Wednesday, September 21, 2016

(some) people suck

As in the people who burgled our house (not robbed) burgled ....yes on Monday I went to swim at Masters and had a long ride to make up, after my week of "fun" in Cabo.  My ride was challenging and I tanked my run due to fatigue... 19 days from Kona it is better to error on the side of conservative.  

As I drove up and opened the garage I noticed all the cupboard were open.  First thought, John was frantically looking for something, yes I have seen this before.  Next, the door to the house is open, that rarely happens and the side garage door is open.  I am more pissed at his recklessness, at this point as I glance up and realize both road bikes and 3 sets of wheels are gone. BUT John had moved the bikes into the bedroom when I was traveling so I thought he must have done that again.

I call the dogs and they sheepishly came out.  Red flag #1.  I walked in the house and all the drawers of my desk were open.  Back to "what was John looking for" and then I see my "trainer bike" is not on the trainer and I see all the drawers open in the bedroom and it hits me.... FUCK we have been burglarized.    Mild or major hysteria sets in and I call John.  I am wondering through the house realizing what is gone and I am in disbelief.  Our gate was propped open and clearly they grabbed and ran.   The aholes took my FAVORITE pillowcase (yes I have one)  and filled it with my entire jewelry box and lots of other misc items.   As I wandered around I see they took our check books and get this the 4 pairs of running shoes new in boxes, sunglasses, the hydration vests we ordered to try on for R3 and more..... The list is over 75 items.  It is surreal and I wish it was a dream.

There is so much more to say.....but I don't know who stole from us and if they ready my f'ing blog! They knew our patterns and knew what to take.  They bribed our dogs with french fries and left us feeling violated, angry, scared, sad, and more....... The last 3 days have been about building walls in every sense.  We will be living in a fortress, both virtually and physically.  I dare those bastards to try again, ok not really.

All I can say is that sure it is stuff and that can be replaced....what feels horrible is not feeling safe in your own home, wondering who did this, knowing someone pawed through all your stuff.   I go to sleep worried, wake up in the middle of the night scared and burst into tears a few times a day.  I am so thankful for my friends and the support. The outreach from so many offering bikes, wheels  and anything triathlon related is amazing and why I live this community.   Knowing we are loved means so much.  From bringing us dinner,  to an offer to simply keep me company in my house while working and reaching out with support, I feel the love and thank you all!

We are fine and will move on....but for now!  Fuck sums it all up 

Monday, August 29, 2016

3 Ironman races in 11 weeks

I've had a few people ask me how to you rest, build, taper and race so many Ironman's in 11 weeks. 

 Well, considering this is a first, we are entering into uncharted territory- I leave this so my coach to figure out. 

Post IMCA I had 4 weeks to CdA. 

-Week 1:  only real training was a 30 min recovery swim and 2x cruiser bike rides in Vancouver. The rest was travel, dog walking and a work trip. I do eat a lot the first few days post race - after one gluttonous meal I try to get back to my clean eating but the calorie intake is high.  

- Week 2: was 19 hours but a lot of very aerobic training.  
Swim: 3 masters swims - 4100-4500 yards each
Bike:  2 really easy 3 hour bikes, 1 hour spin and a 5 hour ride with 3 hours of IM watts and 1 hour of 85%. 
Run: 3 runs 
1st run was Tue (9 days post IM) 45 min and legs felt good,  Thur 45 min run and Sat was my  "long run" of 1:35 
Yoga: 2x hot yoga

- Week 3:
Swim: 2 x 5k masters swims and 2 x recovery 30 min swims
Bike:  2x 2 hour bike sessions with a some short intervals
Run: 4 runs 1x 35 min with pick ups, 1x30 min ez, 1x 22 OTB, 1x45 min
Yoga: 2x hot yoga

- Week 4 Race Week
normal race week- 4k masters on Monday and the rest was 45 in bike with pick ups, short runs and swims and 1 hot yoga

Bam! there you go! 

Post IMCdA
This was a bit more focused.... Post race I ate a steak and mashed potatoes- yes I did.  It looked good and I went for it!

