Sunday, September 25, 2011

And 2 weeks later we are back to normal life...

I dont want to continue to dwell only on IM Wisconsin, but i do have to say it was a pretty big deal for me. Not in how i finished or in how or how i placed or even what  my time was but in the fact that it's been awhile since i did something I DIDNT THINK I COULD DO. Now granted. I " thought" i could cover the distance. But partly bc of my profession and partly bc of the work needed I did at times DOUBT question my body and its ability to do this.

This snowy awful freezing cold too much snow from october to april winter I had my doubts. I had the wonderful support of not only my husband but some blog friends ( ER!) and of course this crazy lady:


Yes I know she is going to love me for posting this:
She put this on her blog and i taped it to my mirror. The date is in March, right about when i was feeling pretty overwelmed with winter ( or whatever you want to call it when you have snow on the ground for 6 + months) and some injuries. I also had struggled all fall with glute med tendon issues from the end of a great summer ( again this is all 2010) and didnt run until january. and at that point i was running on the TM or on snowy icey yuk. It did a number on my head even tho my body seemed to be healing but at its own pace.

I love this poem/saying. I have had it up on my mirror before, during tennis seasons and what not, but it came at a great time and it really helped me DAILY to remember that what is happening today...Isnt going to be what is happening in a week if I was smart. There were, as there always seem to be, some days and some weeks where Coach had to tell me " nope, do nothing the TP is a plan, we change it if we need to." I sometimes had to go and delete the " fun!" that was written in there bc It killed me to not do some of the wko's bc my body wasnt ready. I never run tested last winter ( hehehe) but secretly that was hard too. I would take a run test over a bike test TODAY!

So my point is that getting to that start line was huge. I can attribute it to a few things:
*CORE STRENGTH and ALOT MORE GLUTE work than i have ever done..I saw my PT every 3-4 weeks as needed. Sometimes it was for mobs and sometimes it was just to tweek my HEP and catch up on things ( my PT is awesome and i LOVE HER!)

*SLEEP, yes I got at least 8 hours.

*PATIENCE, yup...patience.

* DIET.....And sorry but i cant say it was bc I had this puritan and clean diet. I mean i ate well. But i also decided that for IM training and even half iron or ANY training i need to eat. I have had my issues with eating disorders and someday maybe i will share all that, but i do know that what got me healthy thru that was knowing i had to fuel my body and if i wanted to play tennis competitively ever again i had to eat. So taking this forward to this summer, I ate. Yah i didnt eat nearly enough Dairy Queen for Cheryl's liking but i did, i ate pretty much everything. Heavy on the Almond Butter and i also really upped my protein intake but not at the expense of eating grains and oats and bagels and rice and sweet potatoes. Not a huge pasta fan but you get the point. Not the time to try to slim down or get ripped.

*COACH and Friends and family that supported me...So much fun to do this training. I seriously cant see doing IM training alone. Yea i did my long runs alone, for the most part but my sister and some friends often  met me along the route, and of course i had my hubby to ride with and friends /co-inmates of JHC to banter and see at Dairyland Dare and the Verona ride. Its easy to get withdrawn and think only about your sore __________( fill in the blank) so training and haveing those people to bounce ideas off of or compare Estim with was amazing.
THANK YOU!!

Ok this is getting way too long and my initial intention of writing about my 2 weeks off has gotten lost. So anyways i did nothing for 2 weeks. I took a walk, I let some niggles heal up ( my arch hurt, thought maybe i had a 1st or 2nd Met stress fx but i have no terrible triad going so i knew it would heal) and it did,,,I went to the lake and froze ( and realized you peeps that did CDA and swan in 58 deg water? wow, no go for me) and then i rode my road bike sunday and my glute is sore! Go figure. I did a super easy jog today, 45 minutes, no idea how far bc i just ran. Lets just say I think a 5k is going to hurt a ton this fall bc my legs are pretty happy in the slow mo mode!

