Fourteen

“Just keep swimming.”-Dory

Leg one of an Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim. If you are in the Ironman World Championship, the swim start looks like the photo above. It looks pretty scary to me, a couple of thousand people all trying to swim in the same direction at once, battling ocean waves, kicking legs, and stroking arms to try to find their own space in the water where they can swim unencumbered. Ironman Texas will not look like that. The Texas race has what is called a “rolling start”, similar to if you were starting a running race where you seed yourself based on your pace and your clock starts when you cross the timing mat. It will look more like the photo below, so instead of swimming with 2500 people at once, we’ll be swimming with more like the 50-100 people closest to us entering the water.

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Will that make it easier to find a space to swim? I have no idea. I can only hope. The reason I am writing about it this week is because it is February in Oregon. Currently, it is snowing outside which will last a few hours, then melt. There will be no opportunity for Aimee and I to get into a lake around here for open water swimming before we go to Texas. We’ll have one practice swim in Lake of The Woodlands the day before the race. While we are both doing well at swimming and will both be able to finish well under the 2 hour 20 minute cutoff time, practicing in open water with other swimmers close by, sloshing about has been difficult. At least it was, until last week when we went to the local public pool because the gym pool was closed. Turns out, they have a whole section of the pool without divider lanes and you can swim laps all you want. It’s about as close to open water swimming as we’ll get until Texas and there were plenty of people also swimming laps close by to give us the sense of what it will be to have water splash in our faces just at the moment we turned to breathe, reminding us how to skip a breath and not end up choking. It was great. I did 3000 yards, no stopping on Friday(1.7 miles). For me, that takes about an hour. There was a man on my left and one on my right and they really made the waves for me. I appreciated every minute.

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Public pool, Olympic sized. Will be going there a lot more.

The last half mile or so of the Texas swim will be down a canal. It’s narrow and it is my understanding that it will be like a washing machine with all the waves from swimmers bouncing off the walls and back into us. The good thing is, it isn’t deep, so if I get my goggles knocked askew, I can just swim to the edge and stand up to fix them. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. Often there are some battle stories about bloody noses, split lips, broken teeth, being kicked and dragged down, but I am hoping that lies with the people in the front who are racing for a Kona slot, not with the rest of us who are trying to do our best swim, yet be aware of those around us.

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Lake of the Woodlands Canal

The rest of week fourteen was pretty much the same old stuff, biking, running, strength work. We added watching some of the Olympics too. One of the best things to happen this week was receiving a package from a friend that contained two pairs of (used) Tri Bike shoes, and a brand new pair of running shoes. This is a much appreciated gift and I am so grateful. Tri Bike shoes have been on my list for awhile. The running shoes were a surprise bonus.

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Thirteen

Week thirteen was not very notable as far as training goes. It was all about the long run, long swim, and long bike, all of which I completed without problems. I decided this week to share a few of the many thoughts that go through my mind while I am training,

1. What to wear during the swim? Lake of The Woodlands, they say, is usually a non-wetsuit or wetsuit optional swim. This is determined by the water temperature. If the water is between 76.1 degrees and 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit, then wetsuit is optional. Above 83.8 degrees is a non-wetsuit swim. Aimee and I have both sleeveless wetsuits and swim skins (a textile material suit worn in place of a wetsuit that decreases drag in the water, yet are non-buoyant). We’ll bring them both just in case, but know that the wetsuit is best for us if that is an option because of the buoyancy and because neither of us are racing to get to Kona (In a wetsuit optional race, if you are trying to get to Kona, the rules require you to race without a wetsuit in order to qualify).

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Roka Swimskin. Benefit of being a member of Team Sirius Tri Club is a fantastic Roka discount.

2. How to get enough nutrition in while riding the bike and what should it be? This is the part that is most confounding. The on course nutrition is Clif shot gels and Gatorade Endurance. While I can manage to use these products, my preference is SkratchLabs. I like it better because it has a lighter taste and the ingredients are a little easier on the stomach. So the question is, can I keep enough Skratch with me on the bike until I get to the special needs bag (there is a stop halfway through the bike and run where we can pick up a bag with things we packed for the race, like extra nutrition, Aleve, Chapstick, change of socks, some real food like a peanut butter sandwich etc.) or do I just go with the on course stuff and hope I can handle it for 6-8 hours on the bike? I’ve been working on alternating the Clif products with real food and SkratchLabs because I think reality will be I’ll have a mix of both and of course, there is always the possibility of stuff being dropped off the bike while I am trying to get to it. This is a work in progress. I’ll have it figured out by race day.

