Monday, October 31, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-31

Another solid long run today. I wasn't gonna, but I awoke early and decided to go for it. I wasn't 100% happy with it - I wanted to finish with a tempo run, and although the last 4 were in 28 minutes, a couple of those last miles were just slightly over 7 minutes. Still a solid run though.

4-mile splits: 33.5, 33.5, 32.5, 32.5, 32, 28 - time was 3:12.

Trick or Treat

Debbie said to buy eight bags o candy, based on what Kathy buys. I bought six, figuring that Kathy just likes to have some left over for the family. Wrong. We ran out in 45 minutes. Debbie had to turn the light back on when Jessie and her friend came over (we had saved a few pieces for that eventuality), and two little kids jumped up at our porch at that very moment. Luckily we could still accomodate them. Next year I'll buy *at least* seven bags.

Earlier we drove Kathy and Mike to Kendal Lake for a very nice walk around the lake and up some of the hills and trails. Stopped at Szlay's and then had chicken soup, including the feet, that Kathy had made.

After shutting our trick or treat operation down, Debbie and I watched North by Northwest and Rear Window (most of it for me).

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Amherst Skeleton 5K

First I had to find Amherst. (It's near Oberlin, south of Lorain.) I did this one to fulfill my obligation to the Hermes Race Series. Since I did good today (19:10, probably 2nd in AG), I should win my age group for the series. Don't know what happened to the one guy who was ahead of me and then dropped off the list though.

The race was pretty good for me - maybe my best 5K in a year or so, but only by a little. First mile went well - 6:05. 2nd was fine too - 6:12, including some hills though a park. I *thought* I picked it up for the 3rd, but evidently the opposite was true: I did 6:52 for the final 1.1, including the finish on the track. It would've been really nice to beat 19 minutes, especially after that decent start.

I did beat some fast guys, and probably finished 2nd, so I'll take it.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-29

Another superb long run. I'm gaining confidence - my training is going very well. Today I ran with Dave, Andy, Brian and Amy (for a few) on the towpath. Dave and I ran the last 3 hard - all under 7 minute pace.

took Mom to see Ed again

Ed's home now. After today's run I picked Mom up and drove her to Betsy and Ed's for a visit. She thoroughly enjoyed the fall foliage along the way. I had taken the scenic route on Alexander.

Ed seems to be doing fine. He's getting around ok with his walker. He is in some pain at times though.

Today's Run - 10-28-05

Not much to report - just 3 miles, easy through the subdivisions across 303. It was cold - low 30s. Neat.

Pretty good weight - 157. I just gotta hold it at that.


We are officially done with the drywall and have started priming!

We are done with the wiring except for the final lighting hookups!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Basement Progress

ALMOST done with the joint compound and sanding. And for an extra bonus, I'm almost ready to hook up the electricity. We just won't have the ceiling lighting in yet.

Should be painting by the weekend.

Today's Run - 2005-10-27

After three straight runs in cold rain, I feel like I may be fighting another cold. I'm using Zicam again, and I feel like I may be winning the battle. I hope.

Today the weather was great. Since I rested yesterday, I got out early and ran long again, despite my ever so slight cold. It was a good strong run with a great finish. I did the two loops on Substation at about an 8 minute pace, and then the last 4 on the presidential streets in 28 minutes, with the last 3 at sub-7 minute pace. It felt great to finally actually do this.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-25

Another cold soggy one. But a pretty good effort, nonetheless. I was up at 3:08, out the door by 3:40, to Dave's by 4:00, done with the first 10-mile loop at 5:19, and done with the second loop at 6:51 (1:21 total). This was the best time yet for the 2 x Dave's 10-mile loop course.

The cold wet weather probably helped - we just wanted to get through it as fast as possible. I just hope I don't catch a cold or anything.

Went to see Mom later on. The usual itinerary: bank, Marc's, Imperial Wok. I also installed a new toilet seat.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-24

The weather was miserable: 42F with a very cold rain. I *hate* cold rain while running. And I felt lousy - still full from yesterday's breakfast. I needed the speed, so I decided I should just get through the run and back home as soon as possible. This meant doing a long marathon pace run instead of intervals. Given the conditions and how I felt, would it happen?

