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legcramps - Thursday Sep 05, 2019

Weight: 0.0

My God, it's been such a long week...

I did not want to get out of bed this morning; I snoozed until I literally had minutes left to get ready for work. Good thing I had already set my outfit on the dresser, so all I had to really do was change, and then the bathroom and makeup stuff is usually pretty minimal and quick. I will have a protein bar at work for my breakfast. 

I didn't get home from work until close to 8pm yesterday with having to stay for the evening meeting. Thankfully, it's been busy this week but next week I should get a little reprieve.

I am also feeling the dangerously lunatic amount of chores that are stacking up on me. BF has his last free weekend until his knee surgery, so he wants to go out of town biking the whole weekend and it's creating some anxiety for me. End of summer things are upon us, so I want to clean out the garage and basement, pack up the summer items, deep clean the rest of the house, get the lawn cut and the trees and shrubs trimmed, finish the deck, clean the car... the list really does go on and on. However, in reality, the snow shouldn't start falling for at least another month, so I do still have time. Maybe what I should do instead is plan to take a week off of work and do it all then (I have lots of time off available to me). There. I just resolved my anxiety about this! Awesome!

Bootcamp again tonight. I've unintentionally been taking every other day as a rest day for the last week and a half. I'm ok with it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/05/2019:
at least BF has a lot of muscle and fitness going into his surgery. i am sure, fingers crossed, that he will have a great surgery and go back to his fitness and reach the point where he's at now. i know a spin instructor who had both knees done - and she is more fit now!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/05/2019:
nice job getting back into your own fitness. i'm gearing up to do more cardio, i've been doing more little by little. i'm so over being on the couch for long.


happy-1 on 09/05/2019:
The best thing you can possibly do for yourself is indulge yourself... a fun weekend away... A massage and a mani pedi... Stupid movies with your friends... Art museum... Anything to give yourself a break instead of staying in an anxiety spin. You can never get a joyous summer weekend back... And the RnR will be good for you... If you are so stressed your body is dumping out what you put in it, you don't have the energy and focus to get a good job done on anything anyway.

Also, look for ways to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system... Weighted blanket? Give yourself a hug to the count of 30... Anytime you get off track, give yourself a hug and get back on it... The hug feels good.


Donkey on 09/06/2019:
You have a lot of stressors to deal with lately. I agree with your decision to just enjoy this weekend.



legcramps - Wednesday Sep 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I checked fitbit for my average sleep hours, but now it gives me a 'sleep score' instead. So, last week I had an average sleep score of 85. I think that's around 8 hours.


Stress got the better of me yesterday, and I developed pressure/heartburn from it. I think the emotional 'fallout' I went through with Dad when he died is scaring me - I didn't cope well with his loss and had to ask for help. I don't want a repeat of those emotions any time soon. I took antacids throughout the day yesterday to try and keep the terrible pressure at bay. This morning I took antacid to see if it would help to have something before I ingest any food or do any running around, and i've been feeling pretty good so far. I did end up going to bootcamp last night - thanks all for the insight into this, I think it really did help me to relax for a bit. And I talked to BF last night which also helped me to vent and work through some of the emotions. Got a decent sleep, despite the stress. So that's good.

It's not even that I have to deal with any of Grandma's care hands on. I don't know why I was so stressed about it yesterday! It's like the terrible memories from when my Dad died are coming back and haunting me.

I held off on breakfast, just in case it brought back the heartburn from yesterday. I'll try and eat something later this morning if i'm feeling OK. Just need to chill. Things will happen whether I stress over them or not!

happy-1 on 09/04/2019:
It does that if you don’t synch often enough... compresses the sleep data


happy-1 on 09/04/2019:
And this sounds like a normal trauma/trigger cycle with a physical anxiety reaction. When we are stressed the flight/fight reaction empties our bowels and screws with ingestion to keep us lighter so it is easier to outrun the sabertooth tiger. There’s all sorts of visualization exercises you can do, like remembering the trauma and reinterpreting the outcome or even just breathe in for 4 and out for 5, while picturing yourself on a beach and the waves are controlled by your breath pushing in as u inhale and away as u exhale. Use the heart rate monitor on your fitbit and watch the heartrate drop

legcramps on 09/05/2019:
Thank you; I will try to remember that next time and breathe through it instead of letting it work me up!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2019:
because you also recently went to see her, it probably affected you even more than you realize and also the memories of your dad. just realize this is a different scenario this time around from your dad. good precautions to take care of the heartburn/acid. feel better, you can do it.

