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57 miles... virgin territory

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I'm exhausted. I said on fb I wouldn't whine anymore, but can I please just get some of it out of my system here? I stayed home last night but didn't get much sleep, so at 5:30 this morning I wasn't thrilled that I had committed to this darn bike ride. We had planned to meet at a park about 10 miles down the trail, ride the 35 miles RT to the beach and then when we passed the park anyone who wanted to forgo the "small" 20+ mile leg go get in their car and go home. I planned to be one of those people! The small leg ends in Corona and its a part of the bike trail I don't like -- steep hills, isolated, not scenic -- I've taken to just skipping it entirely on my rides with Jo and driving to the park to start the trail there. Well, it was freezing this morning and I was outnumbered by people who wanted to do the short ride first, to warm up and get it out of the way. Out of the way??? I didn't want to do it at all! But I also didn't want to wait at the park for an hour until they came back, so off I went. These people were crazy!! They were so cold they were riding at full speed and my HR was up in the 160's for most of the time. I thought I would die from cold, asthma and exertion, but I survived. Quick change of jackets and we headed off again towards the beach. The wind was at our back so it didn't feel too bad in spite of my toes being numb... but I knew I was fatigued by the time I'd done 30 miles. My previous longest ride this season was 24 miles, so the extra 10k took its toll. Ingrid said I could turn around but I really didn't want to ride all the way back alone so I kept going... At the beach we were at mile 32 I think, and we headed back and directly into the wind. UGH!! I drafted as much as possible but then the lead 4 took off and I couldn't hang with them. Ingrid, Julie and I kept going, maintaining about a 14-15 mph pace (so long as I was drafting). All of a sudden Ingrid stops and says she needs to talk with Julie so I kept going. Turns out Julie was suffering back spasms and needed to slow down but I didn't know it at the time. By mile 40 I hit the wall. Yup. Just like in a marathon. I had no one to draft off, my speed had dropped to 10 mph and it took a monumental effort to keep going. I really wanted to sit down by the side of the road and just cry!! But I knew that this was fatigue talking and hoped that if I just kept going at my new, slower pace Ingrid would catch up and I could finally draft again... how I longed for that break from the wind! Unfortunately that was not to be. I rode the entire back side by myself, finishing in just over 4 hours for 57 miles. I am now lying in bed and dreaming of sleep but I'm so hungry I can't drift off. Ha!

I'm glad I more than doubled my distance today and I'm proud of that accomplishment, but I still kind of wish I hadn't pushed myself... I'll be paying for it tomorrow for sure.

  
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DEEJ4FITNESS 1/15/2011 6:31AM

    There's that spirit again :) carrying you through! "When the going gets tough, the tough get going", was written just for you! I'm convinced!!

:) Tight HUG! You're AMAZING!!!

Sparked Friend ALWAYS,
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JENNIFER124 1/4/2011 5:48PM

    i am in total AWE!!! are you kidding?? 60 miles???? my longest bike ride last season was 40 miles and i. was. exhausted. it sounds like a super tough course too!! congrats on a job well-done and then some.... you are a true fighter and i am totally not surprised by this latest accomplishment!! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/4/2011 5:30PM

    Sounds like you are doing well

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TRIDIVA69 1/4/2011 11:30AM

    Awesome job! It was a freezing morning! I stayed in bed after a night of stomach flu. You are a super duper star!

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LW8843 1/3/2011 8:44AM

    Tammy~ Way to go! I have never been at the place you are and you insire me.

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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/2/2011 5:01PM

    WOW - great job, Tammy!!

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PEGGYO 1/2/2011 4:49PM

    Wow!!

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JEM0622 1/1/2011 8:51PM

    That is pretty amazing! You were capable of it and should be proud. Lots of rest for you!

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SORGIN 1/1/2011 8:50PM

    I agree, you are a rock star! This is when I wish we could hang in a hot tub with a glass of wine. That soreness will be a badge, wear it with pride. Afterall, you DID do a marathon. And you did it just nine short months after MAJOR surgery. It's just not you to not push yourself. And now you know you are capable of just about anything. I am sorry it was frustrating. I have cried-while-running-and/or-biking and know that those tears are earned, baby. It means it was tough but that you were tougher. You always are. Congrats to you on doubling your distance. You are my New Year hero!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/1/2011 8:28PM

    Rock star...that's all there is to it. You are a force to be reckoned with. WELL DONE!

