Crack Of Dawn Training: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

It’s back to the running, the road bike, and the pool at the butt crack of early morning. The foot is doing well (no bare feet, so no triathlon transitions yet, until after the 90th day post-surgery) and no trail running until late September. No swim fins, either, until the 90th day. But everything elseContinue reading “Crack Of Dawn Training: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be”

Time Left in Rehab Hell: 48 Hours And Counting

Monday, 10 a.m. The last surgeon appointment for my foot. Seven days of steroids (to remove what little swelling is left) and we are done and basically good to go. I now have a matched set of titanium screws and plates, probably worth more than all the rest of me. And yes, I plan toContinue reading “Time Left in Rehab Hell: 48 Hours And Counting”

This Surgical Boot Is No Longer Made For Walkin’

Staples, boot, and bandages are a thing of the past, and I can put weight on both feet now. Not bad at 25 days out of surgery. Thursday will be the full four weeks, and by next week, after another post-operative visit, I hope to be on the bike, at least on the indoor trainer,Continue reading “This Surgical Boot Is No Longer Made For Walkin’”

Foot Up, Out Of Action — Just Temporary

I waited out the pandemic to do it, but it’s done. That fugly foot bump known as a bunion was shaved off my left foot and into history nine days ago, by the same surgeon who did the same thing on my right foot twenty years ago. My toes are blue-black (at least, what littleContinue reading “Foot Up, Out Of Action — Just Temporary”

Hills? We Have Hills In Florida?

I have a few road race traditions I follow, and one of them is a race on Memorial Day. Except this year, the race was moved to a new venue. A new, pain-inducing venue. For almost 30 years, this 5K was a nice, mostly flat, fast course through a small, wealthy bedroom community north ofContinue reading “Hills? We Have Hills In Florida?”

It’s Back To Business, Even If It’s Not The Usual

It’s good to be competing again. I have a race every weekend in May (including yesterday), with the exception of Mother’s Day weekend. I don’t have kids; I figure I just need a break somewhere. It’s good to see friends again, even though it is masked and hugs are only a sometimes thing. I’m goodContinue reading “It’s Back To Business, Even If It’s Not The Usual”

Well, That Was Ugly (for a day)

I have now received both of my COVID shots. Yay, me. First shot a month ago produced mild symptoms, mostly a sore arm. Second shot was worse than the first. I felt well enough a few hours after to go on an afternoon run. Felt fine to cook and eat dinner. THEN it hit. Feverish,Continue reading “Well, That Was Ugly (for a day)”

What’s Normal? Where Is It? Can I Run There?

I’m not solitary by nature, but years of solo workouts has taught me to exist within myself very well, and that while human contact is necessary, it’s the quality of it, not the quantity, that counts.

Logs, Charts, Plans, Advice: 14 Months And Counting

The National Senior Games are scheduled for May, 2022. I think it’s too soon to worry and panic, as I’ve said before. But not too soon to train, plan, and seek good advice. I have a monthly workout chart up on the wall, a 26-week training plan next to it. There is such a thingContinue reading “Logs, Charts, Plans, Advice: 14 Months And Counting”

I Got A Digital Babysitter For The Holidays

The smartwatch was not my idea, I swear. The Husband thought I needed one. I’m not sure if he meant well or is trying to kill me. But I am wearing it. And despite my best efforts to dislike the thing, I am attached to it. Bad pun, and it won’t be the last oneContinue reading “I Got A Digital Babysitter For The Holidays”