Sunday, May 22, 2016

Something New (WW #42)

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Monday -- Strength
Tuesday -- Rest
Wednesday -- Rest
Thursday -- 4 Miles + Strength (A New Plank PR!)
Friday --  Rest
Saturday -- Water Skiing
Sunday -- Brick: 15 bike / 2 run + Yard Work



My Incredible Medal came in the mail.  Level Up does an Incredible job with their designs.  I really like the ribbon on this one too.  Since I ran 3 half marathons in April, I chose to run this virtual race as a weekday easy-effort training run.  That is what's so great about these.  You pick the date and time that is convenient for you.  They also give you a large window of opportunity to get it done!



Our middle son graduated high school Tuesday night and we had several events to attend this week.  I must say PoPo and I are very proud.  He worked incredibly hard to get everything he wanted (and deserved!) in college placement and scholarships.  I'm also currently short-staffed at work, so all of this made for a really busy week.  Coupled with the fact that I.Am.Tired. there wasn't much activity until the weekend.  There were two local races I could have participated in Saturday morning, but I just didn't have the energy or motivation.  Actually, the ultimate deciding factor was the weather.  At 6 am, it was 72 degrees--with haze and 90% humidity.  {OMG--Pass! Go back to sleep!}  But on Saturday afternoon, this happened...


While I was skiing, a beautiful bald eagle circled over my head.  I thought that was pretty cool.  As usual, PoPo and I stopped on the way home from the lake at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Has anyone else tried an Italian Margarita?  {Funny--it's at the Mexican restaurant!}

On Sunday, I decided to attempt my first ever brick workout.  I'm eyeing a little duathlon next month and wanted to see what it felt like to run right off of the bike.  Could I do it?  Well, now I know.  I already admire you triathletes so much, but now I have an even higher respect.  It's tough, but I did it.  Once you figure out your legs will indeed hold you up, it's gets slightly easier.



My brick workout was 15 miles on the bike (15.2 mph) and 2 miles running (9:43 pace).   It was already well over 80 degrees by the time I hit my run.  Toasty.  The duathlon cycling miles will be shorter, but I figured it would be wise to train biking more miles (creating "tired-er" legs) and hopefully the shorter distance on race day would feel easier.   However, what scares me the most is riding with other cyclists.   EEK!

I need some tips for my first duathlon!

Did anyone race this week?

And that's a wrap!


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114 comments:

  1. Way to go on your plank!! That is an amazing time! Now I have a new goal to try for. :) I saw your slalom pic and I'm so jealous! I wish I was at the lake today! The weather has finally warmed up enough for it. Hopefully next weekend I'll be there! Have a great week and keep planking! You're giving me lots of motivation!

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    1. The water was still a little cool and it was windy. But I was determined to get that first spray of 2016! Now I'm too sore from waterskiing to plank. LOL.

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  2. I am not at all surprised you can do a brick. :)

    Congrats on the first waterskiing of the season! A bald eagle circling you would be way cool. Must be good luck!

    I am with you on being tired. I'm not really sure why, other than it's been a busy month.

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    1. The lake we go to is pretty remote. We see all kinds of wildlife and birds of prey. I wish I had the magic cure for energy. My mind wants to do so much more!

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  3. That is an amazing plank time- congrats! And congrats on your son graduating! That brick sounds so tough- way to go! I am also impressed by anyone who has done a tri.

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    1. I still freak out every time I think about registering for the duathlon. It will be sooooo out of my comfort zone.

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  4. Whoa! That plank time is impressive. I'm happy if I manage 45 seconds. Cute medal too. I'm a teeny bit jealous of your weather - it's chilly and rainy here again. Totally not normal end of May weather.

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    1. Don't be jealous of our weather! It's already too hot and humid. You almost have to be on or in the water if you are outside.

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  5. You are doing great on your planks! I'm still at 2 minutes and it's about all I can do. I'm so very glad you got to go to the lake! I bet it felt amazing. We're going down to the MS Gulf Coast next weekend and I think Mr. Sippi is buying us a paddle board! I have so wanted one, or I think I do anyway! We'll see. Unless it's windy, the waves aren't that bad. I guess it's all the barrier islands that block bigger waves. We'll see. Great job on the brick and it does sound like you've made up your mind on the duathlon ;)

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    1. There won't much planking until I get over the water skiing! I've always wanted to try a paddle board! Maybe can rent one on our next beach trip. But, I'd think it would have to be in the bay? I'd like to take my bike next time too.

