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I broke my elbow

Saturday, June 30, 2012

But only a little bit. (Insert joke about a little bit pregnant here)

"Oh, get clipless pedals" everyone said. "You'll be so much happier. More power, easier on legs...."

So thursday I bicycled 11 miles out to a local shop and bought shoes and pedals. Guy had me try them in parking lot and I fell over on my first try. I jammed my elbow. But I am stubborn so I just kept trying until I achieved some measure of comfort. Then I set out for home.

At first I thought it was just a bruise, but on the way home, I started feeling worse and worse. Ended up having to walk the last mile. Who knew elbows were so important to bicycling?

Under ordinary circumstances I would have just iced and waited it out, but DH just started a new job and we have insurance from the last until the end of the month, then a 30 day waiting until the new kicks in.

So, XRays late Thurs. Friday I called the dr for results 5 times! 9, 11,2,& 4:45. Finally at 6pm, I ended up going through the after hrs service to have dr paged. She ends up making good the only way she could, calling in a favor from a local orthopedist. Swelling and a teeny weeny fracture on the head of my radius. RICE and ibuprophin treatment. Should be better (full range of motion) in 2 weeks, if not go to ER. Fracture should be healed in 4-6 weeks. I am cleared to continue training as comfort allows, provided (duh) I use the stationary bike at the gym. Swimming is going to have to wait too.

So yeah, I am officially in Crazytown. I break my elbow and I still ask the Dr if I can train for a triathlon.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/31/2012 9:47AM

    Dang it!! Those clipless pedals got me too. I understand more power, but you have to get in/out of them too!! Glad you will heal soon :)

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SPEEDYDOG 7/31/2012 9:28AM

    Ouch! I don't know what type of clipless pedals you have but your experience is pretty common. Clipless pedals have many advantages. And one huge disadvantage. There are times on my mountain bike when the g-forces glue my feet to the pedals. Sometimes, based on the angle and forces involved the pedals don't release. On my road bike I anticipate when I have to stop and click-out early.

Good Luck.


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MISSG180 7/9/2012 8:46AM

    I'm impressed that you are doing as much as you are, under the circumstances!

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MISSIFISH 7/2/2012 9:52PM

    I'm so sorry about your elbow! Sounds like you've been up to a lot while I was gone, it was good to catch up.

I need to follow your lead on several things - closet clean out and notes to myself would be at the top of that list.

I hope your arm feels better very soon, and please don't make any more posts about what a person needs to do a triathalon. You make it not sound terrifying and I really am serious about this "I'm never going to be a runner" thing. You can't just go around making me think that sort of thing is possible for me, it isn't nice to tear down these walls I've built so well.

I've missed you, and I'm glad to be back!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/2/2012 8:05PM

    Ouch! Hope you are back in the saddle soon!

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    Oh no!! But I sorta love that you broke your elbow because I don't know anyone else who's ever broken their elbow other than ME!! I broke my left elbow when I young, and didn't even get a cast because they could only tell it had been broken by comparing the xrays at injury time with xrays a few weeks later... Best of luck healing up!!

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DOGLADY13 7/1/2012 12:29PM

    Holy smokes! I'm so sorry about your elbow. What a beast of a problem. Not just with training, but the whole Life thing. The Child, DH, work, laundry... Not Very Convenient.


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GODIVADSG 7/1/2012 8:33AM

    That sounds painful.... so sorry to hear about that. How about running? The way you hold your arms.... does that also hurt? Here is to a speedy recovery. emoticon

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    Ouch!! I'm sorry for the fall and for the pain and for the fact that you have to alter your training. I know you'll find a way to make it work, but still, I know it must be frustrating. I'm glad you don't have to deal with a cast, though. And, I'm totally impressed that you were able to ride 10 miles in that condition. Talk about perseverance!

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AROCHFORD 6/30/2012 8:53PM

    Sorry that you got hurt. I rode with those in my triathlon and fell when I stopped to get water;). It did help a lot on hills. The problem is when you stop!

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/30/2012 7:06PM

    I'm so sorry! And I suggested you try the clipless! Ah! You' are amazing, figuring out how to train with the injury. If / when you try the clips again: you can adjust how "tight" it holds you to the pedals. I've got mine set to really loose (and fallen twice now when I forget to down stroke, then swing out). Taking your advice, I got yanks laces for my bike shoes, ya know, the ones that fit the clipless pedals. They've worked out really well. Take care!! emoticon Also glad you went to get it xrayed: knowledge is power.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2012 5:30PM

    I had to laugh at the last line! I remember being like that when I was younger. I played through fractures and dislocations.

Just take it easy. Don't push it too hard. You can make it worse and/or keep it from healing. That is the last thing you want.


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KALANTHA 6/30/2012 2:25PM


So sorry about your injury and hope you heal quickly. I know if I couldn't ride my bike for a few weeks, I'd go crazy.

Take care of that elbow!

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DEBPRE16 6/30/2012 10:57AM

    So sorry for the broken elbow - I hope it heals fast for you. Good for you not giving up your exercises!