I felt your pain...and your tears. There have been rides home at night into the wind where I felt like I was peddling no where fast.
And, yes, I've cried myself home.

You might be sore tomorrow, but I think you were ready to push yourself.

Now, go curl up with some tea and a warm blankie.

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KIMBERLIEV 1/1/2011 8:22PM

    WOW! I am not even near this type of physical ability anymore. I'll be happy to walk a mile. But you inspire me! emoticon

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Turkey Tri Open Water Swim Recap

Monday, November 29, 2010

Yesterday was my first open water race. Two weeks ago I went to the race site and participated in a clinic for the sole purpose of swimming the course once before race day. On that day the water temp was 63 degrees and I swam the 1/2 mile at a very leisurely pace, stopping to verify the course three or four times... and I finished in 24:19. I have been training, both in the pool and in open water, for nearly 2 months in preparation for this race, so I thought not only was I ready, but I felt sure I could beat my practice time. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

What is it about triathlons and me? It seems that where a tri is concerned, everything that can go wrong will go wrong, and unlike my runs I just don't seem to be able to roll with it...

I couldn't sleep Saturday night, in spite of envisioning myself having a really good swim. I got up at 3 am instead of my planned 4:30 wake-up. I got thermos' ready with hot water to fill my wetsuit as the weather has been really cold this week. I ate my oatmeal and had my coffee. My car was loaded and I made sure not to forget anything. I took gloves for my hands pre/post race and reusable heat packs for everywhere else. I was totally ready.

I thought my coach had said to meet at registration at 6 a.m. so that my relay team could meet each other and all check in together... but I guess I misunderstood her as they didn't show up until after 7. I got to the race site at 5:45, parked, and walked to registration - in the dark. I checked out the transition area, tried to scope out the swim course (but the bouys weren't up yet) and basically hung around for 90 minutes doing nothing.

The tempurature was in the 40's, but I was dressed warmly.

Yes, that is snow on the mountain just north of the race site...

Once the others arrived and we checked in it was nearly 7:30 and the race started at 8, so I rushed back to my car to get into my wetsuit and booties. I was feeling rushed and somehow missed the course briefing... so at 7:50 we headed down to the shore. I got wet, swam a few yards and got out to talk to my coach for any last minute instructions. While she was chatting with me, the gun went off and my wave started without me!

For those who have never done a tri, your swim time starts when the gun goes off, since there are no mats to cross in the water.... By missing my wave start I was already behind the 8 ball, so to speak. I realized what had happened and took off running (I use that term loosely, but it was my best effort at a run) for the start, only to find my entrance blocked by fencing.

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Up and around the fence, through the crowds of 20-25 year old men waiting for their wave to start and into the water I ran... the absolute last person to start my wave. Everyone else was way out ahead of me... and I was out of breath before I hit the estimated 57 degree water! The cold was a shock and I was already kind of stressed, so I had a real problem trying to get a stroke rhythm going. Notice how I'm the only swimmer in the picture? Yup, that's how far behind I was.


I swam about 100 yds and just couldn't get enough air into my lungs... I felt really asthmatic, and realized that the stress and the cold had caused me to have an asthma attack. I swam a head-up breaststroke for awhile trying to get my breathing under control when I realized that my scuba bootie had unzipped and was falling off! Its perfectly legal to hold onto a paddleboard during a tri so long as the boarder doesn't move you forward, so I got to the nearest board and fixed my bootie, and took a couple of minutes to do some deep breathing exercises in an attempt to relax and oxygenate myself. It didn't really work. Each time I put my face in the water I felt like my lungs were being squeezed... I know that this is a typical panic reaction for many people during open water swims. I know that people often think their wetsuit is too tight and that's why their chest is constricted. I know this and a lot more of these things, and I know that wasn't the case for me. I have NO fear of open water. I KNOW my wetsuit fits. For crying out loud, I'm a scuba instructor! I did a mental check and knew that what I was feeling was not panic. Stress, yes. But not panic. So I reduced my stress but my breathing never got any better.

