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2022-08-08 11:34 AM
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Nicole's response reminds me that I never responded to Nathalie about my career. 

I'm a Change Management Lead for Cigna Healthcare.  I typically either lead the change management and business readiness workstream of major projects or in some cases am part of a team that does it.  Right now I'm working on a program integrating our Supplemental Health business into Cigna after we divested their parent company.  Out of a company of 73,000 or so I'm only one of maybe a dozen to fifteen people with my skill set and experience so we're in demand.  LOVE my job. 



2022-08-08 11:37 AM
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Originally posted by jmhpsu93

@Nicole:  nice work on the weight loss...I somehow managed to have my biggest training month in over eight years and dropped not one pound, proving you can't out-run your diet ;  as for Masters...maybe - I gotta get through a couple longer swims first but I got a LOT better when I was swimming Masters down in Canton all those years ago

Masters can be brutal, but if I go just one time a week I see change so quickly. I'm going this Saturday morning! It's gonna hurt! It's 2 hours long Saturdays, but I end up strolling in a little late and leaving once my shoulder says it's time.

"Once my shoulder says it's time" is about 5 minutes into anything anymore, but I know how to manage it.  Better than in my 20s where I would just slam Advil all day then get my shoulder to pop and go a little numb to play volleyball. 

I'm probably going to go the first Friday after I get back from vacation, so the 26th. 

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Originally posted by jmhpsu93

Nicole's response reminds me that I never responded to Nathalie about my career. 

I'm a Change Management Lead for Cigna Healthcare.  I typically either lead the change management and business readiness workstream of major projects or in some cases am part of a team that does it.  Right now I'm working on a program integrating our Supplemental Health business into Cigna after we divested their parent company.  Out of a company of 73,000 or so I'm only one of maybe a dozen to fifteen people with my skill set and experience so we're in demand.  LOVE my job. 




I completely missed Nathalie's question! (but I saw Nicole's answer)

I'm a university anthropology professor--I study dead humans in all kinds of different ways. And...in my institution, I'm the ONLY person with my skill set (take that, Mike! :P ). I love parts of my job (mostly the parts that don't require interacting with administrators).

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2022-08-09 9:57 AM
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LOL, Gretchen.  I don't think there are that many of you globally.  Maybe on Ancient Aliens.  (I love that show by the way).

Back at it after a day off yesterday with a 35- minute VO2 max bike and some speed work (50 seconds at sub-8:00 x 4) on the treadmill.  I find pacing for intervals so much easier on the TM as I don't have a speed feel outdoors yet.  Tempo is fine but I think I'll overcook my shorter faster intervals because I used to be a 400 meter runner. 

I just signed up for a 5K race in a couple of weeks.  A whole $5 entry fee...now that's what I'm talking about!  I think it's a hilly course so probably not a great test but we'll see.  Also doing a ramp test which you all know I hate and a swim TT that week. 

2022-08-09 1:46 PM
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$5 entry fee!?!?!?! SIGN ME UP!!!! I'll, of course, spend the several hundred dollars in gas and hotel fees to get to said 5k! :P

Today was a one hour bike followed by a 40' run. I bricked them, although I probably wasn't supposed to. I only had a relatively small window between rain storms, so I packed as much in as I could. I walked in the door and about three minutes later the sky opened up and dumped rain on us for about 10'. Now it is all done...just humid as heck.

Taper crazies are intermittent at this point. Yesterday I managed to actually work on a research paper I've been thinking about for a year plus all day. Ten hours of concentration...it was amazing. Today...well....today hasn't gone so well in the job related duties department (I mean...technically speaking, we are in intersession, so I don't have any job related duties right now, but it is when most faculty get most of their research work done). Today I've putzed about with race related things. I changed the batteries in my powermeter, headlamp, and light vest for the race. I did my workouts. I got a haircut (less hair=lighter=faster up those hills!) and I went and bought my wife an umbrella she can attach to her camp chair so she doesn't melt in the sun at MiTi. Of course...as of this morning, there is an 86% chance of rain on Sunday, but the temp is going to be high of 80F. I will swim and ride in the rain any day for that temp!! I do hope it is done raining by the time I get to the run though...soggy shoes sucks. Fun fact...last time I did MiTi (the half aquabike), it hailed on us at the far end of the bike course and then a major storm blew through that area with lightening, thunder, and 30+mph winds that gusted up to 50+mph and blew me into traffic more than once. At the race venue though, it didn't even rain. I had bruises the size of fists on my back and thighs from the hail. Here's hoping we don't get a repeat of that!
2022-08-10 9:25 AM
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Brick of 40' bike/30' run this morning. Both went okay--too short for anything to really go horribly wrong. Afterwards, I washed my bike and water bottles and now I have to collect my random gear from around the house to pack. We leave tomorrow morning after my swim!


2022-08-10 1:39 PM
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Originally posted by drfoodlove Brick of 40' bike/30' run this morning. Both went okay--too short for anything to really go horribly wrong. Afterwards, I washed my bike and water bottles and now I have to collect my random gear from around the house to pack. We leave tomorrow morning after my swim!

Exciting!  Countdown to race day is awesome.  I still have 6+ weeks. 

Training is really progressing for me - had a good rep session on the treadmill yesterday, a pretty good swim this morning and a good 75' bike this afternoon.  Easy day tomorrow with a short run.  We leave for Cancun on Saturday so I'll be very run and some swim-focused.  IIRC the pool is like bath water so if the ocean is calm enough we can get in an OWS or two.

2022-08-11 1:11 AM
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Exciting!  Countdown to race day is awesome. 


Personally, I am not a fan, I ALWAYS feel like I am coming down with a cold a few days before a race I’m looking forward to: itchy throat, light headed, etc.
First time it happened I didn’t race.
Then I learned to recognize the symptoms but there is still some doubt in my mind every effing time, maybe I am really getting sick this time?

Anybody else gets this?

Today, an early swim for me as me and hubby are leaving at 10am to go and play golf somewhere.


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