Submitted by Carol Levesque on Mon, 2015-06-08 15:52
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.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-05-24 15:33
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.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Fri, 2015-05-22 11:41
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.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Mon, 2015-04-13 14:57
I finally had my first gynecologist appointment for my fibroids. I had all sorts of questions for her like what are my options? Wait time for surgery? Medication to delay/stop fibroid growth? But she had questions for me first. She wanted to know my medical history of course. Have I had surgery before, allergies, have I been pregnant etc... One of the questions she asked about was my alcohol consumption. I've been down to once a month, which is what I told her, so she asked if that was a new thing and yes it was.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-04-05 15:27
Woke up at 7am and had oatmeal with a banana. Had all my gear lined up the night before and took my time getting ready. Thankfully I did all my bathroom stuff before I left for the race. Perfect! Left early to make sure I got to the race site.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-03-15 17:50
For Valentine's Day my boyfriend gave me a Garmin 920XT. One of the reasons I wanted it so much was to use TrainerRoad as TR wasn't compatible with my Polar RCX5. I've been using the Garmin for a month and I love it. I've used TrainerRoad for about 2 or 3 weeks now and I am really enjoying it. Last weekend I also got myself a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. So far I like that it doesn't wobble as much as my Cyclops Mag+ and it is a lot less noisy and it has less vibrations. But I'm a lot slower on this trainer then on the Cyclops and I'm not so enamored with that.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Tue, 2015-03-10 14:34
Sorry, I've skipped a week or so but I've been pretty busy. Training for the Ironman has gone fairly well the last couple of weeks. The weather was at it's coldest in mid-February but thankfully since then it's warmed up quite a bit. We are now seeing plus 0 temperatures during the day and I for one welcome it!
Feb 23rd - Mar 1st:
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-02-22 15:22
IM training has been going pretty well. I've been able to keep my energy at a good level and not feeling as fatigue as I had been. Making sure to eat properly but I've had a few bad days where I eat junk. It's difficult for me to eat so healthy for so many days in a row. I'm used to eating junk food every other day, but I feel the affects a lot faster then I have before so it helps to stay on course.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-02-08 14:28
This week of training was slightly difficult for me. Again ups and downs. It started with my usual Monday swim class. My instructor was sick so we had a substitute. She noticed that I was crossing my hands too much so she told me to really separate my arms for a few lengths and then after awhile it would come back into place properly. Tried that and it certainly helped. And Wednesday swim where we did some fast swimming. I found my 50m and 100m swims haven't really gotten faster, my 50m was just under 1min and my 100m was 2:15. Not great, but I'm happy with that. I need to get faster.
Submitted by Carol Levesque on Sun, 2015-02-01 19:04
Can't believe I've been doing this IM training for a month. So far so good, but this week was a little difficult. I got my period this week and because of the fibroids it's a lot heavier then it has been. I had been on birth control (on and off) for 23 years so I'm not used to this heavy bleeding thing. I started my period on Thursday and by Saturday afternoon I just felt exhausted. Then it occured to me that I hadn't been taken my iron supplements so I started that back up again. Need to be more consistent on that. Hopefully that will help.