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I cried in the car all the way back.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I got some unhappy news today. I went to a sports medicine shoulder specialist for a second opinion about my shoulder.

Some background:
I hurt my shoulder while snowboarding last month.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126192


While they were waiting for the inflammation to go down enough to do an MRI I came up with a plan to focus more on my diet and exercise the things I could.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141046


It's been working and between then and now I've lost 8.61 lbs according to Physics diet, and my % body fat has dropped from 27.2% to 24.42%

I had to drop out of a kayak race and do the bike section instead.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176423


I finally got the MRI results done and the first surgeon (a general orthopedic guy in the small town where I work) said I could continue paddling and fix the shoulder in the fall if I could handle the pain. When I tried explaining that I'm not talking about piddling around in a lake in a rec boat, he glazed over. I don't think he even knows what class IV white water kayking is. Anyway I tried it last weekend and paddled 9.5 hours over 3 days and had almost no pain, which made me a little suspicious, given the scary sound of the MRI report.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189575


So today I went and got a second opinion from one of the highest-regarded sports shoulder surgeons in Rochester. His eyes did not glaze over when I mentioned white water. And when I said "class IV" they widened. He knew what I was talking about.

And he basically told me that while I probably could physically paddle this season with the injury, that such injuries tend to gradually fray apart and become harder to repair. And that there was a risk that it would get so bad that it would not be repairable at all.

The recovery time for this surgery is 6 months.
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So I was basically left with a choice. Either give up this entire season of kayaking or possibly risk never kayaking again.

So of course I'm going to choose option A, but I'm not happy about it. He's cutting me on Tuesday.

This summer is going to suck. I'll probably be able to do the elliptical and spin class with the sling on (4-6 weeks) and after that I'm guessing I'll probably be able to ride on the road, but there won't be any boating.

Which is horrible. Because I love boating. I love it more than anything. I even love it more than eating, which if you've noticed I love an awful lot - a person doesn't get to be super morbidly obese without eating an awful lot.

I'll get over it and make the best of it, but right now I'm just upset. And I'm going to LET myself be upset. Because processing the feelings is better than eating them.

So much for getting that new boat once I go below 160. So much for all the camping trips and epic adventures I'd planned with my friends. So much for learning how to surf better and do tricks in my new boat.
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TRAVELNISTA 5/2/2011 7:20PM

    I know the post surgery time out will be very hard on you as you are so focused and determined. It is my opinion you get it now before it gets worse because your recoup will be so much easier and maybe even shorter.

I had the option of waiting but was explained the longer I waited the more down time I would face later on. I went for my 1st Physical Therapy after my surgery and she was amazed at how low my pain was on a scale of 0ne to 10. She was also impressed with my range of motion.

Bite the bullet and do it soon rather than later. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 5/2/2011 12:00PM

    I hear your disappointment in your blog am so sad for your bad news but am trusting that you will recover quickly and although there may be no extreme boating, perhaps you will still be able to venture out some just to feel the waves beneath you.

thinking of you...

Patti



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DEE0973 5/2/2011 10:26AM

    I'm sorry about the news. Honey your plans have just been delayed, thankfully you made the choice to forgo only one season for the opportunity to do what you absolutely love for a long time to come. Being upset is understandable and you have every right to feel that way.....I wish you all the best

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LIVESTRONG2010 5/2/2011 10:24AM

    I understand your pain but it's better to have it fixed and still be able to do what you love than to not have it fixed and take the chance of never being able to do it again.

All the camping trips and epic adventures will still be there when you are well. So what if the new boat has to wait a little longer you will still be able to get it.

I was out for 4 years so I know how you are feeling! Be strong and you will be back!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/2/2011 10:15AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I think it is absolutely normal and expected that you would grieve for time "lost" in advance. Work it out, the feelings will come and go. Just take care of your body and know that it will take care of you.

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ANNE7X7 5/2/2011 10:03AM

    If you feel the same way about kayaking as I do about running (and I have a sneaking suspicion that you do!), I know how hard it is for you. Doing the "right" thing is often much harder, but it pays off in the end! With your determination and strength, I know this is just a bump in the road. One you can learn from and come back even stronger from!!

I hope all goes well with the operation! Sending you tones of positives, healthy healing vibes! emoticon

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CARLY9578 5/1/2011 1:46PM

    That's really a big bummer, so sorry you have to go through this. I hope your recovery goes well. On a plus note, since you've been eating better and having a more healthy lifestyle, hopefully you will recover quickly.

