Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Need Water! (WW # 47)

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M -- Strength
T -- Ran: 3 Miles Progression (9:54 / 9:32 / 9:06) + Swam: 20 Min
W -- Ran: 4 Miles Easy (10:14) + Swam: 20 Min
T -- Ran: 3 Miles Progression (10:14 / 9:59 / 9:31) + Strength + Swam: 15 Min
F --  Swam: 20 Min
S -- Ran: 7 Miles Slow + Water Skied: x 2
S -- Brick: Cycled 15 / Ran 3 + Swam: 15 Min

Total Run:  20 Miles
Total Cycle:  15 Miles
Total Swim:  90 Minutes
Total Water Ski:  50 Minutes

You may notice from the list above that the pool is my new best friend.   I'm contemplating another sprint triathlon and this time the water will be deep.   I would also have to jump from the platform of an old-fashioned paddle boat into the river for the start of the swim leg.  EEK.   I also have a fear of alligators.  Still thinking...



Speaking of triathlons...here are a few pictures from my very first one!




So with heat indexes being well over 100 degrees this week, you almost had to be in the water if you were outside.  Accordingly, I had one of those weekends where I simply stayed in a swimsuit (or running clothes).  I'm good with that.

I headed out for my longish run Saturday morning at 5:50 to beat the heat.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Although slow, I felt strong.  We had friends visiting and went water skiing that afternoon. We returned to our own backyard for the evening where PoPo grilled delicious red snapper caught during a recent deep sea fishing trip.



Sunday I did a brick workout.  I was very tired from the previous day and slept late.  It was so hot when I got to the run segment (feels like = 105).  I took the plunge as soon as I returned home.  Nice...



This was my first 20 mile week since mid May.  I know I've got to get in the swing of marathon training soon.  So, I'll plan on another 20 miles this week.


And that's a wrap!


How are you beating this heat?   Or, is it mild where you live?



103 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to waterskiing next weekend! Yep, I need water too!

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    1. I can't wait to hear all about it! I know tomorrow is going to be an uncomfortable day for me. They always are after a skiing weekend. I'll cry if someone touches my arm. LOL.

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  2. I love that pic of you jumping off the diving board! I have a fear of alligators too. If there are going to be alligators, I would definitely have to think long and hard about that one! Great job on your 20 miles this week. I need to get out get some miles in, but I would much rather be in the pool! It's sooooo hot! LOL

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    1. We have alligators here. Logic tells me they won't be in the middle of the river in deep water with boats all around (especially with the big paddle boat). But, still. It gives me pause.

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  3. I haven't waterskied since 1983! I love your tri pictures and the one of you jumping into the pool - so fun!

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I admit, the water skiing is very hard on the upper body. But, I'm still hanging in there after all these years.

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  4. Your Triathlon pictures are great! You look awesome and fit and that's so cool that you did that! Seems perfect for you since you like to run, ride and you LOVE the water! Enjoy all your summer water activities!

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    1. The only saving grace about the extreme summers we have to endure is the water. I just couldn't take it without the water.

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  5. It's hot for here today -- about 90. I just stay in the AC (it's an active rest day).

    You look really strong crossing that tri finish line!

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    1. Thanks Judy. The run portion was TOUGH but it had a little downhill finish and that was nice.

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  6. Awesome week! I wish I could end my runs by jumping in the water like that! Unfortunately, even though I run right by the river, the river is pretty gross. One thing I do before my runs now is wet my hair and head with cold water. I think I need to start carrying a bigger bottle or pack to douse myself mid-run too.

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    1. I start obsessing over that plunge long before my run is over. It keeps me going. That and the promise of coffee. LOL. I doused myself several times today using the water fountain in the park.

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  7. It hasn't been too hot here- just appropriate for June. Then again I only ran 8 miles last week, so I may be complaining a bit more if I had been out running more:)

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    1. Gosh, you are lucky! I hope we have a break for the excessive heat this week.

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  8. This heat is really a mojo killer. :) Deep water would freak me out too! Alligators... oh my! And in the news, I heard about flesh-eating bacteria that's abundant in warm water. Yikes!! 7 miles of water skiing!! Wow!

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    1. I've heard about that bacteria too. I've water skied all my life in lake water so I'm used to it. And, so far so good (knock on wood). Actually I skied about 25 miles after running 7 that morning. My chart is confusing.

