Dr. has finally approved a few short swims (like 10-15 minutes short) per week. I am so stoked! I've been doing water PT for several weeks and have been wanting to swim so bad.
The good news--no surgery required! The bad news--it only hurts when I drive or sit, which is how I get to work and what I do when I get there. I'm starting back tomorrow after 6 weeks of FMLA, lying around my house eating Vicodin and muscle relaxers.
Thanks to everybody who… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on July 22, 2009 at 5:21pm —
Me too! So I'll keep this short, and then lay off the blogging for a while.
My MRI (which I survived thanks to vallium, a washcloth over my eyes and the knowledge that I was going in feet-first) came back showing something torn and three bulging discs. Ouchie :( So next week I'm going in for a spinal injection of something anti-inflammatory to help it heal. Then PT.
I asked about resuming training, and the doc looked at me like I was insane. And then said very slowly,… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on May 20, 2009 at 12:18pm —
KS 70.3 is getting farther and farther away! :(
I am still planing to show up, though. Get my shirt--my $200 shirt, meet up with all y'all iamtri-ers for dinner and cheer you on during the race. Maybe I'll come in costume and win free entry to next year's race.
I am two weeks into a back injury that has kept me from sleeping and driving, not to mention working out. And the pain meds my Dr. first prescribed made me crazy with the heebie-jeebies! A bad reaction, I'm told. My… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on May 14, 2009 at 2:41pm —
I tried a new plan this year. Apparently it's been very successful for many triathletes. For me? Not so much. It's the EN idea of training to be faster first, during the winter months, and then adding distance on to that closer to the race.
It felt great in the early months. I was actually getting faster, and enjoying a little more family time--a benefit of doing more short, fast workouts. In theory, the plan makes sense. Especially now that I'm over 40--fewer long hours on old… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on May 5, 2009 at 10:56am —
How I wish that was a statement about my bike training success--wouldn't that be a great title? But no, it's about the 30 minute dentist appointment I had that turned into a no-good, terrible, awful, unexpected root canal. Ouchie!
To add to my misery, I slipped a disc in my lower back--thank goodness I have pain meds from the root canal. Oh, it's pouring luck, here. Hoping I can I still get it together before the KS HIM in June. <:(
Added by Jill Reed on May 4, 2009 at 2:28pm —
T-storms broke up for a perfect-weather ride along the Lawrence 70.3 bike course Saturday!
I almost didn't make it, what with a severe case of the doldrums, and being an hour-or-so away, 45 minutes before the ride was scheduled. But encouragement comes from unexpected places--for me it was my teen-age son, taking my forlorn face in his hands and directing it to the side of our fridge. (Actually, about one inch away from the fridge, until I explained to him that focus at this distance was… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on April 20, 2009 at 6:56pm —
(courtesy of my friend Jill in Hawaii)
...You have a lifetime supply of water bottles, safety pins, and t-shirts.
You have trouble keeping lunch under 2000 calories.
You usually wake up at 4:00 in the morning but don't get to work until way after 9:00.
You have a $4000 bike strapped on top of your $2000 car.
You're always wet .... sweat, pool, lake, sea water, shower, bath, or rain.
Your car has at least one energy bar wrapper and water bottle on the… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on March 13, 2009 at 5:19pm —
Wednesday, exhausted from a trip to the dentist (and a restless night of dread), I dragged through the day, skipping my swim in the morning and opting out of my long run in the evening. Before I could beat myself up too much about it, I employed the good old Trust & Forgive system. I stopped thinking about what I was missing, made myself a cocktail (followed by one big glass of water), and went to bed.
Next day, the morning bike felt good and I had renewed energy throughout the… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on March 6, 2009 at 5:04pm —
I've been swimming with some newbies recently who have been asking about efficiency (i.e., how to make it look easy). Here are a few simple things I remember to get back on track when I feel my swim stroke losing efficiency:
1. Do the work under the water, not in the air.
Nothing your arms do in the air will propel you forward in the pool. My time, energy, and concentration are much better spent on the part of the stroke that actually moves me--the underwater part. The only… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on February 23, 2009 at 1:00pm —
The groove is finding my gear always ready,
and hitting pavement before I'm awake.
The groove is feeling at home on the bike,
and feeling the bike on the stairs at work...
running, because walking hurts.
The groove is realizing I’ve daydreamed my miles away,
or that praise songs are pacing my run.
The groove is responding to internal whine
by kicking it up a notch!
and justifying it,
“because I’m a bad@ss, that’s… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on February 20, 2009 at 6:30pm —
4 lanes + 8 swimmers + 0 lane ropes = open water?
