Saturday, October 11, 2014

Redman 2014 #dying

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Hello my friends! Well, to be honest, I've been avoiding writing this post because the Redman did NOT go well for me.  In fact, it was the worst race of my life. I literally thought #dying during the run. I guess I use twitter too much! However, the reality of triathlon (and of life) is that you won't always PR and sometimes things don't go according to plan.  I believe God gave me this experience to prepare me for the Full Ironman that is now 35 days away!
Team Oklahoma!

The Weather

Unfortunately, the myth is not true that meteorologists can control the weather. I wish! I would have chosen light winds, highs in the low 70s under cloudy skies.  Reality was the opposite!  A few days prior everyone was fretting over a rainy race as we were predicting remnants from "Odile" to bring heavy rain to the Sooner state.  Well, tropical systems are notorious for changing paths and it did, bringing all of the rain to Texas and leaving us with hot, muggy, sunny and windy conditions.  In Oklahoma, triathletes train in all kinds of weather but I think this really caught a few people off guard, including me!

Team huddle before the race! Scott the yogi is stretching!

My Beyonce is so supportive! It's like
he's doing an Ironman too.
Singing the National Anthem!

The morning of I ate what the nutritionist told me, toast with pb & j and a banana. I drank my usual glass of lemon water and two small cups of coffee. I had the honor of singing the national anthem again this year and it went well!  I zipped up my wetsuit and anxiously waited on the "red carpet" to the swim with my training buddy JoLynn.  All of a sudden I had to go to the bathroom.  JoLynn said it was nerves but I knew I had to go. So I dashed to the bathroom in the nick of time! All I can say is that they were out of toilet paper in the port a potty (TMI alert!) but you do gross things in triathlons. At least I don't pee myself on the bike like coach told the guys on our team to do. Ew!

The Swim

Ummm. Lake Hefner? More like the ATLANTIC OCEAN! I thought that 3 minutes into the swim and couldn't wait to say it at the end. When I did, it wasn't very satisfying.  The winds were strong that morning creating not only whitecaps but SWELLS. Now, I've trained in choppy waters at Lake Arcadia before but never like this.  The swells would sway your body back and forth. It made it very hard to spot the buoys ahead.  Small buoys to the side of me sometimes looked like people's heads. Whenever I would get in a groove and zone-out like I love to do swimming, someone/a wave would splash next to me and I would get a mouth-full of water. It happened three times. The first time was a bit scary and happened early in the swim.  I went to take a breath, inhaled water, sat up to take another breath and inhaled water again! I thought, "Oh my gosh! I'm going to drown in Lake Hefner! No way!".  Thankfully I just kept swimming and coughed in the water to get it out. I consider myself a strong swimmer so I wondered how many rescues there would be with newbies.  From what I hear, no one had to be rescued except two kayaks that flipped over! A few people needed assistance.  So needless to say, the swim took more out of me than usual. Not a good start to the race.

We had quite a bit of running across the beach (due to drought!) to get to transition.  I went to the "strippers" - no, not dollar-bill strippers but volunteers that help strip-off your wetsuit :) I went to our local professional triathlete Dan Tigert and he was busy with another person. I just layed on the ground and yelled "STRIP ME DAN!!!!" that could have been easily taken out of context! ha!

Transition 1 went well. I hurried to get on my helmet, sunglasses and run with my bike to the mount line.

The Bike

We had the wind at our backs heading north to Waterloo Road.  I knew riding back would be a little tedious so I tried to take advantage of the tailwind but at the same time conserve a bit of energy.  I ate about 3-4 gummies every 30 minutes and tried to drink as much water and Skratch as much as possible. Later in the ride I tried some gatorade but lukewarm, super sugary yellow gatorade just doesn't settle very well.  I used some water to wash my face after lots of snot rockets (yes, classy, I know) and the water went into my nutrition box on my bike and made all the gummies sticky and goopy (spelling?).  So I used more water to wash my hands because all the sugar made them sticky as well.  Looking back, I should have been drinking all of that water instead of wasting it!

Once we made the turn south, we had a strong headwind.  As I went up the hills on Council Road, I did a few standing climbs and realized how fatigued my legs were getting. This was a bit concerning heading into the run.