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ZANNBEE 6/30/2012 9:16AM

    Oh so sorry that you got hurt. Pretend I'm sending you a huge icepack goodie. Feel better soon!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/30/2012 8:09AM

    Passionate is a resident of CrazyTown? Giiiiiiiiiiirl, we live in the same nieghbourhood!
First, "OW!!!!!!!!!!!"
Second, you timed this injury perfect. Hubby should hug you to make you feel better and thank you for a most considerate mishap. Seriously, awesome timing if you're gonna do your elbow in.
Third, "OW!!!!!!!!!!!"
Fourth, Triathlon woman - you *R*O*C*K*!



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LESLIELENORE 6/30/2012 7:30AM

    Sorry you got hurt. You still made me smirk when you talk about still training, because it sounds like something I would do. Hope your elbow heals well.

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The great closet clean out of '12

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two days. Child and I both purged. (DH can do his own. He's a big boy.)

8 (EIGHT!) bags of child's clothes.
1 big box (slightly larger than a paper box) overflowing with my stuff.

I was brutal. I tried everything on. If it was ripped or stained it went. If it didnt fit, it went. Didnt matter if it was sentimental (and there were some pieces!) had tags on (precious few), but if I didnt like the color, it needed a button sewn on. It WENT.

Closet is still pretty full. But better. And I no longer have clothing piled on TOP of the dresser because it doesnt fit IN.

Child watched SchoolHouse Rock videos during "my" day and played while I organized on "his" day.

I feel like a weight has lifted...(22 lbs of it!)

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DOGLADY13 6/28/2012 9:58PM

    I usually do a mini-purge between fall/winter and spring/summer. My rule is if it hasn't been worn in a year, it goes. The exception is the dress I got married in.

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2BDYNAMIC 6/27/2012 10:14PM

    emoticon.... This is such music to the ears of an OCD gal! .... It really is gratifying and helps create a more peaceful environment. (My rule of thumb for hubby and me is: "If it hasn't been worn in one year, it GOES ..... no argument ...... :)

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ROCHELLE62 6/27/2012 8:34PM

    I did it a few yrs ago--decided that half of what I had would go--nothing less than half. Felt good to have it over.

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KAYLA0041 6/27/2012 8:33PM

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    I was working on my closet yesterday!!!! And have 4 bags ready to donate! It's a great feeling!

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YDAVIS23 6/27/2012 4:25PM

    Yay! What a great feeling~

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LESLIELENORE 6/27/2012 2:55PM

    I am doing a purge of the closet, and finally finishing unpacking today.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/27/2012 1:14PM

    Cool! I need to do this. I think you've given me my project for Sunday!

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ERICADAWN1986 6/27/2012 12:46PM

    I'm insired! I need so badly to do the same thing! Congrats!

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Dear Body,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dear Body,*
I am putting you on notice. We had a lot of excuses last week.

DH was on vacation.
It was too hot.
You were tired from staying out late the night before.

You talk alot of smack about how "Oh, its hard, but everyone can do a triathlon." Well, is it true?

Time to put your muscle where your mouth is. We spent 30 min yesterday creating a day-by-day training program based on the book. In the absence of other guidance, you are BEHOLDEN to that schedule.

This morning, yes, we were rattled a little bit. We were going to go outside but thundering downpours forced a re-evaluation. Good job on getting to the gym. We'll forgive you for doing 40 min instead of 45 on the bike. I know those last 5 min were hard, but you did good on your treadmill mile. And then we made it for yoga.

Now yoga is getting canceled, so you are going to get rattled again. DONT BE.

You're on notice. No excuses. Pedal at 80-100 rpm every day. (or run, or swim)

Unless its a rest day. If you are doing this training thing right, you're going to need them.


*I know, I totally stole XRSIZE18's format. What can I say - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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XRSIZE18 6/26/2012 1:56PM

    Awww.... *blushes* shucks!

I hope your body and mind respond promptly!

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GODIVADSG 6/26/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-SONIA- 6/26/2012 10:35AM

    emoticonblog!! emoticon


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LESLIELENORE 6/25/2012 9:39PM

    I was frustrated after missing two days at the gym last week. Guess I am not perfect. LOL I don't need to put my body on notice, but I do need to do that with my mind!

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    Way to go! I like the idea of putting your body on notice!

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DOGLADY13 6/25/2012 7:30PM

    Way to put yourself on notice. LOL.

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    I have to smile that you posted this after only one "off" week, but it's good, 'cause it's a lot easier to nix the excuses if you do it right away. Good for you!

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ZANNBEE 6/25/2012 12:36PM

    Awesome blog. Love it.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/25/2012 12:35PM

    That's awesome! Yes, you can do it! Great attitude!


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I dare you to TRI it!

