was :

Ran an easy 4 again. Got caught in a deluge, but it felt good (except my toes are now shriveled). Still struggling with the hamstring. I'm supposed to run a 10 mile race tomorrow but think I'll bag it.

Ivehadenough - one great thing (among many) about being sober is that your body can handle the training. No more hangovers. I could never do what I'm doing now athletically with some of those hangovers I used to have. Nothing like that natural high of getting the heart rate up!
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My dad is riding the GranFondo Whistler today. He is currently 135th in his age group of 60-69. I am so proud of him! He really inspires me to be healthy and to challenge myself. I'm glad to actually be able to do that now.

Woke up early this morning and ran along the ocean with my dog. It was so nice. The tide was out, it was a really beautiful morning. Then I mowed a lawn with a push mower that is breaking.

Can't wait to hear about the tri, Tres.

Good job on the 5k TiG! I'm working up to running one of those.

Hi had enough now!

Congrats R4R on the 2 months!
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