Sunday, July 10, 2016

And So It Begins... (WW # 49)

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M -- Complete Rest
T  -- Ran: 4 Miles Easy
W -- Ran: 4 Miles Easy + Swam: 30 Min
T  -- Swam: 30 Min
F  -- Brick) Cycled: 10 (14.7 mph) / Ran: 2 (9:44)
S  -- Ran: 7 Miles Easy + Cycled: 15 (15.1 mph)
S  -- Water Skied: 30 miles + Swam (Open Water): 15 Min + Strength

Total Run:   17 Miles
Total Cycle:  25 Miles
Total Swim:  75 Minutes
Total Water Ski:  60 Minutes (30 Miles)



When I woke up Tuesday for my first official marathon training run, this was the ticker. Only 96 days!  The feels like temp was already 81 at 5:30 a.m.  Let's do this thing!  My music died during the first mile, so I sang {People smile and tell me I'm the lucky one..... Anybody?}.  The birds were singing loudly too.  I was leaking profusely from every pore of my body when I returned home and left my clothes hanging to drip on the floor.  Every morning this week was a repeat of this one, weather-wise.



Honestly, the amount of sweat is freaky.  Speaking of sweat...I had to take my bike back to the shop because the new handlebar tape unraveled almost right away.  Young-Bike-Mechanic-Dude asked "Are you a heavy sweater?"  Bahahaha.   "Well yeah, duh!" was my reply.  The shop repaired for free {they'd better!} and I promised not to sweat anymore.  Right.

All fixed up again and ready for the next Tri!

My Cowabunga 5k race medal arrived this week.  I chose to run my virtual 5k on June 21st.  I remembered to take a picture of my watch to make it official.  The temperature and humidity were not extreme that day so I had a very pleasant progression run of 9:54-9:32-9:06 around my neighborhood.  


Level Up Virtual Runs is extremely creative with their race themes and medals.   The ribbons are always pretty too.  You also receive a SLS3 $25 gift certificate.  Those have come in handy for me to buy a few new Tri apparel pieces!  This month's Level Up theme is Just Keep Running!

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So this was a weird Triathlon/Marathon training week.  Mentally, it's difficult to do both.  After two great runs and one very satisfying brick workout, I had a horrible long run Saturday morning--well, what was supposed to be a long run anyway.  I just couldn't handle the heat and humidity.  When I bailed at mile 7, the feels like was 98 degrees (at 9 a.m.).   I had decided there was nothing good coming out of that run and it would be foolish to continue.  I felt disappointed and frustrated about my first week of marathon training.  However, I went for a 15 mile ride later than evening after some rain had fallen and that lifted my spirits.



Sunday started with an early drive to the lake for some quiet, morning water skiing.  The water is always calm at that time of day.   I did two 15 mile "runs" with a 15 minute open water swim in between.  Now that's my kind of brick workout!  That open water swim was the last one before my next Tri. The skiing conditions were simply ideal!  {Thanks PoPo!}  The rest of the day was spent doing very little.  I did cook shrimp and cheese grits for supper.



MY HAPPY PLACE


This coming week will be even more weird as I attempt to taper for the Capital of Dreams Sprint Triathlon.  And, somehow run.  I definitely need to get my long run in since I failed at that this week.  At this Tri, I'll be swimming with the current of the river in deep water.  I know the final 5k portion will be brutal, very hilly, and HOT so I can only hope the ride will be easy!

I'm very excited to soon be reviewing products from Skinny & Co
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Tell me about your week!

What are you currently training for?


And that's a wrap!


82 comments:

  1. I love reading about your water skiing adventures! I couldn't imagine juggling training for tris and a marathon at the same time. You're amazing to even consider it!

    As always, thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I'll be glad to have this Tri out of the way next weekend so I can focus on one thing. Although, I hope all this cross training will pay off in some way!

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  2. Those feels like temps sound brutal! It's amazing that you're juggling both tri and marathon training. Hope all goes well with your tri! Thanks for the link-up :)

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    1. I hope the dew point will be lower this week. It shouldn't feel that hot that early in the morning! I hope race day won't be extreme either.

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  3. You always look so awesome skiing :) You kicked but this week! I am impressed you are holding pace so well, week after week, in the heat :)
    The lake is beautiful.
    96 days are going to tick off fast!
    Heat and no music is too much together lol You should have seen me dripping today! I wore long sleeves because I was worried about the sun exposure on my bike lol

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    1. I don't feel like I'm holding pace at all. That two miler was a nice sub 10 surprise, especially after riding 10 miles. It definitely feels cooler on the bike, no doubt. I can understand wearing sleeves for sun protection. It's an excellent idea.

