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Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.


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“You have to start believing you can do it”

“You have to start believing you can do it” is what my friend told me last night when I said I wasn’t sure if I could swim 6×100 on a 2:10 send off. Swimming has been my slowest sport of the three and also the one I have seen the slowest improvement in, until recently. A fellow swimmer suggested I make one correction with my right arm and I have seen a great improvement in my times since. But swimming 6×100 on 2:10? That is a big jump I didn’t think I was ready to see. Maybe 2:20 or 2:30…

The first place to start was to do a 100 time trial today all out, nothing left behind. So I did a warm up of 1,000 meters, then 150 of 25 meter sprints, then 350 of stroke work. With 1500 meters behind me I was warmed up, gave myself a minute rest and took off – 100 meters in 1:52. That is lightening speed for me – and I did it without wearing fins. When I sent my friend a text, all it said was “1:52”. The reply – “That’s good! Based on that you should be able to do 6×100 on 2:10.” I will know for sure on Tuesday when I attempt it. Next week I add Tuesday as my 4th swim in the week as I build up to 6 swims a week.

Later my friend sent another message instilling reality – “It will start to get tough with 4 swims. You need to get the turns down.” Flip turns – something I fear. Yes I have to start believing I can do a flip turn. I also have to stop believing I will crack my head open on the wall.


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New Year, New Ideas to Tri

I decided with 2012 to attempt a blog. Who knows how well it will go, but I would like to give it a try. Or should I say tri – as in triathlon. My focus for the blog is on my personal life and my activities. My greatest passion in my free time is training and participating in running and triathlon races. I am a middle of the packer – and I have just recently graduated to that position.  A good amount of my day outside of work is spent on training, so it will have a big place here. I also love to read and my latest book series have been centered around vampires. J.R. Ward is the author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series I am currently reading, so a few vampires and other characters may also grace these pages. Enjoying life with friends and travel, which sometimes are combined, also are passions of mine and these adventures too will be a focus on my blog. So how is that for a trifecta? Triathlon, fun reading, and enjoying the best this world has – friends and places to travel.