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Pile of Clif shot gels. This pile would get me through 8 hours of biking. Kind of gross when you think about it. (I try not to)

3. Can I finish the bike course with enough time left to do the marathon? It is a question in which I waffle with the answer. When I am riding on the trainer, and things are going smoothly, my answer is a definite, yes. When we ride outside, doubts start to creep in knowing that a warm Texas day and a cold Oregon winter day are vastly different and the heat can slow me down.  The long ride Aimee and I just did was freezing cold and took far longer than expected. If the race has extra strong winds or extreme heat, it will definitely make us slower cutting into the run time. But, that is the way it will be for everyone, so I will just have to take what comes and hope that my training is solid enough to finish in time.

4. I often think about the progress I have made. I can see it and I can feel it. I wonder if it will be enough to get me across the finish line in 17 hours. I think it will, it seems like it should, but as always, we won’t know until it’s all over.

Those are a few of the multitude of thoughts that go through my head. I also often bring to mind some of the names on my honor list, especially those names of people I know personally. There is a sense of responsibility to those names and to those who have donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in their honor or memory. If you would like to donate to help carry on life saving research please click the donate link above today and make it so.

Twelve

“Some sessions are stars and some sessions are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them.” ― Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey

I am not going to be a world champion triathlete, but as I cross the halfway point of my Ironman training plan, I can see how the above quote is true. Thus far, I have had some really great training sessions and seen some major improvements in my swim, bike, and run abilities, as well as had some discouraging moments and training sessions that I would like to toss in the garbage. Overall, moving forward toward an Ironman finish line is what is happening and I am grateful that I have made it to the halfway mark.

The past week was a recovery week, so my sessions were a bit easier and a little shorter. I feel like I have done the week properly and am rested and ready to start the second half of this program. I did a little goofing around one day and rode on Zwift with Meredith Kessler. This is no small feat. I had to cheat a little and make my avatar weigh 115 lbs so I could keep up. Even then it was a struggle. Why is MBK always climbing mountains on Zwift? I lasted all of 10 minutes.  She won the Epic KOM (King of Mountain) jersey and when I commented on it, she said she was, “doing my warm up”(!!!).  Go MBK! Can’t wait to see you out on the Ironman Texas course!

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Almost catching up on the downhill.

Aimee and I ended our week with a mock Sprint Triathlon. This means we made up our own course and tried to mimic doing a sprint race (half mile swim, 12 mile bike 5k run). We started at the gym pool with a 900 yard swim. Both of us had PR swim times which we were very happy to see. Next, we headed up to the spin room and decided to ride for 45 minutes since no spin bike up there is calibrated very well for miles. The third leg was a 3.1 mile run outside in the sun, which showed itself for a little while. We did an out and back course which was downhill one way and then back up. We were both happy with the way we performed and it gave us encouragement to move forward through these final weeks. From here on out, every 4th Saturday will be a simulated race until we reach the real deal on April 28th.

In the week ahead, the weather looks to be changing in our favor, so we’ll attempt another outdoor long ride with friends. Denis and I drove out on some roads just to make sure they were all paved, and if crossing highways at certain places will be safe. We have a nice route planned on some new roads, with places for people to join up should they not want to go the full distance with us. I like these rides. The fresh air feels good and the time flies when we have a destination and ride with friends.

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Volunteering makes a difference to those who need assistance during cancer treatment.

My usual weekly plug is for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and I hope that you will make a donation today. I would also like to bring attention to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery driver program. I went to a volunteer appreciation lunch during the week and it reminded me how much need there is for patients to have a ride to their treatment and doctor appointments. If you are looking for a way to give of your time, they need drivers. Check with your local American Cancer Society chapter and ask how you can become a Road to Recovery driver.

