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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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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 !

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ELFITZPA 7/16/2008 5:32PM

    Enjoy your training session! I worked with an awesome PT for over 3 years - I started 6 weeks before my first marathon with a banged up foot and doctor's orders not to run for a couple weeks. He got me through that and kept me in shape to run my first few marathons without any major injuries. I left the gym and no longer work out with him, though we do e-mail occasionally and bump into each other at local races. I hope you end up with a similarly great experience!

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Just some thoughts...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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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.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/15/2008 11:37PM

    I am so happy for you and your brother. Isn't it wonderful that your Dad is proud of you and wants to help you? Even GRUMP-pa has times when he's not what he is called. God Bless you and keep you safe as you train. emoticon

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TOURDOCTOR 7/15/2008 10:10PM

    emoticonIsn't it nice to have the support of our families, particularly when we feel that we might not have lived up to their expectations in the past. The key is knowing that there is nothing a parent wants more for us than to be healthy and happy. You have done that and that is all that is important. Enjoy the wetsuit and know that it is like having your father's arms wrapped around you as you compete.

Keep striving for your goals and focusing on the positive.

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JENNI_BELLE 7/15/2008 10:04PM

    thank you for the nice comment on my blog. It is funny i always forget that other people actually read those, i basically type a running commentary from my head..my husband asks me if i feel like Doogie Hauser when i type them out!

As for your tonight...thanks for making me cry too. (i;m a total sap) and since i saw your page you have become my inspiration, seriously I have showed your page to my entire family and said "This is what I'm going to be like!"

Good luck with your knee. I know i will get my new shoes here soon. I think I'm going to start asking for donations from my family. My hubby has already started a fund for me...he puts a dime in a shot class for every mile i run each day.

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ALLIECAT123 7/15/2008 8:40PM

  That's awesome!!! May I suggest DeSoto wetsuits - you can get the top and bottom in different sizes and I just love mine. http://www.desotosport.com/wetsuits
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SANDY2660 7/15/2008 4:36PM

    Oh thats great, Netty! You know, despite what we do in high school, our parents still love us! We all make mistakes. It sounds like he wants to help you and is very proud of you!

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Day 1 Cold Laser

Monday, July 14, 2008

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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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CALGALFOX 7/15/2008 12:32PM

    I too have a bad knee, but you deal with what you're dealt, right? I think doing everything you can to optimize healing the knee is smart, not crazy. Why not do everything we can? Why not push the limits of our abilities? I think that's what makes life fun.

...and swimming for an hour? Oh yeah, it's good. I swim any chance I get (6 mornings out of 7 ~hehe) The harder, the faster, the longer, the better. Throw in a spin class after the hour, even better...and maybe a run late in the day?

I sincerely hope your treatment plan works. If not this one, then another one. Take care,

Carol



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ALLIECAT123 7/15/2008 10:46AM

  Good luck w/ the cold laser treatments. I have never heard of those, but it sounds promising! And way to go on the swimming :)

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TOURDOCTOR 7/15/2008 12:35AM

    You are not crazy at all . . . I love swimming laps. I can close out all the world as I concentrate on breathing and maintaining a smooth pace. It is something about the rhythm, the pace, or the sensation of the water flowing over my body that just makes it very relaxing. It is also great for building muscles and excellent cardio-vascular strength.

I hope your treatment plan works for your knee. I went through a series of ultrasound treatments last year on a bad shoulder and it took weeks to get it back to full function. I hope your progress is much faster.

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JENNI_BELLE 7/14/2008 10:28PM

    your not crazy at all! maybe in need of a loan to pay for all those treatments and new shoes!!! haha,,,i know i would need one. by theway thanks for the goodies today! made me smile. have a great night...tine to sleep, gotta get up at 4:30am to run my 3 miles with sprints.

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SANDY2660 7/14/2008 7:30PM

    Hey girl! I dont think you are crazy. You just want to get better. you've become so active and you dont want anything to stop you from being active! Great planning and take care of that knee, girl!

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Runner's Knee

Sunday, July 13, 2008

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So... I had my knee examined yesterday (kind of informally) but... he said it looked like it was an ITBS knee injury sometimes called runner's knee. I looked it up on the internet after he told me that, and that is EXACTLY what it sounds like. Which is Good/Bad.