I have been in the Normatec Recovery Boots every day min 30 min and if possible 2x 30 min sessions
Deep Tissue massage on thursday followed by Epson Salt bath

Mon: travel day - OFF
Tue: 30 min ez swim and 30 min spin
Wed: 90 min ez spin
Thu: 45 min swim
Fri: 4k swim, 1 hour hot yoga and 10 min pool running
Sat: 2.5 hour ez ride, body weight strength work and 20 min pool run
Sun: 4500 y masters and 25 min pool run with intervals 

I have a roughly outlined schedule from coach but we are going to stay flexible to see how I come around. 

Tomorrow i finally get to run outside!  I am pool running on days I am not outside to build on the run but not take the beating.  BTW I really DISLIKE pool running.  Yes I have a waterproof iPod, but it is just plain boring.  For more on pool running and how to do it?  here is a great article.  

My body feels pretty good, except my feet.  I had to go to the Dr and he removed on toenail and lanced the other toe, which is now infected, and the nail will drop off soon.   Today is the first day they don't hurt just siting here.  I started soaking them in epsom salt and putting bacitracin + bandaids on.  

Next priority is shoes!  Thank you to Dan Beaver, owner of Cadence Running in Glibert, AZ for reaching out to me with some suggestions.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ironman Coeur d'Alene- YES!

When your A race becomes a B race because you get 3rd and don’t get a Kona slot, you 1- get drunk, 2- get drunk and quit triathlon, 3- get drunk and decide to focus on 70.3’s even though you want to race Ironman 4- you get drunk ( see a theme here) and call up Coach and say “ hey what about racing Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 4 weeks?  “Crickets….. hello Mike, are you there?  Crickets……. Mike (coach) says let’s give it a week. 

7 days later we “discussed” it and whatever I said was convincing enough to pull the trigger.  I was over the moon, had complete Ironman pain amnesia, what pain, what suffering, what WTF why do I so this sport, I was the panting puppy for a new ball!   Cool let’s plan another trip.

Thankfully my loving, adoring and committed husband said sure, I’m in.  And a  friend from “camp” offered the 3rd bedroom in his VRBO so this was just too easy.  It was only $750 registration, 2 airline flights and car rental and we were game on. So I went from recovery mode to “work for a week” and then taper again.

It was odd there were no “nailed it” kind of runs or rides.  I basically did nothing for 7 days, did a big week of volume with very little intensity, knocked out 1x 5 hour ride and a 10 mile run and it was taper time. I did some big swim volume as in 20,000 yards in 5 days at masters and worked hard.  And then it was hot yoga and 2hour aerobic rides or trainer sessions with a few short/hard intervals.  Running was 45 min or less. 

I mostly did not really think about the training or lack thereof and just tried to roll with it, which is so NOT my nature.   I trusted Mike, mostly, when he said I would be fine, but did freak out a few times when I was alone in my closet crying.

Before I knew it,  I was packing the bike, nutrition and getting ready to race….. Packing 3 weeks later is quite ease, especially when I had left all my gear on the guestroom bed.  And off we go to CdA. When Mike and I talked about the race I told him that I was assuming the 2nd loop of the bike and the entire run would be miserable. He laughed and questioned my race plan, even asking why would I even race with that kind of expectation.   I figured that was what happened in Whistler and I survived and had an ok race.   He suggested I think a tad more positively, so I tried.

Arriving in CdA was not exactly motivating. It was 96 degrees, our VRBO was over 100 degrees inside, had NO AC, and had a completely, ok partially, moldy tub.  I tried to go with it for about 10 minutes but soon had a meltdown. I wanted to take a cold shower but the shower was gross and I was hot and the bedroom had a small bed and I was hot and there was mold and I was hot and there was a resident cat.  I fired up the laptop to find alternative
accommodations and was rationalizing a $300 a night Holiday Inn that was 5 miles out of town when John suggested I save my money for Kona.  Kona???? I say, I may die of heat or some horrible mold infestation and not qualify for Kona.  But I digress…. the sun set, it cooled off and my saint of a husband scraped out the mold with a razor blade and re-caulked the tub.   Wow is all I can say…. just wow, what a keeper eh? 

