Monday, April 14, 2014

A case of the Mondays

Mondays.....Monday means that I spend the morning sneezing chlorine and the entire day in the pantry trying to fill the post swim hunger vortex. For the better part of the last three years, while the rest of the general triathlon training public takes Monday as their rest day, Coach Liz and Coach Keith strictly believe that Monday is one fine time for a swim. Because nothing says welcome to the start of your work week like crawling out of the wrapper at 4:30 am to jump half naked into a cold box of water. And while there's no love loss between me and swimming, even I can admit that there is something truly satisfying about having a swim workout completed before the week even gets off the ground. But it's not easy. And Monday likes to fight dirty. Like hair pulling, eye scratching, kicking below the belt dirty. Which is why I have Jen.

Jen is in charge of Mondays. I can't trust myself to Monday. In the light of day, Monday cannot hide it's true evil self. But under the cover of pre-dawn, Monday is a succubus -- tempting me with a warm bed and the cool side of the pillow.

Fortunately, for yours truly, Jen is impervious to Monday morning. If Monday is my kryptonite, it's Jen's yellow sun. She rocks Monday and if not for her I wouldn't see Monday morning until it was too late to do anything about it. And today was a great day -- even if it was a Monday (that's right Monday I'm looking right at you) because for the first time in over 4 months, Jen went with me to the pool.

I guess Mondays ain't so bad after all.

- Him

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Finding motivation

I *think* spring has finally sprung and we've been taking full advantage of the warmer weather with lots of family walks! We even made it to the dog park last weekend and Lance could not stop thanking us by way of kisses.

I am now five weeks post reconstruction surgery and am feeling better every day. Finally. The digestive issues are being well controlled with a short dose of Prevacid while my stomach heals (and then I will get off of it ASAP) and the rashes/hives continue to come and go, but I am trying to deal with that with natural remedies. Speaking of....

I had my first ever acupuncture appointment yesterday and it was....pokey. I was fortunate to receive a referral to this acupuncture place from a co-worker or otherwise, quite honestly, I would have been more than a little skeptical. He spent at least 45 minutes going through all of my symptoms and health history with me....way more time than any of my doctors ever spend with me! Based on my symptoms, he has all kinds of theories about what's going on with my body (kidney yin deficiency? excess heat?). After we talked for a while, he started the process of sticking in the needles to re-set the energy in my body. Each needle poke felt like a small bee sting, but once the needles were in I couldn't feel anything. I'd estimate I had about 15 needles, everywhere from my feet to my ears, head and forehead (okay, that was definitely a little creepy). I had to lay perfectly still for about 25 minutes (the most challenging part!) and then he finished up with some massage (the best part!). Jury is out on if it helps or not, but I am going back in two weeks for another session. I figure it certainly can't hurt and it just might help! I'll keep you posted. :)

In other news, I've been struggling a bit to find the motivation to get back to training full time. Luckily, there is a big group of budding triathletes at work that have signed up for the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on June 22. So I'm going to join them! Nothing like the thought of your co-workers seeing you in spandex to give you that swift kick to get in shape and drop some weight!

I'll leave you with the most inspiring and motivating story of the week. I think everyone has heard the story of little Lacey Holsworth and the MSU basketball team. You probably also heard that Princess Lacey passed away this past week, after just eight short years on this earth. Boy did she ever live her life to the fullest and never stopped smiling, despite all the challenges she faced! If this little lady doesn't inspire and motivate you to get out there and really LIVE, then I don't know what will. If you are in need of a little inspiration and motivation, take some time to watch THIS (but you might want to get your tissues ready). Well said Coach Izzo. #LoveLikeLacey

Have a wonderful weekend!

-- HER

Friday, April 4, 2014

Back at it

Well, we made it to Friday!!! Hooray! How was everyone's week?

I was back in the office this week and it felt SO good to get back to a routine of sorts. Some of my favorite G co-workers sent me flowers on my first day back and my days were so much brighter and more cheerful with the pretty spring arrangement on my desk. Of course I forgot to take a picture, but trust me when I say they were gorgeous. Thanks again ladies. :)

I did about 3/4 days at work all week and that was about right. I was exhausted every night and in bed by 8pm, but that seemed to work well. I also managed to get in THREE workouts!! I did two 40 minute rides on my bike (on the trainer, obviously) and a 45-minute treadmill walk with some core work following. Bottom line is that I am ridiculously weak, but I will say that even those small workouts did wonders for my mental state and helped with my energy levels. Exercise rocks!

As far as my recovery, the pain from the surgery is just about gone (just some residual soreness in my abdomen from the fat grafting) and I am getting a little more comfortable in my new body. My stomach issues are getting a little better. But that rash - which I've now determined is hives - is just getting worse! It is now coming and going throughout the day but is definitely worse at night. And I've noticed it gets worse when it's hot or I'm stressed. Definitely hives. I'll be doing the diet cleanse soon, but I think I may also try acupuncture. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears! It may just take time to clear my body of all these toxins. I'm just running a little low on patience these days. :)

I've got some exciting things going on in my little triathlon world that I'll update on early next week! In the meantime, enjoy your weekends and the (kind of) spring weather!

-- HER