Tuesday, November 25, 2008

No one owes us a thing

R should be for running but recovery is taking a bit longer than I had hoped or wanted. And well for those that know me I am not the most patient person....

That is not to say I have not been running but I am nowhere near where I was or would like to be. AND..... my right leg/groin is acting up. Now how this is happening is beyond me since I landed on my left side but I guess I was hit from behind on both sides so....

Anyways 2 weeks ago I decided I had had enough and I was running and I did - it felt great and then when I stopped not so great about 20 minutes later but nothing a little Tylenol 3 won't fix. I was excited and happy - yeahhhhhh told my physio - she was not so excited but I was like hey I held off for 6 weeks - really!?!? It killed her to say that I should probably run more than once a week just so we could really find out how my body would react - well it is not reacting well. I am running 2x a week and by the end of the run on Sunday my groin and knee were very sore. SHOOT! It is wierd though it does not bug me (okay not much...) while I am running only after I stop.

I am seeing physio tomorrow and hope that it is nothing that can't be fixed. I am now up to swimming 3 days a week - and actually doing the whole hour - not 40 minutes swim, 20 minutes water run, but shoulders and neck very sore by the end of the workout.

Riding I am up to an hour spin class once a week, an hour on the trainer at home and last Saturday I went for my first outdoor ride since the accident - it was about an hour and half. Hoping to get that up to 2 hours this weekend.

However each week seems to bring up new injuries/muscle spasms so who knows. I did get the chance to speak to a remarkable man who had been hit by a car while training for Ironman 2006 - he had head trauma and surgery on his brain. They told him he would never race again 3 months later he did Seattle marathon. This year he did 4 ironmans and I believe 3 marathons just to make sure he was back... It was great to talk to him because he is so inspiring but it provided me with motivation to be even more aggressive in my recovery. So on that note I am going to ride to work tomorrow and do a small run at lunch along with my swim tomorrow night.

As my cycle coach says : NO ONE OWES US A THING AND WE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OUTCOMES.

Truer words never spoken

Peace out
Shaun

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Deja Vu....

Ever have that feeling that you have been there before...today I picked up Shazam's replacement. Same bike with minor changes - newer pedals - 2 bottle cages - shorter stem, and new name - Isis! That's right Isis - it is from a superhero cartoon I watched when I was little - the weird thing is I was telling my friend special K about it and she googled it and started laughing because it came up as the Isis and Shazam hour - I had totally forgotten about that (LOL). And then she found the saying Isis used for her magic powers to take hold - Oh zephyr winds that blow on high, lift me now so I can fly! - OMG - I have been outed - yep I am a geek. After weeks of harassing Kirsten about her obsession with Stargate and Star Trek she now has ammunitition. I know I will regret this.

But back to Isis - so I also picked up gorgeous tights with pink stripes, a helmet - they only had white, new shoe covers, more lights and the most adorable little pink socks! I am hoping to get her sized in the next day or so - super excited to try her out on the trainer - nope no roads for her till the spring.

Other news - finally landed a new job - have been looking since spring with a fair amount of interviews - a few offers that I turned down and now the new job. I am a little scared because it is new and I have been where I am for so long - almost 8 years - but change is good right? I know I am going to miss everyone I work with right now. They really are super great people it just came down to $$$$. I am sure it will all work out.

Tah
Shaun

Monday, November 3, 2008

2 steps forward, step back

What a roller coaster the last week or so has been.

I was starting to feel pretty good - got clearance from my physio to go to the pool and light spinning on the bike - I am always a bit sore after each workout but I expect it and have incorporated ice baths after to help with the healing process.

ICBC came through and I got $$$ for the bike, helmet, tights and boots so that is good. Bike ordered just in the nick of time - there were only 3 left in Canada and none by the end of the day so that was a relief - should be arriving at the bike shop this week. Yippeee

Physio seemed to be going okay she has been working on my left shoulder and mid back which is aches of and on. OMG - OMG - OMG the first treatment was on Tuesday and I woke up in the middle of the night with sharp pain but I took some motrin and was able to fall asleep. Was achy but no more than usual then I saw her again on Thursday and explained what had happened on Tuesday night. She seemed to think this was not too big a concern and did another treatment on the area and incorporated heat. After leaving it felt achy but not too bad but Thursday night I woke up with spasms so I decided Robacital (sp???) got an ice pack and lied there for a while until it eased. Friday morning I was tired and achy but it was bearable. Friday night - holy friggin hell - I woke up in the middle of the night to it spasming again and just lied there for the next 3 hours waiting for the Robacital to kick in and cried off and on - yep cried - I have never in my life felt pain like that. Finally around 6 in the morning I fell asleep for a few hours. All day Saturday it ached and was spasming. Saturday night more of the same but not quite as bad because I took a robacital before I went to sleep and chased it with a Motrin - woke up a few times during the night but figures out a way to lie with pillows and such that I put no pressure on my shoulder or back. Last night was a repeat again but again not as strong. Today I go see physio and I am going to tell her that whatever the hell she did - she is not to do that again to me EVER!

I want to recover and move forward not fall back so hard that I actually wish bad things on the guy that hit me. People have said that the soft tissue stuff will take longer to come out - I hope this is it and it is not a sign of things to come because I do not know if I can do IRonman feeling this way.

S