Friday, July 13, 2012
Since hordes of Sparkers (ok, ONE) have been asking:
My elbow is ... ok. No more swelling and it only aches during exercise. I still do not have full use. I've lost some mobility; I cannot straighten or bend it fully. Since I dont have insurance right now, I did some online research and LiveStrong.com had a series of PT exercises precisely for elbows, so I have been doing them in odd moments. (Its actually a pretty good website for biking information, should you be seeking such.)
Bike is .... depressed but not defeated. I tried the pedals again yesterday for the first time in two weeks. Nothing elaborate, just around the front of the house, but I wasnt able to Enjoy The Motion because I was too busy having anxiety about falling. After about 20 min, I was so disheartened about my mental state that I went inside and spent 3 hours looking at cat videos. (Oh, Cheezburger Network - you timesuck monster!). Finally, I picked son up from school, stapled a spine on, and went to the Bike Store to have them change the pedals and talk about possibilities.
I was almost crying when I talked with him because I was feeling so sh!tty and a failure. Guy was sympathetic but suggested I keep the pedals and shoes for later. "We have to rebuild your confidence." And said they had a group road ride on Thursdays. I think about it and then decide to go. Its at 6. But when I showed up at 6, but they must have left early because NOBODY was there.
Now I really feel awful. Failure at clipless pedals and too late for the group ride?? (One is my fault and the other is his, but net result is craptastic.) Heading home, tears in my eyes, when I spot the entry road to Stewart...some of the paved roads. I ended up on some very easy flat sections, just going back and forth (6 miles in 30 minutes) rebuilding my confidence and feeling out my elbow for stress/pain.
Endorphins made me feel better. I'm off to my parent's today and will either do hills or a 11.7 mi loop that I have done multiple times before.
It's a bit Bionic Woman/ Ben Heck Project-ish "We can rebuild! Stronger! Faster! Lighter!"
I'm taking a step back, but its not worth the anxiety. Right???
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Recently I went to an event with my Mommy Group. SAHParents, you know the one I'm talking about: where the children play in one area and all the grownups dish and drink wine upstairs. (At least if you are lucky to not have a bunch of uptight overcontrolling TypeAs in your Mommy Group).
Since I have gotten to the point where I have VISIBLY lost weight, the topic naturally turns to exercise. One of the Moms became obsessed with the Brazilian Butt Lift Informercial currently making the rounds. Being a thrifty Mommy, she promptly ordered it off of eBay. We passed it around looking at the booklet that comes with it.
Among the directions, is a way to test if your butt *needs* a butt lift. The guide calls for you to gently put a pencil in the crease between your cheek and leg (horizontal, not inserted!) If you can hold the pencil with your excess flesh, you fail, or are in need of their product.
Great, now I'm obsessed with an idea about a body part I cant see and a test that my brain KNOWS has no meaning. So the other day, fresh from the shower, I see a pen sitting on the nighttable. (This is embarrassing.) So I tried it.
I'm pleased to report that the pen fell on the floor. So I do not need to spend $39.95 plus shipping and handling.
(Watch, you're going to think about this obsessively too. And then you are going to try it.)
Monday, July 09, 2012
I have totally fallen in love with MapMyRide.com.
Here's the hilly horror that was the Hunter Mountain Triathlon Bike Course
And here's West Point:
More stinkin' hills.
I could not find the Danskin Sandy Hook map.
Today I learned that if you really do keep your cadence above 80 RPM, you can go 12 miles on a stationary recumbant in 30 min. Sadly, this is not likely to happen for me in the real world, but its nice to imagine *someday*
And I think Kathy Lee and Hoda were drinking today. Why else did they both have glasses of wine in front of them while they babbled? In other news, I cant find my iPod.
Now, off to do some job apps.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
A lot of my traditional exercise outlets are closed to me right now due to elbow issues. Heat closes even more. Its so hot, all you want to do is lay in the pool, right?
I've been water jogging in the pool as a very low impact way to exercise. Sure you can go to the gym and use their flotation belts and form etc. Or you can do my "Cheaty-McCheatersons" method.
1) You need access to a shallow pool. Shallow end of in-ground is fine, but this is where above ground has an advantage.
2) Run/ walk as fast as you can around in circles.
After about 5 min, I find I'm starting to breath heavily, after 10 min, my legs start to protest. KEEP GOING. After 15 min, you can quit, especially if its your first time. Trust me, you'll feel it the next day! Ok, maybe not alot, but you will know you *Did Something*.
And something is better than nothing.
3) Add 5 minutes to your time every time you get in the pool.
1) This is a great way for those of us with Children to exercise, because they are right in the pool with you. Do it right and you'll set up a swirly current that they can ride with their floaties. They'll think you did it for their entertainment!
2) I also think this would be awesome if you have joint pain or have difficulty doing other types of exercise because you have a significant amount to loose - the water supports most of your weight.
3)This is also a good way to "sneak" in exercise when you are at a party. And for those of us who like that sort of thing, you can do it with a drink in your hand.
Last year, the hot weather threw my weight-loss program out the window and I stalled. I'm really working to overcome that hurdle this year.
I first heard about AquaJogging from Kara Goucher's "Book Running For Women." Since then, I've read a few more articles that say Aquajogging is a real training method used by serious athletes in lots of sports. Here's a few linkies for y'all to explore:
For the celebrity obsessed:
For those who need a video:
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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