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legcramps - Friday Apr 29, 2016

Weight: 0.0

Hello Diet Diarists ;)

Time for another update!

My second beginner's triathlon was held in July in open water with a swim angel, and i'm pleased to say that I finished well. The swim angel was very helpful in keeping me calm and cheering me on through the swim; I ran into a bee right after transition to the bike and the sucker stung me HARD; and the run was...well, the run was a run, which is never all that much fun for me!

In August I completed a 5k race and was quite pleased with my results. I hadn't trained much for the 5k distance, so I was a little worried about whether I would have to stop and walk for part of this race. I didn't! I stopped once at the water station, and once to take my sweater off, but ran the entire rest of the way.

There was a lot going on in September; I was part of a half-marathon relay team and did a 6.3k run (around the same time as my 5k pace) and then the following weekend I biked 86k up and over a whole lot of hills to raise money for MS. It took me just over 4 hours to complete this distance, but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was so overwhelming! And I was completely delirious for the rest of the evening lol!

After all that, my body crashed for awhile under the stress. There were a few weeks where I was really down and out, but I managed to keep my spirits up and keep moving forward. My workouts decreased exponentially for the remainder of 2015, so when the new year came, I vowed to do better. I started small - swimming once a week for 30-40 minutes, setting up an indoor bike trainer so I could do a little biking, and jogging on the treadmill when I felt up to it. After a few more health issues, I had finally gotten myself back into a routine towards the end of February, and started planning for the 2016 season!

First up is a duathlon the first weekend in May (only a week away!). It will be a 3k run, 20k bike, and 3k run. I have been working on my fitness and am hoping to finish in under 2:00 hours (Goal B) - and am aiming for 1:50 (Goal A).

The other fantastic news is that i've joined a women's cycling group in the city and we will begin riding every Monday starting next week! I am not excited about the 3 hour drive to do this, but am SO excited to meet like-minded people and start really working hard on the bike! Also next week I will start doing a learn-to-run 10k program with another group of people. I am finding that it is so much better to train with other people there to support and cheer you on :)

grannyannie on 04/29/2016:
You're getting serious exercise!

legcramps on 04/30/2016:
Yes, it sure feels good to be able to get in some high volume workouts again!

innerpeace on 04/29/2016:
Wow! that is awesome. Making goals and accomplishing them is always motivating. Good luck with your race next weekend!

legcramps on 04/30/2016:
Thank you so much!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/29/2016:
LOL! I know you HATE your runs and sorry about the bee sting! I haven't never been stung and I am scared to my dear life about that! Sounds like a great experience overall for last July in open water. That's really cool how you had a guide for it. Sounds perfect.

And your August race sounds awesome, too! Like you, I have had a bad case of shin splints in the past if you remember. I'm still recovering and pacing myself overall to keep growing stronger and not have any backtracking as I cannot afford it anymore in life. At 33, I am trying my hardest to train but not to the point of failure - especially concerning my legs. With my upper body, I have quite a lot of "give" as my muscles have been developing for well over 5yrs (and also in the past before I took time off). but my legs - well, I had just started training them before my first round of injuries, and not i'm just starting again. I doubt I even have a year of pain-free / injury-free training under my belt for my legs. if you have any tips, i'd gladly take them. I could also prob run a 5k but...writing more later...still at work lol and need to finish up for today....gonna write more laterz.

OhioRaven on 04/30/2016:
Great to hear from you again, LC.If you ever get stung again, put mud directly on the sting and the pain goes away INSTANTLY. if you can't find mud, Spit on the ground.

legcramps on 04/30/2016:
Really? I will have to try that next time. Thanks for the tip!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/30/2016:
WOW! 4hrs biking!? that's awesome. I can say I have NEVER in my life tried it...YET. you are such an inspiration. I love to read your entries. I think you are like being extreme sometimes? so do I.

Similar to you, I tend to crash after a long period of giving my all. Unlike others that believe in moderation, I don't like moderation. I prefer to live on a high...and when I do need to come back down to rest, I've learned & am still learning - that it's ok to rest for a bit. I recently took 3 weeks off the gym & after returning, my workouts were shaky for the first week, but after that, i'm feeling great again. My workouts make me feel so good, I could never stop for long. I only stopped because I was completely run down due to an increasingly busy lifestyle from fall and winter was crazy busy...and thru the first half of April. So I took that time off from the gym (and all exercise basically!) - best decision ever.

