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Saturday morning in Hawaii

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This morning was so beautiful I decided the only logical thing to do was to go for a bike ride. As I was riding along, passing hundreds of other bikers, I decided the blog world needed to see this.

I live in a little town called Waimanalo. The backroads of Waimanalo are extremely popular places to bike. On any given Saturday or Sunday morning these roads are crowded with bikers. You never know who you will run into on these roads because everyone rides them. Right now is kind of early in the season so it's not too bad, but as we move into the triathlon season these roads will be a busy, busy place.

The backroads are so popular because they are wide, few potholes, and not much traffic. You don't have to worry if your life insurance policy is up to date every time you head out the door. Also, this area is flower farms, horse ranches, and large homes. So it's very quiet and peaceful and perfect for a good ride. It's also got some decent, short hills so you can get a l…

I've lost focus...

I swear I have adult ADD. Staying focused on something for any length of time is hard for me. It just is. My house is littered with half finished projects. My life is littered with half finished projects. If I want to get something done, I have to focus and pay attention and not let my attention slip for one minute. This is one of the reasons why working out with the iPod works so well for me. If there's nothing to listen to my mind will wander all over the place and I'll think of something more important to do and then I'll be anxious to finish and probably cut the workout short. With the iPod part of my mind is constantly occupied with music or podcasts. Another part of my mind is on what I'm doing and things then get done. I just realized that's why on the weekends I really enjoy cleaning house. It's the time I get to catch up on my soaps. Oh, I get it. That also explains why I can't sit and read without falling asleep. Only one thing going …

My blog is great!!!

Look to the left there. My blog has been rated by blogged.com as Great!!! I scored 8.5 out of 10. Woo Hoo!!! I don't normally get excited over things like this, but I'm on a mission to create great blogs and this is just a little validation.

So for some reason I was incredibly busy last night and stayed up way past my bedtime. As a result I didn't get up this morning. Well, that and the fact that is was freaking cold. We are in this spring weather cycle where it is warm and beautiful during the day, and cold, cold, cold at night. Makes for good sleeping but hard getting out of bed.

Fe-Lady is raising funds for a really, really good cause. Go here and help her out why don'tcha. In my humble opinion there is not enough we can do to help out our American Heroes. So go, give, it'll feel good......

That's it for now. I need to get some work done.

Something I have to say

I started this blog in Sept 2004, just about 3 1/2 years ago. When I started I went around and found other blogs that I liked and started reading them. Now, I don't always comment. I don't always have something to say. Sometimes I just like reading about other people. I live in my head all the time. Sometimes I like to get out of my head and into someone else's.

Anyway, over time my reading shifted, I stopped reading some, I picked up others, blah, blah, blah. Yesterday I was going through some old bookmarks on my old computer and I came across some blogs I haven't read in a while. I went to see what they were up to and almost all of them have just stopped posting. No goodbye. No taking a break. No screw you. Just gone. Now some of these people were good enough writers that they ended up getting book deals. Now they are just gone. That makes me sad. I can't help but wonder what happened. Did they give up on their weight loss/athletic pursuits? Did s…

Compared to yesterday's run

today's swim was awesome.

Normally I swim on Monday and run on Tuesday. I was going to blow out a swim this week because of yesterday's race. I have this idea in my head of not doing the same thing 2 days in a row. I swear by that for running because my knees can't take it, but I'm not sure why I'm so adamant about it for swimming. After thinking about it last night, I decided I would swim today and tomorrow and then Thursday I would be back on track.

I was scheduled to do 1500m at race pace. I started out with very good intentions. I was pushing myself,. but not too much - 1500m is a long way. I quickly realized that I was tired. So I decided to take it a little easier than I planned to. I could always push it tomorrow. So I'm swimming along playing with my stroke, trying to find a real rthym, something I seriously lack sometimes. So I'm rolling and stroking and rolling and stroking when suddenly I realized, I had found my pace. I was in that z…

What a train wreck this race was.

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Did you ever get up for a race and just know this was not going to go well?? I have trouble convincing myself to go when I'm lying in bed. But this morning I was up and had had my coffee and still felt like I shouldn't go. I should have listened to myself.

I had to return to the house twice because I forgot things. I made myself a smoothie for breakfast and it sucked. I ended up not drinking it. I was running late and got to the stadium way too close to the last bus leaving. I had to go - bad!! I got on a bus and had to hunt down a decent bathroom - bad. I realized I was hungry! And thirsty! Oh this was not good. Went to Starbucks and got something to eat. It only made me thirstier. Distracted myself taking pictures.

Finally we started. Within the first mile a problem with my fanny pack developed. I could not get it to sit right. I messed around with that for almost 2 miles. Finally, got it fixed.

Suddenly, my HRM strap starts bothering me. I use this all the time, …

It's begun

I have this race in the morning. It's not a really big race for me. It's definitely more of a fun thing to do. It's not new to me, I've done it for 11 years. It's not that I'm not ready, I'm trained and rested and ready to go. It's none of those things. Yet I'm nervous. I was incredibly calm earlier today and wondered why I had no anxiety over the race. Well, here it is. I hate this.

I am ready. I've got my stuff laid out. I'm charging all the necessary electronics. I'm even taking my camera so I can take some photos and show you guys. I'm ready. Yet still I'm nervous.

Well, I think I'll go watch some TV and relax. I have to get up at 3:30 so I'll be getting to bed really early. And probably not sleeping as usual. Maybe I should have some wine in a fancy Riedel glass.