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  6. Your plank PR is awesome!
    I finally got my medal, now I need to run my 5K! I put it off when I didn't have the medal lol You look good on the bike! maybe I will get to pedal some next week :)

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    1. I hope the weather has improved in your area and you can ride this week. If I'm going to do that duathlon (it's still such a scary thought) I need to work on my speed. I'm so sore from water skiing there won't be a plank any time soon. LOL.

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  7. I am planning my first duathlon this summer too! It will be interesting to see how it goes :-)

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    1. That's cool! We need to compare notes! I'm just doing this on a whim. But, the distance is not that great so I figure I can handle it.

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  8. I did Level ups May the 4th be with you 5k last weekend and can't wait to get my BB8 medal. Impressive Plank PR, I'm lucky if I can do a min.

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    1. I still need to do my May the 4th run! Level Up has the cutest medals!

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  9. Wow you rock at the plank! And water skiing!!! I don't think i would have the guts to do that. Congrats on your son. The medal is really cool-a very intricate design :)

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    1. I learned to ski so long ago, it's just feels like second nature. I probably would not try it now...at my age. I won't even use a new ski.

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  10. Great job on that plank lady! And your water skiing fun looks like a blast! Congrats to your son!

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    1. I held it together at graduation until the students came out into the audience with a rose for their Mom. Lost it!

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  11. I never thought about doing a duathlon! That sounds like fun!
    Congrats to your son on graduating and all his hard work!

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    1. It's hard to find a duathlon around here! That's why I want to do this one. It may be a while before I find another. I guess most people prefer a tri.

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  12. Holy plank PR! That's beast mode right there! Cool that you're going to be trying something new with a duathlon! And congrats to your son for all his hard work paying off. You should be proud!

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    1. I won't tell you how long I was sore from that plank... I'm a very proud Mama.

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  13. I"m seriously jealous that you got to go waterskiing! I'm hoping to get out there next weekend. It's supposed to be warm all week, so hopefully the lake won't be too cold!

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    1. I hope you get to ski this summer! The water was still pretty chilly and it was WINDY but I was determined to make it happen. Our Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be HOT so I'm sure I hope to get lots of skiing in.

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  14. Congrats to your son! Yay on water skiing! We had a few sunny days last week, but it was a soggy weekend.

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    1. And congrats to yours! I typically wait until Memorial Day weekend to start skiing and sometimes it's still very cold. But, our weather has been so warm so we went early.

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  15. I did my first (and only) du last August (there's a recap/blog post in my "archives", if you're interested). It was a blast, but yes, that running-after-biking was like a death march. We had a 5K run/20 mile bike (HILLY), then 1.5 mile run. Everyone was moving like zombies LOL I want to do another (or several), it was an awesome challenge! (Congrats to your son!!!)

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    1. At first, it feels like you've forgotten how to move your legs! It's like they aren't listening to your brain. I'm going to look up your recap when I get a chance. This one is not that far in distance.

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  16. Congrats to your son!! You are seriously killing it with your planks - I'm a quaking mess somewhere after a min and a half if I'm lucky. And, yay for getting back to water skiing! L

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    1. Oh, I'm quaking! I get a little further along each time before that starts. Progress, I guess.

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  17. Congrats to your son on his highschool graduation! Awesome job on your planks! My longest is 3 1/2 minutes. I need to get back in the habit on doing a plank a day. Love your water skiing picture! Glad you got to enjoy the day on the lake. I would love to a duathlon one day, but I'm nervous to commit to one. Nice job on your brick workout!

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    1. We are very proud Debra, even if he has to go to the "rivalry school". Sadly, the "best school ever" doesn't offer what he needs. I don't see many duathlons around here, do you? Although, maybe I don't know where to look.

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  18. Good for you going after a duathlon! That seems very challenging. It has never even crossed my mind to attempt such a thing but HEY, I can't water ski either. You are awesome! AND you're a champion planker for sure. Congrats to your son on his graduation and his future plans for success!