I was frustrated. I was being passed by wave after wave of swimmers, and all I could do was alternate between head-up breaststroke (VERY slow) and backstroke the whole way in. I kept trying to freestyle but I just couldn't get it going. By the time I reached the beach I was wheezing like crazy and I had to walk up the beach, then up a hill to the transition area.



I handed off the chip to my teammate Raquel and while trying to catch my breath I burst into tears
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I was so disappointed in myself. I worked so hard for this race and I just couldn't ever get it together. I felt like such a failure, and like I had let everyone down, although mostly myself. Why did I let other's interfere with my race prep? Why didn't I try to acclimate to the water sooner? Why didn't I use my inhaler before starting? Why didn't I swim more than a few yards before the race started to warm up? Why didn't I get into the corral with my wave? Why? Why? Why?

I guess these are all lessons to be learned for next time, but I felt just awful about this for most of the day. I put a smile on my face once I changed into warm clothes and used my inhaler, but I kept fighting my asthma for the rest of the day. My teammates were nothing but supportive - they are both accomplished triathletes already, and thanks to them we took 4th place for female relays. We didn't stick around for the awards ceremony, but that's ok as I don't feel like I deserved it anyway. I checked the race results last night and I was slower than all but about a dozen people for the swim. Not something to be proud of. Definitely something to improve upon.


I have a sprint reverse tri in two weeks and I'll be doing both the bike and the swim (in a heated pool) so I'm trying to look forward and prepare myself to do better next time.

I'm sorry to post such a "downer" blog, but the fact is that not every race goes well and for me, this was the worst swim of my life. I know my dear spark friends want to know how it went, so for you I'm baring my soul. Kind of ironic, isn't it, that my previous blog was about how nice it is to be an athlete? Go figure.

  
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2WHEELER 1/14/2011 5:43PM

    Wow!! What a great blog. It was exciting, exhilarating and inspiring. Just think--4th place with everything that went wrong. Just imagine where you will be when all goes right. emoticon

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TRIATHLONBABE 1/1/2011 10:38PM

    Wow....I just saw your current blog come across some status's on my main page and when I went to your page saw this blog. You ARE an amazing triathlete and athlete! Just the fact that you continued the swim through all of that turmoil in such frigid waters is an amazing feat in itself! Way to go gal! The coldest open water I've ever done was 69 degrees and I hyperventilated on our practice swim the day before....eeek!

Good job in finishing the swim!!!

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TEACHERMOMFIVE 12/23/2010 9:15AM

    Tammy I just read your blog (a month behind!). I am not an athlete or ever pretended to be one. I'm an exerciser. :) BUT... in spite of all that went wrong, you finished; and after having surgery. So to me, the non-athlete, you are a winner any way you look at it. It's people like you who inspire me to keep coming back to Spark, keep trying to be a healthier person.

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/2/2010 2:12PM

    Well, you definitely have the right attitude about making it a learning experience. I would have liked to participate in that tri, but an open water swim like that for my first was pretty daunting.

My first tri will be in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl in March. That one is in a pool and seems pretty managable.

You probably went to the swim clinic hosted by Coach Tony who started the Triathlon Connection that I've recently hooked up with in my area. I plan to use his resources as much as possible during my training.

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NUTRIGIRL08 11/30/2010 5:54PM

    You finished it! I've been there done that with my swims. That is my weakest link! But I learned a lot from my past seasons and I'm determined to make this season count!

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JENNIFER124 11/30/2010 5:09PM

    Tammy- this race is a notch in your belt.. a tough one but still something to be proud of... two of the most upsetting and "degrading" races for me turned out to be godsends..the first one i got lost on the course i was so slow.. (led me to look into a coach) and the half marathon in which my coach had trained with me for months and was waiting at the finish line i ended coming almost in last with a time both of us didnt expect (led to my getting my anemia under control) there is nothing you can do about this race besides learn and call yourself what you are -- a beginner -- a newbie.. i am wearing that title happily-- a total beginner at this tri stuff with A LOT to learn.. but i am not giving up and i know you arent either!! you already have your next event planned-- right on!! emoticon hugs!! Jen

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NAVYMOM133 11/30/2010 10:08AM

    Winners never quit!!