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Eleven

“Saying ‘Gesundheit’ doesn’t really help the common cold – but its about as good as anything the doctors have come up with.”-Earl Wilson

The cold and flu season has struck with a mighty blow this year and unfortunately for me, I succumbed to a cold last Sunday. This is fortunate for you readers because I don’t have much in the way of a training recap this week to bore you with other than I took three days off doing nothing but trying to get over this thing, and then at the end of the week powered through a ten mile run and a 4 hour bike trainer session.

This week is a recovery week and I am going to try to stick to the schedule despite the temptation to do more because of the days lost last week. I will keep working on getting well and trying to prevent my lungs from acquiring a cough because from observation, the cough lasts for weeks and weeks.

Aimee and I are less than 90 days from Ironman Texas, we’re beginning to work out our nutrition and hydration plans and getting a little more excited about the race each week. Last week, another women’s favorite of mine, Linsey Corbin, announced that she has plans to race in Texas. I am looking forward to seeing their race from the inside, at least the small glimpses I will get as they pass by. It should be a great race, but Denis will have to watch the finish and tell me who won.

It feels like the time is getting short even though we have 3 months left. Time for those who have cancer is a valuable commodity and comes to be understood in a different way. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to helping researchers give women and men with breast cancer more time. Please donate today.

 

Ten

Mark 16:16-“He who believes and is baptized shall be saved…”

I”ll start off my post with the news from the end of the week because it is one that brings more joy into our lives than anything besides the birth of our kids. Zoe decided to obey the above verse to save her soul by being baptized into Christ. To have all of our family believe in God so strongly that they want make their lives centered upon Him is the ultimate goal as Christian parents. It’s our hope for all people we know.  If you haven’t taken the time to read the Bible, I highly recommend doing so.  It can change your life if you let it.

Surprisingly, the training part of the week went very well, and I am not as exhausted as I was. This could be either I am getting fitter and stronger, or because I took two days off of the bike due to a painful, nagging lump I developed over my sit bone due to ill fitting shorts on a bike ride. I went to a dermatologist and was treated with a cortisone injection, not so sure the result is complete yet, so I have been letting several days pass in between riding for it to resolve. Let’s hope it does. When I finally did take a ride, I rode with Zwift. Meredith Kessler was out on the course, so I had my avatar join her on the road. First, I had to see how fast she was going and get myself up to speed(luckily, she was not going too fast at the moment), then when I was placed behind her, I had to sprint to catch up. I passed her so I could slow down because I knew she would be near just long enough to get a screen shot. Then I slowed back down and did my warm up and my own ride. I never saw her again on course.

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Meredith Kessler passing me on a Zwift hill. I had to work hard to get ahead of her long enough for this screen shot. Whew!!

Thursday also marked 100 days until Ironman Texas! We are now in double digits!

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Passed the 100 day mark.

Running and swimming were the focus of the week and I am happy with the way both are coming along. On Saturday, Aimee and I participated in a quarter marathon race. She came in sixth in her age group, I came in fourth. Not bad for a rainy cold day. We had opportunity to discuss our pacing for Ironman Texas and to think about possible obstacles so we have a plan B in place to deal with them. I think we are going to try to stay together for the whole race, but I am not sure how that will work out on race day.  This is why we are discussing plan options.

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Finished a cold quarter marathon.

The final event of the week was also Denis and my 28th anniversary. We took in dinner and a movie. The dinner was of course too good, and I ate too much. Denis is my number one supporter as always and he came and stood in the cold while Aimee and I raced in the morning, also handing out some fundraising cards while we were out on the course.

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He’s my biggest supporter. Came out on a cold morning to cheer me on.

10 years ago when we were celebrating our 18th anniversary, I did not know I had cancer, but it was there. When we got to our 19th anniversary, I was relieved and happy that we were still sharing life together. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation wants to see other couples celebrate many anniversaries. Please donate today and help fund lifesaving research.

Nine

“I got 99 problems….and they’re all my sore muscles!”

Week nine brought a new set of challenges and some pretty sore muscles. I have been expecting them to come along and I am pretty sure that the rest of the training schedule will involve many more sore days. That’s okay, it just means I am alive and hopefully getting stronger.

The beginning of the week was rainy and I had a short hill repeat session, so I decided to take our puppy, Kodiak, and work on running with him. He did a pretty good job, but has a habit of trying to pick up sticks on the run, which sometimes means we suddenly stop if he doesn’t get it as we go past. Otherwise, he is becoming a good runner keeping on one side of me. The most exciting news of the week is that the pool heater is fixed! Aimee, Tami, and I had a good swim and surprisingly, the whole pool to ourselves. My swim continues to get better and I am becoming more confident each week.

