>>June 5th, 2009
What a whirlwind month it’s been!! May started off a bit rough and kept getting rougher. I am talking about training, racing and health. Everything else has been great! I am LOVING my new job at Lululemon and working with Reid and Belle is AMAZING! Everyone on the team is fantastic to work with. So why I am bummed? Because athletics defines me and probably shouldn’t (I’ll figure it out one day ) I have had this foot injury for almost 2 months now and it just doesn’t seem to get better. There were days where it felt great to just run with a slight ache only to stop the run and realize that the pain was more than just an ache. Then I was forced to stay off of it for another couple of days. Walking, standing, sitting, everything hurts my foot. It is such a bummer but I am hoping and praying that soon it will get better and I’ll be back at it again. *For now, swimming and cycling are the sports that I can do and they are going well.*
At least right now I know that my foot injury is mostly nerve damage and some plantar fascitis. I was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday in hopes that it would calm my nerve down and relieve some of the pain. Wow, that shot was excruciatingly painful!! I felt the sharp needle enter my skin, then felt a burning sensation run all through my body and I was squirming, clenching my fists, doing everything to stop from punching the poor doc , HA! Dr Hiatt was amazing though. He is the BEST foot specialist out there and he took really good care of me all day. He even saw me twice in one day and squeezed me in to get an MRI on that same day! I am hoping his plan of attack to get rid of this nagging injury will work. I am almost certain it will! I just need to calm down, relax and enjoy life for what it is. I need to stop worrying about what I can’t control and focus on what I can control. I need to stay positive and enjoy the other great things that I have going on in my life right now!
Thanks to all of you who have sent get well wishes! You all are true friends!! Back to the drawing board…I’ll defintely be back!!
>>May 18th, 2009
It’s been a crazy 4 weeks. I have been hit with everything I could handle in a short amount of time. The good news is that I am “down but not out.” For those of you that read my blog back at the end of March, you would know that I was feeling on top of this world
I was having a series of great luck and success in all of my running and swim races and I was training better than I ever had. It was this fire and desire that made me realize how important my health and happiness meant to me. It is something that we all take for granted every now and then. Of course it is in the low moments that we realize how great we had it.
I have had a foot injury for a little over 4 weeks now which forced me to stop running and training on the bike the way I used to. I am one who loves to do it all and when something is out of whack, I get pretty hard on myself and frustrated. I know I need to work on this. So, what better timing to work on this and focus on my swimming, right? Of course. But 8 days after hurting my foot and organizing and coaching our 3 day Alcatraz Camp, I came down with a wicked case of bronchitis. I was trying as best as I could to stay positive and think that I would still be able to race WF. I still was going to race up until the night before the race when my fellow pro friends and coaches told me that it would not be wise with a hurt foot and still coughing up stuff. So, as you all know I opted to cheer everyone on and have fun! I was still smiling and letting go of my frustration by thinking that my foot and sickness would be all better soon.
A week after WF and I was again feeling so happy and alive while I was on my first run in 3 weeks. It was an absolutely amazing feeling to be running almost pain free. Since I didn’t want to overdo it, I waited another couple of days before I ran again since my foot was just a little sore. I ran just a couple of miles and felt a little pain. So again I backed off and waited a couple of days before I attempted another run. My 2nd and 3rd runs were all of 15-20 mins. So nothing spectacular but it sure was nice to get that feeling back.
A day after my 3rd run we were back in SF coaching our 3rd set of Alcatraz clinics. It is super fun and rewarding but also quite exhausting to be honest. We are doing all the sports with each participant and talking, giving lectures and answering questions all day for several days. This clinic was actually the most exhausting for me since I had to swim with the slower but gutsy swimmers and I ended up being in the bay for a lot longer than I ever have and I was just treading water and encouraging the swimmers to keep moving forward. They did awesome and were super happy. And I was frozen solid
But that’s my job and I’m happy that I can help people accomplish their dreams of swimming across the bay. The next day I was toeing the line at a local triathlon with amazing athletes and great friends, including Macca, Lieto, Gina Kehr, Kelly Couch, and Kristin Hilger Iavarone.
I was racked next to Lieto and Macca and this was super fun. Macca asked me why I haven’t raced in quite a while. Ha! The last time we saw each other was a year ago at WF. He is an amazing guy and it was cool that he was racing at our local tri. Lieto’s kid Kaiden was helping me set my transition area up. He became a fan of mine (as Karis his mom says) after learning that I ride with his dad on Wed and race pro too
) So funny! At the swim start I lined up right next to Lieto and Macca was 2 people over to my right. It was such a fun and relaxed swim start with Belle swimming in the water a couple of feet away from us. She finally got out with 3 mins to go, everyone LOVED her
I told Lieto not to kick me and told Macca that I was going to try to stay with him. He said “sure mate, let’s go.” And then the gun went off and we were on our way. It was pretty mellow and I only had one person hitting my legs over and over for the first 20 strokes, but then it was smooth and comfortable. I think I got too comfortable by just sitting in and drafting. I was feeling just ok so I thought I should just hang there. It was a just ok swim, I came out tied for 2nd with Kelly Couch, and Gina was just a couple seconds in front of us. My time was over 30 seconds faster than last year. For a 3/4 mile swim my time was 16:28. I headed up to my rack and Gina was about to run out. So I stripped my wetsuit off super quick and was off on the bike in 2nd.