Honestly... after my last 2 events where this has happened. I want it FIXED. So... if that meant surgery or whatever, then do it, fix it!!! With ITB there isn't a real fix. I can go to a physical therapist and work on strength training and stretches. I am getting my new orthotics for my shoes next week (hopefully).

I've tried the ultra sound therapy, and I might try the Laser Cold Therapy also. Plus... I could get a Cortisone shot before my next race. Who knows... The good thing is that in the past I have been able to run again in a few days and in a week or two back to my "normal" exercise/training.

The funny thing too is... he said try therapy, try the shot, the orthotics, but I won't really know the result until I compete again. Which FREAKS me OUT! It's so emotionally draining to compete and get/be injured. I can only empathize for those that suffer from chronic injuries. They really mentally screw me up!

But for now... I am just grateful that I finished. Hopeful that I'll be able to compete again... and Thankful for the moment!

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ELFITZPA 7/14/2008 10:30AM

    I know it sounds odd, but runner's knee is probably one of the "best" injuries to possibly get. It's pretty common, you can train while rehabbing it, and you can stretch and do the strength-building exercises on your own (look on-line, there's tons of stuff) to clear it up. I've dealt with it a couple times on my right knee and once on my left, and it usually clears up in a few weeks as long as you're diligent about strengthening and stretching the muscles around your knee. It's true though that a hard workout or race may prove that it's not really healed, even if it's been feeling pretty strong. But you shoud be fine as long as you take it easy with the running and avoid races for at least a few weeks. Good luck!!

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SANDY2660 7/13/2008 11:42PM

    Hey girl. Sorry about this! UGH! Hopefully it will get better soon. Yes, chiropractors can help. I had a condition like this too when I started running last summer. Physical therapy also helped me!

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ALLIECAT123 7/13/2008 12:56PM

  Hi! I had ITBS for a while and what really helped me was seeing a chiropractor that did Active Release Therapy and Graston. These techniques get rid of the scar tissue that cause the pain. I also had someone help me figure out what was causing the ITBS, and this was helpful. In my case it was a combination of doing too much too soon and a muscle imbalance. I hope you get it all worked out!

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I FREAKN' DID IT!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


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I did my Olympic TRIATHLON!!! emoticon

Ok... The good:

I finished in a Personal Best! 2:40
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I absolutely LOVED it!!! Except...

My knee gave out on the last mile of the run. I am absolutely 100% not kidding! I was an emotional mess. I was pleading with God to help me continue running and cross the finish line. I BELIEVE in miracles. My knee held out until I was able to finish. I couldn't run fast or push the last mile, but I FINISHED!!!

I FREAKN' FINISHED!!! I wanted to finish in 2:45, and I was well under it.

Here are about my split times:

1.5K swim = 24 minutes
40K Bike = about 1:17
10K Run = 54 minutes
Transitions SLOW! I put my freakn' bike shorts on BACKWARDS!!!! LOL!!!

I am absolutely so proud of myself. I was like the only person NOT wearing a wet suit, and I still kicked butt. LOL!!!

NEXT UP: Sports DOCTOR to fix my knee!!! Even if it doesn't HURT all the time.

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JENNI_BELLE 7/14/2008 1:07PM

    I am so proud of you!!! I was thinking about you all day saturday! Plus I showed my family your page and told them what you were doing. So you have a huge fan club out here in TX!!!

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SANDY2660 7/12/2008 10:57PM

    I didnt realize you were doing this. WOW, You are awesome girl!! I bet you are soooo proud of yourself. Sorry about your knee. Great job girl!

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MAMAJENN1 7/12/2008 8:04PM

    Your awesome!!! I did my first sprint last weekend, I have my second one tommorrow, Im gonna do 2 olympics next year, & Iron man in 2 years!!!!! Hope your knee gets better soon!!!! emoticonJenn

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/12/2008 3:16PM

    emoticon to you on your successful finish. I am so happy for you. I can only imagine how you must have felt, having never been in any sports.
I am subscribing to your blog because I want to keep reading about your experiences. You are an inspiration to me. I have reached my goal wt, and am working on maintaining it now. Spark is wonderful. I am also adding you to my friends list. Have a great weekend.
Elayne

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RUNNER311 7/12/2008 3:02PM

    Yahoooo to you! You are one amazing person! I couldn't be any more impressed by what you did!

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JENI-OH! 7/12/2008 2:42PM

    That is awesome, incredible! So inspiring! Great work!



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