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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
om/cms/article-detail.asp?
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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SUSIEMT 6/26/2013 2:18PM

    I really enjoyed this blog! Thank you for sharing some of your insights on how to be creative in your problem solving. Sometimes unless someone else mentions their solution I am stymied. Keep up the good work and I think you will do real well in your event! Woo Hoo to you!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 6/26/2013 2:16PM

    Oh sure, you post what the suit looks like but not the "HOT YOU" IN the suit!!!



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ALIWVU121 6/26/2013 1:50PM

    So so jealous!! Hopefully I'll get to do one, one of these days! After I work on my swimming....and biking, and running, lol. Rooting for you though!

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ROZZIEOZZIE 6/26/2013 1:47PM

    My older sister has that problem with a slightly shorter leg, and her doctor fitted her with a shoe insert which helps greatly! And here you figured it out all by yourself!
Good going! And I think we all procrastinate, which is why we are all trying to lose weight! You just got to get a move on and stop thinking so much! Wonderful blog!

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KARRENLYNN 6/26/2013 1:46PM

    Awareness and corrections are serving you well. Good luck on your race!

Karen

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SJKENT1 6/26/2013 1:29PM

    Not only are you getting better (healthier and physically) you are getting smarter!!!

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MOMMY445 6/26/2013 12:57PM

    woo hoo! wow!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/26/2013 12:41PM

  Good for you admitting you( we ) are avoiders.But hurray your WILLING to challenge it. So GREA emoticon T

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/26/2013 12:31PM

    Good luck. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 6/26/2013 12:21PM

    can't wait to see the pictures

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SBARGANZ 6/26/2013 12:18PM

    70.3 miles. You are my hero. I'm doing my first spring tri this summer, adn I am scared as heck about it! :)

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/26/2013 11:55AM

    For what purpose did you order the wetsuit, surfing, diving? Just curious. Congrats identifying your obstacles and on finding strategies to get around them. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EBURGITE 6/26/2013 11:42AM

    sounds great!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/26/2013 11:16AM

    Good grief! I wonder if something like that would allow me to run??? I am going to see about it, for sure! I am so psyched for you and hope the next 6 weeks of training are good! You ROCK!

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JOANNHUNT 6/26/2013 11:11AM

    WOW! WAY TO GO. GREAT IDEA ABOUT THE GEL INSOLES. RIGHT ON. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY.

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SUNNYLIFE72 6/26/2013 11:03AM

  It's amazing how much we learn about ourselves when we are focused on changing. =) Keep up the good work!

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LIZMVR 6/26/2013 10:49AM

    I can relate to a lot of what you shared. I'm glad you've been making positive changes and are getting in shape. Good luck in getting the awesome event photo, too!
I will admit, though, that I laugh at mine that look like I'm dying by the finish line :)

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JSEATTLE 6/26/2013 10:45AM

  Good Luck on your event, YOU CAN DO IT!!

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DIANNEMT 6/26/2013 10:35AM

    Rooting for you!! You will do great!! If you finish, that is more than MANY of us can do!!

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GINGERVISTA 6/26/2013 10:33AM

    You don't seem like such an 'avoider' to me! emoticon on making positive changes & sharing them. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 6/26/2013 10:26AM

    attitude is half the battle be proud look and feel the part and the rest will be a breeze

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JERICHO1991 6/26/2013 10:08AM

    Sounds like you're making good progress. Good job!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/26/2013 9:59AM

    It is amazing once you solve a problem how good it feels, especially when you did it on your own. It is frustrating when you pay for work to be done (and time spent getting it done) and the issue isn't fixed.

I am so glad everything is starting to come together. I look forward to hearing about the race and seeing pictures.

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GBSLIM 6/26/2013 9:33AM

    Square peg, round hole, classic avoider - hmmm sounds familiar. Glad you're finally "on the ball". Congrats on shedding the excess pounds. AWESOME!
Love your Woo Hoo wall too. Keep Going :)

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  great post

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  You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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