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    1. A duathlon seems challenging for me too! It's going to feel scary but I want to see what it's like. I'm not sure I'll be able to top that plank.

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  19. Congrats on the graduation- I'll bet you are pooped!and what great achievments too. and wow- water skiing with a bald eagle? I can't even imagine!

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    1. The eagle was just above my head circling around in a very remote part of the lake. It was picturesque against a beautiful blue sky.

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  20. Wow, your plank PR is amazing! I'm in awe of your strength and stamina to be able to plank for that long!

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    1. I admit, my abs were sore for a few days after that one. I don't plank every day.

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  21. I can't believe you can plank for over 4 minutes. That is hardcore. Recently I have started working more on my strength and with all the soreness, I hope the hard work will pay off!

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    1. My abs were sore for a while after that one. I should probably plank more often, even though it would be much shorter.

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  22. That is a VERY cool medal!!! And holy smokes that's an incredible plank PR! You are STRONG!!!

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    1. Funny, I don't feel strong. In fact, I think I'm very weak in certain areas. I definitely don't hit this mark every time I plank!

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  23. I think I need to work on my planks. I can do the 90 seconds during PB, but all of these planking posts are motivating me to work for more.

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    1. 90 seconds is still a great plank. I started out with 1 minute this Winter. It took me a long time to get to 4!

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  24. Wow! Great job on that plank. Despite my best efforts, I have never been able to make it much over 2 minutes. Brick workouts are so tough. I've done a few in the past (for no reason) and it feels terrible to run right off the bike right at first. I grew up as a competitive swimmer and then started running distance in college and the only thing holding me back from a triathlon is cycling in a large group with others. It freaks me out!

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    1. Running after riding feels like your brain and your legs are simply not speaking to each other. It feels like a newborn calf looks...all wobbly. I don't know how to ride with others. I wish I could practice that.

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  25. Waterskiing! That's awesome! And a good workout. Congrats on your plank PR!

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    1. Waterskiing definitely tells my age! Nobody does it anymore. Seriously I see nobody else. Wakeboarding and wakesurfing are the popular things now.

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  26. Congrats to your son! Brick workouts always sound so hard so awesome job on that bike + run! And congrats on your plank PR!

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    1. I hope to do a brick workout at least once a week. I'll let you know if it gets any easier.

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  27. It looks like you had a beautiful day for water skiing! Congrats to your son and way to go on that first brick workout :)

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    1. It was a beautiful day for skiing. It was windy though so we had to find a narrow channel to help block the wind.

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  28. I hate early morning humidity. It makes it so hard just to breathe around the house! Congrats to your son! Mine finishes middle school on Wednesday.

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    1. Humidity peaks just before dawn...exactly when I am out running. It's pretty miserable during the summer around here.

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  29. Congrats to all of you! Were you a mess at the ceremony? I have 3 more years and I'm already dreading it. I had every intention of doing a du but procrastinated so long I jumped right into the tri. Yes, running off the bike kind of sucks. Your running expertise will pay off on race day though.

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    1. I held it together very well until the graduates came out into the audience to give their Mom a rose. It was a special, albeit very emotional, moment for the both of us! Swimming in a Tri -- SCARY.

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  30. Training for a duathlon is so exciting! I loved my first tri I did last year! I agree, jello legs first thing off the bike are a real thing. I imagine it's what a new born calf feels like when they try to stand up for the first time. But it gets easier. Just knowing you can do it is really half the battle.

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    1. You triathletes rock! That swimming thing is SCARY. But, never say never. Running after riding is like your brain and legs can't communicate at all!

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  31. Can't wait to hear about this possible duathlon! Very exciting to try a new type of event. I've always pondered tris since I used to swim but haven't ever taken the plunge. Maybe someday... -C

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    1. If you are accustomed to swimming, you should! That would be the scariest part of a Tri for me, but probably not for you.

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  32. A terrible week... but I'm back on the link up! :)

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    1. It's hard to process, recover, "lay low" after such a monumental race! Give yourself some slack. You earned some down time.

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  33. Awesome plank PR! Congrats to your son! So cool that an eagle circled above you as you were skiing! Way to go on your brick workout. I will have to try a workout like that at some point. Is a triathlon also in your future?

