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It's Monday....The world isn't ending.

Do more of what you love

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Internal Dialogue 4:22am: "Oh dear god, it can't be time to go already. Ugh. Get up. Get up. Come on Aubrey, you have to get to swim practice. 3-2-Ready...Go. Omph. That's alright, let's try that one more time.....
Internal Dialogue 6:31am: "That was amazing! Well, if amazing means 'incredibly challenging and at times highly brutal' Alright Monday, you are MINE, I will own you. 6:30am and already a champion of productivity. Coffee. Coffee. Go get coffee!"

Monday mornings are growing on me. It's great to get in the water before the sun, and to start the day with some momentum. Even on days like today when it is dark and snowing....in MAY!?

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Q: What is under-loved and under-appreciated?

A: MONDAYS
There are the ten's of thousands of e-cards, memes and jokes about the 'dreaded Monday'. It seems to me that Mondays are A Beginning...and shouldn't beginnings be embraced? A chance to start fresh, new, motivated, maybe even a little excited? Perhaps if one is so distraught about what starting the next 5 days means....some re-visiting may need to happen about how those 5 days are being spent in the first place. If 'work' or 'real life' makes you want to slam your head against your desk until you pass out....time for a life inventory. Not to say that everyday can be ALL sunshine and rainbows, but life is meant to be lived. And lived boldy. If you find yourself counting the hours until your next day off....time to get some balance back in your life, because 2/7 days is not enough.
Do more of what you love.
And start today, MONDAY!

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Other News:

I've been getting asked a lot about when I will start racing "Pro"
So, here is the answer: The bulk of this season I will continue to race in the Amateur field. Why?

1. I want to enter this next level with the ability to be truly competitive. The goal of "not finishing last" just is not going to do it for me.

2. It is important to learn how to race, learn how to win and just learn. Getting another handful of highly competitive events under my belt will be really useful in the transition. After Hy-Vee 5150 Championships I'll submit for my license and am planning on 2-3 pro races between October and early November. Woot Woot.

Next Event: Summer Open Triathlon. Looking forward to this one, maybe because everyone and their mom is doing it. Great people will be out there tuning up for the season and going fast.
Race more, learn more, be more.

Quote of the moment: "Do your best....but how do you know it's your best....because you don't, you have no reason not to try harder"

Here's to peace, beginnings and making things happen,
-Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 08:23 Archived in USA Tagged colorado swimming coffee training strength goals triathlon monday choices optomism swim_practice Comments (1)

Racing. Life & Living It

St Petersburg, Florida

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Q. What goes “Thump, Thump, Thump”, costs $200 and will make you wish you had forgone getting dressed up that morning and stuck to the trusty pocket-free athletic look?

Give Up?

A. Your iPhone beginning the dry –cycle, after taking a 50minute cleansing soak while tucked away in your skirt pocket.

That was 8pm Wednesday night. By 10pm I had a new phone, which was still slightly useless since all my contacts are apparently NOT in the “cloud” For the time being I can call approximately 5 people: Mom, Dad, two ex-boyfriends and my best friend from 5th grade. Maybe I’ll make it a point from here on out to build up the brain-powered address book. But at least I had an alarm for my early morning venture to DIA. I got home to break down the bike and pack for this race, a few days back home and of course driving across the country. Power nap and it was already morning.

The flight was less than smooth. Asking the flight attendants to take their seats is one thing, no worries. But 3, 4, 5, messages from the captain asking those attendants to pick up their phones makes you a littttttle bit uneasy (especially as the gingerale two aisles up takes a nose dive to the floor.)

Pre-Race Prep

Thursday
90 minute ride on the course

Friday
Pool swim @ the aquatic center
Hour ride easy with brick run

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Saturday
Start time open water swim
Fell asleep for 2 hours
Rode an hour and an easy brick

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Bike check-in, enjoyed sun-set, dinner and melatonin.

Race Recap

1.) St. Anthony’s is my favorite race of the year.

Woke up @ 4am, down to transition for 5:15 to set-up. I was racked next to the girl who won the past 2 years, a couple girls who raced very strong at Clermont, and 3 girls who were top 5 at Hy-Vee last year. As always, St. A’s brings a stacked field.

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Swim
Men & Women EA’s started together at 7:00am. Which means the first few hundred yards of the swim were rougher than usual. Those darn boys. After the initial frenzy I slowly began to find my groove, and by the half-way point I was starting to catch-up and pass small pockest of swimmers. Came into T1 with just one woman’s bike off the rack! The thought of not having to play 'catch-up' on the bike and be able to work on expanding a gap was pretty exciting.