I would have been seriously panicked by the asthma attack. You never lost your head, or your drive or your competitive spirit. You knew the other gals were counting on you to come in and you DID!!

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EVETROY 11/29/2010 10:57PM

    But you did it!!!! How many people would have quit in the midst of all that? Not you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SORGIN 11/29/2010 10:21PM

    Oh, and you look pretty hot in that last photo.

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SORGIN 11/29/2010 10:20PM

    I don't think I could have said it any better than Deej4. Wow, she hit the nail on the head. It was a horrible race with hurdles at every turn. And you still did it. And you did it because you were committed. And that kind of tenacity inspires all of us. That's a testament to your spirit! That's the Tammy I know and love! Stand proud, friend.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/29/2010 9:01PM

    Tammy - this was not a 'downer' blog at all. This was a very inspiring blog, and congratulations to all three of you. Well done - and thanks for sharing.

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DEEJ4FITNESS 11/29/2010 8:41PM

    Thank you Tammy for sharing!! You honor your friends when you do that!! With tear filled eyes and ENORMOUS sincerity, my hat goes off to Tammy, the ATHLETE, who swam and swam in the midst of an asthma attack and a bad morning. And I suspect a huge part of why you did was because you made a commitment to yourself and to your friends!!

No competition we ever enter is about "time" or even "bling" truth be told!! It's about using what we have and doing the best we can with it regardless of what's going on around us!! Life is stressful, crap happens (now there's one for the book of profound wisdom); it's our reaction to it that counts!!

You did yourself, your family & your friends proud just for getting out there considering all you've been through!! No wonder your team was supportive; you'd be my 1st pick in any line-up, any time!!!!

Wish you the best as you prep for your next :) lessons are always positive when we learn from them & we can use them to propel us forward toward our goals!!!

Tight HUG!!! ~Deej

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JUSTTRIING 11/29/2010 8:25PM

    You are so right though, not every race is going to be a good one (remember my blog about my first tri). It is disappointing. You fight being mad, angry, upset, disappointed, let down, discouraged, etc.

BUT you are right, there are lessons to be learned and you will have better tri's in your future. You are an athlete and that being said, all you can do is train. You KNOW that. There is never a guarantee about what your body will give you on race day. I remember passing one of our running coach's during this year's Columbus marathon. She was only doing the half and was hoping for a PR. Instead she was walking and fighting her asthma every step of the way. I could see how disappointed she was but she kept on going. She still wanted to finish even though she knew it was going to be one of her worst races. Sometimes finishing is all we can do.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/29/2010 5:18PM

    It wasn't your day that is all - you were prepared, but nothing seem to go your way - waking too early, getting there too early,- next time it will be just fine. Chalk this one up to learning

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HARRINGTON5 11/29/2010 5:06PM

    I am in awe of anyone that even considers a tri! You are right, not all races go well and we have all had our share of "bummer" events. You got out there, you didn't quit and you finished. That is a lot to be proud of. You are one fantastic person and even when you don't do well, you write one heck of a blog. I love the pictures too. Keep the faith, you ARE an athlete!

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PEGGYO 11/29/2010 4:29PM

    You are my heroine. You tire me out reading all that you do.

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ALYFITN 11/29/2010 4:13PM

    Great pictures!! What a fantastic thing to be able to participate in an event of this scope. God bless you for sharing. May you look back on it with more fondness after time. Good luck to you next time! emoticon emoticon

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Isn't it nice to be an Athlete?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Thanksgiving Day, and its cold and windy outside. We are due at a friend's house at 3 pm but my share of the meal is ready to go as I cooked yesterday. My plan for today was to get in a long bike ride (20 miles) in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then head over for Thanksgiving dinner with a food plan in mind.

When I awoke at 4 am the winds were howling and I could hear the rain... uh-oh. I went back to sleep thinking I could always go to the gym later. Then at 8 I got up and looked outside - the sun was shining brightly but the winds were definitely blowing. I really wanted to ride today since I figured traffic would be lighter this morning than on other days... Thinking of my friends in Wisconsin who were going to brave frigid temps, icy paths and howling winds in order to run in their local Turkey Trots I told myself a bit of wind shouldn't stop me from working out.

