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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I'm still sick. I went to work this morning just to keep from getting too far behind, and then I went home. I finally got the cat off my lap, so I can type. I want to sleep, but I'll do that later.

Swam Friday afternoon. I did twelve laps: I think 15 laps equals the length of the swim portion of the triathlon I'm doing in June. No foot cramps. It occurred to me while I was swimming that, given how much I have to work to keep my head up while swimming, it was a very bad idea to do pull-ups immediately afterwards. The muscles weren't just warmed up, they were stressed. Pull ups were too much. So, lesson learned.

I discovered a goofy side-crawl stroke I can do, along with a backstroke, if I cannot conquer breathing while doing the freestyle scrawl. I haven't taken a swim lesson yet, so I'm not admitting defeat and I am still optimistic; I just like to keep my options open.

I decided to test myself by getting out of the pool by using my arms, rather than climbing out using the ladder. I did it. I was so wobbly I almost fell over, though. I'm glad no one saw me stumbling around like a drunken sailor on shore leave, because that would have been embarrassing.

After the swim, I went to the bike shop to have my bike fitted. I had the saddle too low - by almost an inch! The bike was having other work done (like fixing a spoke I bent last May). I haven't ridden in a couple of months now, and just being on my bike while the LBS guy was fitting it felt great. The shop left a message yesterday - it's ready to be picked up. I'd love to be able to ride. The weather's been good the past few days. The wind finally died down. We're getting another air stagnation warning, but I have fairly healthy lungs so I tend to continue exercising outdoors until the warnings indicate otherwise. But alas, I am still sick.

This bug hit like a freight train. Went for a run Saturday morning. I ran a little over three miles. Most of the last mile was walking; I need to increase my stamina. During the Seahawks' game, I had a bit of a dry cough. That's not unusual when I've exercised hard. It was fairly warm that morning, but it was really windy. The wind often kicks up all kinds of stuff, and I assumed I'd inhaled too much dust or dirt. Toward the end of the game, my cough started to get kind of gooey. Within an hour, I was feeling drained and coughing a lot. By the next day, it moved up into my sinuses, too.

I haven't been feverish, but I'm kind of hoping this is the flu. The Hubs got a flu shot this year; if this is the flu, he won't get it from me. (I almost always get a flu shot to protect him. I didn't this year.) I have the bone-deep achiness, the chills, but not much of a fever.

One of my co-workers has been out all week, too. He has bronchitis. I'm not going to the doctor, though. Right now, I'm a little mad at my doctor.

The x-rays showed no sign of arthritis. I have a bone spur on my heel and the doc suspects plantar fasciitis. He wants me to "not overdo it" on physical activity. WTF? I don't think I'm currently "over-doing it," so I'm not planning on slowing down.

I've found that pain is the most reliable behavior-modification tool my body has. If my body wants me to stop doing something, it will hurt. Right now, it doesn't hurt when I run. Given that I'm 185 pounds, you would think that running would be the exercise that hurts. Nope. What hurts? Spin classes and swimming.

I'm also a little annoyed because the doc wants me to get another 12-hour fasting blood draw after I've gone a week with no supplements. None. I'm cringing just thinking about it. In the past, I've gotten leg cramps after several days of not taking calcium supplements. I've started taking melatonin because I was having so much trouble sleeping. One of the reasons I do this heavy supplementation is for immune support, and I believe my allergies are no where near as severe as they would be without it.

(I had long hair when I was in my twenties. It was never very healthy: It was brittle. It split all the time. It was really fly-away, and I could do nothing to control it. I cut it progressively shorter until I ended up with really short hair. Several years ago, I started growing it out. I've been amazed at how healthy my hair is. I credit the vitamin & mineral supplements I take with the difference in my hair. Pretty hair isn't critical, but I believe healthy hair is a sign of my overall health. So it's not just wacky, crackpot stuff.)

It's only a week, and I will survive. I have a follow-up appointment with him in a few weeks. I'm apprehensive. I've put a lot into my "new" life. I don't want to be told to slow down, because I don't think I'm moving too fast. I don't want to have to explain to people, "Gee, I gave up on triathlon because my doctor told me I was working too hard." I don't want to think I purchased a membership in USA Triathlon for nothing.

I know I'm worrying about nothing, because the appointment isn't for ten days. But I can't exercise because I'm sick, so jumping to conclusions and wringing my hands is just about the only activity I can do.
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SEATTLESIMS 1/16/2014 12:32PM

    Hope you are feeling better!