Balance. I'm still working to achieve it more, so I don't have to get fully run down. I know that feeling really well, you aren't the only one. :)

You know, for running, I may also look to find a program near me...or i'll follow one online. I haven't run in around 3 years now. I'm still not ready because my ankle is weak.

But I plan to start training after my birthday, in the Fall.

legcramps on 04/30/2016:
Lol, I am definitely extreme when it comes to new adventure - all or nothing!

Thanks for your reply - you mentioned shin splints issues and I just wanted to talk a bit about that. I went to physio for six weeks and it didn't help much. When I started training for my first triathlon, I started getting them again. A couple of things got me through the initial few months of trouble: I went to a massage therapist, who used myofascial release and scraped my shins to release the tissue from the bone. It hurts, but it helps enormously (my #1 recommendation); I also did a lot of foam rolling on my own, and concentrated on my quads, hamstrings, arches of my feet, and hips, which also helped a lot. I needed to strengthen all the muscles in my legs in order for them to be able to 'absorb' everything I was putting them through. It took some time but I don't suffer half as much as I used to! I also take a glutamine supplement now, which helps my muscles recover faster which might be keeping me from getting extreme shin splints. I still get them if I haven't been running regularly, so I try to be as consistent with this exercise as possible.

Hope these ideas help!

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 24, 2015

Weight: 0.0

Hello again dd'ers :-)

My beginner's triathlon was held this past Saturday. We pool swam 300 yards, biked 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), and ran 3.3 kilometers (2 miles).

My goal was to finish under 1 hour and 10 minutes, and I finished in 1 hour and 4 minutes... and 18 seconds ;)

I'm very happy with that turnout, and feeling quite proud of myself for putting in the work beforehand, getting to the start, and exceeding my goals for the race.

And yesterday I registered myself for another triathlon on July 12th!

This one is a little longer: 375 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike, and 3 kilometer run. I have no idea how I might fare on this one, since it is also an OPEN WATER SWIM in a lake, and i'm a little frightened of open water! However, I have been assigned an 'angel' who will swim beside me and keep me (hopefully) calm through the swim, so i'm hopeful that I will get through it without hyperventilating... too much.

Yesterday after work I did a 25 kilometer bike ride, and then ran 1 kilometer at the track (a brick workout). Tonight's plan is another brick; a 750 meter swim and a 10 kilometer bike.

I'm taking a week's vacation starting on Saturday, so really hoping I can fit in some exercise while i'm away - it would really suck to do this triathlon having lost fitness instead of gained it!

Talk soon <3

puddles on 06/24/2015:
Wow congrats amazing. Have a great day.

legcramps on 06/24/2015:
Thank you :)

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Well done on meeting your goal!

legcramps on 06/24/2015:

Maria7 on 06/24/2015:
Congrats to you! :-)

Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
You go girl, congratulations!

horn_of_plenty on 06/24/2015:
Good idea to go into it relaxed with a week off. Reading your entry makes me smile because you inspire me. Also the part about the lake and the swimming angel sounds really cool! I would be a little grossed out at the lake part haha but I would do it :) good luck and keep up updated, we are cheering for you.

Mistyrose on 06/25/2015:
Congratulations on being under your time and good luck with your next one. Enjoy your vacation.

hollybelle on 06/25/2015:
Wow! Impressive, you go! Swimming "angel" hmmmmm....interesting! Can't wait to hear how you do!

legcramps - Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Weight: 0.0

Wow, kids, I never expected to be gone for so long. How the heck have you been?

A day turns into a week, turns into a month and suddenly 8 months later and... I can't believe I can still remember my password! It just means y'all are locked into my heart, no matter where I am or who i'm not checking in with ;) <3

When the new year rolled around, I was still struggling a lot with life; I knew I needed a change, but I couldn't figure out what that change was supposed to look like. My knees hurt, my heart was weak, my mind was unmotivated, and I was depressed. Not a cool combination. Finally though, eventually, some of the light broke through the darkness and I realized that I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself if I ever expected to live the way I kept thinking I should.

