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Started by Jenn104, January 03, 2024, 04:31:48 PM

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Jenn104

Quote from: imallie on May 22, 2024, 12:46:52 AMWay to go Jenn! You set a long-term goal and hit it, nothing feels good like that kind of accomplishment! Whoo hoo!

Sorry about the dehydration. Cannot tell you how many times I've seen that sneak up and bite athletes of all ages, sizes and shapes. The good thing is, normally this is a lesson you learn once and don't forget! 😘

Congrats again! Hope your body is already on the mend!!!!

Love,
Allie

Live and learn. I have my finish and that is gold.

I feel recovered. thinking a quick 20 tonight. Who is in?

Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

Quote from: Moonflower on May 22, 2024, 04:58:39 AMWhat an accomplishment! Huge congratulations! May you use the power of this accomplishment as you approach further challenges.

Thanks!

like I said, if you are seriously in transition you are mentally tough. it just works that way. Same toughness works for transition and cycling.

Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Oldandcreaky

Wow, Jen, congrats on the race and telling the story of your race so well too.
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Jenn104

Quote from: Oldandcreaky on May 22, 2024, 02:41:11 PMWow, Jen, congrats on the race and telling the story of your race so well too.

Thanks O&C!

~jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

Happy Saturday.

Busy morning here with apartment cleaning, laundry, and a few other small things. I need to take Mom to an appointment later. The post-race week was short and hectic. I love it-- on to pride. Whilest puttering, I've thrown the video of the race on (its on youtube, no I am not in it). Pretty darn nifty watching the pro version of the race. I am repeatedly flashing "Hey! I know that spot".  I am taking my finishers medal to get framed later, thank you.

I stopped by the bike store yesterday. I'd already seen the owners-- we ride together. They are super nice. I made it a point to go thank the store's mechanics who were really excited to talk to me about the race. I kind of wonder if I'd have done this pre-E. Hard to say, I am different in a good way about these things.

Next week? time to bring the wig in for a wash. My first "shadow" experience with the speakers bureau I joined, I have to watch a few before speaking. Miles on the bike, because why not? I am thinking next year,..

anyway. happy weekend everyone.


~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Iztaccihuatl

Quote from: Jenn104 on May 25, 2024, 07:24:53 AMMiles on the bike, because why not? I am thinking next year,..

A true athlete's attitude! Love it!

Congrats again on your race last week, I truly enjoyed reading your detailed race report.

Heidemarie
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Jenn104

Quote from: Iztaccihuatl on May 28, 2024, 10:15:45 AMA true athlete's attitude! Love it!

Congrats again on your race last week, I truly enjoyed reading your detailed race report.

Heidemarie

Thank You Heidemarie!

I can definitely take 30 minutes off my time next year.. although next year is truly TBD until the holidays. There is a lot of my life to be lived between here and there.

For the record-- I wrote the race staff. I had a really good experience that I decided merited a thank you as well as being an entre to gentle suggestions around being even more trans friendly. If I don't, who will?


Oh and since tomorrow is June 1st-- HAPPY PRIDE everyone. Make it a month to remember.

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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ChrissyRyan

Have some nice bike rides this coming month Jenn!

Chrissy
Always stay cheerful, be polite, kind, and understanding. Accepting yourself as the woman you are is very liberating.
Never underestimate the appreciation and respect of authenticity.  Be brave, be strong.  Try a little kindness.  I am a brown eyed brunette. 
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Jenn104

Quote from: ChrissyRyan on May 31, 2024, 08:18:05 AMHave some nice bike rides this coming month Jenn!

Chrissy

I am as much into the group I ride with as the specific rides.. and post ride hydration ;)

Yes though-- I've figured being on my bike as well as getting my yoga on are complete respites from the world for me. I have some personal things that need to be addressed this weekend; riding is my way to let some of the stress go.

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

My weekend--

 - 3 flag raisings - repping the non profit board I am on
 - 1 parade, marched - again board related
 - 75 ish miles on my bike
 - sundry home tasks-- laundry, cleaning, shopping. marinating veggies
 - Got my yoga on, thank you
 - sleep! (really, I do. promise)
 

Kind of busy. The parade (first of three) was a much needed respite. One of my cycling friends screamed "JENNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!" and came running over. I hadn't seen her since the race. Added bonus- I met her wife who is super nice. I ran into a lot of people I know besides her. Being social is a good thing.

Flag raising are pride flag raisings at various city halls. Being seen and being seen in happy moments is crucial. All the flag raisings came with dopey protesters. I like being nice to them. Truly mean people suck. Offering someone a coffee or a cold drink with a smile when they are trying to stare you down in humiliation is a skill I am learning on the fly. I don't think I'd be happy with myself doing less.

I will add my life is not all roses. Only one child of three is speaking to me. I think this is temporary. The situation is fluid, understandable, and I need to process before writing. I will only say it does make sense to me or at least I can understand.

