Injury does not mean defeat

I do not think I mentioned this, but last week I started to have some concerning pain in Zumba. I pushed through and finished my week as I wanted…then Sunday night it started to flare up again and by Monday I was in real trouble. What felt like the start of shin splints was setting in and I was not a happy camper. I’ve had the start of shin splints in the past. From what I’ve researched on them there are different degrees based on the root cause of your pain as to how likely you are to heal and how greatly they hurt. The worst and what I’d deam a “real” injury is when you crack or chip or otherwise harm the bone. That is a serious ouchie and one where someone should be seeing a doctor for treatment. Then there are forms of harming the muscle, from bruises to tearing. Tears/rips are bad…bruises…not always.

Monday I went to get into my car for the gym and it was iced over…so I opted for elliptical instead and while I was doing that was sent a text the school closed to to weather anyway. Something didn’t feel right so I stopped at 30 minutes. Tuesday I could barely walk! My shins hurt so so badly! If I touched them I winced and it felt like someone had beat me in my sleep with a lead pipe. I wore my CEP compression sleeves under my pants and did stretching whenever I could. That night I went home and ice/heat treated and rested. ) ;

Wednesday I was able to walk and touch my legs, so I tried to go to water aerobics. I figured it was low impact. Parts of it hurt…but I took it easy. What was amazing to me though and perked my spirits back up…I did push ups against the pool side! See as a class we’re invited to lift ourselves up from the water against the ceramic tile and do what looks like push ups to me. The first week of class I could not even lift myself from the water. Yesterday, not only did I lift myself, but I managed to do slight push ups for the duration of our “time trial” I’d love to be able to do a lower dip and higher lift, however doing them at all was something I never thought I could do. I looked at Ellen and said “Are you gonna make me use even heavier weights on Monday now?”

When it was time to do them in reverse, I managed to lift myself out of the water, but plopped back down after one or two tries. The hard part with that for me is position. You tuck your arms behind you (like the chair dip exercises you’re always seeing) but being short and in the curve of the half circle I just feel off some weeks. There’s always next time though!

My other fave moment of class was when Rachel saw me and lit up (I was about 10 mins late) and says “Oh my Zumba buddy is here, I was afraid I’d be alone”. I did not even realize she would remember I came to the class. Haha I felt like I was invading on her space by tagging along to Zumba, it’s nice to know I’m welcomed and expected? We both skipped though due to feeling overworked.

I tried Zumba tonight…but 40 mins into it I started having issues with my left leg/toes so I stopped. I know can you believe I’m being smart about this? I did a few minutes on the stationary bike…according to the print out the special angle they have works your butt and back of your legs, so I figured it took the pressure off my shin.

I’m hoping it was an overuse thing and I’m back to “normal” ASAP. Remember though, just because one thing is going wrong…doesn’t mean you have to totally throw in the towel. Explore other aspects of your fitness…who knows what windows are opening when a door is shut.

Walking the dog

No it’s not some fancy slang for anything dirty, I really did get to walk my puppy yesterday. Here in NEO it goes from lovely to snowy before you have a moment to think about it. It’s odd to think last Sunday I was walking out of the Tri, not wearing a coat and loving the weather. This Sunday? Mom, Emme and I hurried along the sidewalks and left bundled in coats, scaves and gloves. We “only” did 2.5 miles, but we decided since it was starting to sleet and it HURT it was time to go back. Plus, Emme was wearing her coat, but has no booties, so her tiny paws were stiff with ice and she was starting to slow down, although she wouldn’t admit it if she could. For 4 pounds she’s a trouper.