DH saw me dressing and looked at me with despair, as if to say "really"? I told him I needed to do this but he could stay home and watch football if he'd rather... his ego wouldn't allow that, so he joined me in donning cycling clothes. We got our bikes out and hit the road by 9... 46 degrees and who-knows-how-hard winds blowing, and off we went. 10 miles of rolling hills to the local farm stand, a short rest in the sunshine and back we headed. The winds were increasing, or maybe we were just feeling them more, mostly from our side but occasional head winds too... the hills seem much worse in this direction as there are more ups than downs when we head back, but we made it to our local Starbucks (at mile 17) and got warmed up.

It was here that I really felt good about being out on my bike on Thanksgiving day... Nearly every person who headed in or out of Starbucks had something nice to say to us about being out riding, particularly in this weather (OK, I admit it. We are spoiled rotten by the weather in SoCal and today was not ideal for us in spite of it being enviable to many of you). One couple started talking to us about last night's Biggest Loser special, about how the former contestants are now athletes, running marathons and entering triathlons. All I could do was smile... I've run marathons and I'm training for triathlons... and I'm an Athlete too!

Dang, that felt good. Something else to be thankful for!

  
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MENT2BE 11/28/2010 9:57PM

    You are definitely one tough cookie....I mean ATHLETE!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm so happy for you....sounds like you're getting your mojo back!!

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LW8843 11/27/2010 1:55PM

    You are such an inspiration to everyone!

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BSTAKINGACTION 11/26/2010 1:17PM

    Honestly...I'd rather run into a 30mph wind than bike ANYWHERE in over 10mph. You rock...of course. Your winds totally outdid ours. Wisconsin was fairly mild in comparison. Glad you were able to get your T-day goal met!!!! WELL DONE, WOMAN!

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SORGIN 11/26/2010 10:15AM

    46 degrees?! Wind?! AWESOME! It IS a cool feeling to sit with a coffee cup and realize you just did something that most people don't even think about doing. And what many people don't know about you is that you just had major surgery eight months ago! Look at where you are and how far you've come! (And I think it's brilliant how you guilted your husband into it. Ha!) I haven't ridden more than 16 miles but I do know what the wind is like and think it's much tougher on a bike than on feet. And don't even get me started on hills. Ugh. It really wears one out - but in a good way! Thanks for thinking of your Wisconsin friends who braved the cold. It wasn't as bad here as I expected but like you, I committed to it and was intent on getting it done. So I say KUDOS to you! I think it's awesome that you rode anyway. I'm not sure I could have mustered the courage in that kind of wind. Go Tammy! Go Tammy! You are SO ready for your leg of the tri!

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SEABREEZE65 11/26/2010 7:43AM

    It does feel good doesn't it. Good 4U!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/26/2010 3:52AM

    Great job. I am so happy to hear you are out and doing things. You are a stronger person than you give yourself credit for. Please keep in touch, let me know when you are going back in....

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MISSJCISRUNNING 11/25/2010 6:44PM

    Awesome job Tammy!!! I could have wrtitten this blog myself...I rode 25 miles and sooooo grateful for the weather and the light traffic!!! Part of my ride was the last miles of the LA Marathon and the 13.1 1/2 marathon!!! Have an awesome day Sister Athlete!!! Hugs!!!

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My Thanksgiving Day "Race Plan" (Because Thanksgiving meals are marathon like!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am feeling inspired. First, I was tasked by my triathlon coach to come up with a "race plan" for Thanksgiving day so that I don't just go into the holiday with a license to overeat. Then today I read PrincessNurse's blog, "My Thanksgiving Plan of Attack" www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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, followed by The Daily Spark blog "8 Ways to Trim the Fat (and Extra Calories) from Thanksgiving Dinner". www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=xx_
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Seems like I'm getting the same message on all fronts... Make a plan and plan to stick to it!

So I've been thinking a lot about what I want from Thanksgiving Dinner. This year my family is invited over to friend's for the holiday. The husband is a chef so I know that the food will be good and the other families there are also friends... I want to be able to feel like I'm a part of the festivities but not feel sick to my stomach from overeating. I want to be able to have a cocktail or a glass of wine. I want to eat turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing (my favorite!!) but I realize that I can totally pass on the mashed potatoes, gravy and most other sides. I want a slice of pumpkin pie. I want some fresh vegetables but none of the sauced-up kinds.

