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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One thing that I have been learning about myself along the way to my 70.3 is that I am a great one for pounding square pegs into round holes and that I am a classic avoider. What I mean by avoider is that when something isn't right I have a tendency to avoid it. For example, I avoided training on my tri bike most of the winter because it wasn't comfortable, it was tolerable at best. Unconsciously, I avoided cycling until Spring rolled around and it dawned on me that maybe I need to take it somewhere else than where I originally got it and get a second opinion and get fitted. The rest is history. So much more efficient and I can stay in the aero position for a LONG time.

Running is another thing I have been avoiding but this time I am on to the procrastination culprit. For anyone who knows my history, it's a head scratcher to hear me say that I have been dreading going out for runs. My hip is killing me and my left ankle is stressed and unstable. Going to a chiropractor has helped alot to correct the imbalance - long leg / short leg from all of the sitting that happens during a typical day BUT go for a run or two and it is back to the same ol' same ol'.

I was standing the other day and just standing hurt my hip and I could really feel the leg length discrepancy. To cope I slipped my heel out and stood on the back part of my shoe where it folded over and mashed it down under my heel, elevating the short leg... Problem solved although it didnt do the shoe a heck of alot of good.

I went out immediately and bought these gel heel cup inserts, put left and right together, trimmed them to fit and Shazam! I felt the difference immediately. Put them in my running shoe and did a 4 miler totally pain free. Without the insert it feels a little like I am pole vaulting on my longer leg. multiply that by thousands of foot strikes and you have a major issue. I am believing that this simple correction will make a profound difference in my event. I am sore from damage done already BUT with proper rest and recovery after running and using the inserts to prevent further damage, I believe that all will be well.

There are a ton of other examples but the whole theme of this race so far is work smarter not harder. It has forced me to really shoot for doing everything right, quality over quantity rather than beating myself to death. Now when I am out there, it isnt the pain that slows me down, its me being out of shape. I have avoided running and have been so hit and miss that it has impacted my running endurance.

The good news is that, from experience, I know that my endurance comes up fairly quickly I have no worries.

I ordered a wetsuit last week and it should be here later this week... man, this thing is getting real. Here is a video review of the wetsuit... very highly rated and very economical... only $180.00 for the sleeveless model.
www.beginnertriathlete.c
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articleid=1676


The suit I bought...
stores.wetsuit.com/-strs
e-52/power-glide-sleeveles
s-red/Detail.bok


I know this sounds a little vain but I suited up on my last ride in my tri-suit with all of the gear and DANG... I seriously look the part!

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Maybe this will be the race where I get some decent race photos of me looking cool rather than everything all hanging out toward the end where I dont care anymore..just wanna finish!
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Maybe it will be a little of both... 70.3 miles is a LONG way...
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WALKINGCHICK 7/8/2013 3:46PM

    Sounds to me like you are more than ready to take on this challenge but I wish you all the very best of luck and I look forward to hearing the results and seeing the pictures of you cruising through the finish line, as cool as a cucumber! emoticon emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 6/30/2013 7:28AM

    Thanks for sharing

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FIRECOM 6/29/2013 3:22PM

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Keep it up. The longest journey starts with the first step.

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MANILUS 6/29/2013 1:14AM

    I am confident that you will finish and get some good photos! You are so intelligent to have fixed the issues that deterred you, great work!!

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DELLMEL 6/28/2013 4:57PM

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GEORGE815 6/28/2013 4:01PM

    Yes that is a long way.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/28/2013 1:42PM

    Work smarter not harder. Why can't I learn to do that too?! Seriously congrats on finding out ways to accommodate your physical needs and continue on your quest. I think you've got the mental fortitude to complete this endeavor with flying colors.

Have fun!

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ELINTY 6/28/2013 8:26AM

  way to go

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JINXIFER 6/27/2013 10:45PM

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/27/2013 8:35PM

    Woohoo! Great job! What a challenge.

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CFMOSS 6/27/2013 6:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your struggles on to victory (love the double entendre) - avoidance is certainly popular in my repertoire of challenges - I do overcome the issues, but as you have illustrated at some point Shazaam do it...face it...

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LILI2G2000 6/27/2013 6:15PM

  Way to go!

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FRABBIT 6/27/2013 5:45PM

  Wow! 70.3. Good luck!

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/27/2013 4:37PM

    emoticon Good luck!

