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About garmin_girl

I'm a 40-something single mother of three--two great human girls and one four-legged Dalmatian banshee--who is hellbent on swimming, biking and running straight through my midlife crisis. Care to tag along? Crazy loves company! ;)

Cohasset 2013: Not (Yet) Palace Malice

I got my very-first-ever chance to race in the thoroughbred division last month, and by that I mean I abandoned both my F 40-44 age group and what was in all likelihood my last sip of common sense to race as an “Elite”. … Continue reading

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Triskaidekaphobia and Fear of Cats (With a K)

Since Streamline Events axed the Marlborough Triathlon from its 2013 lineup, I’ve been as befuddled as the Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon when the Syfy network unceremoniously dumped his fave show. I mean, seriously, Streamline—Marlborough wasn’t just any race. It was … Continue reading

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New England Season Opener 2013: “Suffer Like It’s Childbirth”

“Stop calculating. Compete and win the damn race. Swim bike and run 100 percent— don’t look at the clock. Dig deep and suffer like it’s childbirth.” That was my coach’s doubly perfect comeback when I announced my oh-so-obsessive plan to … Continue reading

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Ludlow Pool Sprint 2013: Rusty, Foggy, Naked

“Time to get the rust off.  The main goal is have a clean race. No big errors and get a solid race under your belt.” That was my coach’s pre-race pep talk in the early-morning hours of April 28th, as … Continue reading

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Marathon Monday 2013

At 2:50 PM on Monday April 15th, my Boston Marathon was almost over. A block away from the finish line, I was all the things you hear about: wiped out…eager for the end… thrilled that the day had been perfect. … Continue reading

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My 2013 Challenge to You: Let Yourself Suck

The Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end, so if you are presently New-Year’s-Resolution-less, please go find one pronto. Since we scored the cosmic Bonus Ball and get another 365 earthly rotations, I kinda feel like it’s incumbent upon … Continue reading

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Thirty-One Seconds

By now, ya’ll must know I’ve a thing for numbers; math may flummox me, but race-day numerology intrigues. So how’s this for nifty number stuff: thrice this season I placed in the top three overall, and in two of those … Continue reading

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Operation “Beat Becky”

I have officially become a horrible, terrible, very-bad person. I am absolutely sure of it, and by the time you reach the end of this piece, I am absolutely sure you will be absolutely sure, too. The unlikely (appropriate?) scene … Continue reading

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Scared, Scarred, Scarified

I took a scarred bike, body, and brain up to Lowell this past weekend for FIRM Racing’s Wild Cat Sprint Triathlon, my first post-crash race. Little did I know this scared and scarred rider would be navigating a whole lot … Continue reading

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Flagrant Violation of Rule #42 in Cohasset

If you haven’t heard me yammer on about the Velominati’s list of 91 Cycling Rules, well, where the hell have you been… training at altitude with Manny Huerta, perhaps? Seriously, consider yourself lucky; I’ve become barely bearable since a fellow blogger … Continue reading

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