<3 i'm glad you made the bootcamp. i am working to add more cardio and exercise into my work week.

legcramps on 09/05/2019:
I'm sure you're right, and I know it's different this time around. It doesn't stop the memories from coming though, and that's what i'm finding it hard to cope with.


happy-1 on 09/05/2019:
The logic of it being different doesn't matter with trauma... The part of our brains that are still lizard sees the shadow of the sabertooth tiger even if it's a tabby cat in front of a lightbulb.


Donkey on 09/06/2019:
^^ I agree with all that has been said above. Lately, I find myself struggling with my step-father's death.



legcramps - Tuesday Sep 03, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I haven't been on Fitbit recently so I have no idea what my sleep stats have been. Doesn't matter, I know I feel useless and exhausted so it probably hasn't been good. No worries, I still have the same old dry senseless humor, so i'm not that far gone!


Thursday - Ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. No workout.

Friday - Work, then work. Then workout.

Saturday - Drove 4 hours to see Grandma. No workout.

Sunday - Visit Grandma. Pedal boat 1 hour.

Monday - Visit Grandma. Drove 4 hours home. Ate pancakes and collapsed on couch. No workout.


Grandma has had a major decline since spring; she is in congestive heart failure and her kidney function is now at 12%. She is struggling something fierce with an itchy rash that *might* be a symptom of heart failure. She will not be going home; today they will look into long term care for her. It was very difficult for me to say goodbye yesterday when I left. Yes, very difficult indeed.

BF's aunt is also still in the hospital. BF had a showdown with one of his children on Thursday. I tried to write about it on Friday, but then my post wouldn't...post...and I gave up. It's not a great situation at the moment. Like, just in general really.

I was supposed to start bootcamp classes tonight. If I can manage to get my bum there, I think it would be good for me.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/03/2019:
So did you make it to the bootcamp?

I hope you feel better soon. It sounds like it was a very emotional weekend and maybe that is the reason why you feel so tired - not really physically but emotionally.

both ladies are in my thoughts <3


happy-1 on 09/03/2019:
Dad's got congestive heart failure too. It is heartbreaking.

Long-term care isn't necessarily a bad thing. Board and care homes can be right in your neighborhood and provide a social life.

legcramps on 09/04/2019:
You're right - long term care definitely isn't a bad thing. But it is a change in lifestyle, and it's also a bit of a process for admission. But she would definitely get an increase in social activities, which would be nice.


happy-1 on 09/03/2019:
Bootcamp sounds uplifting and community is good when you are lonely. Go anyway.


Donkey on 09/04/2019:
I can see how bootcamp would be beneficial to you. If you can do it, great. But also do be aware of your limitations. That is to say, if it gets to be too much, then ultimately, be kind to yourself.

There is nothing wrong with palliative care. Oh how I wish that my father-in-law had been open to this idea. The word "hospice" was so severely rejected by FIL (and I think also prompted by mother-in-law, because she was totally dependent on him), but had he had hospice care set up, he may not have suffered as much, and we might have had him for longer. (He had stage 4 lung cancer, but he had gotten up in the middle of the night, fallen, and hit his head. Had he been set up differently, that fall might have been prevented.)

legcramps on 09/04/2019:
She would probably not be assessed at a palliative care level at this point in time, but definitely long term care. Exactly, I would love to see her comfortable, rather than being stressed about tests and diagnoses - just be concerned with her quality of life right now because the rest doesn't really matter.



legcramps - Thursday Aug 29, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Last week's average sleep - 8 hours, 4 minutes


 BF and I had a scheduling discrepancy yesterday; I thought our eye appointments were right after work, and they are actually today right after work :| My good friend's birthday celebration is tonight, so I'm going to try my best to make it to both appointments, but it will probably be a long day/night.