Bike
Was able to get a good idea as to where I was within the group with the several turn-arounds on the course. About half way through I was passed, “Shit, where the heck did she come from….” After several passes back and forth I realized that those damn heart rate straps sometimes just LOOK like a sports bras, and in a sport where everyone has silky smooth legs....common mistake. Anyways, I built a gap on him just in case. ; )

Run
Negative split it with a new best 10k time = Happy Athlete

Overall:
Placed 2nd in the EA division. First place being an incredible athlete who had just given up her pro-card after 25 years of elite racing, including earning a world champion title. Plugging my time into the pro field I would have placed 11th, which is encouraging. I'd say things are moving in the right direction, jumping off of a plateau for sure. Can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds.

Post Race

The greatest gift you could ever give someone is your time. It is one element of life that we cannot 'get back' when it is gone. Thankful to have spent Sunday post-race sharing time, laughing loud, laying in the grass, splashing in the ocean and stumbling into a fairy tale even for a short while.

Here's to peace, road trips & getting faster,
~Aubs

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List It Out.

Turn on your brain and your heart

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In Massachusetts one of the biggest and most important roles I fulfilled was "Advisor" to the Outdoor Wilderness Leader youth group. The "OWLs". Now this goes way further back than just a handful of years. To best paint this picture you first need to understand a little bit of where I come from.

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Wilderness Experiences Unlimited

This was and continues to be more than my families business. It is our lifestyle. It represents passion, challenge, dreams, fulfillment, stress, growth, change, constancy, and so much more. I was lucky enough to grow up immersed in adventure sports. Skiing at two, rock-climbing at three, riding on the back of my dads training bike at ten months....I was scuba certified at the age of 12.....with my grandfather who was 75. My dad and I went sky-diving on the day of my senior prom because it made no sense to me to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress when you could jump out a plane instead. Mom and I have led groups of divers to Australia, Egypt and the Philippines. As a family, I have to say we're an ass-kicking trio. Anyways.

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A big part of our business was and continues to be the youth group. Founded on the belief that Mother Earth needs our youth to stand up for what is right, and use their voices to speak for those that don't have voices of their own. Environmental education and value clarification were keystone.

As a toddler, I was the OWL 'Mascot'. Climbing underneath chairs, sitting on laps and getting piggy-backs from teens of the 80s. As a little kiddo the OWLs and Summer Camp staff were my biggest and most crucial role models, and continue to be with their accomplishments to this very day. As I got older and took on more responsibility the groups of kids brought me genuine hope for the future. Teens embracing one another for their differences, being passionate about protecting the natural world and being able to "unplug" for days at a time to sleep close to the earth.

The OWLs are my little brothers and sisters. And distance hasn't changed it. I love the letters, email updates and phone calls I still get....mostly when high-school drama strikes again and a listening ear is needed. I've even grown used to the SOOO high-school snap chats. (Do I really need to see a picture of your teacher drawing on the white board? No. But I love you anyway ; P )

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101 Background Complete.

Now. 'List It Out'

(*You'll want a scrap piece of paper and a pen)

Often in OWLs, activities were meant to challenge your mind and encourage you to look within.
Self-awareness and Self-confidence makes for some strong, devoted and incredible leaders. This is an activity that we would do every year, and I want to share it with whoever is still reading this damn thing.

1. On your paper create the following headings.

3 Pivitol People

3 short-term goals (6 months)

3 mid-term goals (2 years)

3 long-term goals (5 years+)

3 Defining Moments

2 Things I Love About Myself

2 Things I Am Working On Within Myself

If I could give one sentence of advice it would be......

2. Spend some real time on each topic. Reflect on the past year of your life and project forward. What you accomplished? Where you've been? What made you soar? When did you stumble? How did you get up from those stumbles? Who has made an impact on your heart along the way? Then thoughtfully fill in the blanks.

3. When you are done, envelope it, date it and stash it somewhere safe. Repeat next year ; )

It is amazing to look at these over time. I have a handful of these dating back over 15 years. To see the personal growth, identify trends, and see how much so things change is so freakin' cool. It's never too late / you're never too old to spend some time taking a "Self-Inventory"

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That's all I have to offer for a Throwback Thursday.

Take time to look back at yourself.

And so continues 2014...."The Year of Me"

Here's to peace, faith and working hard
Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 15:55 Archived in USA Tagged nature family youth introspection leadership growing_up self_reflection environmental_education Comments (0)

New chapter? Nope.