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  9. YOU kicked butt!! What a good week you had, and the heat is hurting your pace - go Holly :)
    The thought of alligators would scare me to death.
    It is not mild here lol I am not accustomed to water, I still have not been in water since my stress fracture. I don't have easy access, I am still keeping my eye open for lessons though.

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    1. ugh..the heat is NOT hurting your pace lol

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    2. We have alligators here. They are seen on golf courses near the rivers every day. This area is known as the River Region -- lot's of water. We've never seen one on the lake I ski in though. Whew!

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  10. You look great on the water ski's! That's great that you have so many different forms of exercise! :)

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    1. I've decided to mix it up more this summer. I hope it will help with marathon training.

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  11. It's been about 50-50 here between hot days and normal temp for our area, the hot days we hole up inside. Although I'd rather jump in a pool, if we had one. It looks like so much fun, especially that last picture.

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    1. There is truly a short window of time to enjoy an outdoor pool. So, I try to make the most of it when I can.

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  12. Oh, that is hot! And you pool looks so refreshing! I love how you want to "tri" again. :-)

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    1. I would like to Tri again but I've allowed that fear to collect in my brain again. So, the decision is tearing me up. I need to snap out of it.

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  13. As you know, the AL heat is relentless. We cooled down in the public fountain when we finished our long run today! I am hoping to get some skiing time in next weekend. I haven't been yet this summer, which is tragic!

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    1. How well I know. Cooling off with water is a necessity. I hope you get to water ski this weekend! Post some pictures!

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  14. Great race pictures! It's way too hot here. I've mostly dealt with it by staying inside. ;) But really, I had low mileage this week so it could have been much worse. I need to get out on some water. We have a canoe we haven't used yet this summer...

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    1. A canoe sounds like fun! I bet it's also a great upper body workout.

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  15. Yay for you for getting back into the swing of things. I am not a strong swimmer so I doubt I'll ever to a tri. Your fear of alligators is certainly justified!

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    1. There shouldn't be alligators in the portion of the river where the tri swim is, but recent events will definitely make you think twice.

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  16. We're lucky the heat still hasn't really hit us here yet. I love that pic of you jumping in the pool! You did great logging all those miles despite the temps!

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    1. I must admit, logging them on the bike is much cooler than logging them on my legs.

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  17. Looks like you had a great week! We are finally supposed to get a break in the heat later this week and I can't wait! Great job with the swimming! I am thinking of finally getting back to the pool tomorrow! I am definitely thinking another tri is in your future though!

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    1. Tri's are a fun and challenging way to beat this summer heat! We don't have races around here anyway because it's too hot.

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  18. Congratulations on your first Tri. I'm amazed that you didn't wear a wet suit. I'm doing my first in August and I will wear a wet suit unless they the water is really warm. The weeds distract me too much.

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    1. I didn't see a single wet suit. The water definitely felt over 80 degrees but I'm not sure if it was over the wet suit limit.

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  19. For being a water sign (Pisces), I am not a water person. I'm content to go to a pool and sit on the steps or lean against the edge. I'm not fearful of water, but getting water on my face (especially anywhere near my nose) totally creeps me out. SO.....it will be awhile before I get in gear to do a tri on my own. I did a relay team once, and that was a total blast. The heat in Iowa has been crazy the past couple weeks and the humidity UGH. But, I honestly don't mind it (much). I do dislike how cold all of the stores and places of business are this time of year....I'm always casually draping a sweater around my shoulders or waist so I don't get frostbite.

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    1. I love the water and being in the water, but don't consider myself a good swimmer. I just paddle around. I don't like freestyle form swimming. I have to wear a sweater at work all the time. And hoodies around the house.

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  20. It's finally getting warm here in Seattle - it was in the 70s, this weekend, so finally perfect summer weather! Although after temperatures in the 50s for so long it feels very warm.

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  21. Nice job with your workouts! Wow, it's so warm there! A pool would be a must! Great triathlon pics!

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    1. Trust me, you'll never hear me complain about my Winter running. I consider it perfection.

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  22. What a great week. Love the photo of you jumping in the pool.

    I do like swimming but I'd really need to improve if I was to ever do a tri! Much more confident running and cycling.

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    1. Thankfully, it doesn't matter HOW you swim during a tri. You just have to get in the water and go from point A to point B!

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  23. Love the photo of you jumping into the pool. The smile on your face is great !
    Hardly any heat here in France. Its been like that for 2 months. I was excited to be in NYC this past week where it was warm and actually felt like summer.
    Not sure I would jump off a paddle boat either....
    When are you officially starting marathon training ?