I did still go to the gym yesterday; I was feeling like I needed to move, so I did a little build session. I felt immediately better, and lots of energy afterwards. I also was able to meet the new trainer at the gym I work at. She is replacing one of the the full-time trainers. And I cleaned up my eating yesterday, so I think that is also why i'm feeling a little better today.

Got a sucker-punch from Life though:  My Grandma is back in the hospital; I will be heading up to see her on Saturday. They were unsure if she would be discharged on Friday, or if they would keep her in the hospital over the long weekend. Fluid buildup and trouble breathing. To add to that, BF's aunt has also ended up in hospital. She is on oxygen-assistance and they think she is in her final stages. She was possibly headed to hospice yesterday according to the last update BF got from his sister. He will try to see her Tuesday or Wednesday since he is on call this weekend, but he has been messaging her and passing on lots of love from us.

So, yeah, a tough week is right.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Will be praying for your GM and his Aunt. Take care.


BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Praying for your sick family members.....Hopefully they are not in too much pain.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
Yes, my thoughts are with your family members that are suffering. aside from this most unfortunate turn of events, you were able to get back to work and do quite well after your race. that is nice.

once again, my thoughts for the women who are suffering!


Maria7 on 08/30/2019:
Hoping you are having a good day today and loved ones are better.


Donkey on 08/31/2019:
Praying for your Grandma and BF's aunt. I hope you(s) both will have the opportunity to visit with them both soon.



legcramps - Wednesday Aug 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0

This week is not going so well...

I decided to take this week 'off' so that I could re-group and start fresh in September, but it's been tough and i've been feeling crappy. This is what not doing anything does to me LOL. I've had a brutal headache all week so far. My muscles are finally starting to recover, but I have bruises and bone pain all over from that stupid bike crash. I'm getting antsy from not working out, and at the same time I don't want to do anything. So wierd! I hate recovery weeks!!! Part of this could be related to my eating; meals have been consisting mainly of carbs and fats and my protein has been super low.

I'm heading to BF's today after work - we have eye appointments tonight, and then I think he will want to go to the gym later. I'll still take it easy there, but it might be good to get a little movement in tonight - maybe I won't be so ornery!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
i know what you mean....you get a lot of endorphins by working out and i guess during recovery it can be both painful / sore / frustrating in addition. but it is good to listen to your body a little bit so you can resume asap.


Maria7 on 08/28/2019:
Sounds like a good plan to take a week off and start fresh in September and congrats on how well you did that you posted about yesterday. Fantastic!


happy-1 on 08/28/2019:
Magnesium is supposed to be the miracle cure for headaches and muscle soreness. Something about ATP.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/magnesium-does-a-body-good/2016/11/17/f90cedfa-ab4b-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html?noredirect=on

legcramps on 08/29/2019:
You're right, I always forget about that! Thank you for the reminder :)


Donkey on 08/29/2019:
It might be the nutrition... I think it's a good idea to step back for a week. How about engaging in some "active rest"? I've heard that phrase thrown around quite a bit right now. So staying active, but not as an end to itself, i.e. not a workout. So a fun walk, yardwork, etc., activities that keep your body engaged but nothing restructured.

Or just rest and re-fuel. You've put your body through quite a bit the past 2 weekends...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
i love that you used the word ornery...loving the vocab lately that DD'ers are throwing around on our site!

legcramps on 08/29/2019:
I use that word a lot in everyday life LOL; people are always like "what?" and it makes me laugh.



legcramps - Tuesday Aug 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0

RESULTS FROM FEMSPORT:

I was registered in the Novice Division, so there were 39 women in this division altogether. 