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    1. That eagle was so majestic against a beautiful blue sky. I don't have a Tri in my future, but never say never. I'm just always afraid of the unknown. If I could spectate at one, I might change my mind.

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  34. Running a duathlon sounds so exciting, I would love to do one one day! You did great with that brick workout! And congratulations to your son!

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    1. I've been saying I'd like to do a duathlon. It's time for me to own that.

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  35. That medal is so cool. I love all the colors and graphics. You are killing it with your planking - way to go!! I've never tried an Italian margarita or a biking brick workout, but the workout sounds fun!

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    1. Level Up really pays attention to detail with their medals. The Italian Margarita has a splash of Amaretto. Yummy.

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  36. I got my medal too! Love it! I am plank jealous! :) Glad you got out skiing!

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    1. I don't plank everyday like the rest of y'all. No need to be jealous. You'll catch up to me very soon. You know how I love to ski! Is your hubs skiing?

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  37. I'd be nervous about riding near other people too. Good luck!!

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    1. I think I need to find a friend to ride with me...and very closely, so I can overcome that fear. But as usual, I'm probably overthinking it.

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  38. Congratulations on your son's graduation! that is so exciting!

    an Italian margarita? I'm intrigued! what is that like?

    great week of training!

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    1. They put a splash of Amaretto in an Italian Margarita. It's different from the usual other fruity flavors you typically get and very tasty.

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  39. First: great plank! Second: I like the idea of duathlons, but get a little nervous when I read about all the prep involved for transitions. I really like your idea of a brick workout - especially with a shorter run (which I'm sure doesn't feel too short when your legs are weird). I'm going to give that a try this summer!

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    1. I'm not too concerned about the transition. It's a fairly low mileage run/bike/run. I'm going to dress for running. I will not change shoes or clothes. The transition will basically be putting on my helmet on one end and taking it off on the other. Try the brick and let me know what you think!

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  40. PLANK...STAR!!!! Wowsers!!!

    Congrats to you, your family and your son!!! Those proud parent moments are so awesome!!

    I begin pre- training for my Sept triathlon this week....havent done a brick yet....I might try to find a dua over the summer to see how I do.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those ski pics!! totally cool!!!

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    1. It's so exciting you are doing a Tri. You've worked hard on your swimming too. You may motivate me to take the plunge. Literally. We were just swollen with pride all week over our son. One more to go before the nest is completely empty.

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  41. Look at you waterskiing! How fun!

    I get being just so tired and unmotivated. However, you had a fabulous (and fun week). That Incredible medal is precious!

    I did actually race this week. It wasn't pretty by a long shot, but I got it done. And that's what matters, right?

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    1. Water skiing runs through my blood. I can't explain it. I feel at home on the water. I'm going to enter a competition when I'm 90, make one buoy (hopefully) and win my AG! Ha ha ha.

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  42. Great job on your first brick workout! Very cool you'll be doing a duathlon! Racing on a bike is a bit scary to me after crashing a long time ago racing my brother. Awesome plank! Congrats to your son too!

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    1. Oh no, that's what I'm worried about. Crashing. LOL. I picked a small race on purpose. Hopefully, I can do it without incident.

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  43. Uffda!!! 90% humidity... That would kill me! And make my hair super frizzy 😎

    Nice job on your Incredibles race! Very cool medal. I ran a marathon on Saturday and the heat really took a toll on me, but I made it! Mid-80's is pretty hot for northern MN/ND 😛 It would be like a vacation for you though!

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    1. The humidity changes everything. I won't be able to breathe until October. You did a fantastic job at your race in that heat!

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  44. You are such a plank rockstar! I need to get back on the plan! And I duatholon-definitely something I want to eventually try

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    1. I've been saying I want to try a duathlon. So, it's time to make that happen.

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  45. good luck with your duathlon! I have done some sprint tris a few years ago and it gets easier to run after the bike with a little practice :-)

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    1. I've got about a month to practice. I hope that is enough time to get a little better, at least.

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  46. Fun medal from the virtual race!! I haven't done one before, but think it might be right up my alley for some of the milestone distances during training for the marathon... especially when it's hard to find something that lines up exactly date-wise...

