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  1. No, I didnt break 12 hours. I am a middle of the pack racer. Swim is in Tempe Town Lake yes, I really didnt think it was that bad. The water is gross and silty, but it didnt smell or anything. The local lakes where I live all have a lot of dirt, debris, and fish...and they can get pretty gross. Water was cold though, Ive heard water temp was 60F, but some people said their Garmins read as low as 57F. Several people dropped after the swim due to hypothermia, and there were some in the medical tent. IMAZ has roughly a 95% finish rate and this time was closer to 90%, allegedly because of the cold swim and people just not being able to get on the bike. Bike course is a false flat. Its three loops and the first 8 miles are flat streets through Tempe, then you head out on the Beeline highway which has about a 250 foot climb over 10 miles. Turn around is at around mile 19, then head back into town. By the third loop i was tired of seeing the same stuff and there was a headwind that picked up on the way back (I was faster on the uphill than on the downhill). Run is also pretty flat with short uphills over a couple of freeway over passes; the run is two loops. Basically around the lake and then some city streets. Weather was perfect, a little cold in the am, but a high of maybe 73? Gets cold as soon as sun goes down. I thought it was a perfect course for my first 140.6. Its also hard to get into, they recommend you volunteer (I volunteered in 2017 to get this years entry). A really great day though. That finish line compares to nothing else Ive ever done. The crowd, the energy, and just thinking about what I did that day, wow!
  2. Hey Cdub, I just did the Ironman Arizona 140.6. What an amazing experience!
  3. TheNewGirl

    I have a question...

    Whatever happened to that guy?
  4. TheNewGirl

    Braveheart movie fans...Outlaw/King

    I liked it. Braveheart is one of my favorite movies, the story of Robert the Bruce, and how Scotland fought to get their land and lives back. Also, Chris Pine full frontal.
  5. TheNewGirl

    Transgender protections

    There are just somethings that their brains cannot compute. Little kids with neanderthal brains that aren't fully developed, and they just find our that their best friend isn't really a boy, he's a girl. I see it creating a LOT of unneccessary confusion in non-trans kids.
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    Transgender protections

    I think it should be treated like the sex ed classes, bringing home permission forms, etc. , in jr high my daughter brought home a permission slip with a list of movies that they *might* watch on rainy days, and I could say yes/no. But kindergarten? And allowing the child to change clothes during classtime (not IN class in front of others) as sort of their own gender reveal is a bit extreme; and parents were never notified of the book the teacher read, nor the transgender student doing this. That's where I have the issue.
  7. TheNewGirl

    Transgender protections

    Locally to me: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/08/22/rocklin-parents-grill-school-board-over-transgender-discussions-in-kindergarten/ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/27/teacher-transgender-lesson-named-teacher-year/ Also, this is CA, so probably more liberal than other areas.
  8. TheNewGirl

    Transgender protections

    In my opinion, no. If you did a DNA test on that person, they'd come back with male chromosomes, right? On a biological/scientific level...their genes are still male.
  9. TheNewGirl

    Transgender protections

    I think it's becoming that way.
  10. TheNewGirl

    Describe something from the "other side" that you agree with

    I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. So I don't care who you marry, what bathroom you feel the need to use, or what kind of qualifier you need to "define" yourself. I don't think Roe v Wade needs to be overturned, and I think it is a woman's right to choose. Healthcare should be affordable for citizens; I think that we just have TOO many people here who drain our country financially, and don't really help out. I agree about the welfare and a few other social programs that we can do without or severely cut back. There are others, but these are the ones that come to mind. So all of that said, when I vote, it's usually with my wallet in mind. Social issues can sometimes take care of themselves. But living in a blue state where the taxes are just ridiculous, I am voting against just about everything that tells me it increases my taxes.
  11. I am Gen X (42 in November) and *I* have friends that claim PTSD from the election. One of my best friends didn't get out of bed for a WEEK. A WEEK. All because Trump won. I am not exaggerating. She was and still is 100% convinced that her health care is going away (she and her husband were both self employed at the time of the election), that we were going to be nuked by Korea, and that women would be forced to go back to the Dark Ages. I am still waiting for a lot of this to happen and it's been nearly two years. She still claims to have PTSD. I find that the more we toss these terms around and let basically anyone claim they have it, it really downplays it for people who DO have it. Another friend of mine has some PTSD froma serious car accident she and her husband were in. It's 10000 times different than what my friend claims the election 'did to her.'
  12. TheNewGirl

    Should your spouse be your best friend?

    I don't think that anyone is saying that doesn't happen when your spouse is your BF. I still hang out with my girl friends, do happy hours and pedicures and all of that. BUT...when something good/bad happens, or I am excited about something, need advice, or just need to talk to someone, he is the one I go to 100% of the time.
  13. TheNewGirl

    Should your spouse be your best friend?

    As a chick, no. He doesn't "tell me what to do" and we've been together for almost 20 years, so it's not like I FINALLY have a man. I have found that as I've gotten older, having a few close female friends and my BF hubs, I am good. I want to spend time with him and our kids more than anything, I would honestly rather go on trips as a family than spend $$ on "girls trips" where I can do basically the same things. I don't have a need to sit around and about him to my friends, so why "get away?" Our kids are 16 and almost 13, so things aren't like when they were small and you wanted to get out for a while. We are also able to enjoy hobbies together and as a couple now, kids don't always have to be there. He has a few guy friends he hangs with, I am not usually invited and I don't ask to come along. However...he does have a friend that "guys night" almost always magically falls on "date night" and dudes wife will show up randomly at their location, or she will just come along. Not a lot of the guys like her, so that particular friend isn't invited as often anymore, so I think that part of your statement is true.
  14. TheNewGirl

    Should your spouse be your best friend?

    Seriously? In what way? My hubs is my best friend.