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TPETRIE 6/27/2013 3:55PM

  Good for you. Awesome!!

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PICKIE98 6/27/2013 3:05PM

    DD and I only use Walkfit in all of our footwear,even sandals and slippers,, target sells them they are guaranteed for life.

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WANNABFIT34 6/27/2013 1:44PM

    Decided freezing on the swim wasn't going to be fun?
You will do awesome buddy. Like you I never take good race photos I want just one that I don't look awful in!

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FARIS71 6/27/2013 1:26PM

    Hmmm, I've been having some setbacks myself. Maybe I need to pay attention to some different things. Thanks for the insight!

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PYNETREE 6/27/2013 12:30PM

    Wow oh Wow..You are doing this..You're a WINNER already.

Sending wishes for strength and health - Go!! emoticon

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 6/27/2013 12:23PM

  Good luck! you have it seems the technical stuff down. Kick some butt and have fun.

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3G1RLS4ME 6/27/2013 12:10PM

    My left leg is shorter than my right I've had this type of problem too gel inserts ill have to give it a try good luck

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NEWTINK 6/27/2013 12:05PM

    Your doing great emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 6/27/2013 11:49AM

    Keep on bein' EPIC! emoticon
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AVANDREA_ 6/27/2013 10:35AM

    Wow, 70 plus miles... my dream is to finish even a 7 mile ride lol.... You go!!!! emoticon

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FIRECOM 6/27/2013 10:01AM

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Classic example of doing whatever it takes. Thanks.

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2WHEELER 6/27/2013 9:36AM

    Great blog. I totally get the avoidance thing. Amazing what a little action rather avoidance can solve. Something I'll have to try to remember. Dressing for the part is a great way to boost ego (in a good way) & confidence--nothing wrong with that.

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SLIMLEAF 6/27/2013 8:05AM

    Great to hear you've solved your leg-length / painful running problem!
Best wishes with the training.

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TDEMAIO2 6/27/2013 7:14AM

    emoticon you can do it : )

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SANDYCRANE 6/27/2013 6:52AM

    Good luck at the race. Can not wait to hear about how it went.

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WENDYANNE61 6/27/2013 6:20AM

    Go for it man, you can do it and we will all be rooting for you!! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 6/27/2013 5:46AM

    pain is your body's way of saying "Damage." Dont ignore it.

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CICELY360 6/26/2013 10:42PM

  good blog

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CHARTHESTAR 6/26/2013 9:44PM

    I am so surprised. You have been working on your physical part for so long- with great results. took a lot of hard work and commitment to yourself.

What I am surprised at is the fact that you had never addressed the length difference in your leggs before. SERIOUSLY. I would have that that issue would have been on the top of your list. our body's have to be in balance to work at their best. You have pushed your body so much- and given it so many tools to get the job done. Your food. getting your bike especially fitted for you, and training equipment.

I am glad you finally addressed it. It will take quite a while for your body to completely heal but as you said you noticed results immediately.

I would recommend that you go get fitted with a proper LIFT as soon as possible. not having it correctly could do damage you won't know about for a while.
Please do that for yourself!

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WRITERWANNAB 6/26/2013 8:50PM

    It's great to get a male viewpoint since we women seem to talk more on Spark People. It gave me a bit of a nudge to JUST START SOMEWHERE, which I have needed. Thank you!

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COLOR-BLUE 6/26/2013 8:29PM

    I love your choice of wet suit better!!! I believe you can do this!!! Just put one foot across the finish line. It doesn't matter how long it takes you, the fact is THAT YOU FINISHED!!! I'm praying and pulling for you!!! emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 6/26/2013 8:16PM

    Just crossing the finish line will make you look cool even if everything is all hanging out! Great job. emoticon

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MELROSE13 6/26/2013 7:53PM

    Best Wishes on achieving the ultimate prize, crossing that finish line!!!

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KKLENNERT809 6/26/2013 7:35PM

    I think we all recognize part of ourself in your blog. So it's important to recognize them and do something about it. Thank you for sharing your insight with us.

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THOMS1 6/26/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon Good luck to you! emoticon

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JAMER123 6/26/2013 5:01PM

    emoticon that is a long race!! 70.3 miles will certainly test your endurance! Good luck and best wishes. Glad you found the gel inserts to make thhe run much easier.
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