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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.

The suit I bought...

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!


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!

Maybe it will be a little of both... 70.3 miles is a LONG way...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MIMIDOT 6/26/2013 8:45AM

    You're doing great. Thanks for sharing.

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HLOCHRIDGE 6/26/2013 8:40AM

    You are awesome!! Keep up the great work!

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MFOR-MOI 6/26/2013 8:22AM

  So proud of you... first blog i ever read ...Loved it, Keep up the Great Work! emoticon

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JERZRN 6/26/2013 8:17AM

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CATIATM 6/26/2013 8:09AM

    Haha - I'm glad you liked what you saw in the mirror - That's always a great feeling!

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WOOFGANG 6/26/2013 8:00AM

    Very interesting perspective and one I've never even considered. I will have to do some serious "thinking" to figure out if your tactics can help me. Thanks for an interesting read and good luck on your 70.3 - yeah, that IS a long ride!

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CVRONEK 6/26/2013 7:56AM


I have scoliosis due to a shorter leg and suffered for years, with hip, back, etc. pain and always had issues walking hard, or running.

I too got wonderful relief from an insert for the shorter leg!

Hooray for finding solutions! emoticon

My motto...Improvise, overcome and adapt!

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ANNASMOM12 6/26/2013 7:50AM


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SHARONCAPPS 6/26/2013 7:48AM

  Good for you. I am glad you were able to overcome your problems. Thanks for sharing

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TRYINGHARD54 6/26/2013 7:47AM

    wow ! 70 miles...... but I have faith in you that you can do it . emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/26/2013 7:28AM

    sounds as though things are coming together for you with more than a little know-how!!

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JIBBIE49 6/26/2013 7:20AM

    emoticon Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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BLUENOSE63 6/26/2013 7:19AM

  Yes grasshopper you now have the connection that will see you through your training and your is about training smarter not longer. I would suggest a yoga class very basic -- for stretching.

From a fellow Ironman 70.3 -- two very big thumbs up!


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GARDENCHRIS 6/26/2013 7:18AM

    you go! you might want to check on getting your shoes built up for the shorter leg... putting the cups together is great but then your foot does not sit inside the shoe right which might cause injury.

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MAWMAW101 6/26/2013 7:14AM

    Have a problem, find a way to fix it! What a concept. All the best on your journey.

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KATHIC2 6/26/2013 7:08AM

  You are so ready! You can figure out any issue that arises.

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CHERYLHURT 6/26/2013 7:07AM

  Wow! Wow!

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SHANNONY84 6/26/2013 7:04AM

    Great blog!

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RAINBOWMF 6/26/2013 6:55AM

    Great blog.
It feels great when you solve the problems instead of avoiding them.

Wise man.

You will look great and do a fine race.


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SHERYLP461 6/26/2013 6:52AM

    Awesome, you will be great!

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KNYAGENYA 6/26/2013 6:44AM


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BESSHAILE 6/26/2013 6:37AM

    Now - promise that if there is something not quite right about the wet suit - you'll see that it get's fitted to you before you procrastinate about it!

from a fellow procrastinator big time.

Yea about the hip and the shoe insert. whoopee.

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MARGARITTM 6/26/2013 6:30AM

    Congrats on the upcoming tri and more so for figuring out what you have to do to make it all happen.

Can't wit for the review!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/26/2013 6:23AM

    I am so looking forward to this victory for you. And yeah, we want pixes of you in all your glory, not just as you cross the finish line, but all along the way.

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GRUMBLEGIRL 6/26/2013 6:03AM

    Great job figuring out your roadblocks and moving on!! Good luck with your training.

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ANGELN325 6/26/2013 5:10AM

    That's awesome! Way to overcome your obstacles!
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EBONYSOL 6/26/2013 3:20AM

    As a member of the world procrastinator club I salute you - tomorrow. Yeah, those little changes can make a big difference once we get around to them. Keeping on working out with your eyes on your goal because the solutions will appear along the way. Take care.

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BENTOGYRL 6/26/2013 2:57AM

    Wow, keep up the good work. I can't even imagine running that far, you are awesome.

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123ELAINE456 6/26/2013 1:46AM

  Awesome Blog!!! You are doing Great. Keep Pushing Forward and You will make it. You are right on Track. Keep It Up. WTG!!! You are very Inspiring and Motivate many of Us. Thank You for Being You. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/26/2013 12:56AM

    My right leg is a little shorter than my left leg and I make sure all my shoes have a heel insert in the right shoe. Makes all the difference in the world in how my hips and the rest of my body feels.

