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  1. FIT
    good Abs, stretching, rolling 00:50

    Did this last night. Too busy with work stuff to post it until now.

  2. RUN
    good Mixed bag of strategery 5 mi 01:04 12:49 pace

    First, let me say that I should know better than to walk outside at 4:30 pm, see that it's overcast, breezy and not really hot, and decide to move my run up by several hours because "I&#x... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      That was a great 5 miles, Karen! You have pretty good speed. When you get in your best shape, everybody watch out! And you sure recovered quickly from that Tri. Good luck in preparing for your 10k.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Way to mix it up Karen! Have you decided on which 10K yet?

      4 months ago Like

  3. Shared Photo

    Start of bike leg at Sunday's tri. Paid actual money for this photo. My god, the color coordination of the shoes and the helmet is spectacular. Heh. Heheheheheh.

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Nice picture!

      4 months ago Like1 person

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    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      As soon as I saw the wonderous job I'd done, I thought of you, Sensei BAND! (I'm actually smiling in all my race pics, except for the one where I'm getting out of the water, where I'm sucking wind big time. But it's good because it makes my cheekbones look awesome. And in one shot, I'm smiling *and* sticking my tongue out at the photog. There's no crazy like tri crazy.)

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Awesome pic Karen!!

      4 months ago Like

  4. FIT
    good Hour of mixed fitness 01:00

    Glutes, thighs, abs, arms, hips...in that order.
    And just a touch of foam rolling at the end.

    Feeling just fine after the tri--no muscle soreness, and really no fatigue (my sit bones are tender f... read more

  5. RUN
    great Springs Back Tri--run 6.1 mi 01:06 10:48 pace

    Walk 1/Run 1 all the way! Worked great.
    Started to get hot and windy out there about 30 minutes into the run (no shade on the run course), but I just kept going.

    Run splits were nice and fast--l... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Excellent 10k, Karen! Way to finish off the Tri. And 20 minutes faster than what you predicted. All around GREAT JOB!!

      4 months ago Like1 person

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    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Oh, thank you, Bob--that sounds lovely! We will be sweltering by then. I will most definitely think about it. The 1/2 looks fantastic--there are some beautiful photos up on its FB page.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Victory with a capital "V"! Congrats on a great performance Karen!

      4 months ago Like1 person

  6. VELO
    good Springs Back Tri--bike 26.25 mi 01:51 14.3mph pace

    Hahahaha, they weren't kidding about the "rolling hills" in the race description! Yowza!
    Overall, I was super proud of this effort. Handled hydration really well, kept my mind nice a... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Another good leg, Karen! Nice speed.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thank you, Bob--I was really pleased with this. There were some serious hills in the last 11 miles of this route, and I never train hills (ain't none in this area, as you may remember from your sojourn south of Houston). But basically kept my pace, and kept everything (breathing, effort) under control.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      That's the key: relaxation and continuing, under duress.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Great job Karen! There's power in being positive, no doubt!

      4 months ago Like

  7. swim
    good Sprints Back Oly Tri--swim 1500 m 00:34 35:56 pace

    I could not believe it when I got back to transition, looked down at what time it was, and saw how quickly (for me) I'd gotten through this swim. I thought it was going to take me like 50 minu... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      That was a BEAUTIFUL swim, Karen! Really a great time.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      I was so happy with the way I was swimming by the end of this--I got into a groove and was able to finish swimming much faster than I started (without exhausting myself with the effort). I almost wonder if I shouldn't abandon the crawl training altogether and work on becoming even stronger at a stroke that's already comes so naturally to me.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      And thank you, Bob!

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      I wish I knew more about swimming, but considering you beat your expectation by 16 minutes, I'm thinking you kicked some @ss here! :)

      4 months ago Like1 person

  8. Shared Photo

    Tri Guy and I after our Olympic-distance race this morning.
    Official times are not up yet (and I may have indeed placed dead last in my AG), but I am so pleased with the way I executed my race pla... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      I knew you'd do it, Karen! To beat your projected time for EACH of the legs is Fantastic! I'm really proud of you. And that's a great picture!

      4 months ago Like1 person

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    • Jeff J.
      Jeff J.

      Sux about the times. 4th out of 4 is nothing to mope about, especially since you did so much better than you thought you would. And great pic of you and Tri-Guy! Proof that he actually exists, and isn't just some Canadian Tri-Guy!

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thank you Bob, Todd and Jeff!

      4 months ago Like1 person

  9. walk
    good Errands and some extra 2.35 mi 00:40 17:05 pace

    We've got cool weather with light rain. Perfect for getting a little extra walking in.

  10. RUN
    good Final race rehearsal run 5 mi 00:58 11:37 pace

    Checking 2 possible strategies.
    Ran miles 1, 3 and 5 at R 1:00/W 1:00.
    Ran miles 2 and 4 at R 1:30/W 1:00.