So in February, I made a committment to start training for a beginner's triathlon taking place on June 20th. I started by walking just 10 minutes every day, eventually purchasing a fitbit and counting steps and heartrate. The fitbit really helped motivate me to be active on those days where I just wanted to give up and turn back to comforting myself with food and mind-numbing television. Throughout February, March and April I worked hard at "just showing up" and i'm pleased to say that I did pretty well :)

In May, official training began for the See Jane Tri triathlon. I've been training six days a week for it for the last four weeks. Two more weeks to go and the day will be upon me!

My knees are still weak, but they don't hurt so much anymore. My heart is strong - i'll be heading out for a one hour run after work today. I am learning how to push through emotional barriers and keep myself going, just one step at a time. My depression has lifted. When I am faced with an obstacle in my training, I figure it out and move on instead of focusing all my energy on the negative. I still get shin splints, but regularly see a MT who is able to help me overcome this condition - one day at a time.

I no longer weigh myself as I don't believe it is healthy FOR ME to know how much I weigh. I am finally comfortable again in my own skin; even though I certainly still have bad days, I can overcome them a lot easier - mostly just by getting outside and sweating it off ;) Obviously, the beautiful weather has been helping a lot as well; i've definitely been getting my share of vitamin-D.

So I just thought i'd pop in and say hello; hope you are all doing fine and reaching your goals. I plan to get back here after my triathlon and let you know how I did; really hoping to finish in under 1hr:10min but we'll see! Sometimes it's more about showing up at the start line ;)

biscottibody59 on 06/09/2015:
Good to see an update!

supercheeseme on 06/09/2015:
I have a fitbit too! Ill tell you my name once I figure it out and we can be fitbit friends :) One day at a time is right. You sound like your doing great! Keep updating :)

Umpqua on 06/10/2015:
Great to see a post from you and it sounds like things are going really well! Your training schedule is so impressive - I hope you'll keep us posted on the triathlon!

ohioraven on 06/10/2015:
Good to hear from you, LC. Now I want a fit bit too.

liza36 on 06/10/2015:
I'm so happy to see a post from you. I was wondering how you've been. I'm happy to hear you've "showed up" and are going to complete a race this month - that's AWESOME! Keep us posted.

horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2015:
Really nice to see you here :) speaking of shin splints, I had an ongoing horrible case of shin splints / lower leg tendonitis for TWO YEARS. I just got over it this past January and then very slowly started training (walking). I tried to jog and also walk over 5 miles (mostly walking and about 1 mi jogging) this past end of April, and gave myself tendinitis at a tendon at my ankle. But like you, I will heal and push thru the mental barriers. Good luck at your tri. You are an inspiration to me :). Did u get married / kids or is that someone else??

horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2015:
Ah, it was BorntoCry....I think that was her name

legcramps - Monday Sep 15, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I keep slipping and doing things I would never have done just a short while ago, both in terms of weight loss and life in general. Letting the house become a disaster zone, spending money on frivolous things, not sticking to my meal plan, eating late at night.

I haven't felt this *down* for a long time and i'm pretty sure i'm falling into a slight depression. I've been here many times before and the amazing thing is that I STILL don't know how to get myself out of it, aside from letting time do its thing. I don't know what to do!

My emotions are also so out of control; that meeting last week should never have left me in tears. I am so much stronger than that, but it seems like i've lost the ability to 'cope' and even positive life moments are causing me stress and worry.

I know I should just *want* to get up and get over it, but it just doesn't work that way.

Bfast - coffee, croissant, cheese, apple

Lunch - salad, chicken, veggies

Snack - protein bar

Dinner - chicken, veggies, sausage

Will try to drink lots of water today - noticed yesterday that my muscles are in danger of starting to cramp up again because i'm not drinking enough water.

puddles on 09/15/2014:
Wishing you a better week. Don't give in to the negative.f

OhioRaven on 09/15/2014:
Sorry to hear about your depression. If it were me, I would probably pray for a little while.

