Update on my Life and Health

I have been neglectful in updating my blog. It has been since early February since my last report. My life has changed quite a bit since then.

 

Training in 2016

I have been training now for over one month. It's been going fairly well, but I feel so slow. At least I have no seen progress. I'm getting slightly faster but honestly progress has been slow. Last couple of weeks I've been doing 4 hours of swim, bike and run.

 

I'm finding my swim isn't so bad and I've been doing fairly well. The bike hasn't been too bad, but I've been getting these killer workouts called Isolated Leg Training. You can seem them on Trainer Road.

 

Hysterectomy and recovery

I had my hysterectomy on Friday September 11th. I got to the hospital before 6:30 and registered. This part didn't take too long as I had pre-registered 3 weeks before. The worst part was that there were about 6 people waiting ahead of me but they moved through those people pretty quickly and it didn't take too long. After that I got into the surgery prep area. Again didn't have to wait there long either and they went through more questions. Got some meds (nerve pain & other stuff) and got my hospital clothes.

Ironman Muskoka 2015 Race Report

Woke up at 3:30am

Breakfast: 2 instant oatmeals, banana with peanut butter, 1/2 cup of instant coffee with milk, 1/2 of a hard boiled egg
realized that I had frozen my perpetuem so couldn’t use that bottle for bike. Dave was able to empty it while I got ready and I made a new one.

Left cottage around 4:45, got to Deerhurst just after 5. Body marked by Signe. Put in water/Hammer Perpetuem on bike, Dropped off run gear bag, than bike gear bag. Walked to swim start.

 

The hay is in the barn

I have just finished my peak week of training for Ironman Muskoka. I can't believe I survived!

 

Less than a month to go!

With less than a month to go before Ironman Muskoka I have been crazy busy with my training. I have had my long swims and rides in the last few weeks. It's insane! Since I have trained for marathons before the running seems pretty managable.

I had my longest swim on Monday July 27th. I went to the James Dick Quarry near Caledon. It has a 1km loop and I decided to do 4 loops. It was really tough and after the 2nd loop I had to talk myself into doing 2 more.

 

North Bay Triathlon 2015

My first triathlon of the season was a small one in North Bay, Ontario. I had been wanting to do this race since last year. I figured it would be a good warm up for Ironman Muskoka. It's a relatively short race 1000m swim, 31km bike and 8.4km run. The reason I wanted to do this race is because I was born in North Bay and it's where I learned how to swim. I learned how to swim in Four Mile Lake when I was 5 years old. My father held on to me and walked out until the water was deeper then my height and then threw me out.

Not my best week

Started off the week with some Bladder/bowel issues. Fibroids feel like they're getting bigger. The bowels are bothering during my run so this isn't good. I hope it's just because of where my monthly cycle is. I've noticed just before my period that is when it is the worst.

 

A former classmate of mine committed suicide last weekend. This is the 2nd one in a matter of 20months. My thoughts are with his family.

 

Week #? of Ironman Training

I've lost count, but I've almost completed 5 months of Ironman training so far. This week has been my biggest week ever (Ok, so I say that most weeks). I swam 5850m (2h 16m), biked 212km (8h 35m) and ran 42.7km (4h 15m) in the last 7 days. Amazing! My stamina has been pretty good but I'm definitely in need of a recovery week and my coach has one planned for this week.

 

I had two 2 hour trainer rides and a 4.5 hour ride outside. 2 long swims and 3 runs, which haven't been all that long, but the bike is definitely the killer.

 

Update on Fibroid news and Ironman Training

I had my 2nd gynecologist appointment yesterday. I had made the decision to get a hysterectomy so I had my list of questions and the doctor went through them with me. I will be having an abdominal hysterectomy. It will be a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix) as well as removing my fallopian tubes. At this point I get to keep my ovaries.

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