One thing that popped into my head was how the last time the 3 of us went walking was the day after NYE and I could barely keep up. I was miserable and out of shape. Yes, part of my issue was that for some reason I didn’t wear a bra, but it was more than that one issue. I was pleased to feel so good on the walk yesterday, even if it wasn’t a run and even if I’d like to be faster like Mom…it was still a nice work out.
How has the rest of the week gone? Well – I’m keeping up with living at the gym! Below is what I did for last week:
Mon: 60 minutes of water aerobics. 20 minutes of lap swimming (I do front, back and breast), then off to 60 minutes of total body sculpt (the instructor tells me it’s essentially mid to high level areobics). Speaking of Ellen (instructor for both TBS and WA) she is such a doll to have because she’s nice but also challenges me! She made fun of me for using 3lb weights last week, so this week I walk in and she’s like “You! 12lb bar and sets of 3, 5, and EIGHT pound weights! No excuses!” I was reluctant to believe in myself as much as she did…but I grabbed what she suggested and figured I could always NOT use them during the work out. Well, guess what? I DID IT! I was SO SO pleased, maybe paying for a personal trainer one day would be a good idea. Or who wants me to pay them to basically yell at me when I’m being a slacker?
** Note this was also a holiday for some people. For me, I bought my puppy a little pink monkey and I got my Mom a nice card and a pot of roses. Last week some clients brought candy to the agency but on the real day, you wouldn’t even know it was V-Day. Which was the BEST V-Day at work I’ve ever had! At one point I did laugh though…when I realized Brian’s phone may have given him an alarm for me. Haha. See on one of our first dates he put into his phone to buy me candy hearts for Valentine’s since it’s the one and only thing I ever want! When he did that it freaked me out, because I wasn’t even sure if we’d make to it being a couple let alone be dating or even friends 7 months later. (Sorry!!) Luckily we are still friends, so I did wonder if that alarm went off and if he laughed too. I have to “assume” it didn’t since VDay came and went, and us hanging out came and went…and I didn’t get any candy hearts.
Tues: Went to Toastmasters. It was the club contest for speaking and evaluating. I chose to compete in both sections. I took first place for my speech on hiding your farts in an office chair…Beth would be proud. For the evaluation portion I took 2nd place, but the lady who took 1st can’t compete (she’s training to become a yoga instuctor) so my smiling face will be representing our club for BOTH on March 12th. At first this news was bittersweet because I thought I would miss the St. Malachi 5-miler. Then I was happy because speaking is at 1PM. Now I just don’t know what to do because the race was moved to 9:45 am. Not sure I can cut it that close…
Wed: Another 60 minutes of water areobics, 20 minutes of lap swimming and 60 minutes of Zumba! I love the Zumba class at the rec center this time around. In the past the classes I took were always SO CROWDED and it felt like a bad musical where everyone knew the words and steps but me! This section is less crowded so I have room to play and also, people don’t seem as stuck up and perfectionist about the process. The instructor uses both traditional Zumba songs and current pop music. I love the variety and it makes me feel like I could do the moves on my own to other music or make things up as I go along.
Thurs: This was the champion day of me really becoming active again. See, I took a CPR class Thursday night…so I was unable to go to the gym for my spin class. Instead, since I didn’t have a client until 9, I got up EARLY, that’s right EARLY and went to a morning spinning and abs class. Mind you I did run 5 minutes late…but still only 5 minutes, and was on the bike and spinning by 7:05. I looked at the clock and thought…How is it that normally I’m leaving for work right now and instead of sitting on a bike sweating so horribly and loving it? The class is designed to be 45 minutes of spin and 15 minutes of abs. I pulled off 40 minutes of spinning, and I managed to keep up with this instructor too! She’s more perky than the afternoon lady. Then she cut the class short for whatever reason so we did 10 minutes of abs. Yes I was bummed but really I won’t die from 5 minutes. For those wondering…I passed the CPR class – another 2 years of Adult, Child and Infant CPR along with Adult AED. I already had First Aid from last year.
Fri: Not too much happened here…tried to get up early again, but my asthma was acting up and my chest hurt rather badly. I managed to get 20 minutes on the elliptical before work, then I had a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE day and went to the speech competition right from work. Luckily I didn’t get called to any rounds until nearly 9pm. So I had the chance to talk and hang out and calm down.
Sat: Bright and early in the morning I arrived at the school. At some point I judged 2 rounds of Lincoln Douglas debate…but the rest of the day I ate the free food and played bananagrams. We had a HUGE group of people playing, so it was amazingly fun. We had people from other sections of the Judges’ Lounge coming over to watch us and join in. We’re the best! I was there from 7:30 to 5:00. (oy!) The sister person was there too. For lunch we had baked potatoes, I walked mine over to the table and one of the ladies was like “Umm what did you put on your potatoe?” I told her there was a bar of various topping options…but I ignored the word options and instead took it as a personal challenge. What can I say? I like food, it’s why I need to work out. Sat night I watched the movie Case 39. It was OK. Really lame/weird ending…but the main film had good parts to it.
BTW according to the Tools to Keep You Active site…this is my current view from the trail…where are you?