Obstacle Course:  16th  / 47.43 seconds

Box Jumps:  26th  / 1 minute, 59.56 seconds

Tire Flips:  6th  / 24.94 seconds

Tire Drag:  12th  / 15.34 seconds

Kettlebell Lift:  14th  / 41.22 seconds

Sandbag Burpees:  17th  / 1 minute, 16.12 seconds

Overall, I placed 13th in the Novice Division. Top 33%, once again (Apparently this is my comfortable spot).

Next year, I will go into the Masters Division. I was old enough to be placed in the Masters Division, but then I wouldn't have been able to be on a team, so I went with Novice. Had I gone into Masters this year, I would have placed 3rd overall, so I think it's worth seeing how I stack up next year.

I knew my box jumps would suck, having had surgery on one knee and just babying them more than any other body part. There were women finishing their box jumps in under a minute - Wow! I won't ever be able to do that, but I can probably do a bit better next year. I could also shave a few seconds off my sandbag burpees if I train a bit more on that - maybe I could get it under a minute. I had a pretty decent time with everything else.

 

 

happy-1 on 08/27/2019:
You must look like She-Ra (flashback)!

legcramps on 08/28/2019:
Ha! Maybe I will dress like her next year!


Donkey on 08/28/2019:
Wow, that is amazing! Yesterday, around my lunch hour, I was wondering when you would be posting your stats. Your upper body strength really shows in your stats. I can only imagine what you'll accomplish next year, if you go again.

Are you happy with your results?

legcramps on 08/28/2019:
Very happy! When I realized I could have done better in Masters, I was a little disappointed, but everything happens for a reason! This year was not my year, but I still did a fantastic job.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
so you did quite well, especially with the Tire Flips!!!! all that practice you did on Tire Flips paid off big time!

box jumps i would stink at too...lots of bouncing and harsh landings on the body. at least do what you can, work on the events that don't cause future harm to yourself...exactly.

so novice means team? and master's is singles?

legcramps on 08/28/2019:
You can be on a team in any of the divisions, but everyone on the team has to be in the same division.

Novice is first-timers, Masters is people over the age of 40, and Open is open to anyone (I would guess these are people who have done it before and are under 40 years old).



legcramps - Tuesday Aug 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Last week's average sleep - 8 hours, 4 minutes


It was raining when I left work yesterday, so no outside activity happened for me. Instead, I took another rest day. My body is still pretty sore from the weekend...maybe it was a good thing I couldn't go biking yesterday.

Breakfast this morning was toast and peanut butter. I have a banana for mid-morning snack, and I brought some oatmeal for the afternoon. For lunch, i'm hoping to have an open-face bagel, with smoked salmon and a fried egg, with avocado. I've nothing planned for supper, so I better figure that out before I end up eating all my snack food instead LOL.

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
With all of your exercise...It's not surprising that you are sore....but it's a good sore!


happy-1 on 08/27/2019:
I see an epsom salt bath in your future!


Donkey on 08/28/2019:
A day of just rest is probably a good thing!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
i've been craving salmon and cream cheese! i almost had it last night in fact and smoked salmon is so healthy (aside from being salty it is full of protein and low calorie!) and soooo tasty! good idea with a fried egg!never thought of that really.

i was gonna bike here, but rain too. so i might just do weights although i think i'll also take a rest day again...since it's been a lower energy week here..

on the banana...i think that's what i am missing....i think it really helps more than i think with recovery.



legcramps - Monday Aug 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Last week's average sleep - 8 hours, 4 minutes


It's been a crazy weekend! But I managed to complete and send in my nutrition exam on Thursday!

I was up and ready to go on Friday by the time BF got to my place; we drove into the city, ran some errands, then found some trails to take our mountain bikes on. We biked for an hour and a half, found some mud, got really dirty, and had to rinse off our bikes in the city's man-made 'lake'  We also met up with a friend of mine who has a five month old baby girl, and had a nice visit with her before heading to the next city over for the FEMSPORT athlete's meeting.