Our housemates were awesome!   Couple from Seattle who I met at camp and their son.  It is always fun to stay with other racers.  And Bryan was an IM virgin.  Super fun and less stress when you have good peeps to hang with.

Race Day:
Swim:  55:49 Solid swim.  The rolling start was different than Whistler, it was one at a time through a small opening and running into the water.  Water was warm 72 and off we went. 2 loops with a run over the mat between loops.  Open water for the 1st loop was great.  The problem with a rolling start 1 at a time is it takes 20min to get everyone in the water, which means 8 minutes into the 2nd loop I am starting to catch others.  And it was challenging for the rest of the swim, for all of us.  The only suggestion I have for the back of the pack swimmers is to try and swim to the right or left vs dead center.  It is so frustrating to have someone stop and break into breaststroke.  I know it is frustrating for them as well to have people swimming over them, so we are both challenged.  One other PSA – don’t try and hold onto the buoy as you go around, first off it is an inflatable with a rope and second, it is not a pfd.  Swim wide if you want to rest.  I was expecting a much slower swim, so was pleasantly surprised to see the clock.  I swam harder (perceived effort) in Whistler and with much less crowds and had the same time.
The new bike course could be faster than the old one as you are on one road, the highway for 2x 40 mile loops, so less turns but it is nowhere near as scenic and lovely as the course in 08 and 09.  I loved the rolling hills, small towns and lakes. The first 16 miles are the same as past years, where you go out past the lake and back through town and then you hit the highway, they close one side for out and back.  It is hilly with trees and nice views, but it is a highway.  There are some long climbs on the way out with some decent descents and u turn and you head back.   We had a minor head wind but not much to worry about.   And then we hit loop 2 and it was full on head wind, as in demoralizing head wind for 20 miles, as in head down I want to cry and punch someone and quit the sport which I did at least 3 times.  And my power was dropping and I did not feel great, legs were fatigued and it was time to suffer just like I predicted.  Before the turn around I decided to drop out after the bike and call it a year, it just sucked that much. I crafted my conversation I’d have with coach, John etc and be done with it. In a bar in less than 1 hour.  The one thing I did was stay on top of hydration and nutrition.  1500 calories of Carbo Pro + 250 calories of nut butter cliff bar and 48 oz of water per hour with 1600 mg of sodium every 2 hours.   I peed 5 x.  2x Motivator tabs (caffeine) at hour 2 and 4 of the bike.   Maybe……I was thinking I would run, just maybe.

So even though I was dropping out, I decided to run through transition, and okay maybe start the run.  At that point I noticed my legs felt better than in Canada.  Really how? I died on the bike, as in power dropped 8 watts the 2nd loop and time was much slower (but that was also due to headwind) If power was consistent it would have been a good bike.  That is why power is golden- you measure your true effort, regardless of headwind, tailwind etc. In any case, power dropped because I was tired.
So the first few miles of the run were easy, and I was loving Ironan again, planning my trip to Kona, and thinking this is just spectacular, even though it is 91 degrees.  Soon thereafter I see my #1 fan and cheerleader yelling his heart out.   I needed intel.  Around mile 4 I see Angie and call out and she assures me I have a solid lead. By now I am not feeling all that stellar and am starting to question this whole idea again. See a pattern here?   The run is 3 loops – 2 miles through a neighborhood with some shade, tons of sprinklers and lots of people and music, then you run along the lake out and back for 5 miles, back through the neighborhood and toward the finish for loop 1.  It was hot- 91 degrees with a hot dry wind, Santa Ana type wind.  I really was feeling sorry for those still on the bike as the wind was picking up.  At this point I have the intel that I can #1 FINALLY win my AG in an IM #2 punch my ticket to Kona if I just keep moving at about this pace.  To think I have 16 more miles made me wish for an ice pick for my eyes so I moved to IM mantra, take one mile at a time.  I was able to get down 250 calories of CarboPro and The Right Stuff in the first 6 miles and I think that was what saved me.  John was freaking everywhere and I was so thankful every time I saw him. There were a lot of friends racing so with the 3 loops it was great to see so many familiar faces, give high 5’s or a head non.   My focus was NO walking and keep fueling. I hit every sprinkler, took every hose on me with the goal of staying cool.  I knew 2nd place was putting time into me and while I could not speed up I just decided to stay steady and as it turned out she slowed at mile 20.  At mile 24 it hit me…. ALOHA!  And an AG win.  The finish line of an IM is surreal but CdA holds a special place in my heart, it was my first IM and a year later my first Kona qualification. So running down that long street all the emotion built up and holy cow we did it!