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    1. They have a very cute virtual race coming up for the summer! Stay tuned about that. The medal, once again will be fantastic.

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  47. Congrats to your son, that is awesome!!!
    Cute medal, that's a fun one for sure!
    So sorry about being shorthanded at work. I've had a few weddings where I am shorthanded and it's never a fun thing because I swear when we are short people that's when things tend to pick up and get busy, it must be one of those Murphy's law things, LOL
    Awesome job on your workouts, your awesome!
    Glad with all going on, you still were able to get out and do one of your loves, waterskiing!

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    1. I'm so happy that water skiing season is here! It helps to counteract the humidity-poopfest of running that will be around for the entire summer. It never fails, I always get shorthanded before going on vacation. Talk about Murphy's Law.

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  48. Congrats to your son! Do you still have one more son younger?

    I ran in the Chicago Spring Half Marathon yesterday, and had so much fun! I had a great run, too!

    As always, thanks for the linkup!

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    1. Yes, we have one more teen hanging out at our house. It won't be long before our nest is completely empty. I can't wait to hear about your half.

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  49. Amazing 4min+ plank! Now I wonder how long I can hold mine - I know I can do it for at least 2 minutes. May have to try it right after I write this comment!
    Congratulations to your son - which college did he pick?
    I've only done one super-sprint triathlon years ago and I remember how my legs felt after the ride. The brick workout definitely is the key for your muscles to become accustomed to the transition.
    Water skiing looks fun - have never tried it!

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    1. I try to do a 2-3 minute plank when I'm not attempting a PR. The legs definitely don't seem to work when you start to run. It's a weird feeling! I hope it gets better.

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  50. I am super impressed by your plank record. I went to my first core & strength class yesterday. I discovered I have no core... Some work to be done!

    I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your son's graduation. It's fabulous when their hard work comes good.

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    1. I'm usually pretty sore after a long plank like that. I do shorter ones in between the longer attempts. The graduation was pretty emotional.

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  51. Nice job with the planking, lady. :)

    And huge congrats to your son! He must be really excited.

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    1. He is very excited to start the next chapter of his life. Although I'm excited for him too, I will miss him terribly.

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  52. Your planking continues to blow my mind. 4 minutes plus??? I am happy if I can get even to 2 minutes! I love that Incredible medal. Yay for water-skiing - you always look so hard-core on your skis! Very cool on the bald eagle. Brick workouts are NO JOKE. I have a lot more respect for triathletes after experiencing the jello-like leg feeling when transitioning from sport to sport!

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    1. Water skiing is pretty old-fashioned at this point. But I still love it. I would probably break my neck on a wake board or wake surfboard. It's like your legs and brain don't communicate after a transition.

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  53. Holy planks, batman!!!!
    You are a plank beast!!! Congrats on that pr plank and glad you survived your first brick!!!!

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  54. Nice job on the brick! I haven't done one in awhile really need to get at least one in before next weekend!That Incredibles medal is so cute!Yes I have had an Italian Margarita I think I got it at Olive Garden lol but I loved it!

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    1. I respect you triathletes so much. Your race is coming up that soon? How exciting. This Italian Margarita has a nice splash of Amaretto. Yum.

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  55. That is one long plank! That water skiing looks so inviting now, we are expecting out first 90 degree day today... so not ready for summer.

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    1. Water skiing is the only thing that gets me through our steamy southern summers. The humidity and heat and not conducive to running, even though I will be training for Chicago. What was I thinking?

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  56. planking for 4 minutes! Whoa!!

    I so wish I could waterski!! Darn ankle. At least I can still run.

    Boating season starts this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I can't wait to get back out on the lake this weekend. I hope you ENJOY!

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  57. OMG, don't kids grow up way too fast ?!
    Congrats on running and bikinig in that kind of humidity. I don't know how you do it !
    A duathlon ? You go girl !

    I have 2 races in June, but nothing in May. It just hasn't worked out with my schedule. Weddings & travel are taking precedent ! Have a great weekend.

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    1. I have no races on the immediate calendar, except for the duathlon I have not registered for. June is a pretty busy month for us anyway. Sadly, I never adapt to the humidity.

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