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Archive for May 2018

Iron-mama Blog – from Ironman to Pregnancy and Back

          

Archive for May 2018

Plagued by Injury

We all hate injuries. We mostly try to work through them because if we don't then it ends up putting a dent in our training plan (and life). 

I've been injured for months and it all started with trying to deadlift. Now, don't get me wrong. I wasn't trying to go all hulk mode and lift a bunch of weight. I was actually trying to work on proper form and was only using the barbell. I searched for a YouTube video on proper form so I could practice 3 sets of 8. Sounds smart, right? WRONG!!!!!!!! I still had improper form which set off a chain of reactions.

A day after the deadlift I knew something was wrong. There was a weird twinge in my back and something just didn't feel quite right. I ignored it and tried to rememdy the pain by cracking my back. Seemed to get me through the day so I wrote off the pain. The next day it started feeling a little bit worse. Tried the same rememdy and felt slightly better but at that point I knew something was pretty wrong. The following day things deteriorated. At one point in the day my leg sort of gave out and I realized I needed to do something that same day.

During the past few days I received a chiropractor's name so I called them the same day and was able to get an appointment that afternoon. When they assessed me and adjusted me - my life got a whole lot better. However, that relief was only temporary. After a couple of weeks of aggressive treatment I knew that seeing a chiropractor wasn't the answer so I tried accupuncture. 

At first accupuncture was great. I felt tingly and relieved, but everything was just temporary. During this whole time I kept up with my training session. I rode bike and ran and even continued on with my Orange Theory classes. Then... the shooting pain down my leg started to happen. That's when I knew something still wasn't right and after a couple of weeks I knew it was time to get serious. See, at some point during my injuries, I usually ask myself whether or not this injury will cause permanent damage. If my answer is yes or maybe, then I decide to get help - ASAP. 

I called the local hospital which has a ton of speciality doctors ( which my insurance covers) and tried to make an appointment for an orthopedic (see - I was thinking it was bone related). However, when I tried to make the appointment, because of the location of the injury they referred me to a neurologist. After seeing the neurologist, and after a series of xrays, he determined that I had a muscle injury due to a weak core and referred me to a physical therapist. 

So, now I am seeing a physical therapist. The first session was pretty enlightening. After a thorough assessment, my PT suspected a herniated disc and weak pelvic/hip abductors. In order to help with my deficiencies (I know- I'm so HR), she put my on an extension program and told me that she is hoping to get me up and running in 6 weeks. Now, her biggest fear isn't my half ironman - it's towing, pulling and pushing a disabled athlete two weeks prior to the half. Yes, sounds a bit insane; however, I knew my training would get me prepared for this huge task and my goal wasn't time but to be the "wheels" for someone who couldn't do the race. There aren't many opportunities where I can work with special athletes, so I wasn't going to miss it. 

I am two weeks into my PT and feel a bit better. I've laid off running which has royally sucked BUT I no longer have the shooting pain. I ran this past weekend for a half a mile and only felt pain when I tried to increase my speed and cadence. I am trying to run a full mile today by walking/running (1:1) and am hoping to do so pain-free. Since I haven't run, I've increased my cycling on Zwift (total game changer program by the way - if you don't know what it is - look it up) and have become a cycling junkie. My next race is July 1 so I want to at least do well on the cycling portion. Until then I will continue to chug along and work on my PT exercises. I'll keep you all updated on my progress. So keep calm and train on!!!!

Wings for Life

Part of my training plan includes setting races for myself to prepare for my A race. These races help me to gauge my progress and identify any deficiencies (and I have a lot of those LOL).

Now, races are stressful no matter what their purpose is. For example, even when I use races as part of my training I still want to be aggressive and kick butt. However, the Wings for Life race was something a little bit different and it helped me get my long run in... with a much faster pace than I would typically run. 

So you may ask yourself what makes Wings for Life different - easy. Wings for Life has no "finish line." There is a chaser car that starts chasing down runners 30 minutes after the start of the race. Every X amount of time the car speeds up a certain amount until the last runner/wheelchair athlete is caught. This race is run all over the world at the exact same time which is so amazing because you can see all of the other athletes all around the country running. It is so fun to watch the night time runners ... now that is dedication. Red Bull is the biggest sponsor of this event. The coolest part of this race isn't the concept, but the fact that the funds for this race 100% benefits individuals with spinal injury. Some of these athletes are at this event and it's incredible to see them... 

I've done this race a couple of times in the past, and last year I had gotten in almost a half marathon. This year I had set the same goal for myself. Now, the catch car seems to have gotten a bit faster because I only got in a little over 8 miles, but I really didn't care. I got in my long run PLUS it was fun. See, I forget to have fun a long the way sometimes. We are so busy training and following a schedule that at times it can become overwhelming... almost dreadful. When we have a strict mindset it is easy to get in to a training rut. I definitely don't want to do that. 

Now my next race is a sprint on July 1 and I am hoping to crush that race and have my best time for the season but we shall see... I hate setting up big goals for myself because I get EXTREMELY disappointed in myself if I don't hit them. However, regardless I am working hard and can't wait to see what I can do. I'm also debating signing up for a pretty big race in September (a month before the half ironman).... This race would be a little bit different. See, I might not be doing the race alone.... but helping someone else finish this race who can't. Now, I won't post details until it's finalized but I threw my name in the hat to be considered. I find out this week if I'm in or not and what my role might be.....

The point is - this race might be epic. Plus, it'll be something completely new and different. Stay tuned.... I'm hoping to post more about this in the next two weeks :) 

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