Crossing I found my buddy Jay and thank goodness as I was a but unsteady and needed a shoulder….it was surreal.  9 years and my 12th IM I finally did it.  The finish line was great- watching others finish and learning my swim buddy Kevin fricking one the entire race, another D3’r punched his Kona ticket – it was just plain fun!  The love of this sport is too much- at least for now.

Other race info. Swim- Roka Maverick Pro. Love this wetsuit- great fit and flexible in the shoulders.  Bike- Enve 60 in front and Zipp disc rear (thank you Les).  Wore aero jerey and tri shorts on bike and tri top and running shorts on the run.   Shoes- I had to wear my Bondis which are bit heavy but allow me to run without foot pain.  Hoka suggested I do down a ½ size to help alleviate my toe and insole blisters.  Good news is I did not have a big toe/insole blister but my other toes were ravaged.  So the Hoka blister dilemma continues.  But my foot is pain free!  

And I came home to this.... My Mom!! Bless her heart -

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

19 days...

And just like that I pulled the trigger.....Ironman Coeur d' Alene.  5 weeks post IM Canada, yes I  just may be certifiable.

The day after Canada I was angry, frustrated and worked up.  I was sore all over, had bloody feet... but I felt like I had unfinished business.  

About 5 min or maybe 30 seconds into my call with Coach I interrupted and asked "what about CdA?"  He laughed... it was a good sign I guess.  See when an athlete has a sub par or shit race there are 2 ways to react.

1- F it, I'm taking a break, heading to the liquor store and stopping for pizza and donuts. I will be in touch in  a month or 12 or

2-  I NEED to race again.  

Mind you I had been to the liquor store the last night, so that was taken care of.   

Actually the night before as I was crawling into the shower saying ow, ow, ow John says "hey you can do CdA in 5 weeks"  My response had a lot of F bombs and I might have punched him, but my arms were too sore.  

riding with my sis 
I digress.  Coach said no decisions for a week, WTF?  

So I went on vacation and pretended to  did not think about it at all nor did I check the start list or flights We headed to Vancouver for 2 days of fun, I hopped to Phx for a day of work and then headed to Denver to see JD (my son) and then to Boulder to see my sis and family and Coach.  

 I took a week OFF,  did one short swim in a really long pool, toured Vancouver on Hybrid bikes, went to yoga and  hiked with my son.  Very NON triathlon for 7 days! 

hiking with JD
Coach and his family came over for dinner on Sunday and IMCdA did not come up only in my head 100 times. But it was not the time or the place, although my sis did ask at the end of the night..... LOL and it was ummmm silence, okay let's discuss tomorrow.

We met for a ride and after the niceties I said "ok, can I race?" He asks why... blah, blah, blah..... I sort of remember my reasons but really it was redemption, anger, and unfinished business.  Long pause and thuumbs up!  

What a sick sport, I am literally doing the happy dance so I can go and suffer for another 11 ish hours in 19 days. !  Right on ...  I needed one more buy in and luckily my #1 Fan is on board. Flights booked, place to stay with a friend and registered.  

Ok time to finish recovering from Canada, do a bit of work and taper again.  Let's do this!

Go Big or Go Home!

I knocked out 50 miles on the bike Monday, no records or killer efforts but felt good to ride.  Ran today with the D3 "Elite" Team- they allowed me to crash the workout even though I did not have the "elite team kit or hat" but I slummed it with some borrowed D3 gear.   We did 5x2 min "pick ups" and my legs responded, my foot did not break and other than me gasping for 02 I felt pretty darn good.  Backed that up with a chill ride with my sis and we are back in business! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ironman Canada Race Report -

WARNING: R rated for language
#1 fan!

