Sunday, September 18, 2011


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Hello, friends! For those of you traveling from out of state, Oklahoma weather is notorious for extremes.  I came here to work as a meteorologist at KFOR-TV for this reason.  I'm pretty sure plenty of people have been praying for nice weather and CALM WINDS, including me and my Grandma and Papa.  It must have worked because the forecast looks fantastic!  However, I will give the standard disclaimer that this will be updated.  Winds will be the most challenging to forecast this far out.  However, right now they seem to be rather light. 

Without further adieu...drum roll please...HERE IS YOUR REDMAN FORECAST

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Okay, for those of you new to the site, here is a brief overview.  I am a TRI newbie, introduced to the sport through Team In Training.  I've been a swimmer my whole life so I thought I'd have a small advantage over other newbies.  I also have a few friends that have participated in endurance events through Team in Training and I thought it sounded like a great cause.  It's been a long 5 months of training but I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.  I've met so many great people, joined several new communities, and have made new friends along the way.  I've especially been touched by the families impacted by Leukemia or Lymphoma and use those stories as fuel to cross the finish line on Saturday.  This blog is about the entire journey and several new milestones along the way.  Please feel free to skim over old entries and check in from time to time!

Moving on...

So as I was writing "6 days" earlier...I had a mini freak out.  6 DAYS! AHHHHH! I can't believe race day is almost here!  I am excited and nervous all at the same time.  I am also very excited to carb load.  I've mentioned "eating baguettes" so many times to my TNT teammates this past week that they could have made a drinking game out of it.  I may purchase my first baguette tonight.  We will see.

Cold & Rain? What Is This?

Nerd Alert! Don't even's cold!

After the hottest summer on record, highs in the 50's came as a shock to many Oklahomans this past Thursday and Friday.  That probably explains why I was one of the only people venturing out to Lake Hefner Thursday afternoon.  I thought, "I am a Chicagoan, the cold will feel great!"  All I can say is one loop around the Lake was enough for me.  I was cold, wet, and had a runny nose.  I think this summer made me thin blooded!  Brr!

Last Saturday Morning Training

Wah wahhhhh
It's bittersweet thinking Saturday was our last TNT early morning training.  Joleen says the 40 mile training rides will not be missed (hence the picture above).  As much as I dislike getting up at 6 or 7am on Saturdays, I do enjoy meeting up with friends and getting a big work out in before I go to work. 
We started at the Braums on Memorial and MacArthur at 7:15 am and rode about 40 miles.  It went well until we had to ride back South straight into 15-20 mph winds.  My speed dropped to about 10 mph.  It was pretty sad!  Like I said, WIND is my main concern for race day.  So far it looks good...but I do not want to jinx anything!

Looking at the week ahead, we have our last team swim practice Monday where we will test out the wetsuits.  I'm sure I will have an entry telling you all about it!  Thanks for checking in and thanks for the support!  Have a great week!
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  1. Thank you sooo much for posting the forecast!!!

  2. Congrats on joining the Tri world, and for your efforts with TNT. I have ridden with the Central Texas TNT cycling team since 2007.
    Thanks for the forecast, and have a GREAT race!
    Patrick Hight, Cardiac Ironman (IMFL 2011)