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  • 55m
  • 13.00 miles
  • 14.18 Mi/hr

FINALLY made it out for a bike ride at 8:45. I was able to enjoy the rising full moon, and cooler air, and the freedom of being on my bike.

  • Elliptical Training
  • 25m

Chelsea's dog sitter, and BFF, Bernie, finally had the surgery to remove the kidney that has the malignant (most likely) tumor. She finished up with surgery yesterday afternoon, and is in the ICU until this afternoon. Chelsea has already sent flowers and a stuffed dog (I checked, and Chels is still at home, and did not use the stuffed dog as a "trojan horse"!).

We (Val and I) are heading up to visit Bernie after work, today. Chels goes to the groomer on Saturday morning, so she will be all gussied up to visit with Bernie when she gets home this weekend.

  • Yard Work
  • 2h 00m

Slight adjustment to the day's plans. Our neighbors lost a huge limb on one of their trees in the forceful wind last night. So... dressed up as a lumberjack (with steel toe boots) to help chop up the tree, and I was a real lumberjack by using the ladder to get higher up in the tree to fell the upper part of the tree... needed to do the "wedge cut" to direct where the remaining part of the tree would land... most impressive, it landed perfectly!

RR: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=123184

I slept incredibly well last night - go figure! I am stiff this morning, but no unusual pain... don't tell anyone, but my back feels pretty good. I think it helped that I had quality time with my foam roller last night... need to do that again, today.

On tap for today: mow the lawn, miscellaneous house stuff, revel in yesterday's success.

  • 1h 39m 57s
  • 25.58 miles
  • 15.36 Mi/hr


  • 1h 27m 22s
  • 6.20 miles
  • 14m 05s /Mi


  • 45m 40s
  • 1500.00 meters
  • 03m 02s /100 meters


I successfully completed my first Olympic Triathlon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an INCREDIBLE experience!  I could barely keep the smile off of my face for most of the race.  Yep, I ended up walking 80% of the 10K, but I could care less.  I had a blast, I completed the race, and I am happily exhausted!!

Unofficially, I completed the race in 3:58:46 -  "way back when" I started to think about completing an Oly, my goal was to come in under 4 hours - W00t, W00t!

Photos are in my album:

I am excitedly nervous about tomorrow's race! I will be leaving work early to head to the Mpls convention center to pick up my race packet!!

Cripes! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas! I am having an incredibly difficult time staying focused at work. {staring at the clock, waiting for 1:30 PM}

Alrighty, here is my plan for the weekend, thanks to great advice from Dr. Scott - who reminded me that a DNF is okay. It is acceptable (and intelligent) to stop if I start getting really uncomfortable.

As I recall another BTer stating: DFL > DNF > DNS
So... if it is DNF, it is still better than DNS

This is not my A race for the season, and I have always been of the mindset that this is a warm-up for the Turtleman Oly, in August.

I have made a promise to myself that I will complete the swim and the bike legs, period.
The run is two laps, which gives me the opportunity to assess my physical state between the two laps, to determine whether the second lap is wise.


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