Sunday, October 27, 2013

What I Said Goodbye To Yesterday

Holy Crap. It’s real:

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Right now my prized bike is sitting in a truck covered by a blanket and being driven on some highway between here and Florida. At least she is in good company with all of the other tri bikes (and let me tell you, Boulder people have some tri bikes that cost more than my car). I hope she is not intimidated by the fact that they all have fancier wheels, color schemes and gadgets. Let’s face it, she is a bit mainstream and plain. Just like her owner. At the end of the day (HATE that expression, but it fits here) it’s not the sword, it’s the swordsman, or something like that.

Yesterday was the second to last ride I will do on my bike before Ironman Florida. I’m using my road bike for these last few rides. I passed a herd of buffalo as I went out for my short one hour, 15 minute ride. Maybe I have dementia, but I can’t remember growing up in Maryland and seeing buffalo roaming around. I have to say, it’s damn special.

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Another thing that made all of this Ironman Florida stuff seem real? These came in the mail yesterday:

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Yes, I am hoping my family and friends who are spectating will honor me by wearing these shirts. I hope they are not mistaken for construction cones.

And guess what? My little Sam turns 16 today. I cried. He cannot be this old. I remember when he was just a pinto bean in my uterus.

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Tell me one thing you did or saw this weekend.

SUAR

53 comments:

  1. Went to neighbor's daughter's wedding, watched Tiger football, Cardinals baseball and went for a pretty run in the fall color while daughter had basketball practice.

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  2. Your kids are cute, glad that they modelled their pics. Today I ran a 10k with a running buddy I've not seen in a while. Would have been a great run except for the ice pellets driving into my face. It hurt! I guess Old Man Winter wanted to make a dramatic appearance.

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  3. Ran my first ten-miler! Excited for an upcoming first half marathon in a couple weeks!

    Looking forward to hearing your race report! You're going to rock it!

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  4. I am so excited for you.

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  5. Ran 14 miles-my longest distance so far. I can't wait for your race!

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  6. I ran my 10k. Took 10 mins off last year's time and I conquered the evil hill!!!
    You are going to rock out your Ironman!! We will be spectating at a distance! Woot!!!

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  7. Several hawks. A guy riding without a helmet but had clip in pedals/shoes. A really overweight woman who should have been walking on flat ground instead of having to sit down while climbing a short mountain road. Have a great race and hope the back doesn't give you any problems.

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  8. Happy Birthday to Sam!

    I heard a bazillion deer during my 11 mile bike ride yesterday, but then 2 ran out in front of me as I was going down hill. I almost peed.

    Hope you have an awesome race!!

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  9. I ran the RnR Los Angeles Half today and saw lots of fun costumes. My fave was a group of 4 Elvises (Elvi?) that were pushing a jogging stroller containing a boombox that pumped out Elvis tunes the whole way. They also had a backpack full of Miller Lite that they drank while running. Literally - can in hand while running along. That's one way to fuel! They were fun, though.

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    1. Love the running while drinking!

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    2. My husband calls Miller Lites "sports drinks."

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  10. I did the Komen Race for the Cure Nashville. My boss was injured so we walked it together. I guess I "Walked With My Boss for the Cure."

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  11. Ran the American Cancer society run at the local race track and took my daughter trick or treating the state park and drank lots of wine sitting around the campfire. Rumchatta is really good!

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  12. I turned 46 today and tried tikki masala (yummy but made my ears sweat)

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  13. Ran a half marathon on Saturday, biked 65km with my partner on Sunday, and then had popcorn and wine for dinner because I'm a grown-up and I can. :) Good luck next weekend!

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  14. I love the spectator shirts. I should have gotten some for my family. I did get my shirt that I will wear in the NYC marathon. On the back it says, "the voice in your head that says you can't . . .is a liar!"

    By the way, I love the sword analogy. You left out the 'not' but I understood it.

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  15. 16?!?!? I'm pretty sure I remember Sam turning 12, like a year or two ago! Happy birthday!

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  16. Can't wait to hear about how you do next weekend! Hope your back is feeling better. I just got home from the Colorado Rising concert - good times, but will pay for it tomorrow, it's tough to go out on a school night these days. :)

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  17. Happy Birthday Sam! My brother's birthday yesterdar too! We now have the same age for a month and a day ;)
    Went to a fundraising race/march yesterday and we saw a hot air balloon on our way there, just ready to "take off"
    I'm off to NYC on Thursday, OMG! It's getting real too!
    Have fun Beth, you'll do great! I love orange!

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  18. Saturday did a 4 mile Halloween fun run and came in 2nd in A.G, 3rd woman over all.. wine tasting and family dinner Sunday.
    Super excited for you!!! Your One step closer to finishing a HUGE goal!!!

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  19. I ran my last long run and logest run ever (22 mile) before the taper in my first marathon training schedule. First marathon in less than three weeks. I'm stoked. Happy tapering. Good luck in FL.

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  20. Hockey started! As much as I enjoy running, there really is nothing like playing hockey with a bunch of other old ladies.
    You are going to rock it in FL!
    Renee W.

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  21. Ran on the toughest trail in GA. And whined about it the whole day :)
    No worries Beth, those expensive bikes are only as good as the person riding them and your Plain Jane is going to do great!

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  22. Those are same crazy cool shirts. Love them. I am 3 weeks out from the Las Vegas marathon. Put in 21 miles on Saturday morning. Have fun in Florida!!!!

