Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional"

Today was my sister's pinning ceremony as she just graduated from nursing school! for the first time but not the last because she's going to go to school forever just like I hope to... True to form we got in a morning workout and an afternoon/evening nap and most importantly, a meal. Here are some pictures.

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The Graduate


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Valedictorian and Leadership Awards!


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Both of us


Now, at the risk of sounding like a bitch conceited person, I actually think I look pretty good! I've really been working hard over the past few months and I think it's really starting to pay off. I've not only changed my workout and food habits but I've also changed my thought habits. I'm making a real deliberate effort to think positively and honestly think that has made more of a difference in my life than any amount of weight loss or fitness status. Of course I still get negative and grumpy and all but those moments don't last nearly as long because I don't let them. So just for comparison's sake, look at the picture above which was taken today. Then look at this picture below from March and we'll take a poll to see if I've actually made positive strides in my weight loss journey. *disclaimer* Regardless of the results of this imaginary poll, I know I look (and feel!) better now.

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March 17th Rodes City 10K Run


*Triathlon Training Tidbit* - Good week for my first full week back since the shoulder injury. Logged about 16 miles which isn't bad and made the executive decision to take tomorrow off completely. Thursday was a pretend workout because my car broke down on my way home to pick up my gym bag. After 3 HOURS of waiting there was just no way I was going to get in a quality hour long Brick workout. So I walked my dog a mile or so and called it a night. I did my Brick today instead albeit a modified version. 30 min ride and 30 min run...both on a lot of relatively big hills. Tough day but a good way to end out the week especially since it was my last week of 6 days of workouts and last week of scheduled Bricks. I'm starting a slight taper next week. Can you believe I'm less than 4 weeks away from race day?! Eek! But I'm really excited! Now I get to focus on getting my gear!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Back in the Saddle!

Hooray!!!! I can swim again! These past 5 days have been brutal on me and especially on those around me. You know when you're around a smoker who really needs a cigarette and you both want to strangle each other? That was my life. Apparently I'm addicted to exercise and I was off of it cold turkey. Long story short, those bad days are behind us and today I was back in the pool! I swam a solid 300m and felt pretty good about it. I followed it with a 5 mile bike ride that was ridiculously difficult. Too much too fast? And without a proper breakfast or dinner the night before? Yeah, probably just an all around recipe for disaster. But I feel great that I'm back in the game. ONLY ONE MONTH UNTIL THE TRIATHLON!!!! AHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ibuprofen, Muscle Relaxers and Ice Cream

So it's finally happened. My first actual triathlete training injury has occurred. About a week ago, the day I had a lightbulb aha! moment in the pool and felt like I was doing a real live beautiful perfect stroke, I hurt my shoulder. No big deal. As a wannabe triathlete you really can't pay attention to every single ouchie that comes into your path. At any given time over the past 2 months or so there is always something on me that hurts. That's normal right? Not like sobbing, can't make it through the day pain but something is always at least a little sore. The worst part about the shoulder is that I've never had a shoulder injury. As a former runner, when I pull a hamstring or have a tight calf, there's no worry. I've done it before, I'll do it again and it'll heal up. But this shoulder thing? What do I doooo?! Being a good little semi-athlete I decided to take the rest of the week off from swimming. Rest, ice, ibuprofen blah blah...to no avail. Going to my trusty friends at Beginner Triathlete, they all said exactly what I didn't really want to hear, "Go to the doctor." NOOOOOOO! *ignore* *ignore* *ignore* *carry my cats to the vet* *carry boxes at work* *ignore* *ignore* *carry a desk from a house into a car, out of a car and up the stairs* *drive to work, almost cry trying to make a turn in the car* *call and schedule doctor's appointment* *immediately consider canceling doctor's appointment* *carry more boxes at work* *reach for my cup of water and almost burst into tears* *keep the doctor's appointment*

So the verdict is?! I don't know. Doctor says likely a strain of the muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Vague. X-rays came back fine which is wonderful. No fractures, breaks, cracks etc. So I am now ordered to 800mg of ibuprofen 3x day, muscle relaxer at bedtime, ice and no exercise for 5 days. In *hopefully* true triathlete fashion I pleaded my case for my other 2 disciplines.

Me: "So no swimming for 5 more days?"
Doc: "No exercise for 5-7 days"
Me: "I guess I can't bike either?"
Doc: "No. You use your arms for balance when riding and just to be safe we don't want to add any pressure or stress to the shoulder."
Me: *open mouth to continue to plead case*
Doc: "We also don't want you running either. Even something small like pumping your arms could cause added stress. Your race is in 5 weeks you said? Yeah, you will wanna play it really safe if you wanna race. Seriously, you can't overdo it."

Per doctor's orders, I'm laying on the couch eating ice cream. Maybe not exactly his orders but I mean, close enough :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Just Keep Swimming...

I spent a large amount of time today on the Beginner Triathlete website and feel so much more informed, excited, and inspired! Coming off reading article after article about swimming technique, drills and horror stories I hopped in the pool and had the best swim yet! I was rotating and balancing and sighting and catch-up drilling my tail off! This is the halfway point in my training (6 weeks in training and 6 weeks from the race) and I was really starting to get worried and almost discouraged by the swimming. I learned to ride a bike in 3 weeks and am already up to a solid 10 miles (which is race distance). My running continues to increase and I'm right there with it and past 3 miles (which is race distance). But the swimming...dear God the swimming! So today I read the most influential words that could have ever been displayed across a computer screen, at least for me.

"Just practice swimming slowly. Make each stroke deliberate and swim in a slow and controlled fashion."

Genius I tell you! Whoever came up with that idea must have a shrine dedicated to them somewhere and if not, it's a damn shame. So that's what I did today. No, I didn't make a shrine. I swam slowly. And you know what? Swimming slowly actually makes you swim faster! It was pretty amazing. But in true pending triathlete fashion, I'm falling asleep right now...at 7:46 pm. So it's time for ibuprofen, ice on some part of my body and my bedtime tea.

Monday, July 2, 2012

33 and Up!

I'm so excited to announce that I logged 33 miles last week on dailymile! I never thought it a million years I would be logging 10 miles let alone over 30! I ended up taking an extra rest day last week since I just felt tired and sluggish and had pulled my hamstring a little the week before and it really paid off! My run was borderline easy and really felt great. There are times when I think "Omg there's no way I can do a triathlon! What was I thinking?!" but then I have tools like dailymile where I can look and see that I've been making real progress and I just get so much more excited and motivated. Today starts week 5 of my training plan and it's making the big leap from 5 to 6 days of workouts. Eek! Wish me luck!