Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ok... Day 2 of the laser therapy. I don't know but... it seems to be working. The pain in my knee is almost all gone. I feel like it's about 80%??? I don't feel the tightness or sensitivity in it. I always over-analyze it all. Is it the laser, is it healing, but I can't imagine that it is feeling this much better in 4 days all completely on it's own. It's interesting too... I go in and get the cold laser, and they are still doing the ultra sound therapy on it too. Crossing my fingers and hoping that it's healing.
Tomorrow I start day 1 with my personal trainer. We are just beginning with stretches and kind of an inventory. I am so excited to start strengthening and toning. I've really not been motivately AT ALL to do strength training, but I sure am now. Build those muscles before I over-use them. LOL!... DUH!!!
SO... I did about 4000 yards in an hour of swimming, and my freakn' calf cramped right after I was done. So the good thing is that it was after, but of course cramping is NO good. If it's not one darn thing, then it's another. BUT... I truthfully can say, I am so thrilled to be exercsiing. So glad that I am able to do whatever it is that I am doing.
I asked the question to my tri-team about their weekly workouts. Do they have a structured weekly plan or more go with the flow. I can HONESTLY say... my attitude about exercise this go around has been "go with the flow". I have not had any structure to it, and I think that's for me why it's working. I kind of know I'll do SOMETHING... so just do whatever I feel like doing. Either bike, swim, run, or elliptical. That is part of the reason I was so nervous for the tri. I wasn't sure how my training would prepare me for my race.
So... hopefully I'll continue enjoying my exercise and just DOING !
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I love golf!!! And... today I was supposed to go with my DH and my father in law. I am a little bummed that I couldn't go. Last summer we were able to golf all the time, but we haven't gotten out that much this summer. Mostly though because we're riding our bikes more and doing other things.
Other thought... my dad offered to buy me a wetsuit. I couldn't believe it! I was so excited about my tri and honestly... I am going to start crying... I can't believe it... I have felt like such a disappointment to my dad. I made some really bad choices in high school, and I got pregnant within weeks of graduating from high school. My dad was so upset. I know that I just crushed him. The one thing that I had done that had made him so proud were my swimming accomplishments.
So... Anyway... after a sad divorce in 2001... my dad bought me my 1st and only road bike so that I could compete in my first triathlon. Back then I had lost 75 pounds and had made it my goal that summer to compete in a triathlon.
So... NOW... my dad is buying me a wetsuit. I talked to him last night, and I thanked him and said there were some that were between $300-$400 that I liked. Well... he offered to buy my brother one also, and my brother wants a super nice one that's like $550. My dad had talked to my brother first, and so when I talked to him, he said get you a nice one, a high quality one, I don't want you getting one that won' last. It was so nice. You would have to know my dad too. Let's just say the grandkids all call him GRUMP-pa LOL!
So... along with looking for new running shoes, I am going to be on the lookout for a "quality" wetsuit.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Ok... I am taking some serious action. WAIT... Or am I acting CRAZY??? LOL! Who knows, but I am taking action nonetheless I don't know if it's: Crazy/Serious/Useless??? But... something has got to be done for my knee.
This triathlon has made me desperately want to get my knee healed more than ever. I honestly thought it would be a little too difficult and therefore, I would either cut back or do something else altogether, but because I felt so great, I want to now do another one and be healthy for it.
So... Here's the CRAZY plan...
#1 I just got Cold-Laser Therapy from my chiropractor. I have to go back for 6-8 sessions every other day. Then I am going to do my own long tri with my brother and push the run and see what happens. I can walk if it acts up, but then I will know if the Cold-Laser is working at all. Because the crazy thing with my injury... I will actually be running / training again by Saturday. This has happened 3 times in the past, and I am always able to get going pretty quickly.
#2 I got a personal trainer at the gym who has dealt with ITBS and is going to help me with stretches and strength training.
#3 My orthotics should be in by Friday.
#4 Getting a Gait Test
#5 New totally different style of running shoe that has better support for overpronation.
#6 ITBS kneeband
Whew... is that a good start? LOL!!!
I was able to get in a great swim today. I swam for about an hour and about 3800-4000 yards. I don't always count but I know I was holding 1:30-1:35 minute hundreds. My brother thinks it's crazy that a fun workout for me is just getting in and swimming for a straight hour, but I LOVE it!!! This knee injury has gotten me back in the water a lot.
Eating... yesterday kind of sucked! Birthday celebrations for both my step-sons. I don't eat the cake, but my husband made the most delicious vegetable pasta salad. I ate way too much!
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