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KAYOTIC 5/1/2011 11:54AM

    I had a similar event 5 years ago, except mine was much more sudden, I broke my ankle XC skiing (my passion for workouts) so I know how hard this news is for you. Mourn the loss of this season, and know that once you get this fixed, the coming seasons will be the better for it Taking the time to recover is hard, but must be done, it sounds like you have a good plan for just that.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/1/2011 8:18AM

    massive massive bummer, feel free to rant cry kick things and genrally winge about how much this sucks. Meanwhile make a plan for your recovery, so the time is not absolutely unbearable. You have time before sugery to read up on best practise for recovery, I did a pile of research on "injury update forum" where there were lots of blogs from peeps who had already had surgery and were recovering so you could read about the good bad and ugly, and any pitfalls. I'm not sure about your surgery but for mine the critical issue was to not get it infected (bad spot on glute/thigh near bum) so i followed all instructions to the letter to scrub area 3 x times bf preadmission. Another guy i met in hosital on same day/same op got a staph infection in his leg and has been back to hospital 3 x , also he didnt rest after surgery, he keep going, to work flying, didnt use crutches etc. So the point is all the years of paddling are more important than just 6mths of patience, let your body heal, rest the weight/lack of working out is painful but not as painful as not healing to be more awesome than you were. People told me this and it pissed me off but now as i am almost 12 wks post surgery and all is progressing, i feel lucky. So are you, lucky that you got a second opinion, lucky you are so fit before surgery, lucky you are an athlete so will do the physio diligently and will know what mucles they are working on. Find some meaningful shortterm goals to keep you sane. Remember you have the best surgeon, a fit body and the most amazing and committed attitude of anyone i know. Feel free to use your friends for support, as you slowly build a better stronger shoulder. emoticon emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/30/2011 4:04PM

    Is hashing "high impact" on your knee? I know it involves some lifting.

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GRACEFULIFE 4/30/2011 1:05PM

    Still waiting for an answer on Extreme Ironing. emoticon

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CARRIE1948 4/30/2011 11:54AM

    Let yourself feel what you need to feel. Although I don't share your passion for paddling, I do have it for other activities and know how much I hated losing most of last year to my back and the early part of this year to rehab.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let me know if you need anything. I can cook meals or pick up takeout from healthy places. Actually, just let me know if you need anything.

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BUNPOH 4/30/2011 2:01AM

    Oh, I'm really sorry to hear this! That really sucks. Getting sidelined is so upsetting.

I hope you can find something you enjoy to keep you outside and happy this summer. You rock so hard.

Hang in there!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 11:38PM

    Um John?

Are you forgetting that my shoulder will be in rehab? Somehow I doubt that would lend itself well to wheelchair sports, LOL

And yeah unfortunately it's my right arm which I use for most things. I hesitate to call it "dominant" since I seem to learn new things almost equally well with both sides.

Impact for my knee is anything that even involves walking, unfortunately. I didn't say HIGH impact, just impact. I can get around for normal activities OK, but I pay for it the next day if I do hiking or long walks, etc.

It's one of the reasons I kayak instead of running or backpacking.

I haven't heard much of collarbones being broken in recreational cyclists. That's more of a thing that happens to racers who fall down in packs, I think.

I don't really like heights, so I can't see bungee jumping in my future, although it seems like it might be knee and shoulder friendly. LOL

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GRACEFULIFE 4/29/2011 11:35PM

    Hiking involves impact?? I didn't say ultrarunning, or hiking for speed. If you need something where the knee is basically immobile, that's a different requirement to me than "no impact".

I don't recall if it's your dominant arm that's screwed... if not you could do any wheelchair sport. If it is... well more of a challenge. So I guess it's wheelchair tennis for you. Or how about wheelchair racing! You could get a speed wheelchair and do a half marathon this year!

And I do have some more for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik
i/Extreme_ironing
http://www
.zorb.com/ (OK so it's hardly a sport I guess)

You asked for extreme sports. According to wiki:
An extreme sport (also called action sport and adventure sport) is a popular term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger,[1][2][3] and that are counter-cultural. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts.[1]

It seems to me that most things classified as "extreme sports" are going to be fall risks. And I'm sure you realize how common collarbone fractures are in cycling. Nonetheless I think there are more things on their list that might be candidates:
-BASE jumping
-bungee jumping
-gliding
-hang gliding
-high wire
-sky diving
- sky surfing
-sky flying
-land yachting
-mountain boarding (WTF is that anyway??)
-sandboarding (I don't know what that is either)
-scootering (whatever that is)
-street luge is a good idea for sure
-surfing

Unfortunate
ly I suppose Extreme Croquet is out.

