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September 18, 2021
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Race day tomorrow!  It's been such a crazy week with work that I haven't been able to give it any real consideration.  I took my bike in for a tune-up and then kept forgetting to pick it up so I booked that into my schedule yesterday and may take it for a little spin today just to ensure all is working well.
I don't recall what estimated time I put in but I know I was generous and looking at the start times I'm mid to back of the pack.  I start at 8:58:30.  How is that for accuracy?
Aside from my mother and sisters and the peeps here and on Strava - no one knows I'm racing so it TOTALLY caught me by surprise when my employee wished me luck on Sunday!  I asked how she knew and doh!  When I shared my calendar she could see the names of my meetings and it's in there along with "book swim", "swim" etc.  I had assumed it would just show as "busy".  So there's the possibility my leadership knows as well although doubtful they look.  Of cours[...]
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September 18, 2021
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Had a really good time for day 1 of OWOA. I met up with my photography buddies first thing, and had dinner and chatted well into the night with the medical director of GOBA - the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure - that I used to ride. I had a course in gun basics. One of the instructors is a retired marine who now works seasonally with the park service. What a great way to spend retirement! When we were at Marblehead a few weeks ago, the Area Park director said that she loves to hire retired people. They are so much more reliable than kids today. If only I was a "normal" retired person, I'd snap up an opportunity to work in the parks!

Today, I actually get to shoot, then do some kayaking in the afternoon. I was delighted to find out that the GOBA doc and her partner are also kayaking. We actually went jug fishing together two years ago at OWOA. They are so much fun to hang with!
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September 17, 2021
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Chest, hips, and abs
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September 17, 2021
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Gorgeous day, it is starting to feel like fall. Lots of spiderwebs on the singletrack, some of which I cleared with my face. Ugh...
After riding, Brenda and I went to Core Life and sat outside.
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September 17, 2021
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This morning, I dropped Kevin and his bike off at the airport. They are going to Utah for a week -- yes, the whole state! Park City and Moab with a side trip to Grand Junction, CO where the highlight is expected to be the Palisades Plunge.
Kevin planned this trip when he got vaccinated this spring, figuring that all would be well by September. He's not too thrilled about the air travel portion of the trip.
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September 17, 2021
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Duplexes appraisal is IN! Drumroll...... the property that I bought just over two years ago for 225k (and that also includes a 4-bedroom, 2-bath house that is not included in this appraisal amount) just came in at 360k. I think the house would be worth at least 250k so I have managed to buy something that has nearly tripled in value. This is not all market forces either. There was some serious blood, sweat and tears involved in bringing everything up to acceptable condition and placing quality tenants. This means so many great things. 1) I can reduce my interest rate from 6% to 4% (about as low as can be had for non-owner occupied investment) After accounting for inflation and expected incremental market rent increases, I basically will not be "paying" any interest at all. 2) This re-fi pays off the portfolio loan that also included the house as collateral so now these properties are legally separated and can be sold at any time independently which is basically why I got such a Rocks[...]
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September 17, 2021
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Covid test came back negative and I'm feeling better today - still a little stuffy, but better. I'm glad I had the test done. With the current situation, I get so paranoid if I get a cold, but I'd rather be safe going into a group situation.

I am packed up and ready to go to my wild women weekend. This afternoon, I'll sit through a gun basics course so I can shoot tomorrow. I did not make it into the "how to take better pictures with your phone" session, but if the instructors are the same as last time, I will sit down with them to see how I can make my decent pictures better. They are a married couple who travel around taking pictures for state parks and really nice people!
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September 17, 2021
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In case anyone is interested...VIONIC has brought back their "Lizbeth" sandals. These are the ones I walked all over Europe in. I wear them in airports, on vacations, amusement parks, museums, and in my regular life. I wear them all. the. time. You can imagine I my dismay when they became rancid after my feet sweat in them for 2 weeks straight in Italy. I couldn't find replacements, so I washed them in the washing machine and that allowed me to continue to wear them (without offending bystanders) while I searched for a gently used pair. (They were discontinued by Vionic)
Located a "store display" pair on eBay, bought them, retired my old ones, and all was well in the world.
I must not have been the only person psychotically trying to get my hands on a replacement pair. In a shocking development out of left field, Vionic BROUGHT THEM BACK. 6 years after their original release. 
Yesterday afternoon I ordered a *new* pair. I am tempted to get them in every color, but I ha[...]
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September 17, 2021
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Woke up and decided I didn't feel like running or doing anything else this morning. Went back to sleep until Matt got up at 6:00. Was nice. TGIF.
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September 17, 2021
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Upper body light. 16 reps
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September 17, 2021
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The drive wasnt awful but i am trying to figue out how to make it to tonight's event at 7:30, 40 minutes away!!!
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September 17, 2021
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Exciting development that I get to watch one of Christina's dogs this weekend - last minute trip for her and they can only take 1 dog to some cabin so the other will hang out with me and Ellie Mae. I love him!
There was also a lot of drama that unfolded with her at work while I was gone. Short story is that she was told she's going to be put on a formal performance plan (through HR) as her work is consistently not up to par. She's super upset of course, but still in the running for a role at one of our sister companies. The role I thought she was a shoe-in for was bumped up 2 levels and filled without posting, which sucks because she was already deep into the interview process. 
She sent me the "informal" performance plan she was given back in May and it's pretty brutal. What I don't understand is why our boss gave her a "satisfactory" rating in Feb/March for her performance review. I'm guessing she was trying to be nice by not immediately putting a mark on her HR file, but [...]
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September 17, 2021
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5:48am: Yesterday, I looked at the furnace, but the loud noise didn't happen. I was smart enough to understand that it hadn't magically fixed itself, but didn't know what else I could do. Apparently, this is only a nighttime noise, lol. Woke me up at 2:47am. I simply told Google to raise the temp by a few degrees and within a few minutes, the furnace blower stopped and I was in peace once again. I suppose I'm going to need to do something about this at some point, though.
Legs today. I took yesterday mostly off because I was just sore and tired. Still tired today, but otherwise feeling better.
 

10' core
20' barre (holy cow this is hard!)
10' legs
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September 17, 2021
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I'm thinking about my trip and race pretty much 24/7 now.  I am such a dork.  I just reread my last marathon RR and realized that I lost about 3 mins to a potty break and 2 to a water refill.  If I can trim out that stuff, I might have a chance.  I wish I wasn't so focused on this sub-5 goal.  Grrr.
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September 17, 2021
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Ordered a new swimsuit online today and trying to decide if I need some sort of winter swim gear -- a wetsuit?  Our city pool is amazing and open all year round and heated in the winter.  The guards say that you can swim in a regular swim suit all year and just bring a parka or something to throw on afterwards.  Some swim in wetsuits (even in the summer??).  Not sure yet.  I've never swam in the winter outside, but would like to try this year.
Tonight's shenanigans are true shenanigans.  My friend's son is getting married out of state and they are throwing a reception for the couple here tonight.  Being that both bride and groom are from pretty extreme southern baptist families, it basically means there will be as little food as possible and absolutely no alcohol.  The reception is at a very nice garden club from 6-8pm and the invitations say light appetizers served.  I'm like WHEN DO I EAT DINNER??? Todd and I both have t[...]
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