Sunday, August 12, 2012

A whole lotsa goings-on....

Seems like a good time to write a quick blog. Believe it or not i have family that reads this and they dont really care too much about triathlon. If were playing pool they would be equally interested. Maybe. Cant say for sure.

I have been spending some fun and quality time with the love of my life. See exhibit below. No comments on the BIG HAIR, but really if you are a new reader, we pulled this wedding off in about 2 weeks bc of Rich's surgery at  Mayo. We cancelled it once, and didnt even send out invites. I had nobody to do my hair, but someone was free and this is what she did. Never say never, it worked for that day:) And all my southern friends loved it! 

Rich is off the chemo for now, or forever, we dont know. Our Oncologist gave us the words you dont want to hear, "we have nothing else for you." And asked us if we needed a few minutes. WE are like "UM, No." but really? I can see how a family who does not have the knowledge or the strength ( due to shock, illness, finances) would be like REALLY ? We are out on the street? After one CT scan?
So we move forward. We dont know what that means because we decided to take the weekend off, and then do some calling monday. Down to Mayo to start. I am also looking into Clinical Trials thru the National Cancer Inst. But its up to him. I want him to first decide what he wants to do. That chemo can be nasty, as we saw with the last rounds, so even tho i say "Its your life," of course i want him around as long as possible. He has a very strong faith, and i know we both know its in God's hands, and that the prognosis, is just that. a guess, a number, a timeline. And IT will be what it will be. But perhaps it may explain a few things that have been going on with me.

Because my blog is about my loves, and onc of those is triathlon, were patient and we got here.
See below: Yup, love it. All that sugar and gel made me so sick saturday after my Long ride/Brick that i had diarhhea all night and couldnt even eat dinner. I havebeen working diligently with someone on this and he got an earful. Perhaps it was the salt, perhaps what i ate the night prior, perhaps the 16+ gels ( well I use Liquid shot) but that is going to change. I cant live on that much simple sugar.
Today was a bit better, but the reason this ties to Rich is he has terrible GI issues from the chemo. And that is letting up a bit since he is off it for 2 weeks now, but gee, I took my first immodium last night. They work:)
That could end up in my race day plans.

Which brings us to the pic from race day last year. The love of my life and my best friend, my sister. She may not know she is my best friend, but she is:) And so this year. Things are going to go better for me post race. See above, and race day nutrition. Last night was a stark reminder of 2011. So taht is not goign to happen again. I ran my long run today and i undergeled and used powerbar chews and coke, much better. I need to get some honey stingers, those are my favorite and i know my coach uses them. 

So, Ive covered the important stuff.
But i didnt cover the bike race last week in Cable, Wi. I did awesome. Rode 50.6 miles in 2:20 and got 4th OA and 1st AG. Then i fell over. Seriously. I think i forgot to clip out. You know there was no T2 to be thinking about just a finish line and while i was so FOCUSED the entire race I was most focused on not gettting caught by my friend Kyle and by Rich and his pal Scott who started right behind me. I finished, the people i knew at the finish CHEERED LOUD, and i sat up and fell over aftertalking to them. So i was banned from this bonehead stuff and told to wear bubble wrap. ( I did scuff up a bit and fell on my hip, which has led to too many MD visits and even an XRAY) so really people, falling over is not good, and I am too young to break a hip, luckily.
Just when you thought it was safe and i was with it, I yardsaled on my run today. I put on tougher ( read heavier and more traditional) shoes bc my Cortana's seemed to be light and lovely but my calves the next day were pissed off. So lets save those for race day i said, and put on the ones that make me feel like i have neuropathy in my feet. I hit a patch of rocks going onto the trail and SUPERMAN my way into the gravel. The same elbow as last weekend is bleeding like crazy. I stand up, assess what's going on and realize its just blood. Use my precious handheld water and clean that sucker off and keep running.
I think i will live but i hope i dont flip turn into the wall tmmrw. I Can blame today's on those shoes, seriously. and of course fatigue. Not much sleep lately, and also just "its the last week of IM training, things hurt!"
So there ya have it. Stories from the bonehead herself who is now certain that Race day is goign to be easier than all this.


Damie said...

so glad you posted. I love you and Rich. Love your training. and LOVE your hair. xoxoxo....... LOVE YOU!!!!!

Molly said...

Wow, that's so much to deal with at once, like training for an IM isn't enough!!! Hugs to you both, you are dealing with this so well right now and I love your no-quitting attitude.

Ugh, IM nutrition can really do a freaking number on your stomach, I understand that. Glad you are going to figure it out. Stay safe till race day!!!! I'm about ready to bubble wrap myself!

Beth said...

Bubble wrap for you!!!! :)

Praying for you guys as always. I'm glad you both have the faith that will see you through no matter what the outcome. It truly makes is an entirely different experience. Much love.

The Miller Family said...

No crazy antics before IMWI ;)

Keeping you guys in our thoughts as always.

ADC said...

Julia, I am thinking of you guys.

elizabeth said...

I think you wrapped it up right, race day will be a nice vacation from all the stress you're experiencing!! Sending you hugs!!

Betsy said...

This made me laugh (not at the hair I swear!) and cry and want to pick you up and dust you off a few times and give you a hug! Love that you keep smiling and keeping on!

Libby said...

we need to keep you on two feet coming up to race day! sheesh! thinking of you and rich always and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys! now rest up and be healthy! take good care of rich too :) lots of love to you both

Charisa said...

I love that you fell over! And BIG HAIR - that is classic :)

Can't wait to see you in WI!!!!! It's going to be great.

Hang in there - thinking of you guys.

Ange said...

Big hugs and prayers for you guys Julia. And no more falling off the bike!! Haha
I think you look beautiful in our wedding photo!

Ange said...

Big hugs and prayers for you guys Julia. And no more falling off the bike!! Haha
I think you look beautiful in our wedding photo!

shelleyoh said...

Beautiful blog Julia. Thank you for sharing your heart. Love you kiddo. Rich is very proud of you as his wife and as his soul mate. You are continuing to run the good race.
xo Hugs, Shelley