Here is where everything leading up to the race decided to show itself. I was fatigued. There is nothing else I can say except that my legs were wobbly and I felt weak. It was such a bummer, but I knew deep down that I had not rested, I have been super stressed, and sick. So what could I ask for? My body was not responding as much as I tried so hard to go fast, I just couldn’t. I kept thinking about all the great rides I have had, but it was a no go. I got passed by the 3rd and 4th place pro women and I just didn’t have it and mentally gave up a bit. I stayed with it and kept trying but my legs would not respond. So, I just did what I could and when I came into T2 I saw Reid and Belle and I told them I was pretty dissappointed by the look on my face. I wanted to call it a day since I knew I hadn’t run in several weeks other than a total of 45 mins. So it would have been really hard to make up what I thought was 4 mins. Now looking back, I shouldn’t have given up, 3rd place was only 2 mins up. But I gave up enough to not have a chance to catch her. UGH, what a mistake. I really need to work on my mental game and not letting this injury bring me down this much. It really is not worth it and I know better. I ended up in 5th place with a slower time than last year on the bike for sure. Faster on the swim and about the same on the run. I let 4th place go too, but having a “pity party” with myself attitude. This REALLY isn’t me!! I really knew something was wrong. I was just feeling awful. Literally 20 mins after the race I started having this weird flashing in both eyes. I couldn’t see more than a couple of feet in front of me. It was scary. I knew a migraine was now coming on. We rushed to get out of the race area and into the car where a full blown migraine took over. I was in SO MUCH PAIN!!! I have never had a migraine this bad ever. I had to throw up several times, I thought my head was going to explode and my eyes were going to pop out. That is how much pressure I was feeling in my head. It was unbelievable. I kept telling Reid I was going to die. Seriously the worst feeling ever. I am just getting my vision back today and my headache has subsided a bit. If I bend over or lean down to pick something up, I still get an awful pressure filled pain. I’m hoping it will go away very soon…
Lessons learned: RECOVERY IS VITAL. Stay POSITIVE throughout 100% of ALL races, ENJOY being HEALTHY, DO NOT taking anything for granted!!
>>May 1st, 2009
Thanks John Segesta for the pics…I can’t wait to run again…
After a very fun, hard working, PR filled several months, I hit a road block. I am trying to figure out a way over and around this road block and each day continues to get a little better. It has been 13 days since I have run and my foot is getting better. It gets better one day where it only hurts a little to walk but then the next day it hurts tons to walk. So with the help of Dr Elkind and Reid, I am continuing to figure out what and when I can do certain activities. It will get better, I know it will, but I just have to be patient which is so hard for me. It is tough to go from having amazing training and run racing days to not being able to take Belle on walks. Luckily I can take her to the park and lake where she can run herself around and have fun
I also got sick last week and that turned into a full blown bronchial mess. It was really hard to breathe and I had coughing spasms that lasted all night. I’ve had to use my inhaler and of course when I needed it at times when I was out, I didn’t have it handy. I attempted to ride yesterday after taking several days off of exercising, and that turned into a scary “I can’t breathe” situation. The Lieto brothers told R and I that they were going to push hard and turn around early so the ride was really fast for a while and I felt like oxygen wasn’t running through my lungs and body the way it should. I found myself gasping for air and almost feeling like I needed Reid to give me CPR. Ugh, what is up with me? I know I am sick and just need to let my body recover BUT it is so hard because I have worked so hard to race this season and it is such a bummer that I am not sure if I will be able to even attempt to race this weekend. So far it looks like I will be cheering Reid on from the sidelines unless I miraculously recover in the next 48 hours!! I need some HEALTHY and POSITIVE Vibes…..
Best wishes to all for a fun filled, healthy, fast racing weekend!!
>>April 25th, 2009
Lovin’ my new TriBabe’s Lululemon vest, thanks Kirsten Hansen )
Everything seemed to be going great the past 4 months! Life is amazing, loving my new coaching gigs, substitute teaching jobs, TriCal camps, etc…. Just this past week and a half things have changed. I had been suffering from plantar fascitis, mainly in my right foot and all of a sudden one morning it was debilitating! I went from running the best I have ever run to barely walking out of bed. I won’t lie it sucked and I was worried, but not too worried. I was still riding and swimming and enjoying our anniversary, my birthday and more fun stuff….
It was not until a few days ago where I really started to worry. I was getting ART, graston, massage and everything done on my foot by an amazing Dr and friend Lauren Elkind. Still I was not feeling any relief and was not able to run. Day 6 of not running and I was getting frustrated, I had done all the right things, have been feeling amazing, but it was one of those dumb mistakes that may have put my foot over the edge. I think it was all the hills I rode, hiked, and ran while I was coaching the Wildflower camp several weeks ago. But in all fairness to myself, I HAD to run with the participants, we needed coaches to help all levels of athletes. Plus most of them did not know the course. Stuff happens and TODAY (Day 7 of not running) my foot is feeling much better. Lauren has been amazing! I am hoping the pain will subside and I will be able to start running again soon.
So at least my foot is making progress as of today, BUT unfortunately I woke up this morning with a sore throat and running nose. ARGH! Sometimes I think our bodies are telling us to slow down, relax, rest up!! I think I have enough fitness to race next weekend, so I have to believe that what my body needs right now is REST. Thanks to all of those who have given me great advice about what to do lately….Lauren, Chris Lieto, John Dahlz, and of course Reid