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DDOORN 4/29/2011 10:32PM

    Oof, OOF and TRIPLE OOF! A kick in the gut that knocks one speechless for a long, LONG time...and that is probably a GROSS underestimate of how badly I just KNOW this news must have walloped you! Cycling is my thing...and I know how devastated I'd be to just hit the "delete" button on Cycling 2011!

While not to trivialize in the LEAST that feeling of loss, I gotta hand it to you for getting down to business and getting in for surgery ASAP! Deleting Kayaking 2011 is one thing. Deleting Kayaking PERIOD is a whole other animal!

All those goals and aspirations that you have? They're still there, just on the OTHER side of 2011. It won't be easy, but it sounds like you've already got a plan to tackle this with wisdom, heart and a WHOLE LOTTA STUBBORNNESS!

Oh man, don't ever forget we are here for you 24/7...just know it's gonna be tough, but know even MORE that you can do it!

Don

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SARA72121 4/29/2011 7:14PM

    I'm sorry you have to put something you love on hold. It's ok to cry and be upset, just try and be as positive as you can be. After you get your shoulder fixed you'll be back and better than ever!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 4/29/2011 6:23PM

    I am sorry that is bad news but just think of next summer and how wonderful it will be.I know it will be hard but it is 1 year and not a liftime.

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IMIN2GENES 4/29/2011 5:53PM

    That sucks royally! So sorry to hear. But, look at the bright side... you'll be able to get back to it after 6 months. Just take that 1 month or even 1 week at a time. You can do it!

Glad to see you venting rather than eating your feelings! That is something to be proud of. Good for you!
Chris

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WOLFKITTY 4/29/2011 5:34PM

    Get in the pool and do some swim work, good for the low impact on your knee, for sure. This is your opportunity to find something else that you like. So, maybe it won't suck. I'm sorry for the missed adventures this year, but you will be able to do others in the years to come.

I think you made the right choice, and I'm SUPER glad that you found someone that knew what you were talking about. Whew!

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ELYMWX 4/29/2011 4:49PM

    Oh, wow. That sucks so badly, but given the choice I think you could only chose Option A.

Street Luge?

http://www.youtube.com
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 4:45PM

    Hiking is out. Remember, I can't use my arthritic knee for anything that involves impact. It's one of the reasons I kayak in the first place. :-(

Windsurfing uses a shoulder at least as much as paddling.

inline skating is a fall risk.

I'm screwed.

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GRACEFULIFE 4/29/2011 4:34PM

    Luge is on my list! Unfortunately it'll be a few months before you can try it. If you want to go super extreme you try skeleton!

I guess cat agility wouldn't work.

How about inline speed skating? Maybe sailboarding... still uses a fair bit of shoulder but it's not impactful. I think skydiving is low impact, if you're doing it right. You could also take up long distance hiking... my sister has hiked some sections of the Appalachian trail a couple times. Board surfing would probably work. Or you could just go tubing down all those rivers. emoticon

I'm sorry.

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/29/2011 4:19PM

    I'm so sorry! You seem to be handling it pretty well! Stay on track with your goals, get under 160 and look forward to the time you can purchase your boat.

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250STRONG 4/29/2011 3:27PM

    I can totally relate to what you are feeling. I have been going through this with my hip for nearly 2 years. It is totally frustrating to lose a complete season, or more. I have nickeled and dimed mine for most of the last 2 years and it's all I can do not to look back on that with regret. Hang in there.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 3:06PM

    Exactly what other extreme sport is there, that doesn't involve impact on my arthritic knee or using my shoulder?

Luge?

Keep in mind that snowboarding WAS my alternative (winter) extreme sport...

No, cycling won't hold a candle to paddling. But I'm sort of running out of options here.

This is why I'm afraid the summer is going to suck.

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/29/2011 3:01PM

    Dude, that sucks. I'll be pretty damn honest here, spin class probably isn't going to come close to filling the void. Have you considered trying another fairly extreme sport? I know we all fall hardest for our first love. I do loves me some baseball, so if I had a season ending injury, I've got my eyes on other things (but nothing would probably be quite as fun). Maybe this is an opportunity to expand into something else.

