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It seemed necessary to take a step back from food and nutrition (for a brief moment) to focus on what others might be experiencing or can relate to.
Basically…
This is a self dash of reality and inspiration to get an internal ball of motivation moving. Time on my side? Doesn’t exist anymore…
Have no fear, life is still good. Maybe too good. This is where the “problem” starts.

Comfort.

Being comfortable is one thing most of us…I…strive for.
That feeling of having your ducks in a row, finances in line, relationship goals on point, emotions are embraced, physical physique-oh yeah!, career progressions, and the ability to be in control of your life.
Seems pretty damn comfortable to me. Why change?

(insert personal experience)
Since moving to Key West, comfortability has been a silent discourager.
While I live in a place {Key West} where culture, opportunity, and environment give a limitless opportunity to be uncomfortable, it is easy to find comfort in working hard at your job(s) or daily tasks and responsibilities then putting off the additional priorities till “tomorrow.”
Tomorrow is easy. Now is when shit gets done.

(insert example)
After multiple discussions with you know who 😉 it (finally) came time to quit my second job down here at the beach bar. I throughly enjoyed working there…engaging in conversations with tourists and locals alike, looking out to the beautiful water every day and learning a thing or two from established service industry personnel. What it came down to was working SMART vs working HARD. I had been working extremely hard, but not smart. I had extra money in my pocket to cover expenses, but I lacked any enjoyment to spend on this beautiful island and time spent with my family/social life. Looking back on everything, it was “easy” to work here. I felt comfortable (duh, I’m working literally on the beach), enjoyed (how could I not!?!)  and appreciated my time here…but I wasn’t challenged.

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“COMFORT IS THE ENEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT” -unknown

So good, right!?!


I continue my rant with Progression.
I am not getting younger, but I am getting smarter.

Stop making excuses about time and age.

(insert personal experience)
I ran a 10K race this past weekend and witnessed a handful of athletes 60+years of age who were absolutely killing it. They seemed to be keeping a pace to set a PR and passing other runners like a boss 😉 Talk about progression and hard work — no excuses!

…which leads me to conclude that the quality of one’s future & decision making process is a timeline of one’s progression.
You attempt. Fail and/or Succeed. Learn. Repeat. { progression }

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My garden.
I appreciate and gasp at the sight of fresh produce. I envied the farmers at the local farmers market when I lived in Kalamazoo, MI and throughout the states I found myself driving through. I always imagined having my own garden filled with seasonal produce, but had no idea where to start. Add a few years plus some procrastination and wa-lah the delipsch garden arrived and produces.
When I started my garden I had no idea where to start which meant that progression was the only option. I knew I wanted to learn and I failed several times along the way. (Watermelon needs LOTS of room to grow…you should have seen the vines that took over my garden, brussel sprouts are not the easiest veg to grow in FL…several attempts and still trying, tomatoes are temperamental, corn…I think I supported the nutritional needs of an entire colony of ants…I could go on and on). I didn’t know much to start but I asked a lot of questions and googled for numerous answers. Trail and error on repeat. My point: in order to experience the joy & nutrition of consuming and sharing local produce grown by little ol’ me, I had to START.
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“YOU LEARN MORE FROM FAILURE THAN FROM SUCCESS. DON’T LET IT STOP YOU. FAILURE BUILDS CHARACTER.” -unknown


I can’t finish without a dose of Accountability.
Without it, you’re nobody. Believe it.

Whether it be the family pet that depends on someone to feed them every day; whether it be the boss of an established business who is depended upon to write paychecks to their employees; whether it be a running partner one meets weekly for morning runs; whether it be one’s significant other to be there for the good and bad; or even if it be the bum who lives in the park…we are all depended on and held accountable.

(insert personal example)
Food & Nutrition are reflected in my daily conversations and lifestyle I choose to live. I have promised myself and those close to me that I would bring my knowledge and creations into what some refer to as a cookbook. This process has found itself on multiple pieces of paper/binders/sticky tabs/etc. Recipes, ideas, tips, references…the whole shebang BUT what is missing is the accountability. When you tell someone you are going to do something, you are held accountable to your word. My point: I am the one accountable for my cookbook and it is a responsibility that I have committed to.

The process is real….real scary and real exciting.
As it should be.
Stayed tuned my friends.

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My point here:
One’s accountability is one’s responsibility.
One’s responsibility is one’s accountability.

Keep your engine fueled with responsive accountability, every bit makes an impact.


Regardless of where you live, remain uncomfortable, progress at each decision and stay accountable…EVERY DAY! The rest will take care of itself.


Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ 2016 ] goal talk.

Hello 2016. Nice to meet you.
Lots of things happen at the beginning of the year. But why this time of all 365 days?
— A simple answer would be because that is just what you do on January 1. I am having a tough time this year accepting the beginning of the year as “THE TIME or DAY.” My little brain has been twisting and turning about what makes this time so different than any other time period through out the year. Probably over analyzing, but I think it is important to address both sides of the spectrum. Let the conversation begin.