So, if you read my post last year on the full aquabike, you know about my first crash.  It happened on Council Road due to a construction cone.  One lane of Council Road is blocked off by cones for us and the other lane is for traffic. Occasionally there is a cone in the middle of the lane to (what I assume) stop traffic from turning into our bike lane.  Well, I was by one of my teammates, Mark Walker, and this guy in front of us all of a sudden rides RIGHT INTO THE CONE! He swerved, lost his chain and miraculously didn't fall. I swerved and barely missed the knocked over cone. My heart was RACING for a good 5 minutes after that incident. I think I had PTSD from last year's crash. Naturally, I said aloud (not proud of this), "not the f***ing cones again!!!" I hope that guy is alright.

I stopped at the dam on Lake Hefner to use the port a potty, figuring the transition toilets would be full. I picked up my speed for the last 5 miles to try to make my bike time from two years ago. Looking back, I probably shouldn't have pushed it so much and saved my legs.

Transition 2 went well. I swapped my helmet and glasses for a visor and race belt and switched to running shoes.

The Run (from hell)
Help. Me. #dying

When I started running my legs felt like bricks.  This is a normal feeling in triathlon, that's why we do "brick" workouts where you ride and then run.  However, I could tell something wasn't right and that my legs were especially fatigued. I tried to ignore it and move on.  I started getting into the groove on mile 2 or 3 but by mile 4 I could tell this was not going to be easy. It was partly cloudy and I kept praying for a cloud do cover the sun. It did a few times and made it feel much better with the breeze.
Encouragement from the GMG founder himself - John Whitaker

I was so happy to see my cheering crowd at the Go Mitch Go tent by Louies (mile 1 or so?) and tried to mentally use that as motivation.  However, the heat and humidity started to take over.  I knew my legs could keep going but my body was getting more and more dehydrated by the minute. Once I looped around at mile 5, I hugged my fiance and said I was already hurting.  Later he told me I was felt a bit cool and clammy when I should have been hot. He says (thank you firefighter/EMT fiance) this is the first sign of heat exhaustion. I looped around and told coach I was really having trouble running.  Coach told me, "you only have 5 miles left! Anyone can do 5 miles!". I just kept that in my head and ran about a mile before I started feeling dizzy.  I tried to ignore it and walked for a few minutes.  Then I decided to walk through waterstops and then run to the next one (there is a waterstop every mile).  At mile 9 or so I met up with Scott Hines. He was battling IT band issues and was also run-walking.  We decided we would finish out this race together. We would run a bit and then walk a bit.  When we got to the Go Mitch Go tent the last time, my fiance's parents handed me Okie and I decided to take him with me to the finish line. I really don't know if that is allowed but at this point I knew I had a horrible race time and didn't care about being disqualified.

As we approached the finisher's chute, Scott grabbed his neices and I grabbed Okie and we had a great time crossing the finish line together.  This was Scott Hine's first half Ironman! I am so proud of him.  I met Michael, my fiance, at the finish line for a sweaty hug.  Ali Meyer and her entire family came out to cheer on our finish as well. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such great people!

I am so proud of all of my teammates! A BIG congrats to my training buddy, JoLynn. She won FIRST PLACE in her age group with a sub-6 hour race finish! She is a kick-butt grandma and truly, an inspiration. YOU GO GIRL.


For my last two half Ironman experiences, I went to the medical tent to have my knees iced. This time my knees were fine (woo hoo!) but I felt crappy.  Walking out in the sun was like walking through a desert. My stomach bothered me as well.  It seemed like forever, but Michael helped me pack up my belongings and put Clark Kent (my bike) in the car.  We went to get ice for an ice bath and I started drinking gatorade.  We ate some Johnnies for dinner (one of my fave post-race treats).  Usually I pig out after a race but this time I didn't eat much.  I took a nap and forced myself to wake up to drink more water. I drank a bunch of water and then all of a sudden, I ran to the bathroom and barfed up all of dinner. EEEEWWWWWW. I HATE THROWING UP. This confirmed that something was terribly wrong. I can know this for sure because I've done this race two other times and never felt THIS crappy.  I ended up having to get a bag of fluids put in me. Even after the fluids, I did not have to pee. I was told this meant I was SUPER dehydrated.  The entire next day I felt hungover and I hadn't had a drop of alcohol.