Up early again on Saturday to get to the site of FEMSPORT in time to get body-marked (they wrote our numbers on our arms) and set up. It was such a long day! There were 6 events altogether; they ran through them one at a time. They were all timed, and we were given points based on our times. I don't know where I placed yet - I wasn't looking closely at my placings for each event, so I really don't know where I ended up. I think I placed pretty well, based on my abilities in comparison to all the other amazing women that were there. If I was in the top 20 out of 70 women, i'd be happy with that! But really, i'm happy just having had the experience of it!

- Obstacle Medley - Tire Obstacle, Farmer Carry with 5 gallon water containers, Hurdle, Crawl obstacles, SUV Push (I lost both my shoes trying to do this one LOL)

- Box Jumps - 50 jumps to a 20" high box

- Tire Flips - 6 tire flips, tire weighed 265 pounds

- Sandbag Clean & Press, Burpee - 40 pound sandbag, had to 'clean' and 'press' overhead, then go down into a burpee and repeat 15 times

- Kettlebell course - Carry 5 kettlebells of varying weights (I think the heaviest one was over 70 pounds) about 25 feet to a stand

- Tire Pull - Pull over 150 pounds 75 feet

They will be posting our times eventually, so I can update you all when I have that information. The whole thing was done around 4pm and then they had awards for top placings in each division (masters, novice and open). After the event was done, BF and I went mountain biking again. I had to stop A LOT and walk my bike, there wasn't much energy left in my legs, but it was still a nice ride. Except for the part where I rode straight off a bridge and crashed my bike - that left some minor blood and bruising on my shin. After that fiasco, we went back to the hotel and soaked in the hot mineral pool. So nice!

We slept in a bit on Sunday, then went back to the mineral pool before packing up the vehicle to head back home. We stopped to watch 'Good Boy's' at the theatre but still made it home in good time. Unpacked, washed clothes, BF changed the tires on one of my bikes, and then we called it a day! What a weekend 

It is supposed to rain on and off today but if it holds off I might drive to BF's after work to go out on a gravel ride tonight. My body is quite sore from all the weekend activities and from falling off the bike on Saturday, but we have to get these rides in while we can! Winter is coming! LOL

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
Well...you sure had a full, event filled weekend...sorry about the accident....hope you are feeling okay today!


happy-1 on 08/26/2019:
No matter where you placed, you are awesome for getting out there and getting after it so... Winner winner chicken dinner.


grannyannie on 08/26/2019:
Active weekend. Sorry about your wee accident.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2019:
Of course we'd like an update on your times :)

Those events sound so hard-core it's amazing to hear so many women are doing them!

Wow a mineral pool, good timing with your injury to heal a bit faster ;)

Yes, def bike while you can since once it gets chilly, biking is not as enjoyable.

I may also be going on a gravel ride soon :)

thanks for the recap. i'm still amazed at the amount of women doing these types of events - i'm not sure i could do them at this point in time.



legcramps - Thursday Aug 22, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 22 minutes


 I went for a bike ride after work yesterday instead of cutting the grass ;)

Then I lounged on the couch for a bit, washed dishes, did some laundry, and packed my stuff up for this weekend. BF will be coming early Friday morning to pick me up and then we are on our way to Femsport.

So TODAY I need to cut the grass, LOL, and hope that it doesn't rain before I get to it!

I biked to work this morning, so i'll be staying through lunch. I have my nutrition exam I want to take today, so i'm kind of hoping my lunchbreak will be enough time to get it done...i'm not sure if that's a completely outrageous idea, but i'm giving it a try anyways. But at least at work I can close my door and have some quiet time to get through it.

It's supposed to rain most of the weekend. Femsport is an outdoor event. This should be fun.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Good job. I like reading your logs. It’s like seeing what I would be doing every day if I was in really good shape... Something to strive for.


grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
Well done. Have a nice weekend!


innerpeace on 08/22/2019:
Good luck on your nutrition exam.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
good luck on the exam!

and i am also taking off Friday - not to do as much as you, but to get some cooking done and maybe laundry and some exercise so that i have more time on the weekend. :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
good luck also on your Femsport!