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Finally! A warm pool.

The end of the week was busy with appointments and as I said last week, I proposed to do my long run from our house 8.5 miles down a trail and meet Adam at his appointment. This had its moments of regret as I ran. The beginning was nice and flat, and I knew I would have to run up over a pretty good sized hill, but I thought the downhill would be similar with switchbacks and I would just gradually make my way down. This wasn’t reality at all. The other side was peppered with steep rollers that at times I had to walk up. However, I did make it to Adam’s appointment with time to spare, the trade-off was starting Saturday’s long ride with very sore legs.

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My run started here in my own neighborhood on a network that connects about 13 miles of trail north to south.

Saturday was an almost Spring day! Tami, Aimee, and I started off in the fog and headed out for our 55 mile ride. We stopped along the way and picked up one of Aimee’s co-workers, Mike, who rode about 25 of the miles with us. By mile 30 the sun had come out and I was definitely suffering. My legs were losing power little by little as we rode up a a very deceptive 7 mile incline. Riding the return route home, it was just me spinning in a low gear trying to get back, legs toast, and seat sore. The final thing I needed to do was a 30 minute recovery run. I tried, but could only muster a little jog for a few feet at a time and ended up walking the majority of it. This is where doubts crept in my head about finishing a full Ironman. If I can’t run after 55 miles, how am I going to do it after 112? There are 104 days left to train and then I will have the answer.

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Rare sunny, January ride with Tami, Aimee, and Mike.

My long run on Friday was also an homage to Lenora Edwards. During her final months, a part of trail I ran on was being completed near her house and I told her that one day, I would run from my house to hers on the trail that connects us, at 6.3 miles. I made it up that hill and beyond. As I passed her street and house, I thought about all the people on my list who I am racing for in theirmemory. It would be really nice to be racing in honor of surviving instead. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to saving lives. Please donate today.

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The bottom of a long climb over Cooper Mountain. Lenora’s house was almost at the top.

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Eight

“It’s important to not be afraid of failure and to push yourself to try things and jump in the cold water. There are incredible, beautiful opportunities out there.”- Jurgen Teller

Brr. Cold water has been the theme of the week! Besides the weather being cold all around the nation, the pool at the gym has not yet been repaired and the water is still very cold. They did something and for one day, it had been a few degrees warmer, but for the most part, we’re all learning to get the job done quick so we can get out of there. Every time I sit at the edge of the pool to put my feet in, I hope that I will be pleasantly surprised with warm water, only to be sadly disappointed. Adaptation to the cold is short lived and by the time I am finished with the swim, I am so happy to get out!

Eight weeks of training are complete. One-third of my training plan is done and there are  sixteen weeks left to Ironman Texas. The recovery week went well, and I feel like I have rested up from the last 4 week block, ready to take on the next one. According to my training plan, it begins the “build” portion of my training. It starts out with some hill repeats on the run and speed intervals on the bike and ends up with a long run on Friday, and long bike on Saturday. Friday’s schedule is tight, so I am going to try something different to fit everything in. I am going to run from our house on the THPRD trail for 8.5 miles, leaving the house 2 hours (to allow time for traffic lights) before Adam who will drive to meet me for an appointment at the end of the run and bring me home. I have never run this part of the trail before. We have been fortunate to live near some very nice trail systems.

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Map of part of local trail systems. I am starting at the top and ending 1.5 miles below the bottom of this picture.

Yesterday, the week ended by attending the memorial service of a beautiful woman, Lil Peak, who lived a life of true endurance. A different cancer had taken her vocal chords many years ago, and I had forgotten that she was also a breast cancer survivor of 20 years, so I am adding her to my honor list. Her daughter’s eulogy was befitting and highlighted how this woman loved and served God with her entire being in spite of the adversities that came in her life and that she was a contented woman who sought to always have her conduct glorify God and to share His Word with anyone who would give her the opportunity. Attending such a memorial service brings to mind Ecclesiastes 7:2: “It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart.” What I do each day to train and get ready for this Ironman is purely recreational and crossing the finish won’t get me to Heaven, but if I continue to remember that God comes first and live that way, I will receive a much better reward as it says in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”  If you want to know more about the faith I have in God and learn about His Word, feel free to private message me.