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  23. Last run was 44 days ago :( I fractured my tibia plateau and tor my MCL, LCL, and ACL in a fall @ home( yes, I am a clutz!) Bone is healing and started PT 3 weeks ago-putting weight on it and walking with crutches now. ACL surgery not scheduled yet
    Anyway, reading your blog has been a blessing for me--love your outlook on stuff!! Wishing you the best of luck in Florida--Stay Strong!

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  24. Soon!!! You will kick ass, Beth. You have planned well, now run your plan. I watched 2 friends do their first Ironman this year. It is so inspiring!!!

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  25. I ran in the Hairy Gorilla Trail Half Marathon dressed as Wonder Woman!! My 2nd Half, and my first trail half marathon - wow it was really hard, have to think about every foot step! Good luck this weekend love reading your blog.

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  26. You are SO ready and you are going to have a great experience! Love the shirts for your cheerleading squad - plus, you will have so many of us virtual cheerleaders sending you happy speedy vibes on race day.
    This weekend I ran my 20-miler and ate a bison burger. Really.

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  27. I took my first Excel class, pulled out winter/packed up summer clothes, ran 5.1 miles (I've scaled back my running goals since finding out I'm pregnant), shopped with my mom & sister and watched Walking Dead last night with my husband! It was a great, productive weekend.

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  28. I ran the Marine Corp Marathon! And now I'm back at work. Yay Army!

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  29. Sounds like everyone had way more fun than I did. I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday nursing my son back to health after 104.5 fever, dehyrdation, delirium, strep throat and a run in the ambulance to the ER. I was so tired by Sunday that NOTHING but cleaning and disinfecting the house got done.
    Amy P. Philly runner.

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  30. I ran a half marathon in a sailor costume. I'm still dealing with the chaffing but it's okay because I got another PR. (It's very nice in Florida right now so hopefully it will stay that way for you during your ironman, good luck!)

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  31. I ran Marine Corps as well - saw a sign that said "Quit whining, I'm tired, too!"

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  32. I've loved watching this journey of yours. You're going to rock it! Are you going to do a goals post? I hope so! I can't wait to track you!

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  33. I've just recently started following you, so I had no idea you were training for Ironman! I have a whole new layer of respect for you. Hope your bike makes it safe and sound. My little unfancy Trek would probably feel equally intimidated amongst all the fancier wheels, but it got me through a half Ironman the first year I got it, so we have a special attachment.

    Good luck!

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  34. I saw wild turkeys in fields as I ran by, they didn't even say hi back to me. good luck to you Beth! I followed you since you started and I'm rootin' for ya ~ I'll wear orange in your honor...you've inspired me to sign up for my 1st Tri in May 2014. I HAVE TO ask now...have you done any open swim yet to prepare for Florida? Best of Luck!
    Peggy

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  35. I ran 9 miles - my last "long" run before next week's NYC marathon. I also went for a hike, carved pumpkins with my kids, watched their last cross-country match of the season and roasted marshmallows on a fire in our backyard. Love fall in the northeast!

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  36. I heard coyotes howling and saw geese flying overhead on a beautiful Southern California Fall day!

    Happy birthday, Sam!

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  37. I can't believe your kid is 16 either! I guess you always assume that the mythical blogger creatures you read about just stay frozen in time.

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  38. Went for a 4.5 mile hike in the woods this weekend in the gorgeous Minnesota fall weather!

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  39. Hope Sam had a great birthday. My daughter's birthday is today.

    I ran a 5K as my last speed session before my marathon this weekend.

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  40. worked on some photography & decided to start training for 1/2 marathon...by the way where were those buffalo? I need to get some photos of them! Kick butt at your race!

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  41. I ran 15 miles (10 with dog), made veggie chili and drank delicious mulled wine. Pretty good weekend.

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  42. Went to a chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda. How cool is that?

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  43. I have been a spectator at IM events and I agree - it is an endurance sport in itself! Oh my god I am getting so excited and nervous for you Bess. GO GET 'EM!!!!

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  44. GAHHH still bummed i will not be able to come cheer, wish NYC wasn't the same weekend!!! I have to admit worrying about transporting my bike is one thing that freaks me out about doing a tri!

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  45. You are an inspiration and with all of your ups and downs make me feel better about mine. Happy 16th to your "little" man. Mine will be 10 soon and I wonder how my "bean" grew up so fast too. I am so excited for your adventure. I love reading your updates. I ran a short long run. I am pooped and on a winter schedule, so allowed myself to be ok with stopping short of my goal of 10 miles this weekend. I did 6 instead :)

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  46. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon!! It was my first marathon and what an honor to be a part of this incredible race! The marines were everywhere, and so encouraging and supportive! My nephew and his fiancé are in Afghanistan, I ran for them and all of our service men and women! I also raised fund for the Burma organization where monies are used for training and medicines are backpacked by medics into remote ares of eastern Burma to aid victims oppressed by the Burmese government. It was a joy and honor to run such a well organized and incredibly beautiful course in our nations capital!

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  47. So cool Beth. You are really gonna be an IRONMAN!

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  48. Good luck to you. Enjoy the experience...awesome.

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  49. Things are getting exciting around here!! Just because I feel like I can relate to the bike thing - my bike cost exactly $900 which is laughable in the cycling world. Well I just competed in the Duathlon National Championship and placed 6th in my age group qualifying me for the Wolrd Championship in June. Take that fancy bikes!!! You're going to be great b/c YOU will be riding the bike. Go get 'em!

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