WTF happened is what I want to know?   It was not a terrible race, as in IMLT, but it was not the race I trained for. AND there is NO glaring reason....

Swim- super solid swim and I am happy about that.  This was a rolling start and I liked it, but think it is a cop out for Ironman.  I miss the adrenaline of a mass start and just don't see the risk.   I was within the first group in the water and we settled in a solid pace.  I was with 4 guys and we all swim the entire 2 loops together.  No formal rotation but it seemed we all took a few pulls.  I had to work to hang on and that was great.  I tend to get lazy later in the swim unless I am holding onto someone's feet. Alta lake is stunning and other than the first turn to the 2nd buoy it was easy to sight.  Note- wear tinted goggles as you swim directly into the sun on that leg and it is dicey.  Out of the water feeling like I had a solid swim, was a bit or a lot bummed one other girl beat me.  I  LOVE the strippers and the grass transition.
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Bike-   I was feeling awesome heading to Callahan, watts coming easy and I was having to dial it back. This is going to be a good day!! LOL

Hydration and nutrition going well.  Climb to ski jump was just plain easy,  it was all about patience...until....  On the ride back toward the village I was feeling less than stellar and was starting to completely panic mildly worried.   On the way to Pemberton I thought and now know my legs were starting to cramp. But I refused to acknowledge them as I was not over riding and I was eating and drinking as planned.  Once we hit the out and back TT in Pembertom I was in full panic mode  I knew something was going South.  My "easy" IM watts were not easy and I was slowing down.  I felt tired, slow..were my brakes rubbing?  Did a bear fall out of a tree and onto my back?  UGH!
traveling with friends makes this sport what it is 

The climb back to town totally sucked was more of a challenge than it was in 2014.  I remember in 14 thinking, wow I feel awesome.  Sunday I was thinking, WTH I climbed Honey Springs 4 hours into ride and it was 110 degrees, I was NOT tapered and I felt a lot better.   I started my pity party but tried to tap into a positive attitude until I started getting passed.  FUCK - nothing more to say.  It was  freight train of people " On your left"  and my polite reply was "bite me"  This does not happen on the bike..... the last 20 miles were a ping pong of " I suck, there goes my race" to "come on its a low spot, just keep pedaling and stick with it"  to "everyone that is passing me is a doper"  to " just smile you will feel better "  which really is BS when you are not feeling well.  I forced the hydration and calories, even downed a bottle of Gatorade thinking I was low on calories. I popped a motivator, maybe I needed caffeine?   NOTHING worked.

I tried  to not think about the run, but come on let's be real.  It's hard enough to run a marathon off the bike when you are feeling good let alone when you are DYING.  I started to think about IMLT and what a death march that was- NOT happening again.  I not just collecting medal, I'll just quit and can be in a bar in less than 1 hour.  Perfect plan.

Into T2 and my 200 lb legs would hardly move. The volunteers were so nice and I tried to not drop 10 F bombs, so maybe only 4 or so in T2.  I did say "thank you"  as they did have to deal with my disgusting clothes, I am happy they had gloves on.

I "ran" out of T2 and was worried.  At 1K I see Les and I am not happy, shaking my head saying "this is not my day"  I promised to give it 5 miles and then I sort of laughed ok not really when I realized at 5 miles I would be way the heck away, but it was a good plan and kept me going. I was forcing calories and fluids I was suffering and not looking at my watch.  It was like mile 20 suffering but it was mile 2.  I quit Ironman 5x over the next few miles and once again asked "why the hell do I do this?"  I'm going to take up curling.

So around mile 5 I started to feel a teensy bit better, not yes feel great, but more like I don't think I am going fall face down and get eaten by a bear.  This is when you take it 1 mile at a time and just get it done. I had amazing support out there with my #1 fan John and Les (who had to drop out early due to complications) and Geoff.  I had one goal, just keep moving!  And I did - other than walking a few aid stations I never gave in and walked.