Destiny65 on 09/15/2014:
Sorry to hear that you are feeling depressed. Feeling that way can be difficult to manage in the day to day things. Perhaps just try focusing on one thing at a time as best as possible. I know when I feel out of control everything just seems to spiral emotionally. If I gain some control and organization in one area it really helps the way I feel. Just a suggestion. Have a good week. I'll join you on trying to drink more water as well.

museumgirl on 09/15/2014:
Sorry you're dealing with depression. I've struggled with it over the past 2 years - mine was a combo of a lot of life crap and menopause. I don't know your situation, but menopause can seriously make a person feel crazy! (sorry if that is TMI!)Hang in there, you seem to have a great virtual-support network here. And keep smiling, you said it is your best feature! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/24/2014:
so sorry you are feeling down. I don't know what advice to give yet...but can tell you I have felt the same exact way multiple times in life. You really are my long lost twin. I get into those spells of depression too...when they can last a long bit (and not depression like I would take any medication for) maybe weeks...and they really can mess with your head! I can only say maybe you are run down - need a couple days to recharge...

legcramps - Friday Sep 12, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Oh Lord, you guys. I didn't have the best day yesterday.

Two good things happened though, so let's start there:

1. We had a lady retire from work and took her out for a lunch that I actually enjoyed with my coworkers. I had a turkey wrap with fruit, water to drink, and wasn't anti-social for a change.

2. I left work early to get my paperwork done regarding the flood we had in July. It took about an hour to complete; I was hoping to be reimbursed for some equipment I bought (totalling around $200) and ended up sending in a claim for over $2,000!!! They also reimburse you for all the hours and hours (and hours) of work you put into trying to save your basement ;) I am SO glad I decided to do this.

And now for the less good part:

I had an evening meeting and felt I was being attacked through nearly the entire thing. Let me add that I don't actually 'work' for these people and yet I am the only one 'working' for these people. I felt alone and bullied and it was really, really horrible. I actually cried when I got home afterwards, so I texted a friend and we went for a walk, which helped a lot and I got to talk through it with her. I walked away from that conversation feeling a lot better and a little less frustrated, but I tell 'ya, things will be changing around here. No more Mister Nice Guy.

Of course after walking it off I put it all back on with some leftover baked apple slices and frozen yogurt, but whatever. That's nothing compared to the damage I COULD HAVE done.

How about something to look forward to? I am heading into the nearby city for dinner tonight at a new restaurant; so excited to try it out!

puddles on 09/12/2014:
Enjoy your evening out always good to look forward to something. Have a great weekend.

Destiny65 on 09/12/2014:
Enjoy your evening!

supercheesesara on 09/14/2014:
Hi Legs :)

legcramps - Thursday Sep 11, 2014

Weight: 0.0

My cell phone bit the proverbial dust yesterday, so I had to go out and get a new one. I spent the remainder of the evening (which wasn't much by the time I got home) trying to figure out how to use it. But I like it, don't get me wrong! It's a lot more high-tech than my old one, but I think I must have had an emotional attachment because i'm kinda sad about the change.

I could have done my strength routine but I am not going to stress about it. If I 'should have' than I 'would have'. LOL. No excuses.

I get off work early today so that I can meet the Flood Relief Assistance Dude, but then I have to go back for an evening meeting, so it's going to be a wierd day with a catered dinner. And possibly a lunch outing with coworkers since one is retiring today. No idea what the menu is going to look like today.

There might be extra coffee. That is all I know for sure.

thinkpositive on 09/11/2014:
Looks like one of those days when you can just do the best you can with what is offered for lunch & dinner.

grumpy on 09/11/2014:
Thank the Lord for coffee! ;)

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Developed a headache prior to work ending yesterday; went home and slept it off for a couple of hours. Once I was up I did some dishes and baked apple slices to bring to work today. They're delicious - pat on the back, legcramps.

Dinner was potatoes, carrots and chicken breast.

Did a little more cleaning inside the house; it was too wet to cut the grass. Maybe i'll get to it on the weekend.

Then I went for groceries finally. It's good to go to the grocery store later on - it was pretty empty inside and I didn't have to stop and talk to anyone, anti-socialite that I am.