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  4. I considered this week the official training for my big race too (I'm only doing a half marathon this time) and I tell ya it's been hard getting out the door each day with these rising temps by 7 am! That's cool that you get certificates with your virtual runs!

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    1. The first thing I do is fearfully check the weather app. Then...groan. I don't mind getting up early for a run, but the humidity is worse at dawn. Very swampy.

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  5. Oh the humidity - it's really making running such a chore, isn't it? I don't blame you for bailing after 7 miles...those temps were just too freaking hot! Water skiing looks like it was much more fun, anyway.

    Oh, I have that exact bottle of coconut oil sitting here, waiting for me to do my review!

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    1. Anything in the water beats running right now! I hope we get a break in the dew point soon. I've never tried coconut oil so I'm interested to see what it's like.

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  6. I am still trying to wrap my brain around you doing two 15 milers skiing! Mr. Sippi and I had a conversation after you told me this. Neither one of us thought we could last more than 5 minutes!

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    1. PoPo and I had a long conversation about how FAR I ski -- so we actually calculated the mileage today. I know I normally ski 20-30 minutes per run, depending on conditions. (If it's choppy with other boat's waves, you tire out much quicker.) But, he thought the mileage would be a lot less. I thought it would be more!

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  7. Sounds like a hot week of training- great job getting in your workouts! I am not training for anything and am still recovering from a mysterious foot injury. I feel for all the runners who were out training in the heat and humidity this past week!

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    1. I did get plenty of workouts, just not the running I had hoped. Maybe we'll get a break this week, but probably not. I hope your foot heels soon!

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  8. Tapering while training for a marathon? Well, that's interesting! I'm sure you'll figure it out.

    I had a good race on the 4th, but sadly my week went rapidly downhill from there.

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    1. I hope you have a better week this week with Bandit. Yeah, I guess I'll just rest a day or two before the race and not overdo my runs this week.

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  9. The heat and humidity are brutal and take some getting used to! That's a crazy amount of waterskiing! That time on your feet should count too.

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    1. Although my running mileage is lower than I want, I haven't been slacking. Hopefully, my extra curricular activities will count for something.

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  10. I know I don't ski that far when I go. It feels like forever but it's not more than 10 minutes.

    Anyhoo, my friend and I want to really think about that waterski camp. Seriously. She's been waterskiing forever. Used to barefoot. I don't know if you were serious about it but if you were, maybe we could think about it for next spring?

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    1. Yes, I'd love to go to water ski camp. I told you I found one at the beach. Accommodations would be free. It doesn't get any better than that! What are we waiting on? I can't believe you have a friend use to barefoot! I've never tried that one.

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  11. gah, feels like temp of 98 by 9am?! that sounds horrible. i've somehow gotten lucky that my long runs have all been on low temp days, even if the days before were horribly hot. i'm not looking forward to the day when that stops. looking forward to following a your journey to chicago!

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    1. It was horrible! The next day wasn't quite as bad. I wish I had planned my run for that day. Hind sight is 20/20. If it continues, I'll just have to suck it up and maybe just run/walk I guess.

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  12. I agree with you completely that tri training messes with run (especially endurance) training. That heat sounds brutal. Come race day you're going to stand in the starting corral in Chicago and remember all those tough conditions you overcame and you'll know that those days were truly the tough part. The race is icing on the cake!

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    1. I hope so, Marcia. It didn't seem as bad last year. Or maybe I just have a bad memory. I know I never bailed on a run last year. I'll be happy to get this Tri done so I can focus on running.

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  13. Yay! Excited you started training too! 98 degrees at 9 a.m. is just cruel and unusual punishment. I think you were wise to call it. That's a really great picture of you water skiing. I can tell that's your happy place!

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    1. I was shocked at how hard that run felt and how bad I felt. I just couldn't do it. Getting in some great water skiing was the perfect way to counteract that bad run.

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  14. 96 days is still plenty of time Hoho - you are already so fit. It's not like your body isn't trained. But I do understand your frustration with the humidity - I have been moving a lot of my runs indoors lately. Just like in your area the early mornings here in Palm Beach are already hot and sweaty. My pace is suffering tremendously. The good thing is that while it is so hard to run in this heat it really makes you strong for your Marathon in the Fall. Knowing that helped me last year when I had to train for NYC throughout the hot Summer months here in Florida.
    I just love love love the Ninja Turtle Medal - my little 3 year old is such a big fan! I need to run a virtual race just for this medal alone. I need to find out more info.Have a great Running week Hoho!

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    1. That's what I told myself last year -- that I'd be strong for fall racing. And then I was out the entire fall with a stress fracture. I was so disappointed after running all summer in the heat with nothing to show for it!