This is going to be a whole new book babbyyyyyy

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48 Hours of Ecstasy

It feels a little silly to be writing a race recap as I am already prepping to travel for my next event. I guess it just goes to show how busy things have been, how fast time goes by and how much ass April is kicking. Late or not, South Beach is a race that I can't bypass an update, because it was a big one.

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So. Here is the abbreviated version.

Pre: Nell & I set our 2am alarms. Sat in hotel room darkness to eat our dried up basmati rice and plain hard boiled eggs. It was anything but exceptionally delicious. But, by the end of the race we were both sold on the new rice/egg combo. Pre-race fuel up meal? Dialed! Alarm #2 went off around 5am. We had a brutal 20 yard walk to rack our bikes. Obviously heavy sarcasm, as our hotel could not have been more perfect. Then it was set-up, running drills, muscle activation and sneak into fancy hotels for a last minute bathroom stop.

Swim: Choppy with a bit of current. The phrase "Swimming treadmill of death" crossed my mind several times while out there. Not that times would reflect it, but given the conditions I was happy with my swim.

T1: The most miserable transition I've experienced. I was just slow and sloppy getting out of the water to my bike. Oh well.

Bike: Love. Love. Love. Had a strong bike, was able to pass a couple women in the pro field and hold my own. Have I mentioned how much I love cycling? Ok. Good.

T2: Bit of an obstacle course to try and get by the traffic and congestion that was now becoming transition.

Run: I normally don't LOOOVE running. But I did that day. Even with the mile+ in the beach sand. First time racing without my Garmin on. Way better for me to just trust myself and go by feel. I felt steadier and more in control not being a mental slave to what my 'average pace' was reading.

Finish: Huge goal was met. 1st place overall amateur woman. Earning my professional racing license. Holy shit. Cloud nice anyone? I called family members an hour later, to be sure results weren't going to change. There were cheers and tears. It was incredible.

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The next 24 hours:

People watch on the beach.
Drink Mojtos.
Long Run.
Get a tattoo.
Sign contracts and became a HOMEOWNER in Boulder, CO.

So. There you have it.
Miami. Racing. New Books.

Quote of the moment:
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Here's to peace, true Italian Espresso, and horizon sunrises,
~Auber McBobbers

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Phase II: "You think you can Miami?"

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I’ve struggled with how best to describe this ‘gem’ of a place.
So, let’s see if you can figure it out?

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SoBo Quiz:

1.The first thing you will see upon arrival to South Beach?
A. Flocks of very large women in very small bathing suits parading the street
B. Triple figure automobiles parked the length of the street
C. Cocktail drinks so big you literally need either a friend or a serious strength program in order to attempt lifting it.
D. All of the above.

2.Happy hour lasts from _______________
A. 10am-Noon
B. 4pm – 5:30pm
C. 24 Hours

3.At any given moment, in any given direction you will see which of the following?
A. Someone taking a ‘kissy-face selfie’
B. A shirtless dude who loves the creatine
C. A pair of women doing the holding hands lean, stumbling ass shake drunken shuffle.
D. Purple pleather leggings, rhinestone 6’’ pumps and tops proclaiming phrases such as “Sexy and I know it”
E. All of the above.

4.Going to the beach is ________________
A. Tranquil and relaxing way to pass the afternoon
B. An up & coming reality show entitled “Tan and Trashy”
C. An affirmation that society as a whole is failing
D. Anything imaginable except answer “A”

5.In order to live in South Beach you need….
A. A surgically enhanced body.
B. A surgically enhanced liver.

6.Complete the location where you would hear the following..
A. “Can I Snapchat your boobs….”
B. “Giiiiirrrl you fast but you be packing a small ass”
C. “I’m going to tap, tap, tap, tap tap, tapppppp dat assssssss”
D. “I be going to BO-LI-VIA. Come wit me. You wanna go to BOLIVIA o’ what”

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Seriously? Seriously?

Answers:

1. D
2. C
3. A
4. D
5. B
6. A. Topless 15yr old at the beach
(Where the heck are your parents?)
B. Race course at mile 2.5. Sung as a rap repeatedly….for 4 hours?
C. Ocean drive boardwalk, anywhere at anytime.
D. Waiting at the crosswalk

It still doesn't do it justice. But South Beach is an interesting place for sure.
Can't wait to race there next year....for my first pro race!?!

Next Up:
Phase III: 48 Hours of Ecstasy

Here's to peace, hot-tubing & moving forward
Aubers

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