It happened. After a 1-mile warmup, I hit the track with a 9-mile MP run, managing to keep all the miles just under 7 minutes. I sure am happy to be through with this one, but I'm happier still that I was able to do it at all. It bodes well for Huntington, but I'm still not sure.

Another cold bath afterwards.

As I was getting into the car, WKSU was talking about their fund drive and they said there were a limited number of $50 gift certificates for Vaccaro's for $150 pledges. I pledged on my cell to make sure I got one. Then they called and awoke Debbie at about 7:15am to get my t-shirt size! I sure heard about that one!

Bob's Recital

Dead Runner Buddy Bob Mayerovitch put on a recital at Baldwin Wallace yesterday. In his words: "If anyone's in the mood for a peculiar encounter, I'm playing a recital at
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (96 Front Street, Berea, OH) on Sunday, October
23rd, at 4:00 PM. I'm letting down my previously (very previously) long
hair in favor of a concert entitled: "Crossover: Popular Tunes in Classical
Pieces" -- Mozart Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", Beethoven
Variations on "Rule Britannia", a four-hand piece (that means I'll borrow
another body) based on Chopsticks, a set of ten variations in the style of
10 composers on "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and a virtuoso Fantasy on Themes
from the Wizard of Oz. I'll publicly admit to my severe regression."

We thought it was great. Bob talked about each piece, and this was quite informative. The music was very good too. We didn't hang around afterwards but went to dinner and home instead.

Dinner was fun. Wanted to use the entertainment book before it expires, so we first tried La Hacienda in Berea. Closed, perhaps permanently. Then Mahle's. Closed, but there were people inside. Couldn't figure that out. Then Red Onion. Open, but it didn't look too good to us. Then Alexander's. Closed. Then Bob Evans. The fifth time was a charm. Can't go wrong with Bob Evans.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Las Coupla Runs

I slogged 4 slow miles on Friday around the neighborhood.

Yesterday Dave and I did 20 on the muddy towpath. It was only cool to start, but the rain hit us with about 4 to go. I hate cold rain whilst running. Amy joined us about that time too, and then we all went for bagels and warm coffee. splits: 85, 81, so the total time was 2:46. So so.

Need to decide about the Huntington Marathon.

social / personal life and stuff

Yesterday we picked Mom up and took her to see Ed at St Vincent Hospital where he'd had his knee replacement surgery. He's doing well and should be home by the middle of next week.

Last night we went to Sokolowski's for their clambake along with Dave and Jill. Yummy. We followed that up with heading to see "The 40-Year Old Virgin", which is now on my top-5 list of all-time funny movies. (A few of the others are: Something about Mary, Animal House, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.)

Kathy and Mike came over for a fancy breakfast - livance and egg/sausage casserole along with pineapple and other stuff. Then we went for a much needed walk.

Too bad with all this fun there's no time to work in the basement.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Basement Progress and the car

We're still gooping and sanding. At least we've now completed one complete circuit of the basement for both the gooping and the sanding. Time for round two. Sure is a mess. And it sure seems to be taking a long long time.

The good news is that I fixed the car. I had to buy a new ignition cylinder because even though I got it apart, I still couldn't get the key out. The bad news is that the new one cost $218. At least it works again.

Today's Long Run - 2005-10-19

These cold baths after my runs are something. I think they help, but they sure are tough to take. Will I ever get used to them?

Decent long run on the Lester Rail Trail today, but slightly disappointing as well. I wanted to get down to tempo run pace late in the game, but it didn't happen. The best I could manage was a couple of 7:15 to 7:25 miles. At least this run had some good progression. 6-mile splits: 52:49, 51:25, 49:32, 47:03.

Nice moonlit start followed by a spectacular deep-red sunrise. Not to mention the pretty leaves. I love fall.

Maybe my next long run will include a tempo segment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-18

Nice run with Dave on our usual loop. 85 and a half minutes. My lower legs are a bit sore from yesterday. I took a cold bath afterwards, which was good for the legs, but very cold for the rest of me. I'm still shivering.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Iris and Mike's

Saturday we joined Bob and Linda at Iris and Mike's for a pot roast dinner. Another great time laughing our heads off. My chest hurt the next morning as if I had been coughing all night.