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  15. I'm excited to hear how your tri goes! I'll be in a comatose state next weekend (recovering from my ultra), so I don't know if I'll have the gumption or alertness to link-up. I'll try to get a post started this week so it will only need a few updates added in...UGH. wish me luck. I had to DNF a race last night....too hot, humid, my mind was a mess and my hip/glute were NOT playing nice. It happens.

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    1. I can't wait to hear about your ultra! I know I couldn't be on my feet for that length of time. I hope your hip/glute calms down during this week. You'd better be resting up!

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  16. Look at you rockin one ski!! Great job! I skied twice last week and the second day was so sore could barely get out of the water! Let's say I drank a lot of lake water that day!!! For sweat in all the places... I call that swoob and Swass!!!

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    1. Skiing will make you sore. As much as I go, I am still usually sore on Mondays. Love it! Swoob and Swass!!

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  17. Great job doing what you can in that heat and humidity! Yikes! Cool water skiing pic!

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    1. All I can do is keep moving forward and attempt another long run again this weekend. Maybe Mr. Dew Point will be kind.

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  18. That lake is beautiful - so blue! That's so exciting you started training. I can't imagine running in that heat, but you're doing so well with all your workouts. One shortened long run now won't mess with your training.

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    1. That's what I'm hoping. It seemed pointless to push myself any further. It would have served no purpose except maybe to make myself sick or become injured.

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  19. How exciting to start training for your second marathon. It will be interesting to see what you think the second time around. I just finished week 2 of marathon 2 and I think it is a completely different mind set this time around. We've had heat too but we don't get the humidity you do, so it has been manageable. Have a great week !

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    1. Yes, it definitely feels different the second around (really the third training cycle for me!). The main goal is to stay healthy. It's one reason I didn't start as early as I did last year and concentrated on other activities instead.

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  20. Good luck with the triathlon and marathon training! I love how active you always are, especially during the summer with all of the water sports and other ways to stay fit. That picture of you on the lake is amazing!

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    1. I'm not sure I could get through the summer without my water therapy! I hope my other ways of staying fit pay off in my next Tri.

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  21. Yay for the start of marathon training! Its amazing that there's less than 90 days until Chicago, and I'm sure the time will just fly by. Boo to your music dying during the first mile of Tuesday's run. I absolutely hate when that happens. But at least it wasn't a long run.

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    1. I'm usually pretty good about keeping my electronics charged up but I forgot I had listened to music while doing my yard work the day before, which apparently ate the battery life.

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  22. 15 miles skiing? Wow!!! Yay for marathon training. Ugh, but all of the sweat is unbelievable huh? This past weekend someone reminded me that we have 90 days to go for the Chicago Marathon. Yikes!

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    1. I purposely opted for a later/shorter training cycle. But now Chicago seems very close and I'm second guessing that decision. I didn't factor in the runs I might not complete due to the heat/humidity. Ugh.

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  23. I'll hold onto that 96-day countdown since that's about how long it'll take for DFW to get through this heat. When I was getting fitted for shoes Saturday, I was asked how early I get up to run in the mornings. Ha! I don't, I stay inside.

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    1. Yep, we will stay hot here right up until the race. If it's hot in Chicago -- I'll feel absolutely at home. If it's cool, I'll cry tears of joy.

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  24. I'm not training for anything right now. I'll start in the fall for a few half marathons, but right now I'm just slogging through summer. You're right - the amount of sweat from running right now is insane. My clothes are just dripping, and I generally don't sweat a lot. This weather, though. Gross. Good luck with tri and marathon training! That's quite the endeavor!

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    1. I do sweat a lot, so you can imagine the puddles I'm creating right now. I need to get this Tri in the books so I can concentrate on that marathon.

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  25. I don't do the virtual race thing (it's all I can do to afford my actual races, honestly) but that Ninja Turtle medal is awesome! Good luck with the tri- I'm sure the run will be brutal after swimming and biking but a lot of people seem to do well in the 5Ks in tris because they are super warmed up. Water skiing looks really fun too!

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    1. I can certainly appreciate that. The race fees do add up fast. But, with the $25 gift certificate and the discount these are economical. So far, running after cycling has been very difficult for me. Perhaps I'm not saving enough for the run.

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  26. Great week, and those views!!! Gorgeous! I am not training for anything right now.

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    1. You know, not training for anything is fun. You get to do exactly what you want, when you want. I'd ski every day if I could. The logistics don't work though.

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  27. I'm glad that most of the runs went well this week! That hot and humid long run sounds tough. But your water photos are beautiful :)

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    1. I hope my long run will be better this week, even though it will be a day after my triathlon. It will have to be super slow.