I swam my first triathlon all breast stroke and back stroke. When I friend saw me do the crawl/freestyle she said I was kicking too hard (thus my cardio was way up and it was harder to time the breathing). This past year I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube on swimming and 'Triathlon" swimming the crawl etc and got lots of tips and just worked on form.. I think it helped a lot. I ended up swiming 90-95% of my last sprint Tri with the crawl! and shaved 2 mins off my time! (could have been better, but maybe next time!).

Good luck with your fasting blood draw etc!


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I.M.MAGIC 1/16/2014 11:13AM

    Tough position to be in... if you keep up the pace--but I'm sure he didn't mean to say stop altogether.

And you don't want to lose your momentum, right? Overall, you feel better-- but You're not going to be sick for ever. Take advantage of the down time to think. Reevaluate your plans... if your doctor tells you to slow down, he's probably thinking you're headed toward a debilitating injury &/or illness. Maybe that's the reason you're sick now, what do you think? Evaluate the level of wear and tear on your body--is it possible to find some middle ground?
Ask your doctor questions about the plantar issue--I know that by avoiding certain specific types of movement for a time, and using specific exercises and warm ups, my ex got rid of his plantar fascia problem--and you probably can too... ask, and add those to your routine!

By all means, keep your goal in mind and keep working toward it-- I LOVE your enthusiasm, and your obvious joy and pride in your accomplishments!--but don't put yourself out of commission in the process of getting there, y'know?

I have fibromyalgia, and every day means walking that line between doing enough and doing too much. I know EXACTLY how exacting, how challenging that can be.

I also KNOW emoticon

So hang in there--

You'll need to start back slower than you may want to--or even feel like doing--but you'll end up sick longer if you go about it too quickly. I'd love to see you back in action! LOL

... so TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
Kathy emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 1/16/2014 10:09AM

    Thanks for the info. The thing is, I'm not in pain (for the most part). The cramps while swimming hurt, but the pain when I stand on the pedals in spin classes is moderate. (It hasn't stopped me from standing on the pedals.)

My fear is being told something I don't want to hear, like "stop running." I'm making progress. I'm actually using my gym membership. I've been doing strength training - even the stuff that scares me because I'm not very good at it. I can tell I'm getting stronger, and my belly is getting smaller.

I'm worrying about this, even though I have no idea what's going to happen. It's a waste of energy, but I'm likely to continue worrying anyway.

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EBRAINK 1/16/2014 8:14AM

    I'm sorry to hear you're sick, Slug. You sound like you're really down - not your peppy, "can do!", awesome self. (Still pretty feisty though, and that's probably not the virus talkin'!)

Please take care of yourself, and don't poo-poo the flu - young, "healthy" people are dying from it, as you probably know.

As for plantar fasciitis - have you ever had that before? I have. It started out with a twinge when I did some things. For me, it was mostly while walking down the stairs. Within a short period (weeks) I couldn't walk without red hot iron poker fire pain of doom shooting up through the sole of my foot into everything connected to my foot. No running, hiking, biking - and walking was only because I needed to keep my life moving. I had to crawl up the stairs, and bump down on my butt when I was home. (At work, I hauled myself up and down by leaning on the banister.) Oh! and no bare feet. I had to wear shoes that could take my super ugly orthotics, or (*SHUDDER*) birkenstocks. Yes, I suffered FASHION TRAUMA! (Birkenstocks with a business suit. ugh.)

It took 6 months to get over, and I'm still very wary whenever I feel a twinge.

I keep it at bay with compulsive stretching of my calves. Your mileage may vary, but for me it seems that the calf muscle pulls on Achilles tendon which pulls on the heel bone which pulls on plantar fascia...and the only thing that can give is that dumb heel bone grows a spur to 'lengthen' the fascia, and that dang spur is the source of the pain that makes me whimper.

Geeez, I'm getting sympathy pains just thinking you might have this. I'm going to go ice my heels just to be safe.

(Take care of yourself, okay?)

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HILLSLUG98239 1/15/2014 11:29PM

    The nurse relayed the information, so I don't know why he wants me off my supplements. I can imagine he wants to see a baseline, that perhaps the supplements are masking another issue.

I don't think the bone spur is causing me any problems. The outside of my foot, about 2/3 of the way forward, is tender to the touch. The only pain I'm having is in the anterior metatarsals, and only when I stand up on the pedals of a spin bike.

It's all a mystery to me. Maybe I'm just down because I'm sick and I can't seem to do anything but lay on the damned futon and watch TV. emoticon

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MISSG180 1/15/2014 5:41PM

    I'm not getting why your doc wants a 12-hour fast without you supplemented. What's he trying to figure out?

As far as the bone spur, talk to your LASS (local athletic show store emoticon ) and tell them about your problem. They should be able to fit you with a shoe that will help with the bone spur issue.

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