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SOSMEGOD 4/29/2011 2:50PM

    You have every right to be upset. If possible look at it this way you'll lose one summer compared to possibly losing every summer.You can do one summer it's doalble however to lose all summers is not.
I think your doing a great job handling this by letting your feelings out and not eating your way through them.
Good luck with your surgery and hang in there you'll be back out on the water in no time.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 2:49PM

    Nah, class IV is pretty much intermediate. I'm not a class IV boater, but I have run class IV things. I'm just not comfortable enough in them to call myself a class IV boater.

The mountain dew commercials are class V and V+

See this definition. :-)
http://tripplanner.spruz.com
/whitewater-classification-syst
em.htm

Comment edited on: 4/29/2011 3:21:43 PM

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JENNSWIMS 4/29/2011 2:44PM

    Class IV? Holy crap, you're one of those people! Those crazy ones on Mt Dew commercials! I'm so freaking impressed right now!

I'm so sorry about your shoulder, taking off a season totally blows twinkies, but I am extremely glad you found a surgeon who actually speaks your language.



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Shoulder update: I'm BAAAACK!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

This past month or so I've been out with some injuries. I tore my rotator cuff snowboarding in March and had to stop paddling, lifting weights, and tae kardio. Basically all I could do was cycling - and even that for the first week or two I could only do indoors so I could sling my bad arm.

In the meantime I've been focusing stringently on the indoor cycling and on controlling my food. I've been using the energy expenditure estimates from Physics Diet to try and figure out my caloric needs and a sane deficit. So far it's working. I'm back down to 165 again.

I'm pleased to report that although the MRI came back last week indicating the need for surgery*, the PT exercises have been working and I've got full mobility and a lot of strength back on that side. The surgeon agreed to defer cutting me until the end of kayak season, provided I can handle the pain. He tried to be comforting, saying, "sometimes these injuries can be asymptomatic."

My shoulder was so much better this weekend that I ended up paddling 2 hrs in a pool class on Friday night, 5.5 hours in local creeks Saturday, and another 2 hours in a local creek on Sunday. And it didn't require a SINGLE PAIN PILL. So maybe I'm one of the lucky (asymptomatic) ones.

Saturday AM, Fall Creek, Ithaca
(9+ miles, class I-III+)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411190

www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/1304/

www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2910/
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2911/


Saturday PM, Taughannock Creek, Trumansburg
(2.7 miles, class III-IV)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411197
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/3693/
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2400/


Sunday AM Flint Creek, Phelps
(5.4 miles, class III-IV)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411201
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/3405/


Sunday afternoon I went to a spin class and burned some more calories.

There is sometimes discomfort if I move the wrong way, but I can DO paddling, and all it seems to require is icing to calm down the inflammation after use. Now I just think I need to start gently lifting weights again so I can regain my former strength.

Upshot: I'm Baaaaaaack, baby!


*Here's what the MRI report actually says, for anyone who knows what this gobbledygook means:

The glenoid labrum appears intact with no evidence of labral tear. Supraspinatus is disrupted and retracted with a gap of approximately 2.1cm. There appears to be a small amount of supraspinatus which remains attached to the greater tuberosity, although this is a slender bit of tendon. The infraspinatus demonstrates slight hyperintensity near its humeral attachment, consistent with tendinopathy but without frank tear. Subscapularis tendon appears intact. The acromion does have a downward lateral sloping position with undersurface spur along its lateral margin. Deltoid attachment to the acromion appears intact. Degenerative changes are noted in the AC joint with only slight undersurface spurring, as seen on coronal image 11. Long head of biceps remains intact, although there is slight increased signal intensity centrally, as seen on sagittal images. The supraspinatus tear and retraction has uncovered the biceps which may contact the acromion.

Impression: supraspinatus disruption and retraction. Mild biceps tendinopathy. Downward later sloping acromion with slight undersurface spur. AC joint degeneration with slight undersurface spur.

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 4/26/2011 10:52PM

    yay awesome news, good idea to get a second opinion, but sounds like you are back in action gotta love it

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MRPLATSON 4/26/2011 2:07PM

    From the report it sounds to me like everything is normal for someone who is lifting weights and doing a lot of paddling.

1. tendinopathy - The risk of developing tendinopathy (pain in the tendon, often mistakenly called tendinitis) increases with age and is higher in people who routinely perform activities that require repetitive overhead activities in work or sport.