About the bike. Yes, you need to get it fixed if you avoid it because it's uncomfortable. Because eventually you do have to ride it and you want it to fit as good as it can. Not that I have ever been able to get over all discomfort on my bike. My seat and feet will still ache during and after long rides but it's not because my bike doesn't fit. emoticon emoticon


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DRB13_1 6/25/2013 11:28PM

    take good care and keep looking good!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/25/2013 9:30PM


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IMSMILEY88 6/25/2013 9:29PM

    You are doing terrific! I, too, am suffering from aches & pains... a sore foot (need a doctor's appointment), an achy hip, a wrist issue, a back issue... I hate to say it, but all (but the back) came about since I've been working out! Ugh! But, I, too can find smarter ways to get this done. And, I will!

Thanks, as always, for the inspiration! I love how faithful you are!

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LIVEDAILY 6/25/2013 9:00PM

    Well, now Robert, you are toying with us. Telling us that you suited up with all your gear...and no photo??

Glad to hear to found a solution to your leg issue. Agree with Linda K - you may be able to get podiatry quality inserts and have insurance pay for them.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/25/2013 8:49PM

    So that's how you solved the alignment issue! Glad I read your blog :)

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JUNEAU2010 6/25/2013 7:50PM

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LINDAK25 6/25/2013 7:45PM

    Sounds good! You might want to check and see if your medical insurance would pay for a foot doctor and let the doctor measure you for inserts for your shoes. Those gel inserts just didn't do enough for me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/25/2013 7:39PM

    There *is* something motivating about "looking the part", for sure. Spark on!

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GRINCHLETTE 6/25/2013 7:35PM

    I can SO relate with this blog. I am training for my first sprint tri and just yesterday FINALLY made it in to the chiropractor to adjust the longer/shorter leg syndrome. What a difference! Duh! Why didn't i just do that sooner!! I would love to know where you got the gel heel inserts...any chance you could let me know brand, etc.

Good luck on your race!!!! CARPE DIEM!!! Looking forward to celebrating with you after you finish triumphantly!


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_JODI404 6/25/2013 6:54PM

    Great lessons! Procrastination is hard to overcome -- I'm a member of that club as well.

Sounds like you've done an excellent job solving some problems that will make a huge positive difference for you on race day!


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RUNNERRACHEL 6/25/2013 6:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Can't wait to see the race photos! Great that you have come this far. Even with a few wrenches thrown in you have seriously done an amazing job. Gear and proper shoes make such a difference! Glad you got the right fit for your bike and I hope the shoes are ok as well. Will you have a chance to try out the wetsuit before the event? Great work!! You can do it!! emoticon emoticon

70.3!! Woo hoo!
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ALIDOSHA 6/25/2013 6:19PM

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    You will do awesome...just keep your focus.

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GINA180847 6/25/2013 5:36PM

    It just takes you a little longer to solve problems along the way. I really can't say one of my legs is longer than the other at least not to the point that 2 gel pacs would even me up. Hubby says pretty well everyone does but I guess it might be more for some. Post a picture of you looking the part!

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GOING-STRONG 6/25/2013 5:32PM

    Pretty hot looking wetsuit you got there.. way to go! So glad you got some of those pain issues sorted out. I have been avoiding the pool... but not because of pain. Just don't like getting my hair wet and having to change, etc. in the locker room. We all have our issues lol. Today however I did get in the pool for 30 minutes so that is a start. My 3rd Sprint level tri is coming up in August. Considering an Olympic Tri but since I'm running my first full marathon this Fall I'll need to defer that until next year. You are doing great and love to read your progress. Sending good vibes your way that the photos will be stellar!


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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/25/2013 5:20PM

    "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!" THIS TOTALLY MADE ME SMILE!!!

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LINDAKAY228 6/25/2013 4:25PM

    Oh I'm always trying to be creative too. Glad the gel inserts worked doing what you did with them! Great way to work around a problem!

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/25/2013 4:23PM

    haha - I used to be a square peg, round hole pounder too!! ;-)
Former procrastinator, I think I won the award for the like 3-years in a row... ridiculous in retrospect!!
Now I'm more of box, what box, we dont need a box thinker. The time is now, and if there is a will I will make a way - whether my brain likes it or not... haha.
In the end avoiding things and procrastinating always makes it worse - meh!
Nice wetsuit - no doubt you will have some GREAT race pics!! ;-)
Cheers to working smarter not harder and getting better results!

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