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    1. The paddle boat will transport us to the start of the swim and stop. If you think about it, I jump off a boat all the time. Just not one that large!

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  24. I don't blame you for spending lots of time on/in the water with how hot its been in your neck of the woods. That photo of you jumping into the pool is priceless!

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    1. My son took that picture and we had a good laugh. I caught some great air!

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  25. I love that picture of you jumping in the pool. I've thought of jumping into the lake after my run as well. One day I will do it.

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    1. If it gets hot enough, I bet you won't think twice about jumping in. I do it every weekend in the summer.

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  26. I'm staying inside as much as possible. I've never been a pool person, so my way of cooling off is staying with the AC. The rough part is when I've completed my workout and am walking back to my apartment. I really get to sweat during that.

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    1. That Texas heat is killer! If your apartment has a pool, try dipping your feet in on your way back home. It really helps cool you down.

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  27. Yesssss....I love weekends where I just stay in a swimsuit or running clothes the entire time. My kind of weekend. Good job with all of the swimming! That's my next thing to tackle. I know how to swim, but not well enough to compete in a tri.

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    1. But that's the thing...you don't have to swim well. Just get in the water and go from point A to point B any way you can. I am not a good freestyle swimmer! The side stroke is my go-to.

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  28. Love those tri pictures!

    LOL at mild! It's been in the high 90s and low 100s here. Although, last Tuesday, imagine my surprise when i went out at 5:30 AM for my run and it was in the low 60s! HEAVEN!

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    1. What? How did I miss the 60s? If you had them, I should have too. We aren't that far apart.

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  29. It's only in the 80s here in Michigan, but the humidity is awful. Hoping to get into swimming soon!

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    1. I think it's the humidity that gets me more than the heat!

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    1. I manage to catch some good air on that one.

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  31. so many great pics of you! I love the water too. I am trying to be outdoors as much as possible this summer/ And yeah, I'd be afraid of alligators too!

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    1. The race will be in a busy part of our downtown river area where the paddle boat tours up and down. Logic tells me there would be no gators there. But...it still makes me uneasy.

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  32. They tried to get me to ski this weekend, I declined, then Greg said I bet Holly could get you to do it and my reply, yea she could! :) We went back up the creek and this time we saw gators, about 4 of them. Well we only saw red eyes before they went under but that was much better than Saturday night.
    I may not get in 3 classes but I do hope to get in 2. I've got to work off the HoHo Honey's I drank!

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    1. Yep, you need to come over for a ski weekend. I've never seen a gator on our normal skiing lake. A good thing...

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  33. Sounds like a great week! The heat is tough! Great job on your first 20 mile week since May! So lucky to be able to jump in the pool after a hot run! Went to the pool yesterday and actually swam somewhat of a lap. Still hoping to get swimming down for my first tri. Baby steps right? :)

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    1. "Real" swimming (freestyle form) freaks me out to the point my heart just slams in my chest. So I do my own thing. The most important thing is to stay calm during that first leg of the race and move from point A to point B.

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  34. Oh my god! you had a busy week!! You were kicking butt and taking names!

    I love that picture of your jump to the pool!

    The pictures of your tri look great! Amazing job! congratulations again!

    Thanks for the link up!

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    1. I think I'm going to Tri one more time this summer. It was fun and a great way to beat the summer heat.

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  35. It's been really hot and humid off and on here in southeastern Virginia so far this year, which is odd-this morning it was only 60 degrees! To cool off I hit the outdoor pool for my swims which thankfully is still cold and I dump water down my back when I'm running.

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    1. I dump water on myself too. In fact, I'm usually so soaked from that it looks like I've already taken the pool plunge.

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  36. i love the jumping in the pool pic-so cute! I am currently injured and trying to figure out what weights i can do while I let my knee recover

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    1. My son and I had a really good laugh over that. I can't believe how high I got!

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  37. Great pictures! That water looks very inviting. It is a scorcher where I am in Houston... I think we get about the same glorious summer weather.

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    1. Oh, yes. Texas weather is extreme too. I feel your pain.

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  38. great week of workouts and swimming and skiing!!!!!I haven't been on skis since I was a kid, even though I grew up on a lake. I do miss being on a boat, swimming in the lake and fishing the day away.....
    you should totally do the triathlon btw
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    1. I did sign up for that Tri. EEK. I spent weekends in a cabin on the lake as a kid. It feels like home.