What I’m (over) thinking about…
On one hand, I think it is necessary and important to have goals established. After discussions with multiple people, it is evident that setting goals allows you to work towards something and address the gray area between point A and B. Having a direction to follow and accountability to sustain – this helps accomplish your goals. But what about that gray area I just mentioned. The actual floor plan. I feel it is this area that gets lost and forgotten. This is why I bring up the conversation of goals and the beginning of each calendar year.
Goals are good. Really good. BUT in order to saturate yourself in the goal process, I think we need to focus more on the process instead of the outcome. The [ floor plan-gray area-process ] is the important part, not the goal itself. This process is so incredibly individualized – but it brings a perfect balance of conversation and challenge towards the gray area within the goal setting experience. The floor plan should keep you honest, accountable and rewarded.
Don’t just set a goal(s) because. Set goals because you have a plan and you want to.

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With every position comes opposition – why we will address the other side of goal setting. Setting goals just because.

As we approach the end of each calendar year, we tend to find ourselves promising to do certain things that we might not consider at different times of the year. Goals within … PHYSICAL — weight loss, nutrition, body image, etc.
RELATIONSHIP — listening, date nights, personal time, etc.
PROFESSIONAL — promotion, salary, title, etc.
FINANCIAL — saving, budgeting, planning, etc.
PERSONAL — self talk, organization, explore, etc.
SPIRITUAL — church, pray, action, etc.

The bullet list within these could go on and on as does life. Our life choices made each day are decided on some intention within. This is not a blog post about starting over and making things “actually” happen based on a promise(s) you make on 1.1.2016. This is a blog post focusing on continuity and working hard every day. Why choose January 1 to finally start exercising, eating right, communicating, accomplishing a tasks they’ve put off, taking a vacation/personalized time with friends and family, or even pampering yourself a bit more (which should happen often anyway)? I’m guilty – I have done it for several years past. Why though? Why the first calendar day of each year THE DAY of all 365 days for change is beyond me. Maybe it is easy to hop on the band wagon of motivation, maybe it is the “right thing to do,”  societal pressure, maybe it is just what you do. I don’t know everything, but what I do know is that most people have the opportunity to make decision and choices freely.

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This above quote really struck a cord. Allow yourself to keep your fuel fired throughout the year. Avoid that imaginary New Year’s Day goal setting national holiday and embrace it throughout the year. There are 365 days to take advantage of, make each one count.


To conclude simply:
1. Setting (MEANINGFUL) goals is important and necessary. Allow yourself to learn through the process and be flexible.
2. Open up the conversation about taking advantage of the other 364 days to set goals. Don’t let one day restrain you from continuously setting goals — giving yourself opportunity to learn and grow through the challenges and successes experienced throughout.
3. The gray area is the focus. Your opportunity to build and work hard.

The scary part is not starting.


If this posts offends you, speak up. I’ve begun to vastly appreciate the process to talk opposition. I do hope you appreciate what my intent was behind all these words here: to acknowledge your opportunity to make each day count. Set goals frequently. Be flexible. Stay accountable. Work hard. Each and every day. Opportunity is always present. Take advantage of your present.

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Triathlons have come to be a very personal experience surrounded by a supportive community of like-minded people. With this being my first Olympic distance and specific training schedule/regimen – I have been able to experience a bit of the tri community and appreciated the process (immensely). It all had to start somewhere … to refresh your memory …

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Now that we are all up to speed, let’s reflect on FRIDAY (the day before race day).

AM: slept in (up by 7AM) breakfast ( water, Chocolate Dipped Protein Milkshake, homemade bucci ) stayed busy prepping before Liz (Ian’s mom) arrived.
AFTERNOON: Packet pick up (numbers for bike, helmet & timing chip I wear on my ankle with the rest of the race goodies). This was followed by a car ride with Taz, Laura & Colleen of the race course…checking for any obstacles or areas of caution (THIS IS ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT REGARDLESS IF THE RACE IS YOUR HOMELAND OR NEW TERRAIN) … safety first! Did a few errands and headed home to wait for Liz to arrive – Lunch (Vegetable and mixed grain stir fry) followed up more race prep and relaxing.
PM: Dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Key West (The Cafe)
-Water (with a few delipsch sips of the homemade Sangria Liz ordered)
-Blackened Mahi Mahi with a pineapple salsa, brown rice and roasted asparagus…and I devoured every bite 🙂
**Liz ordered this pumpkin ravioli that was divine (caramelized onions, apples and this delicate cream sauce), Ian ordered a smoked salmon pizza (more of a flat bread) because I requested he did and you always say yes in this case 😉 It was great – a generous portion of smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon caper vinaigrette, fresh tomatoes and motz … (you can wipe up your drool now).