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Ms. Lil passed away at the age of 83.

Lil Peak was a breast cancer survivor and a survivor of cancer that affected her vocal chords. Cancer was not the cause of her death, she lived to be an old woman. She is one of the many women who survived because of cancer research. Please donate today to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and honor her and other survivors.

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Seven

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.”-Anonymous

Happy New Year! 2018 is here and Ironman Texas is four months away! It definitely doesn’t fall in the category of a resolution because unless the unexpected happens and as long as the Lord is willing, I will be at the start line. I have completed 7 weeks of my training plan. This last week was compressed a little by the Christmas holiday and the gym being closed. A little rearranging of the schedule and I was able to get it done. It wasn’t an easy go of it though, my mettle was tested in the form of the pool heater being broken and the water being very, very cold once again. Getting myself out of bed and to the pool was a battle, but we’re supposed to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, so in the pool I went! The week ended with a Friday, 3 hour garage trainer ride with Aimee and Wendi and new comer to the garage, Christine. Having people with us on these rides makes it so much better and the time go faster. My final day was a longer swim and longer run, which felt very hard at first, but once I settled in, managed to chug along at not much slower than the last time I did a longer run, so I’ll take it. This week is a recovery week, so much less volume and a chance to rest up.

In a couple months I will pass the ten year anniversary of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Thinking back ten years ago, we were preparing our house to host the wedding of friends starting their lives together at the start of a new year. I had cancer, but didn’t know it yet.  I don’t remember what I did each day from January 1, 2008 when I had that insidious beast growing in me unknowingly until February 28th when I received the diagnosis and my world changed instantly, but I do know this, there are women and men out there today ready to face the new year looking forward to something wonderful in their lives and have cancer, but don’t know it yet. Here is a plug for early detection. Get your mammograms done. Don’t put it off when it is due, just go do it. Early detection saves lives and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to saving lives as well. Please donate today so research can continue to benefit us all.

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Six

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Sam Levenson

Merry Christmas! What a week it has been! I put the above quote there as a reminder to myself because I am exhausted. The week started out fine, but as it progressed, my legs became more and more tired until they felt like dead sticks. Remember when you were in school at the end of the day watching the clock and you were sure that you saw the second hand tick backwards once in awhile? That was me on the bike Thursday. I just know that the digital display of seconds paused on its own every now and then. Despite being tired, I did push on and made it to the end. Ah, rest day, how welcome you are!

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Even watching a Christmas movie didn’t make time pass quickly.

The highlight of the week was David’s 21st birthday. We went to an escape room which was pretty fun. If you don’t know what that is, it is a place where they lock you in a room and there are puzzles, clues, and riddles to solve to get out. We had an hour, we didn’t succeed. It was very clever and quite enjoyable though.

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21 years old. He is becoming a good man.

There are over 170 names on my honor list now. I thought I would take this time to share the names I have collected since the end of October. Please donate today to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and help this list be honored.