    Kind of super freaked out about the very, very real possibility of finishing absolute las... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      That was a very good 5 miles, Karen! And if you're more comfortable with 1:00/1:00, then by all means do it! Please don't put so much pressure on yourself about the race. If this is not your 1st Olympic-distance Tri, then it's for sure your 1st in a LONG time. All you have to do is finish it and establish a time for you to beat on the next one. Good luck to you!

      4 months ago Like1 person

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    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      You're one hell of an athlete and the effort that you'll give in this race will be 1st in all AG's. Write in down. ;)

      4 months ago Like2 people

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Aw, bless you, my friend. That was awesome.

      4 months ago Like2 people

  11. walk
    good W/u and w/d for the run 1.45 mi 00:24 16:12 pace

    .85 of a mile before, and .6 after.

  12. swim
    alright 1500m OWS 1500 m

    Did this at Twin Lake, which all the Texans insisted was "freezing cold", and which to me felt, well, pleasant.

    Haven't done an open-water swim since last July, so I had that stupi... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Great LONG swim, Karen! And you've got my vote for finishing that tri. You're pretty tough.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Nice job Karen and kudos for pushing through the reflex response! All tri-athletes that I know always comment on how different open water swimming is. You'll finish this weekend, no doubt about it!

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thank you, Bob and Todd. I appreciate the support.

      4 months ago Like1 person

  13. RUN
    good Brick, part 2 6.11 mi 01:12 11:47 pace

    Stayed with walk 1/run 1 strategy, which, overall, worked great. It's definitely what I'll use next weekend. Ran really good, fast run splits (low 9s, mid 8s).
    Managed to get some nutriti... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      More good distance! I kind of worry about your combined hard workouts today after being sick. Be careful.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Nice run splits Karen! Nutrition planning, not my favorite subject! :)

      4 months ago Like1 person

  14. VELO
    good Brick, part 1 22.34 mi 01:41 13.3mph pace

    Meh. It wasn't fast, but it started raining while I was out there, so I didn't really want it to be fast...just uneventful. All I really wanted to do was get this done.
    Nice to be back at... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Long ride, Karen! Glad you're well finally.

      4 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Great distance ride Karen! Glad you're back and feeling better! Stay safe out there!

      4 months ago Like

  15. RUN
    great Brick part 2--run 2.4 mi 00:29 12:05 pace

    This was right off the bike, and this really worked.
    Did w1/r1 intervals, with run times in the low 9s without pushing. Legs felt slightly heavy for the first walk interval, but totally fine after ... read more

  16. VELO
    good Brick part 1--bike 20.53 mi 01:31 13.5mph pace

    So. Windy.
    Tired for this ride, but got it done.

  17. swim
    good TX City Natatorium 1200 m 00:41 54:59 pace

    This was not as smooth as recent swims. Was out of synch on my breathing for much of it. Also worked in a new drill--it was hard, but I could see the payoff, technique-wise, in the rest of the craw... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      That was a very good workout, Karen. Doing those drills is what makes you a better swimmer in time. 20+ shrieking kids !!!

      5 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thank you, Bob, for all your support! And, yeah, those KIDS! Ack! But as annoying as they are (and they *are* annoying), at least they are learning to swim. Too many little kids from poorer families down here don't ever get access to a pool, much less lessons from competent, caring coaches. I'm glad for them. But I also don't want to be around them. =)

      5 months ago Like1 person

    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Sounds tough, but I'm sure the returns will be well worth the effort! I'm not down with screaming kids either. Drives me crazy! :)

      5 months ago Like2 people

  18. walk
    good Fitness center o&b 3.38 mi 00:55 16:16 pace

    Decided not to throw any run intervals into this. A bit tired today, and I knew I had some stationary biking and a longish swim to get through once I got to Lowry. Took the quick route there, and t... read more

  19. VELO
    alright Stationary bike at Lowry 00:21

    Bor-ing. Did this before the swim. Just wanted to work at around 100rpm, getting some easy cycling motion in the legs. Long bike tomorrow.

  20. RUN
    great Wonderful 5+-miler 5.5 mi 01:12 13:05 pace

    Could this weather be any more lovely? No, not really. 75°, low humidity, breezy instead of gusty. Enjoyed every second of being outside for this workout.

    Still easing back into it (and babying th... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Wow, that was a terrific workout, Karen! You didn't push it, yet you still managed 1-min. runs as fast as low 8-min. paces. You're doing great!

      5 months ago Like1 person

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    • Todd M.
      Todd M.

      Nice looking 5+ here Karen! You'll do fine in your first Olympic-distance event. You're a smart racer and will no doubt use it as a springboard to nail the event in October. Low humidity in SE TX?? Whaaaaat??

      5 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thanks, Todd! I know, the weather is craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!

      5 months ago Like