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Well, the "family reunion" was FANTASTIC!  My sister brought her youngest son (16) with her (he looks almost identical to how my dad looked when he was that age).

We all laughed a lot, everyone caught up on a lot, and the ice has most definitely been broken.  My stepmother and I chatted a bit when we were able to catch some time alone and both of us are SO relieved that this huge step has been accomplished.  As she said, "I don't really think either of them remembers WHY they had a falling out".

So, mission accomplished... I guess I get a couple of karma points for being the facilitator - LOL!
Today is a day of rest for me. I fly to Milwaukee around noon, and will be there until late next Thursday.

I am going in this weekend because my dad and stepmom live in the metro area, so I will be visiting with them today and tomorrow, and then heading to the "work hotel" tomorrow afternoon.
Even more exciting is that my sister will be joining us. Now, the exciting thing about this is that she and my dad have not seen each other in 15 years, and Sis has never met our stepmother... Sis and dad had a falling out many years ago and both are stubborn enough that neither initiated a visit (they live 70 miles apart...). So, over the past year, my sister has called Dad for father's day, and they talked about possibly getting together.... "someday". Well, with big sis coming into town, I suggested to my sister that we ALL get together, and she agreed. Dad was thrilled ... I am to call my sister when my plane touches down so that she can drive over. (I plan to call her before my plane leaves to tell her when the departure time so that she can perhaps start driving BEFORE my plane lands in MKE).

My sister has four kids 15-16-16-20, whom our dad barely knows... Life is just too short to hold a grudge. But, I am very proud of both of them that we will FINALLY all be getting together...

As they say, our family puts the FUN in dysfunctional... but, honestly, whose family doesn't
We wouldn't be human if we didn't have personality flaws... it would be awfully boring, otherwise!

  • Calories: 284 From fat:12.18 (1.6g, 4.29%), From Carbs:182.17 (54g, 64.14%), Protein:89.65 (26.58g, 31.57%)
  • 1h 17m
  • 20.00 miles
  • 15.58 Mi/hr

5:15 PM
Warmup+Spinning Class

  • 1h 00m
  • 3.60 miles
  • 16m 40s /Mi

7:00 PM
The usual
Steep incline / lower speed
Less incline / higher speed

  • Yoga
  • 10m

I did a nice brick workout tonight: spinning class followed by TEAM
My HR monitor indicates that I burned over 1000 calories.
My body LOVED it!!!

I am still marveling at the revelation that occurred during swimming lessons last night. Arms-only, pull-buoy, I was able to swim "freestyle" almost effortlessly. I naturally rotated my body with each stroke, arms strong and well positioned, bilateral breathing (not gasping for air), head in great position.
Sharon has a lot of kicking drills to do, but knowing that my arms and torso are doing the right thing was incredibly encouraging!

Tonight is TEAM. I am working from home today so... if I do feel totally pumped up as the day goes on, I may be doing the brick that I missed last week due to the customer visit.

  • Calories: 2611 From fat:638.78 (72.87g, 24.46%), From Carbs:1474.59 (378.5g, 56.48%), Protein:497.63 (127.73g, 19.06%)
  • 30m
  • 600.00 meters
  • 05m /100 meters

Swimming Lessons.
Okay, have I mentioned how much I value my swimming lessons?
Well, I learned something new today. Whenever I try to swim freestyle, I totally suck wind. Tonight, our last drill involved the pull-buoy. Now, I have never used one of these in my life. So, arms-only, I was at the other end of the pool before the other gal in my class was even 1/3 of the way down the lane. Now, here's the "kicker"... when we do kicking drills, or actually swim freestyle, she is typically at the end of the lane, and I am only 1/2 way down.
So... my kick HURTS me... slows me WAY down.
My goal this week is to work on my kick, and the coach gave us a handful of kicking drills.