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  39. Congratulations on getting a 20-mile week under your belt! You look adorable jumping in the pool. You look bad-ass in your tri pictures, too! Very strong and confident, especially crossing the finish line. Way to tear it up! I know what you mean about having to get out super early in the mornings to log the miles, sigh. Good luck logging another 20-mile week this week!

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    1. Obviously I did not see a camera person. I did not smile in any of my pictures. In fact, I look angry in the bike pic. LOL.

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    1. I think they've done it every year. It's tradition at this point.

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  41. Ha! That pic of you taking the plunge is awesome. I'm glad you are entertaining the thought of another tri. You can do it! Yay for waterskiing too!

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    1. My swim will never be pretty, but as long as it gets the job done -- even if slowly. I got some good air on that jump!

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  42. A bit over a week ago I was out of town with my sister and it was 112, so we rented a boat and went out and played in the water, seriously the only way I agree with you to beat the heat on days like that.
    It was 100 degrees today, and I wore a jacket to work, LOL I freeze there so I guess that's another place for me to beat the heat ha ha.
    Love the triathalon pictures!!! I gotta try one of those one day, I love seeing others do them and my sister raves about them, maybe one day!!! If only a Tri had a swim or ski you'd definitely kick some butt then!!!!

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    1. On work days, I have no clue how hot it is outside! People will be talking about the heat and I'm like "Huh?". I'm freezing inside an office building for 9-10 hours.

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  43. Jumping from a paddle boat into the river!? You're a brave lady!

    It was HOT this weekend, but, I was visiting friends & we bought ourselves an inflatable kiddie pool. The hose water was COLD, which was perfect. So, we tossed on our suits & sat in the backyard in the pool. We got to grill out, have drinks close by & be in the pool all at once. Perfect way to beat the heat!

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    1. I'm good with any water! I've sat in a kiddie pool many times. The paddle boat will be pretty cool.

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  44. We've had several hot days out in Cali but this past week wasn't as bad. Fortunately, it cools down to comfortable temps in the evening (60s) and takes time for the heat to build up during the day.
    A ride on a paddle boat to jump in the river for the start of a race?! Interesting. If there are alligators, I think my swim would suffer as I would only focus on a possible encounter with one...or it could make me swim faster if I think the quicker I make it to land, the less chances of running into one! :)

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    1. We have such high humidity at night. That is what makes the morning runs so sticky and almost unbearable some days. They've done the paddle boat thing every year. It takes you to the swim start line. It must be fun??

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  45. We have definitely gotten the heat and humidity here in Chicago! I did a duathlon this past weekend, and my hair was soaking wet -- as if I'd just gotten out of the pool! I try to run early, sleep well, and enjoy cool drinks. We only get a few months of outdoor weather, so I try to do what I can to enjoy the outside!

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    1. Conversely, we only get a few months of winter weather and that's when I try to cram all the races in. Dixie winters = pure perfection for running.

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  46. That's a great shot of you jumping in the pool!! It has been SO hot in Atlanta! The humidity is just insane lately. We moved this weekend and it hit 100 degrees. Not a fan! I drank ALL the water I could get my hands on!

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    1. I bet moving in that heat was challenging!

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  47. I definitely need to get to the pool more this summer. My kids don't like to be outside when it's so hot so we end up spending a lot of time indoors. Boo!

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    1. I can't blame them for not wanting to be outside, but I bet they would enjoy splashing around in a pool.

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  48. I need water too. We have a larger boat - one you can sleep on so we don't waterski anymore. Besides I'm not sure my ankle could withstand it. But I love just being near the water.
    So when's your next tri? You rock!!!

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    1. I had ankle tendon surgery and thankfully have no problems water skiing. My ankles really don't move around anyway. It's more of a strain on my upper body

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  49. Awesome job in your triathlon! Love the pictures. The heat and I just don't get along! The little ones and I usually stay indoors in the a/c if it hits the 90's... Wimpy northern folk 😊

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    1. That's why I need water. I can't be outside on this heat without it. I certainly don't like running in it.

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  50. That is great that you are using swimming as part of your exercise routine. It gives your joints a little break throughout the week. Keep it up girly!!

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    1. Swimming is great cardio! I never really understood that until recently.

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  51. Hoho! This is just a fun active log. You got so much cross training in. You really inspire me to use the pool more often! Your pics from your 1st triathlon look great - you look beautiful and strong! The last few days I have opted for indoor runs - the humidity is through the roof, you know what it is like:) Have a Wonderful Week - I'm excited to follow your Marathon training!

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    1. I'd be in the pool all the time where you live! June was all about mixing it up. I enjoyed it.

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