Have a good week one and all.

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway


Jenn104

#170
 A few random Marsha P. Johnson Quotes--

- "You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights."

- "How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?"


- "History isn't something you look back at and say it was inevitable; it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities."

- "We've got to stop killing ourselves, don't be our own murderers."

-" I have been beaten, I have been jailed, I have been homeless, but I never gave up."

- "We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."

~Jenn

"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

A good weekend here. Good enough anyway.

I walked in the Boston Pride Parade, my company had a a walking party. I got to bring friends and part of the company party was a guy from out of town I know but hadn't met. Pretty good way to meet him and his husband. What's not to like really? a 2 mile party. I danced, shouted until horse, danced a little more, and handed out candy (no throwing! parade rules). Outside the personal fun, I do think Pride parades matter. In a world that would try to crush my spirit with bathroom laws and hate, joy is resistance. no more, no less.

other than that-- a pair of rides, about 40 miles. hoping to get extra miles in Monday night. Strava-ites, 10 PRs this weekend. So short miles, good effort. got my yoga on. a few small things for work.

last thing-- if I seem subdued, I am. only one of three daughters is talking to me. I hope to change this soon. I understand the reasons, I decline more comment. it just is.

make it a good week.

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104


I found out on my way home my friend Lynn Conway passed over the weekend.

We became friends in the unlikeliest of ways. My company names conference rooms for people. I asked how "electric car guy" (aka volde-musk) still had his room. Lynn Conway - engineer and transwoman - was my suggested replacement name, which was eventually chosen. I emailed Lynn to tell her. After some back and forth she scheduled a zoom call. Then a few more. She was a friend and mentor. Not just about all things trans- about life. I can proudly say she took notes on things I said as well. The whole thing is a kind of surreal corner of my transition. I am still in shock.

Rest In Peace, Friend.

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Northern Star Girl

          
R. I. P.    


Quote from: Jenn104 on June 11, 2024, 06:17:17 PMI found out on my way home my friend Lynn Conway passed over the weekend.

We became friends in the unlikeliest of ways. My company names conference rooms for people. I asked how "electric car guy" (aka volde-musk) still had his room. Lynn Conway - engineer and transwoman - was my suggested replacement name, which was eventually chosen. I emailed Lynn to tell her. After some back and forth she scheduled a zoom call. Then a few more. She was a friend and mentor. Not just about all things trans- about life. I can proudly say she took notes on things I said as well. The whole thing is a kind of surreal corner of my transition. I am still in shock.

Rest In Peace, Friend.

~Jenn
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Jenn104

"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

This was taken yesterday. I did a 32 mile ride with 4 other women. I'm leading the pace line around 18 mph. You can see next in line "on my wheel".

Bostonians may recognize the location as Plum Island (and its not green head season).


"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway


Jenn104

Stay Cool Everyone, especially my fellow east coasters. For that matter, Happy Juneteenth. I believe celebrating the day American slavery ended is important. I heard somewhere the day ought to remind us the struggle for freedom and equity for all Americans is perpetual. Given the state of politics, ummm yeah.

My week is starting ok. I spoke to all the kids Sunday. No small thing, as two have struggled over the last month. We're getting there, making progress. I also did a beautiful ride (which the picture directly before this post is from) with the cycling group. All five ladies in the group were in. A sweet 32. I'd like to do it again before Labor Day-- two 32 mile loops is a little over 100k. aka a metric century. I'd consider 3 loops and a bit to make a full century. very do able.

Monday I had my pre-op support group. A good thing and I enjoyed the hour. I get a lot out of that space. I need to put some more in my blog. later. as always am time pressed.

Its gonna be hot like western georgia in my beloved Salem today. So the cycling group got up and did a good solid 25 mile loop early, followed by coffee and an egg sammich out. I need to sync with friends and bring my little sister lunch in a bit.

Rest of the week? well. My local pride fest kicks of Thursday with an interfaith service. I am on the board and the board's told me I need to be there. Altho me and the almighty are not really on good speaking terms. Friday... ride night and a post ride hang out on my patio. Saturday is festival and parade day, I have a 6 am to 9 pm schedule. Sunday.. celebration brunch. then my life is my own again. lol.

Stay cool everyone,

~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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Jenn104

If not obvious, my kids didn't cope well with finding out my bottom surgery date. We are slowly recovering. The situation with family is dynamic and certainly nothing to celebrate. My emotions and excitement are tempered accordingly.

Nobody missed anything btw. I didn't post that I have a gcs date or any details. My fam got full attention, as it should be. I still consider details private, which works for me.


~Jenn
"I want to be remembered as a woman ... who dared to be a catalyst of change."
                 - Shirley Chisolm

"We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections."
                  - Marsha P. Johnson

"Why not question everything?"
                  - Lynn Conway

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