We also showed our pics that night and then again yesterday to Kathy and Mike.

Yesterday's and Today's Runs - 2005-10-17

Yesterday I caught up with NEODeads Rita, George, Tom, Bob M, Paulette for a very nice run in Rocky River Reservation. 6 very slow miles in about 56 minutes. Nice breakfast at Einstein's afterwards.

Today I hit the track on a chilly (40 or so), even frosty morning. It was the 'ole 3 x (1600, 1200, 800) workout, and it exceeded expectations. I did them in: (6:32, 4:46, 3:04, 6:30, 4:45, 3:04, 6:27, 4:43, 3:00), averaging 6:30, 4:45 and 3:03 for the mile, 3/4 and 1/2.

This is very hopeful. I do need to improve some more, but I'm happy with this.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Today's Run 2005-10-15

Enjoyable 15 mile run on the towpath today with Dave. Beautiful foliage. Very nice.

We're both still feeling our marathons a bit - but not too bad. Negative splits: 64, 61.5 minutes.

Problems Problems

Yesterday my key got stuck in the cadavalier ignition. It's still stuck. I think it thinks I'm trying to steal it. Good thing I was able to get it home in that condition. We'll probably have to have it towed to a dealer.

The desktop mouse also stopped working. Who knows why. I'll probably have to buy one.

On an unrelated note we had Dave and Jill over for pizza last night. Nice visit.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-13

The 'ole legs are still tired and sore. I guess this one could've been worse. I ran around the President Streets 3-mile course 3 times, averiging about 25 minutes each. Then I did one more very slow mile in the sub. I'd better take a zero tomorrow - I need it.

Saw a shooting star this morning. Cool.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Today's Run - 2005-10-12

Speedwork! Not speedy speedwork, but speedwork nonetheless. It actually felt great to get out there and do it. Semi-runner's high on the way home.

This is not to say it wasn't tough. It was. And I certainly didn't set any land speed records. But it's a start. I'm testing the waters here for the next couple weeks to see how soon I should return to competition. Not to mention what type of competition. (May be between Philadelphia Marathon and the Fall Classic Half.

Today I did 7 x 1200 in 5:02, 4:59, 5:07, 4:58, 4:59, 5:05, 5:06. Slow, but at least consistent. Can only improve from here, right?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Tahoe Triple

Day 1 - Thursday, Oct 6, 2005

It's bad when you're out of breath before you begin a race. Especially so when you're running down a mountain. Could be the 7,000+ feet of elevation. The view from Inspiration point more than made up for the lack of oxygen.

After taking in that spectacular scene and watching the sunrise, we were off. It was clear, 29F, and only light breezes. Perfect. And for most of the way, the run went about as perfect as it could too. My crew consisted of my wife Debbie, brother Dave, and his wife Carol. They did a spectacular job of supporting me.

The first couple miles were extremely down hill, and we soon arrived in the towns of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline. I didn't like the traffic or the resulting exhaust. We had to run along the side of the road the whole way, but the traffic was the most of the problem going up/down mountains, and through town. I started slow even with that drop - about 8:30 miles. The course was marked every 5 miles. I hit mile 5 in 42:51.

Running with new friends Pat from Northwest Ohio and Bill from Invercargill, NZ, I settled down for the mostly level next 10 miles. This included the through town part, but also getting back out into less populated areas on the Nevada side of the lake. Did I mention that Pat and Bill are in my age group? Pat dropped back early on, but Bill pulled ahead of me at about mile 18. I passed 15 in 2:04. I felt great. The next 5 went well also. I hit the 20 mile mark in 2:47 - miles 15-20 had been in 42:50.

But at the 20-mile mark the hills were just beginning. Correction: the mountain was just beginning. Whereas the lake is at 6,200 feet, the finish at Spooner Summit is at 7,200 feet. And it was a steady climb from 20 on, with the steepest parts reserved for the final mile or two. I never stopped to walk. But it was an extremely slow slog. I didn't pass anyone, and nobody passed me. I actually did better than expected, running the final 10K in 55:11 to finish 13th out of about 112 starters in 3:42:11.