In conclusion: I was screwed before the ride started. I was severely dehydrated and likely had heat exhaustion.  I have since spoken with my nutritionist through Go Mitch Go and she has me taking two salt tabs per hour on the bike. I wish I would have taken a salt tab!  She also suggested that I may have over-hydrated the day before. This was a light bulb! I have always been told before a hot and muggy race to HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE the day before. Well, apparently, if you drink too much water the day before, you flush out your electrolytes.  She told me on race morning that I have to only have 24 ounces of fluid, including my cups of coffee.

The Redman really shook me up.  It shook my confidence and made me a little scared of the Ironman. I think God gave me this experience to make me serious about my nutrition about the Ironman.  I believe my body is physically fit but nutrition is key in a 15-16 hour race!

I just looked at my Redman time a few days ago. I didn't even want to look at it because I was so disappointed with the race. But as coach says, you're not going to PR and do well on every race.  These races make you appreciate the good ones.  I also think this was a serious learning experience.  My time wasn't as bad as I thought. Given the wavy swim I was happy. I think I could have done better on the bike and let's not even talk about the run.  Overall, I was only 15-20 minutes slower than my first year.

Last 35 Days
I eat all of this and salt tabs on the bike. LOTS of eating.

From here on out, I'm not just training. I am practicing for race day.  The next few weeks will be our toughest training. On Thursday, Jolynn and I swam for an hour in Lake Arcadia and then ran for 2.5 hours at Lake Hefner. I sincerely don't understand how someone with a 8-5 job can do this! Last weekend our team rode 90 miles! It was a chilly start too with morning temps in the upper 30s! I'm not used to that yet! We had to wear layers and gloves. Thankfully, Coach took some of our layers along the way as our SAG vehicle.

The nutritionist has me eating about 250-300 calories per hour + 2 salt tabs + 1.5 bottles of water. I eat something every 15 I feel like I'm just eating and eating the whole bike ride. Now, don't get me wrong, this girl loves to eat (why do you think I do endurance sports?) but by hour 4, I am sick of eating on the bike. I mean, you burn thousands of calories on a long bike ride so you have to replenish...especially if you are going to run a MARATHON after!

Scott has "junk in the trunk" after shedding layers on the ride!
Since I am still paranoid about getting dehydrated, I drank the full water amount per hour. It's not easy drinking that much water while riding the bike. However, according to Coach, riding in the cold makes you pee more (because you're not sweating as much?).  All I know is that I had to stop and pee two times on the 40 mile ride out and 1 time on the way back.  And when I had layers on the way out, it took me a good five minutes to peel off the layers and then squat in a field. Yet, we do snot rockets and pee in random fields. This is what happens when you're training for an shame.

Anyway, we did it! I'm so proud of Scott Hines for his new milestone of 90 miles.  The most I've ever done was at the aquabike last year with 112 miles.  Next weekend we are supposed to ride 90 miles and then run an hour!!! My legs are still fatigued today so I bet that will be tough.  Wish us luck!
Ain't that the truth!

Thanks so much for reading and remember, we are doing this for a cause - to fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Keep fighting! 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Redman Forecast Update - 5AM on Saturday, September 20th!

It's race morning! Good luck triathletes!

The forecast is still on...same as I forecast yesterday. We will have some fog this morning...which means we could have a brief period of mist. Fullers need to prepare for a hot heat index in the low to mid 90s. The storm chances are very low now.  A few models want to show mist or drizzle around 9 or 10am in the Metro but I don't really believe it. It could be picking up on the fog. For current weather resources... has everything!

Put on the sunscreen or else this will happen! Lesson learned from my first year!

Have a safe and fun race...I'll see you at the finish line (God willing!).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Redman Forecast Update - 8AM on Friday, September 19th!

Hello friends! Okay, who has been praying/wishing the rain away? Because it worked!
As I suspected last night, the weather computer models made a drastic change...for the better in our case!  It looks like the heavy rain will stay in Texas!  
Patchy fog may be possible in the morning. If that's the case we may have a mist but for the most part I'm expecting a dry start to the race (except for the swimming part - duh!). 