2. bone spur - watch out for these buggers, basically they're bones growing where they shouldn't. since you didn't mention it i'm assuming your doctor didn't make a deal out of it so for now you're perfectly fine, but with time they may suggest you have it reduced. spurs are relatively easily treated with arthroscopic surgery but have a tendency(pun?) to re-grow.

3. acromion - apparently it's in a 'down-facing' position instead of the straight position.... this in itself is not an issue.

It seems to my unprofessional opinion that what it's trying to suggest is that the combinations of the bone spur and the down-facing acromion is causing a 'pinch' spot in your shoulder that may have caused this problem...another way of putting this is that the two bones are rubbing against the tendon and the rubbing is lacerating the tendon (like two dull rocks on a rope).

keep in mind, i'm not a professional, i'm just trying to make sense and this seems reasonable for me to assume.

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DDOORN 4/26/2011 12:54PM

    Great news! I am a HUGE believer in physical therapy...have experienced benefits of their interventions in the past and have known many others who have benefitted as well.

Pump it up, pump it UP! :-)

Don

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GRACEFULIFE 4/26/2011 12:10PM

    It's scary that I can follow that medical report, though I would have to look up details of which tendon is which etc. I just haven't memorized all the bits yet... the shoulder is super complicated!

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BUNPOH 4/26/2011 10:36AM

    Wow, fantastic! So glad you're back in action! And you're so light. You really have the formula down, if you managed that while injured. Congratulations.

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ANNE7X7 4/26/2011 10:22AM

    One word for you: emoticon

It feels SO good to get back to the things we love post-injury!!!

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/26/2011 12:53AM

    CONGRATS! Wow, you burn some SERIOUS calories. IMPRESSIVE!

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/25/2011 8:47PM

    Damn, you rock. You're 165, lightest weight in awhile, got the injury handled and you're back to paddle some ass. Great stuff.

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250STRONG 4/25/2011 3:09PM

    yay!

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AIDS Ride for Life (100 miles) 9/10/11

Friday, April 22, 2011

One of the things I wanted to do after losing 180 lbs was ride a century again.

The event I selected is the AIDS Ride for Life, and I did it September 2010. It circumnavigated Cayuga Lake and took me 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average), and 8:38 including breaks off the bike. My friends and relatives generously donated $360 to sponsor my ride! Here is a blog post about that ride, with pictures:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3629877


Over the past year I've managed to KEEP the weight off (in many ways harder than getting it off in the first place) and I'm going to ride in this event again. It'll be held on September 10, 2011 (9/10/11).

This year I'll be riding with friends from the Cornell Outing Club, who are fellow avid outdoors people. Our team page is here:
tinyurl.com/COC-century
To find my page on there just click my name ("Angela").

I'm hoping to have team jerseys made - when I rode last year it was solo and the folks in teams looked like they were just having so much fun! Here is a design I'm contemplating:


Here are closeups of what the front and back say:




The money we raise will benefit the Southern Tier AIDS Program which provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Southern Tier of New York. Founded in 1984 as a local response to the HIV epidemic, Southern Tier AIDS program provides effective and innovative HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention education and outreach services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Having grown up in the SF Bay Area in the 1980s I suppose I'm particularly sensitive to issues surrounding this disease.

If you live in the area, we'd love more people to ride with if you'd like to join in; there are 42, 50 or 100 mile options.

Perhaps you'd like to volunteer at one of the stations; LJOHN44 from Syracuse makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for rest stop #2 (Union Springs) every year - there are pictures of us at the blog post link, above. There is more information about volunteering, here:
www.aidsrideforlife.org/?page=volunt
eer_info


If you don't feel up to riding or volunteering, perhaps you could help sponsor us?
tinyurl.com/COC-century
Just click on one of our names and you'll find a link for donating (I'm "Angela" on there) . People have put in as little as $10 and it all really added up...

If so, I'm grateful. If not, no worries. It's all good. Heck, I'm just happy to still be in the shape I'm in, to be ABLE to ride in something like this!

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Update:

Based on GL's comment, here's an alternative shirt back.


Update as of 5/9/11
The jerseys arrived!

  
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KAYOTIC 4/24/2011 7:47PM

    Nice job on the shirt, and improvements...I don't have nearly the imagination of GL.....Good luck with the ride, it does seem like an event like that would be more fun with a group.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/24/2011 9:43AM

    OMG that's BRILLIANT. I should replace the horse with a QR code for the URL of the club...