So here a few more pics from race day: Still makes me laugh and smile...
this is my friend, i have no idea who he is but CY took this and it cracked me up.
 Here is my sore toe, i may need to get those little guys into the DPM....it actually doesnt hurt! And no its not gangrene.
 This swim start still makes me cringe. I think i may rethink my start position for next year.
Yes I said next year.
 These tu-tu'd guys made me laugh.
 Here are my true sherpas. They are awesome and i am so thankful for their support.
 Here is Rich hanging in the street, after he decorated it with Good luck Toots and with my sacred word: TRUST. Sadly i didnt see it:) oops. And usually i havent been putting Rich on the blog, but he deserves it this time. Last year we had some bad people use my blog to hurt him and i just decided not to put him in here, but this time he deserves it. I am the luckiest girl around:)



And after the weekend in Madison? We went to Philly for some work and some play. Here i am with my pet dog? Cool sculpture. My cousin is the president of the College of Natural History so we saw some cool things, ate some amazing sushi and then topped it off with awesome ice cream. It was a great addition to my weeks off!


And in closing ( sigh, finally i know) I have made more apple crisp, cleaned out closets and even started to look at 2012 races. Despite being on a hiatus from TP and from training its fun to think about next spring and how to escape winter. It's not here yet but its never far from my mind ( insert JAW's theme song) its coming.....
PS and all you skiers, i have the utmost respect for you. Go for it. I hate being cold.. end of story.

15 comments:

Molly said...

This was so great to read!! And NEXT YEAR oh boy! Did you sign up for the same race?

Michelle Simmons said...

The water in Idaho was 54. Just for the record! That counts as my blizzard for the year, thankyouverymuch! ;)

Steve said...

Wow a lot there. Solo long runs are hard. I think I have lost my ability to do them. 6 miles solo is long for me.

Can't wait to read about next year. Good luck of course. :)

Pedergraham said...

Love it: inmates of JHC. :)

Beth said...

NOOOOOOOOO! Anything but snow!!! ;)

sallyaston said...

Great post! Sounds like a good 2 weeks of recovery! Your legs will find their speed for a 5k, don't worry! :-)

beth said...

Love this post...cheers to exceeding your expectations for yourself...and I love the swim pic with "next year..."
YES!

Jennifer Harrison said...

OH dear. I needed some warning while drinking my hot tea WITH that picture of me front and center. DEAR LORD.
That pic does crack me up though! I love Tucson - and I want to go back!

GLAD you are taking the rest to the max! You need to! 2012 prep will start soon enough - so keep chilling! :))

thepumpkinsdiary said...

You have IM fever Julia :)) I'm SO excited for you, I know how much you were doubting your body's ability to not only train but race an IM. But you did it and you listened to your body which I know got you to that finish line in one piece (minus the ugly toe - ha!). Soak up and enjoy your FUN time! Excited to see Rich make an appearance again too!! And of course I'll be around to support you for round 2 :D

Rebecca DeWire said...

You totally deserve to dwell all you want on the accomplishment of finishing your first IM! And so exciting that there is going to be a repeat for next year, so exciting!

Damie said...

okay.
1. I did 57 degree water in Wales. I think I need you to get some HTFU. chuckles :)
2. That toe is sooooo gross!!!!! :)
3. I love you so much and I am so proud of you. It is hard to let go of all of the great feelings from the training and race, huh? That just means you have to do another one. Kind of like chasing the dragon.....
xxxxxxxoooooooooooo emailing you now...

Libby said...

Love it! Still so proud of you for your patience through the winter and modifyingo get to the start healthy. Your toe is gnarly girl! i miss fall and apole picking/crisp so enjoy it for me ironwoman!

ADC said...

Great race after thoughts. You are very inspiring, you know.

MB said...

Wow, another IM! You stud! You CAN do anything!

cheryl said...

that is a sad way to end the post with the snow :-( You had a great year, after a particularly tough start. I admire how hard you work, and how you support DQ, and the results you get, and the help you give to rest of us ninnies when we get a niggle. i hope you have a great fall!