The only downside is that we will now have hotter conditions and some sun could peak through for the afternoon.  We will have a heat index to the low 90s in the afternoon.  The hotter temperatures and abundant moisture should result in showers and thunderstorms.  Lightning could be an issue if a storm develops close by.  Stay tuned for updates and happy CARB LOADING! Make sure to hydrate hydrate hydrate! If you aren't racing or volunteering, please come out and cheer on the athletes! It makes a world of a difference!  See you tomorrow!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hey, I'm Engaged! But Married to Training?

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Hello friends!

Well, shoot. I messed up again and waited forever to blog. Like many instances, I dread doing something but am actually fine once I've started. That's what it's like for running and for blogging.

JoLynn and I are tri helmet TWINSIES! I used to call these "alien helmets." Triathletes wear them because they are aerodynamic.  JoLynn and I bought these hot pink bad boys at the Arizona Ironman last year when we were volunteering. Supposedly they can shave 5-10 minutes off of your full Ironman time. I'm not sure if that's true but I'll take what I can get. Plus, it's hot pink and hardcore!  We are going to wear them for the first time in a race environment Saturday but we wanted to test them out today! So if you saw 2 hot pink alien heads go by...that was us!

Let's catch up.  What you've missed...

Want to hear the gushy details? If not, skip ahead.

Our Engagement:

We got engaged on June 25 of this year.  Michael came back to Arlington Heights with me because my best friend's first baby was due.  I knew he would ask permission on this trip but I didn't know he would pop the question!  He worked with my parents to come up with a plan and the next night he surprised me at dinner with my parents and brother. It was intimate and perfect. He knew I loved surprises...and he certainly surprised me. We were able to celebrate with both sides of the family the rest of the trip.  We were able to tell my only living grandparent. Grandma approved of Michael...which means a lot because she passed away a few weeks later.  Rest in peace, grandma!

Sunday, August 17 - Lake Arcadia Triathlon

This year the Lake Arcadia Tri was a different distance! It was a made up distance. I don't know why they upped it from a sprint but I really didn't know what to expect!  It was a 1000 yd swim, 20 mile HILLY bike and 4 mile hilly run. I put HILLY in all caps for a reason.

The weather was beautiful. It was a little muggy but not too hot!
He is so supportive!


So the swim was interesting because you split it up into two 500 yd swims with a short beach "run" in between. I wrote "run" because it was more of a fast walk. Running would have resulted in us all trying to catch our breaths in the water and that would have been a losing battle!
All the ladies waiting to swim!

The swim went pretty well, I thought. We swam in a triangle and I focused on staying as straight as I could. No one hit me in the face and I really got into the groove by the second loop.  I was pretty happy with the swim.

T1 (aka Transition 1):

My trick to transitions are counting backwards in my head from 10! I also apply this to life sometimes. I don't know how much it works since I'm late all the time. It drives my Beyonce nuts. He likes to be early to everything. 


Okay, so I tried to bike the course a week ahead of time with my friend JoLynn but one of the roads was closed due to construction. I guess they changed the bike course. I tried to drive the course the evening before but I missed a turn so I gave up and got sushi.  So in other words...the course was a surprise!

Go Scott, Go!
I have trained several times in this area with my training buddies JoLynn and Janna several times before so I knew the territory and despite what people think, Oklahoma can be hilly! The Lake Arcadia/Pops/Edmond area is very hilly. And SHOCKER, the course was REALLY hilly! It had a mix of extreme hills and steady inclines...but mainly, extreme hills. (Okay, not Colorado hills but extreme Oklahoma hills!)

Knowing it was 20 miles I pushed myself and listened to coach's last minute advice to still charge down the hill and if I have to coast, wait until halfway to the bottom. That advice scored me my fastest speed ever...41 mph! WHOAAA! I was squealing on that hill!  On the flip side, I think my slowest on the course was a snail's speed of 6 mph. Ooops.

I loved being able to see my teammates on the course. It's really encouraging and at the same time, it keeps me competitive and motivated because I don't want them to pass me :)


I counted myself down and I made sure to put on my visor and put my hair in a pony while I was running.

The Run:
Stupid hill.
I see the light!
I'm going to eat a burger after this.