Robin Dormer
Peggy Velthoen
Maureen Patrick
Anne Patrick
Edna Dukes
Holly Dukes
Jamie Curtis
Michelle Brown
Veronica Foiadelli
Marceline Foiadelli
Tina Rose
Letha Marzell
Jennifer Reimer
Misty Claussen
Janet Lum
Barbara Bigelow
Marylin Hollimon
Sarah White
Lisa Gantz
Debbie Cosgrove
Rhonda Hannon
Judy Ipema
Liz Mackey
Gina Birkmire
Christina Ciano
Sharon George
Francia Scheetz
Mary Reed
Mary Jane
Penny Oakes
Brenda Bracken
Amy Lindquist
Jeanette Wielenberg
Lori Jean
Barbara Bass
Shirley Jackson
Holly Mayer
Nancy Burkhardt
Susan Marie
Amy Barton
Maggie Benjamin
Melissa Tang
Patricia Greer
Kristie Serrano
Andreia Sacca
Laura Harshbarger
Holly Northcott
Lisa Sine
Megan Kessler
Nancy Martin
Deb King
Nicole Hunt
Michelle Allen
Vickie Pickel
Allison Kendall
Kathleen Cook
Leah Spiegel
Christina Root
Jennifer Sanderson
Karen Shipman
Linda McCart
Christa Vatland
Janelle Wade
Michelle Allen
Leanna Clemmons
Sarah Armento
Mona Assadi
Kimmie Kim
Whitney Lowe
Carol Marosi-Gomez
Agneta Gillser
Michelle Dressler
Deborah Weaver
Mary Rose
Alison Carriger
Doris Stowe
Barbara Burrell-Hutchins
Leah Morasse
Sherry Berger
Denizie Lopes
Sarah Day
Annette Marino-Costa
Beth Ann Higgs
Mary Ann Brown
Harriet DeVore
Suzanne Gauvreau
Mary Rose Knipp
Christine Sansone
Patty Mashike
Priscilla Holberton
Deb Schroeder
Sherri Johnson
Carey Bruder
Judy Welbourne
Mary Koss
Ashley Marie
Roopnandan Singh
Bill B
Bernard Berins
Gil Ben-Kely
Alan Blood
Brock Bowles
Paul Brown III
John Danyluk
Peter Devereaux
Lee Giller
Leonard Glazer
Jose Gonzalez
George Hansen
Josh Hendrix
John Lunardo
Jerry Rubenstein
Dick Shulte
Jack Spanfelter
Kevin Sporleder
Ronald “Fatty” Taylor
Bob Trafter
Marlyn Washburn
Ken Williams
Kitty Powell

 

 

Five

“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted”- Denis Waitley

Week 5 started with the best gift of having David and Zoe return home from college on Monday. They’re going to be here for several weeks and I am happy to have us all back together under one roof. I am looking forward to a happy vacation for them and doing some family things as Denis takes the remainder of the year off for vacation.

It was also a week about health. Being nearly ten years out from cancer, my visits to the oncologist have decreased to just an annual check up, which was this week when I visited with Dr. Langer. Besides being an excellent doctor, one of the many things I like about her is she is never late. I cannot think of even one time that I have had to wait for her, in fact, she is so timely that on occasion, I have barely gotten into the gown before she was knocking on the door ready to see me. This week was no exception, she was even early by about 15 minutes, so I was in and out in no time. MRI looking good, no cancer. See you next year!

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Dr. Lucy Langer. Giving me the thumbs up for no cancer!

The other part of my health week involved a screening colonoscopy. Not the most pleasurable of experiences, but I had put it off for a year, so it was time to get it done. Fortunately, the doctor who did it had a great sense of humor and a real appreciation for how much we patients just want to get it over with and out of there. It truly wasn’t a bad experience. If you are putting off yours because you dread the idea, just bite the bullet and get it done. The idea of it is worse than the reality and you could save your own life.

As far as my training plan goes, it was a good week. Obviously, I had an extra day off for the colonoscopy, but it didn’t hurt my fitness at all. The week ended with a long swim, a long run, and a long bike. The swim was again one of my best ever times, so I was thrilled with that, followed almost immediately by a 90 minute run which I thought I would have trouble completing, but to my surprise was able to hold a decent pace (for me) the entire time and completed more miles in that 90 minutes than I thought I would! Saturday morning, Denis and I took advantage of his company family holiday party in which they rent out a movie theater and show a movie for little kids and a movie for older kids and adults. We saw the latest Star Wars episode. Our kids had already seen it on opening night, so didn’t want to go with us. This left my 3 hour ride to Saturday afternoon. Tami was kind enough to come over with her bike and trainer and set up in our crowded bonus room to ride with me. We did a little PEAR ride for about 90 minutes, then I showed her Zwift, which we knew Linsey Corbin was riding at the time, but there is no way I can ever keep up with her, so we didn’t see her on the road. It was a good ride and we got it done. My legs are a bit tired today, but it is a recovery day and tomorrow I will be ready to start a new training week and get ready for Christmas.

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End of a 3 hour trainer ride in the bonus room with Tami.

It is true that time slips away from us and for some, so does good health. Sometimes health is affected abruptly as in the case of cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is funding research aimed at giving breast cancer patients back their health and extending their time on this earth with family and friends. Please donate today and help this life saving research continue.

Today, I am thankful for continued good health and for good times with family.

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