Except for seeing the black line below and running into a wall every 25 yards, this morning's pool swim was a fairly good simulation of open water. Thanks to the pool staff, who for unknown reasons did not put in lane dividers.
Before you try this at home, note that when participation dwindled to 3 or 4 people, the effect was not nearly as good. (Lucky for me, since I was swimming IMs today.) If we just had a hundred or so… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on February 18, 2009 at 11:43am —
Amazing that it has taken me a full month of training to remember this simple truth!
I've been plodding along, putting in my miles and waiting for it to get easier.. I'm embarrassed to say that my memory has been completely rose-colored until this moment. I somehow thought that after a few weeks I would be happy and excited to start my runs. And today, I'm shaking my head, asking myself WHEN in my life I have ever been happy and excited to start a run???
That's right,… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on February 9, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Trust & Forgive--it's not just for friends and family anymore! It's for me, too. T&F is a policy I started following a year ago, when I first noticed I was becoming obsessed with training. I don't mean just planning workouts and calories, or setting my watch to remember to drink water every hour. I still spend waaay to much time doing that! I'm talking about missed workouts. With three kids, my husband, and my career all in the running for my time, my workout plan has to be very… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on January 26, 2009 at 12:25pm —
...which I am discovering is my "area of opportunity" this season. My legs don't seem to have much pedal memory. Going round-and-round instead of push, push, push push takes all my concentration. Let my mind wander for just a few seconds to that movie I saw, and I'm back slamming the pedals down like I'm on an uphill run. (It was "Rachel Getting Married" BTW, and I finally had to just decide to think about it later!) Is this a clue that I am not good at multi-tasking? There's a reason I don't… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on January 20, 2009 at 11:30am —
I'm in week two, back on the training wagon, and amazingly, am not dead or injured, yet. Had a nice 3-mile run this morning at 10-min pace followed by a mile swim in :32. I'm still somewhat in survival mode, just trying to make it through the workout without giving up. Remembering those old three-hour runs, and four-hour rides, that weren't that long ago. Ack, that reminds me--my "long" bike this weekend was a pitiful 45 minutes on the trainer. Biking, I'm definitely in survival… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on January 12, 2009 at 2:40pm —
I am officially back on the training wagon. Hello, early morning runs! Can't says I've missed you.
It's good to be back on iamtri, though. The darn site already got me registering for the Kona lottery. I am obviously crazy (as I pointed out on my registration when asked "Why are you registering for this event?").
The picks won't be made until April, and my mind's already warp-sped through the outcomes like it's a pregnancy test--Could it be? No way! I'd have to get… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on January 5, 2009 at 4:27pm —
My extensive research on wedding anniversary gifts (2 pages of Google results) surfaces two materials appropriate for the 18 year marker DH and I celebrated Monday. One brings to mind a delicate, handcrafted object of beauty, made to sit high on a shelf, out of reach and untouched lest it become chipped, or worse, falls, shattering into a million pieces. The other is a material of action. Practical and pliant, it cushions the ride over rough terrain, and though worn thinner over time, is… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on August 5, 2008 at 3:06pm —
5:30 a.m., before I am even awake, I'm on auto-pilot, reaching for the running clothes left strategically next to my bed the night before. Reaching, reaching...drat! Still in the washer. The shoes are there, though. Nice, new, still-smelling-like-the-store New Balance shoes. WIth cushiony insoles that give my feet a friendly hug when I slide them on. I stand up and smile, glad that I am awake enough to remember I haven't gotten dressed yet. My DH has nightmares of being naked in public. He… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on July 31, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Life without training is rich food, whenever. Weeknight beer. Daylight sleep. And everything else floating by in slo-mo. Or maybe that was the muscle relaxers.
Until this morning's 20-minute delicate foray back onto the bike, I had been sans exercise for two weeks straight. Quit cold-turkey (doctor's orders) to heal a recurring neck strain. Now, armed with a list of PT exercises, I am tiptoeing back into training, amazed at how hard it suddenly seems to get it all together. My gear… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on July 17, 2008 at 4:31pm —
It's been more than 20 years, but that note, attached to a dozen roses from my sweetie after an ...let's say unusual
...evening of romance, still cracks me up.
Yesterday I had my own appt. with a chiropractor--first time evah. A little nervous. A little skeptical. So far, so good. He wasn't surprised that my neck jacked me up during the taper. Says 75% of problems like that happen in the taper--not because
of it, but because of the heavy mileage leading up to… Continue
Added by Jill Reed on June 24, 2008 at 12:00pm —