Even before I started the race, I knew the run was going to hurt. Not like anything was wrong, it's just any short distance means you have to push to run fast and that usually hurts.  I didn't know how much my legs would hurt on the run given I pushed myself so hard on the bike.  My legs definitely felt heavy but I kept pressing on. It was a two loop run.  I mentally break loops down. So for this run I thought, "just get through the first loop." After the first loop, I thought, "just get to the next water stop" and then it was "just get to the finish line." Seeing my teammates on the course and knowing my fiance and friends really motivated me to keep a strong pace to the finish line.

And of course, the race had to finish uphill...contributing to the heart attack feeling at the finish line!


I finished second in my age group! First place went to one of the wonderful coaches of Terra Tri...duh! Emmy rocks.

All in all, I was happy with the finish. I have nothing to compare it to because this was my first time doing this distance but I felt like I pushed myself.  That's all you can ask for!

Next is the OK REDMAN!

Come out to Lake Hefner on Saturday to cheer on the athletes!  I will have the honor again this year of singing the national and them and racing!  Stay tuned for forecast updates.  The computer models keep changing on me! In their defense, this is an out of the ordinary situation where remnants from a Pacific hurricane will be impacting our weather in Oklahoma!  Right now the models are backing off on the rain.  It looks like the morning will mainly stay dry.  We may see some mist or drizzle...or mizzle. Showers will move in late in the afternoon...this is when a few rumbles of thunder will be possible. It will likely be cloudy and extremely humid with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The wind will be out of the south around 10-20 mph.  I will have a more detailed forecast tomorrow. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson Were Right - What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

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So my last post's title is "Track Hell." Thankfully, going through hell and back paid off.

Oklahoma Strong 5k

I had the honor of singing that National Anthem for the inaugural Oklahoma Strong 5k and Okie was the official mascot! The run helped raise money for the Oklahoma Strong Monument to remember lives lost in the Moore tornado last year. I figured I'd run as well especially since I've been busting my butt in track practice.

Temperatures will cool in the 50s with cloudy skies and a breezy north wind.  I decided to run without a jacket. Typically colder temps help me run and swim faster. I don't think it makes a difference with my cycling except increase my desire for sweatpants and hot chocolate.

Other channel 4 buddies joined the race as well including Lance West and Aaron Brackett. We wore the sparkly ties we were supposed to wear for the Memorial Marathon relay "Mike Morgan & The Bedazzled Ties" but the group disbanded before we ever had the chance to sport these gems!

I ran with my "Rise & Shine" buddy Lacey Lett.  It turns out that we have a similar running pace and we have been running buddies ever since!  I knew the 5k would hurt...and it did.  If you are pushing yourself, it will hurt.

We started out flying with a 7:30 minute/mile pace. I knew I couldn't keep that up the whole time but I tried to stay around 8 minutes. The last half mile was brutal. Lacey dropped back a bit and I knew I had to stay strong. I just mentally repeated "strong, power, strong, power..." and that seemed to help.

I finished with a personal record (PR)! HOORAY!

Route 66 Festivus

"Festivus" is the term used for CRAZIES that sign up for triathlons two days in a row. I am one of them! My goal this year is to get as much racing experience as I can.

Last year the Route 66 triathlon fell on June 1.  As many of you know, the day before was a horrific weather day with the widest tornado on record hitting a few miles from the race site. It wasn't debris as much as flooding that actually washed away part of the course.  Race directors rescheduled the race for July. I was excited because there was no way I was trained for the races at the end of May so I thought I at least had time to prepare.  The first day went well but storms the second day caused the race to cancel after the swim started.  See the post earlier on the blog for more!

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Route 66 Sprint Triathlon

I was surprisingly anxious the night before about racing. My boyfriend Michael helped me put Clark Kent (my tri bike) in my trunk and I discovered I had a flat. I FREAKED OUT.  I worried I would not be able to properly change my tire. Thankfully I remembered how to do it. I hoped this would not be a sign for the weekend ahead.I realize now that I can't use the excuse of being a tri rookie. People now call me a "triathlete" or as my parents still say "runner." Ha.  I also have been working hard with training, especially running, so I wanted to do well and make my teammates and myself proud! Just as a reminder, a sprint triathlon is a 500 meter open water swim, 13 mile bike and 5k run.