I'll take it. After soaking my legs in the icy cold lake, I hope I'll be ready for tomorrow. I'm sore, but I generally feel ok. We'll see.

Day 2 - Friday, Oct 7, 2005

There were some similarities to yesterday:

1) we started at a 7,000 foot plus elevation, so I was hyperventilating *before* I started running
2) we started at a 7,000 foot plus elevation, so there were some big downhills for the first few miles
3) the scenery was fantastic
4) the weather was great - only a few degrees warmer than yesterday
5) the last few were a bit of a death march

Now the differences:

1) I started too fast. I don't know why - I should've known better. But the guys I beat yesterday went way out in front of me, and I just had to try to hang with them.
2) Whereas yesterday was the toughest marathon, excluding ultras, that I've ever done, today's race was merely difficult.
3) Whereas yesterday's course had a mountain climb from 20 to 26, today there was merely a monster hill.
4) I somehow managed to run even slower for today's final 10K than yesterday's.

I suppose I can chalk it up to the accumulated miles on my old legs. I felt fine until a big hill at about mile 14. Starting at Spooner Summit, the first five were in 38 minutes (as I said, way too fast), the second five were in 41:39, and the third five (including the big hill) were in 43:09. So I was at 2:03 for the first 15. But that's where those accumulated miles took their toll.

The scenery was great the whole way. The traffic and exhaust fumes were much better today, but it was still tough to stay on the shoulder. Even the smaller towns on the north side of the lake weren't too bad. 15 to 20 were mostly flat, but I was slowing down: I did them in 44:42 and 20 went by in 2:47 and a half. Still not bad.

I was still slowing down when the big hill hit at about mile 23.5. I still never walked, but that slog was really bad. Even that last downhill mile into Tahoe City was slow. I finished 16th overall in 3:49:41. Something like a minute better than my PW.

Once again, my support crew was great. I don't know what I would've done without them.

Once again, I soaked my legs in the icy cold Tahoe water for about 20 minutes. I'm starting to wonder how much good this is doing me. Tomorrow's course may be tougher than Thursday's. At least they have the roads closed down and more support - this is the main marathon with several hundred participants.

Should I be as worried as I think I should be??

Day 3 - Saturday, Oct 8, 2005

*Excruciating* Quad Pain in the middle of the night. Enough to wake me up and keep me awake.

Last night's sunset pasta dinner cruise had been nice, and did indeed include a sunset and some pasta. But it was disappointing because it left so late that the sunset was just after we got going, leaving the lake dark for almost all of the voyage. It would have been far nicer to enjoy those beautiful hues of blue some more. There wasn't that much to the pasta either. Decent band though.

The 'ole legs were pretty sore, especially the quads, so I took a couple ibuprofen before heading to bed. I guess it was when they wore off that the pain woke me. All I could do is apply a self massage and worry that I may have to be a Did Not Start statistic.

By the time I made it to the start, I was still shaky, but generally better. I made up my mind that I was gonna get through this no matter what. This being the official marathon, there were 588 or so of us. Many more half-marathoners, 10Kers and 20-mile walkers joined us on the course at various times.

The first half was very scenic, but there were only a few views of the lake. I was indeed making it through, albeit slowly. There were only a few hills, so I managed about an 8:30-8:40 pace. The mountains were looming however.

God put many hills and mountains on this planet. But why o why did He always place them at about the 20-mile mark of every marathon? This time there was a huge climb at about mile 16, followed by a steep downhill, and then another tremendous climb from 19 to 20. I was reduced to walking for the first time in the three days. The scenery during these miles has to be as spectacular as that for any marathon anywhere. That helped with the pain.

I had hit the 15-mile mark in about 2:10, but it took me 53 minutes to negotiate those mountains to the 20-mile mark. Right at the 20-mile mark we were at Inspiration Point, at 7,000++ feet, the highest point on today's course. It's also where we started on day 1. It's also what I was calling "Perspiration Point", but then changed it to "Desperation Point".