With that in mind, I plan to eat a nutritious and filling breakfast and then work out. I will have a low calorie lunch (I'm thinking a large tossed salad with some low-fat protein tossed in ... maybe shrimp, so that I can feel special!) that will fill me up so that when I arrive at my friend's house at 3 pm I won't feel the need to start nibbling. I will allow myself a good helping of white meat turkey without the skin, stuffing (yes, even if it means I have 1.5 cups!) and cranberry sauce. I will wait at least 20 minutes from the time I finish eating before deciding if I really want seconds. I will have a slice of pie, but I will try to leave at least 2 bites of it on my plate. Oh, and if I have a cocktail or glass of wine, I will only have ONE.

This is a plan I think I can live with... and now I must implement it. However, I realize that just like on race day, plans must be flexible. The most important part of my plan is to keep my goal in mind -- to enjoy myself without feeling sick from over-eating!

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/25/2010 2:10PM

    I am so glad to see a blog from you. How have you been? I do miss hearing from you.

Great plan.

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SORGIN 11/24/2010 6:39PM

    I love, love, love this plan and I am stealing it. It's kind of along the lines of the "follow the thought all the way through" approach you mentioned a while back. Once you can envision yourself in the moment, you can plan for the things that may or may not happen. COOL! Thanks for sharing this and for implementing the "plan like it's race day" strategy for eating! I know you will get through tomorrow with your head held high!

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TEACHERMOMFIVE 11/24/2010 5:32PM

    Good for you! I am going to have whatever looks good - but just a mini portion. I can taste and not feel too deprived. I will work it off on my Black Friday shopping, I'm sure.

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BSTAKINGACTION 11/24/2010 11:36AM

    Can I steal this? Doesn't matter...I'm going to anyway. emoticon

Thank you so much for taking the initiative and putting this out there. I was very close to going into Thanksgiving intuitively....and I now realize I'm not quite ready for that.

I'm going to go write down a plan RIGHT now.

Have a very happy, happy day with your friends and family, confident in the knowledge that you went into it with thought, focus and flexibility.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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My 24 minute mile and new Keens

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last Monday I decided that I needed to start walking. Just as I decided to get rid of my boot (walking cast) two weeks prior and switch to running shoes (with mixed results), I decided that if I were ever going to be able to rejoin my running club and at least get out and walk with them then I needed to start walking. So at PT I got the go ahead to walk on the treadmill, on the condition that I held on and unweighted my injured foot at least partially, with each step.

I really struggled to not look at the speed (between 2.1 and 2.4 mph) but to just focus on my gait and the distance I was covering. The mile was my idea, my PT said to just try to walk "a bit". When I was finished I was filled with mixed emotions -- joy that I had really walked a mile tempered by that nagging voice in my head that kept trying to whisper nasty comments about how long it took me and the fact that I held on to the treadmill. I swear, that voice in my head will be the death of me someday! emoticon

From the treadmill I got on the rowing machine and in spite of wanting to quit, I rowed my heart out for 20 minutes! I forgot to note how far I went, but that 20 minutes set my benchmark for future workouts. On Thursday I was back at PT and my mile was much harder and 3 minutes slower, but my 20 minutes of rowing covered 4k!! Next week I'll shoot for rowing a 5k emoticon

My other big challenge this past week was footwear. I'm going to Hawaii in 11 days and the only shoes I've been able to wear are my Mizuno running shoes. There is no way I'm wearing sneakers for 2 weeks straight - to the pool, to the beach, with a sundress - uh-unh! So I asked my PT if I could try flip flops this week... he wasn't thrilled but he said OK, provided I get a pair with some arch support (part of my surgery involved lowering my arch, so that was of concern to him). Lucky for me, I knew exactly what flip flop I was going to get - KEEN's Waimea H2 www.keenfootwear.com/product/ss10/sh
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in violet, which is actually kind of pink. My husband has had a pair for a few years now and he loves the arch support and the toe protection - a must for me since my big toe is still not fully fused. The best part? I got them below wholesale through my job!!