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  28. I gotta say, I am a super sweater, like, really, it's unbelievable. And my bar tape is 4 years old & holding strong...so not sure why sweat would make yours come undone. Glad they re-did it for free!

    Also, 30 MILES of waterskiing!? I didn't even know that was possible. That would have to be a big ass lake! Water skiing ultra marathon!

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    1. I thought that was a lame excuse for the tape. I had no problem with my old tape except it was white and nasty. I think they forgot the glue, or whatever. The lake is long..about 15-16 miles. I skied from one dam to the other. And, then back again. I can only go that far when the water is calm. Rough water will wear you out!

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  29. I live vicariously through your skiing! That all looks so amazing and so fun!

    good luck with your training! the humidity has been a really mood killer! I hope it goes away!

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    1. Yes, my mood surely did not help my long run. I hope to have a better attitude about the heat/humidity for my next one.

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  30. Yay for officially starting marathon training for Chicago! Ah I remember the amount of sweat when I ran in NJ, it was crazy. I still sweat a lot but with the dry air here, it dries quicker. Way to go with the water skiiing! 30 miles total is amazing!

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    1. I have to alternate shoes because they sometimes don't dry out from one day to the next. Isn't that insane?

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  31. That skiing day sounds like so much fun (although my muscles ache a bit just thinking of it - great cross training!). Good luck with the start of marathon training in this super sweaty weather - it'll pay off when you get to run in cooler temps in Chicago!

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    1. Skiing is mostly upper body. Your legs really don't move the whole time. My hips and quads will get a little achy just from being engaged for so long. I hope Chicago's weather will be perfect!

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  32. Best of luck with your triathlon. I understand the challenge of tapering for a triathlon but at the same time training for a marathon. Would just running with less miles on the bike/swim be considered a taper?... Hopefully the heat would no longer be an issue for your marathon training and you have the chance to get your mileage in. Skiing looks like a lot of fun!

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    1. I've cut out my double workouts this week (no nightly swimming). I'm also just running easy miles. I'll rest the day before. I hope that's enough taper!

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  33. What are we going to do about this heat? I did my 6 miles on Saturday but wow! it was tough! I don't think we can get up early enough!! I got the coconut oil too- looking forward to trying it :) Have a great week!

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    1. I don't think there is anything we can do. August is usually the worst month for us. Something to look forward to!

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  34. yay for marathon training-I wont be deep into my mileage until later this Fall so I am happy to see others get going!

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    1. I'm really wondering why on earth I wanted to train for a marathon during the summer...again. I guess I didn't learn my lesson the first time.

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  35. It's only July and I'm completely over this heat. It's really starting to impact my marathon training. AKA I have not started training because I do not want to run.

    I love me some shrimp and grits! Great job on the workouts.

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    1. It really does affect your motivation. I've been going through the same thing.

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  36. Love those waterskiing pictures!

    You are getting it done and I can't wait to read about your sprint tri! I love living vicariously!

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    1. I"m getting very excited about the race! I hope I'll have a GOOD race report.

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  37. Staying up for 15 minutes, now that is pure talent!
    Big YAY for marathon training! I haven't been doing great on it myself with getting so sick this summer, but crazy as it sounds I still have an idea to try and pull it off in the short time I have left to train anyway. Either way, it will be fun trying:) Hope your continues to go great.
    Hope you get more lake time in this week!!!

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    1. Ahem...that's 15 miles (wink!). It's about 30 minutes each "run". I hope you are feeling better and can still have time to train for that marathon!

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  38. Kenny Loggins! I've got a 50K coming up in a few weeks and after a couple of down weeks, I'll start training for the Baton Rouge Beach marathon in December. I'm excited to start training for a "fall" marathon, because that means that fall is actually coming. Right?!

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    1. HA!! I didn't know Kenny Loggins sang that song too! I sing the Anne Murray version. Technically, I'm training for a fall marathon too. And yeah, fall is coming. I'll think of it like that!

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  39. That water skiing looked like fun!!! Sounds like you had a productive workout week!!

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    1. I hope these last few weeks will pay off at my Tri this weekend.

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  40. marathon training!! 96 days will fly by (well on some days it will feel that way,lol!)
    LOVE all the ski pictures and wow I want to go to your happy place!!!!
    Looks like a good week of training-I'm looking forward to your triathlon recaps! ill live through you vicariously, while I still ponder crossing over to the dark side
    :)

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    1. Your right, it will really get here before I'm ready. Especially if I don't get those long runs under my belt.

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  41. Good luck on your upcoming TRI... it sounds very challenging. I love your happy place, it looks so serene!

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    1. Yes, they are challenging. I'm getting very excited!

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