The big goal was to Kona qualify but let's be real here, with the slow bike I had and the shit run I was producing knew it was unlikely but you never know how everyone else is doing. Well that is until the girl who eventually won, ran past me like I was standing still.  Fuck!  I thought there was one slot and the likelihood of her falling down was slim, but I just kept running, as a bear could drop from a tree and crush her or she could bonk.  2nd place (well actually 3rd) was just in front of me ( as I did not see 2nd glide by effortlessly as I was crying or being a hater), I was within 20 seconds for a while and simply could not pass here. Around this time, the ice pick stabbing pain started in my foot and oh it would have been really "easy " to call it a day.  I'm dying, Kona is out and my broken foot is re-breaking.....but no not an option. So I trudged along, chewed 3xAleve and took 2 more Motivator pills and ticked off the miles.

Around mile 22 I gave up .... I'm well into 3rd ( actually 4th) who cares.  Well I do care, what if 1st doesn't take the slot, what if, what if.  Around mile 23 I decided to see if there was anything left and just picked it up- I started going hard and soon I saw John and he is going nuts, screaming, you are putting time into her  "run baby run"  And so I did and I could see Tracy ahead.  I got close to her around mile 25 and decided to sit behind her for a bit, but she hit the last aid station and started walking.  When she bent over  I went for it.  Ran by her like I was feeling great and just ran. I re- caught a guy that I had run with early on and he was walking, he yells "holy shit" and I say come come on. He starts running and says "I'm dying" I ask how old he is and says "29"   I tell him I am old enough to be his mother and to get his ass running.  We are both breathing like we were about to keel over and we just ran hard.....  this is why I love this fricking sport!   OMG you want to die but you are racing .....

I left it all on the course,  saw spots and nearly fell over when I crossed the finish line and was promptly taken to medical when they asked me my name and I asked for a hint - not a good sign.  I lost a bit of time as I don't recall getting there.... but alas I was okay in a bit and well I was 3rd NOT 2nd and there were 2 Kona slots and 0 rolled down.... UGH! UGH!!!!!

I love racing with other friends....was great so see Maik, Kevin, Lynne, Cheryl ( congrats on KQ), Peter and Sarah and more.... its what makes this sport!!

Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 4 weeks?  That was be ludicrous right? or maybe not?  That is for Mike to decide.

What happened? we may never know.....

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The lead up to IM Canada

I was going to start with my race report but decided to give some background and lay out all the excuses for a lesser than ideal race.

It has been 7 weeks since I blogged. (well other than a brief one about cable)   Why? Well things went awry about 7 weeks ago. Starting with a minor fall that my mom took which resulted in a major injury.   Completely fractured femur, 4+ hour surgery, 2 plates and screws and she has been in a wheelchair since.  Really tough time for Mom and while she is on the mend and is finally back home she still is in a wheelchair and need help daily.

Right about that time my foot, the one with the broken metatarsal, was bothering me so I decided to have it checked out since I had an infected rash, no pictures, spreading on my legs that needed attention or I was going to be quarantined.  I mentioned the pain to my, Dr assuming it was tendonitis and hoping for a quick cortisone shot and I would be on my way.  He took an Xray, seemed perplexed as my metatarsal looked broken.  ha ha...not so much  and referred me to a Foot/ankle ortho and another orthopedic surgeon.  To say I was calm would be a lie, I was freaking out, drinking wine, pretending I was okay and "calmly" helping my mom.

The foot/ankle Dr took 6 Xrays, came in and said my metatarsal was completely fractured and I needed a boot for 6 weeks and she left before I could punch or  ask questions and understand what happened.  Her aide came in fitted me in (another) boot (I have several)  and I hobbled out sobbing.

Wait a minute I ran 16 miles last weekend with minor pain (ok a few moments of a lot of pain) , I can press on the fracture site and no major pain, this cannot be right.  Dr's appt #2 with Dr Dahlstrom was the next day.  So I pretended I was okay, called coach and had a meltdown.   Leslie took me in case it was bad news and I was tempted to drink and drive or jump of a bridge or maybe just because she is a really good friend.

