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Old 05-28-2013, 12:19 PM
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Good work everyone. There is some very impressive asphalt kicking going on here.
Santiago - Congrats. I always worry about the post event celebration beer sneaking in so good job staying with this club. One of the most compelling stories I have read on SR was one where a guy had not drank for years, finished the Iron Man Hawaii and proceeded to have a beer at the after dinner. It has been years and he has not been able to get stopped again and of course his drinking is now worse than ever.

Did a pretty good backpack with the kids. Left early Saturday into the Lost Creek Wilderness. They did great. I wanted my pack to be heavy enough that I was the weak link and I was. Backpacking is always harder than I remember. Hiked 6 hours in, lots of climbing, camped and then about 3 1/2 hours back out. I need to make some shoe and pack adjustments, but I don't know if I can ever expect a pain/discomfort free backpack trip.

Quick 45 minute ride today. 10 miles and 1,200 feet. Really not feeling it. Keep expecting to PR this route, but its not happening.
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Today was kettle bell /boot camp class at 0600. Wow, I am going to be sore. Was planning on track tonight , but a storm rolled through. I think tomorrow is a rest day.
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Wow just getting caught up on everyone's postings and workouts! Nicely done!
Geralt- good to hear from you and loved the pics!
Very ready- your comments and thougts were spot on. At the finish line and celebrations that night it was the most tempted I have been in my early on 80+ days. Surprised me .....like you have almost earned it to justify it .
Anyway nice job on the back packing trip.
Looking forward to mixing in some strength training and hiking again vs just so one dimensionally focused on training on my bike.
Have a great hump day everyone....
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:49 PM
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After I quit drinking back in June of 2011 I began training for a marathon and I got a lot of dire warnings about the celebratory risks that would await me.

I ran the marathon and was just fine afterwards.

My feeling is that if you want to find an excuse to drink you'll find one - running a marathon, not running a marathon, getting to a major milestone, whatever...

I love the healthier, fitter me and will continue to compete and challenge myself.
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Oh and Geralt...awesome work! 130k is no small undertaking! Well done! Love the pics too!
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I think I'm addicted to Strava now... I'm constantly trying to beat the other girls on there. QOM is my goal. Haha I guess it's an ok addiction.
Did a hill yesterday that I haven't done since I started riding a few months ago and got 4th overall. 2 seconds off of 3rd place. It's fun to see my progress. It's also fun to go on group rides with the guys and see their faces when I keep up or pass some of them on the long stretches. It's great motivation to keep this up! (Not to mention the 25lbs I've dropped)
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Hi kickers!
Wow lots of biking going on here since last I posted!

Geralt-great pictures!

Tipping-loved your post about finding a reason if you want to--how true.

Siesta-Strava is addictive and makes me slighty nuts, but in a good way :-)

Hot/humid here and I managed to run 3 sweaty miles at lunchtime! Yay me!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:15 PM
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Lunch Ride yesterday. 10 miles and 1,200 feet. Tonight I did some really nice fartleks. Jogged 1/2 mile in, then a full hilly 3 miles of fartlek. 1 minute at 90% then jog recovery. Got in 11 surges in 3 miles. Then 1/2 mile jog back. All on the trails.

I just ready a study where they basically concluded that you get no VO2 Max improvement if you rest during your speed work intervals. Even doing 2x as many intervals, if you walk between then you will improve form, etc, but no real endurance benefit. I always wondered about this.
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Hi KA'ers! Glad I checked in here and saw Ultra's good news! That is FANTASTIC! I'm very happy for you!!

Was in Denver last week and loved all the miles and miles and miles of trails! I walked/jogged about 4-5 miles each day I was there, so nice to be able to do that outside! without traffic pollution and all the noise I live with and see mountains and nature instead of just concrete and glass..., Dallas, where I live, is not an outdoors kind of city.

