I have a rather unfortunate happening going on right now. I'm sick. Well, I use that term loosely. Sick can mean so many things to so many people. Actually, for me, I'm not really sick. For me sick means I can't get out of bed & function. This only happens on rare occasions and every 5 years or so. Last time I remember this happening was 2009. That time it was just a really nasty cold that had me under. If you wanna talk puking type sick then that is even more rare & has not happened since 2006.
Hopefully none of you are feeling queasy right now and headed to the bathroom. Bear with me now, it all has a point!
I woke up Saturday and my throat felt awful. My 1st instinct was strep throat. Oh how I loath strep. I had serious bouts of it as an adult which resulted in me getting my tonsills out. Ladies and gentlemen....it's not just for kids!!!! Anyway, I pushed past the ickiness and ran 7 miles and later in the day felt much better. Sunday morning.....same crud again. I had hoped for a long run on this morning, but slept in to get a solid 8 hours of sleep. I know that if I am on the verge of being sick then sleep is one of my best preventatives. I went easy & only ran 1 mile and wha-la felt better by the mid morning. It was back with force on Sunday night and I then pinpointed the problem. I was having massive sinus/allergy drainage coming down the back of my throat.
It has gotten worse today. On the plus side, all drainage is clear and I have yet to see any sign of fever (although I typically can be very sick and never run a fever. I'm just cool like that...get it...no fever....cool...hahahahahaha...ok...ok!). So I'm sort of stuck in the middle. I don't feel super great, but I'm not in bed unable to function (although a serious nap is happening after I post this). I went to the store to get some drugs and even ate chicken noodle soup for lunch despite this hot late July day. I have to nip this in the butt!!!! Remember....triathlon in 5 days & an ultra in 12!!!! Ugh!
I'm not letting this affect my training (if you want to call it that). I did let go of a long run this weekend. Today, however I hopped on my bike to take it for a spin. I was advised by a tri guru to not completely slack on my training this week. Keep moving and still do 60% of what I normally do. He obviously doesn't know me too well because he said "if you normally bike 100 miles a week, only do 60". Ok, I don't think I've biked 100 miles this year!!!! Whatever. I headed out on my bike, mostly because I thought it would be nice to actually bike for more than a few miles around town since I got my fancy smancy $75 tires. I also FINALLY figured out how to mount & work my computer odometer bike thing-a-ma-bob that flashes all sorts of numbers once I get riding. I'm really looking official now!!!!
It was during this (what turned out to be) 11.5 mile ride that I had several thoughts of "oh my goodness....I'm gonna die!!!!" Now, I was once a cycling/spin instructor. I know what it's like to ride a bike continually for 45-60 minutes. I think this is what I was basing my whole "I can do a triathlon" theory. Not to mention I have done a tri or two before (never mind it's been 10 years). I did it then, I can surely do it now. Yeah, except I think it's a little like giving birth in that as soon as the pain, the intensity, the oh my goodness I can't do this for another moment is over...you forget. Until you actually ride or race again. My ride today was just a taste of what I will do this Saturday. I'm sure adrenaline will kick in and I will no doubt overcome the great burn, pain & intensity that ensues over the course of the race. I'm pretty awesome like that! You knew that right?!?!?!?
After taking a break from biking I also headed out the door in the nice toasty morning temps to run 4.75 miles. I can't let my running slack too much, not until the middle/late of next week. Still keeping my eye on that 40+ mile goal for Howl at the Moon. Miles and more importantly running in the summer heat is what I need to keep going for now. When I'm running or biking I tend to either not notice my massive allergy drainage or it ceases to drain. Either way I feel so much better (minus the whole my legs are on fire and surely turning into noodles as I bike feeling). At least for awhile. Now....I feel like total crap, so I'm off to pop some drugs and take a nap!
Happy Monday everyone!!!!