So that was my long long week! Thanks for reading up on me and I hope things are going well for everyone else too. I leave you with a funny email that was sent to me earlier this week.

Friendship among Women:
A woman didn’t come home one night. The next morningshe told her husband that she had slept over at afriend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 bestfriends. None of them knew anything about it.
Friendship among Men:
A man didn’t come home one night. The next morning hetold his wife that he had slept over at a friend’shouse. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends.Eight confirmed that he had slept over, and two said he was still there.

Race Report: JCC Indoor Triathlon 2011

Yesterday I spent the day at another indoor tri for the Cleveland JCC. This was the fourth year for the event and I’ve done it every year, each year bringing more and more friends to have a blast with me! See, the beautiful thing about this event is that it isn’t distance based, it’s time based. Everyone in the wave does 15 minutes in the pool, 20 minutes on the spin bike and 20 minutes on the track.

Myself and Keelan, showing off our ink

My goal for the day was to beat my times from last year. Also, to get good pictures. I’m bummed because I didn’t get any pics in the water or on the track…oh well.

I arrived rather late, so I hung out with Pati until Keelan tracked me down. Together we all went over to the pool and got ready for our adventure. The girl next to me checked if I was a good swimmer, and if I was in her age group. The woman to the other side of me had a waterfall of blood coming out her nose. Before I could let her know we were signaled to start. Last year I made 22 laps…I pushed and pushed and pushed. I know how to do a flip turn but the normal stroke was too much for my lungs…I kept flipping over to backstroke. Finally we were chimed to stop and I jogged back to my counter…with an anxious heart I pulled my cap up to her what she had to say…23 laps! SCORE!

Matt making some waves

Next we all went over to the bikes, it felt like this was the LONGEST transition ever. The 3 girls set up together and did a little stretching before the timing began. I loved the music they played and the main hosts recognized me from years past! With more smiles from them and thanking for me always coming back we pushed through the beats. Last year I made 4.4 miles. I kept my little legs going as quickly as I could…and I don’t know what went wrong…but at the end I only made 3.8 miles! Ugg. Now my theory is that normally I sit around like a bump on a log all of Jan and Feb. With this year’s 2 million hour workouts…the legs are just le tired. And I’d rather have consistency than strong performance…or so I tell myself.

Me and my mighty mighty spinning skills

Finally, up the steps and onto the track. HORRIBLE start where no one was sure we began! I started off really really fast…it’s my style. Before lone I lapped a few people, but my ½ way many lapped me back. Keelan took off in front of me and I was SO HAPPY for her! It was her first tri and I know sh was excited/nervous. A final lap around the track and we were both kicking it as hard as we could…but before we could get to the end of the lap, time! I had to grab her as I nearly knocked her over from behind. So much fun! Last year, 23 laps (24 is two miles) this year? 22. UGG. Now mind you that’s 1/12th of a mile off from last year…1/12th!! So what can I do? ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE ANYWAY.

Pati tearing up the track

Afterward we ate food and chatted about how much fun we had. Then Matt and Pati left. Matt is 82 and this was his first tri! AWESOME Matt!! Keelan and I jumped in the steam room and ahhhh was that heaven!

A very happy group of triathletes!

Hope everyone else had a good weekend. Come join us next year!

Ps. OMG did my back hurt that night. Swimming is a great workout…I need to do laps more often.