Got home and rechecked to make sure everything I needed for the race was ready to go. For this race, my CHECKLIST included:
SWIM — tri shorts & top, sports bra, watch and heart rate monitor, googles, spray, cap, wetsuit, glide/lube (aquaphor), timing chip and some nutrition.
T1 — towel & water
BIKE — Bike (with numbers attached) and air pressure in tires, gels, water bottles X2, helmet (with number), bike shoes, socks, sunglasses and lights (incase of bad weather).
T2 — towel & water
RUN — shoes, socks, race belt (with numbers attached), gel, sunglasses.
MISC — tri mat (to place everything on), extra light (Liz bought me this perfect battery operated light-you never know how much light you’ll have to set up your Transition area…great idea!), Flip Flops, dry clothes, extra water and nutrition, small med kit and 2 garbage bags (1. to put all of my wet stuff in and 2. to cover by tri area in case it rained), phone and headphones to jam a bit 😉
***Everything fit (perfectly snug) into the Tri bag I was using.


RACE DAY
…is actually here…out of bed by 4AM (shower and breakfast) I have completed only a handful of TRI races but I stick with the same breakfast each time:

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-Upon awakening: WATER, 1 Suja Mighty Greens, 1 cup of Matcha (a form of green tea).

-2 larger slices of toasted whole grain bread (preferably fresh from a bakery)

In Key West COLE’S PEACE is where it’s at!

Coles Peace
-Enough nut butter of choice to slather on both pieces. I tend to have a heavy hand.
-1 med-large Banana (sliced on top)

-I will prep a Spark to sip on till it’s GO TIME!


RACE TIME
Transitions open at 5AM. I left the house at 5:15. I am lucky enough to live within a mile from transitions and race start. Arrived and got numbered up, set up my transition area, stretched, took a light jog and chit chatted/ wishing those around me a good race. Transitions closed at 6:45 … my wave started at 7:05 (1st wave).

TRI6Taz (left) has been a mentor and coach for the past few months – an incredible human being to say the least. Laura (center) is a swimming god – taught me a few valuable tips when it comes to my stroke and approach … THANK YOU ladies for all your help and knowledge.

 

Nini (Ian’s gma) sent me a very special addition to my race day transition area. A lucky horse shoe with guardian wings – truly special and exponentially appreciated … thank you Nini <3
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Vibes were flowin’ all around     { excitement, inspiration, anxiousness }

As I awaited to enter the water, I was able to see the fam for a round of hugs and luck . . . 5 minutes later they called out the first wave to enter the water.

“SITTING ON G WAITING ON O” – TAZ

SWIM: 1.5 km Ocean
went well. course felt long and I felt like I got a bit “off course” when spotting the buoys. Got kicked a few times, googles leaked a bit on the left side, but mentally and physically I felt good though.
*** No I did not see any sharks (but yes they are on my mind). I am most concerned about Jelly Fish – no thank you!

T1: went smooth. once I exited the water you can utilize the “strippers” that strip the wet suit off of you – first time using them and loved it. Took a few seconds and I was on my way to the bike. (***the more lube the better). socks/shoes, helmet, sunglasses, bike GO.

BIKE: 40 km bike (up the Keys on US1 > around/inside Boca Chica Naval Air Station).
went much better than expected. This was one of the aspects of the race I was most nervous about – I am new to the biking world and have gathered a small understanding of the time and commitment it takes to compete here. Regardless of the athletes passing me, I felt good and was keeping a good pace. I did lose an accessory mid race (popped off while grabbing a water bottle…opps!) during a “U” turn along the course, 6 fighter jets were taking off right over my head … epic to say the least!
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T2:
Switched shoes, put on fresh socks and grabbed my running belt/sunglasses…off I went for the last leg.

RUN: 10km along Atlantic Ocean
I stick to a few goals during the run: pass 5 people, don’t give up and finish strong. I got my rhythm after mile 2 – miles 3-4 aimed to gain a bit of ground – miles 4-5 legs started to feel heavy (forgot to grab any gel at my transition so gatorade at every drink stop was enjoyed) – mile 6 to the finish felt great – I finished as strong as I could and was able to cross the finish line with a final time of 02:49:01

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It was (naturally) a rewarding feeling to cross that finish line because
1.) I had trained and prepared for this moment for 2 months.
2.) I was excited – my Olympic experience couldn’t have gone better!
3.) My legs were started to feel heavy…potential cramp action :/


After I crossed the finish line, I was greeted with a cold beer and single red rose from my prince charming (the man knows how to make me happy) – along with hugs and support from my family (Mom, Matt & Liz) along with a smorgasbord of athletes and competitors with positive vibes for days.
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With the help of an an amazing support system, I placed 3rd in my age group … it twas’ a great feeling …
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{ K E Y  W E S T  T R I  C L U B  C R E W }

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 To put it simply, my first Olympic experience challenged and rewarded me much more than expected. I appreciate each aspect of the journey – every workout, every bit of knowledge and conversation, every emotion and goal to bring me to the finish line. Till the next race. Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day 😉

 

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