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GRACEFULIFE 4/24/2011 9:34AM

    The front of the jersey looks like a QR code. Kinda like the shirt in the xkcd store.

I like it. Plenty of bacon, though I'm not sure why you need a paddle with your bacon! Also, you have Al Capone covered there (with the backpack and baseball bat)... that guy loves him some baseball! And a guy rolling tires... that's probably good exercise. I won't even mention the naughty one... oops. Also, anti-arson... that's probably a good message although somewhat anti-fun.

Also, the guy with the Google Maps marks on his feet is kind of amusing.

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DDOORN 4/23/2011 9:51PM

    How much fund-raising is necessary...? I'm having a real tough time thinking about doing a ride which involves fund-raising. Even during BETTER times I just have a hard time holding my hand out for donations...even though it may be a good cause, it feels like I'm asking someone to pay for my expenses because if I raise enough money I get to do a cool ride. But with tough times getting tougher...? It's even more difficult for me to think about doing a fund-raising ride.

Don

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ANNE7X7 4/23/2011 4:39PM

    That is SO cool!I wonder if there's such an "outing" club in my area!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 4/23/2011 8:41AM

    sounds like a great idea i will have a look, maybe can do a virtual ride

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CARRIE1948 4/22/2011 4:30PM

    I may catch you there. Need to get back outside on my bike. If they did a race on an indoor cycle, I could do it!

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Tuckerman's Inferno Pentathlon Results

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This past Saturday I joined a team of four Cornell undergrads and we raced in the Tuckerman's Inferno Pentathlon in New Hampshire.
www.friendsoftuckerman.org

Tuckerman's Ravine is an east-facing bowl on Mt. Washington in the White Mountains where there is snow late into spring:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckerman%27s_
Ravine


The Pentathlon course starts in the valley at about 500 ft, winds up to an elevation of almost 3000ft at the summit and ends at about 2000 ft.

Here are four of us the night before (Jon joined us the morning of the race):

From left to right, Shay, Eric, Luke, Angela (me)

The event consisted of five segments:

Mother Tuckers
(what other sort of team name would you expect undergraduate males to come up with? LOL)

Shay RUN 8.3 mi (600 ft climb) 0:53:25.10
Eric KAYAK 6 mi (200 ft drop) 0:59:29.03
Angela BIKE 18 mi (2000 ft climb) 1:29:09.03
Luke HIKE 3 mi (2,268 ft climb) 0:54:08.46
Jon SKI 1 mi (hike to bowl, ski to road) 0:18:07.44 (06:46.77 Giant Slalom)

TOTAL TIME 4:34:19.06
(14th place out of 28 teams who finished - 3 didn't finish)

The fastest team did it in 3:29:53.
A solo guy did the whole thing in 4:11:22
A solo woman did the whole thing in 5:26:00
(She did the bike in 1:18:41.69)

Here's a picture of me on the bike course:

It's hidden by the bike, but my right legwarmer slid down below my knee within the first 5 miles and I didn't want to stop and pull it up so I rode most of the race looking like I was wearing shorts with knee socks on that side. LOL

Here's an elevation profile of the bike course:



I could have done it faster but hadn't ridden the route before and wasn't sure how much energy to save. I came in 54 out of 64.

A newspaper photographer got an awesome shot of Jon descending on the last leg:

He had the fastest time on the course of any skier.

We probably would have done better if my shoulder had allowed me to kayak. Eric was a trooper doing the paddling part because he originally wanted to bike and agreed to switch, even though he doesn't have a lot of downriver experience.

The other Outing Club team came in 9th (4:29:06), even though the kayaker skiied too.

It was a great time. Too bad it's so far away - the drive was kind of heinous (7.5 hours each way).

  
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KAYOTIC 4/21/2011 11:07PM

    What an event! I must admit the name of your team makes me chuckle...

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/20/2011 2:53PM

    WOW, Impressive! I can't even fathom doing that right now but they do say to continue on a healthy lifestyle you need to constantly be challenging yourself!

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ANNE7X7 4/20/2011 8:35AM

    That sounds like such an awesome event! You guys rocked it!!!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 4/20/2011 3:09AM

    woo hoo you are having fun looks awesome, love the team name

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 7:06PM

    That's awesome!! Glad you had such a good time AND made it home safely.

