Friday, March 26, 2010

Short lived

Cortisone shot worked for about 3 days. Oh well. All I can do now is wait it out. Frustrating, especially at school, but if I dwell on it, well, that won't help. So I can't. Must...look...forward...

My 500m swim time improved from 11:34 to 10:30. Still slow but not the slowest in the group, and one of the best overall improvements. I think from here on out the pool at the Y is open for lap swimming until 4:15 at least 3 days a week, so I can add that into the mix of bike and elliptical and weights more easily. I've taken it easy this week (kind of a bad cold and cough, plus just mentally dealing with ankle) but will have to get my spring plan in swing soon. I keep looking at local triathlons, and maybe I will plan to do an olympic and DNF. What the hell...it's obviously not a triathlon, but the worst part about not running/racing is that I have no gauge of my fitness/effort and hence no real motivation other than just "exercising." It doesn't help that I've been eating too much crap but also losing a little weight (yet, the body fat scale creeps up, so it's clearly not fat I'm losing). If I have a race to do, I can then have the fun of seeing where I fit in with others in the swim and bike portion.

9 comments:

The Chapples said...

Good job on your swim improvement. That's great!

Nitsirk said...

You should try an open water swim race! It's very liberating to get out of the water and just be done :) Also, do any of the local tri's have an aqua-bike option? Nice job on the improvement. I suspect that is just the tip of the iceberg.

jessica said...

Yes! Enter the triathlons that sound good and DNF if you have to. Sounds SO worth it to keep your spirits up and have fun with a new challenge. Open water races always sound fun too - wish we had more of them around here.

Michelle Simmons said...

Sorry the shot didn't work. :( But great job on the swim improvement! That's awesome!

You may be able to find swim races in your area this summer... and bike racing too can be really fun! :)

rheumablog said...

I'm so sorry the shot didn't ease your ankle pain for longer, Clare. That's a bummer. But it's great that you're continuing to improve with your swim times, and I'm overawed at your determination to just keep on challenging yourself with more races. A triathlon! Wow. You're an inspiration, m'dear. Hope the cold goes soon and that your ankle eases soon on its own. Thinking of you.
-Wren

jsmarslender said...

All of what I do is just for exercise - reading your blog and others makes me want to sign up for a race! I love the idea of entering a few good tris to dnf - just getting out there with other athletes will be worth it.

I'm sorry the shot didn't work too. I can hear your effort to try to sort things out. Keeping you in mind. : )

Erika P said...

Okay so I'm procrastinating work and I did a search for you - you might have already done the same one. But there are a few aquabike races - one sprint, one olympic, one half iron - in MA this summer and one olympic in CT. Here's the link for the MA ones and you can click on CT at the bottom of the page to see that one.

http://www.trifind.com/gs_aquabike/AquabikeRaces.html?state=ma

I'm not fit enough or brave enough to race yet, but it has been in the back of my mind as an eventual goal for a while. I think a trail duathlon (trail run, mtn bike, trail run) would be fun.

I'm sorry about your ankle. How frustrating. I hope something (the orthotics, maybe? or just time...) will bring you some relief soon. Thinking of you.

Angela and David Kidd said...

They have aquathons so you could race others in just the swim and bike and not have to get a DNF. In fact Eagleman has one that isn't sold out if you wanted to do down to MD for it!

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