I'm still going to the gym pretty much every day, sped up my treadmill routine, now doing a 13 minute mile walk/jog, and an 11 min mile on the eliptical (total about 5.5 miles every other day and 3 miles on the inbetween days when I also work out with weights) and feeling very proud of myself. In the past I've gotten burned out on the gym after 4-5 months but it's been 7 months since I've been back at it and I just keep wanting to go more and more. It's good to be fit and healthy!
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Hy good morning everyone. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you. I had a really bad day at work yesterday along with some high anxiety. I was one left turn away from pulling into a bar parking lot when I thought about this thread. So instead I turned RIGHT and headed out to the park and ran 5 miles on the trails. So thank YOU for the inspiration to get me through that. . Hope you're all having a great Friday. It's a rest day for me. Riding with some triathletes EARLY tomorrow then my friend and I are swimming at the 50m outdoor pool. Bliss.
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Keep making those "right" turns Lynne!
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wow, somr really hot temps here. Got my run in early this morning, but it still was tough. Think I'm going to have to go out even earlier tomorrow morning and head for the trails.

Triathlynne-good to hear! Your post helps me, too. Thanks.
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17 mile bike ride last night down the coast, 20 miles today down the river trail. It's beautiful out today. 75 degrees. Can't get any better.
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Triathlynne- thank YOU for your post! Helps me.
Along those lines...want to say I appreciate reading everyone's posts. Had a busy week after being gone for 10 days . so while I couldn't get a workout in, I enjoyed being inspired by yours!
Speaking of inspired today did a version of fartleks! Decided with all the cycling training intensity over the past months, my strength training has been non existent. So I headed down to my exercise studio...put on some classic rock workout tunes, warmed up on the rowing machine, then kettle bells, push ups, multi plane kaiser functional trainer, planks, etc. finished by going out to my driveway to do a classic basketball drill of sprinting 1/4 court touch line back, then 1/2 court back etc. I tell you for a guy who can ride a bike quite a few miles, and climb some pretty aggressive stuff, I must have looked pretty pathetic out in my drive way trying to do this speed work!! Not pretty!
A good cross train after a long absence. Tomorrow is Saturday morning group ride.

Have a good weekend everyone!
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Thursday morning I did a three mile run at 0500 then went to kettle bell class. I felt awesome all day. Really kicked my butt, but motivated me the whole day at work.

Rest day today. Doing a longer run in the morning with some friends.

By the way....this thread has saved me from drinking a lot of times...thank you to all.
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Thanks for the courageous share TriathLynn...glad you took charge and made the right choice.

I am just a few days away from my own two year anniversary - seems like a long time when I think of it in terms of the words - "two years". However, it seems like yesterday that I hit my bottom and decided that something HAD to change.

I took my bike in to the shop today...tune up and they installed a Garmin 510 computer with a heart strap and cadence meter. Since I didn't have a bike I went for a run instead -10k in some awful heat and humidity.
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Hello all, and Happy sober Saturday!

I did a 6 mile run--still very hot and humid here on the east coast. But I enjoyed it, it was one of those runs that felt great, and I swear I passed a lot of happy people on the trail I run on, or maybe I was just grinning like an idiot.
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Tipping point- wow 2 years.....24 months! Good for you...
Today did a ride with three other guys ....rode 32 miles....averaged 17.3... With about 2800 feet of gain. As I type this doesn't sound ,iike much of a challenge, but there is nothing flat in this part of Arizona and you feel these rollers one after another!
Felt strong on the hill challenges after not riding for a week, and did wake up to some new soreness areas after my little boot camp deal yesterday! Liked it!
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Well I rode 30 miles. 4 loops of a triathlon course. Good weather but fark my knees are burning!!!!!!! Ouch. The hills just killed me. But it was a good feeling to finish before 10am.

My friend has given me her rock n roll 1/2 marathon entry. Says she's proud of my commitment to sobriety. Can't believe she did that for me. Better start running I guess.
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Garmin 510 is sweeeeet.

Did a very popular local climb today. One cool thing about Colorado is we ride the same climbs that have been done by riders who have ridden in the Tour de France. The strava record holder on the ride I did today (lookout mountain) is Tom Danielson. He did it in 16, I did it in 29 and change. Its a popular climb (15,000+ rides on strava), but not really that steep. Just 1,300 in 4.5 miles. It was actually featured in the Colorado pro cycle challenge last year. Pretty cool. One thing that is awesome is you really see the town of Golden drop away as you climb. Great views. Great ride. Might do it again tomorrow and swap in my vintage dura-ace 12-19 free wheel and see how that feels.

Going to make some kale, onion and yellow pepper stir fry and put some chicken on the grill. Enjoy the day!
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