Donkey on 08/23/2019:
GOOD LUCK ON FEMSPORT!!!! I'm looking forward to your write-up on that tonight!


Donkey on 08/23/2019:
Not tonight -- when available, lol...



legcramps - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019

Weight: 0.0

 Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 22 minutes


The Triathlon

Swim:

Not a great start; they decided it was mandatory to wear wetsuits, and I had only practiced a couple of times with mine. Also, I was scrambling around with BF's glasses before the start, trying to find a way to get them back into transition for him (long story) so he had them for his bike ride and run, and they were calling my division into the water already! It was chaotic. I got into the water right in the nick of time, then about 200 meters into the swim, the lady next to me started hyperventilating. I stopped to stay with her until she got to a boat, and then re-started my swim, but the choppy waves kept crashing against my face every time I came up for air, and I was having major issues breathing without taking in half the lake. A kayaker noticed my distress, came up and undid the back of my wetsuit - ah, sweet relief! I managed to swim back to shore much more easily. 28 minutes. Ugh.

Bike:

After struggling to get the wetsuit off (I now officially hate wetsuits) and burping up lake water (so gross), I got my bike out of transition and started the first climb. When I was on the straight-a-ways, it was fine. I would get my breathing under control and be able to pick up some speed. I passed about four girls in my division. On the hills, I struggled. I was already so out of breath and exhausted from my efforts on the swim, I didn't have much left to get up those hills. But in the end, I didn't have a bad time for 20km - 55 minutes. It was certainly not my best time though, especially being my strongest skill for the day!

Run:

When I started the run after ditching my bike, I didn't think it was going to go well. I knew I had been struggling hard so far, and the run was my worst nightmare. Having to run 5km after a tough swim and a rolling bike - I knew i'd be on the struggle bus for the whole run. When we hit the first climb, I stopped halfway up and started walking. I grumbled to a bystander about the hills, and he said 'this isn't the only one!' which only made me even more angry. Then, I thought of my grandma and told myself that if I wasn't even going to try, I could have been spending my weekend with her instead. And that got me running again. In fact, that kept me running the entire way! I was amazed! I was doing it! This turned out to be the best run during a triathlon i've ever had, hands down! 35 minutes.

After a bit of venting about how i'm never going to do an open water swim ever again, and some serious thoughts about training - I feel I have something to prove here. I know I can do better, if the swim conditions were better. Even if I had trained for the choppy swim it would have gone better. I could do this one again, that's all i'm saying.


I've recovered quite well and was back on the bike on Monday night for a gravel ride. 20km in almost the same time as it took me during the triathlon. Which, if you were curious, means I must have either slacked pretty hard or been really sucking air from the swim. Because gravel rides are much more difficult than road rides.

And yesterday I did an upper body workout at the gym since I was in town for CPR training anyways.

Tonight the plan is to clean and cut the grass - or maybe I will do that tomorrow.


And as if that isn't enough things in a week, i'm off to FEMSPORT on Friday!

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Quite the adventure! You're doing great.


BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
What a day you had...but then the love of Gramdma pushed you through........you are tough and determined and I like that...I'm sure she does too!!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2019:
nice job despite the conditions on your triathlon. It was nice of you to share it in detail with us here! It sounds really tough and it was nice of you to stay with the woman who needed help - i'm sure that took a bit out of you too. It seems like you realized that you wanted to try a bit harder and that you ended it in good spirits. Good recovery and not a quitter mindset. nicely done. and you can improve ;)

i like hearing how you are back to town, gym, cpr training, and back at it. great recovery, Legs. I guess you were pretty prepared to be back at life in good time.


Donkey on 08/22/2019:
I want to read this several more times - so exciting!!!! I'm sorry it didn't go as well as you had hoped, but this is still an amazing accomplishment. WOW!!!

PS My Ironman/triathlon friend says that the fresh-water leg of the race is the hardest part for her too. Yuck.


happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Lots of mental and emotional strength here.



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