Plan tonight is to do a core / strength routine at home, with some stretches for my knees.

Bfast was oatmeal, morning snack apple slice and lunch will be a salad; protein bar in the afternoon.

Have a good one!

P.S. So nice to see some familiar 'faces' back on DDs. Missed you guys/gals.

puddles on 09/10/2014:
Good job. Always nice to find something new to eat and it turns out yummy.

thinkpositive on 09/10/2014:
You just reminded me to bake apples. Healthy & delicious. Yes, good activity here. It's nice to be back.

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Finally got some housework done yesterday ;)

I also did a 30 minute walk on the treadmill since it was raining out yesterday. And today. And probably tomorrow too, just because I need to cut the grass LOL.

I made a delicious dinner of cooked carrots and baby potatoes with chicken breast and sausage. It was so good! I will definitely be making this more often, it was really close to being a comfort food for me.

No real plans today. If it stops raining I know i'll be outside working. If not, then I might try to get into the basement and clean up a bit. I have someone coming on Thursday to take a look after the flooding to see if I am accepted for assistance. I really just want my money back for a couple of pumps I had to buy.

OhioRaven on 09/09/2014:
Good luck with the basement.

puddles on 09/09/2014:
Good job. Hope all goes well with the assistance for your basement. Meal sounds real good. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 09/09/2014:
Have a good evening!

thinkpositive on 09/09/2014:
Great on the exercise,

legcramps - Monday Sep 08, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Had a good weekend, spent a lot of it outside what with the golf tournament on Saturday, and then at the park with my godson on Sunday afternoon, which was a total blast.

I didn't get any cleaning done though. Oh well. Not what life is about anyways, right? I did take the garbage to the back lane, so there's that.

Snacking was the theme throughout the day yesterday and I must say that I wasn't very proud of myself for it - I didn't have one complete meal at all, just a bunch of snacks. So i'll be trying to stay on track today.

A walk tonight sounds wonderful - the days are starting to cool off, and the nights are getting downright cold. I'd like to get a few walks in in the next couple of weeks before it gets too cold.

I've been working on some goals for the fall/winter. Debating whether I should get a gym membership or not... mostly for weights since I have a treadmill at home to get any cardio workouts in. I could do resistance training at home too, but I don't seem to get it in unless i'm committed - committment that a gym or a class would fulfill. Still seems like a waste of money though, and that's really what I can't get past. I might end up googling some good resistance moves and try to get a routine going at home. Then, if it doesn't work out, i'll re-think the whole gym thing.

Yoga starts up again next week, so i'm looking forward to that.

puddles on 09/08/2014:
Yes it is getting cooler but I prefer that for walks then when it to hot. We all have our preferences. Have a great day.

thinkpositive on 09/10/2014:
I really like my gym-mainly because I like the classes otherwise I don't think I would have any incentive to go on a regular basis. Getting a regular work out routine at home sounds like a good plan.

thinkpositive on 09/10/2014:
I really like my gym-mainly because I like the classes otherwise I don't think I would have any incentive to go on a regular basis. Getting a regular work out routine at home sounds like a good plan.

legcramps - Friday Sep 05, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Friday! Super cool.

I am golfing in a scramble tournament tomorrow, so it should be a fun day, although I haven't been out golfing in a couple of weeks so i'm not really sure if my teammates will be pleased with me by the end of the day ;)

It rained hard yesterday; after work I went down into the basement to see if I had any water and sure enough, there was some standing water. Thankfully it wasn't much, and I have the fans going today to try and dry it out quickly again.

I feel like I need to attack my house and clean out some things that I don't need to be accumulating. It's pretty overwhelming when I think about it on a large-scale, so I think i'll try to do things one room at a time. From the smell of the garbage can in my garage, that *room* wants to be first in line ;) so I plan to get that place sparkling on Sunday, as well as cut the grass.

Hopefully the weather cooperates so that I can get all this done; it would be so much less to worry about come next week.

puddles on 09/05/2014:
good luck with your tournament and happy cleaning on Sunday

OhioRaven on 09/05/2014:
Have a good scramble.

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