I threw the boot in the bushes  took the boot off and put my Hoka's back on and went about my day. It was sore to run, so I was indeed worried.  Dr D looked at the Xrays and said "inconclusive" and ordered a CT scan and instructed me not to panic. He did not instruct me not to drink copious amounts of wine but I did anyway.

I had not run in 6 days and was trying to not freak out., but I was.  With the CT Scan done I eagerlay anticpated seeing Dr D.  I skipped in there (okay not really) with great optimism and sweating palms. He strolls in and says your metatarsal has a complete fracture and I once again start crying..he says BUT you are not in a lot of pain right?  Right I say, not like when it was broken the first time.   So he proceeds to tell me my body gave up healing, it tried and tried to heal the fracture but it could not so it stopped.  What the heck, I have a body that is a quitter!  Okay so it healed sort of but it left a space, not ideal in a bone.

What do we do about that I say?  "Surgery and crutches"  More tears and another BUT....  After a lot of discussion the plan is to see how much pain I can tolerate. He assures me I cannot do more damage and the fix is still the same.  We agreed I'd rather hobble into his office post race than call it a season now.   He gave me a bone stimulator, suggested Altr G and pool running and run 1x week outside and see.

So that is what we did.... I had 3 solid long runs outside  17/18 19 miles with some pain but nothing debilitating and nothing that lingered for more than a few days.  And the weeks leading up my foot was fine, mostly.

Life stress (higher than usual for me), unhealed foot, back that seized up....all make for a great IM lead up said no one.   And giving up alcohol is good for race prep but bad for stress.

I wish ok not really that I could say my foot gave out and rebroke and that is what happened on Sunday at Ironman CA.  Yes my foot was really painful mile 13-17 but I ate 2x Aleve and was "ok"  My race went South long  before mile 13 of the run....

Next post  The shitstorm of IMCA  -  too long of a build up!  And we are off to play in Vancouver!

This post was mostly G rated.....

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cable Guy

Every 4 years we get cable TV.  Yes this is our 4th time "signing up"  Why?  For the Summer Olympics.  There is no real way to watch online.  It requires cable, DVR etc so you can record everything and watch your favorites and zip through commercials.  It's just too good to not enjoy!

Since Le Tour de France is before the Olympics we signed up in July in 2012, but this year we started June 26 to watch the Swimming Trials.   So we are 1 week into having TV.
The swimming trials are such  great teaser for the Olympics.  It is mind blowing to see the coverage for the trials. Back in the day, when I was swimming, 1984, you could walk into the Olympic trials with 20 people and find a seat no problem on the bleachers.  Maybe there was a 1 hour NBC show that covered the entire trials.  And now it is a sold out show with prelims on during the day and finals prime time each night.  Even Bob Costas is on the show...this guy is 64 and looks 40. I'd like to know who is plastic surgeon is.  He looks good, not fixed up.  Amazing... Maybe he has some good drugs too.  I supposed he can use EPO as the commentators are not tested for performance enhancing drugs are they?    I digress.... I thoroughly enjoyed all the swimming!   The goal is to watch all the sports we commit to  and NOT become TV slugs.  So far so good....only swimming and now Le Tour.

Day 1 of the Tour and I have to say I am settled on the couch in my Recovery Boots and thoroughly enjoying watching these amazing men ride through Normandy.    I knocked out 19 miles this AM, running that is!  Coach put my run on Saturday the last 2 weeks with the hope fresher legs and the ability for a solid run.  It worked!  2 solid back to back long runs.   IM Canada 3 weeks from tomorrow.

I am using recovery as the perfect excuse to watch the Tour!   7 years ago we were at Le Tour.  We were in Spain for a soccer tournament and we snuck to Monaco to watch the start of Le Tour.  We had so much fun we followed it for 5 days.  To see the riders, the bikes, the excitement first hand was an experience of a lifetime.  We keep saying we want to do a bike tour during Le Tour.  As the stages start at 1pm you can ride part of the stage and hang out to see various highlights- KOM, finish etc.  One of theses days...currently this dang Ironman thing is getting in the way of us doing that.