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FUSCHIA6 4/19/2011 6:32PM

    GOOD FOR YOU! Right on! You are my hero! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHYNIC 4/19/2011 6:04PM

    wow, that is one cool challenge. cycling uphill - no up mountain - you are my hero! well done.

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ALYFITN 4/19/2011 4:56PM

    Wow!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/19/2011 4:51PM

    WOW! You are impressive!!

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DDOORN 4/19/2011 3:44PM

    Kudos to taking on yet ANOTHER challenge! Woo hoo to YOU! :-)

Don

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BOOMAC1961 4/19/2011 3:19PM

    You guys did great finishing about halfway through the field, especially with 2 of you switching your strongest events! You should be proud! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/19/2011 2:08PM

    @GL

No kidding about the non-Clydesdales. Check out the top 3 solo finishers:

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GRACEFULIFE 4/19/2011 1:14PM

    Wow that individual guy must be freaking hardcore. He should keep being awesome.

Your course looks like it's not quite the Col du Tourmalet, but pretty challenging anyway. Definitely a course for little guys over clydesdales.

Sounds like a great time! Too bad about the shoulder but you made the best of it, which is all you can do anytime! You can did it!

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BUNPOH 4/19/2011 12:01PM

    Wow! Hardcore all over again.

Racing with a bunch of male undergrads. Look at you!

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250STRONG 4/19/2011 10:59AM

    sounds like a great event!

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Spin-derella?

Friday, April 15, 2011


Yeah, that ain't right.

Today at the end of spin class I had a heck of a time getting my left shoe free from the pedal.

In the end I managed it - but there was a small problem (about 1-inch square, to be exact).

The SPD cleat was still on the pedal!
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After some tinkering with various screwdrivers and hammers and other implements, the facility director had to lend me a clamp so I could wrench it off there.

I've been using the shoes for spinning 2-3x per week for two years, and they had started to feel like they were flexing. It was TIME. And when I inspected the right shoe, I could see that the plate on the sole was also cracking.

Considering how many "miles" they went, I'd say 2 years was a good life span for them. And fortunately I still have my "outside" bike shoes (also SPD) that I can use for the race on Saturday and in spinning until I decide what to do.

On my way home it occurred to me that perhaps I should have left the cleat on the bike.

Because maybe Prince Charming would have come around with it, looking for the hot spin chick who was missing one from her left shoe?

LOL

  
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PATTILYNN224 4/18/2011 3:20PM

    Love the blog. Here's to your Prince!!

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ROX5CAR 4/18/2011 10:46AM

    "liked" your blog.

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ROX5CAR 4/16/2011 6:10AM

    LOL! WTG for wearing them out!!!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 4/16/2011 3:31AM

    woo hoo out spinning your shoes is some serious hard core exercise. Good job on resting your shoulder, I have been refuelling substanstially, as it seems i was eating under cals even for my BMR so my next plan is to stick with 1500 cals and slowly build up my calorie burn with weights and more exercise as i get to be more active with my leg. I am hanging out for
3 month post op when the tendon will be more effectively stuck to the bone, and I will be able to stretch it finally.While its great to be able to walk my dog and get about, I keep adding to the list of things I'm looking forward to long bike ride along the river, combat, zumba, running, hard kick with a board, kettleball. At least I will ahve a good (low ) baseline of exercise to work with to see if reasonable cals and x amount of exercise has a result i want . I have alwasy increased ex and dropped cals which only works for a short time for me. Am working my wat through BFFM .Can wait to hear about you class and paddling exploits, have a great weekend. emoticon

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TRAXINA 4/15/2011 11:09AM

    Yessssss..... using your equipment to failure is a sign that you're hard-core!!

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DDOORN 4/15/2011 8:58AM

    Woo hoo! Spinning those shoes to oblivion! :-)

I'm sticking with the clips...lol

Don

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SWAZY33 4/15/2011 5:51AM

    You just never do know where Prince charming may be! Love it! and great job...wearing out those spin shoes! awesome!

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GRACEFULIFE 4/15/2011 5:51AM

    Nice. I just spin with the toe clips, and at the gym I'm going to not all the bikes even have cleats IIRC - possibly only a couple of them do. I guess I may as well check it out when I'm in there doing my intervals tonight since for a while I've had my designs on getting some real cycling shoes.

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BUNPOH 4/15/2011 3:29AM

    That's kind of awesome. You should count wearing out spinning shoes as a non-scale victory.



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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/15/2011 1:17AM

    awww geeee! I am sooooo glad it wasn't your foot!

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