Monday, June 18, 2012

1. Are you in reasonable health, free from injury, asthma or any other condition that means serious and strenuous exercise could actually be harmful?
2. Are you capable of doing exercise for 1.5 to 2 hours? Something on the order of a 2 hr Zumba party, playing basketball or soccer, or cross country skiing.
3. Can you walk briskly for 60 min. This means you can walk a 5k, now you just need to get faster.
4. Can you swim, with any stroke, for 30 min? You can swim 0.5 miles.
5. Can you ride a bike for 60 min? You can pedal 12 miles.
6. Are you ok with not coming in first? Can you put your ego aside and race against the clock and yourself? There are precious few of those natural athletes out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to be disheartened if in their first outing, they got 94 of 102. There are always people who are faster than you.

Lastly, how do you feel about temp tattoos and wetsuits?

Dare to live. DARE TO TRI.

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XRSIZE18 6/20/2012 7:05PM

    Hehe! I love that you're such a big advocate for triathlons now! You can definitely tell that you had some fun.

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AROCHFORD 6/19/2012 11:09AM

    Love this post!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 6/19/2012 10:54AM

    I love that you're loving this and still on a post Tri high! Unfortunately with my ankles I can't run at all... I desperately want to do a 5k at some point, and am hoping my ankles will improve as I lose more weight. But I'm glad you've found something you love and are so positive about it!

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DOGLADY13 6/18/2012 8:51PM

    How do I feel about temporary tattoos and wetsuits?

That's kinda personal.


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    Still feeling the triathlon high, huh? I love that you are so happy about it! I have several reasons why I'd never want to do a tri, but you, other SparkFriends, and some in-person friends have me really thinking about it. A nearby town has a First Try triathlon every year, with 1/2 the distances of a sprint tri and coaches at the transitions. 2013 might be my year. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/18/2012 4:27PM

    You make it sound so possible. I'm going to get through my first 5k before thinking of anything else.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 3:06PM

    I do not qualify, but I can make progress towards it!

Thank you for giving me something to aim for.

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VIXSTERLU 6/18/2012 1:48PM

    I was scheduled to do a TRI in July :( That will have to wait. You are an inspiration!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/18/2012 1:05PM

    You make it sound easy. I'm being a chicken about doing a 5K.

But you are awesome!

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And then I set my car on fire

Sunday, June 17, 2012

"When you hit a bump in the road, its like getting a flat tire on your car. You dont go around to the other 3 tires and put holes in them. You change the tire and get back on the road."

I've heard this quote from many Sparkers, complaining that they went over their numbers today, got sucked into the birthday cake at work, weren't able to make it to the gym etc and it derailed their whole weight loss.

I joined Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) which is devoted to helping veterans reintegrate to society after service by keeping up with exercise. While (of course) I support our troops, the real reason I joined is they have a Triathlon Training Team at West Point.


I got an email from the troop leader that they were doing a Flag Day 5K tomorrow and would I like to join them? Of course! But the tomorrow turned out to be yesterday and there I was, all bummed out, ready to run early on a Sunday morning.

So after allowing myself a 20 min pity party, I hopped on my bike and went over to the local high school track and did 2 miles of Tempo Runs. Then I did 10 min up and down the bleacher stairs. Then I biked home.

Total burned 674 calories in 1:15 hours. And I spent 15 min talking with a guy on the Track about SparkPeople, calorie/nutrient tracking and Triathlons.

Of course I am sad I didnt get to meet everyone. But that's no reason to set the car on fire. I got myself this far and I can continue to go on without them -- at least for a little bit.

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GODIVADSG 6/19/2012 10:35AM

    Way to go! Love the bleachers! What an inspiration!

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BJPENNY70 6/18/2012 11:34AM

    I liked the illustration you used with the flat tire. Way to go with your exercise. We all get in a slump. Not staying there and pulling ourself out of it is the key. Great job! You are off and running again. Keep it up!

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    Great Blog!! And great way to get over your pity party!

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YDAVIS23 6/17/2012 8:51PM

    Wow, nice workout! You rock!

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DOGLADY13 6/17/2012 8:38PM

    Way to go on turning disappointment into victory!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2012 7:35PM

    emoticon That is awesome. You sill did what you needed to and got your exercise in. Everyone should be proud of you!


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    You are emoticon

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MAMABEE480 6/17/2012 1:03PM

    Way to go on working out despite the disappointment!

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LESLIELENORE 6/17/2012 12:55PM

    I hope you get to meet them soon. I am just in awe of anyone who can finish a triathalon!

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JERSYGRL 6/17/2012 12:29PM

    What a great blog! It is a matter of just deciding that we are not going to set the car on fire, we are not going to have a pity party. Then following Nike's advice for exercise - Just do it. Thank you for your motivation!!

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SCIFIMOM 6/17/2012 11:41AM

  Whew! I'm just glad that you didn't really set your ACTUAL CAR on fire, girl. Because I'm related to people who actually have done that...


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SLUNDQUIS 6/17/2012 11:38AM

    It's great you are motivated to make these changes. I like that you "didn't set the car on fire." Sometimes it just takes a change in our perspectives before we can move forward.

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