  • Calories: 2439 From fat:669.96 (73.41g, 27.47%), From Carbs:1243.1 (306.48g, 50.97%), Protein:525.95 (129.67g, 21.56%)
  • 1h 02m
  • 3.70 miles
  • 16m 46s /Mi

7:00 PM TEAM
Z3 - Hills (3.0 mph) and flats (4.5 mph)
Z4 - 2 minutes (6.0 mph)
Z5 - 2 minutes (6.8 mph)

This is a phenomenal advance for me... I haven't been able to run at a sub 10 m/m pace in more than 20 years... not bad for someone who will be 45 in a few months!

  • Yoga
  • 10m

My shoulders have been kind of achy these past few days because of my upper-body weight lifting and practicing the freestyle. So today, rather than swim over lunch, I am going to give my shoulders a rest so that they will be fresher for tomorrow.

Tonight will be TEAM Weight Loss at the gym. I was excited by the fact that I have signed up to start running, again, with the LTF Running Club. I don't believe that I will start running with them until the beginning of November because I want to continue to build up mileage the more gentle way - on the treadmill, before I hit the hard asphalt/concrete with the club.

  • Calories: 2011 From fat:617.32 (70.92g, 30.7%), From Carbs:941.35 (243.33g, 46.81%), Protein:452.34 (116.92g, 22.49%)
  • 1h 30m
  • 18.00 miles
  • 12.00 Mi/hr

5:30 PM
Bike on Training stand... thank goodness for Star Trek Voyager and CSI...

Legs are very heavy this morning, but that would make sense considering the workouts that I have been doing. Today's plan is Z1/Z2 on my bike, on my training stand - a little active recovery work.

  • Calories: 2013 From fat:758.77 (88.67g, 37.69%), From Carbs:830.49 (218.35g, 41.26%), Protein:423.74 (111.41g, 21.05%)
  • 59m
  • 3.60 miles
  • 16m 23s /Mi


  • 22m
  • 800.00 meters
  • 02m 45s /100 meters

Breast stroke warmup and cooldown.
Freestyle arms with flippers, and then became brave and got rid of the fins. Was even able to practice bilateral breathing.
And, I am getting the hang of the flip turns - no pool water was snorted this time around

  • Yoga
  • 15m

  • Calories: 2258 From fat:588.23 (69.73g, 26.05%), From Carbs:1148.73 (306.4g, 50.87%), Protein:521.04 (138.98g, 23.08%)
  • 1h 05m
  • 17.00 miles
  • 15.69 Mi/hr

Cycle 60 Class:
Anaerobic Threshold intervals - very intense, and INCREDIBLY satisfying!
The instructor, Kelly, is wonderful. Really down to earth, good tunes, and just the right amount of talking.
We talked triathlons afterwards. She does a number of them each season, and said she just completed her first off-road duathlon - that really rocks!
So... I will definitely be back to her class.
And... one of the songs was the extended version of "born to be alive". Now, that was a theme song for me back in the late '70s when its release on the charts coincided with a milestone in my teenage life. Took me WAY, WAY back, and put a huge smile on my face!

Okay, FINALLY broke through the 200# barrier today - HOORAY!
I haven't seen this number in 3 1/2 years.

Now, the 200# is doubly significant for me because it means that I am allowing myself to wear a triathlon t-shirt from a triathlon I couldn't compete in. Summer 2006 I signed up to do an Olympic triathlon at the end of the season. Unfortunately, two months prior to the competition was when I learned that I had torn the peroneus brevis tendon in my left foot... which resulted in more than a year of not running, and time in a walking cast.

Having forked over the cash, I decided to go to the "Turtleman's" expo, and in addition to picking up the goody bag with hammer gel, etc., I also picked up the t-shirt. Now, I know it is taboo to wear a shirt for an event in which you do not compete. I promised myself (I weighed >224 at the time) that I would not wear the shirt until I completed a different endurance event... I had to hit 200 pounds before I could wear the shirt.

So, kid you not, the shirt has been "displayed" in my closet for 14 months. Today I will be wearing it to spinning class.

  • Calories: 1919 From fat:319.33 (33.33g, 16.64%), From Carbs:1181 (277.38g, 61.54%), Protein:418.67 (98.33g, 21.82%)

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