The next three miles were severely downhill, but my attitude was "Damn the Quads, Full Speed Ahead". I did manage to pass a lot of people, and my legs held up, but then I slowed down again when we hit the nice, wooded bikepath for the final three miles. Pat, another triple guy, and a couple others passed me as I was desperately trying to get in under 4 hours.

Somehow I did, but not by much: 3:58:58. Bill the Kiwi ran his fastest of the three to win our age group. Pat and another guy got 2nd and 3rd - Pat had run with me before leaving me in the dust in the final 2 miles or so.

But I made it! As great as the Triple has been, I'm really glad it's over. Yes, I am proud of my accomplishment. I think I'll take tomorrow off.

Epilog / Lessons Learnt

I can't figure out how I could have trained any better. It wasn't practical for me to do any altitude training. I sure put in the miles, especially in terms of long runs. Back to back long runs and three in a row at times. Perhaps more hill work would have helped. In any case I still go by the mantra: “the will to win is nothing without the will to prepare”.

The triple was harder than most ultras are for me. This is mostly because I tried to race, such as it was, each of the three runs, whereas for ultras I usually slow way down and just slog through them.

In terms of time, I did about what I wanted and expected. The courses were about as tough as I expected too. That is to say, they were the three toughest marathons I've ever done. The altitude made all of them difficult for a lowlander like myself. Day 1 ended going up the mountain to Spooner Summit. Day 2 was the least difficult of the three, but it still had two big climbs at about miles 14 and 24, not to mention that it was long by about a half-mile. I know: suck it up, Dan. Day 3 was arguably the toughest of all - that double climb up to Inspiration Point at mile 20 was a monster. I know: suck it up, Dan.

It was neat being a rock star. That's how the other marathoners and half-marathoners viewed us triple-people. Time to come back down to earth now.

As pleased as I am with my overall time (11:30 for the three days), my place (17th of about 112 or so starters) and the overall experience, I do wish I had paced myself better. I'm sure that if I'd held back just a bit on day 1, I'd have done much better for the second half of days 2 and 3. The word 'conservative' just isn't in my vocabulary. I have a lot of admiration for those triplers who managed to have consistent times for all three runs. A few even got faster each day.

The best of the Tahoe Triple:

-Having a crew. This made me feel like I was part of a team. Great fun.
-The camaraderie. All of the competitors got to know each other very well during this shared experience. Pat from Toledo, Bill the Kiwi, Gene from Erie, the Mexican guys, even former 4-time winner Sean all seem like good friends now. I look forward to bumping into some of them again some day.
-The scenery, of course.
-The difficulty. If it had been easy, anyone could've done it.

In need of improvement:

-Traffic control. We knew this would be a problem for days 1 and 2, and it was. Something needs to be done.
-Organization. The race directors need to get their processes under control.
-Cost. It was well over $200. I did get three shirts (a wind shirt for the regular thon, and a tank top and sweatshirt for the triple), as well as a nice plaque. I also got a good buffet dinner and the bus rides out to the start. But it still seemed like a lot of moola.

Those are fairly minor quibbles. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'll count this among my proudest and most enjoyable running experiences. I probably won't do this again, but I may be a bit less afraid to try other new challenges.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

2005 California Trip

Friday, September 30, 2005

Yikes. The closer we got to hour hotel, the closer we got to the wildfires of Burbank. We had been traveling all day, and had somehow navigated our way from LAX to our home away from home. Since it was dark already, we could see the flames as we drove, and we couldn't help but notice that we were headed right for them. The "Hill of Flames" was seemingly just a mile or so away from the Courtyard, and we stood and watched as we got out of the car. Everyone else assured me that we were safe. Yeah right.

Dana and Todd guided us to Hollywood and Highland, where we ate at the expensive-but-very-good Grill on the Alley. Then we walked along the Stars Walk of Fame and over to Grauman's Chinese Theater - the place with the hand-prints.

Got back at 1am. I had been up for 23 hours and 30 minutes.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Another touristy day in Southern California. Leaving the wildfires behind, we started out by visiting Dana and Todd's pad and meeting Sam, their charming turtle. Feeding time for Sam was exciting to watch. Going to brunch at Dana and Todd's favorite place (Chez Noir) was quite an experience. What a great place. Best croissants I've ever had. By far.