I woke up around 5am and with the exception of high humidity, I couldn't have asked for much better race weather.  Once I arrived I set up my transition and found Scott Hines. It was his first triathlon! I was nervous and excited for him.

The start of the race was very casual. A little too casual. I didn't have my head in the game.  I also started in a bad place, the front inside.  I swam next to a few kids - yes kids - and a larger man.
This man took me down within the first two minutes. No matter what I did I  could not swim away from him and his arm dunked me. I came up for air and said "holy $*CK." Yeah, real classy.  That was my wake up call to kick it into full gear and the rest of the swim improved. In all fairness, this was my first open water swim of the season.  Although I am completely comfortable swimming, I usually am not aggressive in this part of a triathlon. I need to work on that.

The bike ride went well. I felt strong and tried to stay around 18-20 mph.

I loved hearing my GMG teammates cheer me on. It was very encouraging for the run! Like I mentioned in the 5k experience above, I knew the 5k would hurt. Thankfully the clouds kept the hot sun from steaming up the atmosphere. I pushed myself and pulled through a strong run.

I finished the race in 1:16. Okay, I just looked at past blog posts and realized this is a PR! WOO HOO! This year I jump to a new age group...and it's harder to win. USA Triathlon uses your age on December 31st of the that would make me 30...even though I am still very much so 29!!!!!! Any hoo, I was surprised that I won first in my age group! BOOM!

A big shout out to my homeboy Scott Hines. He did a fantastic job on his first triathlon! I didn't see him on the bike so I was nervous that he didn't survive the swim but then I saw his smiling face on the run course!

DAY 2 - Sunday, June 1, 2014 Route 66 Olympic Triathlon

So if doing two triathlons in a row wasn't enough, I worked in between as well! What?! We are down a meteorologist right now so I had to work the evening shift. Therefore, I did not get a full night's rest before the Sunday tri.

Once again, I was a little anxious about doing the triathlon.  This time it was for a different reason.... I wasn't fully confident in my training this early in the season for an olympic distance. Just a reminder, an olympic distance triathlon is a 1 mile swim, 26 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.

This time my boyfriend was there for moral support at the start! I also had several teammates to race with.  After the previous day's dunking during the swim I knew I had to have my game face on before hitting the water.  This time I went on the left/outer side of the swimmers. The wind was a bit higher so we had to deal with waves for part of the course.  I definitely got into a groove on the second lap. I just remember thinking, MAN - this is long. What did I get myself in to?

As soon as I hit the bike course I could tell my legs were fatigued from the day before. The bike involves two loops around El Reno.  This allows me to see who is in front of me and who is behind me.  My training buddy Jolynn caught up with me on the second loop of the bike.  For some reason this shifted my attitude from negative to positive.  I just thought how blessed I am to even be able to do this and how many people physically cannot swim bike and/or run. Knowing this was more of a training session than a race, I kept a steady pace around 16 mph. I The wind picked up by the end of the race and that final hill to the transition was definitely at a snail's pace.

I did not look forward to the run.  Running is my least favorite part of a triathlon any way and I wasn't sure if my endurance was high enough to run 6.2 miles well after the swim and bike.  However, I felt blessed. I kept my pace a little bit back from the day before and tried to just enjoy the journey.  That's all I could do. All of a sudden I just felt completely blessed. I felt blessed to be physically able to run or do a triathlon. I thought of my aunt with leukemia. She can no longer run. Mitchell Whitaker loved to run, but he passed away from leukemia. I will run for the people who can't.  I smiled and cheered on other runners. I can't tell you how many times fellow athletes have encouraged me in the past.  One guy even said I was smiling too much. Who would have ever thought I would be SMILING while running?  I ended up passing a few teammates and felt strong until the end. Once again, I guess my track training is working! WOO!

I finished in a little over 3 hours...and that includes a port-a-potty stop! OH YEAH
When you gotta gotta go.
Scott cheering me on...hahah.

So the moral of the story is DO WORK and GET RESULTS. BOOM.

Thanks for reading friends and I will talk to you soon!  My next event is the Tour de Cure this Saturday! It's not too late to join. Just register here. I will likely be doing the 62 mile ride.

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