Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spinning with Excitement

Well...kind of.

With my first race of the season in just a few days at Rev3 Quassy, I am SO EXCITED!! I have been putting in a lot of time and I am ready to just go!

that is until all of a sudden I literally started spinning.

On Friday I had a great early morning training session and later that day had several dizzy spells. I chalked it up to low blow sugar and didn't think anything else about it over the weekend since I felt great on Saturday and Sunday.

Then on Monday morning I opened my eyes around 5 a.m. and the room was spinning. I closed them and it was still spinning. I was able to fall back asleep somehow, and when I woke up I took it super easy that morning. Around noon I felt totally better and so, in maybe not my smartest move ever, I went out for a ride.

And I was on FIRE! I felt so great...for about an hour. Then, out of the blue, BAM, I got so dizzy I was afraid I would fall off my bike. I found a patch of shade and literally just laid down beside the road. Some very nice people in the house close by came to check on me and took care of me until Kel came to get me. There might have been some puking involved too, but I'm just trying not to think about it too much.

I laid on my spinning bed for the rest of the day and night, and still didn't feel totally like myself yesterday, so at the urging of my coach and my worried inner self, I took myself to the doctor's office to see what was going on. The PA, who happens to be a friend of mine and a fellow athlete, said I had the classic symptoms of positional vertigo, which is an inner ear disturbance. The good news is that I am feeling better each day, and he was very encouraging that I should be feeling 100% by Saturday so I can race my heart out (thanks, J!!).

As excited as I am to race, I sincerely hope the spinning stops!! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Because It Is Worth It

Today I had a mega swim and a hill repeat ride on my schedule.

Got the swim done, minus 100 yards because I ran out of time and had to leave to get Noah on the bus. All morning long I had been going back and forth as to whether or not I would try the ride outside or just get it done on my trainer. On the one hand, it would be great to be outside. On the other hand, I would have to drive to get to a place that had a hill long enough for my workout. I knew I would have more control over my effort if I stayed inside. I also try to stay fairly close to home when I am riding while the boys are in school because you never know.

In the end I opted for the trainer because the weather looked iffy and I figured putting the bike on the car, driving out to the spot, and getting ready and then finishing up and heading home would put me to close to missing the bus for comfort. About 10 minutes into my ride, the phone rang with the principal on the other line, and just like that my ride was paused and I was in the car headed to pick up Ryan.

I was angry. Angry that my ride got interrupted, but more angry that my child was being sent home because the school doesn't understand him, angry that I can't figure out a way to get through to him and help him, angry that words like "inappropriate" and "disrespectful" are words used to describe my child over and over again, just plain angry. I opted for not speaking too many words at school when I picked him up since I was not in the right place to say anything worth while - the old "if you can't say anything nice..." rule was in full effect for me today.

Later this afternoon I was thinking about how hard it is to be a parent, and I had a sudden realization. I don't choose to do things in life because they are easy. In triathlon, a challenge is welcome. 140.6 miles is not easy, but I freely choose to challenge myself with it. Why? For the same reason we choose to do other things that are hard, like parenting.

Because it is worth it.

It is worth every effort, every phone call from the principal, every tear I shed in frustration, anger and sadness, every regret for yelling too loudly or losing my temper. I was given this life because God knew I was capable of living it. It might not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thoughts from a long run

  • Wow. It's really hot out here today.
  • I'm going much slower than I should be going.
  • What do you mean should? What is should? Just run.
  • Maybe something is wrong with my heart rate monitor.
  • Wow. It's really hot out here today.
  • I wonder what it would feel like if I jumped off this bridge into the river?
  • Those are scary dogs...glad they are behind the fence.
  • Seriously? I think my heart rate monitor is messed up today.
  • Come on, Kelly. Quit making excuses. HR monitor is fine (brand new), you are just running a little slow today and that is okay.
  • Really. It's okay.
  • I wonder how cold the river is?
  • Finally. The last 30 minutes I get to run harder.
  • This feels so good. I think I could go all day.
  • Wow. It's really hot out here today.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm so excited to be heading down to Rev3Tri in Knoxville this very minute.  Here is my view from my post behind the Starbucks at JFK airport.

The alarm clock went off this morning at 4:10 a.m.. I don't know how people get up at that time every day! I would have to be in bed by 7:30 to make that happen and still have a good attitude!!

This will be a new Rev3 experience for me because Knoxville is a race I've never been too, and I will be working in timing! How awesome is that? I'm super excited because at Rev3, the timing staff really get to interact with all the racers. I also get to hang out with the cool kids on the Rev3Tri team!!

While travelling is always a bit stressful, I have tried to set myself up for a successful trip in many respects. First of all, I totally packed all my food for the today, so I wouldn't have to eat airport junk. So far so good! I have only supplemented with a latte, but that is a no-brainer! I had a green smoothie on the way to the airport, and once I got into JFK, I had my usual breakfast of apples, yogurt and almond butter.  I made a yummy salad (don't forget the fork!), and I brought some more apples, some Justin's Nut Butter packs, some organic beef jerky, and some Larabars. There might also be some dark chocolate in the depths of the bag as well, but a girl's gotta keep her sanity somehow!! OMG, I'm totally the crazy food lady!!

My long layover is coming to an end, so I'm off to fill up my water bottle and grab my seat on the next plane!! One flight down, two to go!

Have a great weekend!