I have been walking around in my KEEN flip flops all week, and other than swelling my foot's been fine!! emoticon

Thank you to all my friends who have checked in with me and asked for updates... I've been scarce due to work, but I turned in my badge last night so I should be around a bit more often now. As you can see, I'm healing, but its never fast enough for me... that little voice has got to get gagged!

  
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JENNIFER124 9/27/2010 12:33PM

    i know this is wayyyyyyyyy late but I LOVE THE KEENS... i got a pair last week.. not the flipflops(they are very cool) but the closed toe ones.. they are the BEST!!! glad you are going to the doctor today!! FEEL BETTER!! emoticon

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DEEJ4FITNESS 9/8/2010 5:28PM

    Another incredible and inspiring blog for those of us who look to you when we want to see what a real athlete looks like!! It's all about dedication, determination & courage!! you're a tough act to follow but I'm gonna try!!

Love the flops :) great choice and hope you enjoy your vacay!! Everytime that voice pops up next to your head, tell it who's boss and counter it with the positive words you know in your heart is truth!! "Outta here you worthless imp!! I WILL OVERCOME!!"

You're clearly stronger EVERY single time I stop by to check on you!! We'll be celebrating together one of these days when the treadmill will only be needed for stormy days and we cross a finish line together!!

Stay Strong!
~Deej

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2WHEELER 8/24/2010 8:30AM

    I am so glad to hear that you are making phenomenal progress. You have such a great attitude. And Hawaii--what a great reward for working through all of this. Glad you're back on the boards!

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S318830 8/18/2010 6:24PM

    I'm glad to hear you're doing so well. Don't push TOO hard/fast. But very cool that you're starting to get back into things again. You're doing awesome! I'm glad you made the decision to fix your foot.

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PAMTHEDREAMER 8/7/2010 11:29PM

    WONDERFUL Tammy! So happy to hear you're doing so well.*doing the dance of joy*
I took a look at those flips and I like 'em! I may just have to get me a pair one of these days.
I'm so sorry I haven't been around to check in. I haven't been anywhere online really..
Have fun in Hawaii! Which island are you visiting? -Nice-

Take good care
Pam :)


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TEACHERMOMFIVE 8/2/2010 10:26AM

    Okay, I should have read this first - lol! You are doing great. And Hawaii? I'm jealous! Have a good time!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 8/1/2010 3:29PM

    Tammy, you are doing GREAT! We just got back from Hawaii last week and it was fantastic - have a fabulous time!!

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BSTAKINGACTION 8/1/2010 9:47AM

    STOMP ON THE FLIPPIN' VOICE, WOMAN! Just take all your frustrations out on the ugly little voice!

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Tammy is BACK IN THE GAME! Woo hoo!

And I'm glad we'll see you around more. I"ve been very lonely.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/1/2010 9:17AM

    WOW you have been a very busy girl. Don't look down on that 24 minute mile. It is your bench mark and you will soon look at it and say "Look how far I have come" I remember those days.

Hawaii in 11 days....have tons of fun. Enjoy yourself, but don't overdo.

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EVETROY 8/1/2010 12:45AM

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JUSTTRIING 7/31/2010 9:26PM

    You are my hero...rowing for 20 minutes is amazing. It has been quite awhile since I was on the machine. Maybe I will have to follow in your footsteps. Never did work my way up to 20 minutes though.

Don't worry about the speed of your mile. Just remember that it wasn't that long ago that you weren't walking at all:)

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MENT2BE 7/31/2010 7:37PM

    Glad to hear it! You go girl!!!!!
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STACEYSGETNFIT 7/31/2010 5:31PM

    Sounds like you're doing GREAT! Keep up the good work - physically and mentally! And thanks for the advice on a sandal. I love my Tevas, but have been going through them like crazy, and with Plantar fasciitas (sp?) I need that arch support too!

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AUNTIE65 7/31/2010 3:52PM

    That sounds like GREAT progress to me my friend!! Can't wait to see you in just 5 short weeks wearing your keens....

Keep up the good work!!

Tami

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PRINCESSNURSE 7/31/2010 3:50PM

    I wore these Keens all over Hawaii and they were great:

http://www.keenfootwe
ar.com/product/ss10/shoes/women
/waterfront/whisper

Hope you have a great trip!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 7/31/2010 3:46PM

    That is fantastic! Just take it one step at a time and you will be as good as new in no time!


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