The touristy stuff started when we got to Universal Studios and paid our $53 per person to get in. We took the studio tram tour, and went to several of the attractions. The best was the T2 in 3D show. Also interesting was the Waterworld show. The special effects for these two were especially impressive.

Dana and Todd had to split and head to a work function for Dana. After some amount of trouble figuring out where to eat in the shopping/tourist area outside the park, we wound up at Gladstone's Seafood. Like all the food we've tasted, it was very good, and fairly expensive. Carol got a bit of shopping done, but we got home at a decent hour.

Sunday, October 2, 2005

"Make the fun stop!!" That's what our friends Dot and Greg say when they're having too much fun and can't take it anymore. That's the situation here in Southern California.

Todd wasn't feeling well, so just Dana came with us as our personal in-the-car tour guide to the beaches. We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (the PCH) and various other roads through Topanga and on to Malibu. There we lounged on the beach for a couple hours whilst gathering dead, washed-ashore lobsters and other flotsam, flying an alien kite, exploring tide pools and making about 6 throws of a frisbee. It was only in the upper 60s, but it felt nice. Then we ate at Paradise Cove, which is right there on the beach.

After dinner we drove to the Santa Monica Pier to shop, people watch, and sunset watch. It reminded me of Navy Pier - there was plenty to do, and the sunset was really neat. Debbie and I had to explain to everyone about the "green flash". Some of us claimed to see it.

Tomorrow it's on to Yosemite!

Monday, October 3, 2005

We ate breakfast at the oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy. I keep wondering if there are older Big Boys with other names, such as Manners? It took only about 4 1/2 hours to reach the Apple Tree Inn in Fish Camp, just south of Yosemite. Wonderful place. We have 3-unit cottages in the woods with heat only from fireplaces. Very rustic.

Dave and I refused to give up. First Carol, then Debbie (to ride the tram with her - they enjoyed it but they froze), then Todd and finally Dana turned back. But we men-folk kept going to the top. Top of what, you ask? The sequoia grove and museum, which was about 1,100 feet up a long uphill trail. Too bad the museum was closed. We did enjoy the walk, and all the Big Trees. The joy is in the journey. Took the two of us over 2 hours to head up, but less than a half-hour to come down. And we somehow beat Todd - he had managed to get lost and come straggling in later.

Dinner was at an informal but good Mexican place: El Cid.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

After our continental hotel breakfast, we drove the couple miles back to the park, and went right up to Glacier Point. Fantastic vistas of the valley far below. I may have my numbers wrong, but I believe that we were at about 7,500 feet looking down at the 4,000 foot valley floor.

After lunch we drove into the valley. Stopped at a neat walking bridge and skipped some rocks whilst gaping at the rocks above us on both sides.

Yosemite Falls was dried up for the year. Instead of hiking to them we watched a video at the nature center.

Tuesday night we walked over for an expensive dinner at the Tenaya Lodge. Nice place with good, but costly food. Due to those big bucks, Dave and I had to give up the $50 bill we had been passing back and forth to pay for dinners.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Another driving day. It took us about as long to get from Yosemite to Tahoe as it did from LA to Yosemite. Too many mountains in the way. It was a beautiful trip though. We got to see parts of Yosemite that we hadn't yet been though. Stopped near Mono lake for lunch.

There was a disorganized meeting for the Tahoe Triple at the Horizon Resort and Casino that evening. The best part was the buffet dinner - it was excellent. Dave and Carol hit the slots afterwards. And not for the last time, either.

Today's Run - 2005-10-02

We're here in Burbank, and I decided to do the run on the hotel dreadmill because I was afraid of the smoke from the nearby wildfires being bad for my lungs. Turned out that it wasn't so bad now, but I stuck to the mill anyway. Wound up with some decent quality:

10 Miles in 69.5 minutes including a 5-mile MP and a 3-mile tempo. The 5 was in 34:16, and the 3 was in 19:49. 1% elevation. 2100 09-05 shoes. Not too bad, but some holding on.

Nice to swim in the pool afterwards.

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